So as the title suggests - is being a parent what you expected? Harder, easier, more anxiety causing than you thought it would be?
I have a 9 week old DD it has been harder than I thought. I found the first 5 weeks quiet overwhelming and I'm a midwife do assumed I'd be cruisey, relaxed and not too bothered. My goodness the crying was torture to my ears. And sleep deprivation hit me hard.She's now a brilliant sleeper and an "easy" baby so I am really enjoying this stage.
I also have not found it as lonely as I thought I would - she's great company.
E worry about them is probably more than I expected too.