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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.

Continue reading “Top 5 toy suggestions for 1-2 year olds”

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.

Continue reading “Review: Clonfert Pet Farm”

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..

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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..”

11 things to look forward to after pregnancy

Being pregnant second time around is slightly different to the first – as I already listed off in a previous blog post, but there is always the same list of things you can’t do no matter what pregnancy you are on.

I’m six months pregnant now, so still three to go and I’m already starting to look forward to a few things I can’t do now…nothing overly exciting but when you haven’t done it in a while, you start to miss it. Continue reading “11 things to look forward to after pregnancy”

Bedtime stories

PJs, bottle, stories, chats, songs, cuddles and kisses. Bedtime is a fun, family time in our house every night. I love it!

Both myself and daddy share the role of bedtime duties – some nights we take it in turns for story time (while the other gets dinner sorted!) and other nights we both share it which is a nice as we get to have some family time all three of us together at the end of a busy day. Continue reading “Bedtime stories”

Pregnancy second time around

Pregnancy is a pretty amazing thing, and even though I’ve been through nine months of it before, it’s been very different this time around.

First of all, we have an almost two year old running around demanding all of our attention! We’ve started telling her that mummy has a baby in her tummy and she is going to be a big sister, so although she probably doesn’t understand properly, she is always giving bump a big hug and kiss which is uber cute, i LOVE it!  Continue reading “Pregnancy second time around”

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