Cartoonist Adrienne Hedger has been inspired to create comics inspired by her #momlife for years. Her initial inspiration came in the form of one of her two daughters doing something she couldn't help but think of as "ridiculous." "One morning when my daughter was very young, she was lying on the couch and I was in the other room," Hedger tells Parents.com exclusively. "She started urgently calling, 'Mommy! Mommy!' I ran in, worried that something was wrong. I said, 'WHAT?' And she said, 'Can you cover me with my blankie?' The blankie was with her on the couch -- resting under her arm. She could have easily covered herself, but no. She had to summon me to do it. My first thought was, 'This is so ridiculous!' But my second thought was, 'This would be a good cartoon.'"
Now, Hedger's illustrations of the morning routine with her daughters -- Kate, 14, and Claire, 11 -- are making headlines, because they're just that hilarious and relatable. Probably because they all originated from the artist's real life experience with her kiddos. "My favorite cartoon about mornings is the one where I’m waking Claire up and telling her it’s Karma," she shares. "That cartoon came directly from my life, and I remember how overjoyed I was to be getting Claire out of bed. The tables had turned! She got me up outrageously early for years. Years! I was giddy with delight as I woke her that morning. I actually rubbed my hands together and cackled. And I remember thinking, 'I can’t wait to do a cartoon about waking her up!'"
Here are just a few more examples that you won't be able to stop cracking up over.
Hedger's daughters, understandably, have mixed feelings about their mom's work, according to their mom. "Kate likes the cartoons, but does not like the outfits I draw for her," the cartoonist shares. "She told me she especially likes my older cartoons -- the ones that feature her as a toddler -- because she enjoys seeing what she was like as a little kid. Claire will often roll her eyes, though, when I sprint off to write down an idea. For example, we’ll be playing a game and she’ll say something funny, then I’ll dash off to get a piece of paper and a pencil, and I’ll yell, 'I have to write that down! That’s a cartoon!' I have to write ideas down RIGHT AWAY, because I won’t remember them. Claire thinks it’s a little crazy!" Too funny!
The general consensus seems to be that Hedger's take on the everyday madness that is raising children thoroughly hits the nail on the head. "It’s so fun when people from all over the world comment and say that they can relate to a cartoon," Hedger shares. "It’s amazing that we can all lead these different lives, and yet we’re all so similar in many ways. I just love that community feeling of 'we’re all in this together.' Kids are lovable and ridiculous everywhere you go, and I want my cartoons to bring people together to laugh about it."