Ok, so maybe it's a lot about me. It feels like I'm about to run into a crowded room without any clothes on but I guess that's what being out of your comfort zone feels like 😨
Who am I?
My name is Pam and I live in Melbourne with my husband and two children, Olivia, 3 and William, 1. Before having children I worked as a Marketing Manager for an Education Technology Company. Once I became a mum, I knew that I didn't want to go back to work and be away from my daughter. This was as much a shock to me as it was to anyone else because leading up to my pregnancy I was never the 'oh, there's a baby, I want to give them a cuddle' kind of person. Safe to say becoming a mum changed my life and my personality more than I could have ever imagined.
Thankfully I didn't place expectations on myself about the type of birth I would have or whether I would breastfeed or bottle feed. I'm not sure if that was because I am such a procrastinator that I didn't want to make the decision or if I was so focused on everything going well that I forgot about the details 🙈
I suffered with extreme anxiety during both of my pregnancies because I was so worried about my unborn children. After what felt like an eternity, I was blessed to give birth naturally without complications both times and went on to breastfeed both children well into their second year. Although this has been my journey, I don't have strong opinions about the type of birth people should have or the way people feed as I believe that each mother does what is right for themselves and their child.
After having Olivia I started Towelling Stories to bring our unique Apron-style Baby Towel and other products to new mums and dads to make their lives easier. This is not the reason that I have started this blog but I wanted to be transparent about the fact that I do have a small business and this is what helps me to stay home with my children as well as my supportive husband.
In general, I would like to think of my parenting style as a gentle attachment type. One example of this would be that I cuddled and rocked both kids to sleep until I felt that it was safe to co-sleep with them because I could not bare the thought of them crying themselves to sleep. Now some nights we have what we refer to as a family bed, it's a little cramped but I wouldn't have it any other way 😍
Why am I blogging?
I have wanted to start a blog for a little while now to share my thoughts about the things that come up in day to day mum life. From mum guilt to sleep problems to staying true to yourself no matter what everyone around you is telling you, I want to be a voice of reason for mums and dads out there and help people in whatever way I can from my own experiences.
I am hoping to write an article at least once a month and welcome any suggestions for topics as well as guest bloggers if you are a blogger yourself. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on my articles, even if you disagree (tastefully of course!). You can leave feedback by commenting on my posts, direct message me on Instagram or Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm not sure where I hope for the blog to be in 3 or 6 months time, I'm honestly just happy that I have finally started it. If I can help and make a difference to at least one mum or dads day that will be enough for me.
Can't wait to share more with you,
Image credit: Studio Hortenzia
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Any time he would wake through the night, I would feed him back to sleep, until one day it was not having the same effect. After a few months of waking multiple times through the night and halfheartedly trying to resist feeding him, I made the tough decision to night wean. I was exhausted and knew that it had to be done for his sake and mine.
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