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  • MAD Blog Awards 2016

    You may remember that last year, The Goblin Child made the finals in the MAD Blog Awards in the Best Baby Blog and Best Photography Blog categories. At the time my little blog wasn’t even a year old and I was stunned and delighted to be recognised by such prestigious awards so early on, particularly as the awards are determined by public vote. People liked my blog! People read it!

    (I’m still slightly convinced that my mother just forced everybody she knew to vote for me…)

    But this year didn’t feel like my year. My babies aren’t babies any more but they’re too small to be preschoolers. Everyone seems to have upped their photography game and, well, I’m not much of a writer. Virtually all of my favourite bloggers have experienced pregnancies this year; there didn’t seem to be space for me in that category.

    So I didn’t ask for votes. I thought I’d come back with a vengeance next year, maybe make the finals with my new ‘Best Babies’. Finally buy that 24mm lens and work on my photography. I had my own shortlist of blogs that deserved to make the Best Pregnancy finals; mine wasn’t on there. I was a little sad, because the MADs makes for a great party, but for the most part I put it out of my mind and focused on everything else that is going on in my life right now – the new(ish) job, the twin toddlers, the twin pregnancy.

    And then the finalists were announced. And Goblin Child was on the list. We are in the finals for Best Pregnancy blog in the MAD Blog Awards 2016.  We are in the finals!

    You guys, I don’t know what to think. I didn’t ask for this. My mother didn’t vote this year. Gosh, I didn’t even vote for myself. Who voted for me?  And does this mean that people other than my mum read my blog?

    Whomever you are, thank you. It means the world to know that you’ve enjoyed my pregnancy updates so far. At the moment I’m only twenty seven weeks along and with a full-time job and toddler twins to wrangle I haven’t documented this aspect of our parenting journey as much as I would have liked. A second pregnancy is never so well-recorded, is it?

    But I was proud of our announcement that we are having twins again. And our gender reveal video very nearly made me cry. I’ve enjoyed comparing the two twin pregnancies, and documenting my thoughts on the day that the girls turned twenty-four weeks and were considered to be ‘viable‘. I am glad that we will have these documented memories when it all starts to fade in a haze of sleep deprivation later on in the year.

    As twin parents twice over we’re telling rather an unusual story.  I don’t know many families like ours.  I don’t suppose that other people do either.


    There are six finalists in every category but of course there can only be one winner and that is again determined by vote. If you would like to see The Goblin Child win Best Pregnancy Blog in the MAD Blog Awards 2016, I would love it if you could spare five minutes to vote for me. It’s super easy, you just have to select ‘Goblin Child’ in the dropdown menu for Best Pregnancy Blog. You do have to give a name and an email address but I promise that Tots100 won’t use your email address for anything that they shouldn’t.  I don’t think that I’ll win, but imagine if I did.


    Thank you!  I can’t wait to share the rest of this journey with you.



    1. Chloe (Sorry About The Mess)
      April 25, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      What are you on about?? You are a great writer, and your posts about your IVF journey and viability alone are very well deserving of the pregnancy nomination. Best of luck with the awards!

    2. bread
      April 28, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      I love your blog – I nominated you and voted for you.

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