About This Blog
When I first started this blog in May 2018 I was a new mum enjoying paid maternity leave. I started the blog to write reviews of all the places I went with my baby (especially the parking, changing and breastfeeding facilities). I found getting out and about was great for my confidence, but there wasn’t much information available online about what facilities to expect, so I ended up having a few misadventures. I started the blog because I wanted to help other mothers in the same situation get out with confidence.
However, now I am back in work, I find I don’t get as much free time to visit new places, so as well as writing reviews the blog also contains other posts which are my various thoughts on motherhood and the things I am learning as I go along as a first time mum. Some of are meant to be amusing, some are meant to be helpful and some are just meant as nice reminders of this amazing time – but they all represent my honest opinions and thoughts.
I really enjoy writing. It’s a good way to relieve stress by letting out thoughts and making sense of them – and it’s cheaper than therapy. If my posts can also help me connect with other like minded mothers, or can help anyone going through similar situations then that is a real bonus to me.
I don’t have a product to sell or any sponsors – but if any fancy getting in touch please feel free (hint hint). I’m happy to review any baby products as long as they are relevant for the age of my baby.
I am a first time mum to a beautiful little girl (I would say that – I am her proud mother after all and constantly amazed by her) and live in north county Dublin in a house by the seaside with my husband.
I am a working mother, and work full time as a quality manager for a large healthcare company (all views here are my own). My job entails writing standard operation procedures and then monitoring to see if they are followed, or if the processes need refining to keep improving quality. Yeah in other words boring office work. It does mean I am a bit of a control freak and like things to be ordered. I love a good to-do list (who doesn’t?). So I’m sure you can imagine the shock to the system that a baby brought. They certainly don’t come with an instruction manual or follow logical patterns.
It’s very hard to sum up what kind of mother I am. There are so many labels I see like ‘hot mess’ or ‘pinterest perfect’ but none of them really suit me. I think I am just a very normal mother, with no strong philosophies towards child rearing, and I’m certainly not trying to tell anyone how to do things!
I always do my research and read guidelines, but at the end of the day I follow my baby’s cues a lot of the time, because I figure nature probably knows better than me, so instincts can be useful.
Here is a quick summary of some of the choices I have made, or that my baby has made for us, so far up to 11 months old:
- Breastfeeding – yes exclusively (baby refused bottles of expressed milk)
- Sleeping – started in Snuzpod and now in own cot but still in my bedroom
- Soother/pacifier – no baby didn’t like
- Weaning – traditional purees alongside finger foods
- Feeding – I prefer to make home cooked meals but I am not averse to ready made foods
- Babywearing – I liked walks on rougher ground with a Boba wrap but didn’t really use it at home and tended to use the pram more
- Working – when I was on maternity leave I wanted to stay at home forever, but now I am back I like the bit of balance it brings – I wouldn’t want to give up work completely but in an ideal world I could afford to cut back my hours drastically
- Vaccines – absolutely yes – I can’t understand how anyone could not vaccinate their children and provide herd immunity to those with compromised immunity
- Crafty – when I get the time I love trying to make things for my baby, and when I don’t get the time my parents are a great help with projects, so I would consider myself a bit crafty but only a little
- House proud – I hate cleaning but I also hate the thought of visitors coming round when the house is a mess, so I would say my house is reasonably clean but it’s a losing battle and never as much as I would like.
- Favourite cartoon – I’m more likely to have the news on in the background rather than cartoons and luckily by baby hasn’t shown much interest in them yet, but I do like a bit of Hey Duggee.
When I get free time (‘what’s that?’ I hear you shout!) I like to read fiction, bake cakes, do yoga, watch detective shows, drink wine and go for walks along the seafront.
I hope that gives you a bit of insight into the sort of person I am, but if you want to know more please comment and I’m happy to elaborate.
Lastly, I just want to say thanks to everyone that had read my posts so far and offered encouragement and support.