The Best of Birmingham Mom Collective :: Our Top Ten from 2021

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It’s been quite a year! 2021 was one for the books, for sure. Since it’s almost over, let’s take some deep breaths, look back on the good things of this year, and get ready for 2022.

Speaking of the the good things in 2021, we love looking back over our blog to see what resonated the most with our community. So, without further ado, here are the most popular posts published in 2021.

#10- We Belong

“Over the past year, racism and hate against AAPI has grown. Personally, this has ripped off the layers of Band-Aids I have put on over the past decades. I yearned to belong when we moved to this country and I couldn’t speak the language. I yearned to belong when the clothes I wore from church donation bins were not “cool” enough to fit in with the other girls at school. I yearned to belong when my teacher re-named me something she could pronounce in the 3rd grade.
 

Now, I yearn to belong every time I step foot outside.”

{Read Lisha’s post here.}

#9- Letting Go Of Control For the Benefit of Health :: A Hysterectomy Before 40

“This was about being a woman, a mom, and facing a potential health crisis. Yes, I could ignore what doctors and family suggest and try again to get pregnant, but who does that really benefit? This was about working through all the emotions and thoughts associated with this type of surgery. This was about not tying my identity to my anatomy. This is a journey the Lord has asked me to walk, and I want to do it faithfully.”

{Read Carri’s post here.}

#8- The Lie About Breastfeeding :: When It’s Not Always “Best”

“I chose not to breastfed my fifth baby because what no one told me years ago when I was a young mom, was that my mental health mattered. It actually mattered more than my baby’s need for breast milk. I use to think I had to always put my children before myself to be a good mom. That is a lie.”
 
{Read Alli’s post here.}

#7- An Interview With Luisa’s Siblings

“I say often to three of my children, ‘You are living a different life than I did growing up. I do not know what it is like to have a sister with special needs.’ It’s my way of validating their unique experiences, both the highs and the lows, as siblings to their sister, Luisa (age eight). Luisa has been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Since I do not know what it is like to walk in their shoes, I decided to ask them about their experiences.”

{Read Sarah’s post here.}

#6- Three Areas to Trim Your Budget in 2021

“This has admittedly been a harder area in our budget for me to reduce since we had our children. I have agonized countless times on spending $15 on yoga pants for myself, while I have had no problem dressing my children like fashion models or members of the royal family. Over the past year through the pandemic, I have realized how little clothing really matters, especially when children grow so fast.”

{Read Martin’s post here.}

#5- You Got a Chick-fil-A?! Let Your Southern Sisters Tell You Everything You Need to Know

“Chick-fil-A has the quickest and most efficient drive-thru experience ever. There are multiple lanes open at their busiest times, iPad ordering stations, a pull-up and pick-up area, and the friendliest staff on-hand. Did you know some COVID testing sites have employed local CFA employees to help make their testing and vaccination process more efficient?!”

{Read Kristin’s post here.}

#4- Cultivating Sister-Friends :: Six Tips for Building Bonds That Last

“Although I do not have a blood sister, what I have found in my 40s has become a lifeline for the second half of my life. As you enter your 40s, you deal with more than job drama, breakups, and decorating decisions; but the loss of family members, difficult situations with children, marital issues, career changes, serious health problems, and the list goes on. What is so valuable at this time are devoted girlfriends who will speak truth and keep you grounded.”

{Read Holly’s post here.}

#3- Deaf and Dedicated :: Co-Parenting With a Spouse Who Hears Differently

“It took many conversations with our doctor and his family to assure him that our children would likely not be born with a hearing disability, and if they were, modern medicine had drastically improved over the past two decades. The most important thing that he could do for our children (aside from loving them unconditionally), would be to talk to them every moment he could. That form of speech therapy would help them adapt to his voice and help him feel comfortable communicating with an infant.”

{Read Briana’s post here.}

#2- A Village :: A Tribute to Robyn Naftel Herring

“On Monday, April 26, 2021, Robyn Herring was tragically killed in a hit and run car chase In just a split second she was gone. As I sat in my bed, winding down from the hectic day, my phone rang. Typically people don’t call me after 8:00 p.m. So I answered. Then and there I began sobbing as I heard what happened to our dear Robyn. My heart immediately broke for the two girls that were now left behind. That night, as calls were made to teachers, principals, friends, pastors, family, our Homewood community secretly began to rally. Plans were already in motion for food, arrangements for the girls, future funds, etc.”

{Read Kristen’s post here.}

#1- Trying To Conceive, Pregnant, or Nursing and the COVID Vaccine :: What I’ve Learned

“I know, I know. We know how it works, but what about trying to conceive, being pregnant, or breastfeeding? There is less information available on the vaccine for women in these categories. A few things are known, though. COVID in pregnancy presents a higher risk of severe illness and death versus those that are not pregnant. There is also possible increased risk of pre-term birth with COVID. Now, let’s turn to the experts for advice on the vaccine.”

{Read Kerra’s post here.}

This is just a small sampling of what our team of over 30 writers has done this year! We had some wonderful content this year, and we hope you enjoyed it.

Thank you for all of your support in 2021! What posts, resources, or guides would you like to see in 2022?

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