Say what you will about 2016—uh-bye! Don't let the door hit you on the way out—but the year did gift us all with the hilarious, life-loving Candace Payne, AKA Chewbacca Mom.
In case you missed it, the Texas native went viral last spring after posting a Facebook Live video from a Kohl's parking lot of herself wearing a Chewbacca mask and laughing with unrestrained jubilee.
Payne's Internet fame—her original video has been viewed more than 164 million times!—led to several TV appearances including a one-on-one sit down with Robin Roberts on GMA, and a stop on The Late Late Show with James Corden for a little Carpool Karaoke.
Now she has her own publicist and will star in two upcoming digital shows on TLC. And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, 2017 has already given us ANOTHER Chewbacca mom—Katie Stricker Curtis, a new mama from Michigan who donned her own wookie mask while in the hospital delivering her baby Jaden.
You heard me.
"Just because I'm about to be a mom doesn't mean I have to grow up!," she wrote in a Facebook post that featured a video of her wearing the Chewbacca mask in her hospital bed. "Bwahahahahs never take life too seriously!"
Great message! And a super-impressive one, at that. I barely had the wherewithal to ask for another ice chip as contractions took over my body, let alone request an electronic mask to slap on and rock through delivery. Then again, Chewy's guttural growls do sort of sound suspiciously similar to a woman's croaky cries during labor, so maybe Stricker Curtis is onto something here.
Will packing a mask in your hospital bag become a new trend in 2017? Bathrobe, slippers, eyeglasses...and oh yeah, don't forget to toss in an electronic Chewbacca!
Or at the very least, a superhero cape. Now that is something I would totally be down with.