Show you were there round up

We’re at the start of a new month, it’s Sunday, and it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is this gorgeous photo from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

There is so much more to this than just a lovely bump photo.  Wendy has spoken openly and beautifully about her experiences with depression and has been so honest throughout this pregnancy about her fears.

I think it’s such an important issue that she’s bringing out into the open, and this photo’s caption says it’s all perfectly.  Please do go and take a look at her feed, especially if you’re experiencing any of these feelings yourself.

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Pregnancy after postnatal depression… * * * I’m scared, a baby is coming that we did not plan. I love her but she terrifies me, I’m terrified of what might happen when she is born. I see the midwife hand her to me in my mind, Sometimes I just feel nothing. In my darkest thoughts I don’t even look at her, I place her back in the midwives arms and want nothing to do with my baby. I cry at my antenatal check when my midwife hands me leaflets for local support groups. Tears flow because I want to be thinking about the baby cuddles that are to come, Instead we sit and talk and plan for the worst. 11 weeks to go before she’s here. I want to be excited but I’m drowning in fear. Do I only have 11 weeks left? Do I only have 11 weeks left to live without the dark cloud hanging over me? I love her but she scares me. I want her to arrive but I don’t. I want to believe things will be ok but I struggle. There are small glimmers of hope shining through this darkness. I’ve beaten PND before. I know what to expect. Family and professionals are aware of my struggles. I take a pill every night that helps the chemicals in my brain balance out. I know there’s strength inside me somewhere. It’s ok not to love every second of pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy is real. Fear during pregnancy is real. Anxiety during pregnancy is real. Trepidation of reoccurring postnatal mental illness is real. I’m not weak. You’re not weak. We’re human. We’re real. We’re real women and women are strong. 💕 #maternalmhmatters #maternalmentalhealthawarenessweek #maternalmentalhealthmatters #antenataldepression #postnataldepression #postpartumdepression #emmasdiary #mumsmatter #coolmumub #29weekspregnant #pregnancy #thirdtrimester #babybump #gurglebumpgallery @pandas_uk @perinatalmhpartnership #pregnantanddepressed #showyouwerethere #honestmltherhood #honestmothering #myhonestmotherhood

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Next up is this fairytale-esque photo from Katy at Hot Pink Wellingtons.

I love that Katy decided to get in this photo herself when her boys didn’t cooperate and create the fairytale image for her!

 

My third pick this time is from Donna at What the Redhead Said, and it just really made me smile.  I do love a good reflection-in-sunglasses shot!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Jules at Pondering Parenthood.

I love seeing Jules’ photos every week as we both join in with the Living Arrows linky, and even though we’re past the potty training stage I’ve been enjoying reading her honest posts about how it’s all going with her oldest.  If you’re potty training at the moment then head over to her feed for some moral support!

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🚽💩Potty Training Day Day 6 💩🚽⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday started with a pretty frank conversation with M. I asked her if she wanted to keep trying with potty training, or go back to nappies for a little while, and try again with the potty in a few weeks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At first, she wanted to wear a nappy because she wanted to go out somewhere. So I explained that we couldn’t just swap between nappies and the potty, and that if she was going to wear nappies for the day, then that would mean wearing a nappy to start nursery on Friday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At which point, she was adamant that she wanted to wear knickers. I explained that if she wanted to keep wearing knickers, then she needed to use the potty, rather than going wherever she liked, as she had the day before (that was fun 😬). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, that chat seemed to do the trick yesterday as she only had two accidents all day, and both of them were en route to the potty. Of course I piled on the praise and M delighted in emptying her potty into the toilet herself, and competing with me to see who could make the most bubbles when we washed our hands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s hope the good progress continues today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P.S. if you like the look of my @sylish_mum1 breastfeeding hoodie, then pop over to ponderingparenthood.com to read my review and nab yourself a discount code! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pottytraining #gentlepottytraining #pottytrainingtips #pottytraininggirls #pottytrainingtime #pottytrainingproblems #pottytrainingsuccess #mama_pals #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #getoutside #150hoursoutside #outdoorplay #takeyourkidsoutside

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

 

Now my turn.

Last weekend we went for a little walk along the beach, and stopped along the way to take a few family photos for the me and mine project for April.

We only took a few and I think this one is possibly my favourite of the bunch.

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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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