I can barely believe it, but I have been blogging for over a year. My blog birthday passed in February completely unnoticed by anyone, including me! When I started out this was really a space for me to express my thoughts, struggles and challenges with life. Life as a working full time wife, mother and person, it has since grown to a place for like-minded mom to find safety in the words “me too”. I’m honest, and my readers as it turns out love those posts the most! So this is a little reminiscent recap on where I’ve come from and my top 5 posts thus far!
In order of most popular….
Breastfeeding – The mental battle!
When I wrote this post I was in the thick of breastfeeding Daniel, something I had not been able to accomplish with Emilie. I was so proud of where I was, exclusively breastfeeding for almost a year, but I was also so drained. So tired – I had pushed myself way beyond what anyone had expected me too. Truthfully, behind all the pride, it actually sucked. It was really really hard and the hardest part? The mental battle within myself – More here!
We tried out Baby Dove on my son’s eczema prone skin!
I talk about Daniel’s eczema quite often, and more often than what I talk about it, I think about it. When I attended the Baby Dove launch in Cape Town last year, it was one of the best experiences. Not just because the product is awesome, but I got to talk to the Dr’s who knew the reasoning behind the why. It was exciting and I was more than confident when I tried it out on my son. We managed to keep his eczema at bay using the Sensitive range – More here!
Who am I to judge the mother who left her baby in a storm drain?
This was possibly one of my most unpopular posts, not because readers didn’t read it – they did. My opinion however was not very well received. I live very close to where that baby was found, and it really touched me – I also judged that mother. Something that I hate doing, judging moms – because as we all know – the struggle is real. This mother however did something outrageous and everyone felt it was there right to judge. My perspective was changed after I read a Facebook post – More here!
My toddler has started hitting me, is this normal?
Honestly? This question still boggles me today. This very hitting, kicking, scratching basic aggression towards me caused me a major meltdown aka adult tantrum recently. (You can read about that here.) It also led to some school meetings about DJ being a bully, so as normal as it may be.. it also a really tough stage. Aren’t they all? We aren’t in the clear but we know a little more you can read more about how I felt about it then here.
5 things I wish I knew as a young mother!
This was a letter I wrote to young mothers on the lead up to Mother’s Day. A letter from my heart, I became a mother at 19. It was a difficult time for me. I was so impressionable, guilt-ridden, my wish for this post was that a young mom would read it and think – you know what? It’s okay. I’m going to be okay, because 12yrs later – I really am. I have a great kid and I caused myself way to much stress about it when I was younger. Some really good tips and insights into the struggle if you perhaps know a young mother yourself – More here!
That’s a wrap! These posts are a really good mix of where I have been and where I am at right now – and it makes me so proud to be able to see the growth. I really enjoyed writing this post, and I hope you enjoyed reading it and going down memory lane with me – my awesome friend over at An Ordinary Gal came up with this great post idea and we decided to collab on it, so be sure to check out her top 5 over here!