It's harder than I expected for sure. My DD was a really easy newborn plus I had lots of help, so the first few months had me thinking this whole parenting this was easy as! But then she stopped sleeping (at night and during the day), she got sick, I had to go back to work and everything just started going downhill.
My DD is amazing. She's seriously just the best. Super happy, very outgoing, a lot of fun, really loving. By she is SO much work. She constantly needs to know everything, needs to know why we do things, she always wants to keep busy and do activities, and she just does not sleep! So I guess overall, parenting is a lot more exhausting than I thought. I wake up tired, I go to bed tired, I don't sleep properly because I'm always half awake to make sure DD is ok. I just honestly feel like I could always sleep for a week straight.