When a friend is about to have their first child, I say: “It will get worse before it gets better.” The first few months were a mix of emotions, many of them difficult ones.
I didn’t know if it was admitting defeat by telling others it was really, really hard. And I also got the impression that “it’s going well” was really all anyone wanted to hear.
You can love the baby snuggles and also feel utterly isolated and overwhelmed. Maybe you love all of it, or maybe during those first few months, you love none of it. Now I tell friends in advance that I found the transition to parenthood very challenging, hoping that opens the door to let them tell me if they experience something similar.
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