Badly drawn boy: From tantrums to dentist trips, Mother captures 2-year-old son"s life by drawing a picture of him EVERY DAY

Gladly drawn boy: From tantrums to dentist trips, Mother captures 2-year-old son's life by drawing a picture of him EVERY DAY

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09:37 GMT, 29 June 2012

Most parents write diaries or take photos to capture the tender moments of their child's growth.

But one mother has drawn a picture of her 2-year-old son almost every day of his life.

Angie Stevens began doodling pictures of her son Gruff shortly after he was born and now two years later she has drawn more than 700 pictures of him and his two older sisters, Millie, 9 and Evie, 4.

Messy House: Angie captures life at home with her family

Messy House: Angie captures life at home with her family

Priceless moments: Bed time with her three children

Priceless moments: Bed time with her three children

First day of nursery: Angie waves goodbye to her children

First day of nursery: Angie waves goodbye to her children

Brushing time: Angie captures even the mundane tasks

Brushing time: Angie captures even the mundane tasks

The 38-year-old spends between around 20 minutes each evening sketching a new picture of her three children to document their day, then posts them on her blog, 'Doodlemum.'

And it isn't just her children who feature in the sketches.

The family’s cat Arnie, rescue dog Bonnie, four chickens and Gizmo the cockerel appear too.

'It is a lovely record for the
children to look back on and far better than photos as the pictures
capture my emotions too,' said Angie, who lives with husband Myles, 40,
in Swansea, Wales.

Daily habit: Angie Stevens sketches her children every day

Daily habit: Angie Stevens sketches her children every day

Battered: Angie's husband features too

Battered: Angie's husband features too

'It has become a bit of an obsession and I now do a picture every day after the children have gone to bed.

'Most
of the sketches are humorous, but sometimes it’s a way for me to deal
with things happening in our lives, such as when Millie was bullied at
school or Gruff moved into his own room.

Bottoms up: a fun moment captured on paper

Bottoms up: a fun moment captured on paper

Waterbabies: The children taking a bath together

Waterbabies: The children taking a bath together

Day long tantrum: She captures the best and the worst of her children

Day long tantrum: She captures the best and the worst of her children

Saturday night: Film time with mum

Saturday night: Film time with mum

'In the morning the children come down and can’t wait to see the latest picture.'

Angie,
who has a degree in illustration, has always enjoyed drawing but ended
up working for several large companies after graduating from university.

It
wasn’t until she had her first child, Millie, that she found the time
to start drawing again and started designing greetings cards.

Raspberries: A classic mother-child moment captured

Raspberries: A classic mother-child moment captured

Window lickers: Angie captures the funny moments

Window lickers: Angie captures the funny moments

Arnie's bowl: Arnie the cat features too

Arnie's bowl: Arnie the cat features too

Scruff: The family dog and Gruff share a cuddle

Scruff: The family dog and Gruff share a cuddle

But after the birth of her third child Gruff she suffered from post-natal depression and struggled to get motivated again.

Angie has also drawn moments many
parents would rather forget, including tantrums, fighting, being ill and
sitting on the naughty step.

Other pictures show fun family
memories such as camping, dressing up and making pizza or typical
toddler activities including eating cat food and licking the windows.

Toilet time: Angie doodles every activity

Toilet time: Angie doodles every activity

Waiting for Santa: A Christmas theme doodle

Waiting for Santa: A Christmas theme doodle

'I try to keep the picture quite simple and if it needs lots of words to explain it I feel I’ve failed,' she said.

Since starting the blog in 2010 Angie
has documented everything from breast feeding, potty training and
weaning to beach trips, blustery walks and bullying and now has a huge
following from all over the world.

She has captured all of Gruff’s first’s such as learning to brush his teeth, having his hair cut and taking a bath.

Angie has also drawn moments many
parents would rather forget, including tantrums, fighting, being ill and
sitting on the naughty step.

Other pictures show fun family
memories such as camping, dressing up and making pizza or typical
toddler activities including eating cat food and licking the windows.

Snip: Gruff takes a trip to the barber

Snip: Gruff takes a trip to the barber

Autumn again: A blustery walk with the children

Autumn again: A blustery walk with the children

For Angie, whose own mum died from
cancer when she was in her 20’s, the doodles are an important record for
her offspring and also help her to clear her mind before bed.

'They are all accurate doodles of the children and even Gruff recognises himself now,' she said.

'It’s
fun to look back at the older sketches and have a giggle over them.
They bring back a lot of memories and emotions as well.

'When you look at them you remember the little moments you have forgotten about in a way which is much stronger than photos.

'I have very few records of my mum and myself as a child so I really wanted to do this for my children.

'They will have a record of all these moments and exactly what I was thinking and feeling.'

Lights out: The children nap in a tent

Lights out: The children nap in a tent

Snuffles: Angie suffering a cold

Snuffles: Angie suffering a cold