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One Whole Year

My blog is 1 today….One…whole…year! Who would’ve thought! One year ago today I was cradling a 4 and half month old Baby Z and still getting to grips with the weird world that was known as CBeebies. I remember wondering who the hell would make a programme about a blue boy running around with his red blanket and not actually ever going to sleep. You don’t see him ever sleep do you? Right till the end when he’s floating off in his boat? That’s supposed to be calming to kids?

We have now booked tickets to go see that blue boy in August and I bloody cannot wait!

I had wanted to blog for months but never taken the plunge. Who would read it? What was I going to write about? Would I even get past 3 posts?

I have a few people to thank for encouraging me to take the plunge. The lovely “Me” from The Boy and Me pushed me a few times, as did Elle from This is Mommyhood. Me? Blog? I was spending more and more time on Twitter getting to know other mums through the massive mum community and I would read blog after blog through the night to keep myself awake during those, oh so many, night feeds. I decided I wanted a diary of my own. Something to record Baby Z’s milestones and one day the lovely Jayne from Mums the Word asked if I’d like to guest post on her blog. Umm, me? So I did. All about fake cleaning!

After that I decided I wanted one all of my own and Not My Year Off was born. It started out as a way to blog about my maternity leave. What I thought was going to be a year off work very much wasn’t! But as hard as those first months are raising a baby, they are filled with nuggets of gold. Little steps that are such huge milestones. My first post was aptly named Finally! A blog!

I have to admit I have written some utter dire posts. At the same time I have written some posts that, even now, make me laugh for ages and in that I have achieved my goal.

So Happy 1st Birthday to my blog and hopefully, here’s to another year filled with waffle, laughs and good memories waiting to be written.

The Ultimate Britmums Live Meme and Linky!!

Yes I am going to Britmums.  Arrrrrrgh!!

There is a Britmums Live linky doing the rounds.  Its great for me as it’ll be my first blogging event ever.  Ever.  Ever.  Very exciting and scary all at  the same time.

Here are my answers….

Q: What’s your blog title/URL and how long have you been blogging?

A: Not My Year Off and I’ve now been blogging for about 10 months.


Q: Will Britmums Live be your First blogging conference?

A: Yes,  I am very very VERY scared.  My first blogging conference ever.  ever.


Q: Did you bag yourself a sponsor?

A: Noooo….someone sponsor me please!


Q: Are you attending both days?

A: I’m not sure.  I am trying my best to skive off work but there is a chance I may only attend Saturday


Q: What are you most looking forward to about the conference?

A: Meeting other blooggers in real life and seeing some excellent keynote speakers


Q: Are you wearing Branded Clothing ( you’re sponsors brand)?

A: Nope…(well, maybe if I ever find a sponsor!)


Q: What is your planed style for this event?

A: Style?  Probably Jeans with a dress or top and maybe heels if I’m pushing it.  Probably flats if I don’t fancy murdering my feet!


Q: Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB award?

A: I was nominated by some gorgeous lovely people (Thank you!!) but didn’t make the shortlist.


Q: if so what category?

A: Best Blog ever.  Ok, not really…it was in the Best New blog category.  I’d like to thank my


Q: Will you be looking to network with Brands?

A: Yes, Its all very new to me but would love to build a relationship up with people, snag some free stuff and then maybe start writing reviews.


Q: What do u hope to walk away having gained from the conference?

A: Lot of blog ideas, maybe a new direction, lots of fun and some friends


Q: Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the Friday night BiBs?

A: I need more than one outfit? Oh shoite….(In truth, yes if I make it Friday night!)


Q: Are you speaking at the conference and if so when, where and how do you feel about doing so?

A: Nope!  I may just scream like a crazy fan when I see my favourite bloggers.


Q: Will you be joining in the early morning bloggercise on the Saturday?

A: Nooooooooo Chance! 


Q: What speakers are you most looking forward to listening to?

A: Sarah Brown, Ruby Wax and Jane Blackmore.


Q: What workshops will you be attending on the Friday (Day 1)

A: Not sure yet (Can you see how disorganised I am), it’ll be all the ones that help me better my blog.


Q: What Workshops being held on the Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your attention?

A: How to make money from your blog and Advanced WordPress


Q: Are u booked into a hotel for the Friday night, if yes which one?

A: Not yet!


Q: Will you be looking for after party drinks

A: I dont drink but I will join anyone for a good natter!


Q: Are u worried about not knowing anyone or being confident and socialising on the day?

A: Yes!! I will be the one stood in the newbie corner cluthing my folder and biro.


Q: What’s are you most likely to be found doing when attending Britmums Live?

A: Say “oh my god!” a bit too much and crying everytime someone makes a remotely emotional speech!

If you’d like to take part in the linky then….its Simple… I’ve written some questions which I’ve also answered!

Copy the nosey questions, and paste them within your own post, followed by your own answers …

Tag another 2-4 bloggers to do the same (alerting them to the meme) tip (it’s a good idea to make sure they are attending before tagging them)!

Once complete link your completed Meme to A boy with Aspergers.

Finally, a blog!

Hello all!

Finally, I got off my bum and decided to create a blog. I’ve actually wanted to blog for quite a while but then things like a new born baby, sleepless nights, and general exhaustion got in the way. I am now a complete yummy mummy who lunches regularly and decided to blog about balancing a baby as well as a social life.

Well, ok, not really. I still class myself very much a “new mum” and am still learning how to do even the basics for a new baby. If I manage to get out and about during the week, as well as cook, clean and look after myself then that is a major achievement. So far, after 4.5 months, I still haven’t managed it. I give myself another 6. I think that’s fair isn’t it?

So why the blog? Besides the fact it’s quite cool to have a blog, I’d very much like to keep some kind of record of my baby adventures and share this with my friends, family and anyone else who likes to read my ramblings. My memory, it seems, disappeared with the end of my pregnancy and, coupled with still doing night feeds. Every. Single. Night, I need some way to look back and smile at the day-to-day antics of Baby Boy (who is now 4.5 months, flipping heck where has the time gone!) and not simply remember things like the night feeds. Dont get me wrong, they are lots of fun too. Hmmm.

Its also the first time in my life I am not either studying or working. When I was pregnant I stupidly had the idea that maternity leave would be a “year off work”. I would repeat this gleefully to anyone within ear shot and somehow managed not to see the knowing smirks from the folk that had already crossed over into parenthood. I think I realised after about the 2nd hour of having a baby that this was definitely Not My Year Off. Hence; the title. Genius. I know.

Oh…and finally, a bit about me. I am a very young 30 something living in the North West of England. I had my first baby in December 2010 and am still getting to grips with motherhood and the lack of memory. Its . This week I actually don’t want to go back to work. I never thought I’d feel like that after having worked my butt off very hard over the last 10 years to get where I am. I’m enjoying the time with baby and watching him turn into a cheeky smiler. Mind you, Upsy Daisy is starting to wind me up. I don’t get how her skirt flaps up and down. And Iggle Piggle running around trying not to go to bed? Actually, I might be running back to work come next year.

Go easy on me! I dont know much about blogging ettiquette yet!

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