After you have kids, friends, family, and society at large often looks at you differently. "You're a mom now," some people will say in disbelief, as though having a child has fundamentally changed the structure of your DNA and they have to re-learn everything about you. Of course, there's a grain of truth in there, right? While you haven't transformed into a new species, becoming a parent can refocus your life and make you see things differently. I asked moms to share what motherhood has made them appreciate the most, because sometimes those shifts can be pretty interesting.
If we're being honest, motherhood really didn't change me all that much, but it absolutely changed the way I view and see things. Some of that change resulted in an undeniable strengthening of beliefs I'd already held. Other changes simply provided me with new perspectives that could only come from the experience of carrying, birthing, and raising my two little creatures. I've found that some people get prickly when you tell them that being a mother changed the way you see things, and I guess I can see why. If you're not careful, that assertion can come off as smug, like, "Oh, I thought this and then I had a baby and evolved to a higher level of consciousness." However, it's less "I'm operating in an elite and profoundly spiritual zone" so much as "Having this kid has changed my life in a lot of ways, and just like any other big life change, this one has given me another view of life and living."
Those changes can bring about appreciation for people, places, things, and ideas that you didn't feel as deeply in the past. While I'm sure all of us, mothers or not, have the rest of our lives to have new experience that will show us new ways to be grateful (and things to be grateful for), here are some things motherhood has made moms appreciate more: