Little Girl Nails ‘Exhausted Mom’ Halloween Costume

by Valerie Williams
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This girl’s “mom” costume is a little too accurate

Kids have a way of making us see who we really are. Whether it’s hearing them repeat words they learned from us (and shouldn’t be saying) or watching them act just like us, it can be a reflection of ourselves we might not want to see. One little girl is literally a reflection of her mom by way of her hilarious Halloween costume — and the portrayal is not entirely flattering.

This is a moment of truth, moms. Is this really how we look?

Rachael Fansler Beachy posted a photo on Facebook of her friend’s daughter all ready for Halloween. She says the child is dressed up “as a mom,” and it’s so real it’s almost scary.

Ouch, Lainie. Could you have gone a little gentler on us poor moms? Check out those dark circles and spit-up stained sweatshirt. Hair in a messy bun, sweatpants and flip-flops (a combination I sport on our daily walk to the bus stop until snow forces me to put on actual socks and shoes) along with that look in her eye.

You know that look. The one that says, “I woke up like this, fuck you if you don’t like it.”

Lainie’s accessories are on point — one child literally dangling from her leg, and the other in a heavy car seat perfect for lugging through parking lots while running errands. This little girl gets it to a frightening degree of accuracy.

We aren’t alone in loving her look, as the internet is definitely feeling it judging by the over 14,000 comments and 6,400 shares in less than a day. Lainie’s struck a chord with her spot-on portrayal of a mother with little kids. Give her all the costume contest awards. Everyone else can go home.

Now, will this truth bomb change anything about how us moms dress each morning? After all, this is kind of a wake-up call, right? There isn’t much that can be done about the dark circles and surprise spit-up, but should we be making more of an effort on the clothing and hair front?

Nah. At least not while our enemies stand.

And by enemies, we mean babies and small children. My kids are older now and while I tend to go casual for the bus stop stroll, it’s only because it’s early and I usually hit the gym afterward, so there’s little point in getting dolled up. Were sweats and flip-flops my daily uniform during the early years? Absolutely. It’s called survival mode.

Take heart, though — it does get better. Eventually, your kids sleep through the night and become more independent. I’m no super model, but I can proudly say I wear unstained clothing and ten minutes worth of makeup when I run errands these days. It’s a slight Mom Life upgrade owed entirely to the passage of time. You’ll all get there too, I promise.

This costume is being shared so much because it hits home. But moms, don’t change a thing. Even if our kids are noticing our less-than-glam look, it’s OK. We all understand and wouldn’t dare judge. Now, come here — let us wipe that spit-up off your shoulder so you can head to preschool drop-off with your head held high. You’ve got this, messy bun and all.


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