Being a parent is truly a complicated job. It's chaotic and tiring, but it's also incredibly rewarding and invigorating.
That makes the experience difficult to put into words, so Russian photographer and mother-of-two Yuliya Skorobogatova put it into pictures. Skorobogatova, who studies in Moscow at the School of Visual Arts, gave us a little glimpse into what a day in the life of a parent is like with with her project #selfiettes. Using a selfie stick, she shares everyday moments with her 1-year-old and 13-year-old daughters. She captions the photos with explanations and takeaways for other parents.
"The mastermind of these photos was my daughter," Skorobogatova told A Plus. "Taking care of children is a lot of fun."
While cleaning up messes and peeing with the door open may not seem all that glamorous, Skorobogatova wants all parents to be thankful for the time they have with their kids.
"I hope other parents understand that children grow very fast and you should be able to appreciate every moment spent together with them."
Take a peek at some of her day in the photos below, along with her captions:
"I wake up from realizing that air around me is throbbing with life, and all I have left is to pour myself into it."
"I still feed the child the most environmentally safe product that can only be found in Moscow."
"I am never alone, absolutely never. My daughter likes to chat with me, it has little to no stop, or rather almost nothing. I was happy, I love to talk with her about this and that in a relaxed atmosphere."
"We're also always together, I was at the table, she was under."
"I always come away from the playground with useful tips and tricks on upbringing, healthcare and nutrition from well-read moms. More advanced mommies are always there."
"Diapers, tissues and crèmes — how could we live without these before?"
"My daughter is already pretty well-versed in apparel brands and only chews on the price tags of her favorite brands."
"I also have an elder daughter. Sometimes she 'forgets' to prepare her lessons, so I have to remind her."
"We always dine together, each of us enjoying the table of her own."
"Household duties are not going anywhere. My youngest always helps me."
"Vasilisa is concerned about my hygiene, so the door to the bathroom is always open for her to check if there is enough soap. She herself prefers bubble baths."
"Vasilisa loves me dearly, and she is fond of playing with me. After midnight I get a bit tired. Try not to show though, so as not to upset her too much."