Baby, Mind

‘Put her in the sling and start walking’: 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents…

Hats off to anyone who has endured the relentlessness of a colicky baby... Things are trundling along nicely, complete with the expected proliferation of leakages and broken sleep, and then it happens. Approximately four weeks in and your little bundle of joy starts crying. Incessantly. Just as I was getting used to my second born… Continue reading ‘Put her in the sling and start walking’: 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents…

Baby, Body

Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you’re pregnant…

YOU LIVE WITH your body, from the extremities to the intimates, every day of your life. Most likely you take it and its glorious functionality for granted – especially the bits you aren’t fully cognisant of. Then you get pregnant, and suddenly you’re hyper-aware of parts of your body you barely gave a thought to… Continue reading Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you’re pregnant…

Baby, Body

7 ‘joys’ of pregnancy that most definitely weren’t joyful for me…

Leaving the GP's office six years ago, she took my hand, focussed her gaze and said: "Promise me one thing – ENJOY your first pregnancy; it's very different the second time around when you're running after a toddler." She wasn't the first or the last person to say that. "Enjoy your pregnancy." It should've have… Continue reading 7 ‘joys’ of pregnancy that most definitely weren’t joyful for me…

Baby, Body, Mind

‘No detectable heartbeat’: Miscarriage is devastating – here’s the advice I wish I was given after mine

I was was 11 weeks into my pregnancy when I saw the spotting. It was August 2015. During the scan that followed shortly after, the nurse told me she could see “something resembling a six-week-old foetus”. Did I have the dates wrong? At that point, it was hard to tell. “There is usually no detectable… Continue reading ‘No detectable heartbeat’: Miscarriage is devastating – here’s the advice I wish I was given after mine

Baby, Mind, Reviews

BYOB to ‘Sally Denver Matthews: Sleep Deprived Mother’ #FirstFortnight

'Sally Denver Matthews', a humorous one-woman show written and performed by Gilly O'Shea on the anxieties of being a first-time mum, is taking place in Smock Alley Theatre from January 2nd to January 5th. It's all part of First Fortnight 2019, Europe's first mental health arts festival. It's hoped Sally's story will prompt conversations about… Continue reading BYOB to ‘Sally Denver Matthews: Sleep Deprived Mother’ #FirstFortnight

Baby, meals, Mealtimes

Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

TheJournal.ie asked me to write a feature about breastfeeding, which is somewhat ironic considering it's something I've zero experience of. I sent over the below copy, which was exceedingly verbose; so, if you'd prefer to read the more succinct and balanced version, please make your way to TheJournal.ie's Family Magazine, otherwise, stay put for the… Continue reading Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

Baby, Mind

10 Things Nobody Tells You About… Being a Parent

The ironic thing about attempting to manage a parenting blog is that you're too busy parenting to manage said parenting blog... On the upside, I've also been busy getting actual work off the back of this blog, so I need to (try to) keep on top of it #ParentingMantra101 Below is an article I wrote… Continue reading 10 Things Nobody Tells You About… Being a Parent

Baby, Body

Tips To Keep The Kids Cool in The Heaaaayte…

Buy them a fedora, natch. No, really, that's the first tip; it doesn't have to be a fedora but they obviously need to have an array of hats. You'd think one or two would do, but at the rate my 2-year-old is losing them a surplus of hats is recommended. OK, so it's not exactly… Continue reading Tips To Keep The Kids Cool in The Heaaaayte…