Travelnole who blogs over at Natural Birth nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. This is an award for bloggers with less than 200 followers and is designed to recognize small-time bloggers and encourage them to keep up the good work. A big thank you to her! To be honest, I hadn’t even known she was following me, but now I’ve been checking out her blog and it’s lost of fun. She’s approaching the end of her pregnancy and nesting like mad (something I know absolutely nothing about…*cough*) and, while I was in the same place a few short months ago it already feels like a whole different life! Go check her out and stay tuned in for some great baby pictures which I’m sure will be arriving soon!
The Liebster Blog Award rules are:
1) Answer the 11 questions written by your nominator.
2) Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
3) Write 11 of your own questions for each nominee to answer.
Here are the questions I’m answering:
Of all the posts on your blog, which is your favorite?
Boy, it’s hard to say! One of my favorites has to be Bubbles and Goldfish, written when I was still pregnant with my sweet baby love. Though I must say, I also love my most recent post, The moments we’re given, because I love love love how baby girl has changed the way I live my life.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Not being self-aware. I’m OK with people having annoying habits, but what KILLS me is when someone has an annoying habit and isn’t even aware they’re being extremely annoying!
What do you waste the most time on?
Eep..probably Facebook. I spend a stupid amount of time surfing the net. I’m trying to cut back and be more present with my baby love.
What inspired you to begin a blog in the first place?
What’s your morning routine?
Go get the baby, change her, let her go potty, feed her if she needs, bring her back to my room where I get dressed and take care of myself, then go downstairs and pray she gives me time to pump before she demands being fed. It’s pretty chill right now!
What one thing, besides the people you love, are you most passionate about in life?
Literacy for DHH kids! I am appalled by the ceiling of a third grade reading level the median deaf HS senior has, and am passionate about looking for ways to change that at the school I volunteer in now and in my own classroom I’ll hopefully have before long.
Describe the kindest act you have ever witnessed.
It is sad how nothing leaps to mind. That really says something about the way my mind works and the things I remember :-( Recently must be a mom in a moms group I’m a part of who was sharing how she was so frustrated and exhausted because she never got a break from her needy baby and hadn’t been able to sleep well, and another mom who lived nearby offered, and pushed to make sure it was understood she meant it, to come by and watch her daughter for a few hours so she could get some sleep and get a break. It almost brought the first mom to tears. Sometimes it’s the little things.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Getting attacked by my neighbor’s dog and having to go to the hospital for a plastic surgeon to stitch my lip back together.
What is the strangest thing about you?
Just one? It’s so hard to choose… How about this one, suggested by my darling hubby: Despite being an uber-nerd and a very talented engineer with degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics, I am largely technology-illiterate beyond very basic levels and things I’ve learned by rote.
At the end of the day, what makes you feel like it was a success?
If I got at least one thing accomplished. I learned to set my bar low after the baby.
Describe your favorite pair of shoes.
I have worn the same type of tennis shoes since high school ‘most every day. They are Sketchers, full tennis shoes, and they have no laces but elastic instead. Comfortable AND lazy-supportive!
Alright, now that that’s done, on to the bloggers I nominate! These are all ladies I love to read, so go check them out! I apologize profusely in advance if I nominated you and you have more than 200 readers. If that happens I don’t mean to offend, I’m just an idiot. Promise. I’m going mostly by comments, which is horribly inaccurate, but I’m not sure how to do better :-/
A beautiful mommy with a beautiful son who has been battling PPD but refuses to let it define her.
I love reading updates on Cheeky, her adopted Chinese daughter, and the rest of her family!
Possibly the most badass deaf kid mommy ever. Her posts alternate between hilarious and moving, with periodic double-dips.
This mommy had her baby at roughly the same time I had mine, and it’s fun checking in to see how hers is doing! She also just got married, so big congrats to her!!
A family with several wonderful adopted kiddos with special needs. Great to watch them thrive!
Some of the most beautiful posts I have ever read have come from Stacey, she is a truly talented writer.
Another great deaf kid mommy! This interpreter and her Deaf husband adopted Luke, their deaf son, and are in process to adopt Elias, their second deaf son.
A powerful woman with a powerful voice who I love to read.
Her writing is truly enjoyable as she sneaks it in while her kids give her a break.
Another adoptive momma of two little Chinese girls. She shares great views on parenting and adoptions.
A family with two little kiddos, her posts to her kids are heart-melting.
And finally, the questions for my nominees:
- What is your favorite post you have written?
- Why did you begin blogging?
- Why do you blog now?
- What is your favorite date night activity?
- You have an entire day to yourself – what do you do with it?
- If you could give one piece of advice to other moms, what would it be?
- Imagine you went back in time to talk to your 18-year-old self. What would you tell her?
- What Christmas tradition have you established in your family that you love?
- Any pets?
- What is your favorite thing about yourself?
- What did you study in school?
If you decide to participate, leave a link to your post in the comments so others can go check it out. (I’ll, of course, already see it, since you’re all in my reader!)
Thanks again to my nominator at Natural Birth!