There are, after all, a giant quantity stay-at-home mothers on the market, however do you know there are additionally stay-at-home mermaids?
Or maybe I ought to say mermaid. Lauren, the “FINfluencer” behind Whats up Whimzy may be the one one. Although at first look her life seems to be all about of getting in tail-time and dealing in enjoyable puns, there’s a deeper purpose behind why this mother of three indulges in a little bit of fantasy.
However earlier than we get to that, a take a look at a few of the enjoyable this mother is having…
Naturally, after stumbling upon Lauren’s Instagram account, I needed to know extra. Right here’s a peek at what she shared with BabyCenter.
Will you inform us a little about your loved ones?
“Hello! I’m Lauren, a Keep-at-House-Mermaid, residing with my husband and our three human infants excessive up within the Rocky Mountains.
“Poppy, age 5, Posey, age three and Pan, 18 months. Okay, so these aren’t their actual names, however that is solely as a result of I couldn’t persuade my hubby to name them that.
“I’ve a way of life weblog known as Whats up Whimzy the place I publish about issues which can be playful, quaint, fanciful or humorous. I like puns, quoting films, and galvanizing others to dwell life with a whimsical mindset.”
What’s the take care of the curiosity in mermaids?
“Ha ha, what IS the take care of mermaids lately? I’m truthfully thrilled at how widespread they’ve change into. It’s made shopping for garments, decorations, and something whimsical a LOT simpler to search out.
“I’ve been a lifelong fan of mermaids and something enjoyable and magical (Holla unicorns!) I had a incredible childhood filled with creativeness and enjoyable and wished to verify my children may expertise it as nicely too so right here we’re at this time!”
The place do you get your nice tails?
“There are such a lot of great mermaid tail makers on the market. My pink one was made by Finfolk Productions and the orange one I wore within the first kids’s e-book I wrote, is from The Mertailor.”
What sort of reactions do you get if you’re out taking photographs as a mermaid?
“I get a lot of individuals (aka courageous souls) asking to take photographs, (or SHELL-fies) collectively. Or I get folks pretending they don’t see me, then making an attempt to sneak a look after they suppose I’m not wanting. Generally, I get folks taking a look at me like I’m straight up loopy and don’t need to speak to me as a result of they assume I truly THINK I’m a mermaid. However as soon as they notice how I don’t take myself critically one little bit, we change into ‘fairy’ greatest pals. (See what I did there?)
“For instance, I as soon as went to this all-girls dance social gathering and the theme was mermaids, so naturally, my sister and I waited in line whereas chilling in our mermaid fins. When it was time to go in, everybody was taking a look at me to see how I’d transfer round. I introduced that it was about to get a bit scandalous and mainly pantsed myself in entrance of a whole bunch of ladies. (Don’t fear, I wasn’t going commando.) All of us danced and had a marvelous time after that.”
However regardless of there being so many vivid colours and large smiles in Lauren’s pictures, life isn’t at all times as magical as one may hope.
Together with the picture reproduced right here, she wrote this touching message to followers:
Buckle up, people. It’s about to get actual up in right here. These previous couple of days have been robust. Like actually robust. To a level the place I simply really feel like I’m drowning. I’m no stranger to those emotions of inadequacy, failure or unhappiness. In reality, I’ve been medicated for it for a whereas now. It’s not enjoyable and I enterprise to guess a lot of different women wrestle with this too. I wished to share a few issues I’ve discovered to assist pull me out of the slumps.
1. Speak to somebody about it. Whether or not it’s a physician, a pal or member of the family (or me!) speaking about your emotions helps you recognize you aren’t alone. There’s energy in numbers and I discover it simpler to serve different people who find themselves feeling down and in return, I really feel higher as nicely. Win-win!
2. Discover one thing to chuckle about. I like to chuckle. I liiiiive for it. Simply having the ability to actually stomach chuckle a few instances a day lifts my spirits immensely. Activate a TV comedy you like and take heed to it within the background as you get stuff performed, or take heed to a humorous podcast (I like The Moth and Myths and Legends)
three. Change up your look. A number of instances I really feel like a slob and never my greatest self. I discover if I stand up, do my make up and hair, I really feel higher. And when that isn’t sufficient I do one thing semi drastic, like get bangs, check out a new vivid lipstick and even put a little (washable) colour in my hair. Or I am going drastic… I’ve chopped my hair, or dyed it pink. Haha. One thing to make me really feel like, “whoa, I look goooood”– it makes me FEEL good too.
four. Dance it out. Generally simply blasting the Disney music or at this time’s prime 10 songs and shakin’ my groove factor relieves stress and helps me relax a little extra. Plus the children like it and everybody is all smiles. It’s a nice method to reset the day.
I like what you wrote on this publish. Are you able to inform me a little extra about indulging in whimsy when issues get robust?
“This publish got here at a significantly weak time for me. We had simply came upon I used to be pregnant with our fourth child however I had an IUD. Though we weren’t planning on one other child fairly but, we have been thrilled to be mother and father once more. Nonetheless, for a couple of days we weren’t certain if the being pregnant would final or not since getting pregnant with an IUD may be harmful, so the nervousness from ready was off the charts. Lengthy story brief, it didn’t stick and going by that emotional curler coaster was exhausting. Plus… hormones are loopy.
“I’ve handled melancholy and mother guilt and emotions of by no means being sufficient and I wished to succeed in out to others who could also be struggling, like me, and allow them to know that they aren’t alone and share what helps me when I’m in a funk, which is wanting on the world by my kids’s eyes. The whole lot is whimsical to them. The whole lot is new and delightful and nothing is taken too critically. (Besides for when child brother steals their favourite toy, then all bets are off.) However even then, they permit themselves to really feel it, settle for it, and transfer on pretty shortly. I’m reminded that it’s alright to really feel these feelings, however to not allow them to get me down for too lengthy. Generally all you want is a good cry, and different instances an aggressive dance off, Kevin Bacon-style, will do the trick.”
Lauren, whose kids’s e-book Whimsy & Fable: Fairy Greatest Pals is free to obtain from her website, plans to proceed posting “playful and eccentric photographs on my Instagram about life as a stay-at-home mermaid (who sometimes has legs.)”
A YouTube channel is additionally within the works, as are a few extra kids’s books. Plus there’ll be “updates on our potty coaching journey. (As a result of I do know you’re all DYING to understand how that goes.) Simply squidding.”
Photos through Instagram/hellowhimzy