Jennifer Garner Knows the Morning Struggle
The actress is never afraid to keep it real about her parenting hits and misses, as she shows in this snap of her wearing a robe, slippers and wet hair to school drop off – but hey, at least her daughter “barely made the bus on time” while her mother “kept it classy.”
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Meghan King Edmonds Compares Instagram vs Reality
The beauty of social media is that you can perfectly curate photos of a seemingly fabulous life — except, most of what you see is not at all close to what it’s really like. That’s what Edmonds tried to explain in her latest Instagram post.
“Instagram ➡️ Reality (swipe left),” she began her note, directing her followers to look at her “Instagram” version of motherhood, a beautiful shot of her and her twin boys Hart and Hayes, and then her “Reality” version, the same shot, except her facial expression shows shock and horror.
“The reality is that I wish my life was closer to the feeling I get when I see this beautiful photo with my twins… but it’s not: my life is summed up by the look of fright in the next photo ?,” she added.
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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s Third-Child Improvisation
Ask any mom of multiple kids: The first child gets weekly staged photoshoots with specially-designed chalkboards and excellent lighting. The second child gets an official monthly check-in, give or take a few days. The third child (that would be Polizzi’s son Angelo) gets a Post-It note to help jog your memory when you go through your camera roll later.
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Amy Schumer’s Postpartum Glamour Shots
Bringing a baby into the world is a beautiful thing. The aftermath? Maybe slightly less glamorous, as the comedian makes clear in this shot from the hospital room where she welcomed son Gene captioned “Milf alert 1 o’clock”.
Schumer got a chorus of cheers for her extremely honest shot from stars including Selma Blair, Orlando Bloom and Jenna Fischer, who wrote “Happy Mother’s Day! This is it right here!!”
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Jessica Simpson Snaps
The singer was very candid about her difficult third pregnancy, but no photo crystallized her pregnancy woes better than this silly shot of her holding up a toilet lid with a stricken look on her face. “Warning…Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant ??♀️” she wrote.
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KELLY RIPA NEEDING A VACATION FROM THE VACATION
With her #TBT shot, Kelly summed up what parents across the country have been thinking all summer with her throwback shot featuring all three of her children under the age of 6 and a hilariously deadpan stare: “A vacation with your kids is a trip, not a vacation.”
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JENNIFER GARNER JUGGLING IT ALL
This mama’s definitely got her hands full. “Every single time I get out of the car. How? Why?” the actress joked of her haul, which included a hat, an iced coffee, a waterbottle, books, notebooks, homework, her phone and her keys. She added the hashtags “not staged” and “I’ve got it.”
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TORI ROLOFF’S SON WITH A SMELLY SURPRISE
Talk about being on mom duty (no pun intended)! The Little People, Big World star shared this snap of son Jackson for “all those mamas out there that sometime[s] feel like they are sinking.” She captioned the shot with a detailed recount of her day — which started with hosing husband Zach Roloff’s vomit off the porch after he woke up sick, and ended with finding their son (and his crib) covered in poop. And it didn’t stop there — since they had no hot water in their house that day, Tori had to drive him to another house to get him cleaned up. “If you were having a rough day I hope this helps. I can laugh now that Jackson is asleep in a throughly scrubbed crib,” she wrote.
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PINK ENLISTING COOKING HELP FROM DAUGHTER WILLOW & SON JAMESON
Can we take a moment to acknowledge how adorably mesmerized Willow and little brother Jameson (whom the singer shares with husband Carey Hart) are?
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AND PINK’S KIDS FALLING ASLEEP ON TOP OF HER
The singer stayed wide awake as son Jameson sleepily breastfed and daughter Willow clocked in some zzz’s. Heaven on earth.
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BUSY PHILIPPS WIPING GOO FROM HER DAUGHTER’S HAIR
Philipps looked distraught in a snap she shared, as she wiped goo from her and husband Marc Silverstein’s daughter Cricket Pearl’s curly strands. “ITS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE GETS SLIME IN THEIR HAIR,” she wrote alongside the post.
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CARDI B UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF BABY’S NAP TIME
… and in the same vein, mom’s nap time.
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JANA KRAMER’S DAUGHTER DRINKING OUT OF THE DOG’S BOWL
The country singer documented a little construction project happening in her backyard as her husband Mike Caussin and their daughter Jolie Rae built a house for the family’s two dogs. And after a long day being “Daddy’s little helper,” Jolie decided to take a break and quench her thirst — with water from the dog bowl. “You’re not a doggy,” Kramer told her little girl, joking that she’ll show this video to Jolie’s future boyfriends.
