Two

    My youngest is two today Happy Birthday Miss L. My girl, my baby, my doll. Two. We’ve left babyhood behind and are racing through the toddler years. Two. Where has the time gone? Two. I want to slow things down. She’s growing so fast. Where’s my baby gone? But…

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Thirty Nine.

Today, I turn thirty nine. (Happy Birthday to meeee) I was born at midday on a Friday, thirty nine years ago. I arrived by c-section, my parents’ first baby. Nearly forty years ago. (Happy Mammyversary Mam, Happy Daddyversary Dad) From today, I’ll be “forty next birthday”, “in my fortieth year”.…

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Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

  It was Cathal’s 4th birthday last week. He’s my middle child and every year he likes to test my birthday party planning by throwing a spanner in the works. Last year he insisted on a shop-bought Peppa Pig Cake from Tesco rather than one of the homemade delights that…

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Four: "A weally big age"

Cathal is four today. I wrote last week about how six feels so old, much more than five. This week realise that I feel exactly same about four. Those damned even numbers get me every time. When Cathal turned three it felt like a normal progression, just a number. But…

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Six

When I was One, I had just begun. When I was Two, I was nearly new. When I was Three I was hardly me. When I was Four, I was not much more. When I was Five, I was just alive. But now I am Six, I’m as clever as…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

I’ve already done posts on gifts for Baby and for Toddlers so here’s the next in the series, for preschoolers (3 and 4 year olds). Here are my disclaimers first: Obviously different kids have different interests, some hate colouring, others have no love of board games. I haven’t mentioned any…

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Nigella’s Lemon Meringue Cake

Nigella’s Lemon Meringue Cake Lemon Meringue Pie, or plain old “Lemon Meringue” as we called it, was a standard feature of all our family gatherings when I was a child. The blind baked pastry case, the “Royal” brand lemon mix which you’d add water to and wait for the delicious…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas This time of year I just love spending time with the boys wandering around aisles full of toys and watching their reactions as they try them all out. Ciarán runs ahead, with Cathal in close pursuit, shouting “Mammy can we press the toys?”.…

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