Blog Bash Link Up!

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It’s celebration time!!

Today, Ado of The Momalog and I  kick off Blog Bash, in celebration of our first blogiversary, where we ask you to link up your favorite post ever. It could be something you wrote last week, or two years ago. All it has to be is that it’s a post YOU love. We do ask that you include our Blog Bash button and maybe add a line or two to explain why that is your favorite post – you can write a new post with a link to the old one, or just link directly to the original post. Whichever way you do it, we’ll love it! Ado and I promise to read each and every linked up post (and if you close comments after a certain period, consider opening comments on the post you link up, to get some comment love).

As it’s our blogs’ birthday, there are gifts. For YOU.

We have FIVE generous sponsors who will be giving *five lucky linkers the following prizes:

Lauren Nicole Gifts, who specializes in beautiful hand stamped silver jewelry, is sponsoring one gorgeous footprint necklace, which you can customize with your baby’s footprint.

Storkie, who has been creating stylish invitation and announcement cards for 21 years, is sponsoring a $50 gift card.

Julia Anthony Designs, run by etsy store owner, Julia Anthony, is sponsoring one pair of beautiful Isadora earrings.

yeah write, a fantastic blogger’s community (where I found and met many wonderful writers early on in blogging), is sponsoring a WordPress theme.

Swank, a full service web design studio, is sponsoring a mini blog makeover.

*Winners will be chosen via random.org.

My favorite post is actually a guest post I wrote in December last year, and it’s a subject I’ve not written about here – Monkey’s birth story.

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The Scent of a Newborn

The metallic smell of blood, when he was born.

My blood. Severe postpartum blood loss. Plummeting blood pressure. Midwives, calm but urgent. Drips, needles, drugs, quiet conversation, to save my life.

The familiar smell of tea and toast, my first meal in 30 hours.

Ravenous, I ate while my newborn slept peacefully, his father snapping pictures.

The assuring scent of lavender soap, my first shower after he was born.

Blood still streaming down my leg. My husband gently soaping me off. Washing my hair. Hot water pounding down on my tired body. A midwife keeping an eye on our 2-hour old son.

The distinct smell of a hospital, as I was finally wheeled from the delivery room to the maternity ward, 4 hours after our firstborn came wailing into the world.

A comfortable double bed. My things in my still unpacked diaper bag. My eyes are drooping, fatigue is taking over, but I’m desperate to hold my child, I need to nurse him.

The unfamiliar but gorgeous smell of his newborn skin, as he latched on and nursed.

I looked down at my son, my beautiful child. His eyes closed, his mouth making quiet sucking sounds, his cheeks full, his head full of black hair, his little fingers clutching mine, his tiny feet, oh-so-small.

This –  this is the scent, the sight, the sounds I’ve been waiting for as a new mother. Finally.

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Your turn to share with us your most beloved post. Link up now! Please take time to visit another linker, at least the one before and after you. Don’t link and leave, okay? Thank you!


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The Blog Bash linkup is from March 26 to 30, so grab a button and link up your favorite post of all time!!

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • March 26, 2012 Christine

    This is an amazing post Alison. It’s so visceral which really is the only way I can describe giving birth. The memories are so distinctive. Happy Blogoversary!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Christine! The birthing memories, though some parts are cloudy, for the most part, were distinctive.

  • March 26, 2012 Kerstin

    I’ve been looking forward to this! I’m the first one – yay! (Living on the West coast has its perks…)
    Alison, I always enjoy reading your blog – including this one. Giving birth is an exhausting yet elating experience.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kerstin, so lovely of you to link up and for your sweet words!

  • March 26, 2012 Kimberly

    That post took me back to my deliveries. It really is an amazing experience.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      It is! (and thank you for reading this again)

  • March 26, 2012 Delilah

    That was a powerful blast to the past for me Alison. I had an almost fatal postpartum hemorrhage. Your post took me right back to those few hours after my daughter’s birth. Powerful! I loved it.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Delilah! And I’m sorry for your near-fatal experience – so scary!

  • March 26, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Ok Allison you have to stop posting these tear jerking posts….or I need to stop being overemotional from pregnancy.

    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Heh. I’m all hormonal these days too, so er, tear jerking it will be for a few more weeks!

