My Manager asked the other day if I'm excited that bub will be here in around 13 weeks, and I said "you know what, I've been thinking a lot about all the stuff I need to buy and what it'll be like to be off work and how to deal with cloth nappies, but haven't given a whole lot of thought to the fact that I'm about to be a mum". She said she was the same and then a week before her son arrived, she had a moment of realization and said she thinks because of this, it was a massive adjustment for her to mentally get into mum mode. She suffered from PND and i worry that the lack of mental preparation could have contributed to this (my own assumption, i have very little knowledge of PND so correct me if I'm wrong).
So I guess my question is, how did you mentally prepare yourself for the arrival of your first child? Any tips on what to do / what not to do?