Mum hits back at ‘Karens’ who complained when she called her own son ugly

Isaac ‘wasn’t the most attractive’ baby, his mum admits (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

A mum has shared pictures of her own ‘funny looking’ baby who looked ‘like a garden gnome’ but says other parents have taken offence.

Emily Crossan, 31, was looking back at old photos of son Isaac when she realised he hadn’t quite ‘grown into his own face’ when he was just a few months old.

The mum-of-two, from Rugeley, Staffordshire, says she was ‘blinded by love’ at the time but has to admit now that young Isaac ‘wasn’t the most attractive’.

She shared the pictures to a parenting group, hoping to give other parents a laugh at some of the ridiculous faces her baby pulled.

Many admitted that newborns are a bit funny looking and shared their own pictures of babies looking a bit goofy.

But one woman branded the post ‘disgusting’ for calling an ‘innocent’ baby ugly.

‘How can you call your child ugly?’ the woman asked and said she was ‘standing up for all newborns who are ridiculed.’

Others hit back, calling the commenter a ‘triggered Karen’ and telling her to ‘get a grip.’

Emily, mum to Isaac, now three, and his older sister Isabelle, six, shurgged off the criticism and says she loves her son ‘more than anything in the world’ and looks forward to laughing at the pics with him when he’s older.

Parents agreed that most new borns have an ugly stage (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

Emily said: ‘At the time I thought he was the most beautiful thing in the world, a perfect little newborn.

‘It wasn’t until I was flicking through old photos recently that I thought “what was I thinking!”

‘He was so funny looking and definitely not the most attractive baby in the world – I was clearly blinded by motherly love at the time.

‘If you’d have given him a fishing rod and little hat he could’ve passed for a garden gnome. But he grew into his face and he’s so different now, a proper little cutie.’

Isaac, picture with nan Kim, took a while to grow into his face (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

The intensive care nurse is used to seeing ‘funny-looking’ newborns at work and so knows it’s common and something they all quickly grow out of.

Despite Isaac’s ‘ugly baby’ stage, polite family and friends never mentioned it to Emily out of politeness.

She said: ‘When he was very little he was very funny looking and as he got a bit older he just got chunkier.

‘I see a lot of funny looking newborns at my job, it’s just one of those things and they grow out of it.

‘No one ever said anything to me about it at the time but they wouldn’t dare would they?

‘The older he got the more he grew into his face and by six months he had grown out of that funny-looking stage.’

Isaac, now three, is looking less like a garden gnome these days (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Emily, with Isaac and daughter Isabelle, thinks parents should see the funny side of things (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

Other mums agreed, saying all newborns look like ‘swollen potatoes’ for a while and calling them ugly doesn’t mean they aren’t loved.

Despite facing a backlash from her post, Emily refuses to ‘take herself too seriously’ and urges others, especially parents, to learn to laugh at the little things as well.

She said: ‘We’re all in the same boat as parents and it’s hard work so you have to see the funny side of things and be able to laugh about stuff because otherwise it would get too much.’

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