By Amanda Collins Bernier

You know those moments when you wish you could just press pause? Since having my first child, Max, I've never wished more that life came with a remote control.

Last week, Max turned six months old, a milestone that seemed to sneak up way too quickly and made me realize how little time he'll be so little. That night, after his bath, I wrapped him in his fuzzy, hooded towel, cradled him on my lap, and tried to soak in all his sweet, fleeting baby-ness: his fuzzy head, those squishy legs, that still toothless gummy smile.

As he giggled and reached his pudgy little hand toward my face, I made a mental note: remember this moment. It was sublime; everything I expected having a baby to be. And then... he pooped on me.

This, I'm learning, is motherhood.

In the short six months I've been a mom, I've found that every cliché you hear about parenting is right.

It's a love like no other.

They grow so fast.

It's the most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

It's true, parenting is full of magical moments where you wish you could freeze time. But it's also full of spit up, poop, and sleepless nights (at least at this point). Parenthood is a paradox; a wonderfully crazy combination of the most intense love and the most difficult challenges. It's amazing and meaningful and really hard.

Another thing about parenthood? It's a community. We're all on a journey of joy and frustration, good days, and days when you wonder how you will make it to bedtime. We're learning, making mistakes, watching with wonder as our kids grow - and growing ourselves. None of us knows exactly what we're doing (if you do, I want to hear from you!), but we're figuring it out as we go.

Joining the team at baystateparent as editor couldn't have come at a better time in my life - I'm navigating the ups, downs and unknowns of parenthood just like our readers. So, Bay State parents, I'd love to hear from you. Tell me your stories, share your moments, your #momwins, and your #parentingfails (hey, we all have them!). I invite you to email me at amanda@baystateparent.com, or reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

I'm excited to get to share of all the sides of parenting with you - the good, the hard, and the poopy.