Are You Ready for Baby?
Let's get this right out into the open: You can never really be ready for a baby. Sound nerve-wracking? It's not as bad as it seems; after all, how can you be ready for something you've never experienced in your life? How can you be completely prepared for something that will change you and your partner in ways you have no way of knowing ahead of time? The simple answer is, you can't. You can, however, be ready for change, and that's a good goal for new parents-to-be.
The truth is there will always be surprises, things you never expected, reactions that catch you off guard after your baby is born—and there's nothing wrong with that. You don't have to feel equipped to know what to do when your baby is crying in the middle of the night (you'll quickly learn what that cry means, so don't worry). All you need to do is be prepared for change, aware that much of the way your life is right now will be different. Sure that can be scary, but many of those changes will be very good—you just can't know that yet because they haven't happened.
With being ready comes a sense of understanding and acceptance. You may not know what your life will look like, but you know it will not look the same. Realizing you'll need to make adjustments in many areas of your life is really what matters here. It's not as much about being ready for a baby as much as being aware that life will be different with a baby and that you will be able to handle it.