I am amazed at how motherhood has completely changed my attitude about things. A few years ago, I used to be so gung-ho on career and I used to think that women who stayed at home to raise kids were sell-outs or hurting feminism or something.
Now that I have my baby I just want to be with him all the time and I can't imagine how any mother bears having to put her child into daycare. That would tear my heart out. I now can't believe how I used to feel about motherhood when I was in my 20's and it is sosurprising how much my priorities have shifted!
I work from home which is a great compromise but I often wish that I didn't have to worry about work so I could focus on my son 100%. I never thought I would bethis devoted to another person, that I would ever want to put my own wants/needs aside for someone else. But that is the main difference that I have learned is that you aren't putting your own wants aside-- your wants just change. Now I WANT to do everything I can for my son and that *is* what I want. The things that I used to want for myself now seem so superficial.
I used to think kids would be really expensive but I have found now that when I do go shopping I just buy things for the baby, and not for myself. So I am not spending any more money than I was before. Now to a non-mother, that would sound like a big sacrifice, but it doesn't feel like one. Since I want to buy stuff for my baby. I really have no interest anymore in things I used to buy for me (DVDs, clothes, etc.) Everything has changed.