There's no doubt mom and cartoonist Alison Wong sees the humor in everyday parenting situations. Her comics, which can be found on her site, New Mom Comics, inject laughs into a range of mommy moments we all can relate to.
From giving birth to a baby who looks just like your husband, to a baby torturing you with biting and kicking while breastfeeding, to cooking for a picky eater who would rather eat lint than the homemade baby food you lovingly prepared, Wong's illustrations are both accessible and hilarious. And if you need a laugh, she's totally here for you.
That being said, these comics were born out of the many frustrations (and joys) the mom-of-one experienced during her first year of motherhood. Wong told the Huffington Post, "It was a year of very high highs and some low lows. I felt like I went through the wringer, but I came out feeling like I could face anything, even a toddler."
In fact, the mom to now-1-year-old Elliot says creating the comics acted as a coping mechanism for her toughest days. She offers this advice to other new moms and dads who see her work: "I hope they remember, in those worst moments, to look on the bright side, knowing that other parents have been there too. See a little humor in each of those never-ending nights, and know that it will pass all too quickly and that you'll miss it before you realize it's gone."
So true. As my youngest approaches her third birthday, the difficult baby years seem like a blur. Sniff. And I agree with Wong that finding humor in the difficult moments definitely helped me survive the tough times, which again, seem like they almost never happened. That's why I similarly urge new parents not to stress if your baby isn't sleeping or latching or pooping or talking or walking. This too shall pass, way, way too quickly. Just smile, laugh if you can, and focus on the love!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.