“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
― Debra Ginsberg

I will never forget how much Aspen’s new born cry cut right through me. I really hadn’t expected it, of course I was expecting to be affected by my child crying, but it actually felt painful in my chest. Motherhood sure has been much more of a roller coaster than I thought it would be.

Congratulations to @treasureeverym on the birth of her absolutely gorgeous daughter, pictured above. Such a beautiful #mummyshot.

There is nothing quite as awful as when your baby is so sick that they spend days in hospital, or when your child sobs every night after their best friend moves away. And their is nothing that makes you prouder than your shy child up on stage performing beautifully in front of an audience, or the joy seeing their excitement on Christmas morning.

Parenting is full of highs and lows, and plenty of in betweens. Motherhood didn’t happen easily for me, but I sure feel like the luckiest woman in the world! And I know the parents who share their beautiful images on #mummyshot Instagram feel the same way. Here are my favourites shared with us this week! I’m sure you’ll agree they are absolutely precious.

Top Left was shared by @the_dots_and_me.

Top Right was shared by @readyfreddiego.

Bottom Left, and post feature photo was shared by @dollydowsie.

Bottom Right was shared by @kirstypocket.


Thank you to everyone who continues to share their precious photographs with us.

If you would like a chance to be featured on my own, or Catie’s blog, just tag any photo’s of your children/grandchildren with #mummyshot. The only rule is you can not show their full face in the photo. It is about capturing emotion without showing your child’s full  face.


Click to Tweet: Come join @macglanville and @imperfectmumx for our IG community #mummyshot. Celebrate our children in photos without showing their full faces. 

My favourite from Catie’s and my own mummy shots are ….


and my own 

Thank you so much for all of you who have shared your images with us! You can see Catie’s favourites over on her blog too. 

Hope you can join us again this week, and we would love to see some new people join in too.

If you would like more information about what #MummyShot is you can read “Introducing Mummy Shot”

It is really all about capturing emotion, or a story without seeing your child’s full face in the photograph.


Thanks for joining me, love Mac xx

You can find me on Instagram @macglanville 

Also don’t forget to tag me with #livingfearlesslyauthentic with any real life photos you share on Instagram. Only Rule is ‘Real Life!’ 

Each Monday I share my #livingfearlesslyauthentic roundup.