One Year Up
Hey You! Yes YOU
I debated whether I should write this post or not. I am not one for making a big fuss over life events that pertain to me. But I have been blogging for over a year now and most of you have been reading for over a year, so Happy Blog Anniversary to us! As clichéd as it sounds blogging is a journey and there is much that one discovers along the way. I for one have learned a lot about myself as a parent but more importantly I have also discovered a wonderful camaraderie with many amazing women.
I don’t care much for the title but for the sake of convenience I will say I am a mommy blogger. In this digital age being a mommy blogger is hard; much like being a parent is hard. In the online world anyone gets to be anonymous and almost everyone has a judgment to pass. It is tough to blog and tougher to put yourself out there. Why do it then, you ask?
The answer is simple really, because I felt the need to connect. Motherhood is many things, it is exhilarating, overwhelming and remarkable but it is also really daunting. Pre having the baby, there were many experiences that I heard about, but there were many more that I had absolutely no clue would happen. There were challenges like postpartum depression and latching and colic and there were the happy moments of first steps, and crawling and childish pranks. There were many events that I would much rather never recall but there are also memories that I never want to forget.
That is why I started the blog – To catalogue the happy things, to share the eventual challenges that come with motherhood and to someday look back and laugh at myself. But it has grown to be so much more than just any of these things. I find that as time goes on the experiences that motherhood offers change and so do the challenges that I face.
Like does it hurt when your child ignores you and only wants to deal with the other parent?
Is it hard to stop yourself when your kid gets roughed up in the sandbox?
Do things get better as the kids get older?
Do things get worse as the kids get older?
Apparently the answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES! And that is the great part about blogging, the great part about putting yourself out there – The fact that I am not alone, the idea that there are other moms who struggle with these admittedly trivial issues everyday as do I.
If my blog was my baby, at this juncture I would probably be driving myself crazy trying to get the first year party together. Planning it all from the catering to the party favors. But it’s not. This is much more intimate. This is just you and me sitting down with a cup of coffee or wine (depending on the time of day) and chatting about the year this has been for my little blog.
So I want you to know this, each time a blog post has made you smile, each time you have left me a line or two and each time you have called me up to say you “totally related to me!” You have made my day.
So if you were here from day one, if we met somewhere along the year or if you just got here, I guess what I am trying to say is: Parenthood is one crazy, exciting, wild ride. Thank you for sharing yours with me ?