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First-Time Mom Records Joys (And Pains) Of Motherhood In Hilariously Relatable Doodles.

Christina Sandoval describes herself as “a girl who lives for illustrations.” Instead of journaling her way through the big moments in her life (like her first pregnancy and becoming a new mom), Christina illustrates her way through, using pen, paper, and her talent to share her hilariously relatable life in doodles.

Christina currently lives in Richmond, Virgina with her “husband, Boston Terrier, grumpy bird, and brand new baby girl.” She was originally a children’s illustrator, but when she became a mom she decided to take a break. Still, she knew she wanted to continue practicing her craft with “quick fun sketches.”


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Her illustrations started out depicting scenes of everyday life during her pregnancy.


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My pregnancy was not a “simple” one. I had severe morning sickness for 20 weeks ( although I know some women can have it until delivery!)  and gestational diabetes. Needless to say it wasn’t the glowy, magical, ice-cream and bacon filled pregnancy that I had always dreamed of.

I really didn’t do any research beforehand on just what all happens to your body, so a lot of surprises showed up. For example, pregnant women can be prone to nosebleeds and I had never had one in my life until I was expecting.  SURPRISE!


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But, after she had her baby, Christina’s focus shifted to life as a new mom.


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My doodles started telling the story of how things were going for me in my adventure into motherhood.  I used it as a fun outlet when times got difficult because let’s be honest, parenting is HARD! But it’s also AWESOME! 


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She never expected for her doodles to attract a following of parents who could definitely relate to the scenes she shared.


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As I was posting my doodles, it was amazing all the women who reached out who had found the illustration relatable. As I continued, I wanted my doodles to be humorous for everyone, but also supportive to the ladies going through the process themselves. Life isn’t so bad if you can laugh at the ridiculous stuff. 


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Share Christina’s illustrations to spread a smile!

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