I have a confession: I’ve been feeling a little disillusioned with blogging recently. I’ve lost my mojo, felt frustrated and struggled with finding my direction.
But when one of you comments on a post, shares it, or gets in touch, it reminds me why I am doing this. So, thank you.
It also has been a big boost to be nominated for an Allergy Blog Award. The Allergy Blog Awards celebrate a corner of the internet that has offered me so much support and inspiration and I hope I have been able to do the same for others.
You can vote for me HERE under Blog Of The Year and Best Parent Blog.
So why should you vote for me?
Well, hopefully because you love my blog as much as I do! But, just to help you, I have been reflecting on our journey and some of my personal highlights over the last two years…
Where it all began
When J was born he lit up our lives and we were overjoyed to bring our bright bundle of joy home.
But he was a fractious baby with severe eczema and we struggled to get the help and diagnosis we needed. He was referred for allergy tests after a severe reaction to hummus at 6 months old and is allergic to milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, sesame, cod, garlic, cats, dogs and grass.
On 22nd June 2014, our world changed again. I had a miscarriage and J had an anaphylactic reaction to milk.
It was a dark and difficult day but it led to the brightest of beginnings.
Because of those experiences, my blog was born and 13 months later, so was my beautiful rainbow, baby A. She completed our family and despite her traumatic birth, has been a much easier and enjoyable baby as we were able to recognise her symptoms much sooner. Unfortunately we discovered she also suffers allergies to milk, egg, sesame, dogs and chilli.
This blog has been my therapy, my outlet and my way to record our family’s story. It has connected me with other allergy parents, helped me find a postitve and proactive outlook on allergies and given me lots of great opportunities and experiences.
One of the most important things this blog has offered me is a platform and a voice. I have been able to Speak at the House Of Commons, support the great work of charities such as Allergy UK Hero Awards and campaign against changes in epipen guidance.
It has given me a space to talk openly about the difficult aspects of raising a family with food allergies, like dealing with the anxiety, talking about why I hate children’s parties. or how I would feel if my children outgrew their allergies.
I have tried to share the information I have found useful along our journey. I spoke at the Allergy Show about ‘Your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy – now what?’, shared our experiences of climbing the milk ladder and wrote about the steps we take to safely eat out wtih food allergies.
Where would an allergy blog be without food?! I have had great fun experimenting and developing recipes such as oreo cupcakes and no nuts nutella, as well as starting the popular #Freefromfridays posts so other bloggers can share theirs too.
It’s great to look back at everything this blog has brought me over the last few years, not least new friends, a much needed support network and a whole host of inspiration from other bloggers including fellow nominees: The Peachicks’ bakery, Le Coin De Mel. Intolerant Gorumand, Dairy Free Kids, Gluten Free Alchemist and The Adventures Of An Allergy Mummy.
So, please take a moment to VOTE FOR ME in ‘Blog of the year’ and ‘Best parent blog’
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