Published on May 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

Celebrating #RealMoms this Mother’s Day

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked the thredUP community to share their most memorable real mom moments. The good, the bad (toddler meltdowns!), and the hilarious, so we could laugh (and cry) together.

We were absolutely overwhelmed by all of the beautiful stories and photos that were shared with us, and we wanted to share a few with you.

To all of you real moms out there, thank you for taking on one of the toughest jobs in the world! We wish you a very happy Mother’s Day, from our thredUP family to yours!


There are so many moments that come and go, it’s so hard to hold onto them at times. I remember once when Oliver was a newborn and we had to travel for my brother’s wedding. The night of the rehearsal dinner I took the little guy out to the car to nurse and didn’t think to bring anything with me. I mean, what could go wrong, right? I’m sitting in the car and all of a sudden I heard that gushy sloppy sound that can only be a blow out, and somehow I managed to catch it in my hands. So there I am, stuck in the car holding my newborn as well as his poop in my arms praying it won’t get all over my dress, but also questioning how I was going to get help. There was an Indian restaurant nearby and I was visualizing having to walk in there covered in poo and trying to explain why I must use their restroom. Somehow my husband, whom might I add is usually not very good at noticing the little things, realized I hadn’t brought anything with me and that I had been gone for quite awhile. He brought the diaper bag and saved the day/my dress from what could have been a smelly dinner. There are all kinds of interesting and wonderful things that happen as a mother, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!

– Alycia S


I will never forget this moment. My husband took this photo of me and our daughter as the sun was setting over Tianjin, China. This was the day that we met and adopted our precious girl after many, many months of waiting. It was a difficult transition and that day was so hard for her but in this moment, looking out over her city, she was calm and relaxed in my arms for the very first time. I feel so blessed to be called her mama and can’t imagine life without her.

– Kaitlyn B


After 2 surgeries, 3 IUI’s and 3 rounds of IVF……I get to soak in moments like this one of my 11-month-old son watching his dad mow the grass. My sweet miracle baby has taught me to soak up the moments of life. This kid is loved more than he could ever know, well, that is until he becomes a parent himself.

– Meg J.


Taking a winter hike on a mild day with my two youngest boys. The 2-year-old was determined to splash in every mud puddle, even though he was already soaked, and I let him, because you’re only little once, right?

– Meredith P.


My daughter was born the day before my husband was deployed. I had mixed emotions and the hormones did not help. I was happy that my husband was able to be there for the birth but also sad that he was not able to take me home from the hospital to share that special moment. Luckily I had a neighbor who was able to watch my older son who also picked me up from the hospital. My real mom moment came when she dropped me off and now I was a mother to two under two without my husband there to help. It was a learning moment for the children and I, and a lot of trial and error to get into a routine that worked for all of us. It showed me that you roll with the punches and just keep on going. It made me feel stronger and more capable than I imagined I could be. Don’t get me wrong I had moments where I was feeling sorry for myself and upset that it felt unfair that I did not get to rest and relax after childbirth, but those moments passed and the kids kept me busy and happy. They helped make the deployment go faster.

– Amanda B.


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