It took me so long to "come round" to the idea of having a baby. My old friends find it hilarious, I was so anti-children when I was younger (almost as much as I was anti-marriage, and look where that ended up hahahaha).
I won't lie, aside from being totally and horribly awkward around children, this mainly stemmed from what I perceived as the inevitable end of life-as-I-knew-it. No more late nights and weekend sleep-ins. No more degustation dinners and cafe brunches. No more designer duds and tidy, stylish home. According to "everyone", one you have a baby, you will never sleep, eat out, wear heels, or have sex again. 😂
Things have certainly changed! I now consider 8am a sleep in, and while my home is still tidy and stylish (I think!), a certain level of chaos often abounds thanks to one wee madam, to say nothing of the ugliness of babyproofing (hello baby gates and foam edges!)
But for the most part, life goes on as before. We are so lucky and have an extremely cruisy, happy little girl, most of the time. That's definitely a factor, and I am so grateful for this. She just fits perfectly into our lives, and it feels like a completion, not a hindrance.
I guess I have come to realise that you can write a new version of normal.