Welcome to Maybe It’s Just Wind, my blog about motherhood. I’m Lizzie, a former newspaper journalist turned freelance writer who is obviously eminently qualified to talk about parenting, having given birth to two entire children. I know! Nobody’s ever done THAT before.
I squirmed in horror when I first heard the term ‘mommy blogger’ – as if ‘blog’ isn’t bad enough. Blog. Bllllog. Blog. It sounds like a frog farting in a pond. And anything with the word Mommy or Mummy attached, urgh, come on! As a feminist, the exclusion of non-mothers alone offends me. Plus, grown women referring to themselves as Mummy is terribly creepy. I can already feel myself making a great impression in this new community.
But I suppose that finding the concept of mommy blogging a bit icky isn’t a reason not to do it. I’ve been pretty overwhelmed by the all the STUFF and the THINGS that come with having a baby. I had to go out for lunch with a friend and be talked down from an existential crisis when I’d only been on maternity leave for two weeks, the baby hadn’t even been born yet. After years of treading water romantically and professionally (that’s a nice way of saying I was perpetually dating f***wits and doing the same job for ages), getting hitched then having Eva and Alex (that’s them, the children) has been utterly bonkers. And for many women, this most disruptive, amazing and exhausting period in our lives coincides with the most time we’ll ever have spent on our own. Our phones and computers are our lifelines, our parenting encyclopaedias, our entertainment, our 24 hour support network.
I was speaking to a very wise woman the other day who pointed out that it’s really important for women to have a voice. We have the means to share our experiences in a way that our own mothers didn’t. Some people may find what I have to say absurdly boring but that’s OK, I don’t mind (must remember to find out how to turn off comments).
So, here it is. Welcome to my… my human experience sharing online musing forum? Ah, sod it. Welcome to my mommy blog.