The idea of a mummy blog first started a few years ago. After my weekly, Sunday morning run with my running buddy Paula, we’d crash into Caffe Nero for a post-run cappuccino and caffe latte. While we slurped our coffees, I’d off load the latest on our life with our newly adopted children. Sometimes it was funny, sometimes it was an emotional outpour of the latest parenting disaster or joy.
As well as a yoga teacher, Paula is a writer, she has a great track record, writing radio comedies for the BBC. She suggested I should think about becoming a mummy blogger.
After a lot of mulling over the idea, my mummy blog, Tooting Mama was born.
OK, not a hugely original name, I lived in Tooting, and I am a mama. But, I didn’t want to stand out as being an adoption blogger, ‘cos you know what? I’m just a mum, who just happens to have adopted children. The name has stuck. And I now live in Paris.
Blogging about adoption
I started my mummy blog to write about life with adopted children.
What can I say, adoption is a unique parenting experience.
Like just normal parenting, bloody hard, with shitty moments, a relentless slog, permanent exhaustion, punctuated with moments of sheer utter joy. Ahh so this is why we do it!
But with adopted children there maybe a few added complications of dysregulation, lack of self-esteem, anxiety. But it is brilliant being a mum to my two.
My mummy blog, Tooting Mama has helped me share my experience of adoption:
- Meeting my adopted children for the first time
- Being accepted as an adoptive parent
- Why we adopted older siblings
- Our adopted child’s struggle with school
- How to deal with compulsive chewing
Blogging about Paris
Then just under a year ago we moved to Paris.
I mean c’mon I have to write about this.
Seriously two years in Paris – what an adventure! Two years of eating gateaux, freshly baked baguettes, cheese. Two years of coiffing good wine and champagne. Two years of trailing through museums, art galleries, sitting in cafes looking cool.
The reality is a little different. I am a stay at home mum. It’s school runs, weekly food shopping, ferrying the kids to their activities.
But this is when this mummy blogger decided to moved up a gear. I’ve got a bit more time, and I got a bit more serious about being a mummy blogger.
Since moving to Paris I have blogged about:
- Mid-life making friends
- Learning French in Paris
- Relaxing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden
- 15 reasons to live in Paris’ 15th arrondissement (it’s where I live, check it out!)
I have guest posted on ‘Mama Loves Paris‘, a brilliant mummy blog, aimed at English speaking mums living in Paris, offering suggestions of what to do in Paris with children.
Over dinner with the editor, creator, top mummy blogger and power house behind Mama Loves Paris, Claudette Parry Laws, we swapped war stories about being an expat mum in Paris, the expectation versus the reality of living in Paris.
I posted Moving to Paris, and learning to love it, it had an amazing response with the English speaking mums living in Paris.
Paris is a tough city, different from its portrayed the image. It’s not like walking out on the set of Amelie. It takes perseverance to get on with life here. But almost a year on, things are looking a whole lot brighter. I have a social life!
Blogging about travel
So King and the Mountains and I had 13 years without kids. Yup, 13 whole years. And we travelled. You gotta do something to forget about the fact you can’t have kids!
Mini-city breaks in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris, Rome. Holidays in Andalusia, California, Hong Kong, Sicily, Tunisia. Travelling through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay (OK, Uruguay was just an overnight stay) that blew the rest of the IVF budget, but we did decide to adopt.
Life with kids means child friendly holidays and travel. I’ve blogged about our travels:
- A postcard from Northern Ireland
- Our first skiing holiday with adopted kids
- Summer in the south of France
Being a mummy blogger is giving me new skills
This has been the bonus of having a mummy blog. Getting to grips with social media, wordpress – built this baby myself, installing fancy plugins, trying to understand SEO. I’m learning to take better photographs, and who knows, maybe I will venture into vlogging.
Blogging has introduced me to the awesome and amazing mummy blogging community. I read some fantastic blogs, getting to know some fabulous mummy bloggers.
And, I’ve been learning lots:
- How to be a killer tweeter, follow me @tootingmama
- Growing a Facebook following, join me here
- Getting my photos on to Instagram
- Pinning away on Pinterest
Though I’m still a newbie, I’d like to grow Tooting Mama. I hope you’re enjoying what you have been reading on Tooting Mama, and that you’ll stick around for more tales of adoption, life in Paris, travel and more.