Mind

Shopping Lists, Spiced Beef & Hot Water Bottles…

Clearly, a "mandate" hasn't been issued of a Monday in quite some time (probably months), which is a good thing as it means I've been very busy. It's also a bad thing, as it means I've been very busy. 1. Stop freaking out over not having everything done for Christmas. It'll get done when it… Continue reading Shopping Lists, Spiced Beef & Hot Water Bottles…

Mind, Uncategorized

Baby Blues or PND… What’s ‘Normal’ & What’s Not

First thing's first - whether it's PND or the Baby Blues, it is all normal. Repeat – it is all normal. What isn't "normal" are new/exacerbated behavioural issues that arise post delivery that last more than two weeks. When the public health nurse called around three days after we got home from the hospital with… Continue reading Baby Blues or PND… What’s ‘Normal’ & What’s Not

Baby, Body, Mind

Bump Etiquette: Getting People to Back the F**k Away From Your Belly

An article about bump bombardment posted on Today FM today got me reminiscing regarding unsolicited bump patting. Here's something I wrote for Beaut.ie back in 2016when 26 weeks pregnant with the now 17-month-old... Week 26: "Your baby's eyes - which have been closed for the past few months (so that the retina could develop) - are… Continue reading Bump Etiquette: Getting People to Back the F**k Away From Your Belly

Mind, Uncategorized

Ten Easy Ways to Cut Down on Disposable Plastic…

Everything seems to be swaddled in some form of cellophane or unrecyclable plastic. It seems unavoidable; for example, how can you buy a punnet of raspberries from a supermarket without unrecyclable plastic being involved? Presumably, cardboard is too expensive or something... Anyway, don't be deflated, there are a few things you can do to start cutting… Continue reading Ten Easy Ways to Cut Down on Disposable Plastic…

Mealtimes, Mind

Shizzle The 4-Year-Old Said…

The questions are relentless. RELENTLESS. But I'm trying to soak them up considering that, in roughly nine years time, she probably won't want to converse on any level. So, with that in mind, here's a celebration of what the chislers say before, you know, they cease all form of communication. Apart from texts requesting lifts.… Continue reading Shizzle The 4-Year-Old Said…

Mind, Reviews, Seasonal

Acceptable in the 80s: 10 Halloween traditions that wouldn’t be invented today

Cast your mind back... to a time of bin bags, pillowcases and 'going around the houses' with a herd of other 9-year-olds in the dark of night accepting nuts off strangers and setting fire to shit. Happy memories. Anyone of a certain vintage will remember the below traditions fondly, the rest of you - you haven't lived!… Continue reading Acceptable in the 80s: 10 Halloween traditions that wouldn’t be invented today

Mind

Chest Infection, Social Welfare Office, Nappy Wearing, and “Bloody Feminism…”

"Bloody feminism! Where has it got you exactly?!" This intriguing statement came from an 87-year-old aunt a few weeks back. The first reaction was "Well, she's old"... but the words have stuck ever since, with her sentiments ringing particularly true this week. This week has been somewhat of a mixed bag. Without seeking pathos from… Continue reading Chest Infection, Social Welfare Office, Nappy Wearing, and “Bloody Feminism…”

Mind, Travel

Surviving Ophelia: Ten Things to Consider This Morning

Yesterday was like Christmas Eve... Not taking the eerie silence into account; bread, batteries and booze were filling most shopping trollies hurtling around the shop I was in. A poor cashier at one point roared at her manager "Ah JAYSIS Johnny, make it stop, it's bedlam in here!" We've been advised not to go outside… Continue reading Surviving Ophelia: Ten Things to Consider This Morning