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…

20th September 2016 Helen

I like numbers – they make sense of things for me.  They show the truth about how things are.  Presented plain and simple they tell no lies – that part comes later when they are wrapped up in words. So here are a few numbers for you…. Over the last 35 years, over 166,000 women have travelled from Ireland to access abortion services abroad.  That’s roughly equivalent to the combined population of of the cities of Waterford and Cork. Today, like yesterday and the day before, more than 9 women left this Country to access abortion services. Today, like yesterday…

30th July 2016 Helen

My kids are nerds, being raised by nerds with a taste for all things nerdy. Their taste in music is no exception. Amidst the warbling of One Direction, Katy Perry and (gah) Justin Beiber their playlist also features Stevie Wonder and Kate Bush. They frequently lose it to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary and they were quite downbeat when David Bowie died. Literally people my work here is done.  You can understand so why I was chuffed at news that the latest Netflix offering – Beat Bugs, which launched in early August, and is loaded with hits but the very fabulous…

16th January 2016 Helen 3Comment

It was a year of restrained gift giving. The house moves had taught us that we already have lots of stuff – much of which wasn’t missed when packed. Also the toddler has no actual interest in toys- unless it’s Lego that can be shoved between wonky floor boards or a pony that can be swung by her sparkling pink mane. In an attempt to maintain that restraint – while holding out hope that the child would develop an interest in something that isn’t his mother, Santa brought a shiny red workbench with tools. The initial interest was low. There…

4th November 2015 Helen 9Comment

This is a review of the Polisport Junior Guppy seat – suitable for children weighing between 22 and 35 kilo. I’ve also reviewed the Polisport Guppy Mini Baby Seat suitable for children up to 15 kilos / 33 lbs in weight which you can read here.  The step-up to three kids brought with it a new car, new house, no pelvic floor and less cycling. With two toddlers we’d trekked around with one kid on each bike strapped into rear mounted seats but as they  got taller it was trickier to wedge them into the kiddie seats.  Then with three bambinos the balance tipped – literally,…

16th October 2015 Helen 14Comment

I have no time.  And by that I mean, actually, no time whatsoever. So I’ve been trying to make something out of nothing. And it’s good. Since I went back to work in February, I’ve changed my working hours so I work a four day week over five days. I do three half days, two full days.  We head off from home to school, Montessori and crèche after 8 in the morning and then myself and my husband take turns to do the lunchtime pick up.  Either one of us is home in the afternoon to tend to shouty little people,…