Mum totally hits mum life on the head in series of cute drawings

mum pumping breastmilk

Mum and illustrator, Kara Western, is all of us. And her Instagram feed showcasing her cute #mumlife drawings is adorable proof.

Check out some of her sweet doodles, which will have you nodding and smiling too!

“Motherhood is what I live and breath”

As a stay-at-home mum living in the French Alps, talented Kara has a knack for summing up day-to-day motherhood in pictures. 

Her sweet style and desire to capture all of our shared mum-moments, even the ones of us swiping on our phones while pumping breastmilk, has already earned her a solid Instagram following.

Pregnancy be like

The mum of one is also preggers with her second bubba baking away. In her usual cute way, she has nailed what it’s like to create a new life while juggling a toddler, and feeling like a crazy walking hormone.

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For the most part I really enjoy being pregnant. Bigger boobs is by far my favourite. 😏 Here’s a fun update: I created a website! Head on over to www.karawestern.com to check it out. I’ve written my first blog post on some reasons pregnancy SUCKS and have included a secret illustration. 👀 Keep your eyes peeled as I make more blog posts (hopefully weekly) with their own illustrations, posted only on the blog! —— 🇫🇷 Pour la plupart j’aime bien être enceinte. Les plus gros seins sont le côté plus préféré. 😏 Voici une bonne nouvelle: j’ai créé un site web! Jetez un coup d’œil sur www.karawestern.com. Pour le moment, le site et son blog n’est qu’en anglais. Mais si vous avez envie de tenter vos talents bilingues, vous pouvez lire mon premier billet sur les raisons pourquoi la grossesse est nulle et une petite illustration secrète en plus. 👀 J’espère d’écrire un billet toute les semaines, avec sa propre illustration partager que sur le blog!

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Mum types

While celebrating that there are all ‘types’ of mums out there, Kara also has a serious of drawings to do with this – and she is so on the ball. Which one are you?

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#inktober Day 3: The First-Time Mom Ohhh life before kids, when the house was still in order, snacks didn’t need to be shared and time was had for reading. 😅 What kind of first-time mom were you? Did you read a lot, did you worry, were you calm? I think I read one book in French just to brush up on my vocabulary for doctor’s visits and to better understand the health care system. Oddly enough it wasn’t until a year AFTER birth that I started going crazy for birth/pregnancy books. I was definitely a very laid back first-time mom. #31waystomom —— 🇫🇷 Ohhh la vie avant les enfants, quand la maison était en ordre, le goûter n’était pas à partager et le temps était libre pour lire. 😅 Quel type de maman étiez-vous la première fois? Lisez-vous beaucoup, stressez-vous, étiez-vous calme? Je pense que j’ai lu un livre en français pour mieux connaître le vocabulaire lors des visites médicales et pour mieux comprendre les démarches de la sécu. Bizarrement, ce n’était qu’un ans APRÈS la naissance que je me suis mis à dévorer les livres de naissances/grossesses. Voui, on peut dire que j’étais vraiment relaxe comme jeune maman. 🤣

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Everyday moments

On her website, Kara says she is passionate about making the everyday moments of motherhood normal so we feel less alone, but also to appreciate these as important and special as the big milestones. 

“Embrace your top knot, the toys on the floor and your now cold cup of coffee. Rejoice in knowing that this is exactly how it should be. Motherhood looks like this for all of us!” she says.

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Just trying to get to the bathroom without breaking an ankle. 🙄 I always thought I wouldn’t be “one of those” parents that let their homes become overrun with kid’s toys. But the reality is, there’s no escaping it. Kids are chaotic little creatures. Whether you choose to buy them plastic toys, wooden toys, or toys of life (sticks, rocks, Tupperware, cardboard boxes), they’re gonna spread it all over the house anyways. 🤷‍♀️ Might as well embrace it and use it as a teaching lesson to tidy up after playing! —— 🇫🇷 J’essaie tout simplement d’accéder au WC sans tortiller la cheville. 🙄 Je n’ai jamais pensé que je serais « un de ces types de parents » qui laisse leur maison se déborder avec les jouets d’enfant. Mais la vérité est qu’on ne peut pas l’échapper. Les enfants sont des petits monstres chaotiques. Il n’y a pas d’importance si on les donne des jouets en plastiques, en bois, ou de la vie (bâtons, cailloux, Tupperware, boites en carton), ils vont quand même les laisser tout partout dans la maison. 🤷‍♀️ On ferait peut-être aussi bien de l’accepter et de leur apprendre à ranger après d’avoir jouer. ✨

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I was going through old photos and came across this little gem. Lots of chub, tiny pants, big ukulele… 😭♥️ Swipe to see the photo! 👉 I have so many beautiful photos and they’re all just being forgotten on my desktop. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for making a physical album? I feel like I want to do it myself but I don’t know if I’ll have the time 🤔. —— 🇫🇷 J’étais en train de regarder mes anciennes photos quand j’ai trouvé ce petit bijoux. Les bourrelets, les mini pantalons, le gros ukulele… 😭♥️ Swipe pour voir la photo. 👉 J’ai tellement de jolies photos mais elles restent abandonnées sur mon PC. Est-ce que vous aurez des suggestions ou des idées pour faire un album physique? J’aimerais le faire moi même mais je doute que j’aurais le temps. 🤔

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I hope you guys had a better night then I did. 😪 I drew this same scene 8 months ago, do any of you remember?? When they’re babies you lose sleep comforting them through the night. But when they’re adults you still lose sleep, worrying about their wellbeing! Being a parent is all about sacrifice, and I don’t mind losing a few ZZZs next to my little one at night. —- 🇫🇷 J’espère que vous avez eu une meilleure nuit que la mienne. 😪 J’ai dessiné cette même scène il y a 8 mois, est-ce que vous vous rappelez?? Quand ils sont bébés, on perd du sommeil en les confortant la nuit. Mais quand ils sont adults, on perd tout de même du sommeil, en pensant à leur bien-être! En étant parent on sacrifie beaucoup, et ça ne m’embête pas de perdre quelques ZZZs à côté de mon petit la nuit.

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Want more Kara?

Kara has an ETSY shop where you can purchase her cute drawing for your home. Check it out at Karacandraw.


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