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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Alex's First Halloween

Hi Dolls,

It's so weird to think this year for Halloween that I wouldn't be dressing up and going out in the city with friends, or calling to a friends house or something, but I was dressing up my baby and calling to some friends.

Sleepsuit from Dunnes Stores
I'd been thinking a while about what to dress Alex for Halloween. We had chosen a monkey costume but with having a poorly baby only a few weeks before Halloween we decided that it would be too hot and bulky to be in all day - we were thinking ahead in case the creche had a party.

I wasn't loving the options on the site I looked on because there was mainly big fluffy things or costumes we'd love him to wear when he's older. I went onto the Disney store site to see what options they had, and initially not much but I went for what I longed for, the Mickey Mouse costume with personalised hat. When I was checking out I spotted another costume I loved, Woody from Toy Story. Alex has a large Toy Story poster on his bedroom wall, and his Auntie gave him a Build-A-Bear dressed like Woody for his christening so it seemed perfect!

Alex wore his Mickey Mouse costume to creche on the Friday and he wore Woody on Halloween on the Saturday. We got both in size 12-18 months, Mickey was a bit looser and Woody was a bit tight!

We visited some family friends on Saturday, went to both grandparents houses and saw all the aunties and uncles and when we arrived in Cork at my parents house he also had a visit from a little witch (my goddaughter dressed as a witch ;)). We were up quite late with him because he had 3 marshmallows during the day and was boucing off the walls! lol

Here comes the cute pictures :D

Alex at Creche
My Mickey Mouse with his Mickey Mouse
Howdy! (hat robbed from the Build-A-Bear)
Build-A-Bear Woody, Alex Woody and Casper the dog as a ghost!
Family pic :)
Happy Halloween from ours to yours
The end of the evening with his godmother/Auntie Aileen and milestone card.
 And a throwback from last year:

Bump at Halloween 2014
Lots of Love

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Alex's Eleven Month Update

Hi Doll,

I can't believe my baby is almost one and I had a big bump this time last year that was soon to pop! Keep reading to find out how my baby grew and developed for his 11th month :)

Milestones: He's dancing! My little man loves dancing to the sound of his musical train, any of his toys that play music or kiddies TV shows - but no "real music" yet ;)

Sleep: Ugh! He has been a mess with sleep - mainly due to illness but his sleep is all over the place! He fights the day time naps and used to be so good to go to bed at half 8 but now tries to last longer! The clocks changed this month which of course has thrown his somewhat schedule out the window :( He's up early and tries to sleep earlier... not fun!

Best Moment: Hearing my baby giggle and laugh, and he's such a character, when he's not being fussy he's so funny! He knows when he's being watched and tries to get away with bold things!

Worst Moment: Alex was very ill this month we thought he'd end up in hospital but luckily he pulled out of it! Explained more below!

Health: I feel like every second month I'm saying my baby was ill :( He still has that bloody cough we can't seem to kick! He's still on Calpol! Alex went to the doctor twice in two weeks, and both times we were told give him Calpol, keep up fluids etc. The second time, that day when I came home from hospital was the scariest yet :( He was so pale, limp, had no energy to cry, wants to drink and eat but kept vomiting and had such bad acidic smelling diarrhea he got a very severe dose of nappy rash! He had it all the poor babs! He was mad for cuddles and being held. But he pulled through after about 3 days from this and is doing much better. He was super clingy for a few days after being better but we don't mind the extra cuddles :)

Eating: He would eat the world if you gave it to him! He loves food! He is currently on super lumpy baby foods. We will progress him onto foods we eat when he turns one but for now he is still eating Ella's Kitchen and now some Heinz jars.

Things I Want To Remember: I want to imprint the sound of his laugh in my mind forever! He is just the sweetest little boy and his giggle always melts my heart! I love that he crawls over and puts his arms out to be picked up. He's such a bright baby for 11 months and such a rogue ;) He looks around to see if someones watching him if he notices something he's not allowed have like a charger wire and goes for it if he thinks no ones looking! He cracks me up!

Can't believe the next update is the last of the series... 12 months! It's crazy! This year has been jammed and busy but love every minute!

Lots of Love

Monday, September 28, 2015

Alex's Ten Month Update

Hey dolls,

I'm finally getting an Alex update post up on time for once :P Keep reading to find out about our adventurous 10 month mark! This little boy is such a mischief so seeing him grow is so much fun, stressful but so great. I'm so happy and proud of who he is growing into.
Milestones: He loves standing holding onto stuff, and going up the stairs (and down sometimes). He's a lot more curious nowadays about his surroundings and different things, it's so cute to see him looking around in shops at all the unusual and different things that he'd not seen before or was too little to bother looking at.

Sleep: His sleep has been crazy this month. Due to a cough he used to wake constantly upset with the sore cough and not being able to sleep because of it. He wakes like clockwork at between 3-4am crying out for a bottle, and then he wakes at either 6am or sleeps longer! He's a terror for moving around in his sleep so when I check on him he always has the blankets off!
Best Moment: With Alex being so poorly this month he has been in great spirits! Seeing his strength pushing through all that's happened to him the last few weeks has been amazing! He's a cheeky little monkey and loves being mischievous!

