Mattea Goff, a mother of two, is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of trying to sleep when you've got a new baby at home. But despite sleeping mere inches away, her own husband had no idea about her nightly struggle. That’s why this creative mom decided to detail exactly what she goes through with a funny and incredibly accurate comic strip.
“This past weekend I was having a hard time finding the words (probably because I haven't had any sleep) to express to [my husband] Kris why I'm not in the best of moods first thing in the morning,” Mattea wrote. “So I sat down with my coffee and drew him a visual.”
In the first panel we see the whole family peacefully sleeping—including the husband with his “useless” nipples. But then the inevitable happens and the mom is jarred awake by her newborn.
The mom brings the baby over to breastfeed, but it looks like her little one is more interested in slapping anything and everything nearby. Meanwhile the husband keeps snoozing.
The baby soon moves on to new activities like scratching the mom all over and throwing up in the bed. Fun!
The baby continues to kick around and, to make matters worse, the husband has now commandeered the entire blanket as he remains asleep and blissfully unaware of what is going next to him.
In the last panel, the husband wakes up completely refreshed and ready for a cuddle session. And of course the mom is bruised and exhausted from the night before.
Mattea originally made the comic for her husband, but her friends convinced her to make it public. Since then it has gone viral with over 171,000 shares on Facebook. In an interview with That’s Inappropriate, she explains how she created it.
“I’m not a professional artist by any means—just artistic. So yes this was originally meant only for my husband,” she said. “I have a sarcastic sense of humor, so when I get way past the point of tired, this is what happens.”
After the original post went viral, Mattea followed up with another cute drawing and a message thanking those who enjoyed the comic. She also clarified that her husband is a great dad even if he isn’t always much use during night feeding sessions.
“Breastfeeding exclusively was my decision, and it's something my husband supports and greatly appreciates,” she wrote. “He's a very involved father in so many other ways. It's true that even the best of dads can step it up now and again, and I may or may not fantasize about kicking him off the bed when he is able to sleep through most midnight adventures (a talent I do not possess). Being a mom is seriously hard work, but so is being a good dad, and I love and appreciate him for it.”