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LAUREN PAUL WITH A SERIOUS DROOLER
“I am pleased to offer up this photo as the start to your week,” wrote Story’s mom, who is married to actor Aaron Paul.
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KELLY CLARKSON’S LITTLE GIRL SCREAMING DURING HER PHOTO WITH SANTA …
… and the singer wasn’t mad about daughter River Rose’s reaction. “So this happened…. #RiverLovesSanta ….is it wrong I slightly enjoyed this ha!” Clarkson, who has two kids (and two stepkids) with husband Brandon Blackstock, captioned the crying pic.
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WHITNEY PORT’S SON MAKING HIS PICK
The Hills alumna snapped this funny photo of her son, Sonny — whom she shares with husband Tim Rosenman — as he picked his newest friend’s nose. Port hardly even noticed. “But also look at their toes,” she wrote.
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OLIVIA WILDE’S SON TAKING AN IMPROMPTU NAP ON A PARK SLIDE
Otis, whom Wilde shares with comedian Jason Sudeikis, had a very long day.
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AND OLIVIA WILDE WAITING IN HER DELIVERY ROOM, RIGHT BEFORE ‘THE DRUGS KICKED IN’
The actress documented her daughter’s birth, jokingly flipping off the camera “juuuuust as the drugs kicked in.” In the same photo caption, Wilde revealed daughter Daisy’s birth wasn’t smooth sailing, but that she felt “deeply grateful” for the medical team who cared for her during her stay.
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BRIE BELLA STAYING UP ALL NIGHT WITH A BREASTFEEDING BIRDIE
“Birdie was teething so bad and wanted to breastfeed all night,” wrote the wrestling champ, captioning a middle-of-the-night selfie with daughter Birdie, whom she shares with husband Daniel Bryan. “I knew a bunch of the girls were next door and I didn’t want them to wake up to Bird crying so I kept her in bed with me. No sleep but I survived the day on pure adrenaline for the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.”
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AND BRIE BELLA WITH A MESS ON HER HANDS
Have you seen a cuter sight? “Usually how we end dinner,” Bella wrote on Instagram.
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JAIME KING GETTING A KISS WHILE GETTING GLAM
“Multi-tasking, getting rest, working, being a mama, the world as it is now… It’s hard, beautiful and messy AF,” the model-actress, who is mom to two sons with husband Kylie Newman, wrote, doling out advice to fellow mamas. “Reminder to myself and all to be gentle with ourselves. We are doing the best we can with what we know and have in each moment.”
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JESSICA ALBA BREASTFEEDING AT TARGET
Nursing can happen anytime, anywhere, as The Honest Company founder proved during a day of shopping. Alba’s trip to Target was interrupted when the actress had to stop and breastfeed her and husband Cash Warren’s son Hayes in the store’s dressing room.
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JENNY MOLLEN DEGUNKING HER SON’S NOSE
Oh, you know, just another day in the life of the funny-lady (a.k.a. Mrs. Jason Biggs), who posted a photo of herself sucking out the snot of son Lazlo’s nose.
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NAYA RIVERA’S SON FAKE-CRYING
The Glee star was pretty impressed with her child, whom she shares with ex Ryan Dorsey. “And the Oscar goes to … Josey Dorsey for best performance in a fake cry!”
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PADMA LAKSHMI BREASTFEEDING WHILE DOING HER MAKEUP
The Top Chef host didn’t waste anytime when getting ready for an appearance. The model’s daughter, Krishna, breastfed while Lakshmi did her own makeup in this throwback snap.
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TIA MOWRY-HARDRICT COMPARING BELLIES WITH SON CREE
“He said he swallowed a big burger,” the Sister, Sister alumna said, captioning this funny mother-son mirror selfie, ahead of the arrival of baby No. 2 with husband Cory.
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JADE ROPER TOLBERT GOING TO THE BATHROOM WITH DAUGHTER EMERSON
The Bachelor grad has never been one to hold back when it comes to giving followers a sneak peek into her life — particularly motherhood. “If my life has been looking too glamorous on Instagram lately, just know 4 out of 5 times this is how I use the bathroom,” wrote Roper Tolbert, who shares daughter Emerson with husband Tanner.
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JESSIE JAMES DECKER ASKING AN IMPORTANT QUESTION
New moms can definitely relate: The Eric & Jessie: Game On star shared a picture of herself feeding her and husband Eric Decker’s son Forrest Bradley, pairing the sweet snapshot with a relatable question. “Is it possible for a baby to want to be on the boob 23 hours a day?” the singer jokingly asked her Instagram followers.
