Ok the official date was 7th, so a couple of days late, but StressedMum is now 4 years old. I had no idea when I started my journey how far it would take me, so feel very proud and priviledged that I am still here.
At the beginning
When I first started StressedMum, my thoughts for my blog where a lot different to what they are today. C was just about to leave Primary School, full of excitement about starting her brand new journey into Secondary School. I was looking forward to saying goodbye to the school runs and having more time on my hands.
This is where I started with the tag line ‘The ups and downs of living with a tween’. Where I would share the tears and tantrums and the fun and laughter we had. Sharing our daily tales and scaring some with younger children.
Little did we know at the time how precious these smiles and times where, even the tantrums and arguments. Over the Summer holidays my parents took her on a Disney Cruise. She had a great time until the last day where she became ill, and came home poorly. We all thought it was just a bug and she seemed to recover (looking back she did not fully recover).
She started Secondary School and loved it, she settled in well and had great reports. She got tired and would text me to pick her up as she was too tired to get the bus. We put it down to the extra work, longer studying etc.
On New Years Eve she crashed her legs gave way, her head hurt and 4 years on she is still ill. She had Glandular Fever and through this suffers with a Chronic illness.
This was all unfamiliar to us, and my blog had to change as no one wants to read about how ill C is daily, and how quiet she is. Gone are the tantrums and arguments. I do still write about her and things we have done, but also have the opportunity to write about Chronic Illness and highlight the illness and just how lacking support is.
Also we have become grandparents, and this is a role I am loving and C although mortified at becoming an Aunt at 13, adores her role. The spark in her eyes and the way her face lights up melts my heart.
A huge thank you goes to you all, for following me along my journey, for supporting me and the lovely messages you have sent me. I could not carry on without your support, so this post is me saying thank you and here’s to many more years.