For My Girls…

A couple of weekends ago I joined 100’s of others of bloggers for the BritMums Live conference.  I had a blast with old blogging friends, forged lasting friendships with new ones, cried a bit and laughed a lot.

On the Friday, I hadn’t even been there more than ten minutes when I got talking to a lady from the blog A Mish Mash Life.  We were having a nice chat, and as she left she placed her hand on my arm and said ‘If I don’t see you again, I just wanted to say that your blog is the most wonderful legacy for your girls.’  It sounds so silly to say it but she made me get tears in my eyes, she was so sincere and kind.

Her words really made me think.

When I started this blog I had no idea if I would stick at it.  If you look at my earliest posts, I tried almost to fit in with other blogs out there at that moment, I tried too hard to be funny or talk about current topics.  But slowly I found my feet, my voice and a passion for taking photos of my little ladies.

My posts are occasionally soppy, there’s no denying that.  Our life might not be flash, or particularly exciting, but we are happy at the moment.  I choose to write about those happy times, our ‘beautiful ordinary’ and our simple moments.  I am aware my soppy posts might not be to everyone’s tastes, but I want to document our lives together, and how thankful my children make me.

Of course I have boring days where I will bedtime to hurry up, or where they make me want to tear my hair out- we are all human and I don’t know a parent out there who doesn’t feel like that from time to time.  But I don’t feel the need to blog about those moments, as they are fleeting.

Just as fleeting, is time.  Time is passing us by so quickly.  Mads is now nearer to three than two, and I no longer have a newborn but a baby who is rolling and trying to get on the move.  I started this blog when Mads was just four months old, the same age LL is now, and over the two years I have been blogging I have documented most of their lives on this blog.  All my pregnancy with LL is preserved on here, as well as her magical newborn days, which are already a distant memory.

I have so many things to thank blogging for.  I have met lifelong friends, been given amazing opportunities, got paid work, been shortlisted for awards and developed a passion for photography and writing.  I am so thankful for everything that blogging has bought me.  Really thankful.

But the main thing?

The main thing is that one day, a long way from now, when my girl’s are grown up, I hope to be able to sit them down and give them the name of this website.  I hope that I can sit and watch their faces as they flick through the pages and see their baby years documented.

I can imagine us sat with a bottle of wine, flicking through the pages and laughing at how Mads told her Daddy ‘he has really nice bits’ or that LL wiggles her bottom when she gets excited.  A little bit like my Mum, sister and I sometimes do over old family photographs.

I hope they will be able to feel every emotion, smile at every photo, and read what fun we had during the years they won’t remember.

I want them to relive their childhood memories through this blog, and I want them to realise just how loved and wanted they were.  You don’t know what life has in store, but I want to document every moment of our lives together until they tell me they no longer want me to.

It may be soppy, but it’s how I feel.  I am so incredibly thankful for these two little people who I am lucky enough to call my daughter’s.

This is my blog.  This is our simple life.

This is our story.

For my girls.

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  • Carin says:

    What a lovely post! Your blog is wonderful, and it’s so hard for me, who have only just found you, to believe that you ever tried to be something else. This fits you so well. Yet I know it’s taken me three years to get to that place myself, where I feel totally comfortable with what I write. Your blog is beautiful and the girls will love looking back at all the posts when they’re older. x

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thank you for such a lovely comment Carin, I really appreciate it. It is hard, we all start blogging because we want to write, have a voice, express our creativity, make friends etc but it takes time to develop into what you really want it to be. x

  • Couldn’t have put it better myself. The ‘legacy’ idea is exactly why I created SaveEveryStep so other parents (who don’t blog) can make a permanent record of childhood and beyond for their babies. Your blog is a beautiful journal for your girls.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thank you. I think it is so important to leave a legacy for them, and I know that I would have LOVED something like this for myself. My Mum made me a 21st birthday album and I treasure it.
      I could do it privately but I have gained so much through the opportunities and friendship blogging has bought me- plus doing it online really encourages me to think outside the box. It has bought our family so much. x

  • Such a lovely post. And I have no doubt that your girls will really treasure the act that you wrote down all your thoughts about their early childhood.
    We all have boring days, or days the children drive us totally crazy, but I think you and I both have a good heap of perspective. And that sees us through the rubbish times and helps us realise that we don’t have it that bad. That’s the reason I don’t blog the bad stuff on my blog, because I don’t actually have it bad AT ALL. x

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thank you lovely. And yes I agree, of course if Mads does something really cheeky, or if we are going through a hard developmental stage then I blog them, but I just don’t need to harp on about the fact she has tantrums, or we stay at home and don’t do anything- they are the boring things no one wants to hear! x

  • Kerry says:

    Lovely post and it will be great for the girls to look back on when they are old enough too.

    Thats how I started my blog to document Amelia’s life but then over time its become more than that even though its great to just have a place to write down all my feeling and express myself.


