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Take a deep breath and keep on going …

I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be a mum to my amazing little one. Most days he is a very happy baby (or should I say toddler now!), full of smiles, giggles and chats. But, like everyone, he also has his grumpy days, which are often as a result of teething, sickness or more recently mummy leaving.

You would think that a baby crying is fine, just let him cry it out and it will all be grand. But the reality of it is very different. If you are trying to do even the simplest task with a crying child, everything gets instantly more stressful. Even more so when you have no idea what’s wrong (and it’s out of character).

This is typically the time that snapping happens, if anyone is trying to help me at the time. Rational thinking goes out the window. These are the moments we feel super stressed and totally not ourselves.

Like everything, this moment of crying will soon pass, and rational thinking will return, I promise! But in the midst of it, all we can really do is take a deep breath and keep on going.

If any mum or dad snaps at you while trying to calm a crazy baby, don’t take it personally, they just need a few minutes. Things will be back to normal shortly. They just need a minute to take a deep breath 🙂

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When all you can do is laugh….

I have talked previously about poo explosions (poonamis) and I am sure you think that this is an exaggeration, so I thought I would share one of our messier incidents.

When my little one was born he was the king of frequent Poos, roughly every 2 hours (but typically the minute he had a fresh nappy on). So I had no idea what people were talking about when referring to poo explosions.

But oh did I find out! As our little one got bigger, his poos became less frequent and much bigger!!

I was in a local shopping centre in Butlers one morning. It was packed and I stupidly bought a tea and scone. I spent over 10 minutes with a tray in one hand, pushing a buggy in the other trying to find a seat (in a very cramped cafe!).

Eventually a seat became free so I manoverd the buggy into place and sat down. I put the little one on my lap for a change of scenery for him. I had just buttered my scone when I heard a big rumble from his nappy and I just knew it was a big one.

So I sat there contemplating what should I do. Do I leave the tea and scone I so longed for and go straight to the baby room or do I take 5 minutes to eat the scone, have some tea and then go. 5 minutes won’t make much of a difference I am sure. So I popped some tissues behind his top to protect it (just in case) and took my 5 minute break.

Once I was done, I carried the little one in one hand, pushed the buggy in the other to get him upstairs to the baby room. I couldn’t put him down as everyone knows the biggest no no in poonami’s is pressure on the nappy!

In the short 2 minutes it took me to get to the changing room, not only did I discover we did infact have the biggest poonami ever, but this had spread up his back and leaked into my top! I have plenty of emergency clothes for the little one, but none for me! 🙈🙈

So I tried by best to wash my top and had to walked around the shops with a big wet patch on my top before starting my 30 minute walk home.

Lesson of the day, in the realm of poonami’s, 5 minutes makes all the difference!

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It was snow joke

For those of you that heard, the beast from the east collided with storm Emma last week to wreak havoc on Ireland. I have never seen snow like this in my lifetime. We had over 40 cm of snow, the roads were impassable for days, the airports closed, public transport ground to a halt, ferries stopped running and suddenly I was very aware that we are on an island.

While most Irish people were bedding down for their snow days, I was trying desperately to get to a family wedding in the UK. With 3 cancelled flights and 2 cancelled ferries, we decided to try one more time and head up to Belfast to get a flight. Thankfully while the roads were very poor at times, we made it up safely and our flight took off the morning of the wedding.

Knowing how bad the drive could potentially be, there was no way I could take the baby, so my little one and hubby stayed at home. As I kissed them both goodbye I got quite emotional. All of a sudden I had visions of crashes in the snow and not making it back home. I looked at them and had this horrible feeling, how would they cope if I wasn’t around? I have to get to MY baby’s wedding some day.

I was really surprised by my reaction as I am someone who has had a few less than sensible adventures in the past. But I realised how important it is to look after myself from now on. Be a more sensible person. As there are so many exciting times to look forward to that I don’t want to miss.

