Moms can absolutely do it all, but doing it all is hard work. And right now, moms have so much on their plates — even more than usual.
One working mom recently took to social media to show just how much she’s doing in a day, and it’s enough to make your head spin.
Kristen Krahl is a Chicago-based mother of three who posted the video earlier this week. In it, she is working at her computer while also pumping breast milk and caring for her 10-week-old daughter, Maeve. In just a few days, the video went viral, and there’s no question as to why! It’s relatable as all get out.
So many moms are up against all the exact same struggles, but watching the sped-up video really paints a pretty clear picture of what mom life looks like.
When you see Kristen doing it all — all in one video — it’s hard to ignore how truly amazing mothers are.
Of course, we already knew moms were incredible. But Kristen’s video, which is set to Beyoncé’s hit song, “Run the World (Girls),” really drives the point home. We have to say, the song was the perfect choice for a video of a working mom absolutely crushing it!
Kristen has been getting a lot of attention since posting the now-viral video. She chatted with Good Morning America about why she chose to post the clip in the first place. “I was just going about my day juggling work and pumping and feeding her and thought, ‘I think this might be relatable,'” she said. “I might be able to reach a few [women] with this and say, ‘You’re not alone.'”
She certainly got her point across. But the truth is, so many mothers have such an immense amount falling on them right now. Moms are working, managing the child care, and, in many cases, homeschooling their kids or overseeing virtual learning. It’s not just a lot — for many mothers, it feels exhausting and downright impossible.
We’re all bound to have moments of struggle. While Kristen seems cheerful in the video, it’s easy to see that she’s managing a lot on any given day. Knowing that we’re all pretty much in the same boat is somehow helpful to see. Even though we feel like we’re all alone, the fact that we’re up against the same struggles can make us feel a little less so.
Kristen is currently working from home for her job in the construction industry. She’s been doing so since March 17, like so many working moms. She heads back to the office in two weeks, though, so it was important for her to document what her life looks like right now.
The baby in the video is not Kristen’s only child, either! She also has toddlers Molly and Owen, both 2, who are surviving triplets. Needless to say, Kristen has a ton going on just about every waking moment of every day. So many moms can relate. That’s why mothers everywhere are watching the video and nodding their heads in solidarity.
“It’s just instinctual at this point, balancing [it all],” she said. But she doesn’t want viewers to feel sorry for her at how much she has going on. “There are days when I say, ‘How did I commit to my deadline, take care of my daughter, pump 80 ounces and make sure my toddlers are alive and well?'”
Other mothers were quick to fill up the comments section of her Instagram with posts saying how real the video was. Those comments really spoke loudly to Kristen and reaffirmed her reasons for posting the video to begin with.
“It was to show, ‘This is what we’re doing. It’s what we’re all doing,'” she said. “We just didn’t know we could all connect on this level.”
It’s also helping to give moms who are in the same boat (or about to be), a boatload of hope. One commenter wrote, “You give me such hope as a working newborn mom I am soon to be!!” Those kind words prove that moms can all use some extra motivation right now.
It really does take a village, and these days, it’s hard to find one in real life. That’s why sharing is more important than ever. Kristen also says it’s helpful to remember that this won’t last forever. She says, “Everything is temporary, never set tough goals for yourself, take it one day at a time and understand you’re stronger than you know.”