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Meghan King Edmonds Perfectly Compares Parenting On Instagram To Parenting In Real Life

It’s easy to look at glossy photos on Instagram and think that everyone else has it together while you’re dealing with milk-stained clothes and a fussy baby. Well, Meghan King Edmonds is here to confirm that pics on social media don’t usually tell the whole story.

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum shared photos of herself holding her 1-year-old twin sons, Hart and Hayes. In the first one, she’s smiling with a twin perched on each hip. But in the second, she looks shocked and afraid as one of her sons seems to be sliding off her hip while the other looks upset.

“The reality is that I wish my life was closer to the feeling I get when I see this beautiful photo with my twins... but it’s not: my life is summed up by the look of fright in the next photo,” she wrote in the caption. “You guys, I’m IN IT right now.”

Edmonds has been incredibly candid about the struggles she and her family have faced recently. First, her husband Jim Edmonds was caught exchanging lewd photos with another woman (something Edmonds talked about at length in a blog post she simply titled “I’m Sad.”)

Then, Edmonds revealed that Hart has “irreversible brain damage.” The twin has a minor form of a condition called periventricular leukomalacia on both sides of his brain. The brain injury typically affects preemies and has caused rigidity in Hart's muscles, delayed physical milestones, lack of fluidity with arm and leg movements, stiffness in his joints, and weakness in his lower back, Edmonds said on her blog.

After joking about the photos, Edmonds shared that she and Hart are leaving home for several weeks of intensive therapy.

“I’m going to miss the tar out of the rest of the fam,” she continued. “Some days I feel less like a person and more like a machine going through the motions.”

Edmonds then thanked “everyone who has made me feel like a person: preschool moms organizing last minute play dates, my sister for letting me nap for an hour, my nanny for watching Netflix with me.” She also thanked Lepa Boutique, an Illinois-based clothing store that sends her a curated box of clothes.

“It might sound silly but this is helping to keep me afloat,” Edmonds wrote. “I call it ‘self care.’ ‘Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ Well, the job I want is that stay-at-home mom who eats bon-bons, so from time to time I’ll dress the part despite the reality!”

The photo was flooded with comments of support for Edmonds’ honesty and openness, with one follower writing, “No matter anyone’s situation, financial, extra hands or otherwise — thank you for never minimizing anyone’s struggles or comparing yourself to others. I love that you use your platform to humbly and honestly show your transparency as another mom, woman and friend.”

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