Introducing Emily from 'Our IVF Journey' for International Blog Swap Day 2014

Today I have a very special guest on the blog. Her name is Emily, she's from the UK and she blogs at Our IVF Journey: All the fun of living life with twins. I have been partnered with Emily for International Blog Swap Day, a joint initiative from our own Digital Parents and Tots 100 in the UK. You can find me blogging over at Emily's place this afternoon. You can check out some of the other bloggers participating and discover some lovely UK blogs by visiting Tots 100 here.

I'm so excited to be taking part in the International Blog Swap Day thanks to TOTS100 and I'm really looking forward to reading some Australian blogs!

I'm Emily and I blog at 'Our IVF Journey: All the fun of living life with twins'.
Emily & her family

I'm 27 years old and I live in Cardiff, UK with my husband, Nigel. We have twin girls who turned two years of age at the end of February.

As you may have guessed from the name of our blog we write about our IVF journey. In addition to this we also share personal stories from others who have been through IVF, adoption and fostering.

We also share our experiences of being a Mummy and Daddy to our beautiful twins.

Our blog is our little piece of the internet!

A place for us to get what's inside our minds out! Whether that be what we've been getting up to, some crafty activities or just rambling on about something that we're passionate about!

I started blogging back in June 2012 for a number of reasons. When my husband and I started our IVF journey I turned to the internet in a bid to read other peoples experiences.

Sadly, I couldn't find many personal stories, but there was lots of factual information around.

I wanted to be able to share our experiences of IVF with others in the hope that it might help others going down this route. I guess I started blogging as a kind of online diary. Recording the steps we took to get to where we are today.

I think it's a great way to look back in years to come and remember all that we went through.

Our twins were born six weeks early weighing 4lb3 and 2lb11. They spent 27 days in the special care unit. As such we've also written about our experiences of this. Again to help others in the same situation, but also so that our children can read about it when they're grown up.
Emily's gorgeous girls

As I mentioned above our twins are now two years old so I currently write about things such as potty training, activities to keep little ones entertained and topical things such as outdoor play, home educating and the occasional review.

I also host a weekly linky called the 'Binky Linky' which is for people who have been blogging less than a year. It's about finding new blogs to read and supporting new bloggers.

Bloggers are invited to link up their favourite post of the week and then take a look at some of the other blogs that have linked up. If you're a new blogger and would like to join in head over to my blog every Friday to Sunday to take part.

You can also find me on Twitter @Twinmumanddad

Thank you so much Emily for swapping blogs for the day with me. I look forward to reading more of your blog and I know everyone else will too.

Linking this up with Essentially Jess because it's Tuesday, and I always blog on Tuesdays!


Kylie Purtell said…
Pleased to meet you Emily! What an incredible journey you and your husband must have gone through over the last few years. It's so great that we live in a day and age where we are able to express ourselves and connect with other through blogging, especially through some of life's biggest challenges. I'm going to pop over now and take a look at your blog :)
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily! I absolutely adore the name Maisie. I've loved it ever since I first heard it... but there's a Maisie close to our family so I didn't feel comfortable using it for myself. You and your husband have a such a story to share. X
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily~ Nice to meet you! You have such beautiful little girls and I think it's wonderful sharing your personal IVF story with others. It relates more to them than just factual information for sure!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily! It is so lovely to meet you. I have had IVF myself, but have always been curious about the experience so I shall come and have a sticky beak.
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily, great to see the swaps starting to take place (a great reminder to go off and write mine today!). I have several friends who have been on the IVF journey with varying levels of success and I marvel at the strength you all show in putting yourself through such an experience - but when things work out it is so wonderful to behold. What strong little girls you have - just gorgeous. x
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily! So much fun to meet an OS blogger. I shall enjoy popping over to read your blog and check out your linky too. I have 6 kids and although I didn't IVF, I know plenty of people who have and shall pass on your deets to them.
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily - nice to 'meet' you. I will go and check out your blog. We did IVF a long time ago (1998-2002) and our journey to parenthood ended through adoption in 2004 (our daughter) and then finally in 2010 (our son) to complete our family. We were doing IVF prior to the whole blogging thing, social media and while I did join some online forums, I would have loved to have connections with other bloggers going through infertility and adoption. I sometimes blog on the subject and should probably do more of it, since I have a fair few insights to share. Hope you can come and check out my blog too.
Kylie Purtell said…
Emily and Kylie, what a great and fun idea! Lovely to meet you and your little family Emily, what a hard time the early days must have been for you. So glad to see your smiling faces all together :)
Kylie Purtell said…
What a great reason for starting a blog Emily - such gorgeous wee cherubs and I'm sure your blog helps lots of people! :)
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily! I started my blog for similar reasons and I wrote about our infertility journey too. We were lucky enough to not have to go down the IVF route as clomid worked for us (even though the RE said we would need to do IVF the next month). My blog is like an online diary too and I hope my bub reads it later on in life :) Will definitely follow your blog and facebook.
Kylie Purtell said…
I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR! Thanks for linking back to this one. Good luck. Hope bub is feeling better soon (damn those pesky teeth!) and that you're all getting sleep. x
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily, lovely to be introduced to you and your blog. What a great idea to meet other bloggers on the other side of the world - looking forward to reading more of your story!
Kylie Purtell said…
Nice to see Emily over here. And enjoying finding all the Australian blogs via the blog swap.
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily!!
Loved meeting you and hearing the reason behind your blog. Also love the idea of the linky for newbies. That's a very cool idea :)
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Emily!
Your little girls were so tiny when they were born, it must have felt pretty surreal to you and your partner.
Kylie Purtell said…
It was so surreal! It was like an out of body experience. They're doing so well now though xx
Kylie Purtell said…
Me too! It's been great hasn't it! Can't wait to do it again!
Kylie Purtell said…
Thanks Kirsty, it's a great idea!!
Kylie Purtell said…
Hi Toni, congratulations on your little one xx
Kylie Purtell said…
I hope so, that's one of the reasons why I blog xx

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