I was over 30 years old when my daughter joined our family. That's 30 years of ample opportunities for self-discovery and self-analysis. Plus, being married for eight of those years forced me to confront my best and worst qualities, too. Thankfully, the upside of the tough moments I've experienced is the undeniable fact that I learned things I'm glad I knew about myself before I had a baby.
I spent a ton of time in my head, swimming around with thoughts about what the "take away" was when it became obvious I would have to wait to start my family, when I was trying (for five years) to get pregnant. I couldn't stop wondering what I was learning about myself throughout that entire process, and how this time period may be preparing me for motherhood, perhaps even more than I would have been prepared if I had ended up pregnant at 27, like I initially wanted. For example, I definitely realized how much I liked being in control of certain things (like always knowing what dinner was going to be and when it was going to happen), that I need space to myself, and that I really don't enjoy researching topics of any kind.
While these lessons contributed to more than a few arguments between my husband and I, they also helped us learn everything we felt we needed to learn before we had our baby. In the end, I knew quite a lot about myself before I became a mom, and that has no doubt been helpful as I navigate these first few years of motherhood. So, with that in mind, here's a handful of things I'm glad I knew about myself before I became a mom, for those of you ready to embark on the same journey.