Blake Lively called out all those too-perfect moms on Instagram
Blake Lively may be a flawless celebrity mom with a ridiculously attractive husband, but that in no way means she’s exempt to the shit show that is parenting a small child. In a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Lively opened up about what it’s like to be a mom to a one-year-old, and she took a second to call out all those perfect parents on social media who make it look way too easy.
Lively, who is currently pregnant with her second child, said before she actually had kids, she thought parenting would look a lot more like the gorgeously staged photos she sees on Instagram.
“There’s a a lady on Instagram who I used to love to watch,” she said. “Her name was Old Joy, and she just made having a baby look lovely. Everything is white, and she always has a fresh blueberry pie that’s steaming, and scones and clotted cream, and she’s reading Old Man And The Sea. Her little baby… is just, like, sleeping while knitting… and her toddler is like giving her a reflexology massage. [I’m thinking], What?!”
Lively is, of course, exaggerating a little bit, but not by much. These are some of the photos from that Instagram account:
If there’s anyone who could afford that kind of beautifully curated family life, it’s Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds. But, even though she once ran her own lifestyle site a la Gwyneth Paltrow, Lively admits her home life with her daughter, James, looks nothing like that.
“My kid is, like, playing with explosive devices,” she joked. “[She’s] sticking things in our dog’s ear. She already knows how to drywall because she puts holes in the wall… I went from loving [Old Joy] to wanting to kidnap her so that she won’t post any more torture for me.”
Seth Meyers, who’s got a three-month-old at home, chimed in and said he knows exactly what Lively is talking about. “My wife looks at a lot of Instagram accounts that are that perfect new mother world,” he revealed. “And it’s cruel. It’s cruel and unusual for people… it’s not real.”
Social media has made it easier than ever to peer into each other’s lives and compare whatever we’ve got going on to what everyone else is doing, but it’s important to remember that we’re just seeing the highlights. No one is sharing what their kitchen looks like after they bake the delicious blueberry pie, or that they ate five slices of it after their kids went to bed because the toddler colored on the white sofa while the baby was simultaneously barfing on it.
The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, but as Blake Lively’s comments show, we’re all in the trenches together — even those of us who make the trenches look slightly nicer by slapping on the perfect Instagram filter.