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The rise and fall of Supermum.

Image shows a Plasticine faceless figure - Supermum - wearing a cape with a Superman "S" on it's chest.

There once was a girl that was quite good at life,
Was a fairly good friend and a half decent wife.

She worked all day long, which she did pretty well,
And she paid all her bills plus did housework as well.

Her life was demanding.
She struggled for time.
And then one day she spotted a tiny pink line.

And oh what a milestone that moment would be,
What a game-changing, epic and fabulous wee!

And right there, just like lightening, was born “Supermum!”
She did not see it happen, or what she’d become.

So she carried on just as she had done before,
With a side of excitement for what was in store.

But as well as the person she once used to be,
She was also now “Supermum!!”


Image shows Plasticine figure stood proud with Superman "S" on it's chest and it's cape flying behind it.

She would strap on her costume of “Radiant smiles”
And sniff under-cooked egg out at 26 miles.

She could vomit at work and could hold her own hair,
And she’d suck in her bump in her mum underwear.

She’d obliterate heartburn and banish all wine,
And if asked how she’s feeling she’d boldy boast “Fine!”

She would work and be wife and her tummy would grow,
And she’d juggle it all whilst maintaining her “glow”.

She’d deliver her baby with one tiny push,
And unquestioning love would undoubtedly rush.

She would not need the drugs or c-sections of course,
Just perhaps have an aspirin but only by force.

She would laugh in the face of the concept of sleep,
And would never complain – no not one little peep.

Her boobs would of course gush with milk and provide,
And she’d laugh as she’d fling unused bottles aside.

She’d devote every second to handing out love,
Whilst still doing the stuff that’s all listed above.

And the world and it’s judges would watch on impressed,
At this wonderful mum and her being so #blessed.

But what if…

She moos like a cow giving birth,
So she sucks all the drugs up for all that she’s worth?

And what if lactation is not such a win?
And the baby gets fed from a *whispers* formula tin??

And then one day in spite of the
“S” on her vest.
It just might get to lunchtime before she gets dressed?

What if maybe whilst making her child a sandwich,
She let’s slip “FFS!” with her head in the fridge?

And there could be a time when she feels a bit sh*t,
And so Paw Patrol might be in charge for a bit?

And she’ll shudder with shame as the world is regaled,
Of the time when that parent momentously failed!


…Just maybe she’ll look in the mirror and see,
She IS still the same person she once used to be!

She is still just a human from what she can tell,
And so all things considered, is doing quite well.

She was not perfect then, so why should she be now?
But she’s BEING A MUM, despite not knowing how.

And she’ll maybe f**k up as she used to before,
But she’s doing her best and so cannot do more.

And she’ll realise as long as they’re loved and happy,
That our kids have no clue as to what we “should” be.

They don’t log onto Pinterest and scour the site,
And they frankly don’t know if we’re “getting it right”.

They just don’t give a sh*t about all of that stuff.
We’re their people.  We love them. And that is enough.

And with that, she shrugged off all the judgmental looks.
And she made it her mission to
Give zero f**ks.

And she’ll say to herself now:
“Hey Mummy.  High five.
You are doing your best to ensure that they thrive.

You are not Supermum, but you’re doing just fine!”

And she traded her cape, for a nice glass of wine.


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211 thoughts on “The rise and fall of Supermum.

  1. Another awesome rhyme! I love this – it’s really made me smile and also feel like I’m doing a fab job 🙂 #CoolMumClub

  2. Yay! #coolmumclub just isn’t the same without a little sprinkle of Dawn 😉
    This is a gem, I definitely recognise some of those shattered dreams of motherhood! And the wine? Lets just say dry January in our house has been renamed dry-23 days
    Hope you are well lovely – thanks for linking x

    1. Has it morphed into Ginuary? Mine is getting close! Maybe dry white wine is totally ok? Missed my #coolmumclub fix and it’s so good to be back. New working hours are seriously messing with my #coolmumclub thing! Thanks you lovely xx

  3. LOVE this, it could defo be my favourite of yours! I don’t know how you do it, – ’twas brill, I totes loved the line about the epic game changing pee, too right Mrs! You have to submit your poetry to an agent if you haven’t already! Xx

  4. just all of this just love it! the S on her vest and not getting dressed until lunchtime, the ffs in the fridge – oh but to still be you and not suddenly someone different – so so true – my post touches a little on this today too about how we still have to be us with our children. Really enjoyed this lovely xx #DreamTeam

    1. Thanks so much Helen. I’ll look forward to having a nosy at your post too. I’ve just had almost exactly this conversation with a new mum this morning. Why do we all put ourselves under so much pressure to be perfect and to disown all of our former self? Thanks again lovely xx

  5. “And with that, she shrugged off all the judgemental looks.
    And she made it her mission to
    Give zero f*cks.”

