1) Breastfeeding; it's something that brings you and your baby so close because you worked for it together.
2) Your baby falling asleep in your arms. What could be better?
3) "He looks just like you!"
4) I am never bored. There's always something to be done: usually being cleaning, feeding, holding, putting to sleep, cleaning, changing, laundry, entertaining, cooking, bathing (yourself or baby)...oh my. There is never a spare moment and at times I pine for an hour of boredom, but then my baby smiles and I remember that I love NOT being bored!
5) Baby smiles. Babies are the only people who can pull of an immaculate toothless smile.
6) Baby laughs - aren't their giggles contagious?! And finally, someone who thinks you are as funny as you've always thought you were.
7) Witnessing your child's learning and development. It never ceases to amaze me how much my baby visibly absorbs and how far he's come in just over half a year.
8) The bond it brings between my husband and me: even if the acts of eating mashed bananas and waving don't entertain and impress anyone else, when our son does it, we both agree it is not only enthralling, but above average!
9) Knowing your child holds you dearest to his heart...if only for a fleeting time.
10) Going to bed exhausted every night. There is something satisfying about being completely exhausted at the end of the day, right?
11) Finally understanding why my parents parented the way they did
12) Losing contact with people you should have long ago. Having a child somehow weeds out who you should have grown out of being friends with long ago and you're the better for it. Those who are left are the people who really matter and are friends for the long haul.
13) Toting my child around. Babies are the best accessory!
14) That wanted/needed/loved feeling you get when your baby reaches for you.
15) The validity that comes with becoming a mother on day one: your life suddenly has real purpose that nothing other than being responsible for another life can give; it is by this you feel whole and complete.
May she who gave you birth be happy.