Dit Instagram-account schetst exact hoe het is om moeder te zijn

Inga Stoit 5 okt 2018 Lifestyle

Paula Kuka is de creatieve moeder van een 3 jarige zoon en een 10 maanden oud meisje. Haar herkenbare leven als mama schetst zij op haar Instagram-account @common_wild.

Deze tekeningen zijn ongetwijfeld herkenbaar voor elke moeder, en daarnaast maken ze je aan het lachen.

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I should preface this by saying my husband is actually amazing (before his friends get all excited that I’m paying out on him in cartoon form). The three year old has probably only slept through 10 times in the last 18 months and every other night (all 537 of them) he has got up for him. He’s even shared a single bed with him for weeks on end. So yep, I’ve got a good one 😘. . That aside, this scenario πŸ‘† does happen occasionally…and it’s pretty funny when it does. Besides, why let the truth get in the way of a funny cartoon.

1,406 Likes, 122 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “I should preface this by saying my husband is actually amazing (before his friends get all excited…”

I am guilty of this. I see a perfectly polished mum and I think “wow, what a great mum, she’s got her shit together”. Next minute a bedraggled mum walks past and I think “she’s a great mum, she’s too dedicated to her kids to focus on herself.” Someone pulls out a handmade healthy snack and I’m cringing at the packet of biscuits I opened a week ago. Everywhere I look, everyone is winning mum medals. And for some reason I can’t stop thinking about what I could do better. It never pays to compare your bloopers reel to someone elses highlights. . I’m sure I’m not alone in this… I need to start being my own cheerleader. I need to focus more on what I AM doing and not on what I’m not. So here’s a challenge… finish this sentence…. “I’m a great mum because…” . I’ll be brave and start. I’m a great mum because…. I have totally given up all traces of dairy and soy while breastfeeding both my intolerant babies… That’s 23 months and counting…. No cheese… No icecream…no sushi (because sushi without soy is πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ)… And a whole lot of meticulously reading labels and hassling waitstaff (on the handful of times I’ve eaten out). πŸ…πŸ…πŸ… Now that’s worth a few mum medals, surely? . (By the way, it took me ages to come up with something to say… And it feels pretty uncomfortable. Must work on that). . Now it’s your turn. And remember, saying you did something well is not the same thing as criticising someome who did things differently. It’s not about anyone else. Its about you. πŸ†πŸ’•

1,556 Likes, 215 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “I am guilty of this. I see a perfectly polished mum and I think “wow, what a great mum, she’s got…”

Balance. This is how I feel about it. The word makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t have it. I don’t want it. I don’t think it even really exists. βš–οΈ Balance implies you can easily compartmentalise you life into neat packages that sit politely on scales in perfect harmony. But you can’t neatly compartmentalise your life. Have you met a three year old?? They aren’t easily boxed up. And there is nothing neat about running a business from home while trying to keep a family afloat. βš–οΈ And I love that. It’s messy. Its chaotic. It’s very, very busy. Ideas come to me in the middle of the night. I never stop thinking about new drawings I want to do. I discuss garden design ideas with my three year old. I pack orders at the dining table while they finish their dinner. I drag my kids to plant nurseries and get their opinion on plant selection (and occasionally I even take it onboard). I’m always discussing new project ideas with anyone who will listen. I want my children to watch their mother working hard at something she absolutely loves. Passion is contagious. βš–οΈ If I was striving for balance, I would no doubt feel like I was failing at every aspect of my life. But I’m not. I’m creating an awesomely intermingled jigsaw puzzle of ‘work’ and ‘life’ and I don’t know where when one ends and the next begins. And that’s EXACTLY how I want it to be.

852 Likes, 72 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Balance. This is how I feel about it. The word makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t have it. I…”

Every. Time. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

727 Likes, 44 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Every. Time. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ”

There is nothing sweeter than watching your children’s relationship develop. πŸ€”

859 Likes, 92 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “There is nothing sweeter than watching your children’s relationship develop. πŸ€””

It always pays to appeal to their sense of adventure! πŸ₯•πŸŒ½πŸ†πŸ₯‘πŸ₯’πŸ₯¦πŸ… And special thanks to one of my lovely Facebook group members who actually successfully employed one of these tactics 🀭. Join my group for more practical, resourceful and non smug parenting tips (link in bio) 😘.

844 Likes, 67 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “It always pays to appeal to their sense of adventure! πŸ₯•πŸŒ½πŸ†πŸ₯‘πŸ₯’πŸ₯¦πŸ… And special thanks to one of my…”

Tell me I’m not the only one who hears phantom cries every time I step in the shower. EVERY. TIME. πŸ›πŸ‘»πŸ‘Ά

2,019 Likes, 215 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Tell me I’m not the only one who hears phantom cries every time I step in the shower. EVERY. TIME….”

