January 27, 2007

Yesterday was my blog birthday. This blog is one year old.

I know that most people like to call it an anniversary, or a blogiversary, but I really prefer to think of it as a sort of birth. One without the pain and the drugs and the torn-up hoo-hah, but a birthday nonetheless. One year ago yesterday, I created something. I took part of myself and made something of it and thrust it out into the world. I gave something birth. That thing was, is, this blog.

I’m not going to get all cheesy and call it my baby. It’s not my baby. This is my baby:

But it is possible to give birth to other things – things, works, states of being – things that are not babies, not even, colloquially, ‘our babies’ (such a mother, so literalonly a baby can be one’s ‘baby’), things that are nonetheless much beloved, much treasured, the products of much work.

This is what I said, one year ago. This was the first yell, the first red-cheeked holler that announced new life: welcome to the first day of the rest of my life.

My life.

I was referring, specifically, to the day of WonderBaby’s birth, the day that I became a mother, the day that my universe changed, the day that I changed, forever. But I might have been referring to the day at hand, the day of the birth of the blog. Because that day was also a day of transformation, a day of fundamental change. It was the day that I decided to tell my stories. It was the day that I became (again? for once and for all?) a writer, because it was the day that I leapt – blindly, happily – into my love of writing and stayed there. Swam there, splashed there, frolicked there. I’m still there – sometimes frolicking, sometimes dog-paddling, sometimes floating on my back, resting tired arms, but still – still – there. (Waterbabywriterbaby. Writerbaby? Uck. Writer, baby.)

What I gave birth to: a new (a rediscovered?) part of myself, a new (found?) identity. ‘Her Bad Mother’ (the name came late, as names often do) is me – me-the-mother, of course, but more fundamentally, me-the-writer.

I’m thinking about that a lot these days, about this transformation, this (re?)birth. How do I nurture this work, this thing, this me? I don’t quite know how to mother this creation. I’m learning as I go. I’m making mistakes, I think, but I don’t mind my errors. I’m learning. I don’t know how this work will turn out, but for the moment, that doesn’t matter. The joy is in the doing.

And, of course, always, the inspiration… there is joy, so much joy, in celebrating the inspiration, that which gave (who did give) this breath…



I don’t know where this goes. It doesn’t matter. It can only be good.

Cheers, and thanks for sharing this year with me.

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    Kate January 27, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! You’re a wonderful writer. It’s so fulfilling in life to give birth to your own creations.

    Thanks for all the great reading.

    Anonymous January 27, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    catherine, wonderbaby is so adorable.glad i found you.and glad i finally figured out how to post comments.

    Lara January 27, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    best of wishes and major congratulations. i know exactly what you mean, though, about feeling rediscovered as a writer with the blog. it’s remarkable, how different my life is now – now that i’m a blogger – than it was before. i’m glad to have enjoyed your blog (though sadly i haven’t had my anniversary as a reader yet – couple months to go still), and i’m glad you’ve been enjoying writing it. :)

    (p.s. on thursday, i posted a list of search terms through which people found my site, and i figure you probably didn’t see, but one of them was “wonderbaby designs pants.” i thought you’d get a kick out of that.)

    mayberry January 27, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Happy birthday to the wonderblog!

    Mrs. Chicken January 27, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Congratulations on your new life as a writer, baby. And thank you for inspiring me all the while. Cheers.

    jo(e) January 27, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday!

    Heather January 27, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    I hope we have more years of cute wonderbaby pics to come. Man she’s adorable.

    Lawyer Mama January 27, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    And what an adorable inspiration you have.

    Jenn January 28, 2007 at 12:05 am

    happy happy birthday!

    I came on board late around here, but I am looking forward to the next year (and those after)!

    NotSoSage January 28, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Happy Birthdy, HBM! At least you don’t have to worry about the “when’s the next one coming along?” questions with this baby.

    Mme L has that same shirt (I have to admit, it has always freaked me out, just the tiniest bit).

    scribbit January 28, 2007 at 1:47 am

    You have eloquently described the reasons why I started blogging. It’s not about having an audience or recording my life–it’s all about creativity and the need to create. I think that is what drives all writers more or less.

    Susanne January 28, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Happy blog birthday! Only a year old, who would have thought. And yes, creativity and the need to create, like scribbit said. That’s what it’s all about.

    laura January 28, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Happy Bloggy Birthday :)

    I’ll admit that I haven’t been reading since the very beginning, but I still loved this post!

    Lydia January 28, 2007 at 8:45 am

    happy blog birthday!

    keep writing!

    Mrs. Chicky January 28, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! Can it really be that you’re a whole year older, ’cause you look fabulous. Not a day over 200 days old.