Stay safe everyone! Xx

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My baby has an allergy

The most scary part if weaning is the fear that your baby will have an allergy. And how you will respond to that. If your baby has eczema, you should be more wary of allergies as they are often related.

When weaning your baby the advice is to keep a good diary. I downloaded an app called baby tracker to keep track of what I was feeding my little one. It meant that I could update the record on the run which was very useful.

The most common allergies are dairy, eggs, peanuts, treenuts and kiwi. So do keep an eye on things when you introduce those. You are recommended to only introduce one new food item every 3 days but sticking to that is hard as there are so many things you want to get your baby on. So I never had more than one new thing per meal. I introduced new foods at lunch. That way if there was an allergy, doctors would be open.

Unfortunately the pharmacy will not sell you any antihistamines for a child under 1. So there is nothing you can have on hand just in case.

Typically a child will have a very mild reaction the first time they eat something they are allergic to. But a much more severe reaction the second time. Things to look out for:

  • Redness around the mouth
  • Redness around the eyes
  • Swollen lips or tongue
  • A hive like rash on the body
  • Shortness of breath

If your baby has more than one of these symptoms, I would advise going straight to your doctor or a&e.

Our little one has an allergy to kiwi and the second reaction he ever had was to a piece of melon I gave him out of my fruit salad. So I thought it was an allergy to melon. It never dawned on me that the fruit salad had kiwi juice in there too.

The first time he had kiwi, he had redness around his mouth, which faded in a few hours. I didn’t think much about it, as he had a similar reaction to milk until he built up a tolerance.

The second time he had kiwi was kiwi juice on the melon in my fruit salad. It was Saturday morning and he had a moderate reaction, redness near his eyes and a lot around his mouth. We took him to a&e but luckily it didn’t get worse. At this point we were convinced it was a melon alleegy.

Then the third time he had it, he had half a kiwi and had a pretty scary reaction. He had redness around his mouth, swollen lips, hives everywhere and redness around his eyes. We luckily had been prescribed antihistamines so gave him that. And our GP referred us to a children’s allergy clinic.

My advice, always consider whether there could be cross contamination with your babies new foods and always get things checked if in doubt.

We are lucky our little one doesnt have a peanut allergy. But we have been advised that it’s common to develop one and as such we should give him peanut butter at least 3 times a week. He loves it! 😁

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The magic of Christmas with kids

I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone. It was such a busy period. But it really was one of our best Christmases yet.

While this Christmas was our little ones second official Christmas, it felt like his first as last year he was admitted to hospital on Christmas eve due to low blood sugar. So that really disrupted our plans last year.

This year we felt like we were starting all our family traditions, and it was so much fun.

We got ourselves matching pj’s, had a lovely relaxing Christmas eve walk, made sure a mince pie and coke was left out for Santa and read a Christmas book before bed time.

Over Christmas we managed to fit in a visit to both families, which was very special!

There was so much excitement for both our families having babies around at Christmas.

While I know our little one won’t remember this Christmas, it was still important to us to do things right. Start as we mean to go on. It was so strange being “santa” and setting up the toys as We know our parents did for us for years! So I felt super grown up doing all the mummy jobs. Well not quite all of them, we were extremely lucky to be given two wonderful Christmas dinners over the holidays with each of our families, so no cooking for me thank god. I fear the day I have to cook a full Christmas dinner!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas!

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Creche and all its associated diseases!

