It's hard but it's also the most amazing, important, rewarding thing you will ever do and it's worth all of the hard stuff! It will make you a better person, look at the world in a completely different way, grow you up and change your perspective on so many things! Don't let the negative comments get to you.
to be honest...i'm not really worried about it. people have kids all the time and do just fine! plus, i have LOTS of experience with little kids from teaching ages 2 1/2 to 6 for 5 years, and i was a nanny for a little girl that was 3 months old when i started watching her. she's 10 now...so i obviously didn't do too bad of a job! i have a good idea of what it takes, not that it won't be hard...because i know it will! but i'm also not 16...i'm 28, so i think i will be ok!
it's just crazy to me how other women think it's hilarious to tell you that you're not going to know what you're doing.
I so remember those days, and you are spot on, they suck. I was huge with my oldest son, people would ask me if I was having twins. I was all baby with him too. From the back you couldn't tell I was pregnant until I turned around. And the horror stories about the delivery. Just mean stuff. You have a doc, tell him/her your birthing plan and you are good to go. My birthing plan was super easy. Give me an epidural the minute I get the hospital. Like my nurse told me, honey you are going home with a baby. How you get there is up to you. You can hurt or not. I chose the not hurt option. LOL
I have to say I was horrified they just let me and my dh come home with my baby. What were they thinking? lol But you do it, and learn as you go. Like you said, no parent is ready. Sure you plan, and think for sure you know what you will or will not do. But all that planning goes out the window when you hold that sweet baby in your arms. You will do what ever on earth you can to keep her safe. Everything else just isn't all that important.
You will do fine. Or actually better than fine, because every year new moms are given more information so your life can be easier. Diaper Genies were like sliced bread when I had my son. Best things on earth! lol
I can't imagine how moms did it with cloth diapers. And now I can't imagine why moms would do that to themselves.
i got so tired of the "enjoy your time now, better get used to no sleep, you're getting so big, ...blah blah blah". i had a co-worker tell me one day "omg, you're huge" my response was, umm, yeah i am like 39 weeks pregnant lady!
and no, you're never really ready to have kids. i'm still not ready for some of the things my two year old does!