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Posted May 13, 2010 | comments Leave a comment

The beginning

I started my first column with my first doctor's visit for a reason. That day, and many others too - in and out of the obstetrician's office - served as my means of entry into life as I now know it. It took nine months of pregnancy, maybe plus some of the first few days with baby, to shed the old me and become a completely different person. A mother. I'll never be the same again, and I'm almost always OK with that, barring a few brief moments, most usually at 2 or 3 a.m.
 
I've always wanted to be a writer, and writing a column or a blog was an idea I'd floated several times but never got too stuck on because having something solid to say 52 (or more!) times a year seemed nearly impossible ... until now. I told my boss as soon as I came back to work from maternity leave that I now have an unlimited source of material.
 
That we started "That's Life" on May 10 -- a day after Mother's Day -- was no coincidence either. I sincerely hope you'll be able to relate to the stories I am going to share, whether you're going through it with me, or you did it all 50 years ago. I've really found so far that being a mother is such a universal thing, and I am going to talk more about that in my next column.
 
What were some of the defining moments for your transition to motherhood? Getting that first ultrasound - that positive pregnancy test? Picking out the nursery theme? Ultrasounds were definitely memory-makers for me. I might tell you more about that, sometime, too.


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