You may have noticed my new blog layout! I hope you love it as much as I do. I think it really is a nice representation of me and I’m so happy to finally be able to get an updated look here at Baby Ridley Bump. You may not know depending on how long you’ve been a reader, but I have been blogging now since May of 2012. It’s been such an awesome journey being a blogger and I can’t wait to continue to do so as I document the rest of this pregnancy and becoming a mother.
I thought now would be a good time to reintroduce myself and talk about how this blog started & how it evolved into what it is today, something I never in my wildest dreams would’ve imagined. You may be familiar with the story and if you are I’m glad because that means you’ve been around for a while. If you’re not, then welcome, hopefully it will be an interesting enough story to keep you around! If you’re looking for just my TTC timeline, you can click here.
Baby Ridley Bump originally started after we had been actively TTC for about 6-7 months. I had just discovered a blog called LittleBaby Garvin (now Garvin & Co.) and I loved following her as she documented her first pregnancy. At that time I was laid up after a motorcycle accident so I had a lot of time on my hands and eventually created my own blog. I wasn’t quite cognizant of the fact that we were going to have trouble conceiving. I thought I’d do like Jessica Garvin was doing and document my way through our first pregnancy and eventually motherhood.
After 2 years of trying naturally we started seeing a reproductive endocrinologist, our entire journey through natural and assisted reproduction has been documented on this blog. Openly documenting and sharing this journey with the world has been so rewarding and has connected me with some of the most amazing women and opportunities I could ever imagine. The support that has come from fellow bloggers and through other social media outlets like Instagram has been overwhelming. Although none of it went according to that picture perfect plan, I wouldn’t change any of it.
On this blog you will find a lot of honest and raw emotion, you will read about my darkest days, you will read about a lot about failure and sadness, but you will also read about positivity and perseverance and most importantly, success after a roughly 5 year battle with infertility. You’ll also find some lighter topics too, but this blog is dedicated to the struggle and the awareness of infertility.
Some things about me that are not related to infertility… well for starters I am married and I am a fur-mama to a cat named Scout and a dog named Frank, both are rescues. We built our dream home in 2014 (you’ll find lots of posts about that process too!) and we are still in the process of making it into our forever home. We love to take trips on our motorcycle, we love to camp. I consider myself a wine connoisseur and I’m really looking forward to the day I can enjoy a mimosa again after this pregnancy. I love to cook, I’m extremely organized and an extreme type-a personality. My favorite thing to do is lounge on my couch with my dog and my husband (and I guess my cat too) and watch a good scary movie with a fire in the fire place. Home is my favorite place to be, but we also love to travel & especially love cruises.
If you’re new here I am so glad you stopped by and I hope you stick around. If you’ve been reading for a while, thank you SO MUCH for loving and supporting me throughout this journey of blogging these last 4.5 years. My dream of documenting pregnancy and parenthood has finally come true and I cannot wait to continue writing our story.