    Beck January 28, 2007 at 10:57 am

    A whole year! Good stuff. I’m very Johnny Come Lately to your blog, but I’m always amused and enchanted by your writing. Here’s wishing you many years more.

    crazymumma January 28, 2007 at 10:58 am

    It’s been a pleasure.
    Thanks for having us.

    Karissa, Brad & Rowyn January 28, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I’m a very new reader to your blog but have laughed my way through the older posts and have enjoyed reading everything. I’ve even read some of them to my husband who nods enthusiastically along with me. Keep it up. This is one of my new favourite things – to read your adventures.

    Gidge January 28, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Congrats on your first year!

    T. January 28, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    So glad you decided to share your Wonderbaby with us, Catherine.

    Congrats. Here’s to another fabulous year and all the posts about hurdles, and accomplishments that follow.

    Meg January 28, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Happy birthday Catherine’s blog!

    Gabriella January 28, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Happy One year Blog Birthday. So glad you started one and shared it with us!

    Christina January 28, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Congrats on your one year blog birthday! I’m glad we found each other from our shared experiences of motherhood and Siamese cats! :)

    Rock the Cradle January 28, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    A very happy bloggy birthday, you bad mother.
    and here’s to a brilliant new year of great writing!

    Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" January 28, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    happy happy blogibirthday….I am so grateful that you were ‘born’…You inspire me.

    Enjoy and keep blogging…

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD January 28, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Happy One YEEEEAR! You’re amazing. Many happy returns.

    kittenpie January 28, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Happy happy – we’re so glad you started this! Can’t believe it’s a year (nearly one for me too) and we’ve met all these neat people and wrote and read so many stories. I hope to see you busting out some balloons and cake again this time next year. I’ll be there!

    metro mama January 28, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Happy bad blog birthday!

    Kyla January 28, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Happy blirthday, HBM!

    rachel January 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    so glad I found you this year.

    Happy birthday!

    amanda kathryn January 28, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Hi. Found you through Blogging Chicks. I love your writing. And your baby is just beautiful!
    Happy Bloggy Bday!

    Mimi January 28, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    The first anniversary is ‘paper’, non–very writer, but not very blog? Oh wait, not an anniversay, a *birthday*. So cake then! And, as everyone knows, cake has no calories on your birthday ;-)

    Nicole January 28, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    happy first! I just found you (via ??) and you reminded me that my first was also Saturday. Cheers!

    Your Blog Goddess Brethern January 28, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Happy anniversary. Yours is one of my absolute favorites.

    Nancy January 28, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations on one year of blogging. I honestly can say that your voice in the blogsphere has been one of the most comforting and welcome ones to me during these past few months.

    Anonymous January 28, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary for your blog. You’ve become one of my daily check-ins for several reasons – one because you’re from ‘close to home’, but also because the way you write pulls me in.

    I go through spurts with my LiveJournal, where I post frequently and then disappear. I wish I could be as eloquent as y’all are… Mebbe that’s why I disappear – because I know I couldn’t ever be.

    Kirsten January 28, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Oops. The above is me. I’m a dork ROFL

    Grim Reality Girl January 28, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday to YOU,
    Happy Blog Birthday to you,
    Happy Blog Birthday HBM….
    Happy Blog Birthday to Y O U!!!!

    Glad you are blogging — I love your writing!

    Lady M January 29, 2007 at 1:10 am

    It’s hard to believe how much powerful and positive impact you’ve had on the blogging world in just one year. Congratulations!

    And by the way, Wonderbaby keeps getting cuter.

    jen January 29, 2007 at 1:43 am

    and what a year you’ve had. i know for me, you’ve been a source of insight and inspiration.

    constantly. you.

    The Mad Momma January 29, 2007 at 4:56 am

    hey..congratulations… here’s to many more birthdays… and here’s to continuing to inspire us…

    Waya January 29, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Here’s to more great years ahead Catherine!! I, too, just had my own blogniversary and I never thought I’d last this long.

    Bloor West Mama January 29, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary!!

    Or is it Feliz Cumpleaños!!

    mamatulip January 29, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Wooooooo! Happy Birthday, Blog!

    mimi January 29, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Happy 1st year! ~Mimi

    something blue January 29, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    I would have baked your blog a cake.

    Congrats to you on your creative and always captivating words. Here’s to many more blog birthdays!

    nomotherearth January 29, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Joyeuse Naissance! Truly, we are so glad you are here. Simply stated – the blogosphere simply would not be the same without you.

    Mom101 January 29, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    I know it’s totally lame to simply comment on the photos but I am moved to do so. She is more stunning by the day. (Ok, so the hair helps as we’ve both learned.)

    Happy year!

    Mocha January 29, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Hold a sec…there’s this pain…yes…there it is. Right in my uterus from that delicious baby


    Beautifully stated, my dear. You are right to state that the joy is in the doing.

    Diva Dee January 29, 2007 at 5:16 pm


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