Worst Moment: With Alex being on the move so much more now he has to be watched like a hawk. He gets hurt more from slipping or trying to climb on something and falling! But it's all part of the learning and growing process! And, him being so poorly this month it was tough to watch.

Health: Alex was on antibiotics in the past 2 weeks for a very bad chesty cough :( he couldn't sleep, it was hurting him to cough and he was wheezing! So he went to the GP who gave him a liquid medicine to take and a tablet to dissolve in water to take! He's now finished the course, still coughing but not half as bad so Calpol should clear that :) He had a chesty cough, a lot more dirty nappies than normal, fighting sleep and teething. The antibiotics gave him a very strong dose of nappy rash that came on in a matter of hours - he was so sore he'd shudder and cry in pain :( Thankfully this cleared overnight so it wasn't so severe.

Eating: He's moved onto more lumpy food and he's loving it! He eats anything we give him, he's such a good boy! He ate out at a restaurant for my brothers birthday mid September. He was loving sitting at the table in a high chair and eating some chips and chicken nuggets!
Things I Want To Remember: Alex said mom for the first time Friday September 18th! I've been trying to get him to say it for so long, it was only when he was sick and I had to work did he start to say it! He's such a strong happy little boy, I can't get over how much he's achieved at such a young age!
He's mad going up and down the stairs too! He loved going up the stairs and being carried down :P haha.
He loves standing holding onto the couch too and making his way around the room! He free stands and falls at the moment but he's doing so good for his age I couldn't be prouder of the little boy he's turning into! He figured out how to come down the stairs all on his own when the door into the hallway was open and he loves going out there because it's a place he doesn't get to go very often but sees his dad go (Daniel's gaming room is out the door).
Alex had his first 'professional' haircut in Kiddie Kuts on the 12th and he looks like he enjoyed sitting in the chair curious at what was going on (I couldn't be there). When I saw the finished look I was horrified to say the least! I know it's hair and it'll grow back but the lady cut his fringe all wonky and said we'd have to train his hair to grow forward because he has two crowns on his head - that didn't make sense because his hair was growing fine!
Lots of love

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hippenings.com is live!

Hi dolls,

I recently came across Karen at LovelyGirlyBits on snapchat. She is an Irish beauty blogger and she is absolutely hilarious! Through Karen, I came across Ellen @Waxpertsellen and Laura Cunningham @cunninghamlaura.

Laura Cunningham, editor of Confetti Magazine, has launched a fabulous website Hippenings.com. This website is full of amazingly pretty items from weddings, hen party, stationary, gifts, parties and more! You have got to go check out her amazing website.

Due to the website being so new, and so many people checking out the new site now that it's live it's showing an error for some people but that's just due to high traffic to the site! Keep checking back because it is worth a look, I got on straight away :)

Best of Luck with the site Laura.

Lots of Love

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What's in my makeup bag?

Hi Dolls,

I was away in Birmingham about 3 weeks ago and still haven't unpacked my make up bag! Mainly because it's easier to through on my 'face' in the morning going to work having all my stuff I need in one place, rather than rooting through my drawers and because I just haven't had the chance!

So this was the perfect opportunity to let you all know what I have in my make up bag, and what I think is my go to/must have products for day to day. I will do a separate post on my must have products in the coming weeks, this will include makeup but also other beauty products.

Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm
Maybeline Dream Satin Liquid foundation in Ivory
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot 6 blush palette (limited edition holiday 2014 collection)
Benefit High Beam highlighter
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Rimmel True Match Concealer
Maybeline Fit Me! Pressed Powder

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
D&G Passioneyes Mascara (travel size)
Smashbox`Full Exposure Mascara
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Collection 2000 Gel Liner

Rimmel Professional Eye Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
Essence Clear Mascara
Benefit Brow Zings in Medium

Rimmel Oh My Gloss
Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia
L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine 6 Hr Lip Gloss

Penneys false lashes in Voluminous
Duo lash glue
Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream
Not all items pictured!
I use Real Techniques and Sigma brushes :)

Make-up bag in Zoe Sugg's Zoella collection from Penneys/Primark.

Lots of Love

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Alex's Nine Month Update

Hi dolls,

So I can't believe I'm editing Alex's 9 month update. He has grown so quickly. Having a baby really makes you realise how quickly life passes by! At 9 months Alex has changed so fast.
Milestones: Baby's on the move! Alex is now crawling like a wild thing! He moves so fast it scares me for when he can walk (and run!). 

He is also propping himself up on the edge of the couch, on the bottom step of the stairs, on people legs when they are sitting down, any where really. He is so strong at standing with support it's crazy.

He's also really found his voice in the last few weeks. He knows screaming or coughing get's him attention! He is also saying Mama, Dada and Baba quite clearly which is exciting :)

Sleep: Alex has slipped back into a good enough sleep pattern at night time. He isn't the best day napper but we are trying to somehow change this :(

Best Moment: Seeing Alex prop himself up at the end of the stairs and be able to stand with support, he is so proud of himself when he does it he puts on his big cheesy grin!

