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Game Face: Looking Human On Three Hours Sleep

Game Face: Looking Human On Three Hours Sleep

Game Face
There’s a fine line between a mammy looking like she’s been dragged through a bush backwards and one radiating beauty and wellness. And that fine line is eight hours long and horizontally based. But of course the wisened amongst us know that what’s wonderful is rare. So that’s where make-up comes in. Sinead from Bumbles of Rice came up with a great idea to share the products we use that have us looking human on three hours sleep. There’s been some fantastic contributions so far and I’ve taken plenty of notes for future purchases. Now I’m throwing my hat into the ring with my contribution to the Barefaced Beauty and Make-up Magic linky. I have been wearing make-up for over twenty years now, with some success…and some failures! When I was on maternity leave, not a dot of foundation touche...
Space. The Final Mindf*Ck

Space. The Final Mindf*Ck

Space
So, they started learning all about the solar system in Montessori there before Christmas. It was brilliant. Random facts about Jupiter and the Sun were just dropped into general conversation, as you do. And questions about what side of the planet we were on, right now. Of course, a sudden and deep interest in space provided a generous theme for Christmas presents and now we’re surrounded by rockets, spacemen, battle rovers, aliens, shuttles, and the actual solar system itself. Seriously, check this out: The sun is a light stuck to the roof and all the planets are proportionate in size and distance. There’s a little remote control so that you can switch on the sun and then make the planets rotate. We also got this brilliant book: At bedtime, we often read The Usborne Big Book of Stars...
Imagining A New Year

Imagining A New Year

Imagining
I ended 2014 with a linky looking back a year and I’m going to start 2015 with a linky looking forward! Helen at The Busy Mamas is hosting a bloggy link up called Imagining a New Year. I love taking stock of a year gone by and looking at a year folding out before me and all it’s possibilities, so I’m delighted to be be taking part. 2014 was – as Helen herself so aptly described – a bit of a fucker. 2015 is a blank slate and I’ve decided it’s going to be the year of the little things. Small but important. So here are my little things for 2015! 1. No more holes This year, I will throw out all of my knickers and socks that have holes in them. I will not spend five minutes every morning sorting through my underwear and decided which are the least holey. They will be binned. Fully in...
Ebook Review: A New Irish Pregnancy Book On The Block

Ebook Review: A New Irish Pregnancy Book On The Block

Advice, Pregnancy Book
I have read a lot of pregnancy books. I mean a LOT of pregnancy books. I have a bookshelf that is starting to bend in the middle a bit due to my efforts to contain them all in the same place. I’m sure I look like some crazy birth nutter to anyone who stumbles across said shelf in my house. The beauty of pregnancy, labour, birth and have a small baby is that it’s generally universal, so books from all over the world can be useful to you if it’s the biology and theory that you’re after. That’s why I have many. Lots of perspectives and lots of experience. But one crucial element missing from those books is that all important local information – what goes on in your maternity unit – and that’s where the importance of Irish pregnancy books come in. There’s not many Irish pregnancy books thou...
The High Court Says We Can’t Say No

The High Court Says We Can’t Say No

High Court
So the High Court rubberstamped a human rights violation last week. In the same fell swoop, it also gave a big fat thumbs up to denying a pregnant woman’s right to informed refusal; removing a woman’s right to be the decision-maker and expert of her own body; and supporting provider preference for delivering non-evidence based care. The country was up in arms! Oh wait, hang on… …nobody even bloody noticed. The Irish Examiner seems to be the only newspaper that covered it, presumably because our other two broadsheets didn’t deem it newsworthy enough. And yet now we’re basically in a situation where a judge has said that a midwife – and not the labouring woman under her care – is the person “entitled, authorised and qualified” to make a decision about performing an unnecessary interventio...
My Ultimate Tip For New Mums & Dads

My Ultimate Tip For New Mums & Dads

Advice, Mums & Dads
This came to me in a flash yesterday because even three years later I have to remind myself to do it and it’s something every mum and dad needs to do as soon as the thought occurs to them and they have the time to act on it. This tip transcends all parenting styles and preferences. It applies to every single new mother at home with her newborn baby no matter how she feeds them, where they sleep, what kind of nappies they wear etc. It applies to dads too when they’re the primary caregiver and there’s no one to give them a five minute dig out. It even applies to parents with children who are long passed the baby stage and know that each time it happens they can’t believe they fell for it again. It’s actually the ultimate parenting tip. It’s not a “have a read of this and see if it sits...
Sometimes We Need To Prepare Not To Prepare

Sometimes We Need To Prepare Not To Prepare

Prepare
We’ve all heard that one, right? Mostly in relation to sport or exams, but it applies to so many things in our lives – including many aspects of parenting. Equally though, there are parts of parenting – and specifically of mothering – that sometimes we think we have to prepare for, and literally beat ourselves up about, that are just a waste of our energy and usually our tears. Where am I going with this? Well there’s the standard things we hear about like: Preparing for pregnancy: the number of articles you can read about preparing for pregnancy when trying to conceive would scare the bejesus out of you if you find yourself up the duff unexpectedly and you see the list of things that never even crossed your mind. Preparing for pregnancy is probably a “nice to do” if you have the time an...
That Annoying Thing That Parents Say When You Ask Them Their Kids’ Ages

That Annoying Thing That Parents Say When You Ask Them Their Kids’ Ages

Parents
Our little boy was two and a half over Christmas. If you’re child-free and reading this, I already see your eyes rolling into the back of your head. He’s two for God’s sake. And he’ll be three at his next birthday. But right up until the actual day of his “two and a half”-ness, if you asked me what age he was, you’d get some variation of “he was two in June”, “he won’t be two and a half until after Christmas”, “he’s not quite two and a half”… I remember having to pause and do the maths in my head when someone would tell me their baby was 23 weeks or 17 months so that I could figure out what age they “actually” were, by my view of the world. Then a day came where I counted my baby’s age briefly in days, then weeks for a long old time – 26 I think. Once I needed to start dividing thin...
2013, What A Year!

2013, What A Year!

What A Year
2013 has been a fantastic year for mindthebaby.ie I have enjoyed blogging so much this year. It has been a year of “more” for me. The blog has opened up doors to new friends, faces and ideas. I’ve learned so much and written so much. Looking back on all my posts during the year, it’s such a shock to see how much has happened in the last twelve months and also how quickly we forget things or our mind distorts time. I spotted a post I wrote in April that I was convinced I’d written in the middle of last year! I’ve been looking back over the topics I written about, who liked what and how they found me. I discovered that I have two posts that are by far and away the most read and continue to bring regular traffic to the site: “Does placenta taste like chicken? And five other things to d...
My Creative Whirlwind

My Creative Whirlwind

Whirlwind
Welcome to the final week of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce which has been Amazon.co.uk’s Hottest New Release in Motherhood for the past week!Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. I am delighted to be taking part in this Carnival of Creative Mothers and to be a very small contributor to this wonderful book. Please do get your hands on a copy if you get the chance. Here’s my post on my creative process…I never wrote before I became a mother. Sure I wrote essays and assignments for school and college – and I always thought that I would write at some stage – but I never actually wrote anything...