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Courtown for kids in the not-so-good-weather

How exciting..our first mini break as a family of four down to Courtown for some fun family time away from all the distractions at home. Of course the weather was lovely and sunny with blue skies as far as the eye could see in week leading up to it, but then decided it would lash down on us for the weekend! Anyway, as per usual, we were not going to let the rain spoil our fun, after all this is Ireland we are talking about so it is to be expected that it will rain when you have something planned!

Being my first time to Courtown (I know, crazy, most people my age spent every Summer down there when we were growing up!), I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have heard from so many people that it’s great, the kids will love it, there is so much to do and the beach is just fab. So off we went, car filled to the brim with everything we need for a long weekend away (a ridiculous amount stuff by the way, which almost made me not want to go because I didn’t think I would fit in the car!), including R’s bucket and spade for some beach fun. She was so excited about building sandcastles in the giant sand pit, which we call the beach, so as you do, she held it on to the bucket and spade for the whole drive! Continue reading “Courtown for kids in the not-so-good-weather”

8 essentials to successfully toilet train your toddler

We braved the challenge of toilet training our two year old recently, and came out the other side winning 🙂

We were to-ing and fro-ing for a few months whether to take the leap and toilet train her or not even though she had been showing most of the signs – asking about the toilet, dry nappies, telling us when she was doing her wees/poos, etc, but just kept putting it off. Having a newborn at the same time was already taking up a lot of our sleep deprived time, so I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the extra pressure to be patient through this process!!

However, one Saturday afternoon we were out for lunch and before we left daddy said he just needed to nip to the toilet first. to which R then stated, ‘I want to go too’ and there in the middle of the restaurant, she proceeded to pull her trousers down to her ankles and was trying to pull her nappy down from under her vest! Hilarious and a little embarrassing! We took this as the final sign we needed and bit the bullet.

Here is the list of supplies we stocked up on before starting this daunting task:

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Review: Fuelbaby Bottle

For busy mum’s on the go, or just to make life a little easier, this Fuelbaby Bottle is ideal!

As a mum of two, I am constantly on the go – planning, cleaning, preparing, packing…repeat.., so anything to make my day hassle free is much welcomed.

Packed in it’s quirky branded box, this clever new bottle range which comes in three different colours – blue, pink and yellow, is made with two separate compartments – the top for water and the bottom for formula. Continue reading “Review: Fuelbaby Bottle”

Review: Milton mini portable soother steriliser 

Have you been caught out without a clean soother for your crying baby while out and about? If so, then you need this mini portable soother steriliser by Milton!

So many times over the last few weeks i have been out with F, who is only seven weeks old now, and she has spat out numerous soothers to the dirty floor of a shop or the street outside, and I didn’t have a clean one to settle her. I was carrying spares in the changing bag, but when you have a toddler in tow who loves to help with her baby sister, dirty hands find their way all over F’s soother, or into R’s mouth pretending it’s hers, you go through a handful of soothers in one day. This mini portable steriliser has saved me a headache or two for sure!! Continue reading “Review: Milton mini portable soother steriliser “

My must-haves for labour

So it’s time to get my bag packed for labour seeing as the end of my pregnancy is near, and while doing so, I have decided on my must-haves for when I am in labour.

Obviously I have the usual items packed too, as per all the packing lists that you can find online – stuff for baby, stuff for mum after labour etc, but these are the few things I have at the top of my bag for the main event itself!

Although every pregnancy, every baby and every labour is different, I have still based my packing decisions on my experience of labour with R, as this is all I know.

Here are my essentials for packing..

Pain relief.
I have the TENS machine and a hot water bottle at the ready. I could not have got through labour without them the last time. The hot water bottle went on when I thought it was just back pain and then once I realised they were contractions and the pain increased, the TENS machine went on straight away! Continue reading “My must-haves for labour”

Things to do before baby arrives

Not long to go now until baby number two joins us and life becomes even busier again, which has reminded me of a few things that I want to do before baby arrives..