During pregnancy I thought about birth (obviously) but beyond that I didn’t go much deeper than speculating about eye colour and nursery dΓ©cor. . But what I didn’t expect before my pink little babies umbilical cord had even healed was ALL. THE. QUESTIONS. . The answer is I DON’T KNOW…. Now can we please talk about curtains?

838 Likes, 74 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “During pregnancy I thought about birth (obviously) but beyond that I didn’t go much deeper than…”

To you I am as strong as Hercules.

1,422 Likes, 133 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “To you I am as strong as Hercules.”

Haven’t I done enough? πŸ˜‰πŸ°

1,449 Likes, 159 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Haven’t I done enough? πŸ˜‰πŸ°”

The day before my second child was born I made this exact promise. If the birth went smoothly, and my baby was healthy, this time around, I would not obsess about the small things. In some ways, I was more worried second time around, because I was concerned about the impact it was going to have on my first born. “How would he cope if I had to stay in hospital… He needs me so much.” . Well it did all go smoothly and two hours after I arrived at the hospital I was holding a chubby, pink, squeaking newborn in my arms. Four hours later I was ready to take her home. So with slightly less glamour than the Duchess, we bundled our new baby into the car and swung past Mcdonalds on the way home for a cheeseburger. Birthing is hungry work! πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ”πŸŸ Do I worry less with my second baby? Absolutely. Do I still worry? ALL THE TIME. πŸ€”πŸ™„

980 Likes, 146 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “The day before my second child was born I made this exact promise. If the birth went smoothly, and…”

Does anyone else do this? Pack aaaalllll the pretty things and then end up wearing #mumuniform every day. Why do I suddenly think I’ll be wearing floral dresses and high waisted skirts on holiday? In fact, why do I even own floral dresses and high waisted skirts?? πŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ‘šπŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘Ÿ

453 Likes, 35 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Does anyone else do this? Pack aaaalllll the pretty things and then end up wearing #mumuniform…”

I know a lot of you have seen this drawing a hundred times but I do have a reason for reposting it. The first time I posted it I didn’t watermark it (because I think they look nicer without watermarks πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ). It has been reposted by a number of large accounts and as a small business this is such a powerful thing. To give you an example the wonderful @mommywinetime posted it on Saturday and in the next 24 hours I got 700 new followers and 3 inquiries for commissions. That is absolutely huge! I am so, so grateful for her beautiful post. . I have also been shared by a few large accounts and not been credited. They might credit where they got the image from, but this is actually not enough. Legalities aside, they are missing the opportunity to provide a such an incredible boost to a totally unknown illustrator and a tiny little business. . Part of me is just happy that my work is being shared and making other people smile. But these posts represent me wearing my heart on my sleeve and feel so personal to me. And more importantly, I am running a business and working bloody hard to build a profile. So, thank you to everyone who has ever reposted my illustrations. It doesn’t matter what size your account is, it all helps! And if you are ever reposting something you see on Instagram please try and follow it back to the original source. You have no idea of the impact that can have on one little person. πŸ™Œ

622 Likes, 62 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “I know a lot of you have seen this drawing a hundred times but I do have a reason for reposting it….”

Does anyone else’s family only have two settings??? Bliss or chaos! May your week ahead be more πŸ’• than 🌧️.

409 Likes, 61 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Does anyone else’s family only have two settings??? Bliss or chaos! May your week ahead be more πŸ’•…”

Kids are weird.

291 Likes, 35 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Kids are weird.”

When I hear new mums complain about not going to the toilet on their own anymore I think just you wait! Soon you’ll be joined by someone who TALKS! And when they talk, they ask QUESTIONS! πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸš½

294 Likes, 53 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “When I hear new mums complain about not going to the toilet on their own anymore I think just you…”

😣😣 E V E R Y M O R N I N G 😣😣 Getting food into our kid is like a competitive sport where the longer it takes the closer we edge to hangry territory when it gets even harder to get food into him!

186 Likes, 48 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “😣😣 E V E R Y M O R N I N G 😣😣 Getting food into our kid is like a competitive sport where the…”

Does anyone else feel like this?? When they are with you they totally consume you…. But ten minutes after they leave you miss them like crazy (and walk around sniffing their stuff to catch a whiff of their grotty little smells!)

346 Likes, 51 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Does anyone else feel like this?? When they are with you they totally consume you…. But ten…”

Something is missing! πŸ€”βœ‚ πŸš—

503 Likes, 33 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Something is missing! πŸ€”βœ‚ πŸš—”

Happy Birthday to me. 🎁

824 Likes, 91 Comments – Paula Kuka (@common_wild) on Instagram: “Happy Birthday to me. 🎁”

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