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Monday, July 27, 2015

Alex's Eight Month Update

Hey dolls,

Milestones: Alex can sit up on his own! I am such a proud momma!! Last Monday week I came home from work and decided to sit Alex up with some cushions around him to get him used to sitting up. All of a sudden he was just sitting there, no wobbles or tilting over, he was just sitting. It was so cute and amazing to see, I totally wasn't expecting it :)

Sleep:Ahhh, he used to be such a good sleeping baby! So I had Alex in Cork at my parents house for the weekend. It was up to me to do all the nighttime feeds (all being normally one). Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night I was up 3-4 times with him. Whether it was he rolled over in his travel cot and got frustrated and woke up because he was stuck on his front, or he was just hungry. So each night around half 1 in the morning I ended up just bringing Alex into the bed with me because I was so tired I couldn't be dealing with hopping in and out of bed every 2 hours :( He wakes about 2-3 times a night, once for bottle and twice for either dummy or he's stuck on his belly. It's so tiring but hopefully just a phase.

Best Moment: I have to say seeing him sit up on his own! He has the tickles a lot more too. I went back to work this month so Alex gives me big smiles (most days) when I get home and they just make all the shite that happened during the day just melt away :) Alex seems to be a lot happier now that his stress ball of a mommy is gone away for a chunk of the day - it may sound awful but I know he picks up on my impatience, stress and anxiety and it's not something I want to pass onto him. I do try my best but it's all still new to me 8 months in!
Mommy and Alex celebrating my 26th Birthday
Worst Moment: Alex had a phase of dirty nappies and he would leak out of almost all of them! He would soil his clothes which can get messy especially when your out and about! Alex soiled himself in the creche and we had only given one set of spare clothes and a second spare vest. Luckily there was a spare vest but the poor baby came home in toddlers size 2-3 pyjamas because he had no clothes :( lol.

To explain the above image - my mom, Alex and I decided t o go for a walk in the park. We had just pulled up to park and my mom noticed Alex had a dirty nappy and leaked out (all over the cream car set inserts!). We had to change him in the boot of my car on a sunny but windy ish day! It was so awkward and hilarious! He was having a great time rolling around naked in the middle of a car park! 

Health: He has been pretty good this month, other than the suspected bug in his system causing the dirty nappies. His teething has only flared up again in the last week or so, poor bubs gets tormented sometimes he'd chew anything (like earlier chewed my work badge!).

Eating: We have been giving him Ella's Kitchen Stage 2 (7+ months) textured meals. He absolutely loves the flavours and just wants more all the time. The Ella's Kitchen range has some amazing flavours I'd never have thought to mix together. It's disappointing that I can't get access to the full range in Tesco or Dunnes nearby or near my parents house.

Things I Want To Remember: I want to remember all the smiles, and giggles, and his excited gasp! The sounds he makes from trying to talk to laughing, it melts my heart with warmth to hear the noises he makes! Just love him so so much and all his little sounds and movements :)

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Lots of Love
xoxo

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Quick Update

Hey Dolls,

I am literally falling asleep writing this post I am so tired.

I wanted to give a quick update about this weekend. So I had a shopping drink and girls night out planned with one of my besties Caroline but due to a death in both our families we had to cancel the trip.

I am just home from a long tiring 2 days, haven't seen my baby since Thursday night which I am so sad about but he is on the way from his Aunties house and I plan to give him major cuddles and spend the rest of the weekend with him so no post will be up :( I did go to Penneys, Dunnes and Tesco F&F so may have a haul post up during the week.

Now that I'm back at work full time I want to spend as much time in the evening with my son as I can before he goes to bed as time is precious!

Lots of Love
xoxo

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alex's Seven Month Update

Hey dolls,

Yes, this post is late (again!). Every month I apologise for putting these up late - it's mainly because I forget to do them, this month though I did a 10km charity walk on his 7 month 'birthday' so I didn't think to do this post! And now it's a week late because I got sidetracked, whoops!!

