1. You will cry. A lot. You’ll cry when they are born. When they won’t stop crying, is when you’ll start. The first time they say something mean to you. You will cry on their first birthday and most likely every birthday until they reach their teens, because who understands teenagers anyway?
2. You will feel like the worst mother in the world. At some point this will happen. You’ll forget something, do something or say something and you will, in return, feel absolutely horrible. Don’t worry, this too shall pass. It happens to every mother at some point in her life, so focus on all the amazing things you do right!
3. Anxiety is your new neighbor that won’t go away. Becoming a mother is opening the door to your old pal worry wart, every single day. Not a day goes by where you won’t feel a bit of anxiety or worried. Put the Xanax down, the worrying only comes because you care for something so deeply. That in itself is amazing.
4. You will question yourself all the time. Should she be doing this? Should I be letting her do that? No one does parenting perfectly. Fear not, there is a plentiful amount of references to turn to, that contain the answers to all your questions.
5. You will feel something so amazing, it’s indescribable. The *Firsts* — a smile, laugh, word, step, tooth, or lost tooth will give you this sense of proudness, you never knew existed. A feeling so great, you wish you could bottle it up and keep forever. Lucky enough, there will be many of these.