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Relentless exhaustion. Sleep-deprived. Simply worn out. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no doubt that the joy that comes with being a mama also brings a lack of sleep. No matter how hard you try or what stage of parenting you’re in, we just can’t ever seem to catch up on our Zzz’s.

And sometimes it makes us downright delirious. We asked #TeamMotherly what the silliest thing they’ve done while running on no sleep—and they delivered the best responses. Next time you think you’re crazy for putting the milk away in the cabinet or trying to start your car with a banana peel (no judgement here), take a deep breath, mama.


You’re not alone:

“When my alarm went off on my phone, I placed it against my chest in an attempt to nurse it back to sleep.”—Chelsea Druso

“Found out tonight via my husband that apparently we've been washing our child with babyganics foaming dish soap for the last two weeks, result of a sleep-deprived Target run.”—Jacqueline Shaw Rech

“I patted and shushed the cat to sleep instead of my already sleeping baby.”—Amy Tas

“I had nursed the baby and went outside to say ‘bye’ to my husband going to work. He stops the van and I am like you forget something? He's like no but your boob is hanging out! I was so shocked because I seriously didn't even notice it! ???.”— Whitney Lett

“I dumped the water out of a glass into the garbage can instead of the sink. A couple nights later I was washing dishes and washed a celery stick that had gotten into the sink, like scrubbed it with my sponge and everything.”—Glorian Bonnette

“I caught my hair on fire while cooking, kissed my own arm instead of baby's head, washed the same load of laundry nearly 10 times because I kept forgetting to dry it.”—Hanna Nakano

“I was buckling my 4-year-old up and I had my newborn’s pacifier in my hand. Once I was done I tried putting the pacifier in my 4-year-olds mouth. She looked at me crazy and asked what I was doing.”—Sarah Boothe

“Desitin on my toothbrush, trying to open house door with car key, remote in the fridge, forgetting to put milk in the fridge, I had put coffee into baby bottle instead of Similac, and salted my coffee.”—Azra Berbić

“I woke up, changed my newborn son's diaper, and got ready to give him his next middle-of-the-night feed. But when I looked at my phone, I realized I had JUST put him down from his previous feed—15 minutes before.”—Liz Tenety Galle

“Fell asleep after pumping, answered door where UPS guy handed over package and then left very quickly, went back to sleep as baby was still sleeping, woke up an hour later to both boobs hanging out. To this day I don’t know if they were out when I answered the door.”—Lauren Mould

“I got up to change my first son's diaper in the middle of the night and just put a new one on overtop the old one ?.”—Taite Marie Kyle

“I was nursing my son and I was looking around the room for him. I almost asked my husband if he knew were he was, then I realized he was nursing.”—Stephanie Downard

“Let's see: Used hand soap as toothpaste, went to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and forgot to take my bottoms off, used formula as my coffee creamer.”—Monika Halit James

“Threw my keys in the garbage and tried to start the car with a banana peel, clearly I shouldn’t have been trying to go anywhere!”—Fenced In Momma

“Since my son was born five months ago, I have paid and driven away without my coffee three times ??‍♀.”—Kait Phares

“Put my shirt on backwards and went shopping at several stores, wore my pants inside out, forgot to screw the lid on the shake n’ pour pancake mix and proceeded to shake pancake batter all over my kitchen, I’ve done this with sippy cups, too. Washed my hair with conditioner first...I’m sure there’s more, but I’m too sleep deprived to think of any.”—Melisa Doherty

“Made a coffee without putting my mug underneath the machine. Went to two appointments in one week all on the wrong day.”—Jaye Byron

“I called my husband and told him I'm trying to find my phone then he asked me to breathe then asked, ‘What phone are you calling me from?’ I was using my phone lol.”— Rachel Lewis

“I put a dirty diaper in the fridge one night, hubby found it the next morning. Also have a habit of putting other things in the fridge instead of the cabinets.”—Chrissy Kubacka

“I stood in the Target parking lot about in tears hitting my car’s unlock button but couldn’t get the door to open. After about five tries, I actually looked in the window and discovered it wasn’t my SUV. Mine was right next to it??‍♀️same exact SUV, minus two car seats??‍♀️.”—Brandi Phillips

