When Motherhood is More Gross Than Beautiful

As you can see the title and image text don't match. One says  gross and the other says messy. I thought about using both at the same time, but I felt the title got a little long. Let's be honest, motherhood is gross AND messy.

Recently my 2 year old has began speed eating. Not really, but she thinks she can shove all the food in her mouth at once with minimal chewing and sticks her hand out for more. This doesn't work well with string cheese. It needs to be chewed up well. So she gags and spits out these big chunks of cheese in my hand. Yep. That happens to me more than I would like. It got me thinking about some of the gross and messy things parent's endure. Here are a few of the ones that came to mind:

If you think about it, motherhood starts gross. Two words: Mucus. Plug. 

Umbilical Cord
From seeing it cut to it waiting for it to fall off the baby... The concept of this connection between mother and child is beautiful, but for me, seeing what was the exact opposite. 

I really don't need to say more. I guess I could add the words in the middle of the night.  

Puke In The Car Seat
This one stands out among other puking incidents to me. Just like food crumbs, the puke gets into every little place it can. There is really no other way to get a kid out of a puked-in car seat without reaching through the puke.  If you get out of motherhood without this one, well, congratulations.

Loose Teeth
I dreaded Sophie losing teeth before she it even started. They don't just lose them. No. They have show you 100 times 2 inches from your face. If you open your eyes to look, it's kind of gross.

Diapers and Diaper Leaks
I'm really beyond being grossed out by diapers at this point, but when they leak it still feels icky cleaning up. 

Potty Training And The Stuff That Comes With It
I want Heidi out of diapers, but I don't have the best memories of potty training Sophie. There are just many gross moments. Potty chair cleaning, accidents, wiping...

This is definitely not a complete list. I mean, I didn't even list chewed up food being spit in our hands. Let me know about the "ewwww" moments you think should be added. 

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  1. I remember a time when I was grossed out by all of these. Anymore, it's just part of my routine. But I do laugh hard when anyone else in the family has to do a gross job and goes on and on about how icky it is. ;)

    1. Yea, my tolerance for gross stuff is definitely much higher. Before kids I would have been just about getting sick myself. I still dislike car seat messes A LOT. Just due to them being such a pain to clean.

  2. Puke in the car seat is horrific!! #TwinklyTuesday

  3. I could not agree with you more about the car seat puke!

    Also, I'm adding one word to this list: lochia.

    That is all.


  4. Puke....at any capacity, anywhere. The worst.

    There's a lot of motherhood that is so far from glam. Love this post!


  5. Oh my goodness, Brittney, just thinking about these past experiences made me cringe. Now that my kids are a bit older, the messiness has taken on a slightly different (though less messy) feel. Let's face it, throwing up at any age is still rather yucky!
    Now, who ever said motherhood was easy? :-)

  6. Yes. Kids are so gross. From eating food off the floor, sticking their hands down their pants, shoving their rear ends in your face, the list goes on and on. I'm with you on the teeth thing too. It seriously grosses me out when they try to pull it out or ask me to pull it out. Ugh Getting squeamish just thinking about it!

  7. Oh puke in the car seat is just the worst. The smell...eurgh! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday