‘Show you were there’ round up (week sixteen)

Every week I share my favourite photos from my instagram community – #ShowYouWereThere – in a little round up.  I can’t quite believe I’m at week sixteen of these round ups already!  I had this idea swimming round in my head for so long before properly putting it out there, it feels funny now that it’s actually been going for this long!

The whole aim of #ShowYouWereThere is to encourage more parents to get in front of the camera.  So often we’re the ones taking the photos, capturing every detail of our children’s lives, that we forget to be in photos ourselves.

When our children are older though, the photos they’ll really cherish are the ones with us in them.  So let’s all get in more photos for and with our children!

And now, without further ado, here are my top 4 photos from the past week:



I won’t pretend that I was skinny before I knocked on the gates of motherhood. I’ve battled with my weight since secondary school where the vending machine became my best friend providing some sort of comfort and empty joy amongst the cruel words and taunts. My body is lumpy and bumpy, stretchmarks creep up my stomach like sprawling tree branches and my confidence is super low but….it’s starting to grow again, slowly but surely. My body has purpose. It has served a purpose. It will, I hope, serve a purpose again. And again after that, who knows? My strong arms carry around my toddler when she is too tired to walk and she rests comfortably on my wide hips. My tummy is a squishy cushion for her to snuggle up to when she’s scared or sleepy. I have baby weight to shift, on top of that I have miscarriage weight to say goodbye to (yes, that’s actually ‘a thing’, ask the digestives and bourbons that saw me through the hard times) but my body is still an incredible force of nature regardless and I *really* must thank the lovely ladies over at @channelmum for reminding me of that this week (and, by the way, if you think otherwise you can sod right off) #nonegativity #mamafigure

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Thank you to everyone who has been taking part, I really love seeing all your photos every week.

A big thank you to Jo from Pickle & Poppet, Kerry from All About A Mini Norris, Lucy from Hello Beautiful Bear and Wendy from Naptime Natter for sharing your gorgeous photos with #ShowYouWereThere.


Now, my husband’s turn again!

Seeing as it’s Father’s day it seems only fitting for me to share a photo of my husband again this week.

I absolutely love this photo of him and Nerys that I took one evening just before bedtime.  I like to think that this is the sort of photo she will absolutely treasure when she is older.


Happy Father’s day everyone.


If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.  And if you’d like to take part in my guest post series ‘The photo I’m thankful for‘ then take a look at this post or email me at thisgloriouslife@gmail.com for more information.


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