I was talking with my cousin the other day who is pregnant with her first. I was telling her not to stress if she didn't feel that "Instant Love" everyone talks about. After DD was handed to me I was excited, and totally amazed, but 'love' wouldn't be a word I would use to describe my emotions. In the day that followed I can honestly say I felt very little. I actually remember looking at her in my MIL's arms and thinking, "Motherhood is so hard, how am I going to do this if I don't love my own child?"
That day my mother called me and maybe it was mother's intuition, but she actually asked me if I had had that 'instant love'. Almost in tears I said that I had not. She assured me that she didn't have it either and it would come. That night after DH had fallen asleep I had DD in my arms and I looked down at her sweet little face and all of a sudden she looked so familiar to me, like I had known her forever and I had this overwhelming love that I had never known could exist. I will never forget how she looked at that moment and how I felt, I still get teared up thinking about it.
Anyway, my question is, how many of you felt that instant love, or was it more something that came later?