Matrescence is a term anthropologists use to describe the process of becoming a mother, the transition into motherhood. It is a complete identity shift, punctuated by chemical changes in a woman's brain, sleep deprivation, and a (temporary) loss of control over how her body looks and feels, not to mention her freedom, time and other relationships being subjected to the whims of a tiny, needy little human. Here I share some of my experiences with this shift, some good, some bad, but all honest and real.