Let me just say that no one can fully prepare you for your journey into motherhood. I have received countless tidbits of advice, thinking I was really prepared for this thing, only to have my new baby laugh in my face. I was under theB impression that pregnancy was the worst part. I was literally doing EVERYTHING I could to get this baby out. Finally, early one morning, I could tell she was on her way. I will be honest, all I felt was fear. Fear of her not being healthy, fear of myself not being healthy, fear of the pain, fear of all that could go wrong, etc. After 15 hours, what we have been preparing for for 9 long months was here. This is all a blur to me as I was so tired I could barely stay awake, but the moment your baby is placed on your chest, you change. You are now solely responsible for this new life. That is SCARY, but at the time it just seems beautiful. I am transitioning into motherhood slowly, but surely. Taking on my new role as a stay at home mom has been tough. I am used to leaving the house for work, sharing money and responsibilities with my husband and now he is responsible for the income alone. We are used to sleeping all night, and now we are up every few hours for feedings and changings. Now, everyone told me, “Your life will never be the same!” but I just brushed it off with a simple “I know!” I didn’t know. I didn’t know anything about this life. But as I write this with a 2 week old sleeping quietly next to me, it was ALL worth it. The morning sickness, (for 9 WHOLE months!) the pain, the weight gain, the mood swings. I was told it would be worth it, and it absolutely is! But, it is HARD. It is still painful! You will feel like a bad mother 10,000 times a day, and that is okay. It is okay to cry. (I do a few times a day!) It is okay to take a minute to yourself. You are strong, you are good enough, you are perfect for this. Your baby is going to love you no matter if you breastfeed or formula feed. Your baby is going to love you whether you use organic diapers or dollar store diapers. Your baby is going to love you no matter what mistakes you think you are making. It is normal to question yourself, it is normal to be afraid and feel like you are doing something wrong. This means you CARE! This is important work, and we are all doing our best. Just know I am cheering you all on in your new journey!