I have three (two boys: 13 and 15, and one girl: 8). And it is by far the most incredible feeling in the world. But as several have already stated, it is no longer about you, the parent. It's TOTALLY about the child. And the change is immediate and life-long. However, the trade-offs are just as incredible, especially because of the unconditional love and reliance they have for you, and on you.
But imagine this soft and completely vulnerable new bundle of life wriggling in your arms. Imagine it's unfocused eyes desperately trying to follow it's own tiny hands waving in front of it's tiny face. Imagine skin so soft, it almost seems to be made of air. Yep, it's the most glorious moment that anyone can have. And for the first few weeks of life, all it does is eat, poop, and gurgle.
And yes, you have to possess God-like patience and be willing to change without condition or compromise, in an instant, to your child's needs.
I went into semi-retirement (while pulling $50,000+) just to insure that they were being cared for as only a parent could. That was, and still is, my compromise. And I've no doubt, whatsoever, that I did the right thing. But, I'm also fortunate enough to have a wife who is completely supportive and just as dedicated as I am.
It's funny how for however long man has procreated, I can't ever remember reading about educational institutions teaching kids how to be (good) parents. We're just expected
So it's good to hear that there are classes now available. Is the type of class that you're presently taking?