    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      That’s the thing, we all go into blogging for ulterior motives- whether thats reviewing stuff, having a voice, getting work, making friends etc. But for me now, my main motivation is to preserve our family life. The other stuff is all a bonus which means that I will always keep doing it. x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Such a lovely post. I think it is great to document their stories on a blog. I do mine online so my family abroad and down south can read it and feel like they are up to date on everything the kids do. Of course, it also brings some fantastic opportunites and you get to meet some lovely people you may never have met before.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      I agree with you completely- I started it as I was bored during nap times and wanted to talk to other Mum’s, kind of like forums. But then slowly it has grown into something much more than that. And I could never stop doing it now= I like the style I have and I love that it motivates me to do this for my girls so they have it all to look back on. x

  • Lauren says:

    This is so beautiful and sums up your blog perfectly. I love that you have found the place you want your blog to be.
    You know you are one of my favourite blogs/bloggers and it’s a pleasure to read about your family and especially to watch your children grow and develop. I appreciate you sharing that with us, as well as documenting it all for your girls.
    I still really love that photo.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thanks lovely. I really appreciate your lovely comment. I am glad I have found the place I want my blog to be too. x

  • Such a beautiful post. Yours was one of the first blogs I found and Im so glad I did. X

  • Your blog is an absolute delight to read and your photographs are beautiful. I understand why you don’t want to write about the tear your hair out moments but in my family those are the stories that would be recounted, cherished and laughed about over many glasses of wine. I really think it depends on the make up and personalities involved. I went on many fantastic holidays and days out as a child but all I ever ask to hear about is the day that I cut the toes off all the socks in the house and my mum was so cross that my aunt had to come and pick me up. There is love and fond memories in the worst of days too. But that’s the beauty about blogging – you can make it your own and capture the moments that are special to you (whether they’re beautiful or rather mischievous.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Oh I totally agree with you, in fact they are my favourite stories to ask my parents too- I love the fact I once through spaghetti bolegnase at the wall and other naughty things. I like to write about those tales too, and have written about tantrums and things before. What I meant is I won’t write about the boring days, where I stay in all day, mads is whingey and I do four loads of washing haha. X

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    It’s a very lovely blog and I feel like I’ve seen Mads grow up through your photos and posts. Time is fleeting, you are so right. I think I’m completely in denial about the fact that z will be 3 in a few months time. How has that arrived so quickly?

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      I know It’s crazy!!!! We will be mothers to three year olds not far from now! X

  • Keri-Anne says:

    This feels like i could have written it. I found it so hard to make my blog fit and then realised i just wanted to capture moments and aim my posts for my girls to read as they get bigger and that is what i like to do. I cannot wait for that day where i sit down with them both and read through the blog.

    Keep doing what you are doing darling as you have a perfect blog x

  • My Two Mums says:

    I love this post so much! We adore your blog and are so happy we found it. I like to look at how our blog as grown in just 18 months and how different the style is now. I like you, can’t wait to sit down with M when he is older and laugh about the posts and check out all the pictures I’ve taken.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thank you 🙂 I definitely think it will be lovely to sit down and read together when they are older. x

  • Sinead Fegan says:

    Such a lovely post, just the right amount of soppy and a lovely picture of the three of you to go with it. Keep up the good work x

  • Amanda B says:

    A question for you: why does it have to all be so public? To say its all for the girls is strange when you could of course document all the same information offline.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      That’s a really good question, thank you, and I have just sat and had a good think about it. You are entirely right of course, and I started off just doing my biggest daughter a scrapbook.

      I started this blog off very differently, and I didn’t even publish photos of Mads when I first started, as I mentioned in the post I just wrote funny stories or talked about current topics, and I guess I did it because I wanted something to do during naptimes, as well as to be involved in a community of Mum’s going through similar things.

      I guess as time has gone on I changed my style, and now I do record memories etc, but I also become immersed in a community, gained opportunities etc through blogging and have encouraged myself to write and express myself creatively. And I love that part as well.

      So although I do it for my girls. and that is the main reason, I guess that is why it is all public and not privately written down somewhere. It’s all of it rolled into one.


  • jasbeeray says:

    That is so beautifully put. I too hope I will stick to this would be able to share it with them. I do sort of share with now and then, hoping to stir some in them. So far, my eldest has been very intrigued by it and wishes to keep a journal. She named it A’s chronicles.

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thank you for the lovely comment and that is lovely that your eldest has wanted to create her own journal. x

  • Emma says:

    Awwww, just beautiful as always Katie, and your blog is wonderful and an amazing legacy for your gorgeous girls. xx

  • Mammasaurus says:

    So true, such a lovely legacy. I was thinking about this sort of thing a few nights back. Even as an adult I still love looking back at the photos of me as a child – our children will get that plus so much more and that makes me so happy. Knowing that there’s a place where our thoughts are documented along with their growth is a wonderful thing! x

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      I know that I certainly would have loved something like this as a child, to see an insight into my childhood. I will keep doing it until they tell me they no longer want me too. Then I will become another type of blogger. 😉 x

  • Hey Katie, it was so lovely to meet you, my ‘blog crush’ author at Britmums! Your girls are going to adore reading this when they grow up. I have a baby book where I have documented my twins growing up, and even though they are only 7 they are always peeking into it and they just love reading about themselves! 🙂

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thank you, and thank you for inspiring this post! And for your lovely comment at Brit Mums. x

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