  • March 26, 2012 Ado

    Happy blogoversary to you too my friend. So happy and honored to be celebrating with you. (-:
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Couldn’t think of anyone better to celebrate with 🙂

  • March 26, 2012 Stasha

    Happy 1st Alison! I am glad you chose that post. It was beautifully written and so powerful.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Stasha!

  • March 26, 2012 Phoenix The Blogging Mama

    What a powerful story! Thank you so much for sharing!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for reading!

  • March 26, 2012 Mark

    I can see why that could be your favorite post ever.
    Happy Blogiversary!
    m.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you sweet friend!

  • Happy Anniversary, Alison! Here’s to many many more amazing blog posts 🙂
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kimberly, I sure hope so!

  • March 26, 2012 Jessica

    Happy Anniversary, Alison! I am so excited for you! Long live your wonderful blog!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Hee, thank you Jessica!

  • March 26, 2012 Jessica

    I remember reading this post Alison, as stunning now as it was then. And thank you for this link up, the post I added is one I wrote at a turning point in my grief and I love the chance to share it again.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica. Loved that you linked up that awesome post of yours.

  • March 26, 2012 angela

    Happy blogoversary my friend! I thought this was such a strong, powerful post the first time and loved reading it again now.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Angela!

  • March 26, 2012 Galit Breen

    Beautiful post. I love that you brought it home.

    Happy blogiversary, my sweet friend.

    xo
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      I’d been dying to bring it home! Thank you, my dear friend.

  • March 26, 2012 Alexandra

    Look at your generous giveaway.

    Came by to wish you a very happy blogoversary. I am so happy you found something that helps you feel connected and brings happiness and fulfillment to you in this season of your life.

    For me, I know how I would have benefitted from being online as a new mother. All the isolation you can feel if you don’t have the chance to connect with others. It’s devastating.

    Blogging has changed my life, and even though I am a mother of teens and one wanna be teen who is only 9, I thank God that I made that decision to start a blog two years ago.

    It saved my life and gave my family a happy mother and wife.

    I can’t ever say enough about the wonder of blogging.

    So glad you’re here to share in the community, A. You make a difference in it, and have brought a smile to my face at the end of a long day, or at the beginning of what looks like it’ll be a long day.

    Thank you, more than I can tell you, for your presence.

    xo Happy Blogoversary, so glad you’re here.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for your gorgeous words as always, Alexandra.

      Blogging has saved my sanity. It’s given me a purpose, fulfillment and most of all, friends. Friends like you. For that I am so grateful and blessed.

      Thank YOU for always being such a pillar of support and love. xo

  • March 26, 2012 Amanda Austin

    I remember how good that first shower felt…and the breakfast…I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours and was starving. I got a biscuit and bacon. Happy Blog-a-versary!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Amanda! I was starving and dirty after labor 😉

  • March 26, 2012 Susan

    First off, Happy 1 year!
    I could almost smell each of these along with you so clear is my memory of these exact same moments.
    Lovely.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Susan!

  • March 26, 2012 Life As Wife

    Birth stories are my favorite! So glad I finally got to read yours!

    Congrats on your blogoversary! Hope there are many more years of writing for you to come!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sam! It’s one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written – I figure I didn’t need to go into the er, bloody details 🙂

  • March 26, 2012 Jessica

    Great birth story! It definitely pulled me back to my first. Those little tiny fingers holding onto mine was my favorite part.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica!

  • March 26, 2012 Katie E

    Beautiful post, Alison – I don’t think I’d read that one before.

    Happy blogoversary!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      It was a guest post in December when people were off celebrating the holidays 🙂 Thank you!

  • March 26, 2012 Ali

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to one of the most dedicated bloggers I know!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      THANK YOU Ali!

  • March 27, 2012 Mirjam

    That post is so incredibly beautiful Alison.
    So real, it took me back to when my son was born.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Mirjam 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 Ado

    Just dropping in again to say Woot-Woot!
    This is so much fun! (-:
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  • March 27, 2012 Kristi

    Happy Happy!! What a great way to celebrate a year of awesome blog posts, connections and memories!! Glad to link up and share one of my favorites 🙂
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristi, it’s been so much fun!

  • March 27, 2012 Natalie

    Wow an amazing post Alison! Yes there is nothing like the miracle of birth!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      And here we are, going for round 2!

