Labor is a difficult time. It’s incredibly stressful, there’s a lot of waiting, you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing or what’s going on, people are all over the place, it’s impossible to get any sleep.
And that’s just the dad-to-be. Don’t even get me started on what it’s like for the woman who’s actually giving birth!
Obviously labor is all about the mom-to-be, and most men can’t even fathom the mental and physical toughness it takes to power through labor and the subsequent recovery from the intense experience. At the same time, there isn’t all that much for men to do during it, especially at the hospital, where the doctors and nurses are in control. Men are there for moral and psychological support. And sometimes even that can be a bit much for them to handle, even after the kid is born.
Which is why one pregnant woman brought along a NERF gun.
Samantha Mravik-Miller posted a photo from her hospital bed on Facebook, in which her hand is shown gripping a NERF gun. In her caption, she called it a “Mom Hack,” implying that she uses the gun to shoot foam bullets at her husband to wake him up when he has the AUDACITY to sleep while she’s on call with her newborn.
In an interview with Romper, she explained what led her to pack the toy. Turns out, Dad wasn’t exactly helpful the last few times, when she gave birth to their 11 and 5-year-old kids.
“I packed it because when my 5-year-old was born my husband slept through him crying in the hospital,” elaborating that she’d tried to throw a water bottle at him that time, but this time she said, “I figured this way I would have better aim.”
Moms online loved the post, shockingly, sharing it over 17,000 times, and surely dooming husbands everywhere to getting pelted with foam projectiles the next time they dare to shirk their parental responsibilities.