My number one advice is: you get out of being a mom what you put in. Just like with all things, you put in quality time, energy, and love, and you will receive huge rewards for the effort. Motherhood has been my greatest blessing, and can be yours too if you are willing to do the work. It won't be easy. It won't be exciting. Believe me, it isn't all fun either. You will not be disappointed though, because you knew it wouldn't be easy before your little bundle of joy was laid in your arms. At that moment, you will know that you will do anything for her because she (in my case) is and will be worth every second, tear, and laugh!