It’s hard to believe that only four short months ago, we launched Northern Colorado Moms Blog into the community. In that time, we have had the incredible opportunity to build a foundation of connection between the Moms and Families in Northern Colorado, and we look forward to seeing how that continues to grow into 2019! We so appreciate our partners, our contributors, and of course, you, our readers, who have made all of this possible!
As 2018 comes to a close, we’ve enjoyed looking back at the content we’ve published thus far. We are so excited to share with you, the top ten posts from 2018, which are filled with the powerful hearts and stories from our amazing writing team. We know that these have been representative their voices, as well as so many others in our community as well. We hope you enjoy looking back at these amazing pieces that have helped kick start NCMB!
:: The Best of Northern Colorado Moms Blog ::
#1 – Not One Size Fits All : the Reality of Postpartum Fitness
I believe that the right time comes at different times for everyone. I believe that postpartum looks differently for everyone. And I believe that the journey is chaotic enough as is, that we should just find peace with our very own. Trust that we will eventually find our groove, when it’s our right time.
#2 – Dealing With Your Explosive Child
I could hear the thuds on the walls and repeated slamming of the door upstairs where my son was rage-screaming and completely melting down for probably the fifth or sixth time that day. For the first time ever, I was coming to terms with the fact that I had absolutely no clue how to help him. I just didn’t have the tools. I hit the wall.
#3 – The Sweet Side of Special Needs
At the end of the days that feel insurmountable, like I’m failing my child, that I just don’t know what to do, I stop. I make myself stop and think about all the sweet things, the blessings, in our lives that we wouldn’t have if my son wasn’t special needs.
#4 – She Calls Me Mom : an Adoption Story
At church this morning, it felt like my heart would explode with joy when my 17-month old looked at me and exclaimed, “Mom!” I’ve waited for this day for a long time. There were many Sundays over the years where I would hide my tears as I wondered if I would ever be blessed with a baby of my own. The road to my daughter’s adoption was long and difficult at times, but so very worth it!
#5 – Guilt and Shame, You’re Not Invited : Dealing with Miscarriage Grief
I have always been a believer that women should not have to hide their miscarriages from the world; that the feelings of guilt and shame that are often associated with miscarriage should have no place at the table when dealing with your loss. Yet, I felt them anyway.
#6 – Sit With Me : An Unusual Request to Listen
As this year’s holidays approach, I feel anxious. Without a doubt, I believe this year may be one of the hardest to face with the many changes that my family and I have experienced. So this of course makes events with large groups of people and festivities, and the expectations for all to go well, quite overwhelming.
#7 – The Badges of Womanhood : Breaking the Shame Around Miscarriage
Miscarriage is not something I ever even gave a thought to. It’s just not something that was discussed. Of course I had heard the statistic that 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage. But nothing prepares you to become that statistic. Suddenly that mysterious, over simplified “1” becomes you. A person with emotions and feelings and pain, not just a cold, hard number.
#8 – Presence Over Presents : 4 Ways to be More Present This Holiday Season
I could go rounds with the Black Friday die hards on the pros and cons of “getting the great deal.” But no matter which camp you’re in, I think we can all agree: what matters most during the holiday season is our PRESENCE, not the PRESENTS.
#9 – Sometimes I Suck…and That Has to be Okay
Somewhere, among the different things I do, I also need time to BE. But how in the world can I be the best mom, wife, and everything else all of the time?
#10 – Holidays as an Introvert : My Top 5 Survival Tips
The holiday season, however, can burn out even the most seasoned and experienced extroverts, leaving us introverted moms to drown in a giant vat of social gatherings, parties, school events, and frequent trips to crowded shopping malls.