This blog is five years old

This blog is five years old today. I wish I had a milestone card for that.

This blog is five years old_ghostwritemrummy.co.uk

Five years ago I sat in my kitchen and realised that something had to change. I’d spent much of the day in tears, re-living The School Boy’s birth. It was ten months on, he was a lovely warm, happy, sleeping baby with eyes so blue and a wide smile… and yet I still could not talk about what happened without some kind of cold dread pulling me down. A couple of months previously I’d been to my GP to ask for help and had been sent away again to ‘think about antidepressants’. I already knew I wasn’t depressed (PTSD is often misdiagnosed after birth) but I knew I needed something. An outlet. A way to work through what I was feeling. A way to re-gather my strength, lest I fall apart completely.

So i started this blog. I forget what was the final push. But here we are.

I wrote my son’s birth story and was amazed that people got in touch to say that it had moved them, they understood, I wasn’t alone.

I wrote about his reflux and the tough journey we found ourselves on for the first time.

I wrote about discovering I was pregnant again

and ended up blogging my way through for iVillage UK.

I wrote about the fun we’ve had as a family- messy play, sensory play and days out.

This blog is five years old_ghostwritemrummy.co.uk

I wrote about my feelings towards birth trauma, and setting up Maternity Matters.

I wrote about my pregnancy with Elsie Rose.

The HG.

The IUGR.

The dreams for a VBAC.

I’ve also written about c-sections and will continue to dispel the myths that lead women to believe they have failed in some way should their babies be born in theatre.

Through this blog I have become a media volunteer for The Birth Trauma Association, and done interviews for the BBC and various newspapers. I’ve become a member of the #MatExp campaign and help to admin the Facebook group. I’ve become an ambassador for MAMA Academy.

I’ve twice made it to the finals of the MAD blog awards, once in 2011 Inspire category, and again in 2015 Best Pregnancy and Outstanding Contribution categories. I also made the finals of the Brit Mums Brilliance in Blogging awards 2015, Inspire category.

So what next? I continue to write. This little blog means the world to me now. It holds the all the small moments, the big moments and the funny moments of the last five years.

This blog is five years old_ghostwritemrummy.co.uk

It holds the memories, the tears and the laughter. It holds my voice. I often tell people that I can write it a lot better than I can say it, and without this blog I would have no voice.

 

 

26 Comments

  1. October 25, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Happy 5 years to Ghostwriter Mummy! You’ve achieved so much but importantly I’m glad through your writing you were able to find a way to talk about the traumas you’ve been through xx
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  2. Another Bun
    October 25, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    Happy Birthday blog! And a belated Happy birthday to your beautiful girl too. You have achieved so much and I’m sure you will continue to do so
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    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:31 pm

      Ah thank you. And yes she did- we had a lovely relaxed day in the end x x

  3. October 25, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    What a lovely post. ..you’ve done a LOT in 5 years. Makes me feel like I need to do more on mine! X

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      Ha nonsense- do whatever you are happy with. Compared to others who started at the same time as me (and later) I’ve done very little really. But each post I look back on makes me smile, so thats the main thing x x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Ah thank you. I think if you love blogging then you will still be here, why not? x x

  4. Jess
    October 25, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Happy 5 year anniversary blog! It’s amazing how something so small ends up being such a passion and mean so much to you! x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Ah thank you x x

  5. October 25, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Happy 5th birthday to your blog! You have achieved so much in that time and I’m glad that blogging has helped you overcome what you have been through, which I’m sure has helped other people too xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you! x x

  6. October 25, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Like you, I needed something, but it wasn’t anti depressants. That’s when I turned to blogging. Such a great outlet for support and love. Congratulations on all you have achieved in the last 5 years. Here’s to the next 5!! Xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      It really is a great outlet isn’t it? Thank you so much for your lovely comment x x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Ah thank you. Its been quite emotional thinking back actually! x x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Ah thank you. Yes the time has really flown! x x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 25, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Ah thank you so much! x x

  7. October 26, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Happy 5 year anniversary to this beautiful blog of yours. So much hard work but also I can imagine so much enjoyment and achievement. You have achieved so much. Xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 27, 2015 / 8:15 am

      Ah thank you. It never feels like hard work x x

  8. October 26, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Wow, happy 5 years! This holds so many precious times for you, and yes, a voice. Here’s to the next five x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 27, 2015 / 8:14 am

      Thank you! x x

  9. October 26, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Congratulations! Five years – wow! Mine is two years old next February – I absolutely love it, but I put hours of work into it. We have gained so much from it though, I am so thankful. Well done hun. Kaz x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      October 27, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Ah thank you! It really is worth it when you love it x x

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