As a new mother, I can confidently say that the newborn stage is stressful. I, personally, had little-to-no idea what I was doing, was constantly afraid I was going to "break the baby," and was adjusting to a new life with a new, postpartum body. Still, now that my son is two and well into toddlerhood, there are moments when having a toddler will make you wish you had a newborn. I mean, sure, I like getting a great night's sleep and toddlers are fun, but they're also exhausting and often times irrational and, you know, a baby that's nothing more than a bump on the log can seem like a welcomed vacation.
My son is fun, don't get me wrong. I love watching him learn and grown and run and jump and, when his antics don't give me a heart attack, watching him gain more and more freedom and independence every single day is nothing short of wonderful. I get to see him learn new words and new numbers and new colors, amazed that this tiny human I grew and birthed can retain so much information in such a short amount of time. I mean, I can barely remember the password to my computer (the same one I've been using for more than five years) and my kid has learned more than 50 words in just two years of life. That's pretty impressive.
Still, he has his moments (usually in the form of some epic tantrum) that can leave me longing for the days when he just kind of sat there; sleeping and eating and pooping and sleeping some more. He was so quiet and little and he didn't think jumping off the couch was fun. So, if you're in the middle of the toddler stage and wishing you were back with a fresh newborn, know that you're not alone and it's pretty normal. After all, a toddler is exponentially more difficult to take care of than a newborn, for a number of reasons: