Cheers! My Blog is officially 1 year old today! AND it’s my 100th post! I celebrated last night on a date night with Daddy O. Here I am toasting myself with a cucumber, cilantro vodka concoction.
We had the most amazing tapas! It was the perfect meal for an end of summer evening to dine al fresco and sample bits of this & that (without committing to one HUGE entree). This savory waffle with smoked gouda and chives topped with chicken asparagus and mushrooms was so pretty I HAD to take a picture before devouring it. Tell me I’m not the only one who takes pictures of my food…c’mon!
Reflecting on Go Mama O’s first year, I would say that I have learned a lot this past year. One of my earliest posts, Top 5 Things I Learned from my Kids, still holds true even one year later, and I’m STILL learning to be a more patient parent.
In this past year, I met some helpful fellow moms along the way – including a sweet elderly woman at a grocery store. Gained a contract job that I did while my son napped and my daughter watched all episodes of Wonder Pets on Netflix. I job hunted & got rejected several times before finding the right fit. In the meantime, I learned to slow down more and enjoy many million dollar moments of parenting.
I am most proud of times when I gave up control a bit and empowered others to make a “good choice.” When potty training my daughter, I ultimately told her that SHE WAS IN CHARGE of her pee-s and poops. I mistakenly gave her too much free reign on one toilet session, and paid for it dearly, so much so that I had to call in for back-up.
This aforementioned incident aside, I started to realize that this parenting thing DOES get easier as your kids grow older and slowly more independent.
Come April, I had landed a part-time marketing job that continues to be a good balance of work & parenting. A few job related posts:
We have mostly overcome issues with growling, survived a cross-country road-trip, and I’m adjusting to the dinnertime rush on my workdays. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come (and my family too) in this past year. For all the stress and worry that I felt one year ago, I wish I would have just RELAXED more because everything did work out for the best.
Thank you so much to the many fellow blog-friends, and my readers, who may relate to or simply enjoy my mom / work / cheese obsession / travel posts. I look forward to celebrating more Blog Birthdays with you in the future!
Any feedback, suggestions, or thoughts on topics that I write about? I’d love to hear from you! Do you frequently look back at old posts and think about how life has changed since then?