"I wish I would have known that nothing else would come remotely close to the joy of being a mother. That the 'pain' of childbirth is proportionate to the gift of your baby's life. That having little-to-no sleep won't kill you. That it's okay to take care of yourself first—this makes you better able to give to others. That you don't have to 'get it right'—you were born right for the job! It's okay to say you don't have all the answers or are frustrated or confused. Motherhood is where you earn your stripes and get your power as a woman."