Here it is, my friends: another piece of cold, hard proof that parenting is difficult AF. In fact, it's normal to have conflict with your partner or co-parent while simultaneously raising your children. A baby's cries are stressful and stress is conflict provoking, after all. Sometimes finding commonality with others is the one thing that gets you through. Luckily, there is no shortage of commonality among parents. For example, the fights couples have when their baby won't stop crying seem to be pretty universal, so at least we know us parents aren't alone.
My first baby had colic, so my partner and I had plenty of time to grow our baby-won't-stop-crying fight muscles. Our second baby seemed mild and quiet by comparison. Our third kid only cries when they're getting teeth, although, and unfortunately, it feels as though baby number three has been getting teeth forever.
I'm here to tell you, dear reader, if these scenarios sound familiar in any way, you're not alone. In fact, a recent study published by Fortune shows that marriage satisfaction generally decreases after a couple has children. My personal contribution to that finding is that it's hard to hold on to the love that made the kids in the first place, especially when their screams are ringing in your ears. Hard as it may be, though, it's totally possible. The love might just look different.