The actress posted to Instagram on Sunday with a selfie from “a dark room” that showed her tear-streaked face, with an explanation in the caption.
“I have never heard these kinds of screams from [son Jace Joseph, 19 months] and it’s literally BREAKING my heart,” Kramer wrote. “Apparently it’s the 18-21 sleep regression. (I had his ears checked and all are good now). His molars all 4 are coming in. And he throws his lovey and wubs out of the crib.”
While Kramer “used to go back in to give him” the comfort items, it soon “became this game” and she was advised not to continue doing so.
“But hearing him so upset, well has me like this,” Kramer added. “#motherhood please please mommas tell me it’ll be better soon?! And any tips?!? Also I only share this because I need the mom support.”
Many other parents gave Kramer their words of wisdom and offered her words of comfort — reminding her how they have all been there.
“I’ve had many moments like this,” wrote Jessie James Decker, who’s a mother of three. “It’s ok to take a moment and just cry. We all in this together ❤️❤️.”
“Been there. It’s so hard to know what the Right thing to do is sometimes,” said E!‘s Carissa Culiner. “Part of you wants to stay the course of what you said you were going to do, and then the other part of you feels like maybe that’s not working and maybe this has been the wrong method for your child the whole time … And all that confusion ends up causing tears like this. I don’t know what’s the right answer is for Jace, just want to tell you I’ve been there, felt what you’re feeling and you are a fantastic mother no matter what you choose to do. Wish I could give you a big hug!”
“Not a mom so I won’t attempt to give advice … but just want to remind you, you seem like a GREAT mom,” said the wife of Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, Emily Mayfield. “Even in these tougher times with your little guy, don’t forget to give yourself a little credit! ❤️❤️”
She captioned the post: “This is motherhood. Exhausted, heart strings breaking and crying in a dark room just wanting their baby to fall asleep because you’re exhausted too” — Kramer said she “felt embarrassed” about it on her Instagram Story.
“Sorry for the mom cry,” she wrote on top of the post. “But in that moment I remember an interview I did with @catandnat and they said ‘why do you normally only share the hard stuff on your podcast?’ Was a valid question and I didn’t have a good answer.”
“Maybe I thought y’all don’t want to see me crying or whatever but tonight I remembered that question and thought … well … here ya go,” she revealed.
Kramer shares two children with husband Mike Caussin. Before the pair welcomed Jace, Kramer gave birth to their daughter Jolie Rae in January 2016.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.