Milestones: Alex has been 'talking' a lot more the past few weeks, it is the cutest thing. He rounds his lips and says woa woa woa a lot. He is also rolling around loads too, he moves so fast! One minute he's on his playmat the next he's across the room by the TV!

Sleep: Alex had his first cold so this threw his sleep off a bit :/ he slept a lot more during the day but at night he woke due to his blocked nose or cough :( He is now waking around 5am for a bottle most mornings and again at 8 or 9, before he's sleep through until 8.

Best Moment: I have to say the best moment was the holiday we went on. Our house is quite small and the holiday lodge we stayed in was huge and he had so much space to roll. The holiday also enticed him to start the motions of crawling! He's planking his body and now more recently he's pushing up on his knees, he's not moving yet but it's great to see each step develop.

Worst Moment: When Alex had his fever :( Alex's daddy was out celebrating the end of college and I was looking after him with his Aunty. He woke around 10 and wouldn't go back to sleep, he was very red and warm to touch. I put a cold face cloth on his forehead and gave him a bottle. He eventually drifted off but I kept an eye on his temperature. We decided not to let him swim Saturday morning, he had a cold :( then after this he got an eye infection, his eye was seeping a lot so I took him to the doc for some eye drops that cleared it up quite quickly.

Health: As explained above Alex had a his first cold, fever and eye infection: otherwise he's been great!

Eating: We are weaning him onto foods now at the moment. He is such a good feeder! There are a few more goods I need to give him like avocado, banana, oranges and a few more! And we will be introducing breakfast into his feeding each day from now onward.

Things I Want To Remember: I love hearing Alex laugh, it is the sweetest sound and I want to save it forever <3 he is loving sitting up (being held) so he can play with his feet lol! He is sitting a bit more on his own, hopefully he'll master it this month :)

Also I'm trying to sort Alex's passport as we're going to Birmingham in August. Getting a picture proved impossible at home! :


Lots of Love
xoxo

Friday, July 3, 2015

Baby's First Holiday

Hi Dolls,

Last week I've was away in Tullow, Co. Carlow, with my parents, boyfriend and son. I planned to put up some new posts but unfortunately the wifi situation isn't great (explained further down). We stayed in a house lodge on the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.

All my pictures below are all mixed up so I'm just going to fly into the week! We arrived around 4pm on Saturday 20th June, my parents had just arrived before us. We unpacked the car and headed off for a food shop. We then sat around and chilled for the evening :)

Sunday, we went to Rancho Reilly's Pet Farm. They are only open Saturday and Sunday during the year, and weekdays then in July and August (school holidays). We got there around lunch time and we headed inside to pay the admission fee of €3 per adult (€6 per child over 1). There were 4 adults and 1 baby under 1 we were allowed go in for €10 as the lady at the till offered and said we wouldn't be doing much on the grounds anyway! 

When we left the indoor area (playzone and cafe/shop) it started to rain a little so we dashed straight for the petting house, in here were reptiles and rabbits etc. This is where the 'outdoor staff' decided it would be a good idea to put a huge snake on me and Daniel! He overheard me saying to Dan I wasn't going near the thing! It was HUGE! Luckily the snake's head just sat in my handbag and wasn't wiggling around the place! Then he put the snake on Daniel and then tried to put a baby snake on Alex's leg when my dad was holding him! Alex started to read for it and nearly had him when we warned the staff Alex would put the snake in his mouth, a bit silly of him to try to give a baby a live snake to touch - Alex is strong and would tug the snake too hard.

We then strolled around and looked the geese and pigs. Alex didn't like the geese when one started squawking at him, my dad didn't realize until I said it to him that he was starting to get upset. We moved on, there was a sand pit, a playground for older kids, a 'wheels zone' that had tricycles, bikes, and a few cozy coupe cars. We sat Alex into one but he was too small and tried to eat the wheel! We then moved onto the disco bus, I had to admit the music was a bit too loud for my liking for a children's place. There was a Shetland pony and donkey (they looked disheveled :( ). We strolled around, there is a barrel train, trampolines, more animals (sheep), more playground stuff and that's pretty much it. Inside then they have a cafe and an indoor playzone. I think it's great for children, lots of space to run around and play. I would definitely recommend not taking young babies and toddlers because there isn't much for them except a swing! Despite this we had a good day out.


