A year as a stay at home mother

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

5 breastfeeding tips from a mother that finally succeeded

I had originally written this post in advance of the latest arrival but then I felt i had to hold off publishing it until I tried and tested my own advice! We’re five weeks into the journey this time round, and touch wood, all is going well, I’m out the far side of soreness, we’re settling into a lovely rhythm together, and most importantly the small lady is piling on the pounds, literally!! I think if you can survive the first couple of weeks you’re on the road to success. I’ve written before about my hit and misses with breastfeeding in the past, not through lack of wanting to do it did things not work out but for various reasons which have led me through a good journey of discovery! BUUUT, this is my time to shine. I really, really want to make a proper go of it this time round so I put together this list of breastfeeding tips I’ve learned to date, for other Mums that may want to try it out or that tried and failed but want to try again. Continue reading

The ultimate breastfeeding pillow

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I’ve used breastfeeding pillows before, mostly they serve one purpose, to make life easier when you’re breastfeeding a baby. Around our house since the smallest lady arrived you will often hear someone or other looking for ‘the hen’. The hen has become one of those unbelievably useful items that you don’t realise you need until you have it and then you wonder how you lived without it.  Continue reading

Nimue – skincare worth investing in

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Anyone who has read my blog for a while now will know I struggle with my skin having written previously about how to deal with hormonal skin and how to cover it all up. I have battled with bad skin pretty much all my life, I can barely remember a time where I haven’t had at least a couple of spots, that usually being a good skin day. A good few months ago now a group of us Continue reading

Downtime at the Essence Spa Clarion Cork

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I have always found pregnancy particularly tough on my nails. Over the past few years my nails have been weak and split regularly. I mean so weak that they bend even when I’d be doing up fiddly buttons on the girls dresses, which even thinking about makes me cringe, honestly I think there is no worse a sensation. I’ll be honest, I probably haven’t minded them as much as I should, I don’t take supplements to strengthen them and they are painted most days of the week.  Continue reading

Housework hacks

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Never one to shy away from a seemingly boring topic, for me there is however, no escaping this subject on a daily basis. The one thing I’ve noticed since being at home with the ladies is the sheer increase in the amount of housework that has to be done. I’m the first to admit I’m a bit anal about the house being kept relatively neat and tidy. The girls are great at helping to be fair, I hold pretty tight on the rule that if they are finished playing with one toy/puzzle etc they must tidy it up before tearing out the next pile of stuff. The bump is beginning to impede on daily tasks so I’ve been trying to come up with some handy tricks to make life easier for myself.  Continue reading

Introducing the baby to the toddler

When we had our second lady, the first lady was a few weeks past her second birthday. Her understanding of the impending situation was pretty good. I gathered advice and tips from friends and books on how best to go about introducing a toddler to a newborn. None of the below stopped me constantly worrying about how the whole thing would play out but it certainly did work when the second lady landed. To date, there has been little to no jealousy, apart from a little over zealous hugging and kissing, the girls are best of friends.  Continue reading

Dealing with hormonal spots

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For as long as I can remember I have had the ‘pleasure’ of dealing with hormonal spots, through the teenage years to pregnancies hormones have always impacted my skin. I have gone down the route of tablets and the pill to deal with particularly bad breakouts but the effects rarely lasted beyond the end of the course of treatment so it’s not really something I’m likely to bother with again in the near future. Drinking water isn’t going to clear up your skin alone Continue reading

Do you look after yourself?

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This is a question that to be honest I rarely ask myself mainly because the answer is usually no. On the face of I might pull my hair together on occasion or I like to do my tan but there is another kind of wellness that I think more of us need to pay attention to. When Kira Walton, co-founder of Voya, touched base with me regarding Global Wellness Day, a not for profit day that she is heading up here in Ireland, I was intrigued. Continue reading