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Nov 24, 2013
I went for dinner with friends last night and left my baby girl at home with her daddy and her brother. On my way home 3.5 hours later, I realised that it was the longest I have ever been apart from her since she was born. Three and a half hours. And yet tomorrow, I’ll be saying goodbye to her in the morning and not seeing her again for eleven hours.
I can hardly get my head around it.
Nov 22, 2013
Last week we were delighted to be invited along to the launch of Disney’s annual “Share in the Magic” campaign at their Dublin Grafton Street store. Much to the four year old’s delight, I decided that the two kids and I would get the train in and Charlie could join us in the city after he finished work.
It’s not often these days that we’re in the city centre, so it was...
Nov 20, 2013
Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood
by Lucy H. Pearce.
Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a...
Nov 5, 2013
My baby girl was seven months old last week. A significant milestone for us in two ways. The first is that we are now in the month in which she will start crèche. I don’t really want to think about that (though it’s on my mind all day long).
And the second is a milestone my sister-in-law asked me about tonight. I am now breastfeeding for longer than I ever have before. Each day is a new...
Oct 28, 2013
I’ve been quiet lately I know. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. Life has been busy and full and there’s lots I could write about. It’s just… Every time I start to compose a post, I get distracted by something. A calendar date. The last week of November looms. My return to work.
That makes it sound like it’s the work I’m dreading, which...
Sep 17, 2013
I knew it was coming. After all, we spent hours with not one but two separate children who subsequently came down with chicken pox two weeks ago. So when my almost four year old was thrown down on the couch and lethargic on Friday and Saturday, I thought he might be coming down with something. After all, as anyone who is familiar with three year olds knows, one thing they generally do not lack for is...
Sep 7, 2013
One of the things I love about taking the kids to visit my parents is the excitement when they pull something new out for them to play with. It’s exciting for the kids because it’s a new toy they haven’t played with before. And it’s exciting for me because it’s an old toy, something they’ve kept from my childhood that I now have the pleasure of watching my children play...
Sep 5, 2013
It’s been a rough week here. My baby girl has been unwell and sleep has gone by the wayside at night. (Earlier in the week I suspected she had chicken pox, but as the days go by and the spots fail to materialise I think it may have just been a virus. Anyway, that virus combined with some teething and a big old developmental leap has meant that she’s been really unsettled at night, and my...
Sep 2, 2013
I had a lovely nostalgic blog post planned for this evening, to reminisce on the past four years and ponder how my Little Man is now a preschooler. “I’m a preschooler,” he’s been proudly proclaiming to anyone who will listen all summer, delighted with his new role. And today was a special day in the life of a preschooler. His first day in the classroom as an official preschooler. He...
Aug 29, 2013
I was watching an episode of Being Erica tonight, when the main character is sent back in time to August 2003. The show is set in Toronto, and anyone who lived in that wonderful city in August 2003 will remember the context for the show well – because the lights went out. In fact, the blackout extended across most of the East Coast.
I remember it well because Charlie and I were living in Toronto at...
Aug 9, 2013
When I was a kid, I remember attending summer camp each year and LOVING it! Getting to hang out with my friends, play games, and do activities I wouldn’t normally get to do.
I never thought that as an adult I’d find a whole new appreciation for them. But this week, I sent the almost four year old off to his first summer camp in one of the local Montessori’s.
I had been worrying how I...
Aug 5, 2013
It’s official. We have a new bedtime. It’s been over a week now and our little girl has been going down for the night around 8pm. I don’t know myself having my evenings back. It’s been so long! And milestone of milestones, we even managed a night out. My parents babysat and Charlie and I went for dinner.
I’ve noticed Little Man is playing a lot more with his sister now that...
Jul 30, 2013
Seventeen weeks. I feel like we have just jumped from twelve weeks to here. I honestly don’t know where the weeks have gone. My baby is getting bigger by the day. Her personality is emerging and one thing is for certain, she has left the newborn days far behind.
Her days are full of laughter and activity. Grabbing, rolling, shouting, watching. Because I’m busier than I was with Little Man, she...
