My original intention for this blog post was to talk about how much I love and respect the Honest Company brand. But while I’m obsessed with just about everything they make, a recent conversation with my sisters made me switch gears. They explained that they (and many of their friends) often feel pressure on social media to be the perfect mom 24/7. As a blogger myself, I felt guilty, but also empowered to let my readers know that I am FAR from perfect (even though, through photos, it may appear otherwise).
With that said, I thought it would be interesting to ask other moms to share their “Honest Mommy Moments” and the response was amazing. When you read the honest moments below, I hope that you find comfort that no mom lives a perfect life and that the imperfect moments can be some of the best moments.
Read on, and let the laughs commence!
“I was never prepared for when my milk came in. My boobs were so big, I could rest my chin on them! It was so extremely painful! I couldn’t move or nurse for two full days without my eyes welling up with tears from the discomfort. I felt ugly, gross, and uncomfortable. It was definitely a humbling moment I will never forget.” – Me, mom of 1 (age 1 ½)
“I thought it would be a good idea to get back in shape, so I jump roped while my baby was napping and pee dripped down my leg after 3 jumps!” – Mom of 1 (age 10 months)
“Let’s be honest, I love playing with my daughter But sometimes I ask her to play hide and seek and then find a the most difficult hiding spot so I can have 10 minutes alone, while she searches the house. I usually do this when she has asked me to play Barbies with her yet again. If I have to play Barbies for one more minute, I might snap. I can’t wait for my son to get older so they can play together…I mean if we’re being honest that’s part of the reason we had another one!”- Mom of 2 (ages 3 and age 4 months
“I went camping for my husband’s birthday and forgot a part to my breast pump. I got so engorged I had to express at the campground showers – I even asked my husband to help!” –Mom of 3 (age 8, age 6, and age 1)
“I walked out of a restaurant in the dead of winter wearing only my puffy vest because my kid had a shit explosion on my lap. I had a back up outfit for him…but not for me. And the best part was that I walked across the restaurant with shit all over me and had no clue.” –Mom of 1 (age 2)
“When my son was potty training I inadvertently put on two pairs of underwear when I was dressing him. He was having trouble in the bathroom at daycare and when his babysitter tried to figure out what was happening she realized he had on two pairs of underwear. Needless to say my son was embarrassed and so was I.” Mom of 3 (age 15, age 13, age 8)
“Feeling bipolar because I go from wanting to shake him to thinking he is the most precious being on earth in about 30 seconds!” –Mom of 1 (age 9 months)
“How about when my daughter was a newborn and I was driving with both kids by myself to pick up my husband 2 hours away and she had a major blow out! I had to pull off the freeway in a strip mall parking lot and change her in the car with both kids crying. She had poop all up her back, all over her onesie and pants, and on her car seat! Shit was literally everywhere! I had to throw her clothes away right there in the parking lot.” Mom of 2 (age 3 and age 1).
“My second son got terribly sick at 7 months old. He had what I thought to be a cold, and it turned his chest into a knot and he was struggling to breathe. Rushing him to urgent care and then being told he needed to be admitted into the hospital was devastating and scary but trusting my gut and listening to my mommy intuition turned out to be the best thing for him. I truly felt like a ‘mom’ that day. That’s an honest moment.” – Mom of 3 (age 4,age 3, and age 8 months)
“Going to the grocery store and forgetting to put my pads in my bra was a major moment for me. I had to literally cover the quarter size milk spots on my boobs with my hair, which was a fail.” – Mom of 2 (age 2 and age 8 months)
“Sleep deprivation! It makes you do some ridiculous things. Like the time I drove down to the beach for a run and lost my keys! My partner was out of town for the weekend and I miss placed the spare key. So with a hungry and tired baby I had to hitch a ride with the tow truck driver. I was without a car for 2 days until my partner came home. Oh…I found my spare key 6 days later in the back of the closet. #MommyFail #ImStillNotLaughing- Mom of 1 (age 1 ½)
“My little one is only 3 months, but just the other day, she had a major poop explosion all over herself at a fancy dinner party. And, just my luck, I forgot to bring along extra diapers. I scrambled across the party asking moms everywhere for a spare diaper, and the only one available was a size 6. We took off her poop-stained clothes, put the size 6 diaper on her, and called it a day…mind you, she’s currently a size 1!”- Mom of 1 (age 3 months)
I hope all of you moms can relate to these honest moments. My hope is that you don’t allow yourself to feel the pressure from me or anyone to feel perfect. While it may seem otherwise on my blog, I’m constantly changing poopy diapers, wiping away tears, and staying up all night just like every one of you.
Share your Honest Mommy Moments below so we can all join hands and unite as moms!