From here on everything will be pretty mixed! We went to Rathwood and The Chocolate Garden. The Chocolate Factory of Ireland was a big let down in terms of what we were expecting. We thought it was a tour around a chocolate factory. When we walked inside there are chocolate moulds of different things on display, like footballs, and other chocolate treats. They have hot drinks, milkshakes and sundaes. I got a mint chocolate sundae which was delicious, it had a scoop of mint ice cream, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips sprinkled and a dollop of cream on top. Daniel for a milkshake, my parents got a coffee and a scone. The food and drinks were delicious, my mouth is watering over the ice cream, it was amazing! You can make chocolate in moulds for €10 (with a free scoop of ice cream) but we passed!

 

We went outside to the play area, sand pit, slide, boat, head slots and took some photo's with Alex. We then walked up a path to the Rathwood centre. Rathwood is a lovely modern shopping place, it has unusual brands and shops within the centre. There is a garden centre, furniture for sale, stone, sheds, the maze of Ireland, a falconry, a teddy bear picnic, a playground, a restaurant, and lots of lovely bits. 

We went back to Rathwood a second time and went to the Restaurant and playground as we hadn't done the first time. We went to the falconry but it was closed from 1-2pm. We wanted to pick up some pressies/gifts for family the second time.

  
 
 
 

We went to Greenan Farm Museum and Maze. They have a lovely nature walk, a treasure hunt, farm museum, a house with old Irish stuff inside from 1920's. There is a tea room there but only open weekends until July and August. We really enjoyed this day out. Alex got to see horses, a donkey, chickens, turkey, a peacock, rooster, pigs, butterflies and more. He is such a nature baby. He loved walking through the nature walk in his daddy's arms exploring and looking around at all the tree's. He tried reaching up at all the tree's and loved just looking around.

We went into the maze, maneuvering a buggy wasn't the easiest thing considering other people were walking around, a couple with a big dog and another family with a buggy! My mom has this trick with maze's that if you decide to go left or right, stay going that direction the entire time and you'll get to the centre/exit. Alex didn't mind the maze but once we got into the centre he got fussy! Mom and I left with Alex, as we all had a plan to get out of the maze! My dad and Daniel both got phone calls so ended up dragging behind! We got lost and dad found us and got us out, Daniel was still inside but found his way out, luckily he found one of Alex dummies and strap on his way out because we'd have never found it if we tried!!

My parents at the entrance to the farm museum









We went for a stroll to the playground on the hotel grounds twice. One evening I went with my parents and Alex and the second time Daniel, Alex and I went. Alex went on the swings, a motorbike roundabout, slide (with me) and on a few bouncy things! He was a bit small to get the full advantage of the playground but he still giggled and smiled. There was also a basketball court and tennis court there too.




The hotel has a leisure centre, gym and pool. We took full advantage and went to the pool every day except Wednesday, to give Alex a break. We went swimming for 30-45 minutes a day. We had a blow up swim chair for Alex to use some of the time, but because of his swimming lessons he loved being in the water without it. We brought in some squirt bath toys for him to play with a chew on (these were great fun for the adults too ;)). This was the first time I went swimming with Alex so I took full advantage and loved it.



We went into Carlow town to have a stroll around, I broke the bank in Penneys and New Look. My mom heard the Penneys in Carlow is great and has some sort of student price thing but it wasn't any different to any others! Another night me and Dan went to Carlow to go to see Jurassic World. We bought Alex a new toy and a book, and I got my mom a new eye shadow palette ( a cheaper version of Urban Decay's naked ones) - cheaper because she's not a huge makeup pro but it may be good to get her into smokey eyes ;).

