It's always hard I don't think it matter what age we are. I guess we got very lucky as I'm 40 next year. But the pooey nappies and sleepless night scare the crap out of a does the breastfeeding and sore nipplies and everything else we go through. My hips and lower back are done already and I have a few weeks left to go. DS at 9 is so independent aswell and our poochie is like his younger sister also. I hope you all get to experience this again.