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25 Honest Selfies That Sum Up What It's Like To Be A Mom

Complete with under-eye circles, messy hair and more.

Last month, actress Olivia Wilde shared a frazzled selfie that resonated with parents everywhere. "I call this hairstyle, 'keep the kid alive,'" she wrote in the caption. "Products you'll need: sweat, string cheese, diaper rash cream, chewed up crayon, snot, and an enthusiastic spritz of panic."

We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to share selfies that sum up what parenting is like for them and received hundreds of fatigue-filled responses.

From the messy hair to the dark under-eye circles to the moments of clarity in the midst of chaos, here are 25 spot-on parenting selfies.

1
Katie Leach
"We have a room of toys, and all he wants to do is pull my hair."
2
April Renee Ramsey
"Finding a little foot next to your face at 3 a.m."
3
Abby Worden
"Doing nothing on your own, ever again."
4
Lisa Minck
"It's all fun and games until... this! But of course you just gotta smile :) #thisisparenting"
5
Kasey Gravel
"Days old, dead tired!"
6
Julee Wilson
"I'm beginning to understand that I can't have it all. But I have enough. And my enough is so much."
7
April June
8
Ali Ashbacher
"No personal space, no time off, fingers shoved up noses and mouths, no showers for two days, but so worth all the love and laughter you receive back from them."
9
Rachel Henderson
"It's crying right along with the baby."
10
Teddi Bewernitz
"Staying home is so easy though, right? Toddlers and babies and lots of coffee."
11
Rosine Oriabure
"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had and dealing with fears you didn't know existed."
12
Megan Mueller
"Parenting is never boring!!"
13
Keena Paula Dizon
14
Shonitria Anthony
15
Carolyn Griffin
"Baby won't sleep and I've been up all night nursing him... But he's full of smiles!"
16
Seré Altebrando
"Trying to put her down for a nap. She likes to be as close to my face as is physically possible. I think she had something to do with those dark circles under my eyes, too."
17
Nina Hassan
"Well I would say that although parenting is the most difficult job a person could ever have, watching them change everyday and reaching new milestones makes it all worth it!"
18
Eleanor Hanson ToBe
"Never having a nice 'normal' photo together"
19
Melissa Naymik Linebrink
"Having to sit between your kids on a three hour car trip so they don't kill each other."
20
Rebecca Harris
"Teething makes everyone tired."
21
Keara Stein
"Spit up or the newest trend in moisturizer?"
22
Angie Lee
23
Heather May Holbrook
"Newborn"
24
Crystal Evans Salgado
"Running on little sleep with my baby while my toddler puts toys on my head."
25
Kimberly Mahan
"The word 'tired' takes on a whole new meaning when there's a newborn involved."

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