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Benefits of Blogging; Reading the Archives

I started this blog thinking that it would be quite a nice record of my son’s development and a documentation of our life. I knew that I would enjoy writing it, but I never thought that the archives of my blog would be a source of comfort for me. I was reading the blogs I wrote when we first brought Henry home and how much I struggled in those early days. I’m not saying it’s easy now, it will never be easy again, but it isn’t a struggle anymore and I have really learnt so much. If I could give any advice to new parents that are worried about their ability to parent, it would be this; don’t stress about every little thing, and don’t think it will be like that forever. Babies, like adults, have good and bad days, and even one bad week doesn’t mean the next week you won’t be walking around town in the sunshine with your baby cooing gently, playing with his hands and making you smile. It doesn’t get easier, but it gets better. And far more rewarding.

I wish I could tell the me of five months ago these things. I wouldn’t have felt so guilty for asking for help when I needed it, and I would have enjoyed it a lot more! And my little bundle of gorgeousness is thriving, and I’m sure he still would be, whether I worried so much or not.

There is a lesson to be learnt here. One of many I’ve discovered since undertaking the most eventful, exciting and beautiful journey of my life.

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My First Library Card

I signed Henry up to the library, and re-registered myself after the stolen/missing purse incident of 2009. He has a really cute little card with a picture of Elmer the elephant on the front and his name on the back.

I want Henry to enjoy books like I did. I was the one in the class that needed a new reading list book about three times as often as everybody else just because I filled it up so quickly. I used to be like Matilda, just not a genius with magical abilities and my parents always encouraged my reading.

I hope, with my support, he learns to love the written word too. And I guess he can borrow my Kindle…