My newborn is about 3 days old now, and what I've learned so far is that taking care of a newborn isn't technically difficult, as in, the tasks required of you don't require the hands of a surgeon by any means. But the baby's constant crying and need for attention every few hours gnaws at you. But that's just the logistical side. Everyone who has a kid understands this.
The stuff that I was particularly interested in finding out was the emotional side. What does it actually feel like to be a parent? What are the emotions?
And what I discovered is that I can best sum up my feelings with these 5 words: "Thank you, mom and dad."
Thank you for being there when I cried.
Thank you for feeding me countless times when I didn't even have a clue how to eat.
Thank you for burping me to relieve my discomforts when I didn't even know why I was uncomfortable after eating.
Thank you for cleaning up my poop and pee because I had no idea when and where to do that either.
Thank you for calming me down when I needed to be comforted, for no apparent reason other than "I just feel like crying unless someone gives me attention."
Thank you, I will eternally be grateful, and I would have only understood what you went through had I gone through it myself.