Much like adulting, momming turned out to be way harder than I imagined. Some days, I feel like the only thing I've learned is that it's better to laugh than cry, and that humor is a tonic that can get you through days, months, even years. The newborn phase in particular is a dark comedy of sleep deprivation, body image issues, and fish-out-of-water confusion. If you're snapping photos (and you definitely should be), try one of these 22 funny new mom Instagram captions that perfectly nail your crazy new reality — yoga pants, bleary eyes, messy kitchens, and all.
And if you do share a humorous Instagram photo of the current desperate state of your laundry room and/or kitchen, know that you're doing more than just amusing yourself. To me, one of the best things about the internet is its ability to connect parents with each other so they can laugh, cry, and wonder about the many things they have in common. Isn't it comforting to think that every mom on earth has gone through the same wringer? That every mom has been up weeping at 4 a.m. at some point, or shouted at her partner for no reason, or let the house turn into an almost literal zoo while trying to keep a miniature person alive?
Especially when it comes to things like housework, the best thing you can do is laugh at the absurdity of it all. The proof you're not alone is that other moms will always laugh with you.