If loving Dirty Dancing is wrong, I will never, ever be right. It's the perfect blend of nostalgia, feels, music, Patrick Swayze's chest, and sexy PG-13 debauchery to really make it a quintessential coming-of-age story. Turns out, it's also the perfect metaphor for what it's like to be a new mom. The raw emotions; the confusion; the questionable choices made with the best of intentions; the awkward sister singing. I mean, it's all right there. Who could have guessed that a movie released in 1987, about the '60s, would be so relevant in 2016? I mean, there's even a pregnancy sub-plot, which hey, is how motherhood (sometimes) starts.
If that's not proof enough, I've compiled a few other key examples of how Baby's (her name is Baby, you guys. Seriously. Maybe we should just stop here. Like, case closed and point clearly made.) journey is a perfect parallel for those early days of parenthood. So, give your tired arms a break (I know you have them, you've been rocking a baby for the last three hours) and take a break from cleaning another bottle or another nursing bra or another anything, and join me on a musical journey through the beginnings of motherhood. As they say, it'll be the "time of your life."