I haven’t written a blog post since April 1st.
Sometimes I’m a bad Blogger.
But I haven’t been sitting on my hands all this time. I’ve been very busy with both creative projects and personal responsibility.
Youtube has been going very well. What started as just posting regularly in March has evolved into almost daily posting. I discovered that I’m able to film in my bathroom and it’s given me so many more filming opportunities. Making videos began to fit so easily into my life that I ended up with more footage than I knew what to do with, so I began posting videos daily.
I’m also taking steps to get Basic Makeup off the ground. I finally faced the fact that I can’t do this by myself. For this website to be everything I want it to be I have to establish it as a multi-contributor platform from the get-go. And to do that I need other contributors, which is turning out to be surprisingly hard.
I’ve reached out to over 100 bloggers and less than a fifth got back to me. Which is something I find surprising, as I’m always seeing tweets from bloggers complaining that there aren’t any opportunities for smaller content creators. Here I am holding a platter of opportunity and there are hardly any takers. Maybe they don’t think I’m being serious or maybe the fact the initial opportunity isn’t paid work is putting people off. But I dead serious. I want Basic Makeup to be able to provide a regular income for regular contributors and maybe a career for others, but it’s going to take a lot of work and support.
I’ve also had a time of it with the kids. Luna has entered the tantrum phase. So any time I sit down to get some work done I’d better hope she’s occupied or all hell breaks loose. She still very much likes to be where I am and doing whatever I am doing, and when she can’t the situation quickly dissolves into screaming fits and throwing herself about the place. It can actually be hilarious to watch at times and I try really hard not to laugh, but other times it’s so infuriating that I struggle not to throw a tantrum of my own.
My main concern has been Rowan. He’s now 13 weeks old and he’s been a lot more work than Luna ever was. She would take her bottle with no problem and was sleeping through the night by 8 weeks (the first time she did it gave me the fear), we thought we’d just been really lucky with her. Rowan would often be very unsettled while feeding unless he was particularly hungry, and very rarely slept more than a few hours at a time. It was exhausting but it turns out there was a damn good reason behind it.
At his 6-week check, the doctor told us he had Eczema and recommended that we keep him very well moisturised and watch out for signs of infection and sent us home with a cream for an inflammation in his nappy area. He had very dry skin across his head, what was assumed to be just cradle cap and that generally goes away with moisturising. But it wasn’t budging and actually looked a bit raw at times and eventually scabbed. We became concerned when his elbow started weeping a couple of days before his 12-week check. When we asked the Health visitor she instantly brought out the auto-response of “you should make an appointment with the doctor”. It wasn’t until we asked for anything to take care of it in the meantime that she took a look and made us an appointment with the duty doctor right then.
It wasn’t cradle cap, it was a skin infection. He’s now on a course of antibiotics and was given a moderate steroid cream. After the first day, he was so much better. He took his bottle easier and took more of it. He was a lot more settled, slept better and is now, 5 days later sleeping through the night. I don’t know if there is anything I could have done to prevent this but I’m glad it’s dealt with now and Rowan is so much happier now.
Blogging hasn’t been my top priority the past few weeks, but I’m glad to be back.