06 of June 2010

Rebecca reflects on becoming a mother

Rebecca reflects on becoming a mother

What is it really like to become a parent?  Is nine months of pregnancy, reading books, and talking to other parents enough to prepare you for this immense responsibility?  I examine my own experiences of not only welcoming a child, but taking on an entirely new role that I wasn’t as prepared for as I might have thought.

They say there’s never a “right” time to have a baby.  I wanted children for as long as I could remember – I had an imaginary daughter when I was little, instead of an imaginary friend – but was determined never to rush into it. Having been married for three years, my husband and I decided we were emotionally, financially and practically ready to take on the responsibility, and were delighted to fall pregnant sooner rather than later.  During my pregnancy I thought of little other than the positive impact this new life was already having on us.  I read books about what to expect, listened to the advice of other parents, and thought long and hard about how this little person would be. Nine months can seem such a long time to wait to meet your baby, but now I know that no amount of time, literature or thought could ever really prepare you for the immense change to your life your first child will bring.  […]
© Rebecca Strong 2009

First published in the NCT Magazine, Small Talk, Spring 2009

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