Parenting can be as hard as it is fulfilling.
Having kids means you’re diving into a world full of love. But you’ll also rarely know exactly what’s ahead.
In honor of embracing the madness, here’s a collection of the sometimes sweet, sometimes silly, but always very real moments that make up the day-to-day life of parents:
1. Love in the aftermath of birth.
This is one amazing, strong mama. When she hit 42 wks 2 days with no sign of labor, she agreed to be admitted to the hospital, where she labored for nearly 24 hours, on pitocin, with no medication. She brought her baby down beautifully and pushed with all her might for 3 hours. She did everything right! When her birth plan took an unexpected turn, she was strong and carried on. It was a beautiful journey to document! #birth #labor #birthphotography #austinbirthphotographer #birthstory #birthphotos #leilanirogersphotographer #preservehappy
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2. It can get messy.
3. And downright dirty.
4. You have to give it all you've got.
5. That awkward moment when babies attack.
Carmen please leave that man alone!!!!!! #istambulairport #poorman #carmenyouaresomean #beautyintheair #carmensairak #princesssairak #carmensflyinghome #carmensgoinghome #teamcarmen #bringcarmenhome #lgbtfamily #lgbtrights #alvarowearealmostthere #16monthstrapped #itbabygirl
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6. Multitasking is a way of life.
7. All day...
8. ...every day.
9. Little victories are big deals.
What happens when you take 5 minutes to change ? At least she put the cap back on the marker, she practices that in therapy 👧🏼😀💗 #autism #specialneedsmom #parentingwin #22q13 #phelanmcdermidsyndrome #rare #gottogocleancarpetsnow #iwasdistracted by #pokemongo
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10. Disasters are inevitable.
11. Naps can happen anytime, anywhere.
12. Discipline can require creativity.
13. Their fashion choices are questionable.
14. It may feel like they're growing up too fast.
15. But those tender moments prove there's no bond like this one.
Jerry Seinfeld once said, “A 2-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it.”
These photos prove that he was 100% right. There’s no way to truly prepare for what it takes to be a parent, but the parent-child bond is unlike any other. Here’s to you, parents!