I’ll be geeking out at BlogHer ’11 this August. Yay!
For those of you who aren’t familiar — which was ME, oh about 6 months ago newbie that I am — BlogHer is the biggest and best blogging conference around. In fact, about 3,000 bloggers will be descending upon San Diego to take part in 3 days of educational sessions, a trade show, networking opportunities and parties. I’m using a big chunk of the Mom Central blog grant that I was awarded earlier this year to be able to attend. (Thank you again Mom Central and all of you who voted for me!)
I feel SO fortunate that I can go for so many reasons.
For one, I’m going to be meeting A TON of my online blogger friends in person for the first time, many of the beautiful and courageous women who have shared their stories on the blog via guest posts, as well as others who I admire and follow regularly.
Two, I’m taking part in a comprehensive session on the first day of the conference “My Blog as Change Agent” hosted by Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress (who guest posted here just last week!) This session is all about learning how to use my blog for good and exploring ways to bring change to the world. This is very important to me. As you know I’m a strong advocate for mental wellness and suicide prevention, so this session will be wonderfully educational for me.
Reasons three through 3,ooo of why I’m excited to go to BlogHer. Well I can’t even begin to know what amazing opportunities, people and companies I will encounter until I’m there.
Reason, 3,001. Well, part of me is looking forward to having a break from my kids. As I’ve struggled with my own mental health the past 6 months, I really have not had much of an opportunity to get away. And I think it could be good for me. I’m a stay at home mom. Ronin is a pretty high needs attached 3 1/2 year old. Ellie is only 17 1/2 months and still nursing. It could be just the break I need to fill up the “me” tank and come back a better mom and wife, and blogger.
Our nursing relationship is very important to me, and to Ellie. Yes, she’s old enough to not have breastmilk for a few days. She’s a great eater. But neither one of us is quite ready to wean. She still nurses to bed, to nap and really any time she asks. We co-sleep, so she nurses in the night too.
John can easily put her to bed. She’s good about going to sleep. But what happens at 3am when he can’t settle her down? What happens at 3am when I’m leaking all over the bed!?
I HATE pumping. I pumped for Ronin for 13 months (that boy just wouldn’t latch) and I grew to loathe the breast pump. I’ve used it maybe 3 times since having Ellie. Its all been direct nursing. So I’m very nervous about how this is going to go down.
Will she be able to sleep?
Will she forget how to latch?
Will she decide to wean early?
Will my breasts explode if I don’t use the double electric pump while I’m gone?
Will I regret not taking her?
Will I regret taking her?
Oh my friends, I really need your advice!
Working moms, HELP ME. Have you traveled for work without your nursling? What are your tips for travel?
Experienced BlogHer friends, HELP ME. Have you attended the conference with a baby? Was it difficult? Would you do it again?
I truly need to figure this one out. Luckily next week we’re off on a trip for my 20th high school reunion and we will have a couple test days where I won’t be with Ellie. So I’ll get a feel for how this might go, and be close enough to pop on over if she needs me. But four full nights away? And me a thousand miles away?
I’ll be geeking out at BlogHer ’11. The question is, will Ellie be geeking out with me?