Being a first time mom is one of the terrifying and beautiful moments in any mothers life. Think back to the first time you became a mom. What feeling surprised you the most?
- Actually having the baby was the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I felt like a goddess rockstar for days afterward.
- In some ways I’ve become infinitely more productive – because I don’t have the luxury to procrastinate anymore, I’ve mostly stopped thinking about whether I want to do something and I just get it done.
- I expected to love my baby, but I didn’t expect to love everyone more, and in a new way. I feel like he came and broke my heart wide open – I am so keenly conscious of the preciousness of life, and that sense of preciousness has spread to everyone I care about.
- So many people, even people I only know from passing them in the street when I walk my dogs, made such a big deal about the baby being born. Even our mail lady gave us the most touching card. It was so amazing that other people went so far out of their way to really celebrate this new addition to our family. It made me feel so loved, and also like I’ve done a piss poor job of celebrating other friends’ and family’s new babies. Now I’m trying to make up for lost time.
- Being a mom is fantastically humbling. I feel like the gods are going out of their way to make sure that I do everything I’ve ever judged another mother for doing. It’s teaching me to become so much less judgmental.
About Emily – Emily Crittenden is a new mom in Northern California. Her two month old is such a sweet boy and champion sleeper that he might not get any siblings- you don’t get this lucky twice. She’s a recovering lawyer and the designer of Emily C ring holding necklaces, which let women attach their rings in an instant, without having to take off the chain (see how they work at emilyc.com).