Parenting books set up a mythical ideal that you can never reach, then you exhaust yourself trying to get there. It's better for mother and child to take those books a lot more lightly.
It's probably the most common piece of parenting advice handed out, and definitely the most useless. You can't enjoy every moment, but you can control how you view those moments, and savour the moments you DO enjoy.
Parenting is the hardest job there is. The hours are non-stop, there are no holidays, and the pay is terrible. Throw in a global pandemic and potential WW3, and it's no wonder you're hitting burnout. So what can you do?
When you have a baby, it can feel like your life is over. And maybe it is. But that's ok - you can build a new one.
It always starts with "I want to have a baby". But the baby stage is so fleeting. We prepare ourselves so much for this tiny person we'll have for maybe four months, but forget to prepare for the child we'll have for many years.