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This Second-Grader’s ‘Tired Mom’ Costume Is Going Viral

Lainie Griffin
Lainie GriffinCourtesy of Jessica Griffin

Most realistic costume ever? Lainie Griffin, a 7-year-old from Indiana, soared to internet stardom after family friend Rachael Beachy shared a photo of the second-grader dressed up as a frazzled mom for Halloween. 

“Notice the spit up and dark circles under her eyes. I’m dead!” Beachy wrote on Saturday, October 29. “This is the best costume I’ve ever seen!” In three days, her post has received 180,000 likes and more than 22,000 comments. 

In the hilarious picture, Lainie — clad in flip-flops and a vomit-stained pink sweatshirt — is seen staring dully into the camera with her hair thrown back into a sloppy ponytail. The pièce de résistance: A baby doll on her hip and another clinging to her ankle. 

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“She’s only missing the bottle of wine to cope and it’d be like looking in the mirror,” wrote one woman. Raved another: “This is great! I can SO relate!”

Lainie and Jessica Griffin Jessica Griffin

Lainie’s mother, Jessica Griffin, tells Us Weekly the costume was 100 percent her daughter’s idea. “I just added the dark circles with a bit of dark brown eyeshadow and the baby spit-up, which was made up of water and baby powder mixed up and dribbled on her shoulder,” says Griffin, who is also mom of Mavrick, 10, Makenzie, 6, Jovie, 4, and Jonah, 4.

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“Lainie came up with the baby around the leg because I always have one of her younger siblings sitting on my foot when I’m trying to do something!” Jessica tells Us

The proud mama isn’t surprised the costume has gone viral. “Every parent can relate!” says Jessica. “So many of us have been too tired to bend over to tie a pair of tennis shoes or put on some socks so we just slip into flip-flops!”

Lainie Griffin
Lainie Griffin Jessica Griffin

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She adds: “And it’s not just moms that look this way, trust me. My husband, Sam, has the same dark circles, the messy hair, the spit-up on the shoulder and the sweatpants!” 

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