It’s no secret that being a mom is one of the toughest jobs. But one woman is doing her part in making it a bit easier — and more entertaining — with the hilarious honesty that she shares on her blog. Titled Juggling the Jenkins, Tiffany Jenkins‘s shares how she manages her life as a wife and a mother-of-three. What sets her apart from other influencer parents is how real she is about the less glamorous aspects of the role, like the disappointment of shopping for herself after having three children.
In her latest video posted to Awestruck — referred to as the “mom’s network” — Jenkins tackles the topic of her first shopping spree since having her youngest child, who is two. She doesn’t dance around the long-term difficulties she’s faced fitting into old clothing and finding new clothing that’s flattering at a reasonable cost, but instead she calls it like it is and shares her own distress with others who likely feel the same.
“Today I went clothes shopping, and it was the worst experience of my life,” she began in the confessional clip. “I haven’t been shopping for new clothes since before my two-year-old was born. In fact, I’ve been wearing leggings for like the past two years straight. Mainly because: A. Pants are prisons, and B. Because nothing in my closet fits me anymore.”
Chronicling the times she’s shuffled through her own wardrobe only to find the pairs of jeans that haven’t fit since having children, Jenkins says that she finally decided to get some items that she could comfortably wear for a date night. Instead, she was faced with the reality that she can’t shop quite the same way as she had in the past, or in the same stores. But the understandable shift of going from “fun” stores to more conservative “mom” stores became even more relatable when Jenkins talked about the issue of locating a store with consistent and reliable sizing.
“I tried on 29 pair of pants because apparently not only am I no longer a size 12, I’m a size 16,” she continued. “But also, size 16 is different depending on what brand you’re pulling up over your thighs, just like a game.”
Instead, Jenkins admitted to slipping into a pair of maternity jeans, although she’s not pregnant, and feeling right at home. And people, beyond just mothers, couldn’t appreciate it more.
“I’ve literally thought of doing the same thing!!” one person commented. “I want cute jeans that make room for my post-baby tummy that is not what it used to be. The buttons do nothing but make my tummy look like a popped open crescent roll package.” While another simply exclaimed, “Ain’t no shame in the maternity jean game!”
The hilarious video has received a huge reaction — more than 1.5 million views on Facebook — for being so real, which is something that Jenkins tells Yahoo Lifestyle is a vital aspect of her platform.
I'm gonna be honest with you, man… I'm tired. Not in a sleepy way; in an "I feel paper thin, because I'm being stretch so far in each direction that I may rip apart at any moment," way. I wasn't expecting any of this, it has all happened so INCREDIBLY fast. Sometimes it feels like I am a goalie, and hundreds of soccer players are lined up in front of me simultaneously kicking the ball in my direction. I am scrambling to catch all of them and throw some back and let some go, while struggling to catch my breath. It feels as if 1000 tabs are open in my mind all at once. I want to save everyone. I want to make everyone happy. I want to make everyone laugh. I don't know how to NOT want that… It's what I want. But I want to do it on my time, my schedule, when I feel like it. I want to release the ever-growing pressure to create things worthy of approval. The pressure to reply and respond to every person who has beared their soul in my inbox. The pressure to be "different" and "genuine" and "one-of-a-kind". I am one person. With two hands, two eyes and one mouth. I can only be one place at a time, and lately that place has been in my head. Processing, planning,obsessing, worrying,wondering,hoping… I am an addict. I cannot forget that. I cannot allow myself to be overwhelmed, over-worked, under pressure and under the gun I have been forcing myself to function beneath. I have to take pause. I have to take in the milestones of my children who are growing rapidly before my eyes. I have to take my husband into my arms and apologize for being everywhere else but present. I have been blessed with the opportunity to do what I love, and generate income – but it will all disappear in the blink of an eye if I'm not taking care of myself. I look forward to living in peace, creating when I want to create and allowing things to grow organically from a place of joy as oppose to a place of pressure, (from myself). Thank you for being here friends…
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“I felt really defeated that day, and something that makes me feel better is sharing my experiences with others to let them know that they’re not alone,” she explains. “Shopping has always seemed like a chore for me. I think I’ll stick to my husband’s shirts and boxers from now on.”
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