Reaching 500

Many many moons ago, about 3 years, I was a brand new mum that didn’t really have the first clue about how to raise a child. I had a little newborn baby boy who liked to party through the night and sleep through most of the day. I was stuck in a never ending loop of searching for proper, good quality, uninterrupted sleep, but there was just no signs of it and I was permanently grumpy. Staying awake for most of the night was how my addiction to Twitter started. I met so many American mums that I still tweet and keep up with today. Its also when I first discovered the world of blogging and read many a blog post through all many many baby feeds.

Around the time he turned 5 months old I was still hunting for sleep and looking very tired. It was the point I realised I was always happy to moan about all the negatives and hard work around motherhood but wasn’t always remembering the happy moments and milestones that were flying by. And So began my blog. Not My Year Off

Last week I reached the 500 blog post mark. 500 blog posts! That’s quite a lot of rambling over the last 3 years isn’t it? Not My Year Off started as a blog about my year off work, on maternity leave and, when I went back to work, I decided I couldn’t just stop writing. There was too much fun to write about. Baby Z graduated to Little Z and he turned from a little night owl to a pre-schooler that still wakes up in the night occasionally but enjoys the odd lie in or two.

My blog will officially turn 3 in May but to mark reaching 500 blog posts I thought it would be a good time to reminisce and share 10 of my favourites blog and photo moments

10. The very first Dearest Baby Z post I wrote when he was 5 and a half months old. He would bounce about happily in the jumperoo (best baby toy ever in my humble opninion). He was a complete drool machine but would squeal in delight at most things. Nothing much has changed really (besides he drool and the jumperoo)

9. Writing about the ever difficult relationship of small people (namely me) and cots and trying to put a sleeping baby down without trying to wake him up!

8. Learning how you really shouldn’t wean a baby.

7. Remembering how we used to have to barricade the TV and DVD player to stop him from pressing all the buttons on it repeatedly

Baby pressing buttons

6. And remembering the start of the washing machine obsession that has lasted to this day and shows no signs of waning

Washing machine

5. Thinking about that all important decision about when to change car seats. It turns out, sometimes you can decide pretty quickly.

4. Discovering that your baby has suddenly learned to walk, graduated to a fully fledged toddler and has no intention of ever stopping. Also discovering around now that there are some Toddler rules

3. Being all brave and going to a wedding with a toddler who had discovered the joys of his little legs, by myself! Never again.

2. Learning to live with Mr X, the neighbour that the Other Half really hates.

1. And discovering he joys of imaginative play and watching your toddler feed the yellow turtle that was having an identity crisis.


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  1. Jenny @ The Brick Castle March 24, 2014 / 10:27 am

    Congratulations on 500 posts! I think I’m going to reach that milestone in far less time, so I’m obviously far more of a yabbermouth than you are!! πŸ˜€
    I totally agree about the cots. I have a tiny cot that I used for all of mine, but I still had trouble and half the time ended up dropping them the last 3 or 4 inches πŸ˜€
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  2. Coombemill March 24, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Our blogs are the same age! Mine was 3 this month, which seams to have passed me by without celebration, glad to see you marking the event and best of luck in BIBS.
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  3. Sarah MumofThree World March 24, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Well done on reaching 500 posts! I absolutely love your blogs and all the tales of Little Z – I feel I know him very well and would adore him if I met him!
    (I’m very close to 1,000 posts now – in just over 2 1/2 years. Whoops! That’s an awful lot of blogging!)
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  4. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) March 24, 2014 / 11:01 am

    I nice post to see what’s been going on. I am a new reader so this blog post introduces you to me as well =)

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  5. Jenny March 24, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Congrats on 500 what a great accomplishment. I love reading your post about little Z glad you never stopped writing so I can get to know you now. Your blog is amazing you should be very proud of it and how long you have been writing. That’s amazing. I wish I started blogging years ago. So many old memories I wish I had documented.
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  6. Steph March 24, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Congrats on reaching 500 posts! You have a lovely blog. I need to check out some of the ones you mentioned above as my little boy is 6 months now and we’re currently weaning and having the car seat discussion haha x

  7. Charly Dove March 24, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    Oh wow Tas what a fabulous post and congratulations on the 500 posts! That’s awesome. I bet you’ve had an interesting journey too with blogging when Z was 5 months old, I’d love to have a read of your older posts so I’m book marking you for later! Thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory
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  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom) March 24, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    Wow, you have had a busy time, I’ll be back later to have a nosy at some of your early posts that were before my time (in blogging terms!). I clearly blog too much because after 15months I noticed that I hit the 500 mark at the weekend… Don’t tell my husband πŸ™‚ #WhatstheStory
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  9. Iona@Redpeffer March 24, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    Big milestone, yay! I love the notion of barricading the TV etc and luckily we’ve just about outgrown the washing machine obsession now thankfully. Lovely post and congratulations on reaching this blogging milestone πŸ™‚
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  10. normaleverydaylife March 24, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Wow, 500 posts! What a wonderful way to remember special times in the life of your little boy! πŸ™‚ #magicmoments
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  11. Chrissie March 25, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    From looking at this, I see you’ve all come such a long way. Congratulation on keeping your blog and your sanity :0)
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  12. 3yearsandhome March 25, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    500 posts??! Wow, what a milestone. It’s so nice to have everything documented and your posts about Little Z’s escapades are some of the funniest I’ve read. Here’s to 500 more!
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  13. Aedin Collins March 28, 2014 / 8:02 am

    Great list!My little one loves the washing machine too. We recently got a new one though with child lock so we can finally just wash things once and not in five or six interrupted cycles!!

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  14. Adventures in Homeschooling March 28, 2014 / 8:46 am

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone! It’s great to have such a detailed account there to remember all your little adventures during this period of time.

    I look forward to reading through your next 500!

  15. Jenny March 28, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    Thank you so much for linking your lovely post to #sharewithme. Love the pictures. Great to see it again. πŸ˜‰
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  16. Charly Dove March 28, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Still loving this post, just brilliant. Best of luck with the BiB’s, you so deserve to be shortlisted lovely. Thank you for your wonderful comment today, made me smile – and it really wasn’t a smiley kind of day LOL πŸ™‚
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  17. mama undone March 30, 2014 / 7:53 am

    What a fab milestone! Lovely post down your memory lane x

  18. Anyonita March 30, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Oh, the days of baby barricades! Hahaha. πŸ™‚ Congrats on your 500th! Followed you hwere from NW bloggers Fb group πŸ™‚
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  19. Katie Clark April 3, 2014 / 11:30 am

    500 – wow. I’ve only recently discovered your blog so it looks like I’ve got a lot of catching up reading to do! #sharefriday
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