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I recently shared my pregnancy announcement here on my blog, including a YouTube video of Kayla’s reaction. It has since gone viral. The video has been shared by thousands, with over 40K views since Tuesday evening. My four-year-olds response to the news has everyone a little teary eyed.
I collected her from school on Thursday and she was so excited to tell me the long list of names who had seen her video. She told me she was famous, that she was a little celebrity. Her words, not mine.
So of course I treated her like one for the day, we headed off into town yesterday, a mammy daughter date, no boys aloud. We went to Ann’s Bakery and into Lush one of her favourite shops. With a belly full of berries and hot chocolate she sniffed and danced around the store in excitement picking her favourite bath bombs. She picked the Unicorn horn and Granny Takes A Dip, great choices me thinks.
Her video has featured on the IrishMirror.ie, HerFamily.ie, Her.ie, Evoke, MummyPages, The Independent, Elite Daily, Family Friendly HQ and The Daily Edge. Her little face is taking over everyones newsfeeds.
If you have seen the video shared anywhere else, do let us know!
What is Pregnancy Sickness?
Pregnancy sickness is the painstaking suffering of nausea and vomiting all day long and not only in the morning. Since for some women the nausea and vomiting is the worst in the morning, the common term is ‘morning sickness’. Pregnancy sickness can differ from feeling nauseous to feeling so nauseous that you have to vomit. Pregnancy sickness seems to be caused by a mixture of all the hormonal changes that occur in the female body due to the pregnancy and the sensitivity to certain smells.
I’ve previously sailed through two pregnancies by-passing the dreaded sickness smugly, never even the slightest touch of queasiness. My little babog swimming around inside has changed all that. I’m wrenching at almost all foods, the odour, the texture, the taste. Snots, nappies, slurping, chewing and munching, it all REVOLTS me. Why can’t people just chew with their mouths closed. Like ewh! I have nausea and vomiting all day long, not only in the morning. I feel shit all day, everyday!
I’ve been spending my days hovering around the bathroom, hibernating indoors trying to hide any existence of my pregnancy. I’m struggling to conceal myself from my four year old shadow who currently thinks I’m dying. She has watched on in horror as I gag and puke.
I researched and researched and RESEARCHED for the cure. There is no magic cure. There is no magic pill. There is nothing I can do but ride it out.
I have eaten and snacked before getting out of bed to keep my energy levels up. I have tried to eat ginger biscuits, they repulse me. I’m sipping hot water with a slice of lemon in the mornings and I’m drinking water by the gallon to keep hydrated. I have eaten smaller meals and snacked more frequently not allowing myself to get hungry. I’ve nibbled peppermint sweets when I feel the faintest queasiness come on. I don’t eat and drink at the same time. I’m also eating bland foods such as crackers and dry toast and I’m taking plenty of supplements.
Did any of it work? Eating smaller frequent bland meals kind of helped. I also picked up a vitamin spray which helped avoid gagging over large vitamins. It’s such a horrible experience. Stupid hormones.
How women go through a whole pregnancy feeling like this is inhumane. I like food. No I love food and I was slowly drifting into a depression watching my little family devour all the beautiful foods I would chef up at dinner time whilst stubbornly nibbling on a cracker or dry toast.
The fog is finally lifting, I’m starting to feel myself again at almost twelve weeks. I just hope I don’t get any weird cravings like the last time.
We had considered an eviction notice for Frankie. We thought about our family growing by two feet. We even deliberated over a simple ‘coming soon’ photo. (more…)
So over the past couple of months Hasbro, the creators of Play-Doh have been under fire over an extruder tool from the Cake Mountain set on sale this Christmas. I’ve read comments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and one woman even claimed her Christmas was ruined. Yes, it actually RUINED her Christmas. Seriously where has people’s sense of humour gone?
So I put Kayla to the test this morning and asked her what it was. And you will not believe what my four-year-old daughter said. She told me it was ‘the best icing maker ever’. She didn’t mention penis, willy or anything sexual because SHE IS A CHILD. She does not look at play toys and sexualize them. If she did I would be very concerned. My Christmas was not ruined. Her Christmas was not ruined. Nobody’s Christmas was ruined. It’s a bloody toy! If a child looks at this and sees it as anything more than a toy, parents have more issues to address than the toy itself.
Play-Doh have announced they will replace the extruder tool for anyone who is offended. I for one will not be exchanging the icing dispenser even if the swirl pattern screams ‘ribbed for her pleasure’.
