2010: my first year as a mom

This year has passed me by faster than any before. I felt like I was taking one day at a time–breastfeeding, raising a son, learning HOW to raise a son–but before I knew it, the year was over. What happened?! I can only imagine that 2011 will go by just as quickly and it has really made me think about how I spend my time. Or how I don’t spend my time.

2010 started with a series of posts about my birth story and my c-sections thoughts and advice post is still one of my most popular posts. I’ve never reread that story after publishing it… even though I still receive comments (some kind, some very rude) on it… I think now, finally, I’d like to read it again.

On January 10th, I hit the seven year mark with my husband. That was our old dating anniversary.

In February, I started back at work (when Ryan was 6 weeks old). I worked part-time (25 hours a week) and at that time, had an amazing little sleeper. Where’d THAT baby go?!

In March I finally sat down and thought about some issues. My c-section was catching up with me… I couldn’t ignore it anymore and the depression it was causing. So I wrote about it: I failed at birth. I even went and got parts of my medical record from the hospital. And I wrote about exclusively breastfeeding (I mean, 3 months in… I had made it! Right?!) and my first success nursing in public! I failed at birth, I would not fail at breastfeeding.

In April I started the healing process with a letter to my OB and writing about my experience with “baby blues” or whatever you want to call it. That must have been a good month. I also turned 25 😉

In May, having not vaccinated at all yet, we weighed our options. DTaP or not to DTaP? (FYI – We still haven’t given Ryan any.)

In June, I regressed a little. Certain memories of my c-section were haunting me. And I had my first “terrible mom” (terrifying) moment when we found Ryan on the floor in the middle of the night.

But July was a pretty good month. We raised $500 for Cora’s Story on this blog and I received sponsorship to BlogHer 2010 in New York! Simplisse is a breastfeeding company that I was proud to represent. I still use their products and recommend them to friends–they are nothing but wonderful!

August was another awesome month: Ryan started crawling and I went to my first blogging conference: BlogHer10. I had such a blast–even though I nearly had a panic attack when I got on the bus for the airport the morning I left because I was leaving my baby behind. I met amazing people, learned a lot, had fun… so I’m going again next year! See you there?! It’s in San Diego!

I also started a new job in August… teaching human biology at our local college. It has been wonderful to be back in the academic setting–and in a class that I get to spend some time teaching about breastfeeding and birth 😉

In September, I started ANOTHER new job! I work with Shari Criso as her tv show manager–she has online parties every Monday night. Since then my position as evolved a bit and I now work with her facebook/twitter accounts and a few other small PR deals. The Criso’s are amazing people and I’m so thankful to have met them (in person at BlogHer10!) and to have been given this great opportunity!

We converted to cloth in August, after learning about it at BlogHer. We had a rough start learning the right methods that would work for us, but now we’re pros and love it! Get past the misconceptions of cloth diapering if you’re interested in trying it and read about our cloth diaper routine that was finally established by October! And of course Ryan had his first Halloween!

In November, Steve and I had a weekend away. It was really nice to escape for a night and be US again. We rode in a scoot coupe like the nerds we are, had some champagne and strawberries, and at least attempted to not talk about Ryan the whole time 😉

This December, I got back on a c-section rant about defying doctors and what NOT to say to a cesarean mama. Also? The big news was announcing my journey to a VBAC. We’re on the path. We’ve set a general timeline for TTC and everything I need to do before then to have a successful VBAC.

Let’s not forget the big boy moment! After his first Christmas, Ryan TURNED ONE! His monster-themed party is on Sunday!
How was 2010 for you? What were your major accomplishments or your exciting news?

8 comments to 2010: my first year as a mom

  • Kim

    What a nice reflection on your year! I hope you post a lot of pics of Ryan’s birthday party. I would have loved to have had a monster theme for JD’s first, but he’s destined to have 4th of July themed parties forever 🙂
    Baby O, on the other hand, will have awesome Halloween birthday parties!


  • 2010 was a good year, baby girl #2 entered the world in March, 13 days before her sister’s 2nd birthday. This time I had a FABULOUS nurse and did it with no epidural at all. It was a very liberating experience to know that I was able to be that strong. I finally got to have a birth exactly the way I wanted it. Jessica was the best nurse for encouraging me and telling me I didn’t need that stuff. It was also my first full year using cloth diapers, I am very proud to be a cloth mom. The first born is almost fully potty trained as we leave 2010 behind. The baby is also almost walking as we leave 2010 behind. 2011 is going to be a crazy and awesome year, I have a feeling. Happy New Year!


  • I wanted to say that I love your blog, and sorry again if I offended you on your c-section post. I felt terrible about it. I didn’t have trauma with my birth but I have definitely had bad experiences in hospitals that still haunt me and leave me very touchy, so I think I can at least begin to understand. You’re a badass for putting it all out there online, for sure.

    That is cute that you guys celebrate your dating anniversary – We do, too. We dated for four years before we got married… I don’t want to have to say we’ve only been together for a year and a half!


    babydickey Reply:

    Ohhh, you didn’t, it’s okay 🙂 I know the cone shaped head thing is true! (and that it was supposed to be a joke). And I def agree that moms can feel regret about their birth whether it was csec or not!

    Thanks 🙂


  • linds

    wow! youre gonna have to give me some tips on VBAC. i’d be interested to find out more about. im hoping this year or the next brings my family a new edition 😉


    babydickey Reply:

    Yea, anytime! We’re going to start trying this fall I think (for a spring baby next year) – so we can go for VBACs together 🙂


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