Rachel, known as the Strong Mama, with daughter Bella and son Lucas

We know full well that parenting isn’t all Pinterest-perfect moments, but it’s still reassuring to know you’re not alone in the struggle. People are thanking one mum for sharing an honest photo that sums up the reality of being a parent, showing her crying after dealing with her toddler’s tantrum. Mum of two Rachel Giampietro, 28, said she was motivated to share the candid moment because she often found herself comparing her life to people online. Home alone for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Bella three days before, the mum was feeling overwhelmed in the face of looking after a newborn baby while also caring for her then-toddler, Lucas. After having a huge ‘toddler tantrum’, Lucas had fallen asleep by his mum’s side, along with a snoozy Bella. Rachel took a photo of that moment of quiet exhaustion. A year on she shared the image on Facebook, The Strong Mama, writing: ‘I just realised I never shared this photo of my first day alone with the two kids at home, a few days after Bella was born. Rachel shared a photo of herself crying as her kids slept (Picture: The Strong Mama/ CATERS NEWS) ‘If you look closely you will see the tears running down my cheeks. A little dramatic I know, but this is postpartum reality for most mums. ‘Both kids were asleep, but Lucas had just thrown the most epic tantrum whilst I just sat and cried, not physically or mentally able to assist him or deal with it and feeling so guilty, sore and tired. ‘These are the moments of motherhood that suck, and that no one really shares. But they are the moments that build us and give us strength and resistance. ‘Your hard times become your biggest teachers, and if you can make it through the first few days, weeks, months and years of motherhood I believe you can make it through anything. ‘By far, becoming a mum, two times now, is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but loving them with every cell in my body is the easiest. Rachel and husband Nick with their children (Picture: The Strong Mama/ CATERS NEWS) ‘Here’s to the reality of motherhood, no one shares it enough, we’re all struggling in our own ways, some of just hide it better than others.’ Parents have related to the image hard, and thanked Rachel for being honest about the reality of being a new mum. The photo ended up being shared thousands of times. ‘I just felt overwhelmed and filled with guilt that there is more I should be doing,’ said Rachel. ‘My hormones were also through the roof. ‘No one talks about how hard it is. I just thought, oh you’ve had one baby before, you’ll be fine. ‘But the reality is that it’s difficult. And I was really feeling those emotions, and just cried. ‘And I thought, how many mothers are out there right now feeling what I’m feeling? ‘We all just want to relate to others and feel okay with ourselves. And I think positing a raw and real photo like this really helped other parents feel a bit more normal.

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