For the final post of The Baby Project, we asked our bloggers to tell us just how this project has affected them; whether they're glad they participated; and if they learned anything — about themselves, their partners, or from other parents.
Barrie Hardymon, an editor for Talk of the Nation, says despite her peers' disapproval, she was dying to get her child into the world with a minimum of fuss.
Sarah Crossman thinks she's picked up the basics of parenting in the 8 weeks Finnley James has been around. Among those lessons: How to forgive herself for not having all the answers.
Last week, we asked readers to recommend must-reads on pregnancy and child-rearing, and they responded with more than 120 titles. There was nothing scientific about our poll — and some of the titles are controversial.
Between naps, Jolivette Mecenas writes her last post for The Baby Project. She says learning to be a new mom hasn't been so easy, especially while recovering from a C-section.
Now that Emily Grace Whebbe has been a mom for a few weeks, she finds that her mind is often on the future.
Lateefah Torrence says instead she'll try to be the mom Dalia needs moment to moment. And she says that writing on The Baby Project has not only given her this clarity for motherhood, but also confidence to write.
Christy Lilley, a lawyer and mother of two, says the idea of leaving her children with someone else all day while she's at work literally makes her stomach hurt. But putting her career on hold would come with lots of complications.
Lucy Peck says it's time for her to go back to classes and start work again, while her husband, Aaron, is a stay-at-home dad. She admits that she's a "lot jealous."
Loriani Eckerle says she felt judged when she left her baby with her husband for the weekend. People just couldn't understand how she could "leave" her daughter.