Those of us who have kids know that motherhood isn’t all tea parties and soccer practice. It also takes an immense amount of work that involves blood, sweat, tears, and occasionally… puke. In other words, it’s a dirty job, but as our moms would say somebody’s got to do it. But as many moms know, once you have a baby, things that used to gross you out before (i.e. icky bodily fluids) become a part of daily life and maybe even…cute?
No one knows this reality better than Texas-based Latina Desirae Robles who went viral when she shared a relate-able AF photo of herself covered in baby vomit.
According to the Texas-based Robles, she was playing with her daughter Addelina, and before she knew it, “all [she] saw was the puke coming to [her] face”. Instead of rushing to clean herself up as soon as possible, Robles saw the mess as a perfect opportunity for a photo-op.
She quickly snapped a picture of her puke-covered face and sent it off to her boyfriend.
Naturally, her boyfriend found the entire situation hilarious and was particularly amused that she was “calm enough to take a photo” of the incident. As for Robles, she insisted that being covered in baby puke “didn’t bother” her. “She’s my daughter,” she explained.
For the most part, other Latina moms on Twitter knew exactly what she was talking about:
It seems that when you become a mom, your gag-threshold becomes 10x higher.
Some moms even seem happy about always smelling like baby vomit:
We wish we had such a sunny outlook on having to shower every 20 minutes.
Some moms, however, made it known that there’s only so much degradation they can take before they snap:
We can’t help but agree with this one.
It’s situations like these that make us so incredibly grateful for our mothers. It’s just one of the many constant reminders of all the sacrifices they made to raise us into the people we are today!
A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that nearly 2.3 million women in the United States have been forced to leave the workforce as a result of the current pandemic. For many, their reasons for being forced out of work have come as a result of closed schools and a lack of child care. The new statistics underline that Black women and Latinas have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis with over 1 in 12 Black women ages 20 and over and almost 1 in 11 Latinas remaining unemployed this January.
It’s no wonder that women and mothers are being forced to go to extremes to ensure their children have roofs over their heads and food to put in their mouths.
Recently, one Ohio mother was arrested on charges of child endangerment after facing little options regarding child care.
Twenty-four-year-old Shaina Bell was arrested recently after police officers arrested her leaving her young children in a motel room while going to work at her job at Little Caesars.
According to WFMJ-TV, Liberty Township police wet to a local Motel Six after 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 and found two of Bell’s kids alone in a room. Bell’s 10-year-old told police at the time that the moter was at work and was meant to return by 10 p.m. Bell told officers that she had asked someone to check on her children every hour while she was away.
Bell was charged with two counts of child endangerment. The charges count as a first-degree misdemeanor which carries a possible maximum sentence of six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
In response to the arrest, supporters put together a GoFund Me account with a $5,000 goal.
The page describes Shaina as a single mother to three young children. “She works hard and she loves her family very much,” notes the page. “On Thursday February 11, 2021 Shaina was arrested at her job and taken to jail for leaving two of her children (ages 10 and 2) alone in their hotel room while she went to work. She was released the next day but found herself in the need of immediate housing.”
“This is a sad story. Arresting single parents in cases like this only furthers the goalpost for them,” one GoFundMe donor commented on the fundraiser page. “An arrest can mean a loss of job & income, court fees, time away from work and barriers for future employment. I hope this young lady is able to get on her feet and get housing for her and her children.”
I think it’s safe to say that during this strange time of quarantine, that we can definitely count parents among the heroes.
Stay at home orders and efforts to keep children at home, have caused parents to have to reevaluate their daily schedules. Now, so many parents are working double time to give their students the attention and education that they truly need.
A Pennsylvania mom recently highlighted the chaos of this new reality after showing what happened when she let her children play with toys after they’d finished their school work.
In a post shared on her Facebook Lisa Hoelzle shared a nightmarish experience of having to detangle her daughter Abigail’s hair after her son Noah dumped her into a hairy situation.
I post the good …. well here is some of the bad ☹️☹️☹️
Friday at 4pm until Saturday at 10pm was my worst Mom…
Hoelzle’s children are both 6 years old and like most kids in the United States right now, staying at home and doing virtual school. After finishing their school day, Noah and Abigail headed down to their basement to play with Bunchems, a toy that includes tiny Velcro-like balls that stick together.
It didn’t take long for sweet Noah, who Hoelzle describes in her post as a “jokester,” to dump a full container of the Bunchems on his sister’s head. Little did he know he’d just launched his sister into a mother’s “worst Mom nightmare.”
“I think I had an out-of-body experience,” Hoelzle wrote of the moment she saw her daughter’s hair. “She had about 150 of these things layered and matted in her hair. They made it worse trying to remove them themselves because they connect together kinda like Velcro.”
Speaking about her initial plan of action Hoelzle, said that it took around three hours to remove fifteen of the Bunchems. When her husband, Dan, arrived home the two Google their next approach and only then realized “the severity of what we were up against. It suggested using conditioner and vegetable oil to loosen it but that made it worse and so messy. He got out about 10 more Before you knew, it was 1 am and Abigail could not keep her eyes open I slept with her head on me so they wouldn’t get more tangled. Not that I really could sleep.”
When it came to cutting her losses and, cutting her daughter’s hair Hoelzle said she just couldn’t do it. “If we cut them out because of how deep they were she would have winded up with a short pixie cut,” she explained. “It crushed my heart and I just couldn’t in my heart give up without trying my best to get them out. I am that Mom that has a bow to match each outfit! Haha”
The next day, Lisa went back to work, this time armed with mineral oil and a detangling comb.
“There was also a lot of tears (mine)” Hoelzle joked. “Abigail consoled me and Noah because he felt awful what he did. Abigail was surprisingly amazing about it !! She is usually the child that acts like you are killing her when I brush her hair! When she started to wine about it my Mom brought in a Lollipop and stuck it in her mouth! Lol. Hey, you got to do what you got to do! It was such a long day. I never watched so much kids U tube to entertain her but after 20 hours total after pulling and working them out of her head and lots of hair loss I got them all out. Followed by an hour or more in the bath tub with conditioner and combing out the knots.”
“I feel like we had a miracle with all of our prayers,” Hoelzl added. “We saved her hair and although it is thinner it wasn’t as damaged and ruined as I thought so Thank you God!!!” she wrote.
While Hoelzle says her fingers are “literally swollen” from the experience she is thankful to be done with the “awful situation.”
She is now set on getting the word out about Bunchems and the severe consequences the toys can have.
“This will be something we will never forget very traumatic experience in the Hoelzle household this weekend,” she said before asking her friends to spread the word. “Trash you Bunchems if you have them or if you love them where a shower caps when playing with a sibling! Lol. This will be something we will never forget very traumatic experience in the Hoelzle household this weekend. I kept trying to think we have our health it [could] be worse but boy oh boy what a sickening feeling!”
Bunchems are still available to purchase but they were discontinued last year, likely for this reason.
According to New York Post, spokesperson for Spin Master, the company behind Bunchems said that they “quickly developed instructional videos for our YouTube channel and websites as a way to proactively educate people on how to play with the product and how to remove Bunchems from hair if they do get tangled.”