Bad Sugar

Bad Sugar

I spent the first 3 months of my pregnancy on antibiotics. I had kidney infections, chest infections, swollen glands, infection, infection, infection! It was one after another. I would finish one course and a week later I was back on another. It was at a clinic appointment that the reason for these was noticed. My glucose levels were on the high side. I was sent for a glucose test 2 months earlier than normal and I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

I wasn’t really sure what this meant and all I was really sure of was that I now had another set of clinic appointment to add to my collection. Read more

Up the Creek Without a Paddle

Up the Creek Without a Paddle

Saturday 29th of March 2014 found in me in a rather unusual situation. Husband and I were in Tesco buying wine. I was going to a friend’s house for a girl’s night in. I don’t do this a lot so I was really looking forward to it. I spent ages picking a nice wine. Then doubt started to creep in. I had been feeling funny for the last 3 weeks. I was constantly tired no matter how much sleep I got, my appetite was disappearing and I was feeling a little sick. I had also missed my period but kept telling myself I’ll get it tomorrow.

So right there in the alcohol section the decision was made, I was taking the wine to the checkout, Husband was getting a test and we would meet back at the car. Not suspicious at all. But I was terrified and mortified. Buying a pregnancy test and a bottle of wine in Tesco was the last thing I wanted to be seen doing. Read more

Letter To My 2 Year Old

Letter To My 2 Year Old

Dear Puddin,

I’m not very good with face to face but I have something I want to tell you, something you need to know. The easiest way for me to tell you is to write to you.

Right now, you’re two years old. You’re small, smart and stubborn. Most of that you get from me. I’m not sure if that makes me sorry or proud. I’m mostly proud. You’re funny, a messer and such an entertainer. This you get from your dad. I take no responsibility for that! Each day you learn something new. You pick things up so quickly it scares me. You have so much potential, you will be amazing no matter what you decide to do with your life.

You are so alert, you miss nothing. The soother we’ve hidden or the play doh I hate, the buttons or grapes you want before dinner. You see it all. There are some things I wish you wouldn’t see, things I wish you didn’t have to see. Read more

We’re Going to the Zoo!!

We’re Going to the Zoo!!

Monday 30th May 2016 10am. I am sitting in the car with my husband, my overly excited cousin and my tiredy toddler. We are on the way to Dublin Zoo. This will be BB’s second time here and hopefully as much fun as the first time. Husband bought a yearly pass and by god are we going to use it any chance we get! Cousin, the sensible one, purchased her ticket online the night before. No queues for us thank you very much and a special separate entrance for us chosen ones. At least that’s how I see it.

We get there soon after 11am and the queues are already quite long. We sail passed them, more than a little pleased with ourselves. We, of the yearly pass and pre-bought ticket, are admitted and with maps in hand, there is no stopping us! The Zoo is our oyster!
It is a beautiful day and there’s a nice size crowd plus one or two school tours. A quick nappy change and we are off! We were just in time for the asian lion talk. Very informative and easy to understand. BB completely oblivious, oohs and aahs and makes ‘here kitty’ motions through the glass. She is somewhat disappointed that the lions don’t respond.

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