My Blog Post Highlights of 2014

My Blog Post Highlights of 2014

I started this little blog of mine back in May 2014, a month after Jasmine was born. It was something I was a little apprehensive about doing at first, as I feared it would make me feel insecure or that nobody would be interested in what I had to say. However, 7 months on and I’m really glad I went for it and decided to start Tinyfootsteps. But honestly? Blogging is more work than I ever anticipated it would be and I often ask myself why I do it.

I’ve sat down and re-read some of my old posts today and the answer as to why I do it, is clear. I’ve made connections to so many wonderful people – mums, dads and fellow bloggers. You have all been incredibly supportive to me. I also write here because it gets me through the tough days that motherhood brings with it. It’s also a space for me to keep memories of all the beautiful moments that life brings. The ordinary, wonderful moments that I’d hate to forget.

I thought I’d share with you some of my blog post highlights from this year – either because they have resonated with a lot of people or they were fun/cathartic for me to write.

Motherhood

I wrote this post when Jasmine was still only 8 weeks old. I shared my thoughts, experiences and things I’d learned in those first two months of being a mum.

Why I gave up going to baby groups and how I found other ways to make new friends.

How the dynamics of my friendships changed since having a baby.

How becoming a mum made become more attached to physical objects and why I find it so hard to part with them.

Have you ever felt like the world’s worst mum? This post is for you. (Spoiler Alert: You’re not!)

Pregnancy and Birth

Where it all began! Jasmine almost made her first appearance in the hospital car park! I also explain how Daisy Birthing techniques got me through an incredibly quick labour.

Having a miscarriage was one of the saddest times of my life. I reflect on that experience and focus on the silver linings – one of those, of course, being my beautiful rainbow baby.

Does exactly what it says on  the tin. Some of the comments on this post are hilarious.

The reasons why I had ‘bump envy’ before, during and after my pregnancy.

Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing? I reflect on my experience of labour and birth and what I’d do differently if I could do it all again.

Baby

My thoughts and feelings about sharing our bed with Jasmine in the early days. It was the only way we’d get any bloody sleep!

An emotional post (still makes me cry to read it now) about my struggles with breastfeeding Jasmine and how it made me feel like a complete and utter failure.

Tips for thrifty parents who like to buy and sell preloved baby items.

After struggling to get to grips with traditional puree weaning we switched to BLW weaning despite initially dismissing it as a bit of a fad.

After switching to BLW we then discovered what we’d gotten ourselves in for… a whole lotta mess!

Thank you all so much for reading my blog!

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  1. December 22, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    Your rainbow baby post was where I first found you and I am ever so glad I did. Love this roundup of posts, you are a fab blogger and you should be so proud of every single post x

    • December 23, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Oh really? I didn't know that. I'm glad you found me too. :)

      Thanks so much – I hope to continue getting better at writing in 2015. xx

  2. December 23, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Great post and remembering some wonderful posts there! Glad you started and looking forward to another brilliant year! Jess :) x

    • December 23, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks, Jess! I'm very much looking forward to next year too. :) xx

  3. December 23, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    I love reading your blog Jenna, heres to a great year of blogging ahead. xxxx

    • December 23, 2014 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Sarah.

      I hope you do too, you thoroughly deserve it. xxx

  4. December 23, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    So well deserved lovely and wow check out those amazing blog reads. Amazing!! Xxx

    • December 23, 2014 / 9:24 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Kat! *big hugs* xx

  5. December 24, 2014 / 7:16 am

    Ah great post and isn't it really lovely looking back at all your old posts? Makes me feel dead proud looking at mine. Here is to a bright and lovely 2015!!! xxxxx

    • December 27, 2014 / 11:04 am

      Thanks, Em. It does make me feel really proud to look back at my old blog posts. And so you should be proud of yours, you've written some brilliant posts! I look forward to reading even more of them in 2015. xx

  6. December 25, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    I'm glad we became friends and even though we are completely different styled bloggers, I love that your so close to me and probably one of my best blogging friends! Enjoy your Christmas my love!

    x x | daisydaisyxxo

    • December 27, 2014 / 11:08 am

      Aw, thank you so much. I feel exactly the same – I love your blog, it's fun, refreshing and honest. Your videos always put a smile on my face too. I reckon we should arrange a Suffolk blogger meet up in 2015!! :) xx

  7. December 26, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    I love being reminded of all your brilliant writing. The first post I read was "Being a plain Jane". I thought it was a fantastic post and I really identified with it. I love your blog and you honey. I can't wait to read more in 2015. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • December 27, 2014 / 11:11 am

      You are very kind to say that, Mrs H. I really like knowing that others identify with my posts. That's the great thing about blogging, it brings together like-minded people. Love you too, beautiful lady. Hope it's not too long before I get to see you again. xxx

  8. December 30, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    New reader here – look forward to reading more from you in 2015

    • December 30, 2014 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much. :) xx

  9. January 2, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Just found your blog via #TheList – look forward to reading lots more in 2015! Happy New Year x Kate (YellowBelly Mummy)

    • January 2, 2015 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog. :) xx

  10. January 2, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    What a great round up of posts huni. I am glad you love blogging and I am so glad to have met you. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • January 2, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you, Aby. I am glad to have met you too (and hope to see you again this year), you are an inspiration and one of the most genuinely lovely people I've met in a long, long time. xx

  11. January 5, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Very interesting. I have to read through a few of those. #TheList

    • January 5, 2015 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Janine, I hope you enjoy reading them. :) xx

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