Man the hell up woman

It started when I was pregnant with my oldest and a story was on the news about a penguin whose baby had been stolen from the zoo. They kept showing a picture of the mother pining for him.

Oh my days. I was a sobbing wreck before the day had begun.
The new husband was a bit shocked and scared truth be told.

You see I am a bit of a hardy lady and before children was not the most sentimental. I laughed at Valentine’s Day, partied through Christmas and often forgot birthdays (and probably still do).

And you certainly wouldn’t catch me breaking my heart over a flippin’ (see what I did there) stolen baby penguin.

Now well… I well up at the stupidest thing.

Just this week I’ve shed a tear at the RSPB Give Nature a Home advert where a little girl builds hedgehog hotels and frog swimming pools.

What the hell! If I found a hedgehog in my garden I would probably freak right out (and move out). The idea of mini beasts makes me want to vomit. And a frog seriously or even a toad (shudder).  See you later alligator. Yikes.

Source: RSPB

Yet after watching this I was nearly pulling on my fake Hunter Wellies from Asda and setting up Disney Land for all things slimy and creepy and crawly in my back garden (and I don’t mean ex-boyfriends boom boom!).

Source: RSPB

The week before it was the Coleman’s advert where the Dad makes a cottage pie for his recently dumped daughter. It made me look forward almost to the day when my girl comes home after her first heartbreak. I will rustle up a pie and she’ll smile and everything will be okay again (obvs she won’t make sick faces at my cooking, slam the door on me and shout “I hate you and my life.”)

Source: Coleman’s

And those Lloyds TSB For the Journey adverts got me EVERY single time. They make me want to have triplets and keep buying houses (I am joking husband if you see this. It is safe to come home. I promise).

Source: Lloyds TSB

Do advertising executives know what they are doing to me? I am getting worse not better. Which leaves me in fear of how I am going to get through the festive TV period without looking like a overgrown panda. What must my children think?!

It is supposed to be the season to be jolly yet I always spend a proportion blubbering over Chrimbo adverts.

Well not this year. No way. Not a chance. I am manning myself up.
This year I will be immune. Nothing is going to get me all in an emotional fuddle.

Not the cute kid counting down the days to hand his parents a present (Thank you John Lewis).
Source: John Lewis
Not the hibernating bear and his bunny mate (John Lewis you again).
Source: John Lewis
Not the even the soldier coming home during his children making him a Christmas video (Sainsburys just stop it).
Source: Sainsbury’s

Yep. This year I will scoff at the mushiness dressed up as magical advertisements.
I will.

What’s that you say? They have already started playing the Coke adverts with the Santa train. Oh no.
Must go and find a tissue and start bulk buying Celebrations tubs. I just can’t believe the Holidays are coming!!!

Gabe says: “Oh no I thought this orange outfit was bad enough.
I forgot about the snowman jumpers and matching socks. This is bad!”

23 Comments on Man the hell up woman

  1. Emma Martin
    November 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Snapsies!! I am a mess at the Pampers advert – you know the one where they advertise the baby charity? FLOODS of tears! And the old Chrimbo adverts have me at the first musical notes – I'm dreading John Lewis cracking theirs out any day now. What have these kiddos done to us Ali??! Loved this! Xx

  2. Wry Mummy
    November 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, I'm just the same but was not even hard pre kids! That John Lewis ad is positively depressive! I hope their new one errs on the side of cheery. Ah, the Coca Cola train, how I love it and its sparkly promise. Loving your work as always Ali. xxx

  3. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    November 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh god, I used to think I was dead inside, but since having the children, EVERYTHING makes me well up! I can barely watch the news these days as there are so many awful stories about things happening to children. You are not alone! x

  4. Brandyn Blaze
    November 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm (8 years ago)

    I'm the same way! I was a little bit of a softie before my little one was born, but it's gotten so much worse since then! I feel like I have way too many emotions all the time!

