Oh, parenting. Those first few weeks are a mix of adrenaline, joy, and terror. When those emotions wear off and you start to find your parenting feet, I think it's normal end up shocked when you realize there's more to this whole parenting thing than just swaddling, feeding, changing, and shushing. It's even more normal to ask yourself, probably in the middle of the night when you're exhausted, "When does parenting get easier?" because, well, that day seems inexplicably if not viciously far away
Reddit user arkroyal2223 recently asked that very same, very understandable question, and the overwhelming responses prove once and for all that "easier" is a relative term, and the day you feel like things are finally getting manageable is the day something else will, inevitably, pop up. The commenting parents, while from different backgrounds with different kids and different life circumstances, all seemed to agree that parenting becomes easier right before it becomes infinitely harder again. Just when you think you're getting the hang of your babe, they throw you a curve ball.
When I was a very new parent, I expected parenting to have a certain upward trajectory. I imagined that the learning curve would be pretty straight forward, always moving upward, and I would gradually (and easily) learn as I went. Turns out, parenting does not just get easier infinitely, and I vividly remember the moment I realized that parenting was a rollercoaster rather than an uphill climb. I won't lie, it was a little crushing. Each step forward felt like significantly progress, but each step backward felt like I was starting to free fall into the abyss of "I don't know what the hell I'm doing."
Let's see what other parents had to say when they were asked when, if ever, parenting gets easier.. It certainly will make you feel less alone, because it turns out, it kind of doesn't.