The very first post that I wrote on this blog was about being a working mum. I was reminiscing on a time when I was at home more than I was at work and when I spent more time with my boy than I did without him. For me, working and being a mum has not been easy. It has brought tears and it has brought worry, it has brought challenges and it has brought the guarantee of a hot cup of tea along with the ability to eat some food without having to give half of it to a little person.
This blog started as somewhere to air my thoughts and frustrations, somewhere to discuss the highs and lows of being a working mum and somewhere I was hoping to find some support. The blog itself has turned into a whole lot more. It's a diary of my beautiful three year old boy, it's a journey through my second pregnancy and it's the story of our lives as a family of three, soon to become four.
But wholeheartedly, it is still the place to come to when I need to talk about being a working mum. It's where I come when I am feeling the mummy guilt when my little man is feeling poorly, it's where I come to give my tips on how to manage life as a working mum and it's where I decided to set up my working mum interviews where so many fabulous working mums have shared their own stories of their return to work.
Well, now I've only gone and been shortlisted in the Working Parent Blogger of the Year category in the mumandworking awards. I know right! I can't believe it myself!
So, why should you vote for me and why do I want to win?
Well, other than all those posts that I've mentioned up there (and there's loads more if you go have a peek!), it's because I want to be recognised as someone who brings something to the 'working mum' family. I want people to see that it is possible be a successful working mum – one who works 37.5 hours a week and still has mega fun time with her son. One that managed to negotiate flexible working with her first company and then went on to grab a new job after telling them exactly what hours she could and couldn't work. One that has to travel for her job but one that also has to be out of the office doors at 4.30pm on the dot to get her little man from nursery. It's a mum that has been in tears because her little one didn't want her to leave him and it's one that's been in tears because all of her trains were cancelled and she felt so helishly guilty at possibly being late picking him up.
But it's also the one that thrives in the workplace and looks around at the events that she organises and thinks, yes…I did that. I did that while juggling a three year old, being 22 weeks pregnant and somehow finding time to write this blog.
That right there, that's why I want to win this award. And I would absolutely ruddy love it if you would vote for me to be there on awards night.