I started this blog shortly after finding out my husband and I were expecting our first child in October of 2010. In the beginning, I kept "Our Little Belly Bean" completely to myself. Since I was the only one reading, I didn't go into much detail and editing was not a priority for me. I used the blog as more of a documentation system for this new life I was beginning. It was a place to put my thoughts into words. I wrote about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting with the idea that I could go back and remember my specific feelings and maybe even share them with my son as he aged.
After my Liam was born in June of 2011, I began reading many parenting/mommy blogs in search of mothers who were in the same position as I. I felt lost at times, curious, and longed to know that I was not alone in this journey called motherhood. The blog-o-sphere did that for me. The more I read, the more I realized that I was not alone. Many other moms had similar experiences as I did such as: struggling with postpartum weight loss or issues with breastfeeding. I began to connect with these other mothers through their blogs, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I found myself longing to share my story, Liam's birth story, and my parenting views. Finally, I decided to make my blog public. After going back and editing posts and adding pictures, I began sharing links to this blog on my social media sites. I received encouraging and inspiring feedback to continue sharing my story, our story. And so I did.
I'm not the best writer. I did not go to college for writing, I went for Social Work and that's what I do. But, I am big on sharing my thoughts and feelings. In doing so maybe I add an extra comma here or there or I misspell a word every once in awhile. Just some of my writing imperfections!
I have not done giveaways. I've thought about it and I may do some in the future, but just not yet. I do not get paid to write or anything like that. I paid for the domain, but that is all. I designed this blog completely on my own, so it's not the prettiest. I don't have an expensive camera. Most of the photos I post are taken on my iPhone and edited. It's just easier that way. I have a full time job and I am a mother. I write when I am able to find the time to sit down and do so. I write to share what I have to say regardless of whether people listen or not, I do it.
I'm really selling this blog, huh? Haha!
Anyway, I absolutely LOVE blogging. I love the bloggers and readers I've met through doing this. I can honestly say this experience has changed my life in a way. It has made me stronger and has helped me to analyze myself, my parenting skills, and to learn from my mistakes. I have learned so much from other people's blogs and I continue to do so.
Do I care if people read my blog? Absolutely. I want to hear feedback, comments about your own story. I want to know what you think. I want suggestions and encouragement. I am writing for myself, but I am also writing for anyone who reads my blog. Because so many blogs have helped me as a mother, I'm hoping to help someone else. This is the best I can do.
I want to thank anyone who reads this blog for taking the time to read my thoughts, feelings, suggestions, rantings, and whatever else. I seriously, truly appreciate it!