This mama is sharing the ups and downs of pregnancy and motherhood with hilariously relatable message boards

Pregnancy and motherhood are different for everyone. But as much as we “ooh” and “ahh” over the IG-perfect photos of an ethereal mother and baby, or the glowing, bump holding mama in her flowing gown and milk bath, it’s hard to imagine that serenity lasting 24/7. Lest we forget, babies kick the ever loving crap out you in utero. And outside the womb they cry and poop, usually (and exhaustingly) at the same time. But is it wonderful and awe-inspiring? Of course it is! Otherwise we wouldn’t do it over and over again. Or even elect to do it at all – thanks to social media we can follow along every step of the way with perfect strangers, and get the low down on every thing before it happens to us.

Maya Vorderstrasse is a mother of two (born less than a year apart) who regularly posts the sweet highs and relatable lows of parenthood to her Instagram.

But the ones that seem to have gauged the most attention are photosΒ Vorderstrasse posted during her second pregnancy with daughter Hazel.

#29weekspregnant and starving πŸŸπŸ”

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These are the images that used a message board to convey how hungry the bump made her, how tired, how emotional, and how utterly happy.

In an interview with The Huffington Post,Β Vorderstrasse said β€œHonestly I was so tired of seeing motherhood portrayed as perfect, flawless, and effortless on social media, because I never felt like it was like that for me. So I embraced my chaotic life, and decided to share it with everyone in the hopes of helping other mothers realize that it’s OK to not have it all figured out.”

Whether you haven’t quite made the leap yet, are inching along trimester by aching trimester, or are currently managing motherhood with eye cream and coffee, Vorderstrasse’s pictures will make you smile.

Hold that thought. Gotta pee. Again. #pregnancyproblems 🀰🏻

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β€œI just try to translate my symptoms into words, but in my brain everything comes together in a funny way, because I’d rather laugh at my own misery than cry about it,” she told HuffPost.

Misery like…

That hangry feeling when your food demands aren’t met.

Dangerous territory, husband πŸ€°πŸ»πŸ‘Ώ #33weekspregnant

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The “Fu*k pants!” stage.

Bears. Beets. Bump. #37weekspregnant

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The exhaustion from tossing and turning all night, and carrying a bump all day.

The “I’ll show YOU irrational!” moments.

Β The obnoxious running commentary and repetitive questions.

The happiness that comes from finally meeting your little apple/squash/lettuce/watermelon baby.

And realizing…

And knowing that one was hard enough … but TWO?

And remember when you thought pregnancy made you the hungriest you’d ever been? Hellooo breastfeeding hunger!

And those hormones aren’t done with you yet!

β€œI’ll keep laughing my way out of diapers and screams because when I look back at my life, I’ll want to remember it as fun, light and filled with love,” says Vorderstrasse.

Same, I nod in agreement. Same.

Check out more of MayaΒ Vorderstrasse’s charming Instagram.

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