The Blogiversary – A Year Of Blogging

I got a lovely reminder from WordPress that the blog started a year ago (last Thursday technically!). We were away for the weekend so this is the first chance I’ve had to reflect on it (in writing).

So which way to look at it? There’s the numbers approach (which I will summarise later), the photo approach (again, keep scrolling…) and a selection of my favourite posts so far.I reckon that’ll do…

What of the blogging experience so far then? I’ve really enjoyed putting our time with Bea into words so far. I’m not always as up to date as I’d like, I’m also not often confident to voice my opinion too much on here like a lot of other bloggers are (credit to them by the way!) and I still have no idea what shape this blog will take in the longer run. It’s hard finding the time outside of work, and in the last few months in particular, there has just been too much to comment on so I’ve been sat back and just enjoying the experiences in real life, sorry!

The blogging world has been an interesting world to enter too – there’s a wealth of information, opinion and bloggers out there, and there’s a lot to learn should I wish. I can say fairly confidently that I won’t be quitting the day job any time soon though!

So, the blog by numbers (sorry, can’t help it, I know Lucy will be tutting as she reads this…):

62 posts

3544 views (which is bonkers!)

1,779 visitors (not sure how this one works!)

29 WordPress followers

5 Email followers

There’s also a smattering of Instagram and Facebook likes/follows too, which I’m very gratfeul for! I’m glad people like to come and read, it’s a real sense of achievement when people actually do!

That’s the numbers out of the way.

Favourite posts? Not entirely sure, but I’ve picked some of these out to reminisce.

Here’s where it all began

This one brings back some strong memories of starting out as parents: LINK

This one was the first post that resonated with a friend: LINK

We’re still hooked on this particular series: LINK

The start of a manic December: LINK

We all make mistakes: LINK

And finally, time for some of my favourite photos. We’ve taken soooo many, and I made the decision early on not to share any photos of Bea’s full face – this has been a challenge, but one I’m glad I did. She might want to be involved in the future, but I want that to be her decision! Anyway, I’ve selected (and added) my favourites from the blog so far!

Just looking through all these makes me excited for the year ahead!

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5 Tips For Your Baby Photo Shoot

Today, we went for a baby photo shoot with Barrett and Coe photography in Norwich. I’d love to claim that this is down to the glowing success of the blog, with offers coming in from everywhere for this, that and the other, but I’m going to honest with you- we won a raffle prize for a free portrait session. Here are some of the things that might be worth considering when taking your baby along to one of these (hindsight is a wonderful thing…): Continue reading “5 Tips For Your Baby Photo Shoot”

A Belated Birthday Post

I’m sure every blogger can relate to what I’m going to call ‘Blogger’s Regret Syndrome’ – you have a great idea for a post, you might have even taken some really good photos and even written a few lines in your head. Then, for me at least, life/work commitments take over (obviously, including lots of time with Bea and Lucy!) and the moment passes, but the blog remains and lingers. This is one of those posts! Continue reading “A Belated Birthday Post”

Day 359: 1 week till she’s 1!

My target, months ago, was to try and keep track of the days, rather than just let it all roll into weeks and months. I’ve been pretty terrible at this to be fair – I’m sure I’m not alone in attempting to set bold parenting targets and not quite meet them! Beatrice has just been surprising us day after day, and it’s impossible to keep up!

Anyway, we’re approaching Bea’s first (and my…ahem…we won’t count mine) birthday. A pretty significant event for any parent (obviously, I mean your child’s own first birthday- my child’s first birthday is probably only signficant to a select few!). The next week is set to be pretty frantic, so I’m squeezing in a quick post now, and will probably do another birthday-related post afterwards!

This time last year, Lucy was still working, just about to wrap up for the summer holidays. We were cautiously ready for any sign of her arrival, excited, bags ready, and birth plan all sorted. Both of us were certain she’d be late, and keeping fingers crossed so that I would also be on holiday! It seems strange now to think how far we’ve come in that short space of time. In a lot of ways, I feel it’s been the making of me too – it’s made me more switched-on and I’ve enjoyed (almost) every minute of it so far. Maybe I’m just more confident now, but having a ‘little me’ around definitely makes you walk that little bit taller!

