A mum has proved what many already know: parenting is nothing like what you see on social media.
Blogger and mum Shannon Peterson shared a picture on her Instagram page showing her 51,000 fans a glimpse into her ‘real life’.
“Just in case you thought my real life was anything like these tiny squares, I give you: this is 4 months,” she writes.
Shannon explained her son J has been a realitively easy baby – until he turned 4 months old and his “needs grew tenfold.”
“The other day I spent THREE HOURS like this, people. J had to be swaddled, on his back, in my arms. While I was bouncing on my giant exercise ball (never once used for it's intended purpose). With my boob perfectly resting in just the right spot on his chin.
“Our house was (is) a mess, my breakfast (lactation smoothie) sitting abandoned behind me, dirty hair and desperately in need of a shower (and 5 minutes without someone touching me) - and at the brink of tears.
“The truth is, this is who I am most days.
“I'm just a crazy person trying to maintain some semblance of calm while attempting to figure it all out.”
She finished the post with a toast to all the mums out there “holding it together.”
“And even if you're not, you're still a part of this club of crazy.”
Read the full post here.