The sheer effort of trying to be the "cool" mom has never appealed to me. Most days I feel like I'm barely managing "functioning" mom, and "cool" mom feels like a bridge too far after so little sleep and after keeping up with a non-stop toddler for days on end. However, as it turns out, even when you don't think you have the energy, there are times when you'll be the "cool" mom without even trying.
When I was still dreaming about becoming a mom, I thought I might manage to be a "cool" mom, and most of those dreams involved "cool" baby gear. Little did I know, "cool" baby gear goes out the window when your baby spits up all over your adorable baby bag or smashes a banana into the swishy stroller seat and you just can't be bothered to unsnap the 65 buttons on the cover to take it off and throw it in the wash. "Cool" mom? Yeah, not so much.
Luckily, there are little ways that you'll be the cool mom without even trying. When you accidentally bring the most random snacks to the playground or you show up to the playground wearing real clothes instead of workout gear because you forgot to change after work, somehow you'll turn into the "cool" mom without even meaning to. I say, call it a win and then call it a day.