Be prepared for these doubts and even changes of heart to arise. Go with it. Talk it out with your partner. Talk it out with your family and friends.
You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. This is hard! Let it be hard.
Feel. Go with your gut.
The other woman in question says that the things she valued as she toured daycare centers while pregnant have changed since actually becoming a mom. Specifically, while pregnant she was obsessed with the cleanliness of the place and the variety of toys. She was fine with the 5 to 1 ratio. After meeting the new little love of her life? Priorities have shifted. Now her main concern is that the caregivers will pick her baby up when he cries, and that they are loving. She now favors a 2 or 3 to 1 ratio for a newborn. She further explains that while pregnant she evaluated centers with her head, now she involuntarily uses her gut and her heart. Beautiful.
And truly, this often happens. I often advise expectant mothers to do all the legwork for childcare—even secure the spot—but have a back-up plan, an open mind, and flexibility. Thoughts, feelings, and EVERYTHING under the sun changes when you become a parent.