Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Becoming Mum

Becoming Mum, that's now what you'll be
The guiding force for your little baby
Life as you know it will no longer be 
Because of your precious little baby
It's going to be tough, I'm not going to lie
But as long as it's your best that's all you can try
The nights will be long
The days will be too
But you, as his mother, will be strong 
And this will carry you through
Please don't be scared
You'll be fine, you'll see
For that baby you'll care
Don't ever doubt that, trust me
Your love for him is all he needs
Wrapped up in your protective arms
Keeping him safe from any harm 
It's only you he'll see
Some days will be tough
But that's ok
Cry if you must
Just remember you're allowed a rough day
When your eyes are heavy
And all you want to do is sleep
But there's a little person still going steady
Stopping you from catching even a blink
Just remember to close your eyes when he eventually does too
Snuggle up with your baby 
Those moments are too precious to lose
Everything else can wait
Don't stress yourself out
Just remember we are all here
To give you a helping hand
You are not on your own
Wherever we are, you have a home 
So love your little baby in the best way that you can
Always remember though that nothing goes to plan
So take each day as it comes 
You'll soon figure out your own way of things
As long as you and your baby are happy
Well I'd call that a win
So look at him for hours
Cuddle him for days
Cherish every moment 
Because those moments tend not to stay
Time flashes by in a way you never imagined 
Soon you'll look back wondering what has just happened
He'll grow up in the blink of an eye
And a proud Mama you'll be 
Proud of yourself and your little baby


*I wrote this poem for this beautiful girl who is my niece and any day now she is due to have her first baby, I'm so excited for her, she's scared I'm sure but she's an amazingly strong person who will be an equally amazingly strong mother* 

All words and images are my own. 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Making The Most Of A Month - September

Right well, September just by in a whizz didn't it?! It was a month caught up in routine and settling into life with a preschooler and a full time college goer (the OH) while juggling all the usual day to day things that we usually do.

There was lots of procrastinating this month, like a crazy amount. Instead of doing things I'd noted down, I did other things, like clean out all the kitchen cupboards, just avoid doing some of the pressing things on September's to do list! Not all hope was lost however:

  • The garden is looking neat and tidy and ready for the winter. I planted some Autumn flowers to give it one last bit of colour. A lavender bush and thyme bush was added to the back flower bed which I hope will fill in the gaps next Spring. Other plants were potted so that they can be easily transported inside once the Winter hits.

  • I moved more, slightly anyway. I did my first ever spinning class at the end of the month! Hands down the hardest fitness class I've done before but I can't let it beat and am going it my second class this week, for my sins
  • I've been pretty good with the eating better, bringing my lunches and prepping dinners in advance, makes a huge difference to purse and the waistline.
  • Been trying to sort out my work experience but remembered that I can't do it without Garda vetting and that can be sorted until I renew my passport...can you see one thing that is making it's way to the October to do list already?!
  • Date night didn't happen this month, we just haven't had the time off together but noting that we didn't make it this month will push me more to make sure we find the time in next month.
  • I got Luke to the beach, well the Cobh's answer to the beach. I have no excuse here as we drive passed it nearly everyday but it's finding the time to stop when he asks.

  • I have been taking more photographs too. Haven't had a chance to go through them all yet but hopefully there'll be some in there worthy of sharing.
I managed to do a few of the not so important bits that I wanted to do but really need to focus on the more important things for October and stop putting things on the long finger. Having the to do list to look back on has been handy though for reinforcing what really needs to be done next month.

How was your September?

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Me & Mine September

Work, college, preschool, work, eat, sleep, repeat.

This has been our September. We have all been so busy doing the above that we just about got time to grab a picture. They are ridiculously grainy though!
Luke has settled really ell into preschool, he loves going in everyday.  
The OH has settled into college, it's busy, he doesn't get time to scratch but it will all be worth it when he finishes.
I am looking forward to settling into a 4 day week at work again which I started at the end of September and getting some free time to catch up on everything else.

Here we are in September:

This month Luke loves:

Playing on the slide at preschool
Going to soft play with his friends on Fridays
Eating Kinder eggs

This month Dad loves:

Doing projects at college
Catching up on the Sky Planner
Doing Batista bombs with Luke

This month Mum loves:

Having some time off work and doing the school run
Organising my dresser and making some space
The slightly colder nights

The Me and Mine Project