I started Oh Me, Oh Mãe II after giving birth to my second daughter, L, in February 2022. It is about being a mother of two while also continuing sub-series that I have been making in my Oh Me, Oh Mãe and Waiting For Things In A Time When You Wait For Things projects. 
These sub-series include family portraits, 'Portrait Of A Mother Of A ___ Month Old', and 'Imitating B ___' (my favourite theme within the series which grew out of wanting to not show her face).
Within this project I continue to document early motherhood whilst being as honest as possible about my experiences. The images are accompanied by diaristic text (either in the form of hashtags or 'normal text'). 
I have chosen not to show my kids' full faces within my work as they have no idea about the rest of the world and the internet at the moment. They may never want their faces to be seen, so I want to wait until they are old enough to decide if they want their faces to be visible or not.

(Below are a selection of images)

I am currently posting the images & hashtags to my Instagram account.
I Smell Of Sour Milk (21st February 2022)
 #TheOtherNightWasVeryEventfulWithMeGoingToTriageDueToMyBleedingGettingHeavier
#IHadChecked111AndCalled999AgainButAClinicianSaidIWouldBeBetterOffCallingTheHospitalAsMidwivesWouldKnowMoreThanAParamedic
#EveryoneTreatedMeABitLikeAnIdiotForHavingCalled999ButIDidNotKnowThatIShouldCallTheHospitalForSuchThings
#WeGotBOutOfBedAndGotThereBeforeTenAndSheDidNotSleepUntilWeGotHomeAfterOneThirtyEvenThoughTiagoDroveAroundABit
#ItWasOurFirstFamilyTripOutInTheCarAndBWasQuiteExcited
#LCameInWithMeAsINeededToBreastfeedHerAndSheNappedOnMeAndOnTheChairs
#ISawAStudentMidwifeFairlyFastWhoDidMyObservationsAndThenIHadToWaitForAMidwife
#SheAskedSomeMoreQuestionsButSaidItWouldBeBetterForADoctorToSeeMeSoIWentBackToTheWaitingRoom
#TheWaitingRoomWasHotSoIDrankMyWaterFastAndINeededToGoToTheToiletButThereWasNowhereForMeToPutLInTheBathroom
#AtSomePointAMemberOfStaffSawIWasUncomfortableAndAskedIfIWantedAHotDrinkButISaidNoAndAskedHowMuchLongerWouldItBe
#SheCheckedAndSaidNotLongButItWasAnotherHourPlusAfterThat
#IWasCryingInTheWaitingRoomUnderMyMaskAsIWasGettingSoTiredAndWasStressedByTheWholeSituation
#EventuallyADoctorSawMeAndSaidEverythingWasFineButGaveMeSomeAntibiotics
#InTheMorningIPassedABigClotThatLookedABitLikePlacentaAndWasTheReasonIWentInInTheFirstPlace
#TheyHadSaidToBeConcernedIfAClotWasBiggerThanA50pPieceButTheyDidNotTakeMuchNoticeOfIt
#ItHasTakenUsAllAFewDaysToCatchUpOnOurSleepAfterThatEpisode
#IHaveBeenGoingToSleepAsSoonAsLIsSettledIfIFeelTiredEnoughOtherwiseIJustRestInBed
#MyEyeMaskIsSoUsefulNowNotJustForNapsButForNightTimeSleep
#LHasAColdAndIsVerySnottySoWeFinallyGotANasalAspiratorWhichIWishWeHadGotWhenBWasABaby
#TheWeatherIsSoTerribleAndIHaveFeltQuiteTrappedAtHomeWhichIsNotFun
#WithBIDidNotLeaveTheHouseForTwoWeeksButThisTimeIGotOutPrettyEarly
#ICanNotWalkForTooLongAsIAcheButItIsGoodToGetOut
#IFeelBadAsSinceLWasBornIHaveNotAlwaysBeenAtTheWindowToWaveBOffToNurseryOrWelcomeHerHome
#SheLooksOutForMeWhichMakesMeFeelWorseButWhatCanIDo
#TheRegistryOfficeCalledAsTheyOpenedNewSlotsForAppointmentsSoWeGotMovedForwardAMonthAndAHalf
