I follow Brittany at Not Your Average Teen & the title says it all – if I were doing what she is at 18, I would be good to go! She is so organized in terms of blogging & so dedicated to her readers & her community & I am just amazed at what she can do at 18! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do!
She is hosting a Blog Bash!! If you’re interested in joining, go to her site! You can link up an intro post just like this one & then check out some other great blogs!!
So here’s a little about me: I’m a 25 year old wife & first-time mother of Isis Ruby! She is 6 months old & an absolute delight! I grew up in an average sized city & attended public elementary school & private middle & high school. I graduated high school in 2002.
I was not an average teen in some ways, I guess, considering I got my first tattoo at 17 & attended my Senior Prom with pink hair. Pretty fabulous…or not.
I met my husband in the second half of my senior year of high school & the second half of his senior year of college & although we had a rocky start – I seriously knew from our first conversation that I would marry him & at 17, I was NOT ready – we started dating 6 months later & were married 2 years after that in October 2004.
He was in a Christian metal-core band called The 95 Theses (long story behind it, maybe I’ll share it one day). His band grew fairly large for a local band & they ended up going on tour in the summer of 2006. We both quit our jobs & spent several months traveling around the country.
I basically lived in a van with 5 boys. It was actually pretty awesome! I am still incredibly happy that we did this & I wish it could’ve lasted longer, but with money & the desire for some sort of family & a future, we came back home & both went back to school. My husband already had a BS in Chemistry & now also has his MBA. I will graduate in December with a BA in Elementary Education.
We started trying for a baby in August 2008. After 8 months of trying, we finally found out we were pregnant in April 2009. Isis was born January 2, 2010 through a completely natural birth. I didn’t even have an IV, which I mention only because that’s what everyone seems to think is so crazy. Believe me, that was not the craziest part of that experience for me!
Either way, she was a beautiful, healthy girl & I’m enjoying staying at home for right now, but also looking forward to teaching in the future. I start my student teaching in August 2010.
I’m a breastfeeding, cloth diapering, make my own baby food kind of mom, but I also have had great success with scheduling, particularly Babywise. While some moms have issues or questions about the benefits of scheduling, I am for allowing moms to do what works for their family & considering my daughter is 6 months & weighs about 19 lbs, sleeps 12 hours at night & about 4 hours each day in naps, I would say that what we are doing is working. But I love learning from other moms & hearing about their experiences. I have friends who have completely different viewpoints than mine who also have healthy, well-fed & well-rested babies! Being a mom is a hard job, but it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I am so blessed by the experience!
I’m also supposed to answer these 5 questions to share a little about me as a blogger:
1. Why do you blog?
I blog to build community with other moms. We all learn through our experiences & I love hearing from other moms. I have specific strategies that have worked for me, but every baby is different & I may find that I have to switch up some of my strategies with my next baby. I will greatly value the advice from many of the moms with similar of different views from mine as I continue on this journey of motherhood. I also blog to have an outlet & to keep track of my Isis’ (& any future children’s) life – like a digital baby book! I also would love for this to be a source of a little extra income if I was ever blessed enough for that to happen. Right now I do make a little money from my blog – enough to pay for my & my husband’s date nights!
2. What do you blog about?
I blog a lot about being a mom & things I’ve learned through this experience. I also blog about blogging & tips or tricks I’ve picked up through my experience with this as well. I also blog about tv, movies, books, other forms of media or entertainment. As being a mom is not the only aspect of me or my personality, I find myself diving into different topics that come up for me in general.
3. What do you find to be the biggest reward you get from blogging?
The community. Definitely. There are several bloggers I know by name now who comment & visit my blog as well as send me emails with advice or tips they’ve learned. I find this so rewarding because it expands my circle of experts & people to go to for advice on a number of things.
4. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging on my mom blog since May 2009, but I’ve been blogging in general since January 2007 & for the first time ever I’m going to share the link on here to my other blog. But please don’t judge it too harshly. I don’t keep up with it now as often as I should & I didn’t make as much of an effort to be really professional on that one. It was more of a fun, post whatever I want kind of blog. I didn’t make an effort to socialize or meet people or get comments or followers. It was really just for me. Either way – here it is: Ingenue Perspective
5. Let’s hear the story behind your blog title
Well, that comes from how I got my title for my first blog – Ingenue Perspective. I always loved the idea of the ingenue – the young, naive girl becoming a woman. I also loved the 1920’s ingenue actresses. I just always loved the word ingenue really. I had a friend who worked with me in January 2007 who was helping me come up with a cool title for my blog. I knew I wanted ingenue in there because I always identified with this description of a woman. He actually just randomly threw out “Ingenue Perspective” so that it could be all about my thoughts & the world as I saw it. I LOVED that! Then when I found out I was pregnant, I just expanded that to be Ingenue Mom because it was still me, but it was specifically my “mom” thoughts.