There are two words that bring as much excitement as dread for a new mother: maternity leave.
While I was obviously overjoyed at welcoming my daughter into the world, society had me believing that these twelve weeks were going to be grueling. Goodbye sleep, sayonara sanity. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying every moment of the process: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And believe me, there were all three.