I know there are a million mommy blogs out there. It seems like every mom is chronicling their experiences via the internet. We are social creatures and we crave a community. Nowadays, it seems as though the quickest and surest way to build community is through the internet. In our society, the “it takes a village” philosophy has morphed into something different all together. So, that leaves mom’s and dad’s feeling isolated and alone in their experiences. Thus, the ubiquitous mommy blogs arise as a way to connect with others going through the same thing. Apparently, I am no exception because here I am starting a mommy blog!
I am terrified to be honest. The older I get the more I realize how much of a private person I really am. I don’t share deep parts of myself very often to many people. Of course, I am myself with people, I am just very reserved. There are only a handful of people in my life I let see me – the raw, real me. This includes sharing my possibly controversial opinions and viewpoints. I tend to want to avoid conflict and potential criticism. I don’t want to feel like I have to “defend” myself. Since becoming a mom, I’m realizing that this is something I need to change about myself. I want to teach my daughter about being a strong, independent woman and how to effectively use her voice in a meaningful and dignified way. I don’t want her to shy away from speaking up in order to avoid or conceal herself. On the other hand, I don’t want her to learn to use her voice obnoxiously. There’s a nice middle ground somewhere in there. I’m determined to find it!
I have no idea how this blog will turn out. I don’t really have a specific goal in mind other than to someway connect with others (not just moms) out there about this human experience we are all going through and to share my voice within that experience.
As some of my really close friends know, I have a lot of opinions about being a mom, pregnancy, work/home/self-care balance, breastfeeding in public, sleep training, baby “experts”, postpartum depression, childcare, maternity leave, and more of the like. I want to start a discussion. I don’t want any mom shaming. I just want a well educated and researched discussion that provokes deeper thought.
Okay, I’ll stop rambling. I’ll get to writing about something real 🙂 I leave you with a picture of my sweet fur babies. #EmmaThePlottHound #RupertTheCoonDog #BubbaFatCat — Yes, my animals have their own hashtags. That’s how spoilt they are 😉