#BreastfeedingIsDefinitelyGoingALotBetterThisTimeThoughWhenMyUnclesCameToVisitIRealisedISmelledOfSourMilk
#IWashMyClothesAndThenPutOnANewTopAndThenLeakOverItAgainPrettyQuickly
#IAmWorriedAboutHowThingsWillBeWhenTiagosPaternityEndsAndIWishHeHadMoreTimeButIWillJustHaveToGetOnWithIt
#IKnowIAmLuckyWithBGoingToNurseryAndMyMumVisitingSoItWillNotBeAnywhereNearAsBadAsItCouldBe
#INeedToWorkOnGettingOutOfTheHouseWithBAndLByMyselfForAWalkWhichIAmQuiteNervousAbout
#AHealthVisitorCameTheOtherDayAndLWasOnly50gOffHerBirthWeightThoughSheThenPissedAllOverTheScalesSoProbablyWasABitMoreOffIt
Mastitis Is No Joke (5th / 7th March 2022)​​​​​​​
#ThisWeekHasBeenARoughWeekAndIFeelDumbComplainingWhenTheNewsIsSoAwfulAtTheMoment
#ISpendALotOfMyTimeWhileBreastfeedingJustDoomScrollingAndCryingAtVideosOfBabiesAndChildren
#MothersGivingBirthInBasementsAndBombSheltersWhileIHadAPleasantExperienceNotEvenAMonthAgoAndHaveBeenHavingMedicalTreatmentForBleedingAndBadBoobs
#IWokeUpAtTheStartOfTheWeekInTheEarlyHoursOfTheMorningWithOneBreastJustFeelingReallyHot
#IFeltAroundForALumpAndCouldNotFindOneButWasInstantlyWorriedItWasMastitis
#TheFluLikeSymptomsKickedInAndIHadMajorChillsAndCouldNotSleepWellAtAll
#TheBadSleepingWentOnForACoupleOfNightsAndIFoundARaisedAreaAtTheBottomOfMyRightBreast
#TakingIbruprofenMadeMyChillsGoToExtremeSweatsWhichWasGreatFun
#ICheckedTheNHSWebsiteAndItSaidToContactYourGPIfSymptomsDidNotGoAwayAfter24Hours
#SoICalledAndTheyGaveMeSomeAntibiotics
#LeadingUpToThatAndAfterThatIHaveJustBeenTryingEverythingFromEpsomSaltsToCabbageLeavesToExpressingToMassagesToLecithinToBathsAndShowersToWarmCompresses
#IDoNotFeelThatBadNowThoughIHaveBsColdAndASuperPhlegmyCoughAndILostMyVoiceACoupleOfDaysAgo
#SoBreastfeedingMightBeGoingBetterButWithBINeverGotMastitisWhichIsProbablyBecauseIMainlyPumpedSoMyBoobsWereAlwaysEmptied
#ITookLToHerFirstBabyClassWhichSheSleptThroughAndDuringTheSocialisingTimeIFeltSoAwkwardDueToMyWeirdVoiceThatIThoughtIShouldLeave
#OfCourseLWokeUpThenSoIChangedHerAndGotTalkingToAFewPeopleAndThenFedHer
#TheClassEndedThoughSoIEndedUpSittingAtTheBackOfTheNextClassFeedingHer
#InTheEndWeWereOutFor3HoursWhichWasABitMuchButItFeltGoodToGetOutOfTheHouseAndDoSomethingDifferentAndSeeSomePeople
#HopefullyIWillGetTalkingToMorePeopleEachWeekButLWasTheYoungestBabyByFarAsTheRestWereSittingUpAndMostWereCrawling
#WhenITookBToClassesIOnlyReallyTalkedToThoseWithKidsOfASimilarAgeSoIGetItIfNoOneWantsToTalkToMe
#IDidNotGetToTakeBToClassesThisEarlyOnAsThereWereNoneOnOrNoneNearUs
#LHasNotBeenSleepingGreatDuringTheDayButIThinkItIsBecauseOftenIShouldJustGoAndPutHerInHerCotButBecauseBIsAroundIJustTryToSeeIfSheWillFallAsleepDownstairs
#IAmDefinitelyMoreRelaxedAboutLHavingAScheduleThanIWasWithBButMyMumHasAlwaysSaidThatTheSecondKidJustSlotsIn
#IfBIsAwakeAnywaysThenThereDoesNotSeemMuchPointEnforcingAScheduleOnLUnlessIWantUsToGoOnAWalkButIKnowSheWillFallAsleepInTheCarrier
#IHaveBathedLByMyselfACoupleOfTimesWhichIsGoodAndProbablyAReliefForMyMum
#BMakesMeLaughSoMuchTheseDays
#SheSeemsToHaveANewHabitOfStoringFoodOrAtLeastJustPuttingCrustsSomewhereSoWeKeepFindingOldCrustsAround
#SheHasAThingAboutPushingHerFingersIntoGrapeHalvesWhichIShouldProbablyImitateAtSomePoint
