When I first started blogging on Upper West Side Mom over a year and a half ago, I thought of it as an attachment parenting blog. I assumed that I would write about things like breastfeeding, elimination communication, co-sleeping and other ideas that I believed in and practiced. I did write about these things but as I found my blog voice I began find that the blog was not only about attachment parenting. It was turning in to something different. It is still a parenting blog but it is more personal that I expected.
In a lot of ways my life seems to finally be moving forward. For the first time in ages I feel like I actually have some extra time. My 4 kids are now 13, 9.5, 7 and 4 and there's no one else on the way. Not having a baby means that I have been able to focus on more kid stuff (big and little). I have actually had time to cultivate new interests and friends for both me and the kids. One of the biggest changes is my life is a new found interest in crafts. There are tons of amazing craft blogs out there that have inspired me to learn about crafting. The girls and I have been doing some sewing, paper crafts and beading. I recently finished a 4 week sewing class at Purl Patchwork in Soho (who, by the way, have the most amazing fabric) and as soon as the holidays are over I am going to hopefully get myself a sewing machine. My girls are really excited to learn how to use it. I can't wait to see how this all develops.
I have also been cooking more than ever. Not having a baby or toddler has given me more time to experiment and find new recipes. I am actually surprised to find how many recipes I have posted recently. I have been doing a lot more baking now that I have a little extra time. My desert repertoire was pretty basic. My only requirements were that it was quick and of course tasted good. I am now delving into slightly more difficult recipes. Of course they still need to be somewhat quick and easy 'cause it's not like I have all day to just sit around and bake!
The thing that I am most surprised to have found is how much being Jewish has influenced what I blog about. It makes sense though, after all my husband and I send our kids to Jewish day school, are kosher and we are shomer Shabbat (Sabbath Observant). Through my blog I have discovered how much my Jewishness permeates my life in a mostly postive way!
I don't, however, want this blog to be a Jewish parenting blog that's only for Jews who send their kids to Jewish day school, are kosher and are shomer Shabbat. I am pretty certain that when I am blogging about parenting, cooking or crafting, what I write about is relevant to all kids of people. I am hoping that all kinds of people will read my blog and see how someone who is a little "different" than them lives. Then I want them to realize how much we all have in common.