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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Well, here goes!

In the past few months, I've started reading more and more mommy blogs. None that are on particular topics. Some are written by working mamas, some by SAHMs. Some are written by mommies battling depression, some by moms fighting the good fight against the dreaded baby weight. Some are written by moms going through the adoption process, some by mommies dealing with the struggles of raising preemies, and most by mamas raising just your "average" kid.

Although it may seem like I have nothing in common with many of these bloggers, that isn't the case. We have one very strong common link ... we're all moms. We all know what it's like to have our hearts walking around outside of our bodies. We know what it's like to love someone more than you could ever imagine, even when that someone requires your attention every minute of every day. Thoughts about poop, diapers, pureed food, weaning, and teething consume our days. It can be frustrating to have these new things to focus on, to feel overwhelmed by the pressures of succeeding at motherhood, to feel a sense of loss of a former self. That's why I've enjoyed reading mommy blogs lately. To read about other women experiencing the highs and lows of motherhood, get new ideas about raising kids and being a mom, and to reiterate the fact that I am certainly not alone on this journey.

So, great, I like to read mommy blogs. Why am I starting one of my own? Because my family is experiencing some changes in life and I feel like I will need an outlet for my feelings as we embark on our journey. My hubby has accepted a new job in Florida. Sounds great right? Leaving behind cold, snowy Michigan for the warm, sunny beaches of Florida. But it's just not that simple. Hubby and I have lived in Michigan for our entire lives. We are very close to our families and see them often. The thought of leaving them is not only sad, but scary. They have been such great help, not only with our son, but with life in general. Their love and support is invaluable. We are leaving behind everything we've ever known to build a new life for ourselves. While the life we leave behind has been wonderful for us, we look forward to the new opportunities that will present themselves to us.

I look forward to writing about our experiences in this blog. My hope is that it will not only be an outlet for me, but that it will be a way to keep our families updated on our life in Florida. And if my experiences can help another mom get through a big move in her life, like the mom blogs I read have helped me through motherhood thus far, that will be an added bonus!
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I write for me. 100%. BUT it definitely makes my day when someone tells me that they enjoy reading my blog. Or that they hate it. Whatev.

So don't spare me your words of wisdom, encouragement, or mindless babble. I enjoy it all :)