When we first stumbled across Lucy Scott’s book Doodle Diary of a New Mom: An Illustrated Journey Through One Mommy’s First Year, we had no idea just how much we would relate to it — or how much we’d be laughing.
After the birth of her first and only child, Scott, who’s been a storyboard artist for the past 10 years, wanted to find a way to document her daughter’s first year. While many parents would have reached for a pen and baby book, Scott did what she knew best: started drawing.
The result is one truly hilarious depiction of motherhood in all its sticky, sleep-deprived glory.
Because the first year of motherhood can be a very solitary time for new parents, Scott told Babble that being able to share her drawings and silly stories with friends was cathartic. And not just for her.
When she first shared her illustrations with her fellow mom friends, they confided that the pictures made them feel like they weren’t alone.
Scott added, “I think knowing that someone else has found it hard, too, can make you feel better. We’re all learning together.”
We couldn’t agree more.
The illustrations throughout her book prove that while everyone’s journey through motherhood is unique, there are definitely similarities we can all nod our heads to with a silent, communal “YES.”
When asked about some of her more embarrassing parenting moments, Scott recalled the messy struggle of “dabbing up projectile milk vomit off friends’ couches, shop floors, and people’s clothes” (been there!) and the task of trying to “get into a position to dangle a boob over her [daughter] in the car seat” on long car journeys. The struggle is real, friends.
Here are a few of our favorite illustrations we can relate to oh so much.
1. So close, yet so far.
2. Because everyone loves eating lunch in the bathroom.
3. Date night? More like adult nap time.
4. Save yourself the hassle of baking that gender reveal cake.
5. We’re all about embracing postpartum glamour.
6. We’ve all had that “I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND” moment.
7. This gives new meaning to “attachment parenting.”
8. We’ll bend any which way to prevent the baby from waking up.
9. Remember when you could leave the house with only your wallet? Neither do we.
10. There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a diaper blow-out.
So what’s next for Scott? Sadly, she revealed that this will probably be her only published Doodle Diary because she doesn’t want to invade her growing daughter’s privacy and it’s easiest to document the first year since it’s such a relatable time for new moms.
But the good news is that she’s working on a number of children’s books as we speak! Until then, be sure to pick up a copy of Doodle Diary of a New Mom to revel in the shared insanity of new motherhood. Can’t get your hands on the book? Check out this free e-card for Mother’s Day!