Hi, I’m Katie, I live in the countryside with my gorgeous husband and the 2 magical little munchkins we created together. As a young girl I thought living in the sticks was boring and I always dreamt of living in amongst the hustle, bustle and bright lights of the city, so it was a pleasure to once work for the amazing Birmingham Children’s Hospital right in the heart of the city, I will always hold that place dear to me. Just recently however I made the decision to become a stay at home mum, you can read more about this here. I still love the city, but the feeling I would get as the rolling green hillside used to appear over the horizon on my way back from work reminded me that the country is where I belong and will always call home.
In January 2013 I had my son, followed by my daughter in January 2015… they turned my world upside down and I became all consumed in being Mum that I almost forgot about myself for a time. But 4 years on and as I leave behind the last of the nappies and baby led weaning books, as the sound monitor becomes redundant and I can finally fit the changing bag contents into something smaller than a suitcase, it feels as though I might actually be getting some of me back!
During my transition into motherhood, it was being able to log onto forums at 2, 3 and 4am to see that I wasn’t the only one awake at these unearthly hours that got me through and provided comfort, it was the articles in response to my frequent “how much sleep should my baby be getting” or “why won’t my baby stop crying” google searches that provided me with much needed reassurance in times of feeling like an overanxious useless mother. Having the online community at my fingertips was invaluable to me and I don’t wish to imagine what it might have been like without it, and it is for this reason that I decided to start my blog – to give something back and maybe even help other new mums make their way through the journey that is Motherhood.
There is one more reason that brought me here though, something some people don’t find so easy to talk about, and that is Mental Health. In 2016 I was signed off work due to anxiety and depression, I had spent the 25 years prior bottling up far too much, and as it finally came to a head it nearly broke me. Luckily I was referred to counselling which – there is no 2 ways about it – was my saviour, it has helped me to make sense of so very much and I have learned a lot about myself along the way. I am still learning about myself, and about mental health, I have chosen to share my story as it unfolds because I know there is still a lot of people out there in similar situations who are afraid to open up, I know because I was one of them! But speaking out was the best thing I ever did, and I hope more people will join me in doing so.
Welcome to my mind.