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Cycling for Haiti!

Little Man and I are very proud of Charlie this weekend. He is taking part in a two-day cycle from Dublin to Galway as part of a Cycle4Haiti fundraiser. This is even more impressive when you realise that Charlie only started training for this a month ago. Forget Couch to 5K – this is Couch to 226K! Check out the route – that’s a lot of cycling, isn’t it? If you’re near the... read more

Down Syndrome character stars in RTE cartoon

Have you heard about Punky? It’s not often that I’m proud of RTÉ, our national broadcaster here in Ireland, but today I was when I read this article: RTÉ launches new animation series Punky Punky is a little girl who has Down Syndrome, and this cartoon tells the story of her daily life, dealing with the challenges that come her way. The show, developed by Monster Animation and Design, will be... read more

Two steps forward, one step back

Oh dear. We’re encountering a few familiar themes this week: Separation anxiety – check! Sleepless night – check! Sleeping in a cot – check! Lovebomb time – check! We were doing so well last week. Little Man made the move to the Wobbler room in creche, and he seemed to love it straight away. Even this week, he is happy going in each morning, and he has been laughing and... read more

Tour the town with Cars!

Mystery solved! For weeks, Little Man has been making “Nnroooommmm, Nnrooooommm!!” sounds whenever he pretends to drive a car. It’s been a source of great amusement to Charlie, because I’m the only one in our family who drives, and therefore the only one Little Man is ever in the car with. So Charlie’s been teasing me that I’ve clearly been driving like a race car... read more

Time to wash some faces!

Remember the excitement recently when the In the Night Garden app was released? Well, we got to experience it all over again today when we spotted an update for the app that included new features!! Now instead of just dancing and hiding, you choose between dancing and activities. And in the activities screen, you can choose between hiding and washing. “Washing” is a whole new activity starring... read more

App Review: My Colouring Book HD

There are lots of drawing and painting apps on the iPad but most of them aren’t really designed with toddlers in mind. My Colouring Book HD is different. It presents simple black outline drawings, which your child can colour in. Along the bottom of the screen, there’s a selection of colour pencils. You simply tap the colour you want, and then touch the part of the drawing that you wish to... read more

Book Review: First Time Parent

I own a lot of baby and parenting books. A veritable library of them. Which is funny, because I am now of the opinion that you are unlikely to learn how to parent from a book. Only your baby can teach you how to be a parent. But of course, I hadn’t had that particular revelation before I bought the books! I now feel that many books about babycare in the first year are actually parenting philsophies... read more

Moving to a big boy bed

Seems like each week brings a new milestone with Little Man. Today was a big one for us. We took the side off the cot, and converted it to a bed. A big boy bed for our Little Man. We could possibly have put it off for another few weeks, or maybe even a few months, because Little Man hasn’t yet climbed out of the cot. But, the only reason he hasn’t is because he hasn’t realised he can.... read more

Nursery Rhymes with Storytime

We’ve got a fantastic new universal app for the iPhone and iPad. It’s called Nursery Rhymes with Storytime, and it’s been released by ustwo. It’s available from iTunes for just EUR2.39. This app is essentially a storybook of nursery rhymes. But it’s much more than that. The artwork is gorgeous. The navigation is easy enough for a toddler to use. And each of the storybook pages... read more

The fear

When you become a parent for the first time, people warn you that “life will never be the same again”, they promise you that “you’ll never experience love like the love a parent feels for their child”. All true. But I don’t remember many people warning me about “the fear”. You mightn’t notice it at first after your little one arrives, because you are... read more

New arrivals

Today I met a new little man – one of my very best friends had a baby boy a few weeks ago, and I went to visit them today. Oh broodiness. There is just something so wonderful about a newborn. Many congratulations to you Laura, and to your family. I can tell already that you have a charmer on your hands – he certainly stole my heart today. Charlie had to have a stern talk with me this evening... read more

Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo

Yesterday was a beautiful day, as I mentioned – the type of day, you can’t help but make the most of. Once we had finished baking our Gingerbread Men, it seemed only fitting that we pack them into a picnic and go somewhere for the day. It’s been almost a year since we took Little Man to the zoo, and to be fair, he wasn’t that appreciative of it the last time we went – which... read more

The Gingerbread Man!

