I was reminded recently that it was about a year ago when Jen asked if I fancied writing some articles about motherhood. I had never seen or read a blog before, and never thought that I would be able to write one but I tried, and I got hooked!
I just read the first article I ever wrote – and though I recognise everything I wrote, it still feels like a different me and a different time.
I had only been back to work for a couple of months after maternity leave and I was just getting used to this new ‘reality’ – and here I am, a year later, and this is reality now. Both my husband and I are working full-time and the wee lad is in nursery and he seems to enjoy it as he gets to run around as much as he likes. My husband takes him to nursery in the morning, and I pick him up in the afternoon, and we seem to have found some sort of a routine that works, for now at least.
A year feels like a very long time ago, and a lot of things have happened this past year. The wee lad’s first Christmas, and first birthday, first step, first word – a lot of ‘firsts!” Quite a bit of traveling as well to see family abroad, and I must say that flying now is more challenging than flying when he was a little baby! I also started to find myself again, and started to feel more like the me I used to be (all though I will never be the same again!)
There also have been a couple of disappointments this year – miscarriages, and in a way that makes us appreciate the little miracle that we do have in our wee lad even more.
The ‘me’ from a year ago would surely look at the ‘me’ now and think that she knows what she is doing.
A working mother of an (almost) two-year old wee lad. Surely she has everything under control, no more worries, no more questions… And yes I have quite a bit of experience now, but everyday there are more questions, more things to learn, and whenever I think that I know what I am doing the wee lad will think of something else to challenge me – he does like to keep me on my toes!
I am just starting to realise that I will probably never feel like I know what I am doing, that is just the way I am.
It gets easier and I get slightly less stressed about things, such as dinner, if the wee lad doesn’t want any dinner one day I now know by experience that he will be OK, and that he is likely to eat more the next day. So even though there are new challenges I have learned by experience that things will be OK in the end.
How have things changed for you in the past year? What have your blogging and/or mothering journeys been like?
This is an original World Moms Blog post by Asta Burrows in Oslo, Norway. Asta can be found on her Facebook Page or on Twitter @AstaBurrows.
The photograph used in this post was taken by the author.
Asta, you look cool… 🙂 I have always looked at you with the Alps at the BG… this face to your name is really cool 😀
So much has changed for me in this one year. This is my first year as a SAHM and I should tell you, I never knew time flying faster.
Love your post! It has got me thinking 🙂
Well I must admit that I am not always walking in the mountains… My biggest adventures now a days is a trip to a cafe for nice latte 🙂
This post made me cry! I love the looking back you have done and the internal realizations of how different and experienced you’ve become.
AWESOME picture, too!! 🙂
One year, wow. My firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail inbox is overflowing every day now. A year ago, I would bounce on any e-mail in my in-box! We’re beginning to run social good and human rights stories, and I love that. I’ve made so many interesting international mom friends through the blog. My motherhood experience has DEFINITELY been enriched by you all!!
Jen, I just find it amazing that it has been a year – it has flown by, but at the same time so much has happened, both in my personal life, and on this blog – I feel so proud to be even just a tiny part of this!
Bra gjort, Asta!
Jo takk, jeg prøver så godt jeg kan 🙂
I have been a mom for 21+ years now and I have to say I still don’t know what the heck I am doing sometimes.
Jen-you should be really proud of what this blog has become.
Asta you look fabulous! 🙂 Your posts are always talks about interesting topics that sparks great discussion.
For me it’s been an amazing year too on my blog. I would’ve never guessed I’d be part of such fantastic ladies from around the globe here. Thanks Jen! Thanks all the team that works the magic here on WMB 🙂
What a great thought provoking post Asta (and photo I might add). So much has changed fr me in the past year. I went from having a newborn and a toddler to a toddler and a little man. I reduced my work schedule to only work 4 days a week. I started writing for WMB…. I started writing, period (I was never much of a writer, and have found this to be a very interesting outlet, esp with such a group of amazing women). Thanks for allowing me to reminisce!
Beautiful picture, Asta.
I think one year always changes us, mothers. No matter if we are mothers only for 1 year, 5 or 20 and no matter to how many kids… . We always learn more, experience something new. Having children brings so many ways to evolve as a human being (mentaly mostly)… .
Catching up on WMB today…love your post and your great pic! That past year has been a whirlwind as son #2 became a toddler and we left baby-life behind. I am now frantically chasing 2 boys around but loving it. And while I feel like I have the hang of things for the time being, I know they will shift into a new phase and I will be back to bumbling. Cheers to the growth we’ve had in the past year and cheers to the year to come with all its new adventures!