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9 times Ali Wong's Instagram perfectly captured #momlife

We love that she doesn't crop out the clutter and doesn't pretend that motherhood can't be super fun and super hard at the same time.

9 times Ali Wong's Instagram perfectly captured #momlife

She's beautiful, successful and hilarious, and Ali Wong is also a regular mom. If you follow her on Instagram you'll know she doesn't subscribe to the idea of curating the grid with polished pictures. Instead, Ali serves up as much realness on the 'gram as she does in her standup—and we love her for it.

We love that she doesn't crop out the clutter and doesn't pretend that motherhood can't be super fun and super hard at the same time.

Here are nine times Ali Wong's Instagram perfectly captured the #momlife experience.

1. Work is my escape 

When she admited the weekend can be super hard and that she was "grateful the weekend was over" and that work is her escape. It is okay if you feel like being home with your kids is sometimes harder work than actually being at work. It probably is.

One survey found moms log so many hours on childcare and housework that motherhood is like 2.5 jobs and an academic study found that even when moms who do paid work during the week get "time off" on the weekend they're still working, it's just unpaid.

Ali gets it.

2. Being grateful for the village 

Our society can be really weird when it comes to motherhood. Throughout human history, parents have had help from community, but now the metaphorical village is hard to come by. That's why having a kid start pre-school, day care or elementary can feel like such a relief. When Ali Wong says she's ready to lie down and have "the teachers come off the bench" we totally get it. We're grateful for our kids' teachers, too. It's nice to have some responsible adults backing you up.

Even MVPs need teammates!

3. When you don't want a weekend wth your kids to end 

Sometimes a weekend with the kids feels like work and sometimes it feels like paradise. Ali knows that both can be true. "Can we extend this weekend?" she captioned a photo in which she's captured enjoying a beach day with her daughter.

Motherhood is complicated. Sometimes we yearn to go back to work and sometimes we yearn to have more time off with the family. It's normal to want days like this one to never end (but unfortunately they do).

4. All I want for Christmas is sleep

If this photo of Ali Wong sleeping beneath her sleeping baby wasn't already super relatable, the caption is. "All I want for Christmas is sleep," she noted. Now we're humming Mariah Carey's iconic tune and nodding in agreement.

And Ali's hashtag, #blessedbutdone" is also super on point. You can love your kids dearly without wanting more.

5. When you take the pregnancy test and you’re not pregnant

Sometimes a positive pregnancy test requires a happy dance. And sometimes when you're a mama who is feeling #blessedbutdone like Ali, a negative test prompts a dance celebration. "When you take the pregnancy test and you're not pregnant," she captioned a video in which she busts a move for her daughter, who (does not appreciate mama's moves and says "stop dancing."

"I can't stop dancing," Ali tells her.

Whether you've danced for one pink line or two, you can probably relate.

6. Flying as a parent is not easy 

Flying with kids is tricky business, as Ali noted in the sarcastic caption of this photo. "Flying with kids is extremely easy and refreshing. Especially when they both just want to sit with Mommy, while Daddy is free to eat BBQ sliders and watch Veep."

We hope Mommy got to get some binge-watching time at some point during the flight, too.

7. When you have a second child 

Introducing a newborn to an older sibling can be absolutely adorable, but little hands don't always know how to be gentle, as this picture shows. "When the first child met the second child and tried to destroy her head while I was breastfeeding and I realized the biggest hazard to my newborn baby was my toddler," Ali captioned this one. 😂

It's not exactly a Pinterest-worthy sibling photoshoot, but it's accurate.

8. When you forget the double stroller

Strollers are amazing, and forgetting one can ruin a shopping trip. That's why we totally understand why Ali hijacked a shopping cart from its store of origin to tour her kids around a strip mall for two hours.

Who hasn't taken a cart from the department store and used it in the mall? Kids are heavy! We promise we'll return the cart when we're done!

9. Giving my friend a tutorial on how to pump hands free. 

Pumping breast milk is not exactly glamorous, but that didn't stop Ali from posting this double pump pic to Instagram, "Giving my firmed a tutorial on how to pump hands free," she wrote.

Everybody needs a friend like this because pumping is hard! We could all use a coach (especially one as hilarious as Ali Wong)

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.

$79

Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.

$30

Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.

$32

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.

$37

The Snoo bassinet

Snoo

Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!

$1295

Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.

$59.99

Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!

$46.99

Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.

$259.00

Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.

$27.95

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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