I’ve mentioned Little Man’s love of The Gingerbread Man before – today’s story is a little happier than the previous one thankfully! This morning was a beautiful sunny morning – the type of morning that makes you bound out of bed, full of energy and plans for the day. Even at 6.30am, I knew it was going to be a productive day. And what better way to start a productive day... read more

Splish splash with Tomy Octopals

“Splish splash I’m taking a bath!” That’s what we always sing when it’s bathtime in our house. And Little Man’s favourite bathtime pals have to be his Tomy Octopals. The green base floats in the bath, and Mama Octopus and her eight babies sit on top of it. Mama Octopus is actually an orange cup with sieve holes. We have a lot of fun with her, and she’s quite... read more

A few of my favourites

It’s Mammies Night Out time again, so while you read this, I’m off out enjoying myself! Dinner and drinks this time – we thought we’d try something a little more sedate than our last excursion! I couldn’t leave you without anything to read though, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite blogs with you. The Pioneer Woman Top of the list is Ree Drummond, the Pioneer... read more

Isn’t that a pip?!

It’s finally happened! The BBC have released an In the Night Garden app for the iPhone and iPad. And it’s wonderful! Do you want to dance with Iggle Piggle or play with the Tombliboos? I do! There are two main activities in the app – Dancing and Hiding. If you select Dancing, you can choose to watch Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, or Upsy Daisy dance. Little Man’s favourite is Iggle... read more

Now what is it?

I am sick of crèche-itis. Not that Little Man has actually come down with something right now. He’s actually doing well this week. But there are notices up in the crèche warning us to be on the look out for hand, foot, and mouth virus, and for chicken pox, both of which are doing the rounds there at the moment. It’s always something. So now, I’m like a woman on a mission. Is that just a... read more

You can’t play with that!

I’ve realised that I’m a complete hypocrite. I’m always complaining that the toys for little girls are so stereotyped. All that pink, light pink, dark pink, and more pink just makes me cringe. Why don’t little girls deserve to have their toys made using bright, stimulating, primary colours just like little boys’ toys, I complained. I’ve wondered what I would do if I ever... read more

Creating Wordle Art

Charlie sent me a link to a great site today: Wordle If you haven’t used it before, I suggest you check it out. You enter a group of words, or a URL for a website, and Wordle auto-generates a word picture made up of the most commonly used words in the text or on the site. Of course, I generated an image for Mama.ie straight away to see what it would look like. It’s great, isn’t it?... read more

IKEA is for family!

Charlie, Little Man and I took a trip to IKEA yesterday. Technically we were there to buy a toddler-sized table and chairs, but we started our shopping expedition in the restaurant – as did most of the other people who were there at 10am when the store opened, from what I could see! And why not! IKEA is home to the ultimate family friendly restaurant. From the breastfeeding corner (yay IKEA!), to... read more

Top three toys under €10!

The most expensive toys are not necessarily the best ones. In the past year and a half, we’ve come across some great toys for under €10. These are my top three. 1. Stacking cups @ €6.99 These stacking cups are great. Little Man loves to build them up, one on top of the other and then SMASH then down to the ground! Sometimes instead of building them up, he has fun placing one inside the other. Who... read more

Choosing a childcare option

This time last year, we had our first appointments to view creches in our local area. It was awful! Because it was the first step to admitting that maternity leave would eventually come to an end, and we’d have to leave Little Man to someone else’s care. I put off our research, and ultimately our decision, for as long as I could, but as Easter approached I had to face the reality that I was... read more

I’ve got a horse outside!

Did we spend too much time in Limerick last week?! I’m kidding. Rubberbandits jokes aside, Little Man has a new found love for “Horsie” since we came back. “Horsie” is an inflatable donkey that Charlie and I picked up at a French market in Dublin last August. As far as I remember, it was pretty inexpensive, and at the time, Little Man was really too small for it. But now that... read more

Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin

Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is a storybook app for both iPad and iPhone. It’s available for €1.99 from iTunes from Ideal Binary Ltd. This app is more than just a storybook – it’s a pop-up book gone digital. It is beautifully animated, and accompanied by really nice background music. Every second page is a story page or a pop-up page. On the story pages, you... read more

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is officially Mothering Sunday in the UK and Ireland. Did you know that the official spelling of Mother’s Day places the apostrophe before the “s” rather than after it? This spelling was a specific requirement, set out by Anna Jarvis, the woman who pioneered Mother’s Day in the US. She wanted the singular possessive used because she wished... read more

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