#WhenLCriesSheGoesOverAndGetsAnnoyedWhichIHopeSheWillStopDoingSoon
#IThinkSheKnowsThatWhenLCriesSheGetsPickedUpSoSheWantsLToStopPerhaps
#BeforeBeingAMumIDidNotGetWhyPeopleDressedTheirKidsInMatchingOutfitsButLikeInOurFirstFamilyPortraitTheyHaveAFewMatchingOnesiesAndIGetItNowItIsCute
Imitating B’s Toddler Style (24th / 26th March 2022)​​​​​​​
#WellCovidFinallyGotToMeButICanNotBelieveItTookOverAWeekFromTiagoTestingPositiveToMeTestingPositive
#IWasWorriedThisWouldHappenAndIThoughtThatIWasNotGoingToGetItSoItIsQuiteAnnoying
#IGuessItIsBetterThatIHaveItNowThanGetItInAFewWeeksTimeWhenOurNormalScheduleIsResumed
#NanHasHadACoughForAWhileButItStartedToSoundMoreCovidySoITestedHerEarlierInTheWeekAndSheTestedPositive
#SheHasBeenDoingAlrightWithMainlyTheCoughASoreThroatAndFeelingTiredButTiagoHasStillNotRecoveredFromIt
#HopefullyEveryoneIsBetterSoonAndWeWillNotGetItAgainOrForALongTimeButWhoKnowsHowFutureVariantsWillBe
#SoonLateralFlowTestsWillNotBeFreeSoIThinkThisWillHaveABigImpactOnTheSpreadOfTheVirus
#IKeepWashingMyHandsALotButThenIAmLikeWellIHaveCovidSoWhyAmIDoingItSoMuchButMyHandsJustFeelGrossIfIDoNot
#InOtherNewsBContinuesToMakeMeLaughWithAllTheThingsSheDoes
#TheOtherDaySheWasWearingABowlOnHerHeadAndATeaTowelAroundHerNeckAsItHadRippedSoSheWasAbleTo
#SheIsAlwaysWearingMyNansNecklacesTooWithThemEitherRoundHerNeckOrWithOneArmThroughOrMoreLikeABeltOrOnHerHead
#HerMostUsedWordIsStuckAndIDidNotRealiseHowManyUsesThatWordCouldHave
#OftenIThinkNoYouOrSomethingIsNotStuckAndThenIFindThatItIs
#HerFingerIsStuckInAPegOrSheIsPullingSomethingThatIsStuckUnderSomethingOrSheWantsToGetOutOfHerPushchairButSheIsBuckledIn
#SheGetsMoreDefiantEachDayThoughAndWhenSheKnowsThatSheIsDoingSomethingThatYouDoNotLikeThenSheJustDoesItBigger
#LikeOhYouDoNotLikeMeStandingOnMyChairWellWatchMeDanceOnItMother
#OrYouDoNotThinkItIsAppropriateForMeToEatSoapWellWhatIfIBiteOnItRightInFrontOfYourFace
#SheIsQuiteAffectionateWithNanAndDoesThingsLikeCupHerFaceWithHerHandsWhichIsQuiteCute
#YesterdayIWasSatOnTheFloorAndSheCameUpToMeAndPressedMyNoseAndSaidBeep
#MyMumHasBeenRoundACoupleOfMorningsThisWeekButJustStayedInTheGarden
#BHasHadAFunTimePushingHerCreepyDollAroundInAPushchairWhileMyMumDoesSomeGardening
#WhenTiagoWasOffLsNapsSeemedToGetABitBetterButNowHeIsBackAtWorkIFindItStressfulTryingToPutLDownForANapWhileBIsAwake
#LuckilyMyNanIsAboutToKeepAnEyeOnHerButItIsStressfulAsIRushToPutHerDownThenIHearHerCrySoIAmGoingBackAndForthAFewTimesUntilSheSettles
#ObviouslySomePeopleHaveNoHelpAtAllAndTheyJustGetOnWithIt
#IJustPutBsTelevisionOnToKeepHerDistractedForABitThoughIWishWeDidNotUseItSoMuch
#WhenWeFinallyGetOurOwnPlaceWeDoNotWantATelevisionAsWeNeverHadOneBeforeWeLivedWithMyNan
#OfCourseWeHavePhonesAndLaptopsThatWeCanShowThingsToTheGirlsOnIfWeNeedToButIDoNotLikeHavingABigScreenAsTheFocalPointOfARoom
#TodayMyNanMadeMeLaughAsSheAskedIfIDrawOnLsEyebrowsAsTheyLookSoPerfect
#IThoughtIWasDoingAGoodJobOfWashingLsScalpButINoticedTodayThatSheHasALotOfCradleCapThoughTheMilkSpotsOnHerFaceHavePrettyMuchGone
#AndHappyPortugueseFathersDayToTiagoForFiveDaysAgoThatIFeelVeryBadAboutNotAcknowledgingButAlsoMehToCommercialHolidays

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