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CHRISSY TEIGEN DONNING ‘ASIAN PEAR UNDERWEAR’
The Lip Sync Battle star did her bit to show the reality of being a new mom by sharing a photo of herself just four days after giving birth to son Miles Theodore, her second child with husband John Legend.
In the picture, the model is dressed in postpartum mesh underwear, which she hilariously called “Asian pear underwear” — a reference to fellow mom Ali Wong‘s Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife. And she was even holding a carefully wrapped pear!
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PETA MURGATROYD TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER
Murgatroyd and husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s son Shai decided that sitting with Dad by Mom’s feet made the most sense during the family-of-three’s trip to Hawaii. “Poosh wanted the floor, so Papa gave him the floor,” Murgatroyd captioned the snapshot.
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KYM JOHNSON HERJAVEC WITH A ‘VERY REAL NEW MOM’ MOMENT
Leaks happen — and the Dancing with the Stars pro and first-time mom isn’t afraid to share her experience with her Instagram followers. “Thanks [husband] @robert_herjavec for capturing these VERY REAL New Mom Moments!!” she wrote, crediting her husband for taking the candid snapshot. She continued: “I’m just a rookie at this job and learning every day but I’ve never done anything more challenging or amazing!”
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BROOKLYN DECKER FLAUNTING HER PREGNANCY SKIN
A far cry from her What to Expect When You’re Expecting character who somehow inherited a glowing complexion and superhuman energy with her pregnancy, Decker (whose husband is athlete Andy Roddick) took to Instagram to show off her skin blemishes — a direct result of pregnancy hormones, she says — which she sarcastically called “effin awesome.”
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AND BROOKLYN DECKER TAKING A MOMENT OUT OF HER BUSY SCHEDULE TO PUMP
Dressed up and ready to take on the day, the model-actress headed to a private room to pump (and snap a selfie!) before returning to a press event for her company, Finery. “Yes I am in a back room pumping as they talk outside,” wrote Decker. “Yes this sucks. But YES this is why it’s awesome to be a part of a female founded, female-run startup.”
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HILARIA BALDWIN SHARING A LESS-THAN-PERFECT FAMILY PHOTO
Getting the perfect Santa photo is often a Christmas miracle and something parents everywhere struggle to achieve — the fitness guru (and mom-of-four!) included. “This is us… Rafa: hates Santa,” Hilaria, who’s married to actor Alec Baldwin, wrote in the caption. “Carmen: asked for a magic carpet. Leo is like: whatever…as long as food is involved in this experience. Alec: the forever photogenic celebrity, And me: trying to avoid traumatizing my 2 year old and GETTING MY OBLIGATORY SANTA PHOTO…while sacrificing any attempt at a decent pose.”
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KIMBERLY VAN DER BEEK INTRODUCING HER KIDS TO THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THEIR FAMILY
The sweetest meet-cute you’ll ever see! After her home birth, James Van Der Beek’s wife introduced her four kids to their little sister, Gwendolyn, and the kids took turns holding their baby girl.
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BONUS DAD PIC: JAMES VAN DER BEEK GIVING FANS A TOUR OF THE COUPLE’S DELIVERY ROOM
The Pose star shared a photograph depicting the scene immediately following the birth of his daughter Gwendolyn, including a “messy bed,” “plastic sheeting underneath old sheets,” a “vomit bag (unused),” an “inflatable birthing tub (also unused),” a “happy, healthy baby,” a “happy, healthy mom in her own shower right after giving birth” and the placenta, which sat in a metal bowl (out of frame here).
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JAMIE OTIS EMBRACING HER POST-BABY BODY
“… I love every bit of my postpartum bod,” wrote Otis with this Instagram pic of herself posing in a white tank top and matching “hospital undies” three days after the birth of daughter Henley Grace, whom she shares with husband Doug Hehner.
She continued: “It’s truly amazing how my body helped create & carry an 8 lb 2 oz baby … I’m feelin’ like I can conquer the WORLD after pushing her out. Women are SO much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.”
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JENNA DEWAN GETTING A MAKEOVER, COURTESY OF HER DAUGHTER
Spending the day with daughter Everly proved to be quite artistic for Dewan and ex Channing Tatum’s only child, who very creatively painted the World of Dance star’s face.
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BLUE IVY CARTER WEARING MOM BEYONCÉ’S LOUBOUTIN HEELS
Like mother, like daughter! Clad in pink pajamas, Miss Blue Ivy Carter channeled Queen Bey by slipping into the Grammy winner’s high heels at home.
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