Jul 24, 2013
I’m very late with this baby journal entry! It’s almost time for the next one. In my defense though, the sun was shining and as anyone who has ever “summered” in Ireland knows, that’s a rare event, and one that must be taken advantage of for as long as it lasts.
Alas the sun is gone again now, so I’m far less distracted this week.
The week leading up to turning...
Jul 16, 2013
Fifteen weeks old and another milestone this week. All week Little Woman was trying her best to roll from her back to her front. Even if we put her down on her front, she rolled straight on to her back, and then the struggles started again as she tried to get from there to her front again. She is determined, I’ll give her that. Her pesky shoulder kept getting in the way.
Then on Thursday night we...
Jul 8, 2013
What a great week. I didn’t know what to expect for this week, because it was my first week having two children at home with me full time. We’ve taken Little Man out of crèche for the remainder of my maternity leave to help cut costs, so that I can take some unpaid time off at the end of my leave.
I know it sounds silly because obviously they are MY children, but I wasn’t sure how...
Jun 30, 2013
Let’s start with the big news! Guess who rolled over this week and gave her parents a fright! That’s right. Mid-way through the week, I had Little Woman on her playmat for her usual tummy time. Charlie and I were watching her and talking about how strong she seems to have become in the past week, holding her head right up and pushing herself up. I said to Charlie “She looks like...
Jun 23, 2013
This week has flown by, partly because the days have started late. The night feeds seem to have ramped up again, something I’m putting down to the twelve week growth spurt. We didn’t have any lengthy stretches worth noting this week. Instead we had cluster feeding for the evening, and then a feed between 11 and 12, another between 2 and 3, and another between 6 and 7.
Because Charlie was...
Jun 22, 2013
We’re always on the lookout for fun family activities on the weekends, so I thought we were in for a real treat when I saw the advertising for Medieval Mayhem in Malahide Castle this weekend. Apparently it included a real life medieval village, craft and cookery displays, and battle reenactments. It promised a fun-filled family day out.
We arrived there shortly after it was advertised to start at...
Jun 16, 2013
It’s Father’s Day today – happy Father’s Day to any Dads reading this. Earlier this week, I spent a few days with my own parents, and when the subject of Father’s Day came up, Dad asked me to write some of my memories of childhood so that he could read them.
When I think back on my childhood, I remember it fondly. For me, it was a time of great security, love and fun. If you...
Jun 15, 2013
Eleven weeks old – we’re almost at the end of the “fourth trimester”. It’s quite obvious too when you look at Little Woman. Not a sign of the newborn scrunchiness left. She has filled out everywhere and looks twice the size she was at birth. She smiles and giggles with ease now throughout the day, and makes us laugh with her little coos and gurgles. Often I feel like...
Jun 9, 2013
Ten weeks old. This has been a great week. Irish summer has finally arrived and we’re making the most of it while it lasts. Little Woman has been feeding a bit more often than usual during the day, but for shorter feeds, so I think she’s actually quenching her thirst. I’m fascinated to notice that the hotter the day, the more milk I have and the more watery it is. Just right for her...
Jun 7, 2013
Sometimes I forget that Little Man doesn’t necessarily understand every word we say. Toddlers (can I say that anymore – he’ll be 4 in October – perhaps preschooler is more appropriate now?), anyway toddlers are quite adept at ignoring anything you say that they don’t understand and just going with the rest of it. But sometimes, like today, it’s not obvious that...
Jun 2, 2013
I’m a day late with the baby journal update this week but we’ve had a busy weekend. We took our first cross-country trip as a family of four, heading to Limerick for my mother’s birthday, and just returned today. I was a bit worried how Little Woman would cope with the long car journey, but thankfully she slept for the majority of it, and we just stopped for one feed on the way.
May 29, 2013
I have an embarrassing confession to make. I am incapable of sleeping in a bedroom if the wardrobe doors are open. I don’t know if it’s a leftover childhood fear of boogeymen hiding in the wardrobe or just a mild case of OCD. Whatever it is, I insist on closing all the wardrobe doors before I get into bed. It amuses and irritates Charlie in equal parts!
So you can imagine how shocked I was as I...