The boys
The ladies ;)
Couple selfie
I love how my hair looks in the sun ;)

I know Alex won't remember the holiday and won't remember the things we did but the memories made will be treasured forever! We will definitely return to the hotel because it is great for families and I highly recommend it for families. You could stay in the hotel all week if you wanted because there is great places and activities for children. There is a soft play room, teen room, family den, activities room, high tea (3 course meal) for children, a spa, golf course and gorgeous decor :D It is a bit expensive for the lodge but it's well worth it!

Lots of Love
xoxo



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More Tattoos!!

Hi dolls,

As I'm away on holiday, I thought it would the perfect time to write this post and share with you my plans for a new tattoo - well more than one ;) 

For my son's christening my friend Molly, who works in a tattoo shop in Cork City gave me a voucher for a free tattoo with my sons name. I hadn't planned to get his name tattooed on me, but I had planned to get a larger piece incorporating all things I love, including flowers, make-up/beauty products and something to include Alex and his dad. I know I know, never get a tattoo with a man's name etc. It won't be his name, it will just include something about him.

Many tattoo artists and websites recommend following tattoo artists and posts on instagram, rather than researching on Pinterest, but that's where I went. I found the following pictures and these will be the inspiration for my next tattoo. I do want a few more, more than one!


I love the idea of incorporating beauty products and the hibiscus flower together in a tattoo design like the one above. I like the idea of the cartoon look, but I'd want it to be less than the one above and a bit more realistic but not too real.
I love the idea of a white ink tattoo. They are lightly seen but still there. I wouldn't want this on my finger but I love the font and idea of having this tattoo! This tattoo would be for my partner as it's a lovely tattoo and I want something but don't want his name or any comic related tattoo's! lol #want

For as long as I can remember I've wanted wings tattooed on my back! There's a slight tackiness to it I think because it seems so over done but I've wanted it for so long but could never find the right set of wings! I've also slightly ruined my chance of getting this tattoo having a bow on the back of my neck - I think the wings may look weird by the bow!
I am Tinkerbell obsessed. I buy both my goddaughters something Tinkerbell for every birthday, whether it's a toy or a card or a gift bag! I love this design as it's Tink inspired but not childish in any way and still shows Tinkerbell in a simple way.

I do want to get a tattoo to represent my son but I want to wait until I finish having children before I take that plunge as who know's how many I'll have - we want to stop at 2! lol

I want to lose weight first and treat myself with a new tattoo, as I don't want anymore tattoo's until I have made a start on the body I want because if I lose weight after getting any more tattoos they may stretch or go out of shape. I hope to get the above tattoo's in the next few years but I must place them carefully because I don't want to be too openly covered in tattoos due to work.

Lots of Love
xoxo

*All pics taken from Pinterest

Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk - 2nd Walk

Hey dolls,

Sunday June 28th I completed the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk. It is a 10km walk to raise money for breast cancer research. The walk in run every year and this year was the 5th walk, my 2nd walk.

I woke up at around 9.45am, I started to get ready and spent some time with my small man. I had my breakfast, packed up my spare bottle of water, earphones, inhaler (just in case), scissors and sponsorship card and money. I hit the road at 10.30am, stopped for petrol and had to stop at an atm too. I made it to the Lakeside Hotel by 11.30 as planned. I went into the conference room to sign in, get my walk number (0072), then signed the health and safety form, collected my t-shirt and went over to sort the ribbon (below) and receive my 2nd walk pin (photo above). Each walker is provided the opportunity to write a name on a ribbon for someone they are walking for, or someone they know who has breast cancer, or died from it, so they are remembered/thought of on the day. I don't personally know anyone who has or had breast cancer so I was asked to put down Patrice, a friend of my boyfriend's sister who was recently diagnosed at a young age. I brought along scissors to cut up my t-shirt as I had been inspired by many people during my first walk in 2013. Awkwardly though I didn't see anyone with a cut up tee this year (woops)!
 

