Review: Global Explorers with the Radisson Blu Limerick

The small boy has just turned five, so when the Radisson Blu Limerick invited us to stay in their hotel at the weekend to try out their new Global Explorers kids programme, I had my doubts as to whether he’d be brave enough to give it a go. He was super excited all week about his first trip to a hotel and when I floated the idea of a kids club as we were getting into the car, he was all for it. First hurdle cleared! Continue reading Review: Global Explorers with the Radisson Blu Limerick

Dear IVF diary

It has taken me a long time to write this. A really long time.

Before we started down the road of assisted fertility treatment, I had great intentions of documenting our IVF journey*.

Even if I didn’t publish it, I was sure that I would definitely write it all down, to have a record of that time to look back on – hopefully with fondness after a successful end – but also as a form of therapy. In the past I have found writing has really helped me to process strong emotions. But not this time. Continue reading Dear IVF diary

So you need to give a sperm sample?

When it comes to assisted fertility, men have their fair share of challenges when it comes to the procedures process. Here, my other half takes a hit for the team and gives you the inside track on what exactly happens after you’re handed the little plastic cup for a sperm sample…

It’s not like I haven’t been “interfering” with myself regularly for the past twenty years. I’m not embarrassed by it, never have been. But desperately sweating on myself while galloping the final mile of the Fertility Cup has got to be a personal low.

To prepare, I had to abstain from any sexual activity for three days, which for me is quite a lot. But there you go and there I was – brimming. Continue reading So you need to give a sperm sample?

A better person

My baby was 5 recently.

A whole half a decade.

The time has flown by but of course, like every parent, I can barely remember what life was like without him.

I look at him now – so tall, so grown up, so articulate, so funny, so capable of pushing my buttons at a moment’s notice – and realise how enriched my life has become since he came into it. Continue reading A better person