You’ve read all the parenting books, taken all the classes, and garnered every bit of advice you can from the women in your life who have raised children of their own. You are the most prepared mom-to-be ever. So you think. The truth is that no matter how prepared you may think you are, nothing can truly prepare you for the way becoming a mother will change you. The moment your baby is born you will become a different person: you will be a mom. While there are no words to describe the rush of emotions that will overwhelm you at that time, I can share with you some things that you will discover about yourself that you may not have been expecting:
You Will Have A Newfound Respect For Your Mother
Once you become a mother you will finally realize just how much your own mother loves you. And trust me, it’s a whole heck of a lot! Most likely the two of you will bond in new and unexpected ways now that you have changed positions from mother and daughter to grandma and mother. You may even come to realize that friends and family telling you that you are turning into your mother is actually a compliment.
You Are Patient
That’s right, you do have patience after all. If you were one of those people who claimed to not have the patience to put up with screaming children, you will be surprised to find that with your own child you have an endless well of patience. Patience with our little ones is part of our natural nurturing instinct. Trust me, you will discover more patience within yourself than you ever thought possible. Just wait until it’s time to start potty-training and you’ll see what I mean.
You Can Do A Multitude of Tasks With One Hand
Yep, you will be able to do all sorts of things with only one free hand. Be prepared to cook, clean, do laundry, and check your email all while holding an infant. When you become a mother you discover that you are more coordinated than you ever thought possible.
You Don’t Need As Much Sleep As You Thought
You may have enjoyed lazy weekends where you stayed in bed until ten pre-motherhood, but once the baby comes those days will be long gone. While it’s true that during the first few weeks the lack of sleep will have you in zombie mode, they will be followed by years of waking up to soothe a nightmare or just to check on your child, sometimes several times a night. Moms just don’t seem to need as much sleep as non-moms do.
You Have Super Sonic Hearing
It’s a super power that every woman develops the moment they become a mother. You will be able to hear your child crying or calling your name from a mile away. Whether it is across a playground of screaming kids or in the middle of the night when you are in the depths of sleep, you will have the ability to hone in on the slightest whimper from your child and be by his side in a flash. That’s right, you will be someone’s super hero now.
While all of these things may surprise you about yourself once you become a mom, nothing will surprise you more than the discovery of the unfathomable capacity to love that exists deep inside you. Once you see your baby for the first time, you will learn you have more love to give than you ever thought possible. And that is the sweetest surprise of all.
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