“I pulled into the driveway and got mad because the garage door wouldn’t open. Turned out I was at the wrong house.”—Denise Lehr

“I poured my morning coffee into my son's drinking cup! Oh joy! He takes the first sip and goes, ‘Mmmm coffee’ ? ooops!.”—Barbara Kalniņa

“Took the TV remote to work believing it was my cell phone?.”—Rainer Willingshofer

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As a former beauty editor, I pride myself in housing the best skincare products in my bathroom. Walk in and you're sure to be greeted with purifying masks, micellar water, retinol ceramide capsules and Vitamin C serums. What can I say? Old habits die hard. But when I had my son, I was hesitant to use products on him. I wanted to keep his baby-soft skin for as long as possible, without tainting it with harsh chemicals.

Eventually, I acquiesced and began using leading brands on his sensitive skin. I immediately regretted it. His skin became dry and itchy and regardless of what I used on him, it never seemed to get better. I found myself asking, "Why don't beauty brands care about baby skin as much as they care about adult skin?"

When I had my daughter in May, I knew I had to take a different approach for her skin. Instead of using popular brands that are loaded with petroleum and parabens, I opted for cleaner products. These days I'm all about skincare that contains super-fruits (like pomegranate sterols, which are brimming with antioxidants) and sulfate-free cleansers that contain glycolipids that won't over-dry her skin. And, so far, Pipette gets it right.

What's in it

At first glance, the collection of shampoo, wipes, balm, oil and lotion looks like your typical baby line—I swear cute colors and a clean look gets me everytime—but there's one major difference: All products are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free, with ingredients derived from plants or nontoxic synthetic sources. Also, at the core of Pipette's formula is squalane, which is basically a powerhouse moisturizing ingredient that babies make in utero that helps protect their skin for the first few hours after birth. And, thanks to research, we know that squalane isn't an irritant, and is best for those with sensitive skin. Finally, a brand really considered my baby's dry skin.

Off the bat, I was most interested in the baby balm because let's be honest, can you ever have too much protection down there? After applying, I noticed it quickly absorbed into her delicate skin. No rash. No irritation. No annoyed baby. Mama was happy. It's also worth noting there wasn't any white residue left on her bottom that usually requires several wipes to remove.

Why it's different

I love that Pipette doesn't smell like an artificial baby—you, know that powdery, musky note that never actually smells like a newborn. It's fragrance free, which means I can continue to smell my daughter's natural scent that's seriously out of this world. I also enjoy that the products are lightweight, making her skin (and my fingers) feel super smooth and soft even hours after application.

The bottom line

Caring for a baby's sensitive skin isn't easy. There's so much to think about, but Pipette makes it easier for mamas who don't want to compromise on safety or sustainability. I'm obsessed, and I plan to start using the entire collection on my toddler as well. What can I say, old habits indeed die hard.

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Military families give up so much for their country, particularly when they have small children at home. Those of us who have never witnessed this kind of sacrifice first-hand could use a reminder of it once in a while, which is just one of the reasons we're so happy to see the beautiful photoshoot Mary Chevalier arranged for her husband's return home from Afghanistan.

The photoshoot was extra special because while James Chevalier was serving a nine-month deployment, Mary gave birth to their second son, Caspian.

Getting ready to meet Dad

"During the laboring and birthing process of Caspian, I was surrounded by family, but that did not fill the void of not having my husband by my side," Mary told InsideEdition.com. "He was able to video chat during the labor and birth, but for both of us, it was not enough."

While James had yet to meet Caspian, their 3-year-old son, Gage, missed his dad a whole lot, so this homecoming was going to be a big deal for him too. That's why Mary arranged for her wedding photographer, Brittany Watson, to be with them for their reunion in Atlanta.

Gage was so happy to see his Dad 

"[He] had no idea he was going to be getting to see his daddy that day," Watson wrote on Facebook. "The family met at the Southeastern Railway Museum for Gage to go on a special train ride... little did he know, he'd be doing it with daddy!"

Watson did a beautiful job capturing the high emotions of every single family member, from Gage's surprise, to the delight on baby Caspian's face. It's no wonder her Facebook post went viral last week.

