As my child is very much on the downhill side of a year now, I am feeling more like a relatively competent parent and less like the insane woman that the hospital accidentally gave a baby to. There are definitely things I am better at than others and a long list of things I have yet to experience, but we have a good routine and Eli and I are both relentlessly happy. And while parenting has proven to be the coolest job I’ve ever had and I love that little baby in ways I cannot convey in words, it has also been the hardest job.
I’m not sure if parenting feels harder because it really is, or if it’s because the stakes and the emotions are so high that even small things feel monumental, but the fact of the matter is, it’s difficult. It’s rewarding and wonderful and I don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer because I love being a mother more than anything else (and stay tuned for the 10 best things about being a parent tomorrow), I think I just didn’t appreciate how tough this would be before I got here. And so, in the interest of not blowing smoke and pretending for new moms or moms-to-be that this is easy, in my first 9 months as a parent, these have been the 9 toughest things that I’ve been through.
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Those are my 9 toughest things about being a parent. But I know that since Eli is only 9 months old, I’ve yet to experience many of the harder parts of parenting. What do you think is the toughest part about being a parent, and why?
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