I always knew that having a baby would change my life, ‘cause of course it does. Being responsible for a whole other person is a huge responsibility, and completely alters the logistics of everyday life. Still, I was a bit surprised by how much giving birth changed how I feel about a lot of things in my life. There are so many things that mean more to me postpartum than they ever did before.
Motherhood, and the experience of giving birth, has definitely deepened so much of my feelings about myself and other people. Knowing how much it required to create life makes me so much more appreciative of my body, and makes me realize that all of the people I encounter aren't just random people, but somebody’s baby. Not gonna lie, it's raised the stakes a bit on how I treat folks. (Motherhood has also made me appreciate basic things like sleep and food a hell of a lot more, too. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or something like that, right?)
Now, that's not to say I didn't take people seriously before, or that people who never give birth are incomplete or missing something about life. But for me, birth and postpartum life were transformative in an unexpected way. It was like I opened a door to a shortcut to another part of my consciousness. I may have figured all this stuff out at some point, but I wonder if it would have happened so quickly and all at once. Regardless, the following definitely matter to me a whole lot more postpartum, and I'm so grateful for the perspective.