A year as a stay at home mother

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I am now officially a stay at home mother for one year and eight days. Hard to believe when this time last year Lucy was merely a hope and a dream and didn’t exist in any way shape or form. What a year it’s been! I often get asked whether I miss work or not and my answer is always the same and always as enthusiastic; not for one single solitary second have I missed it, mainly because I haven’t had the time! Of course there are times when my husband comes home and talks about grass growth and milk prices, topics around which my days used to revolve, and I do genuinely listen with interest. And for a fleeting moment I will look at him and think about how different our careers have worked out despite both graduating with a PhD within months of each other. And quick as a flash the moment is dissipated with a Cork twanged ‘Mummy’, usually from a bathroom and always urgent. Continue reading

Gifts for new mothers

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I was asked a while back for some suggestions as to what would make a good gift for a new mother. A great question that really got me thinking! I was given some lovely gifts as a new Mum, mainly by family and close family friends, and its really nice to get something for yourself as most new mums put themselves last when a new baby comes bounding into their life. So here are some gift ideas for new mothers that I think any Mum, novice or not, would appreciate.

Back, neck and shoulders massage – I got a voucher for this from my Brother-in-law and his wife and I thought it was such a clever idea. When babies and children enter your life your back takes a real beating, bending down to pick them up off the ground or out of a cot or lifting car seats is genuinely back breaking stuff. Plus, the little bit of time to yourself is really nice and you can often overlook this when you’re in the thick of things! Continue reading