Nap-Free Zone

This weekend marked the first weekend in 5 years that we haven’t had a napping child! Small Bro is 3 since July, and he may still be resistant to sleeping through the night but by god did he love his naps. Right through lockdown he napped like clockwork, and the structure it gave to all…

Death by a Thousand Whys

Why. Why. WHY!!! Why do 3 year olds feel the need to use this tiny but massively annoying word a thousand times a day? There is just no sense nor reason to the amount of “why” I hear every day. Just as one boy grew out of it, the other started! Regardless of the answer…

Self-Care… Do you Dare?

Ah yes, self-care… quite the buzzword lately. Sometimes it annoys me ‘cos it seems to be everywhere, other times I’m all for reading about it, nevertheless I have no doubt about its importance in our overall wellbeing. I see people online from time to time snapping their way around an amazing spa with #selfcare slapped…

Come Flounder with Me!

I was bored today. Yes I said it! I was bored. I reached a point early in my day where everything I NEEDED to do was done. Dishwasher was on, laundry was washed & hanging, the house was an acceptable level of tidy. I had nothing urgent or niggling on my mind. I had nothing…

Shur Look, We Have to Get on With It

“Shur look, we have to get on with it.” I feel like I spend my time saying these words lately. At home, in school, on the phone, in the shop, at the chemist, I don’t go anywhere else so that’s the end of that list! Level 3, level 4, level feckin 90, it’s all the…

Mammy-Versaries

Big Bro turned 5 this week. It was my 5th Mammy-Versary! It’s a big milestone in his life & it’s a big milestone in our lives too! Some might say the “hardest” years are behind us… parents of teenagers would probably say the hardest is yet to come! Either way it’s crazy to think that…

Evolution of a Weekend

If you ask a parent how their lives have changed since having children, they will most likely mention the word “weekends” in the first or second sentence. Before we had children, we were the ultimate lazy couple. We may or may not be out of bed by 11am, there would be at least one meal…

Emotional Constipation

Anyone following my Insta stories over the weekend will know it was a weird one. I had had a few days of just feeling “meh” “yuck” whatever you want to call it, I daren’t say I was sick, because I wasn’t, I just felt like the life had been sucked out of me & couldn’t…

Tantrum Thursday

Thursday. Day 4. Over the hump, but not the weekend yet. A month in now & I definitely see a pattern emerging. A cranky, overtired, insatiable, irrational, energy draining pattern. This evening has been yet another Thursday evening of boys having meltdowns & me trying NOT to have a meltdown. Home from the childminders at…

More Picks of the ‘Flix!

It’s been a while since I put my last list of Netflix recommendations together, and needless to say there has been a lot of watching done since! I stuck at Seinfeld on All4 for ages since, but at Series 8 it’s getting a bit dull so I’m putting that one to bed for a while!…

Blogging in a “Bloggers” World

In March I took the plunge & joined the vast & complicated world of Blogging. A couple of friends had suggested that I do it a while back, but I just had no interest, and full disclosure, I was also terrified of trying & falling flat on my arse! Once I had a few ideas…

Mammy’s Got Talent

A recent post I came across on Insta (@irishmamabuys) was asking Mammies to share their talents; this got me thinking about my own talents; Pre and Post-Mammyhood; cos let’s face it, they are two different lives! Pre-Mammy Talents; Sleeping In Ignoring laundry in the machine for days Cooking as little as possible Window Shopping Browsing…

Straws of Stress

The Mental Load is a new phrase that has been coined by an actual genius to sum up what happens in the mind of modern mammies. Of course everyone has their own mental load, and some bear theirs easier than others. I definitely feel that us Mammies carry more than most, and that’s not meant…

More Patience Please

I need to go to the Patience Shop & get some more patience. At least that’s what my boys would tell me if I asked where to get some. When we need food we go to the food shop, when they get new clothes they come from the clothes shop, toys from the toy shop…

Top of the List

Lists. Who else loves a list? Shopping list, cleaning list, job list, lists for work, love a good list. I am the person who has been known to write things on lists that have already been done, just so I can tick them off! Apparently that is actually some kind of psychological self-motivation thing, go…

‘Twas the Night Before School

‘Twas the night before school, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except the Mammy who could not sleep! Have I done everything? Did I definitely get all the books? Was one missing a cover? Did I put the fees into the envelope? The uniform doesn’t smell quite “nice” enough, should I…

Back in Time; For 8 Hours Only

Thanks Storm Ellen! Such a diva, appearing almost out of nowhere, stripping ridgetiles & knocking trees like there was no tomorrow. Taking our electricity, water, wifi and phone coverage to really put the boot in! Having been on this earth for 33 years I am fairly used to this kind of disappointment from Mother Nature….

