Thursday, March 3, 2011

This time last year ...

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop asks: What were you blogging about last year at this time? What has changed?

To that, I respond: Baby, of course!

But, more specifically, I was blogging about being a new mom. About figuring things out. About learning my way as a working mom. About choosing my battles and finding my identity in this new life of motherhood.

I wrote a concession ‘speech’ to the formula we ultimately put Baby on after my attempts at nursing completely and utterly (pun intended) failed. Right now, we’re currently – finally – able to transition Baby off of formula to whole milk. Her weight issues have all but resolved themselves. Thank you, solid foods.

I blogged about poop. Yup, that’s right. I opened that subject up right on a public forum, something I never would have done in my pre-parenthood days. Today, I could probably mention diaper contents in the course of a professional conversation and not even realize it. Although I generally try not to go there at work …

And, I wrote about a conference I had to attend, the first trip (of many) that I would be required to spend nights away from home. I think I must have written a small (or maybe not so small) instruction manual for my mere 2 day absence. I also wrote my first survival post! Something I’m currently in the midst of doing again this year, but for a completely different reason (vacation, not work!)

A year in review: it would seem that life is both very similar and very different all at the same time. I think the major difference now is that I know I can do this! The motherhood thing. The working mom thing. It was all so daunting a year ago.

Of course, that could have had a little something to do with insane hormones and total sleep deprivation. But, even though I’m still learning as I go, it’s not a total guessing game anymore.

There are some things that just come naturally now. Like turning on the coffee maker while still asleep. Seamlessly slipping on a pair of flats instead of heels. And, you know … other important parenting skills, too.

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Incidentally, this week, I’m also celebrating my one year anniversary of publishing my Macaroni Kid newsletter! I think it’s pretty awesome that I’ve been able to successfully balance getting this thing together Every. Single. Week. for an entire year. I’ve really enjoyed doing this, and I’d love to tell you more about it if you’re interested in publishing for your own community. Just ask!

[And, I'm sorry .. .I can't get Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop button to work, so I'm just adding a live link.]

12 comments:

  1. Great post! I can relate...my son is 5 months old and I'm struggling with work/life balance now. I wish I could say it gets easier...

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  2. Great post! I can relate...my son is 5 months old and I'm struggling with work/life balance now. I wish I could say it gets easier...

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  3. Oh I remember the post of having to leave for a few days. My heart broke so badly for you because I knew just what you were going through. But you made it..you survived..and you are doing it beautifully!

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  4. Apparently the Mama Kat's button is going wonky :)

    I remember those first days trying to figure it all out...it seems so long ago now :) Amazing how time flies! And just when you think you have it figured out, your kid throws a wrench in the works LOL

    Visiting from Mama Kat's

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  5. We had a kind of bad night last night and today I feel just about as tired as I did a year ago. But the confidence thing? Totally in a different place now.

    Congrats to whole milk - it's a HUGE and helpful step.

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  6. Visiting from Mama Kat's

    You've certainly come a long way. It's amazing how much learning and adapting that can happen in a year. Congrats on the anniversary of your newsletter. Love the name of it!

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  7. You're the one behind Macaroni Kid??? I get that all the time! I love it!

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  8. @thelifeofjamie - There are HUNDREDS of Macaroni Kid publishers and newsletters across the country. We each publish for our own community. It's an awesome network and resource!

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  9. Isn't it amazing how life changes so much but yet all stays the same! :) Just think having baby number 2 won't be so bad-at least that's what I am hoping for! :)

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  10. Amazing what you can do with a years time! Happy Anniversary!

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  11. It's amazing the difference a year can make, isn't it? I was just telling a pregnant friend, "you know, I remember I was ungodly tired, but I don't remember it." I can't remember how horrible it feels anymore.

    Does that mean I'm ready for another one?

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