7 Ways You Know You’ve Made It As A Mum

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7 Ways You Know You’ve Made It As A Mum

So now you’re a mum how do you know you’ve made it as mum? And by this I mean you have acquired the mum look. Yes you heard right the mum look – it’s a real thing I promise you.

As a mum you can always spot other mums from a mile off – How? We all have that same look, that one of love but total bewilderment and exhaustion! If your a mum yourself you’ll have no problem relating to these 7 things that mean you’ve made it as a Mum!

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7 Ways To Spot A Mum From A Mile Away

7 Ways To Spot A Mum
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Here Are 7 Ways You Know You’ve Made It As A Mum:

Bags Under Your Eyes

It’s well know that us mums don’t get much sleep, hence the consent bags under the eyes. On a daily basis I look like a bloody panda, so much so I’ve considering changing my entire make-up look to that of a panda so that the eyes fit my face. My Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen is my very best friend.

Bushy Eyebrows

I don’t pluck my eyebrows as often as I should, when I’m shattered it’s hard to focus looking in the mirror with the tweezers. Not the easiest of tasks. So how do I solve this problem – I have ’emergency tweezers’ I keep in the car (oh yes this is real!). After I’ve dropped little man off at pre-school and driven to my work and parked I have approximately 15 minutes of ‘free’ time. I admit it I pluck my eyebrows whilst sat in the car using the tiny mirror in the sun-visor. Classy.

Mummy Pony Tail

The ultimate classic hairstyles for mums. Quick and easy to do and it stops your little one pulling at your hair – perfect. I think I’ve lived with the same hairstyle for the last 3 years . I really must find something else quick and simple to do.

Unshaven Legs

Thank god for jeans and leggings, otherwise I’d go out looking like a yeti. I always have the best intention to shave my legs but something else always crops up, such as I can’t be bothered and its bedtime. For a long time I’ve used an electric shaver but I may have to go back to the good old days of wet shaving in the shower to kill two birds with one stone. Mind you though I always nicked myself back then so maybe using a sharp blade whilst suffering sleep deprivation is a no go area!

Sick & Spit Up On Clothes

We’ve all been there, it half way through the day and you realise you’ve been walking around with a lovely milk stain on your shoulder or chocolate fingerprints on your leggings. To the outside world you look like a right tramp who hasn’t washed her clothes. However the reality is kids are mucky little creatures, which they so lovingly remind you of when they wipe there nose on their hands and wipe it of on you – thanks – love you to mate.

In Need Of Caffeine

I’m 32 years young and all my life I’ve hated coffee and anything coffee related. Since having the little man I’ve sucked up my hatred for coffee and gulp it down. Yes it wakes me up all right. I have to admit I am starting to love a good cappuccino though. This could be fatal seen as there’s a coffee machine at work and home. I must not drink to much or I’ll never sleep!

Random Child Items In Your Handbag

So today in mine I have my little man’s happy meal toy, last week I carried around spare nappies and wipes in my work to and from work (its a good job everyone I work with knows I have a child and didn’t think they were mine!). I also often find spare dummy’s – a total must when out and about. My favourite so far was the Fireman Sam figures I found in my work coat whilst sat at work . Who says you cant bring toys to work and have fun!

I must look a million dollars walking around with panda eyes, bushy eyebrows and my dirty clothes. OK maybe not, but when my little man tells me ‘mummy I love you’ I feel like a million dollars. 

What are your suggestions about ways to spot a mum I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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  1. May 18, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    In the eyes of our kids we will always be beautiful although I’m not so keen on mine playing with my squidgy belly ❤️

    • mummyitsok
      May 18, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Yeah same here my little man runs up to me and pokes me in my belly lol ☺️

  2. May 18, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Haha yep, this is me! I just went to my daughters school open evening and noticed I had pizza sauce down my top. Talk about first impressions!! #puddinglove

    • mummyitsok
      May 18, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      It happens! I’m forever going into work and I’m like what the hell I was clean 10mins ago!

  3. May 18, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    haha! I tweeze in the car too! I don’t find toys in my bag anymore now the kids are older, but I have noticed MY lipgloss is missing more often that not! My teen is a ‘tea leaf’ lol #puddinglove

    • mummyitsok
      May 18, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      It’s so nice to find a tweeze in the car buddy! Some days I think maybe just maybe I’ve slightly cracked under this parenting game!

  4. May 18, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Hahaha!!! I am so glad I shaved my legs last night, otherwise this would of been 100% ME!!! Thanks for the laugh!! xxx

    • mummyitsok
      May 19, 2016 / 5:43 am

      I still haven’t done mine! Managed the eyebrows in the car yesterday morning though after I remember I was conducting interviews that day at work so thought I best look more professional !!! #mumfail

  5. May 19, 2016 / 12:30 am

    Great post! Gave me a laugh for sure. I used to resemble all of these remarks. As the kids get bigger you can manage a few extra minutes to yourself – sometimes. I try to take a few minutes with the tweezers, but I always get interrupted by my girls wondering why I could possibly want to pull hairs out of my face.
    Loved this post! #puddinglove

    • mummyitsok
      May 19, 2016 / 5:45 am

      It’s so true I always get mummy what you doing, can I have a go, but why! It’s easier to give up than shave or pluck with an audience lol

  6. May 19, 2016 / 6:44 am

    Ha ha, I fit most of these categories! The figures in your pocket must have made you smile though!

