For my first blog post I thought I would do a little more details about me, my life and this whole blogging thing.
I guess I’ll start at the semi beginning. I’ve lived my whole life in the state of Indiana and I would say that I had a pretty typical Indiana childhood. I grew up playing sports and driving the county roads at night with the window down. After college, I met Wes at an Indy Indians baseball game by complete chance and before I knew it, I was head over heels in love with him and we were married within two years. J came along two years later and N about two years after that. I left my job working at a bank when J was born and have been staying at home even since then. Last year I took over as the office manager for Wes’ personal business.
While we are on the topic of Wes working, I would easily say that the amount of hours that he works largely impacts how I parent and what kind of mother I am. With Wes’ main job, as a firefighter, he works 24 hours shifts, every other day for 5 days then he has 4 days off then it repeats itself. And you add him working at his own business for about 12 hours, he’s gone for about 36 hours stretches. That’s 36 hours of just me and the kid(s), 36 hours of me being the only disciplinarian, snack-getter, boo boo kisser, bather and put to bedder. While I don’t have it as tough as some parents, spouses of military personal or real single parents, I do feel like a lot of the time that I am a single parent. I’ve learned how to take J almost anywhere, doctors appointments, grocery stores, clothes shopping, you name it and I have probably taken J with me at some point. It’s also super easy to just get into a routine of just the two of us. This was pretty clear when my parents came to watch J when I was in labor with N. There was a small hiccup with my mom putting syrup directly onto the pancakes and not to the side. I didn’t even think to make a note of it for my mom because it’s just something that we have always done without thinking about it.
Like I mentioned in my ‘About Me’ section, this isn’t my first run at having a blog. I guess you could say that I’m a serial blogger. I’ve had blogs about home improvement/ DIY, running and crafts and baking. The home improvement/ DIY blog didn’t work out very well because , being honest, it’s expensive to have a DIY blog at first. Trying to find little affordable projects that Wes wouldn’t object to around the house and that I had the skill and time to do got more and more difficult so after a few months, I stopped blogging.
A year or so later, I got on this big health/ fitness kick so I wanted to blog about it. I enjoyed writing about this subject and sharing my experiences with eating better and exercising. This type of blogging fit easier into my budget and my lifestyle but again after a few months, I found out that I was pregnant with J. Being pregnant for the first time, I found it hard to write and share about my life without being able to share the huge baby news, then the morning sickness and tiredness kicked in and I stopped blogging. The craft and baking blog had a similar ending to the two above, almost a little mixture of the two. When the blog was still pretty new, I found out that I was pregnant again and this pregnancy, especially the first trimester, was really tough on me. Dealing with the nausea and fatigue plus chasing around a toddler didn’t leave much time or energy to write posts and blog. And as much as I like to craft and bake, it’s not easy to run a blog like that, similar to the DIY blog, on a limited SAHM budget.
So you might be asking yourself, why am I trying this blog thing again? why do I think i’ll be successful this time? what makes this idea different? Well first off, I’m not pregnant nor do I plan to be so in the next couple of years so no tough morning sickness to battle against. I hope that if I can make it through the first couple months of blogging, get over that hump that I can’t seem to get over before, that I can actually make this blog successful. Kind of similar to the 30 days (or whatever) makes a habit. I’m also going to set realistic goals for myself with this blog, hopefully I will be able to post 3 times a week but if the kids are sick or something else comes up, and I’m gonna be okay with it because it’s real life. And lastly, this topic, motherhood is where my life is right now. It’s the biggest part of my life, it’s the season that I am in. The season of motherhood. It doesn’t require me to do DIY projects around the house, to do exercise or eat healthy or spend many on crafts to be able to write the blog. I just have to live my life.
Thanks of stopping by and let’s get this show on the road.