5 Parent Dream Moments for Instagram Gone Wrong



I remember when we were trying to get pregnant, my husband and I were incredibly aware of parents walking around with their kids. I remember seeing the mom with her new baby, holding him in the restaurant, while he slept away in her arms. I remember seeing the dad at the lake with his toddler, probably showing him how to fish for the first time. Remember when you were pregnant for the first time and it seemed like everyone was pregnant too?

I knew as a first time parent that things would be hard and not so picturesque as the glimpses we see on the street. In fact, that’s why my husband and I put off having kids for almost eight years. But, we were excited first time parents and I remember sometimes, late in the night we’d both be awake and we’d talk about some of the excited memories we anticipated making when starting our family.

In a world enveloped by social media, you would probably be lying if you didn’t see a photo on Instagram and secretly remember to try that with your little one. Some of your greatest photo ideas come from your fellow Insta addicts.

A year and a half later with ten months of diapers (sheesh, when can we potty train already?) with a ten month old, you learn those memories are like flashes that come and go so fast, you can hardly remember they happened in the midst of sleep deprivation. And what about those moments we anticipated would be our “charming” little family memories?  What actually happens in those dreamed about moments?
1) Parent dreams about taking cute photos of their newly crawling baby, peeking out from under the coffee table and sharing it on Instagram. #cutestbabyever
What Really Happens: Your baby isn’t peeking out because they are way to engrossed in eating whatever unidentified object was growing under your coffee table because who has time to actually clean under there when you’ve got kids running around. Whew.

2) Parent dreams about baby playing outside, maybe picking a dandelion and looking at it curiously.
Baby waits on parent while just taking in the world. Ah, yes, another Insta moment. Seriously, I had an exact image like this. Man, sweet mother. #justyouwait
What Really Happens: Baby eats the dandelion and another one. And another one, until you realize he’s eating all the dandelions while being so quiet.
Tip: Never mistake quietness with good behavior. Never.
By the time you find him, he has already found a new interest in the surprise your neighbor’s dog left as they walked by earlier.

3) Parent dreams about snuggling with their little one for naps as they gently fall asleep against their chest. Totally Insta worthy. Hello #sleepingbaby.
What Really Happens: Your baby has now discovered your nose and eyes and even your ears. These are incredibly fun to try and rip off your face. Now, this could be Insta worthy. #babyripsfaceoff
But your too tired to even care because all you want to do is sleep. Did I mention the biting? Ever had a teething baby gnaw on your shoulder as you try to sing “Go to sleep little baby”? Yah, no one ever makes it through that song with a teething little.
4) Parent dreams about their little’s first photo with Santa. This will blow up your Insta likes. #babysfirstsanta
What Really Happens: Screaming. Crying. Lots of crying. There will be a glare in this photo from all the tears. I don’t blame the kid for this one, really. A large, strange man, laughing at me for being so little? Really?

5) Parent dreams of hoisting your toddler on your shoulders as they excitedly watch the town parade and all the horses trot by. You decide to make them giggle with a little tickling. Thank you #documentyourday
What Really Happens: Vomit. Too much tickling. Yep, that’s the cotton candy you just had to buy him earlier. A sticky and slimy car ride home, followed by a toddler with an upset stomach from all the candy you let him eat.


Parent dreams of that feeling they say you get when your little grabs your finger for the first time.

That feeling when they begin to crawl for the first time and you could care less what they eat under the table because you’re ecstatic they figured it out. OK, maybe you’ll do a quick sweep under there.

That feeling when you laugh with them as you hose off the doggie poo they ate while playing outside.

Who cares about the photo with Santa. They won’t remember anyways.

Throw up is never picturesque but the pure joy they experienced by running around with cotton candy in hand, while waiting for the parade to start? That’s what really happens when parents see their dreams unfold as their babies grow. Pure innocence and joy. #enjoytheride


Come on guys. I know you have some #instamomentsgonewrong. Tell us what they were!

If you want to see more of me fumbling along as a mama to encourage yourself, check us out on Instagram.



My name is Gloryanna and I'm a stay-at-home momma, former teacher, turned blogger. I love hearing stories and sharing stories, especially when they are encouraging. This is a blog about stories and experiences that encourage us in our relationship with Christ and others, no matter what season of life we're going through. Hopefully, you will take away a positive nugget by visiting this blog and maybe laugh a little along the way.
  • So hilarious! In the past 20 months, we’ve had SO many of these moments. And it’s fun to think back on them and laugh (now). I’m sure we have many more to come in the future 🙂

  • Hahahahahahahahahaha YESSSSSSSSSSS 🙌

  • Yes!! This made me laugh! ALL true!! 😂

  • Justine @ Little Dove

    This is so hilarious because it is SO true! And how come your children will do the perfect, cute, adorable things UNTIL the camera comes out?!

  • This is so funny! I have a 4 year old, and I remember memories like these! I can also remember the picture perfect moments too! Don’t blink your eyes, they grow up way too fast!

  • everydayethnicmom

    Hilariously true. Everyone of these situations happened to me in the past and I really had the misconception that all of these dream moments and afterwards realized I was totally wrong.

  • These cracked me up! All so true and still happening with my 3 and 5 year olds!

    • Gloryanna

      Thanks Sara! Something to look forward too 🙂

  • BAHAHA. I always wonder what parents give their kids to get them to cooperate for those “kodak” insta moments. Too funny.

    • Gloryanna

      Oh yah. There are plenty of tricks in the hat 😉

  • Loved this! So true..although we don’t have any pics of it baby on social media with the exception of her feet. 😊

    • Gloryanna

      I told myself I wasn’t going to post pics of him on the Internet, but I didn’t last that long…Glad someone out there is sticking to it!! 🙂 And baby feet are delicious 😉

  • Oh. My. This is so true! Thanks for making me laugh this morning!

    • Gloryanna

      Any time! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • This!!! All.of.this. I can sooooo relate- as I’m sure so many other mothers can. I actually laughed out loud with the dandelion thing- hilarious!!!!

    • Gloryanna

      Yep, this actually happened to me, so it was fresh in my mind when I wrote this!