I have some exciting news today. If you haven’t already seen the badge on my blog over the past few days, I’ve been shortlisted for Tutora’s Best Parent Insight Blog! I’m very excited about this, as it’s the first time I’ve got recognition for my blog from an organisation. Of course it’s been wonderful when I’ve received ‘awards‘ from other bloggers too though.
I’ve dabbled with blogging over the past 12 years, but this is the first time I’ve taken it ‘seriously’. I’ve quite literally poured my heart and soul into this blog since I started writing it at the end of January. The fact that people actually read it and enjoy it is amazing, but I love the fact that I’ve helped other people.
I started this blog to help myself, initially. For those who haven’t followed our journey, everything seemed fine during scans with our daughter Autumn and when she was born. However, a fortnight into our parenting journey, she suddenly fell critically ill.
Thanks to my instincts and an amazing surgeon and hospital staff, she’s thriving today. She’s just started walking around properly over the weekend, including at the supermarket and outside. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I feel when I see her round little face lighting up, smiling with her achievement.
However, exactly a year ago we were in a much darker place. Tomorrow marks exactly a year since she had open surgery at 5 weeks old. Throughout her being ill, I’d also been suffering with severe anaemia and was very unwell myself. However, I was soon to completely lose my grip on my sanity and mental wellbeing. It was difficult opening up and writing about everything that happened last October and November.
However, I found it very cathartic and a huge relief. I was also pleased that I had written about my experiences, so that someone else somewhere in the world doesn’t feel so alone if they go through the same things. I’m very pleased to say that I have helped people and inspired who have gone through similar experiences.
As I’ve continued to write, I’ve written about a whole variety of things that interest me. However, lots of these things have also helped other mums and dads to smile and not feel quite so alone! For example, I’m sure the vast majority of us know just how amazing it is on the rare occasion you get to have a hot cup of tea (12 things that have changed since I became a mum). Likewise, I’m sure that many of us have had a complete failure of a date night thanks to our kids. Mine led to my stressed parents phoning me because Autumn wouldn’t stop crying no matter what they did and the night ended with me throwing up in the bath. Lovely!
In retrospect it’s quite funny and I’ve had a good giggle with other mums about their disastrous dates too. If there’s one thing I’ve found as a parent, it’s that it is just so amazing seeing these words on the screen that show you that you are not alone in these experiences! No matter what you see on Instagram, life is colourful and imperfect. I don’t even try to make my life look perfect, because it isn’t. After all, who needs yet another ‘perfect mummy’ to make them feel rubbish about themselves?
Parenting is a huge roller-coaster of an adventure, with so many twists and turns that you can’t predict. Some days are good, others are complete disasters. It’s the toughest thing, but also the most amazing and awarding experience. I’m here to document our family life, raise smiles and help others whether that’s in posts about mental health, funny posts, reviews of products or campaigning to save local children’s centres.
I’m conscious that I’ve rambled on for far too long. However, I really would appreciate it if you’d take a minute to vote for me as Tutora’s Best Parent Insight Blog! I’ve worked so hard on this site and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it. To win this award really would be the cherry on top of the last 10 months.
All you need to do is click on the picture below, scroll to the bottom and select my blog name from the dropdown. It should take less than a minute!
Voting closes at 4pm on 30th November. Thank you so much for your votes!