Selfie in my cut up tee
All the ribbons with names on are brought outside by the volunteers and placed along a ribbon for everyone to see, and for everyone to know that we are walking for these people and all who are affected with breast cancer.
Yes, this is a man dressed as a lady
And we're off!
The race began at 1.16pm, the first 2km were over so quick I nearly didn't believe it when I saw the 2km sign. But after this point the walkers seemed to spread a bit more, not many were stopped at the water stations like the previous year (this is where I thought I'd get some catch up on some people!). In the last 2km my legs started to cramp up but I knew if I stopped I'd never finish! I also passed my car 1 minute from the finish line and thought I could just go home but wanted my medal and wanted my free burger :P

At the end of the race each walker/runner is given a hamburger and ice cream. There is activities and a band (The Prophets were there this year) to keep the party going. I went straight to my car as I was alone and my runner had cut my ankle. Once I got to the car I knew I had done some damage! I was so sore and stiff.
I thought I was red faced from walking for 1 hour and 48 minutes but no, I was badly sunburnt (see pics below!). It was quite windy before the warm up started and I got a bit of a chill, then it rained a little, then the warm up happened and the sun was blasting down! I'm a bit of an eejit when it comes to sun protection! I need to get an SPF day cream :(



The walk is on in 4 locations through out the year, Meath, Killaloe, Kinsale and Kenmare. I've walked in Killaloe twice, there are approx. 5 hills!! I would be interested in doing the Kinsale walk as the views can be amazing but it's very hilly too!

In 2013, I contributed to raising €217,362 between 3 locations. Once I know how much 2015 raised I will update this post.

Everything ran smoothly, there was bottles of water, banana's, nuts and nature valley bars for walkers before the walk began. Well done to chairperson Carmel and all the hard working 'pink ladies and gents' who put together the walk and organised it so well.

Lots of Love
xoxo

Friday, June 19, 2015

My Most Used Products of 2014

Hi Dolls,

Here is a list of the products I used most during the past year! Due to my pregnancy and lack of wearing makeup, and lack of energy to do anything but moisturize my legs and bump the list is very pitiful this year! I included the products I found myself reaching for more than any other product of it's kind!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- I got this from my sister for Christmas 2013 and have not been able to stay away from it! I am constantly using the shadows in this palette! I love the variety of nude and dark shades.
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation - this foundation is the perfect one for me! It matches my skin tone, it sets on my skin (a lot of foundations don't settle and look greasy). I find the coverage enough for me to look natural during the day but I am still hunting for my perfect nighttime or event time foundation!
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara or Benefit They're Real Mascara - I got a travel size Smashbox mascara for Christmas and I find myself reaching for it more than my other mascara's. The Benefit mascara I use for nights out or date nights or any other time out I like a bit more of a lash effect.

Benefit High Beam -This is my go to highlighter. I guess it's mainly because I haven't expanded to other highlighters. I also think this product is best for daytime use more than evening, but I still reach for it for any occasion. It doesn't leave a mark and blends well with my makeup.
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder - This is always in my handbag with a kabuki brush. It is 'translucent' and blends my foundation, removes shine and helps set my makeup for the day ahead. I've used other translucent powders but this one is by far the best. I use the application pad that comes with it or a kabuki brush and both work well!
Vaseline Spray and Go - This was my moisturizer of the year! Because it's a spray on moisturiser, it dries quickly and blends well and isn't greasy. I was pregnant for most of 2014 so I needed a product that had minimum effort as time went on but still kept me moisturized.
 
L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner - When I first used this Shampoo and Conditioner I found it to be amazing. My hair was thicker and fresher than I've ever felt it before. I believe these products were the reason why I had such good, shiny conditioned hair during and after my pregnancy. I have been advised that pregnant women should have dull lifeless hair once they have a baby, but mine was so shiny and healthy looking and feeling! I've had to replace the products 3 times, but I'm moving to another product now as my hair has become immune to the thickening in the product, I will return to it!!
(This post was so delayed because I had intended on taking pictures of each of the products but I ended up having to google them because some of these products are finished now and binned!)

Lots of Love
xoxo