Shopping List; Paint and Wine

One week left. And it’s about to be a busy one! The boys are due to go on their “holidays” to their grandparents for the weekend and I am determined to get my kitchen painted before we all face head first into the breech of what will be a very challenging school term. The childminder…

Just Give Me Time

Just give me time. Time to sit. Time to read. Time to think. Time to breathe. Time to eat. Time to cook. Time to scroll. Time to bathe. Time to write. Time to sip. Time to chat. Time to sleep. Time to rest. Time to walk. Time to watch. Time to listen. Time to organise….

Flying Solo and Failing!

I don’t know about ye but me being a teacher married to an engineer means that I end up taking the boys away on my own a lot while I am “off” and Hubby is working. I have become pretty damn good at it over the last couple of years, and usually pull it off…

Mammy Birthdays

“Happy Birthday Mommy! I’m hungry…” “Where is your cake?” “Are you getting balloons today?” “Why is the party taking so long Mommy?” This, all by 8.15am. Mammy Birthdays are almost like mythical days. Yes, it may be the anniversary of your birth, but at this point in your life, anything you do not pre-arrange or…

Tag, You’re It!

I’m pretty sure we aren’t the only adults that have began playing Tag again in recent years… I can pretty much trace it back to around the time we became parents! It’s not a particularly fun game anymore though. At this stage of our lives, Tag means “I’m outa here, you take over…” For me,…

All About the Boobing

Get them out there girls! That should be the tagline for World Breastfeeding Week 2020 considering the coverage other campaigns are getting this week! All jokes aside this is a very important week in the calendar for many reasons. For one, it highlights all the good things about breastfeeding, and as well as that it…

Got Plans? Not anymore…

What’s that you say Mother? Oh you’ve made plans? You think you’re going somewhere? How naive of you to make plans…let me just see how I can thwart these plans of yours… Will I spike a surprise temperature? Will I wake 50 times tonight? Will I spontaneously vomit after breakfast? Will I act like a…

Written in the Stars?

Horoscopes… rate them or hate them? I recently discovered Rogue Collective’s online magazine on the recommendation of a good friend, and apart from some really insightful, powerful writing from loads of Irish women, one of my favourite things to check out on it is the Horoscopes. Since I was about 10 I had a keen…

When Will I Learn?

Just buy a cake. Go to a shop & buy a cake. A perfect looking, perfectly formed, perfectly baked pre-made cake. Or better still, order one from a skilled professional! When will I learn? Small Bro turned 3 today, so this is the 7th birthday party I have had the pleasure of planning & throwing…

Motherland; Uncomfortably Funny

My latest discovery on Netflix has left me in a very mixed emotional state. I came across a clip of Motherland online last week & absolutely burst laughing at it. It went straight onto the Must Watch list. So I tuned in full of anticipation for some good laughs, and I got some brilliant laughs,…

Breaking Out

When daily life starts to feel like an episode of Breaking Bad, it’s time to Break Out. Break for the border. Run for the hills. Banish yourself to the beach. Go feckin somewhere that will allow you to just breathe. We can’t get on a plane & jet half way across the world for the…

Eat Your Cake

Ok let me start this one by saying that it’s not actually about cake… sorry ladies! This is a piece for the working Moms, the badass women of the world who are earning a living AND raising a family. And no, I’m not giving any credit to the men on this one. This is a…

Encouraging Independence

I am a huge advocate of letting children do as much as possible for themselves, and by themselves. Sometimes we get so swept away in our busy-ness and hectic schedules, that we just go through the motions on auto-pilot day after day, week after week. Over time, this can be counter-productive for both ourselves and…

Give it a Year

“When will I feel ‘normal’ again?” A question every woman thinks to herself or asks out loud after she has become a mother. Nobody has the answer, because everyones experience is so drastically different. Even from baby to baby your own experience can be so different. For me I would say…give it a year. Even…

Dinnertime Downers

So many childhood professionals tell us how beneficial family dinners are… or should I say, are meant to be. They encourage conversation, bonding, relationships, social skills, all those good things. Apparently. It seems I must be doing them wrong. In my house there is less conversation & bonding, and more complaining & giving out. Dinnertime…