"Caspian is natural, a very happy baby, but both James and I felt like Caspian knew who his father was almost immediately," Mary told Inside Edition. "He was easily comforted by me husband right off the bat and seemed to have an instant connection. It was very emotional."

The moment this dad had been waiting for 

If we're sobbing just looking at the photos, we can't even imagine what it was like in real life.

"We are all so blessed and take so much for granted," Watson wrote. "I cannot contain the joy I feel in my heart when I look at these images, and I hope you feel it too!"

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During both of my pregnancies, I was under the care of an amazing midwife. Every time I went to her office for check-ups, I was mesmerized by the wall of photos participating in what may be the most painfully magical moment of a woman's life: giving birth. But there was a painting that always drew my attention: a woman dressed in orange, holding her newborn baby with a face that could be described as clueless. The line above the canvas read, "Now what?"

I felt like the woman in the painting as I kissed my mother goodbye when my daughter was born. She came from my native Colombia to stay with us for three months. When she left, I realized that my husband had been working as usual during those first 90 days of our new life. My baby was born on a Friday and on Monday he was back at the office. (No parental leave policy for him.)


Now what? I thought. The quote "It takes a village to raise a child" suddenly started to hit home, literally.

After a few years in Miami, I had some friends, but it truly didn't feel like I had a village. Some were not mothers yet, most of them worked full-time and others didn't live close by. My nomad life left my best friends spread out in different places in the world. I found myself signing up for "mommy and me" classes in search of new mothers, immigrants like me, alone like me.

It seemed like a utopian dream to think about when my grandmothers became mothers. Both of them had 6 and 10 children and they were able to stay sane (or maybe not? I don't know). But at least they had family around—people cooking, offering help. There was a sense of community.

My mother and father grew up in "the village." Big families with so many children that the older siblings ended up taking care of the little ones; aunts were like second mothers and neighbors became family.

When I was about to give birth to my second baby, my sister had just had her baby girl back in Colombia. Once, she called me crying because her maternity leave was almost over. My parents live close to her, so that was a bonus. Hiring a nanny back there is more affordable. But even seeing the positive aspects of it, I wished I could have been there for her, to be each other's village.

The younger me didn't realize that when I took a plane to leave my country in search of new experiences 19 years ago, I was giving up the chance to have my loved ones close by when I became a mother. And when I say close by, I mean as in no planes involved.

It hasn't been easy, but after two kids and plenty of mommy and me classes and random conversations that became true connections, I can say I have a mini-village, a small collection of solitudes coming together to lean on each other. But for some reason, it doesn't truly feel like one of those described in the old books where women gathered to knit while breastfeeding and all the children become like siblings.

Life gets in the way, and everyone gets sucked into their own worlds. In the absence of a true village, we feel the pressure to be and do everything that once was done by a group of people. We often lose perspective of priorities because we are taking care of everything at the same time. Starting to feel sick causes anxiety and even fear because it means so many things need to happen in order for mom—especially if single—to lay down and recover while the children are taken care of. And when the children get sick, that could mean losing money for a working mother or father, because the truth is that most corporations are not designed to nurture families.

In the absence of that model of a village I long for, we tend to rely on social media to have a sense of community and feel supported. We may feel that since we are capable of doing so much—working and stay at home moms equally—perhaps we don't need help. Or quite the opposite: mom guilt kicks in and feelings of not being enough torment our night sleep. Depression and anxiety can enter the picture and just thinking about the amount of energy and time that takes to create true connections, we may often curl up in our little cocoon with our children and partners—if they are present—when they come home.

Now what? was my thought this week while driving back and forth to the pediatrician with my sick son. I can't get the virus, I have to be strong, my daughter can't get ill, my husband needs to be healthy for his work trip next week, we all need to be well for my son's fifth birthday. And so, it goes on. I texted one of my mom friends just to rant. She rants back because her son is also sick. She sent me a heart and an "I'm here if you need to talk."

I am grateful to have talked to her at that random postpartum circle when I first became a mother. She's a Latina immigrant like me and feels exactly like me. I will do it more, get out of my comfort zone and have—sometimes—awkward conversations so I can keep growing my own little village.

It may not look like the one I'd imagined, but still may allow me to be vulnerable even through a text message.

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