  5. Jenny Ripatti-Taylor
    November 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm (8 years ago)

    Absolutely love this. I am riding that tear train with you all the way. Although I wasn't hard before kids so now I am a blubbery mess on those commercials. Some of them I just turn the channel. I love the coca cola train. So magical indeed. Christmas is the best time of year and I know I get very emotional being without all my family but man oh man I am looking forward to the kids getting more involved this year. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  6. Sian PottyMouthedMummy
    November 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm (8 years ago)

    Ahhhh this is so me too. I was such a tough nut pre child, now I cry at EVERYTHING. But especially John Lewis ads and the Robinsons one with the two boys but one is the dad. Massive wah-fest!! Let's cry together xxx

  7. Mackenzie
    November 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm (8 years ago)

    Hah – absolutely love this, and identify with it completely! I used to be untouchable. Never cried in any film – in your face, Notebook – until pregnant with the first, and then it was all downhill from there. I cried when Elsa and Anna's parents died in Frozen. WTF?

  8. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:49 am (8 years ago)

    Me too. I was distraught and needed counselling ha. Bambi's mum died when I was a kid and I was all whatever – stuff happens! x

  9. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:50 am (8 years ago)

    Oh I don't know that one – off to google ASAP. John Lewis's new one is out and I've already cried x

  10. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:51 am (8 years ago)

    Christmas is lovely and your children are now at a perfect age. Hope you have a great one Jenny. Thanks for hosting again xx

  11. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:51 am (8 years ago)

    It is all bottled up isn't and then explodes over a Disney film ha x

  12. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

    I don't look at the news much for the same reason. Bubble girl here – which is terrible I know x

  13. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

    The Coca Coke will always be my fav ha xx

  14. Alison Bloomer
    November 6, 2014 at 9:53 am (8 years ago)

    What have they done? I intend to make up for it in old age and be a narky old lady that growls at everyone haha x

  15. elliebearbabi
    November 6, 2014 at 11:28 am (8 years ago)

    I'm the same, before having my little one I hardly ever cried now i cry at everything, hubby thinks ive lost the plot! Glad i'm not alone!

  16. Ellen O'Keeffe
    November 6, 2014 at 11:46 am (8 years ago)

    John Lewis Christmas ads kill me, I've heard the new one is out and I just hope I'm alone when I first see it! x

  17. pixiedusk
    November 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm (8 years ago)

    Theres a new advert now! John Lewis and guess what it involves a penguin, Monty the penguin! They really want to make you cry, these ads people! #brillblogposts

  18. Jo Nicholson
    November 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm (8 years ago)

    I cry all the time, I'm a real soppy mess. I put it down to being a Wednesday's child, but it's definitely got worse since having my son. Crying at crappy magazine articles is a bit embarassing!

  19. Yvette @ Big Trouble in Little Nappies
    November 7, 2014 at 7:02 am (8 years ago)

    I am just the same and hate myself that little bit more when it's an advert that makes me cry – such an easily manipulated sucker but what can you do? People keep posting links to the new JL penguin advert on Facebook but I will NOT click on it… yet. However, I have always been a softy really, but having kids most definitely removed any sort of filter or ability to control myself and I am much worse now! Fab post.

  20. Eline Alcocer
    November 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm (8 years ago)

    Urgh yes, I'm a complete softie now think and to think I used to take the mick out of anyone or anything even faintly mushy before M was born! These days I have to avoid the radio as even beautiful MUSIC makes me well up. I'm turning out exactly like my grandpa…

  21. Californian Mum in London
    November 9, 2014 at 10:41 am (8 years ago)

    I am so tough, I rarely cry at adverts. But the new John Lewis penguin advert made me a bit teary. I must be getting soft in my old age. And I love penguins.

  22. Honest Mum
    November 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm (8 years ago)

    I'm the same, I'm with you on being strong this year (weep). Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts. Please can you add my badge or link back, thanks!


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