What a great topic
I'm enjoying being a SAHM more than I thought I would. If fact I was thinking I'd want to return to work quite quickly, now I'm dreading leaving DD in daycare even though that's still 8 months away.
I love my DD so so so much more than I could ever imagine I could love anyone. It did take about a month for that bond to develop, which surprised me. I thought it would be instant.
Labour hurt more than I thought it would.
Breastfeeding (at the start) hurt more than I thought it would.
Motherhood (so far) is easier than I thought it would be. This is very surprising! I think it is because my job was very demanding, stressful and never ending, it makes looking after a baby seem easy, lol. There have been tough moments of course. I'll caveat this by saying I have one child who eats and sleeps well. Not sure if I'd be saying the same if I had two or more!