I remember seeing a greeting card a long time ago, either one I received when I was pregnant with my first son (now 16, almost 17) or one I gave to somebody else around that time. And it resonated with me so strongly, I’ve never forgotten it. The quote varies a bit depending on where you see it, but it’s basically:
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to let your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
And it’s amazing how excruciatingly true it is. But at the same time, I don’t know exactly what to call it, evolution, or divine intervention, thankfully somehow numbs us to the daily awareness of just how truly frightening it is to have the most precious thing in the world to us just wandering around out there, at the mercy of whatever might befall him or her. Thank God (or whatever you believe in) that we are desensitized to it, because how would we ever function if that was in our conscious awareness all the time?