Some new but very good friends of ours just learned that they are going to have a baby. This is an answered prayer as we really hoped to raise our children together. As I experience their joy with them, I remember how giddy and elated and overwhelmed with joy, pride and well....fear we were. I, in particular, was very unsure of my abilities and promptly read every baby book I could find with all of their conflicting theories (attachment parenting vs. parent centered parenting) and listened to all the conflicting advice ( "let her cry it out", "feed on demand or she won't attach properly") until it made my head spin. Really. It was quite something when it happened.
I am referring them, and all of you to Everyday Mommy's posts about becoming a mother. Even if you had/have great confidence in your abilities, there are some beautiful thoughts worth reading.
Oh, and this picture of our little one was taken when she was a month old in the church nursery. (We happily let go of the pacifier a couple months ago)