We started our little one in Creche about 4 weeks ago now. The first two weeks were his settling in period where we built up the time he was in Creche slowly by an hour a day. Before he started in Creche I heard about all the bugs he will pick up. We made it through the first 2 weeks and he didn’t even have a cold. I thought maybe his immune system is slightly stronger. Maybe he won’t get anything…..oh was I wrong! On Saturday his temperature started to spike a bit during the day and he woke up with the sniffles. I just thought here we go, a bad head cold. That’s to be expected! We watched his temperature all Saturday and Sunday, giving him calpol when it went up. On Sunday he was very grumpy. He didn’t really eat much of his food. Eating very little dinner, which is not like him at all. I stress about dinner the most as I am always afraid he will wake up in the middle of the night hungry. So it was bed early for our grumpy boy. He was very unsettled that evening so the hubby went up to check on him. And all of a sudden he vomited everywhere. Not baby vom, but proper vom. He had picked up the winter vomiting bug! 🤢 I was called up to do the clean up while my hubby cuddled a very happy little boy, he looked so relieved. Over the next few days we battled the runs, temperatures and an increasingly worse cold. He also managed to pass the bug on around the family. When I got it I realised how awful my little one felt, no wonder he was so grumpy! Thankfully he is so much better this week and we are pretty much over his cold too. I have a feeling that with all the bugs in Creche.. .. this is definitely not the last bug he will pick up. But better to build up his immunity now…. and ours along the way!

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Heartbreak at leaving my crying baby at creche

Ok so my little one was officially 10 months yesterday, so not really a baby anymore. But as every mother says, he is still my baby!

Last week we started our creche settling in period for our little man. The first day he spent an hour there with daddy. He had a great time playing with all the new toys.

The second day he spent an hour there by himself. I dropped him off. He was busy playing with toys when I left and seemed happy out. Only upon collecting him did we find out about 15 mins after leaving he cried on and off for the rest of his time there. The good thing is that he wasn’t crying by the time he was picked up by nana.

The third day mummy and daddy dropped him off. Today he spent 2 hours at creche. Again, he was happy out when we left as he was busy playing with toys. But the same thing happened 15 mins after we left. He cried on an off until he was picked up by daddy and nana, he was delighted to see them both.

The fourth day, Friday, he went there for 3 hours. He got upset as daddy was leaving. The good thing is that he did sleep. And overall cried less while he was there. So that’s positive. But the minute he saw Daddy he burst into tears until he got a big cuddle.

Today it is my turn to drop him off. I didn’t think much about it as I was running around getting things ready for creche. He was so good going in. I put him down on the floor to play and he was fine. And then all of a sudden he just burst into tears. The kind of wail that means I just want my mummy. I picked him up and he stopped immediately. I handed him over to one of the girls and the wailing started again with his arms outstretched for me to take him back.

My heart absolutely broke. I had to leave my crying baby with people I didn’t know! My eyes start to well with tears of my own. And I start to take big breaths to keep back the tears. I am one of those people who wears my emotions on my sleeve. It was heart breaking walking out of the place. I drove straight to the local shopping centre for a haircut. I feel I deserve a bit of pampering!

I sit here with dye in my hair counting down the hours until I get a big cuddle! This is so much worse than being in work!

I know he will start to enjoy creche, but this settling in phase is so much worse than I ever imagined!Finally home with mummy!

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Such respect for single mums!

Last week my husband went away for 3 nights with work. This was the first time I had to get both myself and our little one ready in the morning with no help. Usually I would make the bottle, grab a shower while my hubby gave our little one a bottle and then we would all go downstairs for breakfast. But when it was just me doing morning prep, things did not go so smoothly!

The first night I barely slept. Not only was I up when our little one woke, but I tossed and turned throughout the night stressed about how I would manage the next morning. It was the same poor quality sleep you get when you have an early morning flight to get the next day and you have the fear that you will sleep in!

The morning went better than expected. I managed to grab a shower before our little one got upset (he had woken but he was just cooing in bed) and because I was up before 6 I got everything I needed done before he woke (bottle prep, breakfast etc).

The following two mornings were not as successful as he woke earlier and was up more at night so I was more tired.

By the time my hubby was back, I was so exhausted! And so relieved to have our little team him back to normal!

However I have a much greater amount of respect for any single parent! It’s really hard to do things by yourself! You are all amazing!

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My breastfeeding journey – the end is in sight!

When I originally thought of this blog post title, I didn’t think I would get my little one onto bottles, but thanks to the NUK closer to nature bottle, that’s not an issue (see my bottle review post here).

Mastitis – the devil!