Worst Moment: Now that he's on the move, Alex bumps off of stuff a lot more and hurts himself. So I don't like to see it happen but I know it's all a learning curve :(

Health: He got another eye infection this month which I'm not too happy about. I think he got shampoo in his eye when being washed after a dirty nappy but I'm not sure! He has a slight cough the past few days but I think it's because of all his screaming hurting his throat. He hasn't been teething much at all this month which I think its good but bad :(

Eating: Alex would eat anything you put in front of him. He's recently moved onto more textured foods which is great. He eats a bit of fruit, yoghurt or puree as a snack during the day and he has Ella's kitchen dinner's at the moment. Once he's into more textures he will start eating what we are eating.

Things I Want To Remember: Alex went on his first flight! I will have a separate post up on this soon and will link it here once done :)
First time in a big boy trolley
He's such a long baby!
All grown up :(
Dressing gown from my1styears
Loves the swings :)
Lots of Love

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hello Stranger

Hi Dolls,

I'm so sorry my blog has turned into monthly baby updates and not much else :(

I returned to work in July to the same job I finished with last September and I'm finding it hard to find the time and energy to do blog posts. My little man is keeping me busy in the evening after work and the weekends. My partner minds him while I'm at work so it's only fair he has some free time in the evening when I'm home.

I sit in front of a screen all day typing away so it's hard to go home and sit in front of the screen! My boyfriend's always hogging my laptop too for football manager!

Moving on from all the excuses, I was away in Birmingham at the weekend to visit my Dad's cousins and family. It was my second cousins 10 year anniversary of her passing so her daughter, Laura, wanted to mark the occasion. I jumped at the opportunity to go as I'd never been, I'd never met Laura in person and it was Alex's first opportunity to go abroad and meet family.

I will do a post on this at the weekend, with some pics that were taken, I didn't get many myself.

I will post a link to the Birmingham takeover/adventure here when it's done :)

Thanks for reading.

Lots of Love

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Working Mom

Hey dolls,

If you follow me on Twitter / Snapchat / Instagram, you will know I went back to work at the beginning of the month.

Returning to work as a mom for the first time can be very difficult and emotional. There is so much to think about, who will look after the baby when your at work, if it's a creche or childminder are they expensive, if it's a family member or friend can you trust them to look after your precious baby like you have been doing the last X amount of weeks? If you lucky enough to work for yourself, there may come a time later in your babies life, before they hit school age, that you feel you need a few hours in the day to focus on work stuff without the distractions. 
Emotionally, there is withdrawal from just it being you and baby to you at work and baby wherever you choose to have him taken care of while your busy earning. 

I chose to go back to work as both me and my boyfriend were unemployed and the opportunity came up for me to return to the job I had before my contract ended in September 2014. I found it hard to be a stay at home mom, because where I live you can't just load up the buggy and go for a stroll, you have to pack up the car and drive 10 minutes to the nearest park or safe place to walk. I was gaining weight (went up a stone and a half since having him) more than I'd liked because I was just sitting around eating and not getting much exercise. Even when I would go for walks they would be short because Alex would get fussy or hungry, especially when he's teething. I wasn't happy as a stay at home mom because my frustrations were showing, I was very impatient and I had a short fuse. Now, when I come home from work I leave the stressful day behind and get home to a smiling face who loves to see me, give me a big hug and we play until it's his bathtime/feeding time/bedtime. Even thought we don't have long in the day from Monday to Friday, we enjoy the time we do have a lot more than before, and I have an income that supports us for now.

As I'm only temporary in this position I need to be watchful for permanent positions. It is very important for my family, and me, to have stability. We have a '5 year plan' (lol) which includes both of us working, an extension to the house, an engagement and eventually a wedding. None of these things can happen if we don't have stability. I completely believe job hunting in Ireland is still tough, the recession is still there but the 'figures' show low unemployment so everyone thinks the world is back to normal - it's not! Those unemployed went to college, have trades, worked hard at one time and now can't find anything! It's a joke!

Back to the point, my boyfriend sends me snapchats of Alex during the day which keeps me going. I love seeing him happy face when he's hanging out with his dad.

Alex goes to a local creche twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday). He goes for full days (9am to 5pm). He seems to be getting on great and I'm so proud of my little man and how great he is at adapting. He will be going for 3 days from mid-August. I'm excited for him because he'll develop around other babies his age or close in age, he can play and have fun, they feed him some strange stuff I never thought of (chicken curry) and his dad has some time to sort stuff during the week. The creche looks great and he seems to love it there! My only problem  is he seems to be very tired when he gets home - too much excitement I'd say!

I do find it hard to be away from Alex, especially when we spent all day every day together for 7 months (give or take a day or two)! I miss hearing him giggle, and going for walks in the day time, random outings and shopping trips, cuddles and seeing his reaction to new foods and flavours! I know I'll miss milestones because I'm not around but I have to tell myself it's for the best, it is but it's nice :(

Lots of Love

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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 :)

Lots of Love

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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

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

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