The deal with pregnancy (and later, new parenthood), is that sometimes you have to laugh so you don't cry. It's important to keep a positive attitude... even when you feel like 10 sobbing emojis all lined up next to a few poop emojis.
Well, now one mom has made it her mission to help all the rest of us find the laughter in even the craziest, most uncomfortable, and unglamorous experiences of pregnancy and new parenthood.
New York-based mom Meghna Shah launched a Facebook page full of cartoons that chronicle the character Mommie Poppins. The comics underscore the humor and build community around the wacky shared experiences that are pretty specific to carrying a baby, and then parenting the new wee one. Reading them makes you feel kind of like you've had a quick but satisfying vent session with a friend who just gets it.
Each colorful illustration shows a cartoon mom-to-be or mom with babe, along with a line of text will likely make you nod your head in agreement as you think, "Been there!"
What motivated Shah to create her cartoonish alter ego? Well, she recently carried her own baby, and is a new mom herself. So she knows laughter is the best medicine—along with one other go-to salve she uses to get by.
As she writes on her Facebook page, "Because motherhood is not all Merry Poppins and having a sense of humor is the only way to get through it. That and alcohol."
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Alesandra Dubin is a mom to one-year-old boy-girl twins. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.
Photo: Meghna Shah/Mommie Poppins