Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Round Tower, Ardmore, Co Waterford

On our recent trip to Ardmore we also visited The Round Tower and the remains of St Declan's church and oratory. While we took a walk around this area, I managed to capture some pictures.
Here you will see I've given them a bit of an eerie feel:


Monday, 21 April 2014

First Trip To The Beach - Ardmore

This weekend just gone we took advantage of the nice weather and decided to take Luke for his first trip to the beach. We packed up a little picnic and headed for Ardmore in Co Waterford. It really is a lovely spot down there and we used to visit during the Summer as kids. Luke was a bit unsure of the sand at the start but he wasn't long getting used to it was crawling around. It was a bit windy on the beach but that didn't put us off.
We went to 2 nearby playgrounds which are separated for the younger and older kids. This was followed by a 99 from a local shop, of course! It's such a nice area and the beach is huge. The playground is only a 2 minute walk from the beach and the whole village is just so clean and welcoming. We can't wait to go back there in the Summer months when hopefully Luke will running around the sand instead of crawling.

Did you go anywhere nice this Easter weekend?


Sunday, 20 April 2014

First Family Easter

It was our first Easter as our very own little family this year and safe to say I think Luke enjoyed himself! We have a mountain of chocolate that is going to take an age to get through.
We spent the morning in our own house where Luke received his very first Easter basket, the first of a annual tradition for him. He was quite impressed and surprisingly didn't mind the bunny hat I insisted he put on! In his basket there was also a new pair of Tigger pj's, a Thomas the Tank Engine Easter egg and dinner set, a little lamb book, chocolate coins and a chick teddy. I used a basket from last Easter that my mum received with flowers in it and decorated it using some bits and pieces I'd picked up in Dealz.
We then visited the OH's parents before heading to my parent's for dinner, the traditional roast lamb. Throughout the day Luke munched on chocolate and sweet treats, more than he's had in his lifetime so far I'd say!! Nanny even let him lick the cream for the trifle off the whisk, we used to do it as kids as well. After a busy afternoon in nanny's we did a quick delivery of Easter eggs to some friends before heading home to relax. Im not too sure how well Luke will sleep tonight after all that sugar but hopefully the excitement will have worn him out.
These holidays are just so much more fun when there's a little person around to enjoy them too.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter :)


Monday, 14 April 2014

10 Months

And we are into double figures! Luke turned 10 months old on Saturday, we are a little late with this month's update as we both spent the weekend smothered with head colds and coughs and sore throats and teething for poor Luke.
As always a busy month in the life of Luke! His personality is really starting to shine through now. He fully understands the word "No" now. He knows when we say it that he's doing something he shouldn't be doing and it will take a few tries but he generally stops whatever it is, unless of course, it's Nanny's coffee table, he just loves making a mess of all of her "papers" or "organised mess" as she likes to call it! Discipline has been introduced (nothing barbaric I promise!) but simple things like if he won't sit down in the bath and keeps standing up despite plenty of warnings then we just say"If you can't down in the bath then you will have to come out". He's beginning to test us a little too so we try not to give in to his screams of temper, not that they happen very often but he soon gets over it. He's becoming quite brave now too, he ventures around the house much more, holding on to whatever he can to transport himself. He's much nosier too the divil! He want's to know whats behind every cupboard door and in every drawer. At the moment he loves getting into the saucepan drawer and making as much noise as possible. The fireguard and stairgates have been purchased / given and up or in the process of going up.
A top tooth has broken through along with a bottom and another 2 will be through shortly I'd say.
I'm thinking that we will soon be dropping his lunch time bottle. So that will leave just his breakfast one and bedtime one. He's drinking more water too which is great but he much prefers it if it is coming from one of our glasses! His appetite has decreased slightly this month but I think that has more to do with teething.
His 9-12 month clothes seem to be fitting him better and for longer which is good because he was flying through his clothes not so long ago. Anything we buy now is 12 - 18months plus so we'll be ready for the next growth spurt!
He will now happily give you a kiss if you ask for one, a dribbly open mouthed kiss but I love them anyway! He also claps his hands if you do it too.
Sleep has improved over the last week or so, the hourly waking has stopped (for now) and he might only wake twice maybe three times which is ok. We can cope with that but the constant up and down, in and out to his room was really starting to take its toll on us.
Since the clocks went forward too he's been going to bed about an hour later which seems to work better for him. It means I also get some extra time with him in the evenings after work. With the sunny evenings at the moment it also means we get to take him out for a walk too and fresh air does everybody the world of good.
He's in his group 1 car seat now, forward facing and he loves it. He loves looking out of the car window, makes car journeys much more enjoyable for him. Between my car, Dad's car and Nan's car we have 3 new car seats! His cot has been lowered too as I was scared he would launch himself over the side of it. This has lead to a whole new world of problems though because he now pulls himself up to stand in the cot, even when he's in his sleep bag and then can't figure out how to get back down to his pillow!
He naps in his cot more than he did before but its touch and go, sometimes he settles there, other times he doesn't.
I really feel like he'll be walking before his first birthday so we are looking forward to another month of on the move :)

