I have found that since I became a mom... over 14 years ago... I don't sleep. Little noises wake me up. My pattern of getting a full-night's rest is totally screwed! I have gained some additional patience, but for the most part, that is off-set by the lack of sleep and the increasing number of family meals. I am very protective of my child and would go to the ends of the earth for him. I guess, when you become a mom, you suddenly realize that you are their protector and no one (NO ONE) is gonna hurt that child... All your instincts starts becoming more in-tune and you know when something isn't right.