Two years ago there was me and Zohar, my faithful dog. We were happy, we had a routine, we had a decent amount of disposable income, a tidy home, a sporty little car that was big enough for the two of us, and lots of free time on our hands. We went walking, visited coffee shops, hosted dinner parties, danced on tables and lay in bed on a Sunday with the paper.
Then one night, I met Grant and we fell in love. Grant had two daughters, aged 7 and 5, and pretty much from the moment I met them, I loved them too.
Then another night, I got pregnant (I’ll spare you the details) and suddenly Zohar and I were trading our quiet little existence for FAMILY LIFE.
Then, very early one August morning, she came – our baby girl, Iona Pearl. My pre-baby catchphrase might give you an idea of how prepared I was for motherhood: “I sort of know what to expect, I mean I’ve been responsible for a dog for the last four years,” I’d say to friends who’d mention how unphased I seemed by the whole notion of having a baby.
Ha. How they must have laughed.
In actual fact, becoming a mother has transformed my life in ways I could never have imagined. Not just on a day-to-day level, but on a deeper level too. Someone asked me the other day what it felt like to be a mum and I couldn’t put it into words. Yes, I’m the same person but at the same time I’m not. My priorities have changed, my life has changed – dramatically – and even some of my beliefs have changed too.
Then She Came is my attempt to share this amazing journey with others. Like life with a baby, it is funny in places, moving in places and, above all, very real. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy capturing this most special time in our lives.