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These viral Valentines from Amazon are hilariously non-sensical

Thousands of moms have shared her post, and Busch tells Motherly,"Nothing builds solidarity quite like a mom fail!"

These viral Valentines from Amazon are hilariously non-sensical
Abbey Busch

Mama Abbey Busch went super-viral this week thanks to a scenario many of us can relate to—she's been busy this month so she ordered some Valentines cards on Amazon.

But her now-viral post proves that sometimes things are lost in translation in Amazon's global marketplace. Busch's V-Day cards appear to have been authored by Google translate or a bad bot.

"All my life, just to make half of you"  ???

"I can't stop laughing: I'm about to go out of town for a few days & I was just trying to make sure I had everything prepared to leave behind for Vday, stuff for the kids, all their class Valentines labeled, etc...Last week I found some on Amazon that came with little plastic animals, showed the Valentines to Ella, & she loved them. I ordered, they came, she put them together...done. I admittedly never sat down to read the captions, until now. They are creepy & MAKE NO SENSE. She's already labeled the backs & is so excited, & made sure each classmate got the "right" animal. Keep in mind these are going out to a bunch of Kindergartners," Busch captioned a Facebook post showing the hilariously non-sensical cards.

"See you appear, feel the whole body is overpowered" ???

Thousands of moms have shared her post, and Busch tells Motherly,"Nothing builds solidarity quite like a mom fail!"

She tells us that she usually reads Amazon reviews and recommends other parents do too if they want to avoid her mistake. "This is the one time I was in a hurry and simply didn't [check the reviews]. Lesson learned," says Busch, who is taking her "mom fail" in stride.

"You sweep the house for me, I sweep the world for you" ???

The first Amazon review on these Valentines explains it all:

"My daughter got these for her 2nd grade class. The plastic animals are great. Even better than we hoped. They are heavy and really cute. However, the messages on the cards are really weird for kids; considering they come with animals, they are clearly meant for kids," the reviewer writes.

They continue: "The photo with these shows a card that says 'Happy Valentine's Day to you' so we assumed they all said that. Nope! Many of the messages make no sense. Our favorite was 'You sweep the house for me, I sweep the world for you.' We also enjoyed 'All my life just to make half of you.' We ended up printing out labels to stick on them, apologizing for the weird messages! Hopefully the kids and their parents have a good sense of humor about it!"

The moms are having a good sense of humor about them, dear reviewer. 😂

Three stars for nonsense 

One confused dad left this three star review:

"I really like the twisty to attach the animals it was easy to prepare. the little animals are kinda wonky and weird shaped...but they were a joy to my daughter. And really that was the only reason she picked them. Each one has its own phrase which was cool but im not sure some are really 100% kid appropriate and some don't make sense."

"Love can not extricate themselves." 

Another parent left three stars, noting: "My son loves wild animals and picked these valentines because he thought the animals were cute. The animals are just as cute in person as they are in the pictures, and the cards are a nice weight. The reason I don't rate this five stars is because the cards have odd or peculiar phrases."

Yeah, we would say the phrase "So fell in love with you, love can not extricate themselves" is pretty odd.

"How I want to accompany you through the crowds" 

This one actually makes more sense than the others. Like sometimes love means going to a theme park you don't really want to visit but that your kids are really excited about, right?

This two star review on Amazon proves that this was probably the best of the messages:

"The 'messages' on the Valentines are very creepy sounding.

Most of the messages also have bad English Grammer. Some of the messages include
1) I am bad, because of you, I am good only for you!
2) I like you, and I live the one who likes you!
3) Dont Forget me. Nobody but you will remember me
4) Lets get together while we are so young.
The animals are cute, but we will not be giving these out to the 2nd graders..I will keep them and use that as a gag gift for my friends."

Thanks for the laughs, Abbey! 

Thank you, Abbey, for posting your "mom fail." We would respectfully disagree with you on it being a fail, though.

During a week when parents are so stressed out about getting cards, snacks and red outfits ready (on top of everything else we've got to do) your viral post made us feel the "ripple of love" or at least a ripple of laughter. 😂


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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

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Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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