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These 17 comics get real about what it feels like to be a new parent.

'New Mom Comics' lets other new parents know that they are not alone.

Alison H. Wong is a new mom.

Diapers, baby videos, and unyielding cuteness has become her life. But she isn't only a mom; she's also a freelance design consultant with a knack for comic art. So what did the new mom do when her parenting got ... erm ... difficult?

Wong merged two loves of her life together to create "New Mom Comics."

"I created 'New Mom Comics' to let other new parents know that they are not alone," Wong wrote in an email. "When I met other new moms, I realized that we had the same issues and drew these comics because I wish I had something like this to get me through the first year."


Wong took inspiration from her and her partner Eli's life with their newborn by drawing the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious.

"For me, comics better captured the joys, frustrations, and crazy emotions around new parenthood," Wong said. "Even though some days were really hard, I wanted to end on a positive note and add some humor. That's what got me through the tough days."

Here are some of Wong's most telling memories of her start in motherhood.

1. Getting the baby to sleep is a job for the strong at heart.

2. Babygate: the parenting scandal that rocked nap time.


3. Balding goals are legit.

4. 'Blowout' is no longer just a new hairstyle.

5. Baby style: 1. Mommy style: -3.

6. Eating? Psh ... that's for weaklings. (Totally kidding, always eat.)

7. Please, give your hands a break every now and then.

8. Parenting 101: They're alive; you're just freaking out.

9. New clothes have an entirely new meaning.

10. Very funny, Eli.

11. Nap time for the baby is premium grocery planning time.

12. Rough days happen. You'll get through them.

13. Shopping with a baby can be a little distracting.

14. Sleeping through the night is just for the baby. Literally.

15. *Stroller dance, stroller dance, stroller dance!*

16. Seriously, how many tags are there?

17. Even when the victories are small, always cheer yourself on. You deserve it, new mom.

Being a new mom can be hard, but it can also be extremely rewarding.

"There's humor in even the most challenging moments, and it will pass all too quickly, and you'll miss it before you realize it's gone," Wong said.

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She bought the perfect wedding dress that went viral on TikTok. It was only $3.75

Lynch is part of a growing line of newlyweds going against the regular wedding tradition of spending loads of money.

Making a priceless memory

Upon first glance, one might think that Jillian Lynch wore a traditional (read: expensive) dress to her wedding. After all, it did look glamorous on her. But this 32-year-old bride has a secret superpower: thrifting.

Lynch posted her bargain hunt on TikTok, sharing that she had been perusing thrift shops in Ohio for four days in a row, with the actual ceremony being only a month away. Lynch then displays an elegant ivory-colored Camila Coelho dress. Fitting perfectly, still brand new and with the tags on it, no less.

You can find that exact same dress on Revolve for $220. Lynch bought it for only $3.75.
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This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


Addie Rodriguez was supposed to take the field with her dad during a high school football game, where he, along with other dads, would lift her onto his shoulders for a routine. But Addie's dad was halfway across the country, unable to make the event.

Her father is Abel Rodriguez, a veteran airman who, after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was training at Travis Air Force Base in California, 1,700 miles from his family in San Antonio at the time.

"Mom missed the memo it was parent day, and the reason her mom missed the memo was her dad left Wednesday," said Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, Addie's mom. She continued, "It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he's away. It's not just an absentee parent. He's serving our country."

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.