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Mom puts on perfect face of makeup while giving birth (PHOTOS)

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Theresa Edwards is a freelance writer and professional whiner. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her family where she enjoys reading, roller derby, and complaining about the heat.

Mom manages to put on a full face of makeup between contractions (PHOTOS)

Let's face it: Childbirth, while it can be one of the most beautiful moments in a mother's life, is hardly the most glamorous. You're less "dewy and fresh" than you are "sweaty and bloodshot," and if you actually allow someone to take your picture (instead of just putting your fist through their camera), chances are you will only share the resulting photo to commemorate the all-important moment your newborn was placed in your arms. How you look will feel irrelevant.

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One mom's labor pictures are going viral for the opposite reason, though. Because even though Alaha Kaliri's baby is adorable and the look on Kaliri's face when she holds her is beautiful, it's the rest of Kaliri's visage that's getting attention — she managed to get a full face of makeup on while she was in labor, opting for what she called "full glam" during her labor experience:

We would like to take a second to welcome our precious angel, Sofia Alaya Karimi, into the world. Baby Sofia was born two nights ago, on February 15, 2016 at 6:19pm weighing 8lbs 13oz and a height of 21.5 inches. Mash'allah! Both of us are doing well Alhamdullilah. She has only been a part of our lives for two days and I can't even remember what life was like before her. She has changed our lives in ways we never thought were possible and has given us the most beautiful outlook on life. How could a little human who we have only known for 48 hours, have so much impact on our lives? Both hubby and I are so in love with her that we stare at her for hours as our hearts fill with joy, and our eyes fill with tears trying to understand how we became so lucky to be chosen as her parents. Subhanallah, Mash'allah, Alhamdullilah, times a million for everything God has blessed us with! I know many people are asking for pics, and I'm sorry but her father and I have decided to keep her beautiful face private for some time to keep her all to ourselves a little while longer and keep her away from evil eyes or Nazar (it's a cultural/religious thing and I hope you all understand). Family and friends are more than welcome to reach out and come visit once we are settled in and well-adjusted. Thank you to all those who sent flowers, texts, emails, calls, etc. I haven't been able to get back to everyone individually but I will as soon as I can. Now many of you are probably wondering about this picture, LOL! It was taken the minute she was first handed to me after I delivered her, look at her little head in my palm. Yes, I went full glam lol and I'll post more pics later of me doing my makeup DURING Labor and pausing for the severe contractions lol. And yes, I wore my @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty mink lashes in "SOPHIA" since it was appropriate lol. I had a natural birth alhamdullilah so it was tough, but I'm lucky enough to have been able to experience it firsthand and am so grateful. I prayed for all of the women who are trying to conceive to get to experience this beautiful feeling as well inshallah! Again, thank you all for the sweet messages, wishes, and love! God bless!

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And while the full-face contouring, complete with false lashes, certainly ensure that these photos are unlikely to be shoved into a shoebox until a later date, that isn't the most impressive thing about it. Kaliri did the makeup herself — she's a New York-based luxury business consultant and makeup artist — which is impressive enough for those of us who can't even seem to apply eyeliner evenly, and she did it while she was in labor. As in, in between contractions:

Three weeks ago at this time I was finishing up my makeup and getting ready for my princess to make her appearance. Yes, I was doing my makeup while I was in labor! I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed. I only packed some of my favorite products in my hospital bag... @morphebrushes 35O eyeshadow palette @marcbeauty remarcable foundation @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty lashes in "sophia" @anastasiabeverlyhills contour kit @mikasabeauty brushes and holder @royallangnickel MODA brushes @benefitcosmetics stay don't stray eyeshadow palette @gerardcosmetics brow bar to go @anastasiabeverlyhills dipbrow pomade @brian_champagne hydraplex @doseofcolors liquid lipsticks @jeffreestar @jeffreestarcosmetics velour liquid lipsticks And a few other products. I can't believe how fast time flies! It's already been three weeks!

A photo posted by @makeupbyalaha on

Oh, and when things got a little too intense for her to continue? Her helpful husband stepped in with the contouring brush to keep things on track.

Whether or not you think it's vain or genius to get dolled up for delivery, you just can't get around the fact that Kaliri's ability to multitask between contractions at a time when most of us are just screaming unspeakable profanities or trying not to throw up is just downright amazing. It's like the time that woman finished her finals while she was laboring, taking online exams like she was just passing through the maternity ward. Both women had those looks of determined concentration on their faces, and they may as well have been anywhere, not necessarily confined to a hospital room. Who wouldn't applaud that kind of badassery?

Three weeks ago at this time I was finishing up my makeup and getting ready for my princess to make her appearance. Yes, I was doing my makeup while I was in labor! I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed. I only packed some of my favorite products in my hospital bag... @morphebrushes 35O eyeshadow palette @marcbeauty remarcable foundation @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty lashes in "sophia" @anastasiabeverlyhills contour kit @mikasabeauty brushes and holder @royallangnickel MODA brushes @benefitcosmetics stay don't stray eyeshadow palette @gerardcosmetics brow bar to go @anastasiabeverlyhills dipbrow pomade @brian_champagne hydraplex @doseofcolors liquid lipsticks @jeffreestar @jeffreestarcosmetics velour liquid lipsticks And a few other products. I can't believe how fast time flies! It's already been three weeks!

A photo posted by @makeupbyalaha on

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Some people don't, obviously, because this is the Internet, and there's always something you're doing wrong whether you know it or not. A few commenters have stopped by the various news outlets that are posting the viral photos to comment on how vain Kaliri is and how that's a sure sign she is a terrible mother, because what kind of mother takes even the barest moment for herself? That's not what their labor was like, so if Kaliri's was different, she probably just did it wrong.

Those commenters are pretty rare, though. Most people love Kaliri's pictures, dropping by her Instagram to tell her how gorgeous she looks or tagging other makeup-minded moms and hashtagging the post under #LaborGoals. Because honestly, why should you just accept that you're going to come out the other side of labor looking like you were just put through a literal wringer? It's fine if you don't mind, but if you do, what's vain about grabbing a 35-color palette of pressed pigment to do your eyes with?

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And honestly, this likely has very little to do with vanity. Labor is long. In between the pain and the puking, it's also very boring. Kaliri is a makeup artist, and she found a way to pass the time, look flawless while doing it, and she potentially stirred up a little business for herself in the process. That's hardly a bad thing.

Most of us pass the time with crochet, bad T.V. or talking ourselves out of doing something we'll regret. We look puffy and miserable doing it, and all we manage to stir up is a little bad blood between ourselves and our in-laws when we tell them that if they don't leave right now, we're going to name the baby KozyShack Kardashian-Obama just to spite them.

No matter how you go through it, labor is incredible. It's messy, scary, exciting and beautiful. Kaliri only added an adjective: glamorous. And we think that's awesome!

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