Face, we're going to need a bigger palm. Just when you think people have learned to stop pitting working moms against stay-at-home moms, someone has to come and screw everything up.
Anna Strode shot to fame for obtaining some serious abs just eight months after giving birth. She's now known for her workout videos, fitness advice for moms and day-to-day fun with her twin boys on her @bubs2bikinis Instagram.
Most of her content and interaction with other moms have been positive and inspirational, but recently Strode received a comment on her page that cut deep.
"It basically said 'I wish I got to stay at home all day and exercise with my child, instead I have to go to work and do WORK,'" Strode recounted.
This got the Australian mom, who is expecting another baby in July, fired up.
"Work?! You think I don't WORK?! You think I sit at home all day and twiddle my thumbs? You think 2 x 22-month-old toddlers just let me kick my feet up all day after I've done my morning workout? You think I'm beaming with energy as I grow a new baby and frantically do my best to keep up with twin boys that run rings around me?!" she writes.
Strode details how, contrary to what people might think from her Instagram (News flash: Instagram is nothing like real life), the mom barely has time to exercise with everything she has to do for her two little humans. And when she does make time, it's usually 20 to 30 minutes a day, with her having to stop about 20 times throughout to say, break up sibling fights or fetch toys.
Strode's clapback was so intense, she had to continue her post in the comments.
"BUT—I do it because I LOVE it. We are NOT rich! Me staying at home with our children means we have to GO WITHOUT a LOT of things!" she writes. "I've worked hard to grow this Instagram page, hours upon hours with children crawling all over me trying to get content filmed, videos edited and blog posts written—so it can contribute financially to our family."
Before becoming a mom, Strode worked in high management roles in marketing. And although it was tough, she says it's nothing like the demands of motherhood.
"When someone implies my life is EASY because they go to work and I don't—it upsets me. ... PLEASE I'm begging you, NEVER underestimate HOW HARD 'stay at home' mums WORK! We do it because we love it but we often do it with tears rolling down our faces, our heads in our hands crying and with a huge sense of loneliness from the adult world too!" she writes. "I'm not saying that I or someone works harder than another, what I'm saying is we ALL work hard! One thing I know for sure though is I'm glad I chose this job and I wouldn't change a thing. This job is hard but it is by far the MOST rewarding."
The Instagram fitness guru has never been afraid to show the realities of motherhood. Strode has made several headlines in the last year, including the time she revealed a photo of herself with both a six-pack and loose skin, calling it perfection.
And just last month, her side-by-side photo of pregnancy on Instagram vs. pregnancy IRL went viral.
"I'm a REAL mama, with REAL pregnancy cravings and REAL battles of accepting how my body changes throughout life's journeys," she wrote.
Strode didn't have to explain herself to Instagram trolls, but we're kind of glad she did.