Name: Anne Hunger
Number of kids and ages: 2.5 year old daughter
Location: Vancouver, Canada
The most surprising thing about being a first-time mom is that I got a whole new appreciation for the female body as I went through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I was amazed by how I could still function on so little sleep but definitely do not appreciate how my memory of the postpartum period seems very spotty :D
My expectation vs. experience breastfeeding Thankfully my expectation and reality were pretty close as I was able to breastfeed our daughter for over a year. I think I was most surprised about how much time it took especially in the early days and how much everything else revolved around feeding times. That being said, I am super grateful for having been able to share this experience and bond with my daughter.
The best piece of advice about motherhood is trust your intuition!! I thought it served me better when in doubt than other people's well-meaning opinion. It takes some time to develop the confidence to do so but it made parenting so much less stressful when I started to live in tune with my own family's needs and not trying to implement things that worked for others.