Whilst there are many social media trends of posting a “way back” photo, no make up selfie, or the twelfth photo in your phone album. One that is currently circulating of which I’ve no doubt I will be tagged to join in is “post 3 photos which show you’re happy being a mummy.”
I could quite easily scoop out 3 or more of my favourite children’s photos, ones which I’ve probably posted before but I wonder what does it actually mean? Do those 3 photos perfectly describe my journey as a mum? Or are they the photos I want others to see that it’s okay that being a mum isn’t always about the happy times.
Neither is most likely the answer. I don’t know what photos would honestly perfectly depict an honest account of me being a mum. Should I take a photo of the laundry pile or the state of the kitchen after a school run breakfast? Or a photo of a clock showing the time is now 3.46am and I’m feeding/ nappy changing/ or just awake with insomnia as a result of having Pnd?
My initial thoughts are yes I’ll post photos of I’m asked but with all these trends either they are just there as peer pressure or some charity or organisation has embraced that band wagon and added that after everyone has posted them they should text £5 to this number.
My particular charitable organisation would be any local or national one which helps mums going through postnatal depression. So if you have been tagged in this trend. Spare a thought for those mums who can’t remember those photos being taken, can’t look at photos of them and their baby as it reminds them too much of how ill they were feeling at the time or simply have to look at a photo to remind them that they were an amazing mummy despite being very ill.
The request is that we post photos depicting our journey as a mother. I’m not sure I can, I’m still on my journey as are many others.