8 months ago to the day, I sat at our kitchen table in a state of despair. Schoolbooks, pencils, colours and copies piled all around me. Their intended user was in the playroom with her sister concerning herself with everything but the items she was supposed to be using. I was trying to rev myself up for the umpteenth time but my mental reserve was running dry. Not for the first time, I contemplated doing the homework myself and wondered how we would get through this first mainstream school year. It had all seemed so easy the previous year when Mini had skipped off to pre-school. Now I was wondering would mainstream big school be a step too far.
Is it me or are there a lot of pregnant ladies out there? I seem to be bumping into bumps everywhere I go. It’s made me remember what it’s like to carry a child to term. Pregnancy is a crazy time. It’s a beautiful, amazing, journey your body will take if you are lucky but it’s a bat shit crazy time all the same. Even the premise is nuts-you’re a human being who is growing another human being inside them-yeah try explaining that to a 2 year old!
Here are a list of things I learned( some the hard way!) about being pregnant that would never have occured to me in my nulliparous days.
We are just back from what I can only describe as the perfect weekend away in Nerja. It was a short break of sun, sea, sand, tapas, and great mates. Crucially, it was a break away sans enfants, made possible by my amazing mammy, the minis’ Super Granny.
Nerja is a small coastal town located 45 kilometres to the west of Malaga. The temperature was a comfortable 28 degrees on average by day, and by night it was still warm enough not to have to wear a cardigan (I love that!)
If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a parent, it’s that snacks are an absolute must when you’re out and about with kids. Kids are grazers and having snacks at all times means there is less whining (they can’t give out when their mouths are full you see!) You obviously don’t want to be dependent on sugary snacks to keep them happy. We love small berries, chopped up grapes, rice cakes and healthy snacks. These healthy snacks have the added bonus of making me feel a tad bit better about my parenting, especially as the minis have a less than stellar diet. Both my girls have been big fans of Organix healthy snacks, especially their berry rice cakes and carrot sticks.
So goes one of my favourite quotes. I have always aspired to be a strong woman, I know a shit tonne of them and I am doing all I can to ensure I am raising strong women. That last point is a hard ask however, when you are dealing with strong, confident minds and are outnumbered 2 to 1 a lot of the time, it really is a tough nut to crack.
Parenting-what an enigma it is. It’s late in the evening and the (relative!) peace and quiet of our countryside abode is shattered by the excited cries of a three-year old.
“I have to go wee-wee!”
I’ve been jogging running now for the past 2 years. It all started when a mate was making plans to celebrate his 40th. Come to Dingle for the weekend says he. Grand so says I. He then proceeded to reveal his evil plan-a 40th weekend celebration that included running a half or full marathon. Needless to say I opted for the half marathon-21 kilometres or 13 miles in old money. I’ve gone from feeling out of breath after a mere 10 seconds of running to being able to run a full 2 hours 14 minutes non stop. And if I can do it, anyone can!Here are my top five tips for mastering the art of running:
Does the notion of planning a child’s birthday party at home strike you with terror? It was Mini’s 6th birthday party recently. We had decided we’d do it at home. We have the space
and she gets a real kick when people call to the house so it seemed like a natural choice. Except of course, having to be responsible for other people’s kids puts me in a state of mild panic. And I had never organised an event for kids before. What would they do? What would they eat? How would we manage?
In a week of horrendous cover ups and massive let downs, there’s been a chink of light in the form of a medical card breakthrough for kids with disabilities. This is a massive achievement for their families who have been campaigning for years to secure medical cards for their children. This week, the Government has announced that the Bill to provide children with disabilities with medical cards has been published. The final step in the process is getting the legislation passed by members of the Oireachtas.
Our much beleaguered minister for Health Simon Harris said he looks forward to working with all sides of the Oireachtas “to pass this legislation as quickly as possible” and fingers crossed that’s what happens.