Since the moment I discovered I was pregnant 15 months ago, life has been full of surprises, both amazing and… less amazing. I could write volumes on this topic, but I narrowed it down to my top 8 for your consideration. I am in no way trying to say that this list encompasses the most shocking things about parenting in general – these are my own very personal picks.
1) Feeling like a mom has been a very gradual process. Even though I had eight-ish months to get used to the idea of becoming a mom and felt a profound sense of responsibility, connection, and love from the moment my daughter was born, I am still getting used to the role. I still feel like myself, but I am also finding out that Emily plus baby equals more than the sum of the parts, and I am continuing to discover who that person is.