My journal of trial and error and the occasional surprise discovery

TME’s first year

Today (Saturday 3rd December 2011) is my blog’s first anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s a whole year since I wrote that first post: “What is the mother experiment?”

Within hours of that first post I had used my iPod touch to write a post about how my daughter was sick and I felt powerless but I liked being able to comfort her just by holding her. It is called comforted by comforting and it remains, to this day, one of my favourite posts. By the next day I was saying how I wished she’d love me that little bit less and let me get sleep in another of my favourites “no naps for mum mum mum mum”.

Reading back over my earliest entries I realise that I have learned so much in the last year. I have linked to some of my favourite posts here. I by no means expect you to read them all but I have spent a lot of time on this because I hope you can read over the titles and read any that you find most interesting.

I have learned that being a mum means:

    • jobs taking so long to do because your little “helper” sabotages and taking time out for spontaneous dance break
      s
    • enjoying magic moments
       (such as lying down having a long cuddle after a breastfeed)
    • When you take babies somewhere special they will just want to people-watch
    • trying anything to get to sleep. Some things work, some don’t. You might find our first attempt at co-sleeping
      interesting
    • writing record
      s of where your kids are at
    • realising that you’re MAD

    I’ve really struggled with the housewife part of being a stay at home mum, and you can read about it in posts such as:

      I’ve documented many milestones, such as

        It is so important to invest time in your marriage

          • Corey doesn’t always get the welcome home
            he was looking for unfortunately

          I have learned a lot about God through my relationship with my children

            • going to church with a baby makes me question am I crazy?

            I’ve posted things just for laughs such as

              • Comparison 
                (2 bogus conditions where we think our baby is better or worse than he or she really is)
              • Funny things kids do:
                • Sleep wars
                   (A star-wars based tale of the woe that was trying to get Alexis to sleep for the first year and a half of her life)
                • BITC&H
                  (being incredibly tired, cranky and hormonal)

                I’ve also learned a lot about blogging:

                  • having a whinge

                    I’ve also posted some gorgeous pics. This link will show the most recent wordless Wednesday entries.

                    I’ve also shared some rather difficult stories of personal growth pursuits in my Me and YOU Monday project. This link will show the most recent entries.

                    I have learned that every day is a massive day. Every day has challenges and opportunities for adventure. Every day has opportunities to smile. I cannot control my kids or my husband but I need to learn to control myself. I have learned that I love being a mum, most of the time. I have learned that it is my attitude that effects how I see the world. I have learned that God has blessed me so very much and that I want to live every day filled with joy. I am not there yet but hopefully by this time next year I’ll have so much to share about that too.

                    Whether you have been following The Mother Experiment from the start, for a little while, or are just stopping by, thank you for your support. It means so much to me.

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