Have a date night with my hubby. 
It’s nice to have some time just the two of you, away from the telly and housework, and of course your little one fighting for your constant attention, so a nice meal out for a few hours before baby arrives will be worked into the calendar for next week hopefully. (babysitter dependent, offers welcome 😜)

Catch up with friends and family.
Once baby arrives it can be hard to find time to catch up with friends and family. Your mind is totally preoccupied with parenting and baby stuff that even when you do, it’s difficult to concentrate fully on the conversation! Continue reading “Things to do before baby arrives”

Parenting a toddler

What I learned in 2016 through parenting my 1 year old

As we move promptly into 2017, I have thinking about about the year just gone by and what I have learned through my adventures as mummy to a 1 year old.

Being a first time mum, every day brings new challenges, new laughs (or cries!) and new insight into toddler life. Our little ones are also learning new things every day and it’s such a special privilege to be part of that journey with them.

Here are some of the lessons I have learned through parenting my incredibly active and super curious little toddler over the past 12 months: Continue reading “Parenting a toddler”

Top 5 toy suggestions for 1-2 year olds

The much hyped black Friday sales have been and gone, but like me there may be a few of you who have yet to organise Christmas presents! Also the famous Late Late Toy show (in Ireland) is on tomorrow night (I can’t wait), so I’m sure we will have plenty of toy recommendations after watching it.

However, for those of you yet to get spending and looking for some ideas here are some of my toy suggestions for 1-2 year olds, that will help with their growth and development, as well as have fun.

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Review: Clonfert Pet Farm

A cold but lovely Winter’s afternoon spent celebrating a 2 year old’s birthday out in the fresh air..

I was trying to think of something to do for R’s second birthday, rather than just have a little get together in the house. Given that her birthday is in November most options are indoors which I didn’t really want to do. She loves being outside and running around, so we were thinking maybe a Winter picnic in the playground or a visit to farm – obviously both were dependent on weather.

After having a look online I came across Clonfert Pet Farm in Maynooth. It is a 2016 TripAdvisor winner and had lots of great reviews, so we decided that’s what we would do. I gave them a call to let them know it was R’s second birthday and a group of us were hoping to come along for an afternoon in November. The lady I spoke with on the phone was really nice and helpful, and reserved an outdoor sheltered picnic area for us. Perfect.

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Two years gone by already?!

Growing too fast

What a few days it’s been. R turned two last Wednesday..TWO!! Where have those two years gone, I keep asking myself. The time has gone so unbelievably quick, so much has happened and changed in those two years. R has grown and developed into her own little person with an incredibly amazing personality. I love watching how she grows and changes every day. She is intelligent, funny, strong-minded and independent, something I didn’t think a two year old could be.

I think back to when she was born, how tiny she seemed and I remember getting a present from a friend of some lovely outfits aged 18-24 months. I looked at them and thought, ‘wow these are huge, she will be at least four by the time she fits into them surely!’. Boy was I wrong – she has already outgrown them!  I honestly didn’t realise how quickly my tiny baby would grow into a little person. A two year old. Continue reading “Two years gone by already?!”

Halloween trick ‘r treating

R’s costume this year was keeping within the pumpkin theme…2014 she was a pumpkin bump whilst still in my belly, 2015 she was a pumpkin (very cute!) and this year she was a pumpkin witch.

Having just turned two this week, R is at the age where she is starting to make her own decisions. If it’s not what she wants, you’ll know all about it – including trying to get her costume dress on her! My goodness you’d swear we were trying to cut off her arms or something, she really wasn’t happy with us. In the end we had to give her some chocolate buttons to keep the peace. Once she had them in hand, she was happy out and put the dress on.  Continue reading “Halloween trick ‘r treating”

Feeling blue post baby..

(Image: Goodmorningquote.com)

As soon as you see the line on the pregnancy test appear, the excitement creeps through your body until your plagued, and all you can think about for the next nine months is how amazing life will be when baby joins your little family.

Nine months go by so slowly in your first pregnancy because all you can think about all day every day is this tiny human being you are growing in your belly. There is so much excitement planning for baby’s arrival…getting baby’s room ready, thinking of baby names, shopping for all things baby that you are going to need, and dreaming of all the fun and amazing things you are going to do once baby comes along. Continue reading “Feeling blue post baby..”

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