Being recognised for something that you put a lot of time and effort in to, especially when its unexpected, is an amazing feeling. A few weeks ago, I asked my readers to consider nominating me in a couple of big blog awards. One of those awards – the Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) awards announced their shortlist yesterday and I was thrilled to discover that Little Hearts, Big Love had made the shortlist in the Family blog category. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me and helped my blog to make the shortlist.
Now, the ten blogs in each category need to be whittled down to select the five finalists. I would love to be amongst those five, and need your votes to help me get there. If you would like to vote for me once more, you can do so here.
And if you need a little persuasion, read on…
When I first started this blog in April 2014, it was just my outlet for sharing my thoughts as a heart mummy. Since then we’ve been on quite a journey – this blog has grown and I now share posts about days out, crafts and reviews as well as helping to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, how Jessica’s half a working heart affects our family life and have started to create a community of other heart parent bloggers through my Heart to Heart linky.
To be recognised out of more than 8000 parenting blogs out there is an amazing achievement in itself.
Blogs shortlisted in the Family category are described as being those that “share the laughter and tears of family life, telling stories that elicit a-ha’s and understanding from all of us. They are honest and open about the realities of family life and we love them for it.”
My biggest aim for this blog is to help other heart families know that they are not alone in the journey, to give support and encouragement and to help improve outcomes for other babies through raising awareness of congenital heart defects (CHDs) and the importance of early detection. In the meantime, I want to show through my other posts that most of the time our family life is very normal – the shadow of CHD is always there but we don’t let it hold us back. And whilst I’m someone who tends to focus on the positives, I always try to be honest too.
Reaching the finals of the BiBs will help me to get my voice out there and help me to continue to raise awareness of CHDs and to give hope to those who are just starting out on their heart family journey. And if you could vote for me and help me do that, that would be wonderful.
Still need a little more persuasion? Here are some of my most-read posts and the ones that I am most proud of – a mixture of heart-related posts and those that are just about the realities of normal family life:
- What it means to be a heart parent – a glimpse into the reality of life as a heart family.
- The truth about co-sleeping – 10 crazy co-sleeping positions that we experience on a regular basis.
- I’m a heart mummy, but I’m not superhuman – a post about just being an ordinary mum, coping with extraordinary challenges.
- The Stick Man Trail – our day out doing the Stick Man trail at Wendover Woods, written in the style of the book that inspired it.
- The truth about the 20 week scan – why early detection of CHD at the 20 week scan is vital.
I’ll finish off with a quote that for me really does sum up the realities of life as a heart family and why I want to capture as much of it as possible through this blog.
If you’ve enjoyed reading this post, I would love your vote to help me reach the final. You can vote for me here.