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Hilarious very hungry caterpillar parody has nailed iso mums

“On Thursday she ate four cupcakes in 15 minutes because the kids decided to cut their hair. She added a glass of wine for good measure.”

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been an absolute dumpster fire of a year. It started with the bushfires and then just got progressively crummier when a certain pesky pandemic decided to wreak havoc across the world and throw all our lives into total chaos. 

But while everyone has suffered in 2020, there’s little doubt that mums have put up with the most. We’ve been the ones who have – for the most part – been juggling childcare and housework and life admin, oftentimes while trying to work from home at the same time. 

What we’re saying is that (other than key workers, obviously) mums have been the real most valuable players of 2020. And mums who ALSO happen to be key workers get the biggest cheer of all. 

But while it’s true that mums have clearly just aced this year, it’s also true that we’re tired. Like, really f**king tired. Which is why this new book is literally made for us.

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“This book was made for fun”

The book, F*cking tired lock-down mummy is a parody of the much-loved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The brainchild of London artist Marti W.M, the book documents the misadventures (and diet) or a mum during a typical week of lockdown and seriously, it’s relatable AF.  Marti posted the parody book on her Facebook account where it’s received thousands of shares in less than 24 hours… so it’s fair to say it’s striking a chord. 

“This book was made for fun and to help me get out of art stagnation,” she wrote, adding that she never expected the response to be so amazing. “I’m really happy that so many of you found this cheering and uplifting – that’s why I made it in the first place.”

In the book, the “F**king Tired Lockdown Mummy” stumbles through her week dealing with disaster after disaster – like a messy house and kids giving themselves haircuts – all while consuming all manner of random foods she finds in the fridge or scrapes off the kids’ untouched dinner plates. At the end of the week, she crawls into a cocoon and sleeps from exhaustion. 

Sound about right.

Want more stories like this? Here’s why we’re all winging it as parents right now, here’s why lots of mums secretly love iso and here are the 9 types of mums you’ll see once this is all over. 

“A great memento of a wild time”

Mums (and a few dads) all applauded Marti for her truly relatable book, which everyone agreed deserved to be published. “This. Is. Brilliant. So relatable! I literally laughed and cried!”

“You have really captured the experience so many of shared,” one remarked, with another pointing out they were especially fond of the “spiky, unshaven leg”, adding it was a great detail and “100 percent mum life!” 

Others agreed this book was pretty much their daily life, even now, months after we all went into lockdown. “This is awesome!” one said, adding, “Made me laugh out loud and damn near woke the child I fought to get to bed so I could have a glass of wine!”

Everyone was pushing for it to be published – something Marti said was a possibility if there was enough interest. “I so hope it gets printed,” one said,  adding, “Would be a great memento of this wild time at home with the little ones.” Plenty of others said they’d buy dozens for “all the other lockdown mummies”. 

Marti was overwhelmed with the response, saying “it’s so special to see that you like my work. You are amazing, stay strong!”

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