So Hi! I’m Courtenay, first time mum to Maxon (and yip, as my name suggests I’m a Geordie, nope, I don’t know or am related to anyone from Geordie Shore, just want to clear that up from the off). I’m not sure why but writing this first post almost feels like a bio for a dating website and I’m a little nervous, so please bear with!
Why am I writing a blog? Why should you read on? Well, I think my journey of getting into motherhood (and hell, was it a LONG journey) may provide hope to those struggling; after 4 IVF cycles and dwindling odds, we finally got our boy. So I intend to write about our IVF experience. It was gruelling, 3 years long and I’m not ashamed to say I am bloody proud of myself for soldiering on through the treatment.
So IVF is my recent past. And Maxon and being a new mum is my present. He’s now 6 months old and wow, I’d be lying if I said motherhood hasn’t been a huge shock to the system! I’ll be sharing my honest experience thus far, pregnancy, birth, the 4th trimester and all else to come.
One of the things I’ve noticed since becoming a Mum, going to baby groups and meeting other new mum’s, is that you never seem to talk about yourself, your line of work, your likes, dislikes etc. It is so easy to fall into the habit of forgetting about YOU. So with that in mind, I’ll tell you a little about Me rather than ‘Mum Me’.
As I said, I’m Courtenay (just pronounced Courtney, my parents just thought it looked fancier), I’m about to turn 31 and live in Gateshead with my husband. I am currently on maternity leave but work in International Franchise for a Fashion brand; I love my job and have been lucky enough to travel the world with it. I wear black, a lot, and my love of monochrome extends to my home. I love to sketch, will never say no to a few glasses of red and am a big Tolkien fan (I even have a tattoo in Elvish, shhh). I don’t cook, I am neurotic about cleaning and am incredibly indecisive. So thank you for reading, welcome to my ramblings, and I hope you enjoy hearing about all our adventures ‘in the toon’. Oh and please get in touch if you have any feedback or questions!