A very close friend of mine has just told me she's having a baby!
While my own baby making days are far behind me, it's got me all broody again and thinking about how much your life changes.
Especially when it's your first.
I never cease to be amazed by how many changes are in store for you once that blue line appears.
And how one such tiny little bundle can completely alter life as you know it from that point onwards.
Funny thing is though, you can never truly grasp just how much your life will change until it actually happens.
People can tell you things, like your life stops being your own, your priorities change, your body changes beyond all recognition, you have to stop putting yourself first, but time and time again I've heard new parents say they never realised quite how much until they did it.
There are just so many changes, some good, some pretty tough, but one of my favourites is this.
It's a new type of love you'll feel, borne from the fires deep within your heart and soul.
One you can guarantee you've never felt before.
It's a love that truly makes you part of nature and a member of the animal kingdom.
One all-encompassing, protective, nurturing love, that means no matter what it takes, you will protect that person with your life, forever.
That, my friends, is what being a mother is truly all about. Of course, I rant about instilling confidence, discipline, mutual respect and a caring spirit in our children.
Bringing them up to be half decent contributors to society, rather than not bothering and letting them raise themselves, is so vital.
But loving them is the most important thing you can do. Because from that, everything else should follow.
That's why my heart bleeds for those tragic few who can't feel that love for their children.
To me, an unloved child is the saddest thing in the world, whatever walk of life we come from.
So, I've resolved to try harder to make the most of the trying, but delightful days I have with my little ones while they're small and to commit to memory everything I can.
Because ones thing's for sure, it's not going to last forever!