Hey Kyla, I hold on to that crazy kid-mommy love too. Juliet is 5 and just loves me in this crazy, intense way that I know won't last, I'm enjoying it while I have it! She loves her daddy, but she has a fierce crazy love for me right now.
So far the age that I find the most stressful is young toddlerhood. Like, when they're mobile but can't really be reasoned with yet. They're just such little lunatics then. I feel like at that age they are perpetually 5 seconds away from yanking on a table cloth and pulling a heavy potted plant down on their heads, or eating a rando pill that they found under the couch. I like it better when they're either too little to reach most of the stuff that could kill them, or old enough where you can tell them "We don't eat pennies" and feel reasonably assured that they won't eat the pennies.
Toddlerhood was exhausting too. Oh lord. They can't be left alone for ONE minute or they're chewing on wires and trying to climb up the curtains. No nostalgia for that except they were so RIDICULOUSLY cute it was insane.
Lisa - Yes about the toddler belly! That little round belly is so stinkin' cute, it is a little sad when they lose that. T is as skinny and flat tummed as a rail these days, which makes it hard to believe he ever had that fat little baby tummy. Awwwww.