6 months of Max

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6 months, that’s half a year. Gone in the blink of an eye. It’s gone so fast and yet when I look back on those early days with our new baby boy they seem a lifetime ago. 


I could not have imagined how much this little boy would enrich our lives, add to our family and take his rightful place so firmly in just a few short months.

The minute he shot out at 7.14am on 19th October last,  our bond was instant. I fell deeply in love with this little guy and my understanding of love as a mother became clearer. 

Seeing him come home and become part of our little family has been utterly magical. Within a few short weeks Josh had settled into the role of big brother and what an amazing big brother he is. His love, care and interaction with Max makes me so proud of my precious first born as he grows from a toddler into a little boy. 

Of course there are days where the exhaustion takes hold, he’s a regular waker at night still and both boys early risers. There are periods of time where you feel you barely touch base with your other half..this with 2 kids is the biggest change in our family dynamic I’ve noticed-zero quality time with my husband and sometimes I desperately miss ‘us’. However there will be moments, usually the simplest of things that make us realise how wonderful our existence really is. The time is going so fast and I want to make sure I try and enjoy every part. This can be more difficult some days but 6 months is a real marker and we have lots to look forward to.

The day will return that we get a little more sleep, a lot more adult conversation but the days will pass that he reaches out for me with his chubby hands or giggles at Dad like he is his hero so at night when we get into bed we try and remember this and know how truly lucky we really are. 

Here’s to the next 6 months baby boy and all it’s adventures but don’t go too fast as I see my baby changing before my eyes every day and that both makes me proud and sad too! I love you so much my little smiler and happy six months in this mad world of ours…

Weekly Activities Take 2

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We started Josh with football, rugby and swimming just after he was 2. He enjoyed them but his concentration was a bit erratic and he needed to warm up a bit for some of the activities. He found them fun them for sure and we liked getting out at the weekends with him to start off the day with an activity but looking back now I’m not sure he was fully ready for them. 

We signed back up recently to both football and swimming and I noticed a considerable increase in interest and engagement with both activities as well as ability.

Football is something for fun, it does teach them structure etc but he learns that in school and again he enjoyed it, was much more able for the tasks given but I think a 6 week stretch is probably enough for this before you change it up. I’d definitely go back at some point but it’s also nice to try other things.


Swimming on the other hand I feel is one of life’s skills. This time he was a lot more into it and followed instruction much better. Subtly this class teaches them safety in the water which is why we signed him up pre holiday the first time. This course however gave him more skill in the water and you can now see him taking steps towards solo swimming. At the moment Ian gets in with him but on the next course, which we hope to do Josh will be getting in wort arm bands and we will be his sideline cheerleaders! 

I’d like to go back to Rugby Tots now and give that a try, maybe look at music or even drama when he’s a little older. If the opportunity is there I think it’s great to try it all and see what emerges as their favourite. My only bit of advise is probably wait until closer to 3 to start as both you and they will get more out of it! 

This Weird World

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In recent weeks we’ve heard of Tuam.. The 8th Amendment and not forgetting Trump across the water then just yesterday London was targeted. Adding to that is life, the list goes on and you read these tragic, worrying headlines on a daily basis. This is the high line stuff. Sometimes I just think the world has gone mad. Below the line there is the daily grind for people. Working hard, seeing nothing for it. Money by no means brings happiness but unfortunately it does make the world go around and can make things a little easier too… 

I was feeling a bit sorry for myself the last week or so. However after a suitably lovely Paddy’s  weekend I am over my internal strop. I adore the main components in my life but the daily grind was getting me down. My state maternity benefit is about to come to an end which seems all too soon. This will no doubt put extra pressure on our family but it’s a decision we have made for me to extend my leave for a number of reasons so it’s time to tighten the belts even tighter!

We are blessed with what we do have and make the best of it but it gets very frustrating when you are both working, albeit I work part time but my job wouldn’t even cover full time childcare and you can’t secure a family home for your kids while you pay astronomical rent. 

We have made some minor financial bad decisions along the way but we have no family financial support in any regard so we have always had to fend for ourselves in every regard on both sides so have found it hard to save and what we did have has gone due to redundancies, babies etc.

And it’s not just us..amoungst my peer group no matter what their working set up it seems everyone is struggling financially in different ways. 

We, both myself and my husband want simple things for our family but security for the boys comes top of the list so something is going to have to change in the next few years for that to happen.. Right now we are just figuring out what! 

Classes for Baby Number 2 

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I wasn’t sure I’d go full hog on the baby classses for baba number 2 but when it came to it, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for some one on one time that becomes such a rarity with the second child. 

We did both our classes with Little Lotus. Baby Massage and Baby Yoga. Here’s a little about both below if you are looking into doing some yourself! 


