Being pregnant and then becoming a mother is something that people try to tell you about, but it is one of those things that you will never fully understand until you have been through it. I have a whole new appreciation and sense of excitement for people who are moms now - especially my own mom.
A few things I have learned since having my daughter:
1) When my baby girl was firstborn, she used to cry when there seemed to be no reason. She had eaten, her diaper had been changed, I had burped her, she was getting some attention, and she had just had a nap. Many times, I could not figure out the problem. I realized that sometimes I am like that with God. I cry when things seem horrible to me, but HE knows I'm okay. Just as I did what I thought was best for Lilly (even if it meant she cried a little), God does what is best for me ( even if I cry a little).
2) When she comes to me, I try to give her what she asks for. When she raises her hands to be picked up, I pick her up. When she wants a drink, I give her a drink. God says when we come to HIM and ask - we shall receive. I think the focus on that verse is that we come to HIM.
3) I better understand the sacrifice that God made by sending his only son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I know that love I have for my daughter and I don't think there is anyway I could allow her to die for other people's shortcomings - especially people I don't care for too much.
4) Becoming a mom was a major adjustment for me, it took me a while to adapt to the change from school teacher to stay at home mom/wife. I went through periods of time, where I didn't think I could do it. God has shown me that right now my ministry is to my husband and daughter. That I am to care for them and keep up with the house. So, I praise God while I'm changing diapers and cleaning toilets because it is my reasonable sacrifice to HIM and because it is the way I am serving HIM at this point in my life. Recently, my husband asked if I wanted to go back to work and surprisingly my answer was no...I can't see myself doing anything else now. Of course, there are rough days but for the most part, I have such a sense of peace about my new "job." :)