26th November 2017 Helen

There are little changes to the routine. Moments of relative calm. Fewer hands pawing at me. An occasional meal without a spill.  Less things to wipe.  Ever the optimist I feel hopeful. Hopeful that the madness of early childhood is coming to an end. Hopeful that the tedium that accompanies those early years is giving way to a different type of tedium – maybe even an easier one. Here are the 10 tells I’m an optimistic parent. 1. I’ve started buying the Weekend Newspaper. To childless me it was a given. Picked up on the way to brunch in the…

5th October 2016 Helen 7Comment

Tuntunterrah…. It’s World Breastfeeding Week. Of course while it’s a great thing to promote the most natural way to feed a baby, it’s a crying shame that it’s even necessary. But the millions of billions of cash spent by the formula industry undermining women’s belief in their bodies has done the trick and dedicating a week to encourage mammals to act like mammals is utterly necessary, so here’s my twopence worth. Again. On the experience and merits of breastfeeding, I speak as one who has retired from milk production.   Earlier this year, aged 23 months, my last baby was finally ejected from the milk…

6th October 2015 Helen 1Comment

This is a review of the Polisport Guppy Mini Baby Seat suitable for children up to 15 kilos / 33 lbs in weight .  I’ve also reviewed the Polisport Junior Guppy seat – suitable for children weighing between 22 and 35 kilos which I’ll post in the next week or so.   I am a cycling nerd.  I love knowing exactly how late I can leave one place and get to another. I love dashing across town, nipping in and out of traffic.  I love whizzing along the inside of a long line of traffic knowing I’ll get to where I’m going in no-time….

10th May 2015 Helen 18Comment

There is no disputing it. Woodie, now 14 months of sticky, co-sleeping, farting deliciousness is gaining speed, attitude, and words. The first birthday – a tame affair with more balloons than people, featured his favourite things – cake, boobs, his Granny, and the two elder terrorists. We’d just done the first house move and I impressed myself by finding the 1st birthday candle. Marginally less impressive was my failure to find the bag of 12 to 18 month clothes but sure we’ll not worry about that for now.  Fast forward just two months later and the boy has transformed. The babypause is happening and my…

1st April 2015 Helen 15Comment

I was on the bus home yesterday when I got chatting to a 10 month old little girl.  By chatting, of course, I mean I babbled and she smiled and cooed at me from the warm snuggy sling her mama carried her in.  She was lovely, a really curious wee thing, intent on touching every manhandled surface on that bus; catching every stranger’s eye; and getting as many smiles as possible from tired commuters heading home for tea. Through this littlest of women, I got talking to her mama. Younger than me, she mentioned she’s in college and how chuffed she was her little…

7th January 2015 Helen 4Comment

In the midst of pre-Christmas madness, myself, Yoda and Woodie took a little trip out to meet Kim from Knee-to-Knee Slings and try out one of the Lenny Lamb Ergonomic Baby Carrier she exclusively stocks at her new shop in Dun Laoghaire. Here’s how we got on. Like most things baby-related – three babies later, I’ve had mixed experiences with baby wearing and slings.   My first baby carrier was a long ‘wrap carrier’ given as a gift when Spidey was tiny. It was great for him, keeping him snug as a bug and close to the grub. I found the wrapping and unwrapping…