“Not everybody knows this but when you give birth to your first child you also give birth to a little fairy. She’s kind of like Tinkerbell but WAY uglier.”
This is how Katie, the mother behind the brilliant blog, Hurrah for Gin, starts out her tale about the Shitty Guilt Fairy – the fairy who follows mums around, making them feel bad for their parenting decisions.
Give Birth; Get Guilt Fairy
As Katie explains, the Shitty Guilt Fairy’s first day on the job comes when you give birth. If you have an epidural, for example, you can expect the Shitty Guilt Fairy to flutter by. If you have a c-section, the Shitty Guilt Fairy will be right next to you, putting guilty thoughts in your head.
But no, the Shitty Guilt Fairy’s job doesn’t end there. She continues to stick by your side, poking you with guilty thoughts for your choice in sleeping tactics and feeding decisions.
And, as Katie so cleverly clarifies, “she has an absolute field day if you dare to go back to work after maternity leave.”
The Shitty Guilt Fairy especially loves to ruin any moments that mums take for themselves. Because what’s a bit of ‘me time’ without a side of guilt?