One Year and 100 Posts
I missed my one year blog birthday last week. Happy Birthday, Science of Mom!
AND this little post here is my 100th post! I get nervous every time I press the “Publish” button, so I’m proud that I found the courage to do it 100 times in the last year.
One of the greatest things about writing regularly – whether in a journal, a baby book, or for a wider audience – is that it offers the chance to marvel at how much has changed over time. In the last year, BabyC has grown in ways that simply blow my mind. But that’s true of all children, and there are tangible milestones for evidence – physical size, motor skills, language, etc. Compare a couple of photos, and her growth is obvious:
My growth as a mother and as a writer has come more slowly and in more nuanced ways. Through struggling to put an intense emotion into words, I have come to know myself better. In fumbling to translate a scientific journal article to something accessible and relevant, I have come to appreciate how much skill this requires. In describing my parenting challenges, I have better-defined the kind of parent I want to be. Writing this blog has been a lifesaver for me in the past year. It has given me a creative and intellectual outlet while BabyC napped. Most importantly, it has given me the opportunity to connect with you all and to enjoy smart conversation with thoughtful parents. Thank you all for reading and commenting and making this year of parenting less isolating and more interesting. Thank you.
My family will be going through some transitions this fall. I will be teaching two college courses – both of them new to me – and BabyC will be spending some time either at a childcare center or with a babysitter in our home. I’m not sure how blogging will fit into all of this, but I want to keep writing. I may have less time to write research-based posts. I may write more about nutrition, since this is the topic of one of the courses I will be teaching. I may write about the eternal quest for balance of work and home satisfaction, which will certainly be shifted during these changes in our family. We’ll just have to see how much time I can squeeze in for blogging and what inspires me.
Since this is a both a milestone and a time of transition for me, I thought I would poll you all to see why you read my blog. Do you come here for the science? For the more personal posts? Because you have a child close in age to BabyC? What drew you to this blog, and what keeps you coming back? Is there something that you’d like to see more of? I love writing these posts, but to be honest, I’m not sure I would do it if I didn’t think anyone was listening. It is really my relationship with you – especially the comments and the emails and the little thumbs up on Facebook – that keep bringing me back to this chair to write. I appreciate you all, and I’d love to hear what you think.