I really wanted to go last year but I was 38 weeks pregnant with Grace (and suffering all the FOMO) so it wasn’t really an option. But this year I strapped on my freshly minted one year old and flew to the Gold Coast on my own to go.
I’m going to do a big post on my takeaways from the content of the sessions but I’m still kind of processing it all (and I am still so exhausted) so that will need to wait a little til it all sinks in a bit more.
In the meantime, I just wanted to share some of my random thoughts on what it was like for this first-time attendee with a baby in tow.
- Babies are a great ice breaker – people just gravitate towards babies and talking about them are a great conversation starter. It cut down on my social awkwardness and shyness a lot!
- People are so lovely and so helpful when you’re on your own with a baby – I lost count of the number of times I had someone offer to help me with Grace, even just simple things like asking if I needed anything or if they could get me a glass of water. Everyone was so willing to help me because they all knew how daunting being on your own with a baby is in a strange new environment.
- And no one really seems to mind if your baby cracks it – I did not get one disapproving look or sigh of annoyance on the few occasions that Grace decided she had had enough and started crying. I would hazard a guess that 90% of the people there were parents (and predominately mums) so everyone is so understanding.
- Babies are way more adaptable than you think they are – I was anxious before we left. About how Grace would be on the plane, about whether she would sleep when she wasn’t going to be in a cot during the day, about whether or not she would behave. I really didn’t need to worry. She was a pro on the plane, no tears, no sooking. And she napped in the Ergo throughout the day when she needed it and was amazingly behaved I think 85% of the time. She was such a little star, and I couldn’t have imagined that she would be just so good with all the noise, people and disruption.
- It’s exhausting – the information overload on its own is a lot but adding being ‘on’ all the time with your baby and I was exhausted. Still am. I skipped out on the early afternoon sessions of the second day in favour of having a little down time in our room before the final session in the late afternoon. It was a much needed rest for me, and a great chance to have a lay down. Having the recordings available means I don’t feel like I was missing out by taking some time to recharge.
- It’s so much fun meeting people in real life that you ‘know’ online – there are so many people that I met in real life for the first time at Problogger but I’ve been talking to online for years! It’s an odd feeling at first but it adds a whole other dimension to the relationship and it was just so great to finally meet so many people that I’ve been chatting to online for a long time.
I think it’s going to take me the rest of the week to recover from last week (especially because I flew home on Sunday and then went to work yesterday!) but I am so glad I went, it was such a great experience and I’m really looking forward to sharing more about it with you in the next couple of weeks.
If you missed out on going but want to check out the sessions for yourself, get yourself a virtual ticket and you’ll get access to all the recordings too!
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Linking up with Kylie Purtell for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)