{Baby Massage}

This class is run over about an hour but the massage part is over a 30 minute period. This particular class was done so nicely. When we arrived there was a mat, super soft pillow and little printed name card for each baby. We all circled a big patchwork quilt and with plenty of time to chill we got started. Each week we worked on different areas of the babies in the lovely warm room. The whole class is baby led so stopping for feeds, cuddles etc is all encouraged and you feel completely at ease. It just happened all but one were all second time mums so we had lots to chat about. Our chats were made all the nicer by a range of yummy bikkies and a hot cup of tea made by the lovely Jennie. The best part about it was aguaranteed  good sleep by Max after the class so some down time for mama or at least time to get the dinner on! 😉


{Baby Yoga}

I joined this class half way through the term but I really wanted to take part as there were a few members of my baby massage class, I had loved that so much and I also knew with all the actions/songs involved in baby yoga that Max would just love it and I wasn’t wrong! The class takes a similar format to the baby massage but is a bit more action filled. There is good stretching and movement for mama and song brilliant songs and swinging for baba when Max just squealed with delight. The session is finished by lying with your baby to a lovely uplifting song and along with Max’s gigggles this was probably my favourite part of this class, chilling and reflecting with my littlest man.

I hope to also do some of these in the coming months as they were something I really enjoyed with Josh. NGI Baby Class, Messy Monkeys & a few more Baby Cinema sessions before he’s on the move! 

Getting my body back..

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I am missing scones, I am not going to lie but as I approached 3 months of Max I was still wearing one or two pairs of my maternity jeans and I felt sluggish. 

When I had Josh, pre Christmas as well with a just over 3 stone weight gain the weight came off relatively easily. I was always about half a stone over my pre baby weight but that didn’t bother me one bit. Then my second pregnancy brought its own problems and wasn’t as easy as my first. I was much more sedentary and gained the 3 stone again, if not a little more. 

Once having Max and the first little while had passed, I observed the weight etc was not coming down as quick as it had first time round. I had anticipated this somewhat but coming into January carrying over 2 stone more than I was meant to was getting me down. I took action. 

I have started slimming world and a number of classes too. I am not pushing it but chipping away and it’s making a difference to how I look and most importantly how I feel.

People comment that I am mad but it’s important to me to get my body back strong and feel well, energised and happy so these are the actions I am taking.  I have a little summary of some of the classes I am doing below along with how slimming world is working for me.

Slimming World

A lot of people will know if slimming world and perhaps how it works but for those who don’t it’s basically a plan that allows you to eat as much as you want of the ‘good stuff’ keeping in mind to always have 1/3 of your plate as ‘speed’ which is extra veg and then you also get an allowance of ‘syns’ per day for the naughty stuff. I find it easy to follow and with a stone down in 2 months it’s working for me. Check out more here. I go to the Stillorgan Class and find Michele really great and supportive and along with the handy app it’s an easy fit into my day to day life. 



Oslo Mummy and Me Class

I can’t say enough about this class. It’s a Pilates class run by Pamela Renwick who has 4 girls herself so knows a thing or two about post partum bodies. She works you hard but with the beautiful surrounds and little touches involved in an Oslo class it feels like a real treat too. Paula is brilliant with the babies too if they get bored of watching you get hot and sweaty, she’s happy to have a cuddle while you work off your mum bum! Check out this class and more here



Mummy Buggy Class

Near where my son goes to Montessori there is a class each Monday morning which allows you bring your buggy to a weights/circuits style class. It’s based in the fabulous facility of the DLR Balloygan Gym and is a cheap and convienient way for me to pass an hour before I collect Josh again. 



Lean in 15-Joe Wicks DVD

I started this only recently and will aim to do it a couple of times a week. The first one, on level 1 was great. It’s quick, you do it in your living room with minimum fuss so a really handy one post baby. The level 1 pace builds a sweat and Mr Lean in 15 keeps you going throughout… I thought his voice might annoy me but it actually didn’t so will definitely now include this into my weekly routine.

I have also done some classes with Max but will include those in a separate post as they are a little less about moving and more about one on one time and tea/bikkies and chats after class! 

Toucan Box

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I ordered this box a few weeks ago as Josh just loves ‘aptivities’/’crafting’ at the mo and I thought this looked really cute. 

I wasn’t disappointed. I got my first box for free from a refer a friend {which you can too} and then it’s less than 3.50 a week and the box arrives fortnightly on the plan we chose. You can also cancel at any time. 

I loved the simplicity and well thought out items within the box along with an easy to follow instruction/activity book. 

At age 3 Josh definitely needs help with some of the tasks but that makes it lovely too. Every 2 weeks now this box arrives with a wave of excitement and it’s one of our things to do together that afternoon. We’ve had 2 boxes now and I’ll certainly continue until the shine wears off but with each box having a different theme I think this box is here to stay in our house for some time to come…