Babies are awesome. They are adorable and sweet and helpless and unable to communicate in any way besides crying... Wait, let's start this again. Ahem: Babies are incredible, because they do so many amazing things, right? No, they don't. Here's a newsflash for you: it's OK if you don't love the newborn stage. In fact, it's OK if you hate having a newborn.
When my daughter was born, I spent hours just gazing into her eyes and taking cute photos of her. I also spent hours attempting (and often failing) to breastfeed her, hours changing diapers, hours trying to figure out why she was crying, and days not sleeping. It was exhausting, anxiety-provoking, sometimes boring, and not at all what I expected. Don't get me wrong. I loved her to pieces, but I also felt deflated after the nine month build-up of expectations. And let's be honest: It's not always easy bonding with a screaming infant you've only just met.
So I'm here to tell you that if you're having a hard time with the newborn stage, it's OK. There are actually close to a million reasons not to love the newborn stage. I think a lot of people hate having newborns. It's just that everyone's afraid to admit it. I mean, the only reason we keep them is because they're so damn cute. Am I right, or am I right?
Here's why it's completely fine if this particular stage of parenting isn't your cup of tea: