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Paula Kuka  Witty & pretty #mumlife musings coz πŸ˜‚ beats 😭 #JILTTHEGUILT I πŸ’œ my work being shared with credit πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ 🌿 Landscape account @commonwildlandscape

When they are occupying themselves in the next room so you can finally get something done.... πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ’£

Some days there really are no words to describe the chaos. πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ¨πŸ“πŸššπŸŽ πŸŽ’πŸ—οΈπŸŒβ˜•πŸ¦’

My first baby did purees. He ate purees for a LLOOONG Time. Every time he gagged I nearly called an ambulance. #firstimemum
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My second baby did baby led weaning. Well, I occasionally put food in front of her and hoped for the best. I’m grateful there is a fancy term to describe what is essentially just laziness. #aintnobodygottimeforpurees
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Let's be honest, at the end of the day, it's all baby led. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

The three year old is just coming out of a year long phase of NEVER wanting to go out. In the end sometimes it was easier to stay home than argue with him. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

You may have seen on my stories I'm starting a little project as a way to (hopefully) eliminate some of the burden of GUILT. Enter #jilttheguilt. (and yes I was super pleased with myself to come up with a rhyme). I've saved some templates as a story highlight and I would love for you to share (and release!) some of your own guilt bubbles. If you tag me in stories I'll share then to my stories. Or just DM me and I'll post them anonymously. πŸ™πŸΌπŸŽˆThere is also a #jilttheguilt stories highlight where I'll save them all so you can have a flick through when you need reminding you are not alone! 😘

I often get asked how long these drawings take me to draw and I casually answer "not long". Ok, confession time.. That's a total lie. Sometimes they take me aaaaaages. Like this one. But it's worth it... Right!?
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No wonder I need a few of these tricks for lΜΆaΜΆzΜΆyΜΆ exhausted parents up my sleeve.

When I posted this #mentalhealthillustrated cartoon that I drew for @thepsychologymum last week over 300 of you saved it! 😲 So I've decided to make it available to purchase as a downloadable file. It's $12 (AUD) to purchase and I'll donate $3 from each sale to PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia). You'll receive them as three separate files and also as a combined image so you can decide how you print them. 😘 (link to purchase in my bio).

This is a summary of my week.
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Monday: Husband goes away for work.
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Tuesday: Washing machine springs a leak. Bathroom and laundry is flooded. I discover baby having a puddle party. Also, my beautiful, magical printer breaks.
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Wednesday: 8.30am power goes out. Continues to be out for the next 13 hours. Electricity company is not able to give any indication of how long I'll be living without power (and delightful customer service operator explains to me that apparently high voltage cables being cut by excavators are a significant problem πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ). Three year old doesn't want to sleep alone. Baby doesn't really want to sleep. At all. All night. I do want to sleep. But don't.
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Thursday: Discover a new tooth poking through gums in babies mouth. Unrelated (but possibly, maybe related) 3 year old calls baby a tosser.
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I wonder what Friday will bring?
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(ps. This cartoon was inspired by my gorgeous friend Kellee.... The caption has nothing to do with the cartoon except β˜•β˜•β˜•. See wed night for explanation 😴).

I am two fifths of the way through a week of solo parenting. Not that I'm counting the hours or anything.
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The good news is, slightly stressful parenting situations make great cartoon subject matter.
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The bad news is, solo parenting doesn't leave much time for drawing. (single mums.... FIFO wives... I salute you!)
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Anyway, just a reminder that sometimes I draw funny and relatable mum stuff... And other times I sell my art prints. The more I do of number 2, the more I can do of number 1. πŸ™πŸ˜˜
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Here are some of my favourites. Link to my Art Print Store in my bio.

You might call it a work trip, but if there is a hotel room, no meal prep and uninterrupted sleep then as far as I'm concerned, it's a holiday. πŸ˜‰ 🍸

This started this week.πŸšͺ
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There are definitely worse phases. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈβ˜•πŸ˜‰

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The first drawing here was drawn a few months ago and it became my most saved post EVER (by a really long shot). I was surprised and actually very relieved to know I wasn't alone in the feeling that I was dragging all this guilt around with me.
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I was recently asked by @thepsychologymum to take part in her 'Mental Health Illustrated' project and draw what mental health means to me. Part 2 and 3 ☝️ were my response. I guess it's the ultimate goal. Separate out what I can work on. And then let the rest of that shit go. It's a working progress. Head over to the @thepsychologymum to read my interview on the subject.
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And keep an eye out. In the next few days (hopefully!) I'll be launching a little guilt busting project of my own that I would love you all to get involved in. πŸ™

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