Surprisingly, exhilaratingly so.
Before I had Ellie, I knew logically that I wanted kids. I knew, logically, that that was the course I wanted for my life. But I was never a "baby person." I never got what the big deal was about babies. So when I had Ellie - I was blown away. I had no idea the daily joy that Ellie would bring me. Not just happiness, not just satisfaction - joy. Now, I don't just logically want more children. I want them in the way that you want candy bars or vacation days - I really, really want them. They are wonderful.
Yes, there are hard times. The first couple months were pretty hard - healing from labor, being away from most of our friends and family in St. George - but there were still many moments of joy.
And now, with Ellie at an amazingly fun age? I look forward to seeing her in the morning and playing with her all day. I am delighted with the things she learns, the sounds she makes, the toys she shoves in my mouth.
I love being a mother. It is wonderful.