Remember when you were young and naive and thought, "When I have kids one day, I'm going to be one of those parents who have it together! Who puts themselves first, doesn't live in yoga pants and actually has a life outside of my kid!"
And then reality sets in and you laugh at that younger, dumber version of yourself and you realize that's not at all what parenthood is like. Well, it may be for some people. And that's okay! Good for those people! But for others, that type of reality doesn't exist.
Being a parent is hard. It's the most thankless, wonderful, beautiful job out there – but it's brutal. Everyone warns you that, yes, it's hard but wonderful, but nothing can actually prepare you until you're just thrown into the battlefield.
Some of us may think that certain people have it easier than others when it comes to parenthood; namely, celebrities. And sure, while they may have more money, when it comes down to it, being a parent is still stressful.
You may know Colleen Ballinger more commonly as her Internet character, Miranda Sings.She launched to stardom thanks to her hilarious YouTube videos which led her to land her own Netflix show and tour her comedy show worldwide. She's a funny queen with over 10 million subscribers to her channel.
In December 2018, Ballinger gave birth to her first child with husband Erik Stocklin.The Internet superstar recently posted a tweet that soon had a lot of traction. She posted a mirror selfie, with a stained tank top and flashing the peace sign.
Ballinger called attention to the fact that social media can often paint an inaccurate picture of parenthood.
i see a lot of moms online who portray a perfect, easy lifestyle. but this is a more realistic version of what moth… https://t.co/s0xXVDAWat— Colleen Ballinger🎗 (@Colleen Ballinger🎗)1547695229.0
The response to her tweet was amazing.Women rallied behind the actress and comedian, echoing her sentiments. As Ballinger said, "the messy stuff is beautiful too." Ain't that the truth?
Some people pointed out the other not-so-glamorous aspects of being a new mom...
@ColleenB123 You forgot the hair that probably hasn't been brushed, let alone washed in days. That was always my fa… https://t.co/ZA3LSq2bfD— Wasabi Fox™ 🦊 (@Wasabi Fox™ 🦊)1547726646.0
Some Twitter users responded with pictures of themselves.
@ColleenB123 It gets better. I remember taking this picture because I opened my front camera and laughed at how I l… https://t.co/5j86XeD2Wr— madi (@madi)1547698750.0
Okay, this is making me tear up...
@ColleenB123 Girl yessss and as they grow up there are so many mom bun moments it’s insane but so incredible becaus… https://t.co/UzUWtS9f7a— Julie Story (@Julie Story)1547734450.0
A lot of women were grateful for the transparency that Ballinger showed in her tweet.
@ColleenB123 i think it’s so cool that you shared the real side of your pregnancy and now motherhood with us it’s s… https://t.co/ep062QUWh3— sarah (@sarah)1547695367.0
Ballinger was also candid about her pregnancy journey, which a lot of people appreciated.
@ColleenB123 With me being pregnant, I’m so glad you’ve been honest about how hard pregnancy can really be because… https://t.co/PK5yynywpt— 🌻 Samara🌻 (@🌻 Samara🌻)1547709867.0
Even women who aren't moms can relate...I can relate to this 100%. My room is full of empty glasses that once held water. Oops.
Every mother's journey is different.
@ColleenB123 it’s also different for every mom. it might be easier to some, messy for some and hard for others. wha… https://t.co/MXehwX4CmY— Heidiiii| #LateWithLilly ✨ (@Heidiiii| #LateWithLilly ✨)1547695679.0
Sometimes mama just needs a drink...
@ColleenB123 Here’s me drinking a Guinness while my baby was 4 weeks old and I hadn’t washed my hair that week. Ol… https://t.co/p3LmfFT3Zb— Lauren O'Brien (@Lauren O'Brien)1547756047.0
Fur-babies totally count.
@ColleenB123 This is what I looked like for 2 weeks when I got a dog 😟— chpimp (@chpimp)1547747318.0
This is an excellent metaphor."Forget about finals week, you ain't sleeping at all" is hilarious. This entire tweet should be on a t-shirt.
This Twitter user did her own version of Ballinger's tweet.
@ColleenB123 It’s not glamorous but I wouldn’t have it any other way 💞 https://t.co/7Rm3PZ0glZ— evelyn 🌿 (@evelyn 🌿)1547715761.0
The sarcasm is real.You've got to have a sense of humor right? I mean, what else are you supposed to do with the sheer amount of exhaustion.
Shout out to the toothpaste cap!
@ColleenB123 Don’t forget the uncapped toothpaste who’s cap is probably long lost (rip)— kamaile (@kamaile)1547695486.0
People get real on the Internet.
@ColleenB123 This is literally how I feel during my pregnancy. People show it as something so easy and talk about h… https://t.co/H2mPFAxzDw— Tiana Elizabeth (@Tiana Elizabeth)1547736989.0
Ballinger's photo actually got some people excited for motherhood!It does seem worth all of the barf and poop and messy hair.
The mom strugg is real.
Accurate the first 3 months https://t.co/ddEmwsqIlW— 𝖑𝖆 𝖉𝖎𝖆𝖇𝖑𝖆 (@𝖑𝖆 𝖉𝖎𝖆𝖇𝖑𝖆)1547732873.0
Ballinger's tweet isn't the only place on the internet where mothers and fathers gather 'round. to lament the struggles of parenthood.
[finally gets the car seat installed correctly] Me: Where’s the baby? Wife: In college.— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn)1444657923.0
This baby? I don't know her...
Asked to switch seats on the plane because I was sitting next to a crying baby. Apparently, that's not allowed if the baby is yours.— Ilana Wiles (@Ilana Wiles)1392242853.0
This is my biggest fear.
Dr: Would you like to hold ur baby? [flashback to when someone handed me a burrito & it slipped from my hands to the floor] Me: that's ok— Marin Hubka (@Marin Hubka)1442265895.0
Welcome to your new life...
I just realized that I have now literally cried over spilt milk. #newparentlife— Pixelfish (@Pixelfish)1520820003.0
Baby puke, but make it fashion.
Don't get attached to your outfit because it will end up with puke on it #newmomprobs— ⓐⓛⓔⓧⓨⓢ (@ⓐⓛⓔⓧⓨⓢ)1490038490.0
Small tasks are now giant mountains.
Lost my keys between turning the car off and getting out of it. #newmombrain— Arin Liberman (@Arin Liberman)1476803818.0
A human? What's that?
For Halloween this year I'm going to shower & put on makeup & do my hair & dress up as a human. It will be spooky. #newmomproblems— Amanda Bumgarner (@Amanda Bumgarner)1443123972.0
Stay away from WebMD!
Googling Literally Everything: A New Mom's Story— Lori Fradkin (@Lori Fradkin)1449846301.0
A parent can dream, can't they?
FYI you can't snooze the baby monitor— mark (@mark)1450618701.0