Kicking the (Sugar) Habit

I am the stereotypical sugar-addicted mammy. I have mastered the art of secret eating over the years. I never smoked & rarely drink but I am a full blown sugar addict. Sugar from sweets, sugar from chocolate, sugar from cereals, sugar from processed foods & all the amazingness of sugar from refined carbs. Weirdly, I…

I am Proud

For the weekend that’s in it, I am writing about my Pride. I am proud of how Ireland has moved with the times. I am proud of how open & accepting we have become in recent years. I am proud to see Rainbow flags flying. I am proud of close family & friends who have…

Home Alone; Parent Style

Last weekend I found myself living the Parenthood Dream. I really shouldn’t have to even explain what that is, but maybe some of my readers aren’t parents, so I will. I was home alone for the most of 3 days. THREE. DAYS. At home. In my house. With nobody else. I won’t be so dramatic…

Stages of the Playground

Playgrounds are something that don’t even enter your consciousness until you are about 9 months into parenting… and once you start going to them, they become a staple part of life. Most parents start bringing babies to playgrounds as soon as they can sit up any way competently… It sounds kinda crazy to bring a…

Bag it Up

I knew the therapeutic power of a good de-clutter long before Marie Kondo charmed half the world into her way of thinking. It’s one of those things that just gives me a moment of “Ahhhhh” once it’s done. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a neat freak or an obsessive tidy-up-er in any way. Day…

Where is He?

I read a piece from a fellow blogger today, and it got me thinking. It got me mad, but it also got me thinking! She wrote so well as she always does, this time about “filling your cup” and how her cup is empty. Like, not even a drop left at the bottom kinda empty….

Welcome New Parents

This is dedicated to my lovely cousin who has just had her first baby… during a Pandemic… while living at the other side of the world. As they say there’s no manual for having and looking after babies, and there is no welcome pack either! But this is what I would put in a welcome…

Parental Excitement

Things only a parent can get excited about; Hearing nonsense words Somebody taking a single step A human rolling over A burp Urine in a plastic pot in your sitting room A poo in a nappy after 6 days of waiting A poo in a plastic pot in your sitting room Someone using a toilet……

The Slippery Wine Slope

I write this as I come to the end of a most delicious glass of Pinot Grigio. Lads it’s just so yummy. And only €9 in Centra shur where would you be going! I could easily have one, or four, every night if I chose to, but I don’t. I love a drink, but I’m…

All Go. All Change.

It’s all go around here lately. We may have been in lockdown since March but in many ways we have never been so busy. Amongst the adults’ long finger jobs & excessive tweaks to the garden, the smaller members of the family have also been beavering away. They have reached & passed big milestones in…

Potty Training Diary: Day 3

🩳No issues with clothing this morning so that was good! Undies & shorts on with no protest. Positive start! 🖐🏻I had to go to town for a couple of hours so Daddy was on potty duty for a while, and sure enough when I got home he had done a proper wee in the potty…

Potty Training Diary; Day 2

Some negotiations again first thing to put on the underwear… I think shorts are confusing him! He sees a cool pair of shorts & wants to wear them… but also wants his tracksuit pants over them! 💩I escaped for own loo trip an hour after getting up, came down to see a suspicious bulge in…

Potty Training Diary: Day 1

We got up, I had had a decent sleep (only woken twice…!) So I decided today is the day. Got No.2 downstairs, started to get him dressed & told him that today we are doing wees in the potty & that he was going to wear his new undies. It was due to be the…

Nothing and Everything

I am having a week of it. Actually it’s more like a month of it. A month of what you ask? Nothing and everything. I’m just in bad form more often than I’m in good form & I have no actual reason why. Nothing has changed, everything is the same as it was a few…

Remembering the Repeal

Today marks two years since we made our voices heard on a national and international level. We succeeded in changing our Constitution again, for the benefit of all of our citizens. We Repealed the 8th Amendment. From a personal perspective, it was a campaign that overtook my daily life. It was all over news &…

The Dark Side of Sensory Play

I am all for sensory play. Love it. So many benefits for small hands & young brains. There are brilliant ideas for it everywhere you look! And of course the children love it and get so much enjoyment & learning from it too. But there is a dark side to sensory play… you probably haven’t…