As I am starting a new year on this blog I thought I would have a little look back at the 5 most read posts of 2017. Last year my blog took a massive turn in terms of content. This was a natural change for me because my life had changed so much in the second half of 2016. The most read posts really do reflect this and I am so very glad they are reaching people that need to read them. So here are the most read posts on Mummy in Training of 2017.
5 – The Moment When Time Stood Still – I wrote this post in 2016 and it was the first proper post I wrote after having my girls. I still find it quite painful to read as my emotions at the time of me writing it were still so very raw. This is the post where my new life began really as a baby loss mummy and a neonatal mummy. Life has never been the same since I wrote this and neither has my family but in a way I find it comforting to see how far we have come since then.
4 – The 5 Stages of a Snow Day – I wrote this post when we had the awful snow last December and I was snowed in with both kids. I started the day with so much enthusiasm and ended it with watching movies on repeat and clock watching waiting for bedtime.
3 – 5 Ways to Support a Parent who has Lost a Baby – I’m so glad this post is one of the most read as that is what I wanted. Since writing about baby loss I have, of course wanted to support parents going through such a terrible time but also those around them. I was very lucky to have a few amazing people around me who didn’t worry about what to say and were my rock but I do appreciate how hard it must have been to know what to say to me. This post shares what people did for me and how it helped especially in the early days.
2 – Why I Quit my Job after Experiencing Premature Birth – This was more of an update post. I decided to leave my job in October after struggling with my return to work after maternity. In this post I explain my reasons why I decided to make the huge decision of leaving my job of 8 years.
1 – Why the Experience of Neonatal Never Leaves You – I am so pleased that this is most read post of the year. I remember searching for the internet trying to find other mums experiences of life on the neonatal ward and not finding very much. I wanted to know that I wasn’t alone in how I was feeling. Then when we left hospital I realised how much of it was still with me and how, for want of a better word traumatised I was after it all. This is the post that I explain why the experience of having my baby girl in neonatal for 9 weeks is something that will never leave me.
So there we are my top 5, if you haven’t already read any of them I would love it if you clicked on the links and had a read. Thank you if you were one of the ones that read them and put them in this list. I couldn’t have asked for better posts to reflect my 2017.