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, 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

Mind

You Know You’re Hosting an Irish “Playdate” When…

Years ago, talk of "playdates" would bring on a rivulet of sweat. My sister would say "Yeah cool, call around, but I've got playdates over," as a roll call of plausible excuses would start unfurling. When you can barely tolerate the kids of blood relatives, how are you meant to deal with – horror –… Continue reading You Know You’re Hosting an Irish “Playdate” When…

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

Mind, Seasonal

Santa Science Can Explain The Trickiest of Questions…

In an age of information bombardment, it's tricky keeping abreast of facts that matter. At this time of year, that's anything Santa related. Such is the proliferation of info, personalised Santa Apps, and festive films centring on the exploits of Old Saint Nick, how do you know what is real and what isn't? Below are… Continue reading Santa Science Can Explain The Trickiest of Questions…

Mind

Manners Matter. Here’s Why…

It’s become apparent, in the last few years especially, that manners are being left by the wayside. Perhaps it's down to the proliferation of gormless world leaders, maybe it's not. Either way, this is something, you, dear reader, need to keep on top of. Why are you being directly targeted? Because manners – much like… Continue reading Manners Matter. Here’s Why…

Mind

Will The Additional €84million Change Our Mental Health System? #WorldMentalHealthDay #NowWereTalking

This time last year, when the Government released their budget with a comparatively pithy "€35 million" dedicated solely for mental health purposes, I went on an almighty rant. Having had personal experience of the mental health "services" in this country, €35million wasn't even going to touch the sides. Now that yesterday's budget is allocating over… Continue reading Will The Additional €84million Change Our Mental Health System? #WorldMentalHealthDay #NowWereTalking

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