Posted a pic of your breakfast today? Let the world know how your toddler took her first tinkle in the big-girl toilet? Broke the Internet with a billion (boring) holiday selfies?
Set to Bon Jovi’s classic anthem Livin’ on a Prayer, What’s Up Moms, the comedic mamas behind YouTube’s hugely popular parenting channel, belt out an hilarious skit dedicated to over-sharing, social media addicts.
Entitled Livin’ for the Share, the 2 minute video plays on the pressing need to document (and edit) our long-suffering families’ every move – no matter the obstacles; from dead batteries to bad lighting, and the near-insurmountable task of getting everyone in the frame to frikkin’ smile like normal people.
The struggle is real, folks:
Ridiculous posing and comical lyrics, all to the tune of a drunken karaoke night staple, take the sting out of the inherent commentary on our shareaholic culture — we’re totally obsessed with getting that perfect shot, spending hours behind the camera(phone) at the expense of being fully present in the moment.
When you think about how short time with loved ones actually is, just ask yourself if the quest for the best pic is about preserving memories or pimping that Facebook profile.
(Everybody’s too busy looking at their own photos – and not yours, anyway.)
While babe is still baking inside your belly, it’s not always possible to appreciate all the amazing changes happening on the inside – especially when all you’re experiencing is ridiculous cravings, savage heartburn, backache and swollen limbs akin to a pachyderm.
Here are 12 fascinating facts, courtesy of netmums.com about your unborn little one to remind you just how awesome this moment in time is (and to distract you from your sausage fingers):
When you become a mum, there’s a ton of difficult changes that come with the territory. One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that a lot of your old pals – those friends who aren’t in the family way – just don’t get where you’re at.
In a recent survey of nearly 1,000 mums and dads, a whopping 45% of new mothers said they had fewer friends after their children were born.
Parenthood is time-consuming and energy-sapping on every level, and when friendships fall by the wayside, it can be easier to chalk it up to diverging paths, a classic case of growing apart, rather than use that uncomfortable term ‘neglect’. But there are actually ways you can maintain the bond with your pre-baby BFFs, even amidst the demands of your new role.
Motherhood changes you. Irrevocably. And it’s not just the stretch marks, the ravages of labour, or the bon voyage to sleep.
Nor is it ‘just’ the incredible, insane fact that you’re now entirely responsible for a life that’s not your own, either.
Becoming a mother is a metamorphosis; it’s the death of a self, and the rebirth of a woman who may feel uncomfortable, out of place, in her new skin. She’ll have to learn selflessness, surrender. And she will encounter a riptide of emotions that might – in those grey hours before dawn, or in the unexpected solitude alongside her new companion – drag her beneath the surface.
It’s tempting to get your baby straight into the suds post-labour; firstly, because it makes for a great photo-op, and secondly, because, although your little one is objectively gorgeous, the icky residue of birth is…not so much.
But according to pregnancy.about.com, there are several benefits to delaying baby’s first bath – and the crusty stuff, believe it or not, tops the list: