My fiancé Seth and I are in our early thirties and we live in Brooklyn, which means we have a ton of friends who are happily married with kids. Actually, they're less like "kids" and more like "very new and fragile babies who can immediately tell we're not sure how to hold them, even after receiving clear instructions from their parents." We love going over to our friends' houses to hear how parenthood is going and what it's like to have a child, and we always make a concerted effort to get better at the baby-holding stuff because we'd like to have a baby someday. But most of all, we love watching the people we know growing into their own versions of loving parents. And even though they're all using different parenting styles and methods, everyone tells us the same thing: parenthood changes you, but you're still the same person you were before your baby was born.
Romper partnered with Baby Dove to ask five women how motherhood has changed them, but also how it hasn't. Read on to see their responses, and consider that while parenthood changes a woman's life, it doesn't change who they are.