25/05/2016 08:21 BST | Updated 25/05/2017 06:12 BST

A Norwegian Mother Began Drawing the Funny Side of Parenting, and Landed a Book Deal

Jade Nordahl from Norway gained a cult following on Instagram with her hilarious illustrations about being a first-time mother, and captured the nation's hearts so much that she scooped a book deal.

I love feel-good stories like this, and it all started 16 months ago when Jade started drawing these cartoons as a way of finding the funny side of the trials and tribulations of raising her son, Abel.

When I asked her about it, she said, "I realised how therapeutic it was for me to draw humorous versions of those frustrating situations. I thought maybe I can help some other tired mommies and daddies out there, So I started posting my drawings on Instagram, the audience grew, and I got a book deal, yay!"

It's not hard to see why, because these scenes are all scarily recognisable, and her Instagram gallery has almost 150 pictures now. Consider this a warning, you will probably spend a great deal of time browsing it, and it's a chuckle-fest.

Happy Valentines 💘 #samsoving #valentinesday #babyzzz #romance #cosleeping #ab_bel

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

Every morning. Note the steaming cups of coffee on the table.

Livet. #gulp #bleier #hundevask #mammaperm #forfall #kjærleik #ab_bel #germs

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

That feeling of absolute carnage when you're getting used to a new baby.

Barne-TV på mobilen 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #waytooearly #smartphonesavestheday #ab_bel

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

The toddler that climbs into your bed at stupid-o'clock in the morning.

Publikum. Alltid. 👀 #mammaperm #ab_bel #babybjörn

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

You're never alone.

#takeaway #amming #tidsklemma #ab_bel #mammaperm #barselvarsel #breastfeeding #bittey #lalecheleague

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

There are no words.

💩💩💩 #våkenklokkafem #ellervardetfire #sommertid #vintertid #ab_bel

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

Kids are always happiest when it's 5am.

Balansekunst🏂 #glatt #ekstremsport #💩 #mammapermisjon #barselvarsel #ergobaby #ab_bel #toddlerwearing

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

Situations like this become totally normal.

Happy Valentines 💘 #samsoving #valentinesday #babyzzz #romance #cosleeping #ab_bel

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

To say it puts a strain on your relationship is an understatement.

We all remember that first killer nappy change.

Sorry not sorry 🍭🍫🍬 #mammaliv #påskegodt #badmommy #noregrets

A photo posted by ✨Ab & Bel✨ (@ab.bel) on

Toddlers never miss a trick. Especially when there's chocolate involved.

Here's a picture of Jade, with Abbey the dog, and Abel. They live in Oslo, where Jade works in communications for NRK, Norway's equivalent to the BBC.


Despite this not being her full time job, her popularity as a cartoonist on Instagram led to an unexpected book deal! 'Et år i ammetåka' is only available in Norway so far, but head here to find out how you can win a signed copy and be one of the first people in the rest of the world to own it!

Here's the full gallery on Instagram, or you can type in her username, ab.bel, if you have the app installed on your phone.


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