I did a LOT of blogging in 2016. 115 posts to be exact. And I loved writing every single one of them! So I thought I’d do a little round up of my top 5 most popular posts and my favourite posts of 2016.
Most popular posts
In the summer I wrote a list of local attractions to take Alfie to – it got a fantastic response after I shared it on a few local mum groups. So many people said that they had downloaded the spreadsheet and used it over the summer for ideas of where to go. Hopefully I will do another one this year too!
This was a tongue in cheek post written about all those parenting things I’d swore I’d never do when I had my own baby. How things change when they’re actually here!
I think this post resonated with a lot of people which is why it was so popular. It was one of those posts that I wrote straight from the heart and posted immediately after writing, otherwise I never would have posted it at all! It made me realise how much I was struggling and how sometimes you just need to admit it and accept some help.
Ah, a breastfeeding debate! Doesn’t everyone loved one of those?! Unfortunately it was Jamie Oliver who came under fire this time for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I wrote a post with my thoughts on the matter.
This post was written for National Cesarean Awareness Week. It’s very personal but really helped me come to terms with the way my labour went.
1. Baby Love
This is my birth story post and the first post I wrote in 2016. I only recently read it again and love that I have a reminder of what I went through. I think it’s important to share the good and the bad of labour as it’s not something that will always go to plan. I am definitley someone who loves reading a postitive story, but sometimes those with a less positive outcome need to share their stories too. It’s not to scare people, or to worry anyone, it’s just to show that this is what happened, it was shit, but we got through it.
2. Alfie’s first birthday
I wrote a few posts surrounding Alfie’s first birthday, and I love them all! Getting to one year of being a mum felt like a huge milestone for me, and I wrote about how I felt about it all. We threw a lovely Teddy Bear’s Picnic themed party for Alfie the day before he turned one, and invited all our family and a few of his baby friends. I know some people might think having a party for a baby is a waste of time, but we all thoroughly enjoyed it. For us, it was about making memories. The same goes for his cake smash photoshoot! This is a relatively new “trend” but one I was happy to jump on board with. We did it DIY in the garden and the end results were fantastic! I’d definitely do it again.
3. Real Nappy Week
Looking back at these posts has made me realise how much I miss cloth nappies! Now Alfie’s at nursery full time, I don’t have the time to keep up with the washing, so to save space I’ve packed them away for when we have baby no.2. But I really enjoyed writing these posts for Real Nappy Week last year. I did 5 in total: the pros and cons of cloth, why I use cloth, what you need to get started, my favourite brands and a step by step construction of how to stuff a nappy!
When I went back to work, I decided to start this series to document all the fun we had at the weekend. Being a full time mum is hard, and it’s important to me to spend quality time with Craig and Alfie on my days off, and not get stuck doing chores all weekend. We’ve done so much in the past 6 months, it’s been pretty easy to keep this up and document our times to treasure every week.
5. A letter to my pregnant friend
When a very close friend of mine announced her pregnancy, I couldn’t be happier for her. But I remember being pregnant is a hard time and you have lots of questions, so I wrote this letter with her in mind to offer some helpful advice. I mostly loved writing it because I was so pleased to have a reason to write it!
So there we have it – my most popular posts and my personal favourites. I’ve had a bit of a blogging funk so far this year, and not had a lot of inspiration, so this has reminded me that I have a lot to write, and to just get back out there and write what I want!
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