  • March 27, 2012 Bonnie Way

    Congratulations on your first blogoversary! Here’s to many more! And I love the linky idea to celebrate. I posted a link on my FB instead of my blog. 🙂
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much Bonnie!

  • March 27, 2012 Jessica

    Happy blog bash and I’ve joined you for the fun.

    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for partying with us!

  • March 27, 2012 Julie

    I could read birth stories all day. I love how real they are, this one certainly being no exception.

    Happy Blogoversary to you!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Julie!

  • March 27, 2012 Kristen

    Happy Anniversary!! Love the Blog Bash! Kristen
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristen!

  • March 27, 2012 Phase Three of Life

    Your post made me tear up. I can totally relate (particularly to the postpartum bleeding part). Thanks for hosting this linkup. It’s fun to read everyone’s favorite posts.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for participating and making the rounds with the other linkers!

  • March 27, 2012 Brittany

    Happy blogiversary to one of my favorite gals! Your favorite post is really amazing. Those details are what we, as mothers, hold close to our hearts when we remember that day. It is not easy but when mother and baby end up healthy it is gorgeous. Much love my friend!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Brittany! xo

  • March 27, 2012 Mel

    I found your blog on Twitter through a retweet of another blogger. I’m so glad I did! Your birth story is touching and relate able.

    Happy Anniversary! I linked up my post about my daughter’s night terrors because I thought other moms could relate. Thanks for sharing with us!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for linking up Mel!

  • March 27, 2012 Natalie

    What a lovely post, Alison. You made me want a third. And it’s not like my baby is old!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thanks Natalie!

  • March 27, 2012 Robin

    Happy blogaversary! I love that post of yours.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Robin! Part of the reason why I love it is because it’s short. 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 Magical Mystical Mimi

    Congratulations on your one year!!! Looking forward to many more!

    New here and now stalking! 😀
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Mimi!! I like blog stalkers 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Such vivid experience!!! I love the openess of this post it is so beautiful. I can’t wait until your next little bundle arrives!

    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, I can’t wait either!

  • March 27, 2012 Devon Riesenberg

    Awesome idea Allison! I loved your newborn post and always love reading your writings on your blog so much 🙂 I’ll link up now! so fun!!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Devon, for partying with us!

  • March 27, 2012 Lady Jennie

    What a painful (to relive) and beautiful post. I can relate a lot – that was my first birth. Now I need to figure out an oldy but goody.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jennie!

  • March 28, 2012 KLZ

    The smell of blood is so overlooked when it comes to newborn – but it’s as sharp as a mother’s instinct.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      You’ve hit the nail on the head.

  • March 28, 2012 Sarcasm Goddess

    Isn’t it amazing how powerful smells are? They can elicit such strong emotions. Beautiful post. And Happy Blogiversary! What a fun celebration to link up our posts. I’m going to try to read as many as I can. You and Ado are amazing to read them all.
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my dear! I’m going blind from reading posts but all so worth it!

  • March 28, 2012 Leah aka FFPMaMMa

    I just celebrated my 1 year also…of course I’m going to link up! Thanks for the opportunity. PLUS we get the gifts! Well, maybe. 🙂
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Leah, happy 1 year to you too!

  • March 28, 2012 Mandi

    This is my favorite post because it was the first time that I fully introduced my family to the blogosphere! Now everyone knows who I am talking about when I complain! 🙂 http://whyismommygiggling.com/2012/03/22/allow-me-to-fully-introduce-the-clan/

  • March 29, 2012 Terri Sonoda

    First of all, Happy Blogaversary! And thank you for throwing such a lovely bash!
    Your story of scents took me back to my childbirth days and I could almost smell all those things. It’s been many many years for me, but you never really forget. Lovely, powerful post. Thanks for sharing!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Terri for your kind words. And for linking up such a fab post!

  • March 29, 2012 Wombat Central

    I’m always amazed that what one whiff of something can spark a memory for us. Lovely post!
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    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • March 29, 2012 Iza Trapani

    Happy Blogoversary! I love your beautiful description of your child’s birth!

    • March 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Iza!

  • March 30, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    I loved this post of yours too, Alison. So beautiful.
    xo
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    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen!

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