Post kid, I'm happy -- most of the time
Are the studies about parental happiness right? For me, yes and no.
After my son was born, my husband and I spent much of the first year snapping at one another. I think some of that was due to the fact that, unlike other couples we knew, we had little family support. But things gradually got better as our son started sleeping through the night and when he weaned, since I was no longer a 24-hour cafeteria.
I have days where I miss the ability to make late night store runs and see a movie whenever I wanted without having to jump through the hoops of lining up a baby sitter and then wincing upon realizing that it will cost us $50 to gulp down tacos and see "Indiana Jones and the Legend of the Crystal Skull." But those days are offset by seeing my son's face light up when I pick him up from day care and hearing him yell "yeah" at bedtime when I ask if he loves mommy. And knowing that Harrison Ford won't be at my sickbed someday, but odds are, my son will.
-- Lisa Buie, Times mom