Happy Monday, friends! Over the past few months we’ve written honestly as we could on the challenges of work/life balance, and we’ve interviewed some of our favorite, inspiring moms via our Mother Clucker profiles.
Today we’re doing kind of a mash-up. We are sharing honest, and very funny, stories from our friends about their most “real” moments as moms. And we are looking for more! If you have a story to share, please send it our way – our email addresses are at the bottom of this post (and we promise to keep you anonymous). Or if you’re feeling particularly brave, post your story on Facebook or Instagram and tag it “#ParentingIsGlamorous”.
We promise to laugh WITH you, not AT you.
And on that note, here we go! Enjoy, dear readers.
“My boss asked me to fill in for her during maternity leave. I was lucky enough to get to do her job and mine on a single salary. Sarcasm aside, it was a great opportunity, but she didn’t realize I was pregnant myself with my second child. I had terrible morning (all-day) sickness – I threw up every day for 22 weeks and felt sick as a dog pretty much around the clock. I remember one conference call with my Director. She was asking for opinions from the other managers while I pulled over to throw up out the car door. Just as I finished (thank goodness) she asked me how I felt about the topic. I answered like nothing had happened and moved on with my day. Good times!”
“I once snuck my three-month-old son into the bathroom to feed him a bottle of formula while attending a breastfeeding support group. As if that wasn’t shameful enough, after he finished the bottle, he spit up on me. I was sure the group leader could smell the formula on both of us when I went back to the meeting.”
“When I was pregnant, I had all these lofty ideals of having everything be organic – none of those ugly Fisher-Price toys and bouncers for us! Cut to… me, bouncing my 4-month-old son on my arm while standing in the aisle of Babies R Us and filling my cart with as many plastic contraptions and rockers and bouncers as possible. My baby has grown tired of the organic self-pushing swing from Sweden and needs a hit of something battery operated and made of brightly colored plastic. There’s only so much a mom can take before she just gives in to the baby industry. I surrender. Fisher-Price wins.”
“I have this very distinct memory of pumping using the hands-free bra while peeling dozens of potatoes for a big family dinner. I remember looking down at the milk bottles and the potato peeler thinking, ‘Wow, so this is what it’s come to?’”
“One year I had to work the week between Christmas and New Year’s; my husband did not. On Tuesday morning he texted me a picture of himself and the two kids having bagels at the bagel store, and in the picture my daughter was wearing a hat I didn’t recognize. I asked him what hat she was wearing, and he texted back, ‘Oh, it’s not a hat. It’s a pair of [her brother’s] Mickey Mouse underwear.”
More of these to come!
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Erin and Heather