Who am I?

Age 37, wife of a frog for nearly 10 years, and mum to two half and half (English/French) girls: a 6 year old and a 5 month old baby, I do wonder sometimes who I am. I still feel 17 years old, footloose and fancy-free but I’m not, am I? I look in the mirror and I realise that. I’m a grown-up now (gulp) and I have responsibilities (double gulp).

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and, like most mums, I am two people.

I am Mummy who wipes bums, noses and tears, helps with reading, homework and explaining things, gives smiles, cuddles and milk, and doesn’t have time or energy for make-up or nice clothes/shoes/bags/accessories, as you can see:

Mummy self portrait

Mummy self portrait

Then there is my alter-ego, Sophie, who harks back to a time when I was just me, and I could read in peace, go to the cinema, chat on the phone, go out with friends, frequent restaurants, pubs, and, way back when, go dancing in clubs. Sophie doesn’t get that many outings these days, but tonight is one of them, tonight I’m out with my NCT mum friends for a girls’ night. So you get to catch a rare glimpse of Sophie here on my way out:


Sophie self portrait

Sophie self portrait

I don’t regret Mummy having the upper hand over Sophie at the moment, that’s what my daughters need right now, and I know that in no time at all they’ll have flown the coop and I’ll have all the time in the world to be Sophie again. And I know I’ll miss that so much. Maybe not the bum wiping bit though.

I’m linking up (for the first time in ages) to the gallery on the wonderful Sticky Fingers blogΒ where this week’s theme is Self Portrait. If you want to join in or see other blog posts on this theme, pop on over:


Also if you’re going to Britmums Live in June come up and say hi, now you know what I look like.


18 Responses

  1. I think mummy and Sophie are both absolutely stunning. Your hair is incredible!! πŸ™‚

    • Franglaise Mummy says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚ My hair was terrible for 4 years after I had my eldest daughter, this time round (touch wood) it’s kept the curls that sprung up during the pregnancy, so fingers crossed it now stays!

  2. Jaime Oliver says:

    What beautiful pictures xx

  3. Both beautiful photos! It’s great to see the two versions of you. Will look out for you at Britmums πŸ™‚

  4. I like your double sided portrait! I feel a but like a different person too when I do something that’s not children related πŸ™‚

    • Franglaise Mummy says:

      Thanks. I was talking to some mum friends about it last night and I think most of us feel that we’re two people now. I wonder if dads get that too…

  5. Notmyyearoff says:

    I love your hair! I wish my hair would do things like that!

    • Franglaise Mummy says:

      Thanks! It’s been very up and down over the last few years with pregnancy and post pregnancy hormones, so I hope it’s here to stay now!

  6. I love the split personality photos.
    But my nose wiping, frazzled mum shot would look nowhere near as lovely.
    GREAT hair by the way x

    • Franglaise Mummy says:

      Ah, thanks! Let’s just see if I get to keep the great hair, or if the post partum evil sprites take it away and leave me with rats’ tails!

  7. HonestMum says:

    Mummy and Sophie are both equally beautiful and part of who you are! Loved this x

  8. MummaG says:

    I think both photos are great, I think we all have a bit of an alter ego πŸ™‚

  9. Aly says:

    Ooooh! Alter egos are fun, you get to be someone else for a while.Hope you had fun going out with the girls.

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