This wwek we are meeting a ''new to me'' blogger as I only recently discovered her blog. Even in the short time of reading it I am in awe at her determination and how she coped with unexpectaly expecting. Maddy from The Speed Bump took sometime to answer some questions for me so here goes...
What inspired you to start blogging?
When I was pregnant, I got a magazine in my Bounty Pack called “Emma’s Diary”. It was ridiculous, and so clearly aimed at married couples in their thirties who’ve planned and tried for a baby. As a 19 year old student facing an unplanned pregnancy, it was so unrelatable, so I decided to write a blog that would give a more realistic account of what it’s like to be a young mum-to-be, to balance studying and pregnancy, and dealing with an accidental pregnancy!
The highlight has really just been sharing my journey with the world! I’ve been blogging since I was twelve weeks pregnant, so I’ve posted about morning sickness, hospital appointments, giving birth, dealing with teething, writing my dissertation, and then finally graduating with a first class degree
Out of all of your posts, which post would you say means the most to you?
There are two posts that mean a lot to me. The first was one I wrote when I was pregnant, which is called “Pregnant By Accident, Having A Baby By Choice”, which was as I first started to come to terms with the pregnancy and the fact that I was going to be a mum, and realised that even though the pregnancy was unplanned, I had made the decision to keep the baby and become a mum, and I was going to love my baby just as much as any other parent.
What would you say is your favourite thing about blogging?
The community, without a doubt. I’ve met so many people through blogging, and I love following their journeys and reading their blogs, and getting feedback on my blog too – as well as discussing all aspects of parenthood with them, and chatting to them on Twitter and Facebook! I also love that I have a complete record of my daughter’s life that I can look back on whenever I want.
Describe yourself in 5 words?
Confident, sarcastic, geeky, playful, honest!
Shhhhh...tell us a secret about yourself :)
I am TERRIFIED of octopus. Okay, it’s a stupid secret, but it’s such an embarrassing phobia! When I was nineteen, I went to an aquarium. When I realised I was in the same room as an octopus, I burst into tears and ran away!
If you were being sent to a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
My guitar, a phone with unlimited battery and signal (I’m a bit of a social media addict) and a rubber dinghy!
And finally, when your not blogging, what do you do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? Haha, I do a lot of writing, play guitar and listen to music!