This Mom's Visual Diary Shows What It's like To Be A Stay-At-Home Parent

"I have never felt so creatively free and alive."

What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.

Mom Anna Lewis expresses what life at home is like with her daughter through illustrations.

The artist has had an array of jobs, but explains on her website that when her three nieces were born, they "re-awakened a passion for illustration and storytelling." She ended up writing and illustrating a book for them, too. 

Then came the arrival of her own daughter, and the need for creativity after becoming a stay-at-home mom

"The arrival of my own baby was all-consuming but after a while, a new and exciting project started to emerge, sketchy mumawhich I am now focusing on as I am a full-time mum. After becoming a mum I worried my creativity may stall but actually as my daughter grows, I have never felt so creatively free and alive, playing by our own rules in a natural and uninhibited way. I hope this shows in my new work."

Lewis, who adds that her illustrations are like a "diary" on Instagram, draws everything from embracing the ebbs and flows in life to celebrating her fellow "muma friends" and warm hugs with her daughter.

Moreover, Lewis tells HuffPost that motherhood itself has seriously inspired her work: 

"When my daughter was 9 months old, my partner became seriously ill, and I started to draw more poignant illustrations as well as the funny ones as life seemed very fragile," she says. "I find it quite natural to draw about motherhood as your heart is suddenly so open and everything just pours out."

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Lewis's sketches are simple, often containing just a couple of colors with scratches and lines outlining figures. She also includes captions and messages to her daughter and family, such as: "There is no beginning or end. I love you forever." There are also illustrations dedicated to her own mother and partner.

We love that Lewis's illustrations are simple and relatable, and we think so many parents will be able to relate. Check out some more of her work below:

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