I used to be a fairly adventurous person. I traveled the world, was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, and lived on my own in Washington D.C. at the gender age 19. I really didn't fear much of anything, and I took a lot of risks. That is, until I had kids. There are a ton of normal things that terrify me now that I have kids, which is as frustrating as it is slightly confusing.
This constant state of fear has been compounded by the fact that, as a person living with anxiety, I constantly ask myself, "What's the worst thing that could happen?" and then convince myself that "worst thing" is absolutely going to happen. As a result of that perceived inevitability, I obsess over how to prevent "the worst thing" from happening or blame myself for not being able to prevent it. Being a mom is not for the faint of heart.
From the moment a line appears on a pregnancy test until the moment our children are adults (and my mom tells me it doesn't even stop then), moms worry. And, if you are like me, you worry about everything; even things that are either not likely to happen at all, not possible given the laws of physics, or just plain silly. It's like become a mother instills in us the question, "What if?" and we can't stop thinking about worst case scenarios no matter how hard we try. So, if you are brave or you want to feel normal about your own fears and anxieties, read on for a few of mine.