The Best of Birmingham Moms Blog :: Our Top Ten Posts from 2019


What a great year 2019 was for us at Birmingham Moms Blog! We have loved sharing motherhood with all of you this year, online and in person, and we thank you all for being a part of this community. We so appreciate our partners, our contributors, and our readers!

We’re excited to share with you our top ten posts of 2019. This list includes many personal accounts of motherhood, shared bravely from each mother’s heart, and a variety of resources specifically for moms in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Enjoy looking back at this amazing year with us!

:: The Best of Birmingham Moms Blog ::

#1 – Light Up Your Night :: Where to See Christmas Lights in Birmingham

Driving around to view Christmas lights is such a fun family tradition! This list highlights neighborhoods around the Birmingham area that are sure to delight and entertain the entire family.

{Read Stacey’s post here.}

#2 – I Don’t Want to Leave You

“But of all those moments where my heart didn’t want to go, none is worse than hearing, ‘The cancer has come back,’ and having to face the far-off possibility that this cancer may separate us permanently one day. Please know, I’m not afraid of dying. I know what’s on the other side. The other side is good and beautiful and perfect. What’s not perfect is leaving you. What’s not perfect is the hole it will leave in your perfect little hearts. I would never want to hurt you, and me leaving would be a pain I wouldn’t be here to fix.”

{Read Haley I.’s post here.}

#3 – 5 Things to Do (And NOT Do) When You Encounter a Special Needs Family

“I believe that people, as a whole, want to help. Sometimes we just don’t know how. So here are a few tips to help you engage a special needs family in a casual setting: church, a park, a restaurant, or in an airport terminal.”

{Read Sarah’s post here.}

#4 – The Best Birmingham Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals

Fall is a glorious time of year, and there are so many fun fall activities to enjoy with your family around central Alabama!

{Read Julie T.’s post here.}

#5 – The Kindness of Strangers During Our Day Trip to Selma

“If you are looking for an educational day trip from Birmingham and want to support a wonderful small town community, then I HIGHLY recommend taking a day trip to Selma!”

{Read Julie L.’s post here.}

#6 – Baby Name Etiquette :: Thinking Through Your Response When a Mom Shares Her Chosen Name

“Sharing the name of your baby is a very vulnerable and personal action. Having others criticize the name you’ve chosen for your little bundle of joy can be hurtful, cause a lot of doubt, and add stress that a pregnant woman just doesn’t need. So I’ve decided to compile a little list of what not to say so that all you future mamas can share with those closest to you!”

{Read Brittany’s post here.}

#7 – I Rented the Runway {And It Almost Ruined My Event}

“Would I use Rent the Runway again? I think I would, but I would do things a bit differently next time . . .”

{Read Julie S.’s post here.}

#8 – Preparing for Kindergarten :: The Top Six Things You Can Do in the Final Weeks of Summer

“I am here to tell you that there is truly no place like kindergarten. It is full of learning, yes, but kindergarten is so much more. I can’t count the number of times someone has told me they could never do my job. That may be true, but I count myself as one of the lucky ones. I get to experience the magic of kindergarten, and the ‘firsts’ for children, year after year. There can’t be many more rewarding jobs on the planet.”

{Read Haley J.’s post here.}

#9 – Our Adventure at Alabama Splash Adventure {2019}

Julie T. recounts our contributor family day at Alabama Splash Adventure. It was a huge hit!

{Read Julie T.’s post here.}

#10 – I’m Tired of Being Sorry :: Chronicles of a Heart Mom

“This realization was followed with slight embarrassment and guilt. I thought, ‘Am I being over-the-top and completely annoying to everyone on social media for the entire month?’ I concluded that the answer might be ‘yes’ for some people and ‘kind of’ for others. Then I became angry. I was angry at myself for even considering myself annoying. I realized I might clog someone’s news feed and I may be the person that is silently ‘unfollowed’. These thoughts were paired with the grumblings of friends, co-workers, and family members who eye-rolled over my politically charged posts advocating for the needs of the medically complex. This all led me to my new-found strong belief and fresh perspective: I am tired of being sorry for the circumstances of our lives.”

{Read Alyson’s post here.}

Other popular posts from 2019:

What My Miscarriage Taught Me – Haley J.

My Infertility Journey :: How My Prayer Changed After Losing 10 Babies – Guest

How We’re Embracing a Big Age Gap – Kristin F.

Mending Little Hearts {When Mama Loses Her Cool} – Ericka J.

Grocery Budgeting 101 :: A New Year’s Resolution I WILL Keep – Rebekah V.

My “Momiform” :: The Outfit that Changed My Life – Abbe W.

Life as a Working Mom :: When Work Gets in the Way of Summer – Kristin F.

How to Start a Date Night Babysitting Co-op – Mallory M.

Miniature Fairy City in the Magic City – Julie T.

Evidence-based Advice from a Pediatric Registered Dietitian – Guest

How My White Heritage Unintentionally Made Me Blind (And Books to Open Young Hearts and Minds) – Shana M.

We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for Birmingham Moms Blog!