Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Be gentle with yourself

Be gentle with yourself

hi mama,

I know how you enjoy them, but please stop watching all those bloody unrealistic youtuber mums with their morning routines that will bear absolutely no resemblance to your mothering reality. You will spend months (and expend the little energy you have) trying to achieve these contrived scenarios that might as well have been directed by Steven Spielberg, for they are pure fantasy.

Surround yourself instead with the right kind of noise. The Pinky McKays. The Carly Grubbs. The Kerry Seckers. The Sarah Ockwell-Smiths. The Raising Ziggys. They will tell you things you won't want to hear at first. About how hard it is going to be. But they will speak to you much more deeply than anything you ever read on Netmums or Babycentre or those other mainstream apps that keep telling you all the ways your baby should be behaving. You won't be getting one of those kind of babies. He's what they call velcro. High needs. He's bloody lovely though.

Google the fourth trimester. Google the second night syndrome. Be gentle with yourself. You're going to love it...and sometimes hate it.

You're stronger than you think. I'll see you on the other side.

You can follow Karen on Instagram -  @mother_truths

You can follow Karen on Instagram - @mother_truths

You will learn the importance of taking care of yourself, to be able to take care of your babies

You will learn the importance of taking care of yourself, to be able to take care of your babies