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She’s standing pretty tall now too…

First Party Pressures

So what are we going to do to celebrate? Dipping your toe into the Pinterest World of Parenting (PWOP actually has a nice ring to it!) is usually a bad place to start (feel free to follow me here by the way if you do the Pinterest thing!). Self-doubt creeps in from the off. Thankfully, Lucy is brilliantly practical and keen to shoot down any ridiculous notions I might have.

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Look at all the tabs at the top- it’s like the ‘Inception’ of birthdays! You’ll never escape…
We’ve got a couple of ideas for some traditions, I’ve spent countless hours minutes looking up possible ones, and as far as her party goes, I’m sure that we’ll do what we always do and just spend a lot of time chasing her around the garden with good food, family and friends!

Sunday is going to be a busy day…and we can’t wait!

You can find out why I’m going to be a terrible parent on her actual first birthday in a future blog…

Cheffy Daddy: Chilli Con Carne

Since Lucy’s gone back to work, I’ve been responsible for getting our meals on the table when Bea and I get home. We’ve started planning our meals of a weekend so that we’re sorted for the week ahead. It’s really tricky planning any regular kind of variety, but we’re getting there. You can see our current week’s food here… Continue reading “Cheffy Daddy: Chilli Con Carne”

Babyproofing the house: Round 1

So you may have caught our last Milestone Moment. Bea has been threatening to move under her own steam for some time now; it’s finally happened.

Time to delve into the world of babyproofing. Here are the results of my initial foray into Google:

Mother And Baby Reviews : I’m still none the wiser after reading these.

Parent Guide : The Holy Grail of all babyproofing knowledge. Seriously, well played Google. A friendly, well-written and more importantly, really clear set of comparisons.

Childproofing on Pinterest : As with anything on Pinterest, far too easy to get lost in something completely irrelevant but some nice infographics to get the point across.

Baby Centre UK : A very, very thorough list of some fairly obvious things. Perfect for the overly anxious.

Mothercare : Not a very well laid-out page, but lots of everyday things mentioned if you can pick them out.

Parents.com : One of those annoying slideshows with adverts everywhere. Didn’t get past the snazzy whale-shaped bath seat on page 1.

After flicking through those, we’ve decided to go with these.

I’ll let you know how they go…

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Designing a New Nursery

What was wrong with the first one I hear you all cry? Designing your baby’s nursery is an exciting, challenging and potentially stressful part of preparing for your little one’s arrival. When Lucy was pregnant, I was very keen to get it just the way we wanted it. Hours were spent poring over Pinterest and Google images (as everyone no doubt does), and all the style tips were generally ignored. We wanted something calm and neutral, no particular theme and that was about it really. Oh, and I really wanted to paint something exciting on the walls. Continue reading “Designing a New Nursery”

Happy Mother’s Day!

March has been a slow blogging month. Sorry if you’ve been waiting patiently for a new post! I think I can look back on it in terms of content, if not quantity. I finally got around to writing a feature that is about something I am passionate about – children’s reading, and then wrote a very personal but heartfelt message to Beatrice. This post is probably going to be the last one of the month, so it makes me proud that the content for this one is just as important to me as the other two!

If I’m honest, this month has also been a blur of amazing awesomeness and it’s been hard keeping up with all of Bea’s new skills – this has definitely been one of my favourite months of being a parent yet. More on that in the future… Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Post 50: Message to my daughter on International Women’s Day

So, this is post number 50. Way beyond my expectations in terms of posting, and way beyond my expectations to have received even half the comments and people coming to look at our little slice of life.

It makes sense then to mark this post with something important. 50 is a nice round number after all, and sounds important. And I’m frustrated, and annoyed at myself with only leaving around twenty minutes to type it, get it out into the world and have this one go down as post 50. It’s been one of those weeks where other factors have crept in (our car being the main one!).

Dear Beatrice, Continue reading “Post 50: Message to my daughter on International Women’s Day”