    I’m writing this, in big letters, across the front of my notebook. Like, now. Genius.


  6. I had to crineed at Paw Patrol being in charge, because it’s too close to what I do and feel so guilty about! I don’t use Paw Patrol, but a screen is a screen! But sometimes, you just need the child to be occupied!! #DreamTeam

  7. I had to cringe at Paw Patrol being in charge, because it’s too close to what I do and feel so guilty about! I don’t use Paw Patrol, but a screen is a screen! But sometimes, you just need the child to be occupied!! #DreamTeam

  8. Thank you so much for your rhyme – it actually brought a bit of a tear to my eye when I realised that actually, even though I am frequently heard whispering ‘ffs’ and cbeebies is often in control, my kids are happy and they love me for what I do for them, even though it’s not perfect!

  9. Thank you so much for this! It even brought a little tear to my eye as it made me realise that – even though I am frequently heard whispering ‘ffs’ and CBeebies is often in control – my kids are happy, they love me, and even though I’m not perfect I AM A GOOD MUM!

  10. dressed by lunchtime? try dressed if i need to leave the house (only on weekends when hubby was around) hahahaha! pjs were my favourite thing!
    formula shouldnt be given the bad rep it has – its alot better than it used to be and the only difference now (according to my midwife) is the fact that boobmilk have the mums antibodies to help fight colds and such.
    Formula all the way in the Harris household! #dreamteam

    1. I can’t fault you at all! Nothing wrong with formula in the slightest and each mum needs to go with what works for her and her baby. I think new mums are under enough pressure as it is and should be supported to make their own informed choice whatever that may be. Hurrah! X

    1. It would be more glam of me to say “yes”, but truth be told I’m normally sniggering to myself whilst I load the dishwasher or wipe stuff. As that is generally my main driving purpose nowadays…. The wiping of the stuff. 😉

  11. Popping back again from #dreamteam! Loving checking out a new linky – finally!
    Thanks for hosting, my weeks always require a little Rhyming with Wine fix 🙂

  12. Ahh I love this!! We are totally rocking at this motherhood thing aren’t we? Supermums might need wine for fuel and Paw Patrol for a moments peace, but we are pretty amazing inbetween! #dreamteam

  13. SuperMum indeed! We’re all doing our best, well most of the time right?! I’ve been poorly today though so have seriously not done very well 🙁 Awesome rhymes as always. #DreamTeam

  14. I can really relate to this one! We aren’t perfect. We are just trying our best, one day at a time. And I’d much rather have a glass of wine over a cape any day! #DreamTeam

  15. Dawn, I love you. This poem is amazing and sums up how I’m feeling at the minute..I’m trying to have more of a ‘zero fucks given’ approach to being superhuman xx #dreamteam

  16. Amazing! Such a cool way with words… working on keeping my expectations real and down beneath bump I’m starting to feel that Baby will soon be here and I’ll be heading for destination wine… luckily I’ve been making and stockpiling… nearly 200 bottles stashed about the house that should be nicely matured by the time I’m allowed to drink them! #dreamteam

  17. All mums are supermum, there’s no doubt about that. Perfect little rhyme to sum up mum life and to give them all a pat on the back! #DreamTeam

  18. This is one of my all-time favourite posts of yours, Dawn, and it was great to have a read through again. You really are amazing at getting stuff spot on with poignancy and wit in equal measure! Fab #dreamteam

  19. Alright, I have to know – how do you sniff out undercooked egg? I didn’t even know that was a thing! Is that like a soft-boiled egg thing? I’m intrigued and shall start smelling my eggs! #DreamTeam

  20. I love this one Dawn! There’s so much pressure on mums isn’t there. You never want the mum crown to slip, but we shouldn’t really have to put on a facade. Cheers to being a real person LOL. Now where’s that wine? #DreamTeam xx

  21. Woop woop someone loved this post so much, they added it to the blogcrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge because, quite frankly, you rock and, as I said before, this is one of my all-time favourite posts 🙂 #blogcrush

  22. Brilliant, and oh so true. it doesn’t end there either, us Mother’s continue to fall short of Supermum right up into our kids adulthood and beyond. x

  23. The “epic and fabulous wee” bit makes me laugh every time! You’re so clever – you hit it right on head – we try our best and that’s good enough.

    And congratulations on being this week’s featured blogger on #blogcrush

  24. Ps earlier today I wrote a lovely long articulate response whilst simultaneously cwtching my grandson, feeding him nutritious home made baby food without dirtying his matching (and ironed) outfit, and singing (tunefully) educational nursery rhymes… #inmydreams #thisisreallifenotinstagram
    Anyway I lost that response and have no recollection now of what I said but am very grateful for being linked to you

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