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Same Sh*t, Different Species (Photos)

By Meghan Gesswein |

She walked with a purpose, as if she was in a hurry. Daylight was fading, and it was obvious that she had somewhere she wanted to be. Following behind, her two children were oblivious to her intentions. To them, it was a big game. A fun walk in the snow. They would stop occasionally to play, and you could almost see the look of exasperation on her face as she turned around to stop them. You could practically hear her telling them that now was not the time, that they must hurry along. I’m sure the children giggled and the mother rolled her eyes.

As I watched the scene unfold, I could imagine myself in the same scenario. I had, in fact, probably been in a similar situation a few times over. But this wasn’t a replay of my life that I was watching; it was a scene from Discovery Channel’s Frozen Planet. And it wasn’t a human mother and children, it was polar bears.

It occurred to me, in that moment, that even though we are different species, as mothers we have more things in common than you or I might originally think. I spent a few hours thinking about ways that mothers are similar, even if they don’t share the same genetic code.

You can see a few of the similarities that I came up with after the jump, and then tell me, have you ever been able to relate to a mother from another species?

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Same Sh*t, Different Species (Photos)

You Can Never Sleep On Your Own Time

Instead of sleeping whenever you want, once you become a mother you sleep on someone else's schedule.
The caption from one of the previous photos in this set reads "This little 5 month old baby kept playing while mom wanted to sleep. Mom grabbed her and attempted to snuggle with her, but the baby would have nothing to do with sleeping." Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Photo Credit: Arkansas Shutterbug via Flickr

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About Meghan Gesswein


Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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2 thoughts on “Same Sh*t, Different Species (Photos)

  1. Anna says:

    Really enjoyed the article.

  2. Krystal says:

    Ha, too funny. I have always noticed the similarities, people usually don’t like to admit it, but humans and animals are more alike than is generally thought. Especially in the mommy department! Very cute article :)

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