1. I was shit scared and incredibly excited in equal measure about becoming a dad and writing a blog seemed like a better idea than going to the gym at the time, cutting the grass or doing the rest of the laundry from our trip to Las Vegas.
2. I thought it would be a great idea to document the pregnancy, and Mara growing up, so that she could look back over it when she's older and show her (potential) therapist where her (potential) issues stem from.
1. That people would be interested in reading about our life. I mean, there are thousands upon thousands of parent blogs out there and I thought mine would get lost amongst them. 7000+ readers later, I'm still being proved wrong.
2. That so many people would contact me with so many lovely message of support, tips, opportunites and parenting hacks. I've built up a large group of fellow bloggers & Instagrammers I'm delighted to call friends.
Apparently, the next thing that happens is that next month all the nominees are entered into a public vote, so I'll be calling upon you all again soon to get your votes in.
I'm pretty sure this is the same way they work out the winners of the Grammy's or something, beg people to vote for them.
What I'm asking is, if you've enjoyed reading about our family's journey over the last 16 months, and are looking forward to continuing to follow us, I'd be really, really grateful if you could take a minute out of your day to vote for me when the time comes between December 5th and December 19th 2016.
The finalists of each category are announced on January 2nd 2017 with the winners announced on 21st April 2017.
Once I know more details, I'll be sure to inform you all
Thanks for everything folks, from the bottom of my heart and our never empty laundry bin!
Thank you for reading our blog and for getting to the bottom of this begging letter,
I couldn't have done this without you, or Mara's endless stream of material!
Mark, Caroline & Mara from Thoughts Of A First Time Dad.