One glance at my instagram “explore” page, and it’s easy to see where my interests lie; cute puppies, football memes, and endless pictures of baby’s wrapped up in every carrier imaginable.
In this society of consumption and social media, consumers are constantly reminded, “don’t believe what you see on the internet. It’s not real life. People only show their best versions online.” This message is true. My brain knows this.
However, it’s also hard to shake feelings of inadequacy when we’re inundated with perfectly posed “candid” pictures that supposedly show “honest motherhood” or “motherhood unplugged”.
When I saw this picture my 5 year old snapped with my phone, I immediately dismissed it. My messy hair, bed unmade, mediocre wrap job, the old pack n play no one sleeps in anyway. “This isn’t a good picture,” I told myself.
But then I stopped. I took myself by the hand and really looked…and what I saw was beautiful.
This is laundry to fold and a baby that needs a nap.
Reprimanding a toddler for who knows what.
This is keeping my baby close.
THIS is my journey through motherhood; it’s real, it’s messy, and I love it.
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