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One Of THOSE Days…

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It was grand this morning. No school run because the Big Kid was in her dads. Toddler had a lie in. Baby miraculously slept pretty well. Joe left a batch of minty chalk on the draining board. I had coffee, the real stuff, none of that decaf crap. (more…)

You Know You’re a Mammy When…

You Know You’re a Mammy When…

1.       You buy an extra pack of baby wipes to clean up random spills, finger prints and your entire bathroom.

2.       A twenty minute shower with a locked door feels like a day at the spa.

3.       You have an audience whilst showering, shouting the most awkward of questions.

4.       You often finish up showering with only one leg shaved and have you have a frequent presence of unwashed conditioner in your hair.

5.       You can’t see the floor of your car.

6.       You re-define “sleeping-in” to any time past 6.30am.

7.       An early night is going to bed the same time as your children.

8.       You have reheated your tea/coffee in the microwave for the 100th time.

9.       Your kids see you naked more than your other-half.

10.   Going to do the weekly shopping is like taking a vacation.

11.   You forgot to put the wheelie bin out AGAIN.

12.   You will never be able to sort, process or print all the photo’s you have taken.

13.   You’ve been washing the same load of laundry for the third day in a row because you keep forgetting to dry them.

14.   You can do almost anything with one hand.

15.   You consider time on Facebook as spending time with your friends.

16.   You mop the floor, you know the kids are guaranteed to spill something.

17.   Your home is covered in valuable pieces of artwork that didn’t cost you a thing.

18.   You get poop on your hands and you don’t even flinch.

19.   Everything you do is an adventure.

20.   Your kids use your smartphone more than you do.

21.   There is nothing more excruciating than standing on Lego or a kinder surprise toy.

22.   You no longer laugh at the parents of hurricane hell raising children on Channel 4.

23.   You will spend most of your days with a howling resident on the bottom step of your stairs.

24.   Counting to three will be your most commonly used phrase.

25.   There is a finger in your ears, nose or mouth and it’s not yours.

26.   You prefer cuddling and kids movies to hitting pubs and clubs.

27.   You have discovered the miracle of YouTube Kinder Surprise videos.

28.   Picking up a baby and sniffing their butt is not only normal, it’s necessary.

29.   You don’t speak with adults but S-P-E-L-L.

30.   You have convinced your kids that hovering is a game.

31.   Receiving hand-me-downs is like winning the lottery.

32.   You save lives on a daily basis.

and finally – Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience that never ceases to amaze and you wouldn’t change it for the world. But you might trade in a few hours for some me-time!

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What My Baby Actually Plays With

My kids have a room full of toys. Kayla’s have built up over the past few years and in fairness she could sit in there for hours and play happily with her colourful imagination.

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Frankie on the other hand has been spoilt in less than eleven months old with hundreds of euro’s worth of toys. While I buy a lot of second hand toys at a quarter of the price, he was spoilt at Christmas. Almost half of the gifts he received are under his cot, unopened because he has way too many. And if I’m completely honest he has no interest in any of them.

My baby likes to play with…

A tangle teaser

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An old remote control

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A cardboard box

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Cooking utensils

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Wipes and nappies

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…and finally Kayla’s kitchen and her Frozen dolls.

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What does your baby like to play with?

Can We Just Pause For A Moment?

Not so long ago I began to worry about Frankie’s development, he hated tummy time, he had yet to roll over and he was still drinking six to seven bottles a day. I began comparing him to other babies his age and started fretting over his development.

Then one evening I went in to check on him and he was sleeping on his tummy, i had yet to witness it but the ‘rollover’ was complete. The following morning he blurted out mama, fast forward two weeks and he’s recognising signs, he sits up unaided and he’s clapping hands.

Now I’m afraid to blink. He’ll be riding Tinkerbell our lab like a cowboy around the house soon. Frankie is roaming through the house, exploring, marking his territory, letting us know who is boss. When I’m cooking dinner he creeps around the fridge, practically hanging out of his walkers expressing his interest in whatever is on the menu.

Last week I was making a stir-fry, their he was loitering about, so I gave him a slice of yellow pepper. Assuming he would throw it away, he gnawed, chewed and demolished every last piece. Tinkerbell has some competition; she normally gets the left-overs.

My boy is going to be talking, walking and answering back before I know it. I was wishing time away, rushing precious moments for the sake of competing with others, now I just want to rewind every milestone. It’s been a rollercoaster the past couple weeks, I’m overwhelmed with how quick my baby is growing.

Can we just pause this moment?

Egg Allergy Anxieties

Many mothers fret about allergies, and I’m no exception. I’m having an issue with eggs this month. Kayla had a horrible reaction at eight months old, while my partner also has an egg allergy.

Egg allergy symptoms normally occur within a few minutes but some children may not react until a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs.

Kayla had quite a severe reaction when she was Frankie’s age after consuming boiled egg, she broke out in a rash from head to toe, her nasal became inflamed and she began vomiting violently. It was during the snow storm we had four years ago, a taxi-man I never got to thank got us to the hospital within minutes. It was a very scary experience.

When I began researching egg, I discovered egg has many other names. Some of them hidden amongst ingredients that can be easily consumed without knowledge. Egg can be also known as Conalbumin, Livetin and Ovalbumin amongst many other words. Egg is also used in some hair care products, medications and vaccinations. For this reason Kayla had her MMR in hospital as a precaution.

I dreaded birthday parties, try explaining to a toddler they are not allowed cake, it was horrible. She missed out on so much due to her allergy. One of Kayla’s favourite foods is a pancake, it’s a special treat. A friend had joined slimming world and gave us an eggless pancake recipe that I still treasure to this day.

Eggs are very nutritious. They provide your baby with iron for their brain development, protein for growth and they are a source of vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth. Frankie is more active now, I’ve noticed he has a much bigger appetite the past week. It’s now time to introduce some new foods, explore some new textures and tastes.

Over time Kayla began to tolerate small amounts of egg. Advised by our dietician we began reintroducing her last year and so far it has been a success. Many children do outgrow their egg allergy before adolescence but in some cases, it continues into adulthood.

What if Frankie reacts? The hives I can cope with but when Kayla’s nose began to inflam, that was terrifying! It may be a little extreme but considering the family history I’m looking into getting an allergy test done on Frankie for my own peace of mind.