    • mummyitsok
      May 19, 2016 / 6:53 am

      Absolutely I was at work and out my hand in my pocket to get my car keys and pulled out fireman Sam and Penny – I was like yep I’m a mum lol

  7. Jo Sandelson
    May 19, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Hmm tweezing in the car – what a great idea. Might bring the razor along and do legs too 😉

    • mummyitsok
      May 19, 2016 / 11:26 am

      Lol you gotta do what you can when you can

  8. May 19, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Spot on! Gone are the days of the changing bag in our house as my son is 3 but my handbag is full of spare pants (his not mine!), snacks, kinder egg toys and a variety of other crap! #bestandworst

  9. May 19, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Oh yes, I can relate to each and every one of these. Especially the need for caffeine and the bushy eyebrows. I actually cannot even remember the last time I went anywhere near them with a pair of tweezers! 🙂

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Sometimes I rock the awesome uni-brow look

  10. May 20, 2016 / 2:04 am

    Very much enjoyed this. We certainly all do these things at one time or another. Also I’m also weird and pluck my eye brows in the parking lot at my work in my car probably once a week. I mean hey you got to do what you got to do. And I really wish I had more energy to shave my legs. My friends who aren’t moms frequently give me the eye roll when I say this. But who has that long to spend in the shower these days.

    #PuddingLove #TribalLove

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      We’re Mums we don’t have time for hours of personal grooming. I’m lucky if I get 5 mins peace on a good day lol!

  11. May 20, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Oh man I need to shave my legs. The other day I found some of my daughter’s knickers in my bag at work. Got to love it eh? So true and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • mummyitsok
      May 21, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      One day we’ll have time for these things again

  12. May 22, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Ha ha great post – I once went to a course with a set of toddler keys in my bag and everytime I shuffled my feet they would go off with a doorbell sound! The trainer kept telling people to turn their mobile phones off… Still despite the panda eyes, large eyebrows and constant coffee breath, you are right its totally worth it when they say ‘I love you’ Thanks for sharing with #PuddingLove x

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Lol loving the toddler keys in your bag! I keep finding dummies in the bottom of my handbag I think they are multiplying in there!

  13. May 26, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Ah that’s such a lovely way to finish the post. My boys are 11 and 7 and I still have most of these things! Particularly the dark skin under my eyes and the ponytail!
    Ah well, it’s all worth it in the end isn’t it?

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Aww thanks it is all worth it – even with all of the above!

    • mummyitsok
      May 29, 2016 / 6:17 am

      Definitely at least then I only look semi dead not completely dead!

  14. May 29, 2016 / 6:49 am

    I so get this! It’s exhausting and the idea of making sure I am plucked, shaved, clean clothed and smiling every day is ridiculous unless you have an army in the house! Rather my daughters know what’s important to me which is them! Sometimes I look ok, sometimes like crap but I’m there and that’s what matters!

    • May 29, 2016 / 6:49 am

      And that should include #justanotherlinky

      • mummyitsok
        June 2, 2016 / 7:24 pm

        Totally agree I’d rather be there for them than spend ages away from them that can wait lol. We will have plenty of time to do these things when they’re older 🙂

  15. May 29, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    3,4 & 7 are totally me hahah!
    Love this post it’s brilliant

  16. May 29, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    oh this is so true when they are small and I know you’re going to find this hard to believe but as they get older all that care for you gets a whole lot easier – I promise! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      It would be nice to have some peace every now and again lol

  17. May 30, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Oh goodness this is all so true on every level. Unshaven legs and Mummy ponytail is definitely me! #MarvMondays

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Is mums are living the dream lol!

  18. May 30, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Oh the amount of times I’ve been leaving work, looking for my car keys and I pull random child type things from my bag! My colleagues find it most amusing! Great post and good to know we’re not alone in these things! 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      I had happy meal toys in my work bag last week was tempted to have a play hahaha

  19. May 30, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Swap the pony tail for a bun and this is me! Brilliant post!


    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Oohhhh a bun – now there’s a new look I could try. Yup going to mix it up with the pony tail!

        • mummyitsok
          June 2, 2016 / 7:30 pm

          I’m going to look the most fashionable person in the office tomorrow – they won’t know what’s hit them will my new look!!

  20. moderatemum
    May 31, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I liked coffee before I had a kid, after dinner with brunch. Now I am fuelled by it.

  21. May 31, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Yup! All this along with leaky nipples and I’m soon to do it all again soon (though I won’t be as new this time, hopefully I’m a pro now)! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Oh god I do not miss those!

