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.
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.
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!