This week I’ve realised just how different this pregnancy is to when I was carrying Frog. It’s not the fact I’m far more knackered, already having a young child to run around after and juggling motherhood with work and general life stuff. It’s the fact I now blog.
Without wanting to sound like a total blogging cliche, starting this blog has had a huge effect on my life. I’ve learned new skills, made new friends (real life friends who I see and spend time with – not just Twitter mates!) and managed to gain new freelance work from it too. Who knew, when I trained to be a journalist 8 years ago that blogging would become a valid string to my freelance bow?!
When I was pregnant with Frog I did all the usual things: went to an antenatal class, Googled stuff about pregnancy, got excited about buying baby clothes. This time, I’m doing all that and more. As well as the odd Facebook status update (sorry non-pregnant friends – I know, I’m a baby bore) I have this pregnancy documented good and proper.
I have more photos of the bump than I ever had with Frog. My thoughts, feelings, gripes and rants are laid bare for all to see. And, most importantly, I’ve connected with a whole range of other mums who are also expecting – a bonus I really never predicted when I started this little linky seven weeks ago.
This is where I want to say thank you to Chelle at Unique and Chic for her little messages of support over the past few weeks. Whether it’s a quick “How are you feeling today?” or a “Don’t forget to put your feet up at some point!” Chelle has regularly been on hand via the medium of Facebook and Twitter with a kind thought. She’s also put together an inspired idea for a bump secret santa type present swap, which shows she is kind AND incredibly organised.
Finally, if you’re feeling huge and pregnant and in need of a laugh, I urge you to read this post by Amy Ransom. It captures perfectly the last stage of pregnancy: denial. So pleased to see it’s not just me!
If you’d like to join the #BlogBumpClub it couldn’t be easier. Simply link up your latest pregnancy post below and grab the badge to display on your own blog. You’ll find a lovely welcoming community of expectant bloggers ready to read your post and nod along with cankle empathy. Plus, we’re all in the same boat and promise not to call you a baby bore.
You can also join the chat on Twitter by tweeting with the hashtag #BlogBumpClub (I’m @mollyjforbes over there).