Parenting is often full of blood, sweat, tears… and dry shampoo. Or no shampoo at all. While in the throes of raising tiny humans, maintaining your personal appearance can dwindle at the bottom of the priority list.
Parenting -while being the hardest job we’ll ever love- can be exhausting, and that exhaustion can often be seen all over our faces (and bodies)… LITERALLY.
These folks on Twitter are keeping it hilariously real about the physical toll that parenting takes.
- The fatigue starts early (and so does the next day when you haven’t slept).
If you don't look like you just survived a zombie apocalypse on a daily basis, are you even the parent to a newborn?
— A Bearer Of Dad News (@HomeWithPeanut) November 14, 2017
2. Your loved ones can see how tired you are. And tell you.
"Mom, are you tired? 'Cause you look tired."
– my least favorite child
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) May 17, 2018
3. In fact, tired is your new “look”. And it’s permanent.
Friend: You look tired.
Me: I have two kids, I'm pretty sure this is just my face now.
— Ramblin Mama (@ramblinma) January 26, 2016
4. You’d pay good money for a decent night’s sleep. And some undereye cream.
I wish the bags under my eyes were filled with cash.
— Difficult Mommy (@difficultmommy) April 27, 2017
5. In fact, you’ll try any product to “hide the tired”. Seriously.
They tell you you’ll be tired as a mom, but they don’t tell you you’ll become obsessed with lotions and potions trying to restore youthfulness like ?some kind of soul-stealing sea witch.
— The Mom at Law (@TheMomAtLaw) June 9, 2018
6. Daily showers, once a necessity, are now optional. Or obsolete.
Before kids: OMG, gross, I HAVE to shower everyday.
After kids: Isn't showering more than a few times a week bad for your skin anyway?
— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) February 24, 2017
7. Less hair appointments, more dry shampoo.
As a mom I only schedule hair appointments when dry shampoo gets harder to blend into my roots
— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@KateWouldHaveIt) March 24, 2018
8. Apparently you NEED to get your hair cut more often, though… thanks, kid.
7: You got your hair cut!
Me: Yeah. Dyed too.
7: Good thing. Those grey hairs didn't look pretty on you.
— Julie Burton (@ksujulie) March 31, 2017
9. You want to stay looking young & fresh, but KIDS.
I'm at a stage in life where I still want to be sexy but
WHY DO YOU KEEP WIPING YOUR BOOGERS ON MOMMY?!!
— Marl (@Marlebean) March 18, 2015
10. Parenting increases wrinkles. It’s a scientific fact (If not it SHOULD be).
The louder my children scream, the louder I can hear my wrinkles deepen.
— Molly England (@bluebonetbabies) July 6, 2017
11. Kids notice every little thing, and point it out. Always.
5yo: Just one more question before I go to bed.
5yo: What are the lines on your forehead for?
5yo: Now they look angry.
— Paige Kellerman (@PaigeKellerman) March 15, 2016
12. They still think you’re beautiful, Mom… sort of.
When your kid says you’re pretty except for your hair and wrinkles. pic.twitter.com/WZJCVrFOho
— TheMotherOctopus (@MotherOctopusKJ) May 20, 2018
13. Trying to stay in shape can be challenging. So can the spectators.
"Your stomach looks like an old man's face."
-How my kids motivate me & cheer me on when I'm working out.
— Karen Johnson (@21stcenturysahm) August 7, 2016
14. Not much time to work out as a parent, but still feeling the burn…
7yo: MOMMA DO YOU THINK YOU'LL EVER GET A 6-PACK OR ARE YOU JUST GONNA BE FAT
Me: *slowly shreds Pokémon cards w/out breaking eye contact*
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) January 7, 2017
15. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them- oh. Never mind.
I knew that motherhood would hold a mirror up in front of me, I just didn't think it would be a funhouse mirror.
— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) March 14, 2017
16. But hey, parents, we all look awesome… especially on the internet!
You know, Mom, people on the internet can't see you. You could pretend to be young and hot instead of admitting what you're really like.
— Housewife of Hell (@HousewifeOfHell) June 16, 2016
The struggle is real, but so are our bodies, wrinkles, messy hair, and all. So, I say – Work it!