Last Spring was a tricky time for me and I started writing this blog mainly as free counselling if I’m honest. I desperately wanted to get certain thoughts out of my head and although I’m a fairly open book I don’t really discuss my past or innermost feelings with anyone other than my husband and very close friends. When Mummy Tries was born it came with the decision to remain anonymous.
I chose the name because it perfectly describes my parenting style. I always try my very best and that is all I can do. I don’t get it right every time (who does?) but my kids and hubby always come first. I experience just as much (largely unfounded) parental guilt as the next mum, but ultimately my conscience is clean.
I fell pregnant with my third baby just weeks after creating the blog and feel it was all meant to be. What better way to document my family’s journey? As soon as I tapped into the *amazing* blogging community I was hooked and wanted a piece of the action. I started joining in with linkies and visiting lots of other blogs. I’ve made real connections; supported others through tough times and felt thoroughly supported as well. I consider myself privileged to be in the company of some truly great writers, and wonderful people.
At the beginning of this year I plucked up the courage to start writing the book I’ve been talking about for a very long time. My 5yo daughter has had lots of sleep problems in the past which meant that when my baby boy came along I was so used to the lack of Zzzzzz’s that I’d often start my day after his 4am feed. I got the first draft written sitting in bed typing on my tablet in the hour or so before my girls woke up. Thank goodness for the light that Springtime brings and hurrah to being used to severe sleep deprivation!
So why put my face to the blog now you might wonder? I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, and the time feels right. I commissioned the fabulous Helen Braid to redesign my blog a while back, and the artwork came through this afternoon. It seemed appropriate to reveal my identity at the same time as sprucing this place up. So here I am. My name is Reneé, and I am Mummy Tries.
Thank you to my loyal supporters, and welcome to anyone reading for the first time. I hope you’ll stick with me throughout my book publishing mission. I have a feeling it’s going to be one hell of a ride!