"Hug Life," "I Woke Up Like This," "We Don't Sleep"? We like to say it in a tee shirt, and we always make sure to snap a selfie.
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We love when these turn up in our social media feeds -- especially when they have something to do with never-ending housework, potty training, and so on.
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Until it's time for wine.
Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. Always we covet.
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We might not want to pony up the cash to splurge on fancy items our kids will wear once, but they sure are cute to browse. On our way to the Gap Kids sale bin.
Especially if the group's name contains the word "coffee," "wine," or "fitness" along with the obligatory, "Mama." Who knew venting and sharing pictures of our kiddos with strangers could feel so natural?
That's right, from baby food and clothing to sunscreen and yes, even wine, we like to go organic. Just don't tell anyone if you see us sneaking a bag of Skittles while our littles are napping or at school.
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Pretty much everything at Target.
And Emojis. #sotired #insertsleepingemojihere
Coconut oil, waterproof eyeliner, wrinkle-smoothing foundation, and any other miracle cosmetic that makes us look alive in 10 seconds flat.
The Laura Ashley days of our own youth are long gone, but mommy-and-mini can get their fashion game on in coordinated solids, textures, stripes, LBDs, and yes, message tees.
Photo: Sandy a la mode
The ability to Google teething symptoms, poop colors, kindergarten anxiety, puberty prep, and so much more.
Wraps, carriers, slings, and so on. The more you own, the more mommy-clout you have. But for some reason we all still own strollers.
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Even if we never get to used to them, the kids do. Which provides at least a 20-minute break for Mama.
Hipster, hardcore, super-creative, or old school baby names -- whatever sets our babies apart. Feel free to add Cyrus, Axel, Audriella, and Mabel to your lists.
Gray and white for surprise-gender babies-to-be. (We had enough pale yellow and green as tots in the '80s, thank you).
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Stylish one-pieces, high-waisted denim, loose tunics, and all the other trendy pieces that make life after baby look chic.
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Two words: Amazon Prime.
They're covetable, but not impossible to find. Just don't share those digits once you have them.
Anyone up for an OINTB marathon?
Etsy to shop for just about every gift, for every occasion -- or for pimping out our own handmade stuff.
Yoga, Pilates, spin class, or any kind of workout that makes us feel great (and gives us at least an hour's break). Namaste.
Including hairties that double as jewelry.
Mostly black with the random funky pair mixed in, just in case.
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Keurig, Vitamix, SodaStream, instant bottle makers, and any other tabletop appliances that make home feel like a restaurant.
Okay and while we're at it, everything about our SmartPhones. From the ability to text our mom friends to apps for literally everything.
Technology-free nights or weekends to reconnect and play.
Every moment is an opportunity to turn that lens around and snap a quick one. From serious, to goofy, to just plain sweet, mother-and-child selfies warm our hearts and mark our memories.
Who has time to drive to the drugstore anymore, anyway?
Without these sweet, devilish, adorable little messy creatures, we wouldn't be moms. And despite the hard stuff, we love it so much.
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