In the days after discovering my first pregnancy, and after the initial shock wore off, I had work to do. Some of the things I did for myself right after I found out I was pregnant may not be mandatory, per say, but they helped ease me into the mindset of, "Oh, I'm going to be a mother." On that life-changing day I experienced a whirlwind of emotions swept through me. I didn't know if I was happy or sad, or where my life would go from there. I'd only recently decided to go back to school and my partner and I were struggling as it was. One thing was clear and that's how much I wanted to be a mother.
After letting things sink in, I told my partner when he came home from work that we were going to be parents. I was scared, unsure of how he'd react, and questioning the sharp turn life had taken. Not surprisingly, he reacted pretty much the same way I had. Once we got on with it, I sunk into the routine of a few things that helped the mom thing feel "real" and even exciting. Here are some of the things I did to prepare (aside from tossing all the alcohol, belts, and thongs in the garbage).