Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

September 11, 2018

Collected parenting comics

Filed under: comics, parenting — ootastic @ 4:52 pm

After years of reading infertility comics, my attention has turned to those dealing with parenting. My family have just reached the end of our first long school holiday (thank goodness for retired grandparents!), so I’ve been collecting some of my favourites while I’ve had the chance. As per that previous link, online comics magazine The Nib occasionally includes relevant non-fiction (which I nearly mis-typed as “mom-fiction”) stories such as Bicultural Parenting by Nidhi Chanani and Maternity Aggrieved by Matt Lubchansky. Mutha Magazine, which explores real-life stories of motherhood, regularly features lengthy comics.  In book form, Kate Evans has published an illustrated guide to breastfeeding in The Food of Love while Lucy Knisely’s autobiographical Kid Gloves is due in February 2019. As I’ve touched on in previous blog posts, several graphic medicine books have been created by parents (bereaved or otherwise) about their children, including Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten and Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont. Meanwhile, one-pagers by TwistedDoodles often include the antics of her toddler twins.  From the male perspective, LunarBaboon and Fowl Language Comics never fail to make me laugh. It should be noted that these just a few of the many parenting comics available – feel free to suggest some more!

October 8, 2015

Toddler weight

Filed under: parenting, PCOS, weight — ootastic @ 8:17 pm

I’ve always had dodgy skin, excess hair and been on the plump side but was only diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) when I had trouble getting pregnant.  You can see my previous experience with PCOS in pictures here.  I’ve successfully disembarked the fertility rollercoaster (I’m thankful for both the success and the disembarkation) but find parenthood leaves with very little spare time for cleansing, defuzzing and hitting the gym.  I’m embarrassed to admit that my so-called toddler weight is creeping up towards that of my pregnancy weight (see picture below) and I can’t even remember the last time I wore a dress!  It’s currently PCOS Awareness Week so now seems a good time to give myself a little TLC…

Tipping the balance

November 25, 2014

Spider fluff

Filed under: parenting, toddler — ootastic @ 8:43 pm

A common conversation with my toddler can be summarised as follows:

Spider fluff

November 2, 2014

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Filed under: parenting — ootastic @ 4:58 pm

The picture below shows what happens when you let your toddler give you sloppy kisses while hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM) is going round nursery.  Although my son escaped with a few spots, I developed the full-blown rash of painful spots and blisters – the skin on my feet is still peeling almost two months later.  As I hope I’ll never catch HFM again, I thought I’d record it for posterity – this was drawn at our weekly toddler group (after I’d stopped being infectious).

Hand, foot and mouth disease


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