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Emily Crossan, a 31-year-old mum from Staffordshire, said that she was 'blinded by love' when her young son Isaac was born, so much so that she didn't really appreciate how 'funny looking' he actually was.
She shared the pictures of Isaac - who is now three - in a parenting group to attempt to give some of the other parents a laugh.
However, while many of them did catch the funny side of it, others criticised her for making fun of her own child.
In one photo, she showed Isaac rolling his eyes with his mouth open, and said that if he had a hat and a fishing rod he 'could've passed for a garden gnome'
But, some branded her post 'disgusting' and said they were 'sticking up for innocent babies who get trashed online'.
Emily - for her part - says she loves her son 'more than anything in the world' and can't wait to have a giggle about it with him once he's old enough.
She explained: "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?'
"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."
She continued: ""When he was very little he was very funny looking and as he got a bit older he just got chunkier.
"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."
As for the criticism she's received for poking fun at Isaac, Emily says she won't 'take herself too seriously' and says parents need to learn to lighten up a bit and laugh at their kids sometimes.
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.
"A lot of people posted photos of their babies as well but there were some people who were quite offended by it.
"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.
"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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