Blogging and I Can’t Sleep

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  I blog because…
And next week’s sentence to finish: ”…………..”

I needed to know I wasn’t alone.

When I first started blogging MANY years ago it was dedicated to my dog, Balboa. He was a puppy back then and it was from his point of view. There were many doggy mom and dad blogs and we all supported each other. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google Plus were NOT part of blogging. After my son was born, I started blogging about being a mom. That lasted for a few months, but it was all too much for me. I liked it, but didn’t really have a niche, didn’t know who I was.

When I was laid off my from teaching job a few years ago, I was scared, frustrated, and alone. I needed to vent and possibly look for work. I thought if I started blogging, I could make money, write books, sell products. Soon I just liked blogging, even after I got hired back, got laid off again, and then was hired by a similar company.

Now I find peace in knowing that…
some moms of only children also share my concerns
some moms of boys are scared by their wild little men, but also cherish their sons spirits and joy that the bond between a boy and his mom is like no other. some moms have toys all over and sometimes clutter and it’s okay
some moms cry, whine, drink wine, eat chocolate, or hide in the bathroom to make it through tough moments, we are only human
some moms have been through horrific moments, events, and periods and they made it through
some moms have been though infertility and are blessed with a miracle, while others are still praying to God for theirs
some moms work outside the home, some work at home, and others stay at home, in the end we ALL love and cherish our kids
some moms have partners that don’t help out at home and some do
some moms rock at cooking/backing, others rock at photography, others rock at art and crafts, others rock at singing…and we ALL rock at being moms

I could go on forever, but the point is I LOVE not being alone. I love knowing that whatever I write, I will be supported and understood. I know I will support, empathize, and understand other moms. I know we are all working hard to raise our kids in a scary world and want the best for them.

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention…this is the important one)…HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, May 24th: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Brooke (@HallBro) from Brooke and Michael, Scott (@ThisDaddys_Blog) from This Daddy’s Blog, and yours truly for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so follow me on Twitter (@5crookedhalos) and/or like my Facebook page and watch for my Thursday shout out plea for questions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. Do you wake before the alarm or stay in bed until the last possible second? I am usually up about fifteen minutes before my alarm goes off, then I can’t go back to sleep, it’s just impossible for me. I lay in bed and try to relax. When I do get up, I get UP AND GO, I have no choice. I have to get ready for work and get Dino all set for his morning.

2. Who should get a baby shower? Is it just the first baby or all babies? In my opinion, just the first baby…but I would never tell anyone they couldn’t have a shower or criticize them for it. If our fate was different and we had a second child, I wouldn’t have a shower. I am sure we’d be sent gifts and clothes, but I’d use what we already have on hand. By the second baby, I would know what I needed and didn’t need and wouldn’t want too much clutter or junk.

I think instead of second showers, moms should get fresh cooked meals delivered to their house and monthly packages of diapers and wipes. That makes a great gift for a second baby, heck even a first baby.

3. How will you spend Memorial Day? Relaxing at home and trying to keep son busy. Maybe, walk around town, catch the parade, have a picnic if the weather is nice.

4. Do you have a Storm/Hurricane/Tornado/Fire plan for your kids, house..? Yes and NO. I have some things in a bag for an emergency. I need to restock and organize it. We have an OLD basement in the apartment we rent and it is NOT safe to stay down there. In an emergency, we could run down there to avoid being blown away or crushed. I’d rather hang in our bathtub with a mattress over my head, but that’s just me.

5. What is your favorite morning drink? Hmmmm, I guess it would be coffee, with flavored creamer. Before that I NEED to drink water to really wake me up.


32 responses to “Blogging and I Can’t Sleep

  1. You know as a teacher who got excessed, I too felt a bit alone at first and do very much agree that blogging has a way of making one feel less alone and can totally relate to you on that. And just so glad that I have met you through blogging. Thanks so much for linking up with us again, Karen!! 🙂

    • (((HUGS))) Yes, all the wonderful people I have met through blogging is more support and bonding than I could have imagined.

  2. You are definitely not alone, Karen. Not in this supportive community – we’re always up in everyone’s business! Have a great weekend, my friend.

  3. Here’s to drinking wine and occasionally crying in the closet. Blogging has been amazing for me in not feeling alone.

    • they did it in the MOMS club I used to be a part of, but I didn’t join till after Dino was a year old. I was able to make meals for a few moms…it felt good.

  4. a dog blog?! damn! I missed that phase (I started probably a little too late for that style of blog*)… our first dog, Ola would have been a natural for a blog.
    As to the ‘not alone’ thing, I think I get that… and for me it is more the echoes and reflections that I get from others (in response to my Posts and my Comments) that are sufficient for me to know that this is all worthwhile.

    *I did write a couple of Hubs on our present dog, Una

    • yes, feedback is quite important to your blog, thanks for stopping by. What’s your link, I’d like to check out your blog.

  5. I feel the exact same way. When I first had my daughter, I thought I was screwing up everything untilI decided to write about how I was feeling. I found someone who was a young mom just like me and the rest is history. Now that I have a wonderful community of women who are imperfectly imperfect just like me, I am a better mom! I’m Jennice visiting from #SITSsharefest

    • yes, knowing we great just the way we are and not alone makes all the difference in the world. Thanks for stopping by, I don’t see your link, but I’d like to stop by your blog

  6. I love that you blogged from your dog’s point of view. That must have been fun. 🙂
    I agree with you, blogging is such a wonderful thing where we can express ourselves and someone, somewhere will say ‘I know’ or ‘Me too!’

    • yes, you nailed it on the head. We can all relate to someone else, feel connected, feel supported. Yes, it’s always fun to write from my dog and son’s POV

  7. I’ve found the same kind of support and that “I’m not alone” feeling. It really has been a blessing. And then it got me through some rough moments after we adopted our daughter a year ago. That feeling of complete exhaustion, being overwhelmed, and not having a clue what to do next. I felt that writing about my struggles was cathartic and hoped that maybe others could benefit from it.

  8. You are so right about our kids, when I read your posts I always think that. I think a lot of us mom’s of Boys especially blog because being a mom of a boy is different. We are not boys! We don’t understand the yelling, noisemaking, clomping, stomping, zooming. It’s easier when we get that aha! wait! all boys are that way!

    • YES YES YES, I feel so much better about all the craziness of raising a boy when I know other boys are the same! ((HUGS))

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