Parenthood is hard.
It’s spending months researching and planning, to all of a sudden have this tiny baby placed in your arms and realize you have NO clue what you’re doing.
It’s getting through those first couple days of diapers and breastfeeding and feeling like you’re in way your head.
It’s cluster feeding all night with the baby attached to you, silently crying because you’re exhausted and overwhelmed but don’t want your husband to see you breaking down.
It’s hours of getting screamed at no matter what you try, and counting down the hours to bedtime.
It’s wanting time to hurry up so that the constant crying will end, while in the same breath wishing time could freeze for just a little while because it can’t seem to stop going so fast.
It’s eating every single dinner with the baby in your arms and possibly even on your boob, just so that you can eat a hot meal in peace.
It’s being sick and having to spend hours attempting to get a screaming, over exhausted baby down for bed, when all you want to do is sleep yourself.
It’s fleeting moments of locking yourself in the bathroom and trying not to break down, wondering if you’re doing it all wrong.
It’s looking around at your messy house, wondering how you’ll ever get it all picked up between working full time, taking care of a needy baby, making dinner, doing laundry and everything else on your list.
It’s frustrating. It’s stressful. It’s hard.
But it’s also amazing, and exciting, and magical, and so much more than you could have ever imagined. Sure, there are moments where you question your sanity (and sometimes the baby’s sanity), but there are so many more moments that are take your breath away incredible. When your baby curls into you while nursing and falls asleep halfway through and you find yourself just staring in wonder at the beautiful little being that you created. When they see you and immediately light up with the biggest smile and look at you like you’re the greatest thing in the world. When you watch them grow and learn and your heart literally aches with the amount of all-consuming love you feel. Those are the moments that matter, those are the ones you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. Parenthood is hard, but it is also the most awe-inspiring journey you will EVER take. Embrace it, and know that for every hard moment being a mom or dad may bring you, there are so many more incredible moments just around the corner.