It's all about the hand clapping :)


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Parent / Child Parking Spaces

*Warning: A rant filled post!*

Before becoming a parent I never really took much notice of the Family parking spaces in the carparks, I sometimes secretly envied their proximity to the door when the rain was lashing down but I would never have parked in one of them without a child in the car with me.
For a while after becoming a parent I didn't pay attention to these spaces either mostly because they were almost always taken, some genuinely some not. I kind of just figured that that was the way it would always be, tough luck for me if I wasn't quick enough to nab one of these spaces.
However, Saturday just gone that changed. I would rant about people taking the spaces that didn't have any children with them but never actually go and say anything so this time I did. What I was met with shocked me. A guy pulled into a space I waited to see was he getting out with a child as I couldn't see any in the car and he didn't. I put down my window and asked would he mind moving as I had a baby in the back and could really do with that space (it was raining and L was teething and cranky). The conversation went a bit like this:

Man: I do have a child in the car, she's in the back
Me: So are you going to leave her there?
Man: Yeah she's asleep
Me: In a shocked tone, So you are going to leave her there while you go into the shopping centre?
Man: Yeah what do you want me to do, wake her?
Me: I'd rather you didn't leave her unattended while you went into the shop
Man: I've to get her milk like

And off he went! I wasn't quite sure if he was telling the truth as I couldn't actually see into his car, when I eventually parked I walked over and checked and sure enough there was a baby asleep in the back. I took the registration number but I wasn't quite sure what to do, I was still in shock that he was perfectly ok to leave her in there. Not just to run into a shop where he cold see the car still but into a busy shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon, the queues at the till meant he wouldn't be in and out as quickly as he may have hoped. Why would anyone risk leaving their child unattended in such a busy area, or anywhere at all for that matter?! Anything could happen.

After this encounter I saw a free Family space further up and indicated in but someone else was just about to pull in, fair enough so I turned off my indicator until I saw that there was no children in this car. So I parked behind and waited for someone the get out but no one did. So off I went over and knocked on the window, I politely asked the woman if she would mind moving as she did not have any children with her and I could really use the space, she looked at me like I had 2 heads. I ah dot remind her she had parked in a Family space reserved for people with children, her excuse? "Well my sister is sick so I parked here". My response was while that was unfortunate she still shouldn't be parking there and would she kindly move. Begrudgingly she reversed out and I drove in.

Now I don't want to be an old fusspot about these things or be a pain in the backside for anyone but it really bugs me when people just take those spaces without any consideration for the people who may actually need them. They are a much wider space which means rather than having to set up the buggy at the back or front of the car on the road, I can set the buggy up beside the car safely and just pop L from his car seat to the buggy, this is much handier for me especially when I am on my own, I can grab my bags while not having to abandon the buggy. Same applies when we come back to the car and unload again.
People seem to think those spaces are jut there for the fun of it. They aren't, they are there to provide safe parking for parents and children by being closer to the entrance, wider, more accessible etc. I could easily get away with parking there without having L in the car because everyone would see I had a "Baby On Board" sticker and a car seat but I wouldn't dream of using the parking unless I had to.
They are not for the lazy shites who can't be bothered to walk the extra few yards form the regular parking spaces. Grrr!

*Rant Over!*

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