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Scottish Mothers Collective  A collective for women who are trying their best to 'balance' mum life with work life and all that's in between โœŒ๐Ÿป

Thank god for soulmates ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ’•

Saturday morning mamas... another long lie for us all right? #wishfulthinking ๐Ÿ˜ด

Signing off. Thanks for having us on your take over & letting us be DJโ€™s for the day!
We hope you have enjoyed our singing & our playlist we have compiled for you on Stories. May it lift your mood , cure tiredness , expel toddler tantrums & inspire some silly dancing ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜œ I joined Instagram in the early days of motherhood, whilst breastfeeding baby Nancy during those early , non stop nightly feeds . It was somewhere I found advice, inspiration from other sleep deprived mothers who were going through similar things. As well as facilitating sleep deprived internet shopping ( yes things were ordered twice ๐Ÿ™ˆ!)
It has provided me with escapism & support when I needed it most.
Through these little squares I have met & made contact with so many lovely people I otherwise wouldnโ€™t have met. Iโ€™ve discovered so many great independent brands run by talented mamaโ€™s ๐Ÿ‘
So letโ€™s keep in touch @clairemcgarrigle & keep talking & supporting each other! ๐Ÿ’ชโค๏ธ Big shout out to the original queen of Mama Merchandise @mre.soeur who has kept me in T shirts, Totes, mugs & pins since I became a Mutha๐Ÿ’‹
#supportyourlocalgirlgang #raisingthefuture #mamagang #womensupportingwomen #scottishmotherscollective #honestparenting #motherhoodunited

The road to Parenthood certainly wasnโ€™t quite what we had expected... both coming from big Irish families I think we automatically expected to have a entire clan ourselves.
I became broody as soon as I hit my 30โ€™s, but we struggled to get pregnant and after numerous tests we were put on the waiting list for IVF.
A few months later we fell pregnant with Nancy & she has brought us so much joy.
I never really imagined we would be that lucky again, so when I fell pregnant again last year we were both in shocked but so happy to be giving Nancy the sibling she had been asking for .
Unfortunately that pregnancy ended at 13 weeks when I had a miscarriage.
This photo was taken just a few weeks later back home in Ireland on our favourite beach with our favourite girl surrounded by family.
Despite the big smiles I can honestly say those were some of the darkest, most lonely times of my life.
Despite having so much love & support from friends & family I began to crumble.
I suffered from anxiety & felt angry at the world , at my body & the consultants who had dealt with us so inconsiderately at the hospital.
Then came the guilt of not feeling I was being a good a mum to Nancy anymore.
Thankfully a friend suggested I see a counsellor at Miscarriage support here in Glasgow. It really helped me get through those dark days & I will be forever grateful to them for their support.
So if any of you Mamas out there have been through this or are going through this I want you to know you are not alone , you will get through it & please seek help if you are not coping.
From my own experience the silence & stigma that still surrounds this kind of loss only serves to make you feel more alone. So we should be talking about it, raising awareness & offer help to all those women who feel they are suffering in silence.
I am a huge supporter of @tommys_thebabycharity and their recent campaign
They are helping to raise awareness & offer somewhere for people who have suffered loss can connect , share & help each other .

#togetherforchange #miscarriageawareness #womensupportingwomen #babyloss #babylosssupport #babylossawareness

I moved to Glasgow from my home town of Enniskillen nearly 20 years ago to study Optometry. Iโ€™ve been a qualified Optometrist now for 15 years.
Since having Nancy I work part time. As we have no family here in Scotland we rely solely on Nursery for childcare during the week & itโ€™s Daddy Daycare on Saturdays !
I went back to work when Nancy was 5 months old which I found very tough but luckily she settled well into nursery life.
I find my work rewarding , challenging & sometimes stressful but will admit that some days itโ€™s easier going to work than dealing with the demands & tantrums of a toddler !๐Ÿ™ˆ Nancy always comes to collect me after work finishes on a Saturday ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž #workingmom #opticianlife #workingmomlife #thejuggleisreal #scottishmotherscollective #raisingthefuture

Remember those days before kids when getting ready was a leisurely affair & you got to wash your hair EVERY day!
Those days are long gone ... itโ€™s a race against time, a lot of short cuts & finding various ways to entertain your toddler, which will eventually end up with me giving in to the TV or I pad! But needs must Mamas!
Check out my stories for some ideas on keeping toddlers entertained whilst you slap on the war paint ๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ’„
Iโ€™m not working today so itโ€™s a Full head wash for me... look no fringe!

#mumlife #lifewithtoddlers #dailyparenting #motherhoodunplugged #honestmotherhood #mamagang #scottishmotherscollective #takeoverthursdays

Good morning from Nancy & I... we are very excited to be doing the Take over today!
Who needs alarms when you have children ?! Nancy is a bed invader, usually joining us around 5:30-6 ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ด Sometimes she will snuggle for an hour or so,but mostly she likes to nip, kick & nipple tweak!
Nancy loves a story before her breakfast & usually has a few random questions for me . This mornings question was.... โ€œdo germs live In bums?! โ€œ ( answers on a postcard ?!) ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Go ask your dad darling!
Howโ€™s your morning going mamaโ€™s?! #goodmorningmama #dreamer #bedinvader #ourmorningroutine #toddlerquotes #scottishmotherscollective #takeoverthursdays #passthecoffee

Evening mammas - typing this quickly on the @loveisland break obvs... So we are verrrrry excited for tomorrowโ€™s takeover from @clairemcgarrigle a 38 year old Optometrist originally from Northern Ireland. Claire has lived in Glasgow for nearly 20 years so is definitely an honorary Weegie ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Mum to 3 yr old Nancy and pregnant with a little Rainbow baby due in December.
Lover of a good tune & a good Lipstick ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’„ Yes Claire we canโ€™t wait! #scottishmotherscollective #scottishmums #mumssupportingmums #girlgang

Monday come on at us ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Slightly late to the party but Happy 70thBday to the NHS - people love a moan a whine donโ€™t they but sweet lord youโ€™re there when it really counts. #NHS70 pic @whatsonforthekids

Tomorrow we are super excited as Christina aka @thedaydreameruk will be taking over our channels for the day ๐Ÿ’• Christina is a 30-something freelance writer and blogger also working in communications and social media at the University of Dundee.
Mum. Wife. Dog person. Gemini. Flat white drinker - Christina youโ€™re our kinda girl ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป Roll on tmre mamas! #smctakeover #scottishmotherscollective #womensupportingwomen #girlgang

Hump Day Attitude ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป @kingsophiesworld

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