  22. May 31, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I am very guilty of these “mum traits” especially random items in my handbag and constantly in need of caffeine (or wine!). It’s funny that once we become a Mum we let certain things go – like shaving legs. I’m also guilty of constantly talking about my baby to friends and family too. A post that lots of us can relate to, thanks for linking up at this week at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Yeah same here all I talk about is my little man and I must drive my Facebook friends insane with updates and photos on him and his life

  23. June 2, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    I have all of those except the unshaven legs, but only because we’ve been on a spa break!! #justanotherlinky

    • mummyitsok
      June 2, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      I SO need a spa break!!

  24. June 3, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    So true! My eyebrows are a disaster these days! #justanotherlinky

  25. organisedjo
    June 5, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Love this post & I can see myself in all these 7 points! I actually really like your idea of keeping a spare pair of tweezers in the car! #MarvMondays

  26. July 15, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    definitely have the unshaven legs lol

  27. July 16, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    HAHA yes these are completely true and is nice to know not only me !!. the ponytail is always the hairstyle of choice or if have an extra minute a messy bun !!. #weekedendblogshare

  28. August 10, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    LOL my youngest is 7 now and I still have the mom ponytail

  29. August 14, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    This is Absolutly spot on!!! I’m former pulling out toys and dummies from my bag or jacket pockets even when I don’t have him with me haha one day I forgot I had one around my finger…. was so bad. Also, yes to all the caffeine!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  30. August 14, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    This is such fun post- I loved it! X

  31. August 15, 2016 / 4:34 am

    I can relate. Today I was just too tired to put my make up on and do my hair and wear nice clothes even though we were going to a party. I just put on some leggings, a comfy t shirt, put my hair in a pony tale and we were on or way. I ended up with chalk all over my leggings bc my one year old was playing with it. Oh well. That’s a mom life! Lol!

    • mummyitsok
      August 15, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      I’m at work with leggings a comfy top and pony tail as that’s all I had time for – it’s takes so long to dress a 3 year old lol X

  32. August 28, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I think I can pretty much tick all of these off my list! Definitely 7 signs of being a mum, especially the mum pony tail and the random child paraphenalia in my bags! Emily #BrilliantBlogPosts

  33. Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    August 29, 2016 / 5:58 am

    You would spot me coming a mile away. Tick to all of the above! #FartGlitter

  34. August 29, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Yep sounds like me. And I seem to have developed a mummy wardrobe consisting of leggings and baggy T. Very swish and trendy! #FartGlitter

  35. August 29, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Ha! I found this random toy lettuce leaf in my bag the other day! My legs can go a month now without a shave and it’s my mum bun for my hair! Brilliant ! Xx #fartglitter

  36. August 29, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Haha! Yep – I sport every one of these! My sister (child free) showed me a video of “microblading” the other day, quite convinced that I would love the idea and sign up for a course of eyebrow slicing and colouring in immediately. She then took one look at my bedraggled catterpillars and raised one of her very own perfectly shaped ones in disapproval at me. I told her I’m lucky if mine see a tweezer, let along a “microblade” 😉 Thanks for linking up lovely. #fartglitter x

  37. August 29, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Sadly all of these are true for me. Every six months I get a child free day to get my brows done and the woman is like, what do you expect me to do with these! #FartGlitter

  38. August 29, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Love it! I haven’t (yet) succumbed to coffee as i can’t stand the taste and my ponytail is a side plait, but I am totally with you! :o)x #brilliantblogposts

  39. August 29, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Just brilliant! Every single one of these points applies to me!


  40. August 30, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    With four small girls my purse is an abiss of random crap! Crumbs, wrappers and tampons.


  41. August 31, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    You’ve forgotten the vat of wine in the fridge – and chocolate stuffed cupboards!! #fartglitter

  42. November 24, 2016 / 6:10 am

    Even with older kids my bag is still full of stuff so I can never find what I want. Great post #brilliantblogposts

  43. November 24, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I have a permanent mum bun but I draw the line at the eyebrows, once a month I go and get them waxed merely for 15 minutes peace away from my four children!!! #Brilliantblogpost

    • mummyitsok
      November 25, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      That sounds like a fab idea I might have to do that to!

  44. November 25, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Oh yes, this is definitely me! I have been sporting either a bun or a pony tail since my little one was born and have cut in a fringe too (it’s great for hiding the bushy eyebrows). I think another way of spotting fellow mum is how they react to your child having a tantrum – if they react sympathetically, or give you that knowing smile, you know they are a fellow parent!

  45. November 26, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Most definitely agree with the random child items in your bag… every time i delve in there something random like a nappy bag or an empty fruit shoot! <3

    • mummyitsok
      November 26, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      I keep finding the little plastic lids off the fruit shoots in my coat pockets

      • November 26, 2016 / 6:11 pm

        Haha I totally found two of those in the same compartment of my bag the other day!! <3

  46. January 24, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Haha! Good thing I shaved my legs last night (;
    Seriously though, this is funny – ESPECIALLY the child’s items in handbag, so me!

    • mummyitsok
      January 28, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      I think my handbag is full of more kids stuff than my own things!

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