Reminding myself why I blog

This week has been rather challenging. Both Rosalie and I have had bad colds, and on Monday morning all I really felt like doing was burying my head in my pillow, hiding under the duvet and having another few hours of sleep. But motherhood had other plans for me.

There are no lie-ins or days off when you’re a mummy, you’re always on, always needed and always relied upon. To be honest I wouldn’t have it any other way, but there are those rare occasions when just a few moments of alone time wouldn’t go amiss.

When Rosalie has a cold, she doesn’t slow down, play calmly or want to snuggle, she is still her usual boisterous self, but with added cranky and bucketfuls of snot!

So this week, come 8pm when she is nestled in her cot and I blow her those last kisses goodnight as I pull up the door, I have breathed a huge sigh of relief that I can finally curl up under a blanket, drink tea and do nothing…

…except that I have dozens of draft blog posts I want to finish, I have freelance work to complete, a marketing plan to work on, and five half-started books on my kindle I want to read.

Then I thought, ok, so I have to work, but blogging and reading, they’re for pleasure. Somehow in my cold-fuddled state, blogging had become a chore that I had to do, rather than something I wanted to do. So here I am, writing a post to remind myself why I blog, to help me now, and for such times in the future when I inevitably have a similar wobble and need reminding!

I blog for Rosalie. I blog so that we don’t forget anything – the fun times, the celebrations, the ordinary moments and the extraordinary achievements – I want to remember it all. I know my blog isn’t radical, it isn’t ground-breaking, I’m not saying anything new and I don’t make people laugh, but it is honest, from the heart and a series of memories that I will be able to share with my daughter when she is bigger.

R on the swing

I’m blogging for you baby girl xxx

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  • Reply
    Vickie Rich
    January 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Oh Jess I'm so sorry that you've been unwell and that you've had this blog wobble! I think we all have them from time to time, I know I do, and you're so right to remind yourself just why you're doing it. R is the best reason ever!

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    Jess Eliot
    January 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Vickie, good to know it's not just me. It's just been one of those weeks… and talk of the devil, she's awake from her nap! x

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    January 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Sorry to hear you have been poorly (I'm so glad thats it's not only my son who's still boisterous when ill!) Such a fab post and one that I can relate to very well! I started my blog for Oliver and I really need to remember that when I get stressed that I have forgotten a linky etc

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    Jess Eliot
    January 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Ha ha, sounds like R and O would get on like a house on fire! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who loses their blogging way sometimes; not making a linky is definitely not something we should stress about. Thanks for reading and commenting Becky xx

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    January 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

    That's the best reason for blogging and the core reason most of us blog when it comes down to it – I hope R's feeling better soon!

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    Jess Eliot
    January 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I guess I just need reminding from time to time. Your blog is so lovely Carie, I don't know how you find the time to make it so with three little ones to look after! x

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    Jenna Richards
    January 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Oh my goodness – this is EXACTLY how I've been feeling the last week or so. Ill and exhausted but can't stop because my baby doesn't stop either. Blogging has felt like chore just lately and has made me question why I do it. I feel like I have to keep up with everyone else (who is seemingly able to blog every day of the week) which is silly because I do it for Jasmine. That's the reason I started. No point getting myself burnt out over it, it's supposed to be fun.

    I really hope you're feeling better soon. *big hugs*

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    Jess Eliot
    January 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Sorry you've been ill and also feeling the same way re blogging Jenna. I love writing, but I have no idea how people manage to find the time to blog every single day. Your blog is fab and it will be lovely for Jasmine to see when she's bigger – she won't care how often you posted or whether you missed the odd linky or two ๐Ÿ™‚

    Feel better soon – Happy Days tomorrow! Jess x

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    Katy F
    February 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    You blog for us too lovely- we all love your blog. Sorry you have been ill, we have it in our house too, totally pants isn't it x

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    Jess Eliot
    February 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you Katy, that's so kind of you to say. Seems like everyone has the lurgy at the moment, it's rubbish. Hope you guys feel better soon x

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    Martin Ricky
    May 5, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Staying on top of your blog is always a tough task. And remembering why we became bloggers always fades in and out! But as long as you keep enjoying yourself there is no pressure to continuously post daily. Keep up the good work!

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