A mum who was criticised for calling her own baby ugly has hit back at “triggered Karens”.
Emily Crossan, from Rugeley, Staffs., says she was “blinded by love” when her little Isaac was a newborn.
But after looking through old snaps, she found her son’s appearance hilarious.
One amusing photo shows Isaac as a newborn rolling his eyes up to the ceiling with his mouth open wide and twisted – prompting Emily to say if he had a hat and fishing rod “he could've passed for a garden gnome”.
The 31-year-old mum to Isaac, now three, and his older sister Isabelle, six, 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!'
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Emily continued: "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."
The intensive care nurse is used to seeing “funny-looking” newborns at work and says Isaac soon grew out of his “ugly baby” phase.
Emily said: "When he was very little he was very funny looking and as he got a bit older he just got chunkier."
She added: "His dad was cute as a baby so it wasn't a hereditary look and he was born at full term so it wasn't because he was premature either.
"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."
Emily’s post prompted other parents to share hilarious pictures of their newborns.
She said: "I decided to post the photos in a parenting group on Facebook because I thought it was funny and just wanted to give other parents a laugh as well – it was just for a bit of a giggle really.
"Most people found it funny and were commenting saying all newborns are funny looking at first and as mothers we're blinded by love.”
But not everyone was amused by the post.
Emily revealed: "A lot of people posted photos of their babies as well but there were some people who were quite offended by it.”
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Emily added: "One woman posted saying 'how can you call your child ugly', saying it was disgusting and that she was standing up for all newborns who are ridiculed."
The mum isn’t taking the backlash to heart though.
She said: "I just don't take myself too seriously – it's my kid and I love him more than anything in the world. I'm sure when he's older we'll look back and laugh together about it.
"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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