Postpartum life is no joke. I see a lot of women putting enormous amounts of pressure on themselves – to “bounce back,” to keep smiling even when you want to scream, to somehow maintain a clean house amongst the chaos, and to do it all on 2 hours of sleep. I think it’s time we take a step back and remember how challenging this stage of parenthood can be – and that’s perfectly ok. Embrace the hard and go easy on yourself, mama. You got this. Here are a few of my favorite essays that I hope will inspire you.