I was recently talking to a newly-pregnant friend about motherhood; and like many mothers before her, she was anxious about what was to come. She expressed nerves about the pregnancy itself, labor and delivery, living with a new baby – the whole nine yards. While there is a time and place for real talk and conversations that aren’t always pretty, there’s also a time and place for pure joy.
Becoming a mom is nerve-wracking and exciting in the best way, and I wanted to compile a list for my friend about all the amazing things she has to look forward to. Here are some of my favorites:
Meeting your baby for the first time This thought alone is what got me through the toughest days of my pregnancy, and I can genuinely tell you that it did not disappoint. Nine months of anticipation culminated in the beautiful moment of meeting my son for the first time. The moment the nurse placed him on my chest, and I was able to take in the life I had just created, was one of the most joyful experiences of my life.
The feeling of a sleeping newborn on your chest. Yes, as a new mom, you will experience unparalleled levels of exhaustion, but you’ll never regret being awake just so your little one can sleep on your chest. I’m convinced that’s what Heaven feels like. You’ll also learn how long you can actually hold your pee when this happens, because even when you’re on the verge of a bladder infection, you won’t want to move.
The smiles In the throes of postpartum depression, I was convinced that my son didn’t know who I was (which just added fuel to my crazy fire.) Around 3 months, the most magical thing happened: I walked over to his crib one morning, and he smiled at me. Like, at me. I know this, because I tested it. I walked away, came back, and was greeted by the same gummy smile. At that point, I was a goner, a complete sap of a mushy mother.
The giggles. I’m convinced that there is no greater sound in the world than your baby’s giggles. I was chomping at the bit for this one, friends, and when it happened, I got the happiest butterflies in my stomach. I would (and still) do anything that makes my baby giggle. Making weird noises? Absolutely. Peek-a-boo? Sure. Don’t even ask me how long I’ll go, either. Because there ain’t no party like a baby giggle party because a baby giggle party don’t stop if
mommy has anything to say about it.
The milestones. Each time your baby hits a milestone like sitting up, crawling, walking, whatever it’s like Christmas. It’s just so happy. You’ll take more videos and pictures than you can even comprehend, and while they’ll look exactly the same to everyone else, you’ll want to print and frame all 1,746 pictures you take
Watching your husband (or partner) be a parent. This is the only just wait comment that I don’t mind saying: If you think you loved your significant other before, just wait until you see them holding, talking to, and interacting with your baby. There’s nothing quite like it.