Sketchy Muma: What It Means To Be A Mother review

Being a mother is hard work. It’s one of the toughest, and yes, most rewarding, jobs out there. It sounds cliched, but it really is one of those things that you’ve got to be down in the trenches to really understand what it is like. It’s a whirlwind of emotions all wrapped into one tiny human who you are SO AFRAID FOR and SO IN LOVE IT all at the same time (while you’re hiding in the kitchen, shoving biscuits into your mouth before their supersonic hearing detects them). It’s a variety of feelings summed up so well by artist Anna Lewis, who has recently released her first book, Sketchy Muma: What It Means To Be A Mother.  I was lucky enough to be sent a copy for review by the lovely people at Quercus Books, and have one to give away!

Sketchy Muma: What It Means To Be A Mother - Book Review and Competition

So, what does the blurb say?

This gorgeous little book charts the various bewildering stages of becoming a mother, from those tell-tale blue lines in the pregnancy test, to labour, birth, coming home and venturing out. Breastfeeding nightmares, eating dinner with one hand, soft play hell and chronic sleep deprivation – but also the sheer beauty of falling in love again and the amazing discovery of what it’s like to have a family – these are all captured in Sketchy Muma’s glorious drawings. This is the perfect gift book for both young and experienced parents. Anna Lewis understands the light and shade that comes with motherhood, and it is those universal truths that will connect all those parents who delight in her sketches.


What Did I Think?

I thought this book was absolutely beautiful and resonated with so, so much of it. I hadn’t been familiar with Anna Lewis as an artist until now but I’m now perusing her Etsy store for prints and coveting most of them. The book is chronological, going from those famous blue lines, up until toddler-hood. It’s brutally honest with the good and the bad of parenting, the feeling of never being enough, and the never getting to finish a coffee. I really loved it and am picking up copies for my new mum friends, and think they make a great gift for pregnant/new mums who will really appreciate them. Half the battle with motherhood is the feeling that it is ONLY YOU that feels this way, that is this way, and it’s so not true. This book communicates that with love and joy and I really adored it.

As it’s not a typical story book, it’s all illustrations, it is one you can dip in and out of as is needed.

Here are some of my favorites:

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I am definitely guilty of this one – Tesco’s kids clothes are far too cute to resist….. whether or not I remember the milk is a whole other question!

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The truth of the Mum-Date. Ladies, I love you, and one day we MIGHT, MIGHT manage to finish a sentence AND a coffee at the same time.

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One of my strongest memories of the baby days (and they are a BLUR) is the first night home and wishing, wishing that the midwives would come and take him back because at 6 days old, I was SO not ready for the high intensity of a new baby. And the hormones. But that’s everyone – and talking about it and telling other mums that this is what it is like for all of us is what helps out, and shows we’re human.

Sketchy Muma: What It Means To Be A Mother is published by Quercus Books and can be bought on their website, in Easons(€18), Waterstones(£13), or over on Amazon (where it’s currently available for £3.99 (down from £12.99) – absolute bargain).

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5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. With number 3 on the way my only advice is don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not doing as bad a job as you think you are. 🙂

  2. Whatever gets you the most sleep and the happiest baby – do that! No 15 year old is still co sleeping or being carried by the mother arpund the house

  3. Looks a fab book my no one tip to new parents is accept help even if you think you can do without it … I turned the help down and the offers had dried up by the time no 2 came and I could’ve used the help !!!! By then I was too proud / stupid to ask for it

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