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Kelsey McEwen is getting real about being a new mom for the third time.
The Canadian CTV "Your Morning" meteorologist shared an emotional message to social media, admitting that she has been feeling "lost" since welcoming her third child, Charlotte, in May. McEwen told her more than 23,000 Instagram followers that she has been struggling to raise three small children during another COVID lockdown to find time "to be me."
The mother-of-three revealed that she has been feeling envious of other people's seemingly "perfect" lives on social media.
"I’m having a hard time with social media these days. Not because of trolls, or critics. But honestly? Because of the envy I feel. Everyone’s highlight reels just look so shiny. And happy. And perfect," she captioned a fresh-faced photo, in which she is holding her 8-month-old baby.
McEwen explained that seeing other moms on social media who look like they live "balanced" lives began to affect her. Aside from a lack of time for herself, McEwen admitted that she misses who she is outside of motherhood.
"I miss me. I do. I miss me, a lot. I know I’ll get back to me soon, and this isn’t forever, but sometimes it’s hard to see past the sleepless nights and the nursing bras and remote school and lockdowns and the lack of showers or alone time or grownup conversations," she penned.
She recalled feeling the same way with each of her older children when the "newborn haze" was fading. McEwen voiced the complicated struggle many mothers feel, to look forward to the "light at the end of the babyhood tunnel" while realizing she'll miss those early days when they're gone.
"Deep down, I know my highlight reel might look different, but it’s happy," she added. "It’s perfect. It’s shiny (even if that shine is baby vomit or greasy hair). I guess I just needed to say that out loud today... I’m a great mom. But I’m also more. I’m a great ‘me’ too."
McEwen's followers praised her for her honest take and applauded her for prioritizing her family over herself.
"Thank you so much for sharing this!" one follower wrote. "It's not easy to be vulnerable on social media and show the less shiny, perfect parts of ourselves, so hats off to you for keeping it real. Moms need to show more transparency like this because the truth is none of us really have it together, despite what you see on your Instagram feed. You're a great mom for being so self-sacrificing. Just know that your 'me time' is coming!"
"Totally feel you, Kelsey," another wrote. "I think this is a whole new conversation moms need to have."
"These are the craziest of days but also the best days. Your kids are young and need so much attention," someone else added. "I remember those days when it was tough to even get a shower! But, amazingly you get through it and it’s overall too soon."