1. Because I spent so much time dreaming of holding my son I knew that I would be attached to him. What surprised me was how attached he is to me! He never wants me to put him down and although it can be exhausting, I love it!
2. I was surprised at how difficult breastfeeding is. Everyone tells you how important it is but none tells you how hard it is to get a good latch or how exhausting it is.
3. My sense of ease with motherhood surprised me. I’ve always been a worrier and figured that I’d worry constantly about being a good mother but so far I’m completely at ease with it.
4. I lost my mother and both of my grandmothers by the age of 17. I did not anticipate the renewed sense of grief that came with becoming a mother myself. I would love to be able to seek their advice, support, and to tell them how grateful I am for the life they gave me.
5. I have a newfound respect for every mother that has come before me. I’m only four weeks in and this job is already mentally and physically exhausting.
Rebeccah Lowe lives with her husband, newborn son, and two dogs in Indianapolis, Indiana where she is working towards a Master of Science in Secondary Education. She loves to garden, hike, sew, and travel. Rebeccah‘s favorite season is winter, she prefers coffee over tea, and can’t stop double spacing after a period. She’s tried.