The BEST of JMB: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

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Jacksonville Mom Team 2018

It was another great year for Jacksonville Moms Blog! We continue to be amazed and humbled at how much our site has grown over the years, but most of all, we are so very thankful to you, our readers, for your consistent support. Jacksonville Moms Blog has always been, and will always be, for YOU.

As we wrap up 2018, we wanted to share our Top 10 most-read blog posts from this year along with a few Honorable Mentions. We hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as we have!

JMB Top 10!

“Right now, your wife is in the trenches, going through the most difficult part of motherhood. She’s dealing with tons of stress and frustration every single day, whether it be crying babies and dirty diapers or toddler temper tantrums and potty training. She’s always worrying about someone else and rarely takes time for herself. Guys, your mom did all of this, too — but those days, for her, are over. So on Mother’s Day, you need to make the day special for your wife first and foremost.”

“It’s easy for someone like Hollis to preach this kind of message, but for most people, it’s not as simple as pushing yourself to be happy. Not everyone led the kind of overly privileged life Hollis had. Here in the real world, where we aren’t all wealthy and entitled.”
“A crowd of doctors and nurses rushed into my once dimly lit birthing haven. Tears flowed from my husband and me as we saw our son, but not the tears of sheer joy we had anticipated. These were tears of shock. I asked over and over again, ‘What’s wrong with my baby?’ yet heard no sufficient answer. My husband just held my hand, his face buried in my bedside. Silence prevailed for what seemed like years.”

“When you get engaged, all you want is the prettiest ring, the most fun and beautiful wedding, and then an amazing life together. And all you are thinking of when you walk down the aisle is the ‘or better.’ A few years in, reality takes over. The ‘for worse’ creeps in.”

“When the ‘Peter Rabbit’ film previewed, I saw the allergy alert: This film contains allergy violence. My heart sank. What was the violence? How bad could it be? It is Peter Rabbit, after all! I did my research, and I got my answer. It is irredeemably bad. Could we still safely see the film? The answer for us, sadly, was ‘no.’ And I think it is downright dangerous for non-allergy families to see it, too. I am such a hard pass on this film that I seriously debated writing this article at all.”

“Even after we had been married for several years, arousal for me, pre-kid, came in the form of sweet messages on my voicemail, a loving look, pulling out my chair at dinner and simply, his physical touch. But after almost 22 years together? My, how the stimulation landscape has changed for me. This simple chore is the golden key to nookie at night and afternoon delight.”

“Many may not even realize that this is my ‘thing’ — my own personal not-really-a-secret-but-kind-of-a-secret scarlet letter. The thing that makes me feel different, self-conscious, and sometimes weird, especially at those moms’ night out events where the wine flows like breast milk from a lucky overproducer.”

“I know I’m not going to be friends with everyone, and that’s okay by me. Truth be told, I’m a big fan of the best plans being canceled plans because I’m friggin’ tired. The feelings of not being ‘let in’ or accepted because the Mom Tribe has spoken, isn’t something I feel okay with in my 30s. But people supporting people, being helpful, being kind and having the least amount of judgment, the better.”

“In 2016, an initiative was launched to establish the urban core of Jax as a nationally recognized art district, and friends, these artists are gettin’ after it. Once I started driving around looking for these murals, it was shocking to me how much art is downtown. Open your eyes, and get out there and see it, people! Even if only for that perfect selfie or photo opp.”

“I told my son to ask the lunch worker to see if there were more meatball subs in the back. He immediately had a look of fear on his face. He told me he’s not allowed to ask for things and must take what is there. I said that’s ridiculous; they just ran out and probably have more in the back, right?”

A Few Honarable Mentions:

After Infidelity, All Paths Lead to Hard Work by Guest Blogger, Melissa Gopp

On the Subject of Infertility: Are You ‘Fine’ or Fine? by Lindsay Cofield-Solie

‘They Were Meant to Be Mine’ submitted by Wolfson Children’s Hospital

How to Instill Gratitude in Your Kids by Cassy Fiano-Chesser

My Floor Plan is Destroying My Family by Katie Jones

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Now we want to hear from you! What were some of your favorite JMB Blogs from 2018? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks again for an awesome year, and we look forward to what 2019 has in store. Happy New Year!

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Vicky Lane
Vicky Lane is the co-owner and co-founder of Jacksonville Mom (formerly Jax Moms Blog). Since 2012, she has been overseeing the content and technical side of Jacksonville Mom. In this role, she manages over 30 writers and works closely with the managing editor to provide the most relevant content for the Jacksonville parenting community. In her previous career, Vicky obtained her Masters in Education and served as University Registrar at the University of North Florida. Wife to adoring husband John, her love for all things “Mom” began in 2010 when their son Brendan was born. Vicky chose to put her full-time career in higher education on hold to spend time with her new baby, giving her a new respect for motherhood and parenting. In June 2012, John and Vicky welcomed sweet Audrey to the family. Vicky has created an amazing circle of Moms who are continuously seeking new ways to enrich their children’s lives in and around Jacksonville. Being part of the creation of an online parenting resource and small business that serves the great Jacksonville area has allowed her to flourish in a successful career while remaining present for her family.

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