A frustrated mother has taken to the internet to vent her anger and resentment towards her third child on Reddit.
In a post that has stunned fellow parents, the woman writes that although she loves her daughters, aged 6 and 8, she doesn't like her son "at all" and that he was an unwanted addition to the family.
"I sobbed my eyes out when I realised I was pregnant," she writes.
"I didn't want to be pregnant again, hence the birth control, and it was too late for an abortion anywhere in my country. I probably would have had one, to be honest. My husband and I were pretty adamant we didn't want more babies. I hated the baby/toddler stage with my daughters and with them being 3 and 4.5 at the time, it was like having a prison sentence extended right before freedom."
She then referred to her youngest child as one of "those" babies, in comparison to her daughters who she described as "dream babies" who slept through the night.
"He was a refluxy/colicky nightmare that just screamed and screamed and screamed."
The mother-of-three also claimed her marriage nearly fell apart because of him and that she sometimes wished he would die in his sleep.
"I can honestly say it nearly broke [our] marriage apart - at one point, we didn't sleep in the same bed with one another for months because we had to take shifts sleeping at a friend or sibling's home with the girls because he screamed that badly they couldn't sleep.
"I don't want to be insensitive to anyone who has suffered a loss in this way, but I have to be honest, my husband and I both had a period where if he had died in his sleep, we would have felt relief. At one point, I Googled if we could still put him in the 'baby hatches' our country has. He was too old. But again, how would we explain to everyone, including the girls, why we had a baby and then suddenly didn't."
She added that she had been unable to bond with him because of how difficult he had been.
"I honestly hated him for the first 18 months of his life," she said.
However the mother, who has been visiting two therapists, claims that even now he is in preschool things still haven't gotten any better.
"Now he is 3.5 and even though he has now outgrown all that and is pretty chill, I still just don't like him. I am struggling to bond with him or even like him because I'm having trouble separating him from the memories of my marriage almost falling apart and my career being absolutely destroyed by having him and just the feelings that he was 'forced' onto me by a birth control failure," she said.
She added that she knew he didn't ask to be brought into this world, but that still didn't make her feel any different about him being her least favourite child.
"I know he didn't ask to be brought into this world and he deserves better, but I don't know how to make myself feel differently."