I waited and wanted to be a mom for several years before my husband and I decided to move 4,000 miles across an ocean to turn our dream of having a family into a reality. To say there were things I couldn't wait to experience as a new mom would be an enormous understatement. We chose to pursue growing our family by adoption, so it was hard to know how prepared to get for our baby's arrival. We didn't have a nine month wait, we had a mystery wait.
Once we started the adoption process, the wait was quite a bit shorter than we thought it would be. After just five weeks of paperwork, we got the call that our daughter had arrived and was waiting for us in the hospital. Six long hours later, after much dreaming and wishing and wondering about her, we were finally a family of three. All at once, the very specific things that I didn't even realize I was looking forward to experiencing as a mom, were right in front of me.
I can't say I was really dying to experience the icky parts, like changing poop-filled diapers or cleaning up spit up, but all of those were eclipsed by the parts that I equated with finally being a mom. And even as my daughter is turning into a toddler, those icky bits still pale in comparison to the sheer fact that I am finally a mom and I get to experience all of these incredible mom things on a daily basis.