Sydney Danielle Lough 3/11/07

Sydney Danielle Lough  3/11/07
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Flashback Friday

NaBloPoMo Day 7
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I have recently come across a new blog: BlogMommas. As I get closer to delivering, I am starting to look for the "mom blogs" so I can somehow mysteriously learn how to be a mom! Blog Mommas hosts a meme called Flashback Friday. I thought I would post on it today. (I am home sick- I don't know if I finally succumbed to the dreaded stomach bug that has been fluttering all around me since last Friday or if it is my body's rebellion to the unnatural amount of sugar I ingested yesterday- but the result is the same!)

Today's Flashback Friday topic: What made you start blogging?

I started blogging in April of 2007. We had just lost Sydney and I was still at home recovering (on so many levels). I needed some way to cope with all of the emotions surging through me. We had changed so much in the previous month! We had gone from two parents sitting in a hospital room talking about baby registries and showers and how crazy we were for being parents to two parents completely lost and devastated, trying to figure out how the sun could rise another day!

One thing we had come to realize was that we needed to buckle down and really figure out who God is and how He interacts in our lives as Christians. As someone who had grown up in the church, I had never really had any struggles to test my faith...well I certainly caught up with a life's worth in a few short hours! While we still had our faith, it was drastically different. I wanted a way to explore that feeling and journey.

Another thing we learned was how precious a single day can be. We had our daughter with us a short 16 1/2 hours. Had I known then what I know now, they would have been hard-pressed to keep me out of that NICU- fever or not! But, I can't look back with "what ifs" or I would go crazy. But I could look forward. I wanted a way to keep in touch with friends and family. I wanted to be able to document what was going on in life so I would not forget. I wanted to make each day count for something. Blogging seemed like a good step in that direction.

Also, I was home a lot by myself and I needed something to keep me occupied or I would have gone crazy!

Over the past year, my blogging has been inconsistent, at time blogging daily, at times not blogging once in a month! I have had to realize that blogging is there to serve a purpose for me and not to rule me. I can't feel bad when life gets too crazy for me to blog...but it has made me take notice of what kinds of things are getting in the way of blogging and has helped me continually reevaluate my priorities.

I have thought about trying to make money with my blog and about ways to increase my readership. But, I have come down to this. I want to enjoy blogging. And as long as I do, I will continue to do it. When it becomes too stressful or not fun any more, I will stop. Right now, I am having too much fun!

So, feel free to look around a little bit. Peruse my archives and label cloud. Let me know what you think! Is there something you would like to hear more about? Something you don't like? Suggestions? Compliments? I love those :) I would love to hear from you!

You can read more about my blogging here. Click the banner for more Flashback Friday at BlogMommas!

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9 comments:

Rebecca said...

I am so glad you joined in - welcome to BlogMommas!!!

I don't know what words to say about the loss of Sydney, I can't even begin to imagine that. I admire your strength in this post and the courage in blogging it.

Blogging can be such a healing process. My son has Autism and I have talked on my vairous blogs about that and about dealing with it and it is serious therapy for me.

Congratulations on the baby to come - and don't worry about learning to be a mom, you already are. :)

Happy Friday!
:)
Becki@BlogMommas

Ali said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Your honesty is remarkable. Much love to you and your family. God Bless.

Ali said...

Oh, and congrats on your baby-to-be. I also see you are a PT - I start therapy (I think) next week. I broke my ankle 6 weeks ago and I underwent surgery 5 1/2 weeks ago. I am SO ready to have a PT in my life because I am SO ready to have my life back. Chasing a 7month old on my crutches isn't really working!

Jennifer said...

Wow, Thank you for sharing:) I do not know what it is like to lose a baby, but mother hood is great:) Happy to see your new little one will be here soon. Feel free to stop by and ask me any question:) My son is 17 months and we are going to try soon for another.

Thanks for leaving me a comment today I love them

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the encouragement! This blog has been really therapeutic for me!

Sandi said...

Love you, Tiffany.

HeatherY said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can't even begin to imagine what you have been through. I love blogging because it is nice to be able to talk about what I am going through but also because I love connecting with other bloggers. If I didn't enjoy it, it wouldn't be worth it. Plus my husband travels a lot so it gives me some people to chat with at night!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Ali said...

Thanks for your advice. I'm going to struggle with #2 - don't do too much. With a 7mo. old at home, I am so ready to pick him up and take care of him, something that I haven't been able to do easily since I broke my ankle. I'm definitely one of those stubborn patients who thinks I know what's good for me. I'll be saying lots of prayers for my PT because I imagine that I'll frustrate him/her. But I am really going to try and slow down and be patient. Ugh - patience, definitely not my strong suit. Okay, gonna have to trust the Lord with that one too. Anyway, thanks again for your input!

Andrea @ Mommy Snacks said...

Thanks for stopping by my place!

I can't even imagine what it is like to lose a baby - what a precious little angel too!! It hurts me to see that she's not with you and I literally just saw her so I can't even imagine!

Our youngest son had surgery when he was 5 months and that was horrific for us (we knew he had a kidney issue when we were 20 weeks pregnant - so it was like waiting forever). Praise God he is healed now and I'm thankful for his plan - so much better than my own.

I hope your pregnancy now continues to go as expected! As you know, they are blessings from above!