#MomLife: EmojiMom Is The New App You Need
Initially when I heard about the newest emoji app, EmojiMom the only reaction I could summon was an eye roll and sarcastic laugh. All I could think was, “Is this really necessary? Honestly. Truly.” As a mom to a 30-something-spirited toddler, and friend to moms of children whom also seem to have walked the earth before, I feel so far removed from the initial luster, and allure of the adventures of motherhood. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter, and if I could do things over, I’d still be writing this with the same sentiments. Being a mom is great, but when you’re three years in, that sparkly-eyed, gushy feeling of a first time mom has faded.
Creators of EmojiMom, Sarah Robinson, Natalie Ralston and Hannah Hudson set out to create a funny and entertaining way for parents to communicate their daily ups and downs of raising their family. From a thread of group texts, the new moms haphazardly birthed the idea of mom centered emjoi’s. Through growing children, and full-time jobs, eventually these women had a working model for what initially seemed like a good idea only in theory.
In an interview with Babble Robinson said, “Suddenly, it dawned on us, why are there no emojis to describe what we’re going through and what it feels like? Like millions of other people, we loved unicode emoji, and used them constantly, but the yellow crying face just was not up to the task of conveying the feeling of spilling oh-so-painstakingly pumped milk, nor was the smiley face really expressing what it felt like when your baby smiled for the first time.” With 250 emjoi’s under their belt, EmojiMom has come to life.
It wasn’t until I saw these mom-centered emoji’s that I realized how much of a necessity they truly are. With painstakingly realistic depictions, Hannah, Natalie, and Sarah have created emoji’s like a peeing toddler for those potty training woes, celebratory “slept all night” medallions, and a very pregnant woman counting down the hours, and minutes to tee time.
For me, EmojiMom brings back nearly forgotten joys and frustrations of the journey to parenthood. After all it was only a year ago, that I sat at my computer, pumping breastmilk while my daughter napped. It wasn’t much further off that I had wrapped my baby shower, and got my daughter’s crib set up, well before my due date. The month to follow was torture, as I felt I was growing bigger by the minute. Not to mention, seeing all of my daughter’s clothes and toys all set up, made me anxious to finally have her in my arms.
These social pioneers took a silly idea, and turned it into something to help all moms get through bleeding nipples, sleepless nights, and diaper bombs with some humor. In addition to bringing a laugh to a tough day, the founders of EmojiMom also want to incite unity, and a sense of understanding for mom experiencing things less talked about after childbirth. In her interview with Babble Sarah went on to say, “There is a lot about motherhood that is not talked about, particularly around what some women go through during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, by putting those things out there in a funny way, we hope that we can help women feel like someone gets what they’re going through.”
In time, creators hope to expand their market to more dad-centered emojis, as well as emojis for parents with older children. Have you struggled to accurately express your facial expression through text, when you baby missed their diaper and got your shirt? Maybe you can’t accurately explain the defeat in spilling even the slightest drop of breastmilk. Head to the Apple App store now to download your EmojiMom keyboard for $1.99.
Comment below and let us know which emoji best describes your #momlife.