Each year I form a list of unrealistic goals and resolutions in the lead up to the New Year, and usually by day three my pledges are non existent. This year I rounded up the family and we created the Alphabet of Adventures.
The Alphabet of Adventure shows twenty-four places we would all like to visit next year. Starting with a trip to the National Aquatic Centre, we will head off and complete our journey around Ireland finishing off with a trip to Dublin Zoo.
We as a family pledge to try eat healthier and get active. Kayla and I have agreed to walk to school with exception to the weather. We have also decided to cut down on our sweet treats, we will drink more water and read more books.
Kayla and I have also decided we are going to teach Daddy to cook. Scrambled egg, beans, toast and cheerios just wont cut it any more. Tips, cookbooks, frilly aprons welcome!
I will blog our way through our a-z of adventures and keep you all updated on how we get on.
Happy New Year Guys!!!
At first, when Kayla’s dad and I broke up and began co-parenting I would probe her, hound her with a million questions. Where were you? Who were you with? How long were you there for? Who is she? (more…)
We headed off to the Christmas Toy Show yesterday afternoon. Situated in the main hall of the RDS, it had all the toys you need for Christmas under one roof from this year’s must-haves to the all-important stocking fillers, yeh know the one’s kids will actually play with! There was a timetable of live entertainment and music, along with activities and entertainment for everyone, adults included.
Upon arrival fashion icon Barbie was meeting and greeting her fan at the entrance. Kayla tripped over herself when she seen her. She got all her words mumbled and almost cried with excitement.
We started at the Play-Doh workshop, squishing, mushing and creating. Mr Play-Doh made an appearance. He jumped, skipped and danced, all the children were giggling and laughing as his play-doh pot bounced about the place.
Kayla spotted the Lego workshop next, she must have spent an hour here. She is looking for Princess Lego off Santa this year so she decided to practice making a Rapunzel castle.
Frosty the DJ kept everyone entertained when the live entertainment was on a break. We chilled back in a bean bag filled area and watched an amazing magic show by Silly Billys and Eclipse stage school performed some brilliant routines.
There is so much to do, you could spend the whole day there. There was a host of interactive family fun from ride-on tractor racing tracks, remote control challenges to Nerf and Rebellen target ranges. There was a storytime area, football challenges and not forgetting the Santa experience too.
It is a day not to be missed. I would recommend to bring some sandwiches if you are going to head along. There is a couple of vendors selling food but none to our taste, we are very fussy eaters. We are now feeling all christmassy and getting ready to pull the decoration out and christmify the house top to bottom. God, I love Christmas.
Buying gifts for Christmas can be a struggle especially for women. So I’ve rounded up some of my top Christmas gift idea’s for any new mom, wife, sister or friend.
Last week I attended the Stellar Shine Awards the only Irish awards that is solely dedicated to recognising, celebrating and applauding young women aged 18 to 35. There was ten categories with over 75 awesome Irish women nominated including best author, best actress, best sports star, best singer and best radio personality. I was there amongst some of Irelands finest women because I was nominated in the best blogger or vlogger category (yes I’m still pinching myself).
I attended the awards hosted by Mia Dunphy in The Spencer with my friend Louise, we sipped cocktails, we chased and nibbled on the delicious food hovering around the room, mingled with some of Ireland’s biggest role models and I enjoyed my five minutes of fame as my name was called out along with the other finalists. Suzanne Jackson an amazing role model, beauty and fashion blogger won my category. I’ve been a huge fan of hers three years now. She is a huge inspiration to many young women including myself.
Katie Taylor won best sports star, Cecilia Ahern won best author and Una Healy from The Saturdays won best singer, who unfortunately couldn’t make it on the night to accept their shine award gongs. While Jennifer Maguire best known from Republic of Telly won best TV presenter. The hilarious Hillary Rose won best comedian. The beautiful Aoibheann McCaul won best actress on the night and best fashion designer went to Chupi Sweetman-Pell. Nikki Hayes from Spin 103.8 also won the best radio personality. The biggest and most inspirational award on the night was awarded to Louise McSharry for best role model.
It was a fantastic night, I’m honored and still quite speechless I was a finalist with my parenting blog. I never expected anyone to read my blogs except for friends and family. It’s six months since I set up My Little Babog and I’m loving every minute of it. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you who nominated me. I will treasure this moment forever!!