So really the point of this post is that I'd like to now birth a 20 month old. I'm fine with the stretch marks. - MODG →
This is a similar post about not feeling ecstatic about our babies, particularly if they like to scream all the time, as our firstborn did. I often tell people we loved Mikko from birth, but we didn’t fully like him until about 18 months. I say that not to shame him or make him seem inadequate, but just to be honest and reassuring (for those who feel the same), and to say along with MODG here: It gets better.
They get older; they get personalities; they become endearing and likable and they stop screaming so dang much. It gets better. It has gotten better.
I almost can’t remember the me I was who was so uncertain it would get better, since I love parenting so much now (most of the time, ha ha). But I will still honestly talk about these changes so that other parents of challenging babies know: You are not alone.