Getting mastitis was what started me on the road to ending my breastfeeding journey. It is rare that someone will make it through their own breastfeeding journey without getting mastitis at least once. For others they can be riddled with it! I was lucky enough to avoid it up until my little one was 7 moths old. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It started with just feeling very uncomfortable one Sunday evening when I was lying down to go to sleep. One breast just felt really achy and sore to the touch. I thought nothing of it until I woke up the next day feeling extremely ill., I had a high temperature, aches and pains all over, a splitting headache, no energy and a very very sore breast. That’s the moment you realise there is no rest for us mommas! I couldn’t call in sick from my day job, and my little one needed as much attention as normal. I was lucky enough to have had a GP appointment that morning by chance. Had it not been booked, I probably would have gotten much worse before getting checked out. I was prescribed antibiotics which took a few days to clear up the infection. But the worse part was just how exhausted I was. It really surprised me how much of a toll a little infection can take on the body.

On the road to getting my boobs back!

Every piece of information I have read about breastfeeding is based on how to get breastfeeding established, how to get through the first few weeks. Nowhere at all does it tell you how to stop!

Once I got my little one to accept formula, I chose one feed every half a week or so to switch to a bottle feed. I started with day feeds, as I was going back to work, it was most important to get the little one onto a bottle when I wasn’t there. I tried to be rigid about the feed I chose and not offer him the boob for these feeds, despite him looking for it at times. There were days when he just needed boob comfort, for example when he got a terrible cold. But I just tried not to make it a habit.

All together it took about 8 weeks to get my little one off breastfeeding exclusively and onto formula during the day. Doing this slowly prevented the over-production of milk most of the time. I will admit, I am still feeding him in the middle of the night, but I will be dropping that soon. I never thought I would make it past 6 weeks feeding, then I said I would stop at 6 months. Now we are nine months in and I can’t believe it.

I am looking forward to getting my body back but I will really miss the closeness and connection you get from breastfeeding. But for now, I am just going to enjoy every last feed I have left.

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NUK Closer to Nature bottle review

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a product tester for the NUK Closer to Nature bottle set which was arranged by a great magazine Easy Parenting (read the online magazine here). I was sent out the bottle set for 6-18 months, a lovely bottle brush and the NUK bottle cleanser.

My little one was exclusively breast fed (other than a handful of bottles to top him up during the first few weeks). So when I started thinking about going back to work and thus trying to get him onto some Formula during the day, he did not take kindly to it. He really tried hard not to succumb to drinking from a bottle. Originally I tried him on Tomee Tippee bottles (he has the same brand soother) with Formula and he completely refused it. After a few days of continuous bottle rejection, I tried him on expressed breast milk in the bottle, still no joy. Over the course of the next 2 weeks I tried a bottle every day with expressed breast milk, testing beakers (he loves drinking water from his beaker), the magic cup (again loves water from this) and some MAM bottles. No joy at all. Through persistence he started to drink a little from a MAM bottle, but not very much at all, he chewed the teat more than anything. He would reluctantly drink about 1 ounce from this bottle.

When I saw that Easy Parenting were looking for product testers for the NUK Closer to Nature bottle, which is really good for combination feeding mums, I thought why not give this one a try and boy am I happy I did! It is the only bottle we now use.

Our little one loves the bottles, there are multiple holes at the top of the bottle, similar to milk ducts. The bottle is nicely shaped and easy to hold for him. It is also very easy to clean, breaking down into 4 easy to wash parts.

The NUK bottle brush has a strong, good quality main brush and a small brush which gets right down into the bottom of the teat, so you know the bottle is well cleaned. That paired with the easy to use cleaning solution, has given me lots of reassurance that the bottles are properly clean before going into the steriliser.

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If you want to give the bottles a try, you can get them online here: NUK Closer to Nature.

**Other than getting the free products (and a wonderful coffee morning to discuss how we got on) I have not received anything for my review, I just thought it would be nice to tell people how I got on.