Mom and baby\"I knew I was a mom when"\Photo: Thinkstock \ The Bump

“I knew I was a mom when I was pregnant enough to notice that I could no longer see my own vagina.” --Leah Segedie, founder of Mamavation

“I knew I was a mom when I settled down to watch the Oscars, baby asleep and bottle of wine by my side, and realized within 4 seconds of the opening number that I hadn't seen a single nominated film that year.-- Liz Gumbinner, Editor-in-Chief Cool Mom Picks and author of Mom-101

“I knew I was a mom the moment my infant rolled off the bed. I heard a loud thud followed by an unbelievable wail. It only took a second, but it felt like an eternity. The guilt set in immediately. Scooping up my baby boy to console him was a moment that cemented my feelings on motherhood. What I realized was that whatever emotions or guilt you feel are trumped by the unmitigated love you feel for your baby. You will both be okay. Better than okay.” -- Alicia Ybarbo, Co-Author, "Sh*tty Mom:  The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us",, @shttymom @aliciaybarbo @todaysmoms

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"I knew I was a mom when my daughter came out of my belly covered in that nasty cheese-like substance. Holy crap, I looked down at that goopy, swollen alien and I thought she was the most beautiful thing I had ever laid my eyes on. I mean, I had a difficult c-section so I was on like tons of trippy drugs, but even if I were sober I’m pretty sure I still would have thought she was gorgeous. Only a mother could feel that way." -- Karen Alpert, Baby Sideburns

"After yet another sleepless night, I breastfed my newborn daughter and proceeded to sleepwalk my way with her back to her crib. As I was about to walk back into her room, I accidentally bumped the top of her head on the doorframe and I nearly had a heart attack. She had just fallen back to sleep and didn't wake up when it happened. I raced back with her in my arms and woke my husband and he ran into the bathroom, grabbed a wash cloth and proceeded to wipe her face with cold water. In a matter of seconds, she woke up wailing. After that experience, I was never so happy to hear my baby cry in my life. Incidentally, she's now 14 years old and for the record, I never did bump her head on a doorframe ever again." -- Beth Feldman, Role Mommy