YouTube sensation, The Holderness Family, releases Mother's Day tribute video highlighting just how much women go through to have babies—by getting dad to try it.
If you're a mom (or a mom-to-be), you're likely guilty of rolling your eyes when your hubby can't seem to quite understand what it's like to be pregnant. Your favorite viral video-making family, The Holderness Family from North Carolina, are back at it for Mother's Day, and this time, they're giving dad a taste of pregnancy aliments: from lower back pain and skipping the booze to actual labor pains. Yep, for real.
In this parody of One Direction's "One Thing", the husband and wife duo, Kim and Penn, go through the traditional gifts on Mother's Day—flowers, breakfast in bed, fancy dinners—and then Kim says what she really wants: for Penn to experience what pregnancy is really like. In an interview with TODAY parents, Kim admits it was totally her idea: "Penn never would have volunteered for something like this. He really is an amazing husband and father, but let's face it—men have no clue what it's like to carry, deliver and feed a child."
We can't help but giggle at our desks when Penn experiences a labor pain simulator (you can totes buy those online, btw) and cringe at how awkward Penn feels when he's "pumping" breast milk. But the benefit for the family? Penn's deepened appreciation for his wife's strengths. "I was already pretty blown away by my wife, who had natural childbirth for the first one, but now I am even more impressed—not just by the birth process but also the pregnancy," Penn told TODAY. "The 50-pound belly was awful. I was just walking around the house panting terribly and sitting down. There was this crazy weight on my chest, and my lower back really hurt after."
While you don't have to strap a fake belly on your partner or have him experience labor pains (unless you really want to, in which case send us the video), it's a nice reminder that our partners don't always understand what we're going through, but they do appreciate all that we do—not only for our children once they're here, but while bringing them into the world, too.
Then again, maybe we'll go ahead and buy that simulator for the next time hubby decides that he's "too tired" to get up and change the baby at 3 a.m.