Updates - oh goody!

"Ooh - updates! Oh goody!!"

This week’s Friday Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Tara B.

“It’s time for a where-are-you-now past post update.  Pick one of your posts from WMB and let us know how it’s going for you on that topic.  Did you learn something new?  Is that project completed?  Was the problem resolved?  No news to speak of?  Give us a quick update on where your story has gone since your post.”

Here is what some of our World Moms reported…

Margie Bryant of Arkansas, USA writes:
“In March, I wrote a post titled Closing the Door about the very painful decision that I would not be having anymore children.  It was a hard post to write and even though my life has changed for the better in so many ways, finally saying “no more babies” out loud made it real for me.

Then, a few weeks after that post, I found my dream job.  Cliché, but true.  I am pursuing a degree in management and technical writing and found a job where I am training to take over for the current Human Resource Manager.  This job pays more than I have earned in the past and at the same time, my ever supportive partner took a new position too.  Finally, we are able to indulge ourselves and our children and even put money back in savings.  We talk about traveling, buying a new home, getting another car; suddenly, I feel at complete peace with exactly how our lives are now.”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“I no longer have to hide in my pantry: Sometimes, I Hide in my Pantry.  Thanks to Meg at writewizard I checked out the FlyLady and followed her advice.  Yay!”

Tara B. of Washington State, USA writes:
“In January, I shared a post about sleep training my 8 month old baby: No Longer Sleepless in Seattle.

I am happy to report that the training has stuck to this day.  He is 15 months old now, and aside from the occasional illness, he is a independent, content sleeper.  He goes to bed at night on his own without a fuss, and I often find him playing in his crib in the morning.  As I stated in my original post, I know sleep training is not for everyone (it never would have worked with our first child), but if you are struggling getting enough zzz’s with your little one, it’s worth considering.”

Alison Lee of Malaysia writes:
“My post Less of a Baby, More of a Boy is only two weeks old so not much to update!  My little one is still babbling away in Arabic. He tried to run today and fell down, but no harm done.  He can walk up and down stairs with help. He’s still climbing onto everything. That’s it really!”

Veronica Samuels of New Jersey, USA writes:
“At the beginning of March, I wrote about how plans had changed and that I would be having a C-section for the first time to birth my second child: The C Word.

So, I did have the C-section and lived to tell about it!  Deep breaths.  I kept taking them all during the surgery to relax myself, and I think this helped.  The anesthesiologist said he could give me something for anxiety after the baby was born and the surgery continued. I refused it, and I think I owe it all to those deep breaths!

I still got to kiss my baby on the head right away when she was born, and before I knew it (I don’t even remember the waiting already), my baby and I were reunited.  What shocked me the most about the C-section was how surprised I was to have energy the next day to look after my baby.  I wasn’t able to get up and do the diaper changes, but I was able to hold and feed her, and I had clarity in my head. I remember being sooooo exhausted after having my first vaginally.  Also, I lost a lot of blood with my first pregnancy, so I was down iron, and it took me much longer to have strength the first time around.

I also couldn’t have recovered so well without the help of my mother-in-law who stayed with us for the first month after birth. She is a saint!  🙂

My little girl arrived on March 3rd at 6 lbs 15 oz!  She’s over 2 months old now.  Looking back, it really didn’t matter how I gave birth.  Birthing is such a short blip of time in the grand scheme of things. The important part is that I have another child to love and take care of, and she’s just as wonderful as her big sis. I love being a mom!”

DC Blogmama of Washington, DC, USA writes:
“My first (and sole) post (so far) was about my daughter’s birth Starting From the Beginning and now we’re less than a month away from her 2nd birthday…and trying to conceive baby number 2.  Pretty neat.  Other things have changed since her birth and in the last month or so from when I wrote about it and I’d like to think/hope it’s all for the better.  Not to be cryptic but it might make more sense if I ever get around to writing about some of the other developments.”

The Alchemist of India writes:
“My first post was about dealing with glasses for my son:  In the Eyeglasses of the Beholder.

It seems like so long ago for us.  He is coping great with it as always.  My son wears his glasses like a second skin and feels no discomfort physically or emotionally.  Everything seems normal, casual and just natural.  Life goes on and we all have adapted beautifully.  That’s perhaps God’s best gift to humanity. Human beings, adapting to change and embracing it brilliantly.”

Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“Back in January I posted Privacy, PLEASE!.  As hard as it is to do, I have been locking the door when I really want some quiet time in the bathroom.  I have also switched from taking showers in the morning, before work, to taking them in the evening before bedtime (after the girls are asleep).  Now it truly feels like “me” time – my showers are in privacy, unrushed, uninterrupted and relaxing – my new perfect way to end the day!”  

Have you read a prior World Moms Blog post that you learned something new from, or that prompted you to do or change something?  Tell us about it!  

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at wmbsidebareditor@gmail.com to see what they have to say.

Come back and visit us on Sunday to check out where our writers will take you next week!   

– World Moms Blog

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