It’s been just over a year, and I must admit that it’s been the most life-changing experience.  I read all the books, heard all the stories, but had no clue how my life would be transformed.  I thought I was prepared.  I read “What to Expect While Expecting” twice before Olivia was born but had no idea what to expect.  I can’t even tell you what my life was before she was born.  But I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I feel like although your life is altered, you just adjust to those changes.  Life goes on.  Olivia has been such a blessing.  She has taught me about patience and that parenting is different.  No book or person can tell you exactly how it will be.  Books are great for reference, but there is no way to predict your child’s personality.  And even when you think you have it figured out, your child goes through a “phase.” 

Ecuador Trip

So to all those soon-to-be mothers, I only have one piece of advice.  Have faith in yourselves and your abilities.  Motherhood is a journey.  You learn as you go.  It’s great to hear advice from others, but only you know what is best for you and your child.  And it’s OK if you don’t get it right the first time.  You both will learn from each other.  I really feel that women have their instincts but we are sometimes hesitant to act on them.  Trust your gut!


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