I’m Belinda and Save Mum’s Sanity is my own personal padded room.
After the birth of my son Jarvis (often referred to here as J boy, The Boy, or J) in October 2009 I was thrust into the sometimes crazy land of motherhood and I found myself questioning my place in this world.
Always a thinker, and a lacklustre do-er I set about trying to make sense of my thoughts and feelings here as a way to ’save my sanity’.
And so I keep plugging away, hoping that by sharing my day-to-day journey that someone somewhere might find themselves nodding along and feel a bit less crazy themselves.
Another reason I blog is to search for the strength to be the best mother I can be for my boy, who was born with congenital facial palsy, also referred to as seventh nerve palsy.
This means that he has limited movement on the right side of his face from his forehead down. His right eye doesn’t blink and he has the cutest crooked smile you’ll ever see. It took me a while to find peace with his condition and to arm myself with the strength to support him as he grows up and becomes aware of his difference. This blog has undoubtedly helped me on this journey.
I have since welcomed my second son Hugo, born in April 2012, so life has become even busier and crazier.
So what else do you need to know about me? In no particular order:
- I live in Brisbane, Australia
- I live with my husband (Mr P), J Boy, H boy and our cat Magnum in a three bedroom post-war cottage.
- I live for good coffee, good food and good conversation
- I suffer from sometimes extreme levels of procrastination
- I like to laugh and look for the positives in life. Negativity brings me down.
- Motherhood has brought me the most joy I’ve ever experienced and the most heartache. It’s important for me to express both.
- I am a journalist and although I love what I do, it’s true that journalists are the most cynical creatures you’ll ever meet. I’m sometimes shocked at my levels of cynicism, so I’m trying to work on that.
- If I had to choose an actress to play me in the movie of my life I would choose Toni Collette or Tina Fey.
- I think I share more in common with Liz Lemon than a love for jeans, flat shoes and a cardi. I sometimes say things that I find hilarious that nobody else seems to find remotely amusing and like to think of myself as a misunderstood genius.
- Am starting to question whether I’m making these points up now?
- Perhaps it’s time to stop trying to define myself?
- You’ll just have to read my posts to find out more!