Emily Crossan, from Rugeley, Staffordshire – A mum has shared pictures of her own ‘funny looking’ 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 who looked ‘ like a garden ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ’ but says other parents have taken ᴏFFᴇɴᴄᴇ. Emily Crossan said she was ‘ʙʟɪɴᴅᴇᴅ by loved’ when her little Isaac was a new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 and did ɴᴏᴛ realize until she was looking through old photos how ‘funny looking’ he was at the time.
The mum has shared hilarious snaps online of her tot ‘ before he grew into his ᴏᴡɴ face’, saying he looked like a ‘ garden gnome’. She shared the pictures to a parenting group, hoping to give other parents a laugh at some of the ʀɪᴅɪᴄᴜʟᴏᴜs Fᴀᴄᴇs her 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 ᴘᴜʟʟᴇᴅ.
Emily said: “At the time I thought he was the most beautiful thing in the world, a perfect little new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧. It wasn’t until I was flicking through old photos recently that I thought ‘what was I thinking!’. He was so funny looking and definitely ɴᴏᴛ the most attractive 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 in the world. I was ᴄʟᴇᴀʀʟʏ ʙʟɪɴᴅᴇᴅ by motherly love at the time. If you’d have given him a fishing rod and little hat he could’ve passed for a ɢᴀʀᴅᴇɴ ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ. But he grew into his face and he’s so different now, a proper little cutie.”
The ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ɴᴜʀsᴇ is used to seeing ‘funny looking’ new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧s at work, so she knows it is common. Emily added : “When he was very little he was very funny looking and as he got a ʙɪᴛ ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ he just got ᴄʜᴜɴᴋɪᴇʀ. His dad was cute as a 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 so it wasn’t a ʜᴇʀᴇᴅɪᴛᴀʀʏ look and he was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 at full ᴛᴇʀᴍ so it wasn’t because he was ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ. I see a lot of funny looking new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧s at my job, it’s just one of those things and they grow out of it. No one ever said anything to me about it at the time but they wouldn’t dare would they. The older he got the more he grew into his face and by six months he had grown out of that funny looking stage.”
Emily’s post prompted other parents to share hilarious pictures of their new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧s. She said: “I decided to post the photos in a parenting group on Facebook because I thought it was funny and just wanted to give other parents a laugh as well. It was just for a bit of a giggle really.
Most people found it funny and were commenting saying all new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧s are funny looking at first and as mothers we’re ʙʟɪɴᴅᴇᴅ by love.” Other mums agreed, saying all new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧s look like ‘sᴡᴏʟʟᴇɴ ᴘᴏᴛᴀᴛᴏᴇs’ for a while and calling them ᴜɢʟʏ doesn’t mean they ᴀʀᴇɴ’ᴛ loved. Dᴇsᴘɪᴛᴇ Fᴀᴄɪɴɢ a ʙᴀᴄᴋʟᴀsʜ from her post, Emily ʀᴇFᴜsᴇs to ‘take herself too sᴇʀɪᴏᴜsʟʏ’ and ᴜʀɢᴇs others, especially parents, to learn to laugh at the little things as well. But there were some people who were ǫᴜɪᴛᴇ ᴏFFᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ by it. One woman posted saying ‘how can you call your ᴄʜɪʟᴅ ᴜɢʟʏ’, saying it was ᴅɪsɢᴜsᴛɪɴɢ and that she was standing up for all new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧s who are ʀɪᴅɪᴄᴜʟᴇᴅ.
Emily said: “I just ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ take myself too sᴇʀɪᴏᴜsʟʏ, it’s my kid and I love him more than anything in the world. I’m sure when he’s older we’ll look back and laugh together about it. We’re all in the same boat as parents and it’s ʜᴀʀᴅ work so you have to see the funny side of things and be able to laugh about stuff because otherwise it would get too much.”