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miscellaneous thoughts on motherhood & birth

Mother and Child by Xi Pan (2008)

Dear readers, as I was falling asleep has a big sister – for three years I’ve tended another blog, called The Beauty Philosopher.  My other blog is a fun affair – a little bit of this, a little bit of that and it is basically about nice things. I have however written a series of more personal pieces for The Beauty Philosopher, most recently about my interpretations of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I thought they might feel at home here too, so here are the links to a handful of them. I might pop a couple of them on here directly too over the next few weeks.

baby chatter: beyond six months

motherhood: a social leveler

dreaming about a friendship

thoughts on beauty, with baby

She’s here

thoughts inspired by an apple green top

Notes on pregnancy and work

Take me to the water

*Artwork by Xi Pan. 

painting by Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun

I have always loved this painting by French artist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, titled Madame Vigée-Lebrun et sa fille. It was painted in 1789 but it looks so modern and fresh to me; I think because of the genuine tenderness and liveliness of mother and baby. Since having my own child I’ve become unsurprisingly fascinated by mother and child paintings and while they are beautiful, accomplished paintings I have found some of them to be somehow lacking in genuine ‘motherlove’ – the faces are too formal or too perfectly serene, for example. But this one, to me at least, describes just perfectly that unassuming sense love a mother shows for her child.