Welcome to my blog BattleMum, aptly named as I firmly believe we are all battling through this adventure we call parenthood. It’s a roller coaster ride full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and it’s never boring. This blog documents our journey together as a family, from days out to holidays abroad, alongside general ramblings, product reviews and much more. It started when BattleKid was 10 months old and is now entering it’s third year of existence. I am proud of my blog and my growing social media base.
I am Catherine, a 38 year old first time mum to Alexander (aka BattleKid) and wife of BattleDad. I am originally from Dublin but have been living in the UK for over 10 years now, starting off in Shropshire and now living in beautiful South Wales.
I have a PhD in Chemistry and I am working as a Chromatographic Analyst, doing various types of chemical testing. I love my job and but I found it difficult being back after my year of maternity leave, so am working at reduced hours on a temporary basis for now.
As mentioned I am also a first time mum to a little boy who made his appearance in January 2014. His entry into this world was a little bumpy to say the least. It took a while to find our feet but I think the BattleHousehold are doing ok. Even our two German Shepherds soon settled into this new way of life with a little person in tow.
I used to be a biker of sorts, riding pillion on BattleDad’s bikes but with the appearance of BattleKid, my biking days are on hold for now. I love motorbikes, and thoroughly enjoy watching events like the Isle of Man TT and MotoGP. I have to get my kicks somewhere! Even BattleKid has been bitten by the biking bug, surprisingly at such a young age he’s bike mad!
I am also a keen amateur photographer who recently got her camera back out after a hiatus of about 18 months. I have completed several photography and digital media courses at Ffotogallery, Cardiff. Photography took a back seat while pregnant with BattleKid and in the early days following his birth. I enjoy trying to capture moments on my camera and am thrilled to have my very own mini model in BattleKid, who is quite photogenic if I do say so myself, although he can be a trying model at times! I am always trying to improve my skills. I find myself alternating between two cameras, depending on whether I am simply doing photography or recording videos for my YouTube channel as well, something I just started this summer.
BattleDad and I were always keen to travel pre-BattleKid and enjoy new cities and cultures. Having seen my sister-in-law continue to travel with two, three, four and now five babies in tow, we decided to follow her lead and to carry on enjoying travelling with BattleKid along for the ride. He is a well travelled little boy with several European countries and New York under his belt with a few more trips already booked for next year, one of which is a very exciting road trip in North West America. He is certainly clocking up the air miles in his flight logbook.
So that’s me in a nutshell. Mad scientist, semi-retired biker, keen photographer and most importantly, MUM…