What a beautiful little boy! I LOVE the name - so strong. And almost 9 pounds, wow! Isn't it crazy to think you carried that big baby? Gavriel was 8 lbs 4 oz and I felt that it was huge! Congratulations Arielle!
While I totally get your sentiments about other peoples comments, just know that (for the most part) other Moms don't say those things to discourage you or because they want you to hate motherhood ;) I think they just mean that they know it will inevitably get harder, and that's okay too. There is beauty in the hard parts too. I know it can be difficult to hear unwanted advice and opinions, but try to embrace a few of those more experienced moms who will encourage you and love you and hold you up during the weary days of motherhood. Even if it's just someone to laugh with as you retell the story of your toddler throwing a tantrum in the grocery store line…because God knows we've all been there! You truly are a wonderful mother, and Levi is lucky to have you.