Japanese artist shows what motherhood is really like with hilarious illustrated series

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This artist perfectly captures all the joy and hardship that comes with being a new mum.

We’ve seen some gorgeous artworks appear on social media in Japan recently, with a dad transforming his kids’ sketches into glorious masterpieces and artists sharing their unique vision for things like lingerie.

Now there’s an artistic first-time mother on the scene, sketching real-life as she sees it with an “Illustrated Diary of Child-Rearing” series on Instagram. Momoko Yamada, the 32-year-old mum behind the series, gave birth to her first child, a son named Ryu, in April last year, and since then she’s been sharing sketches of her everyday life, which first started out as small pictures on the pages of her diary.

▼  1-month-old Ryu looks as cute as a button!

Over the past year, Momoko has been documenting her baby’s growth with a number of cute sketches, but what’s really been attracting attention are her illustrations which show some of the discoveries she’s made as a new mum.

▼ Being a mother requires all the stamina of a sumo wrestler in the ring.

Momoko now has more than 45,000 followers on Instagram, who say they love how she depicts many of the same things they’ve experienced themselves when becoming a