I’ve been longlisted for the V by Very Blog Awards Ireland 2017!

I’m very happy to say that Seriously Mammy has been longlisted for the V By Very Blog Awards Ireland 2017. I am in the Best Parenting Blog category with some of the Best Mammy and Daddy bloggers out there. This is a first for me so I’m chuffed!

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The beginning of the end….

Here I am, a week away from returning to work, where have the last 8 months gone? The last week of the last time I will be a stay at home mammy (even writing that fills me with dread) has arrived.

I have loved being at home these last few months getting to know my gorgeous girl Penny and having some much needed time with Ella and Jack. Don’t get me wrong, there have been several moments of exhaustion and longing to get back to normal life but I am so glad I have had this time at home, I just wish it didn’t have to end so soon. 

This week alone Penny has learned to clap hands and has gotten her first two teeth (maybe she is trying to make sure I don’t miss it) and it has just made me think about what I will miss….i will probably miss her first crawl, stand and walk. The thing I dread most is the fact that I know within days Penny will have adjusted to her new routine and will be completely fine. Me? I’m not so sure.

Oh I know I’m being a bit melodramatic here and that I’m not the first or last woman in the world to do this, I’ve done it twice before, but this time feels so much harder because I know that once I’m back, time will slip away from me and they will start growing in the blink of an eye again without me even noticing. Being at home means you see it more gradually I think.

So to snap myself out of this dread, I have decided instead to focus on the good things about going back to work. Here are my top 5:

1. A hot cup of tea

I think this is top of everyones lists for what they love about being in work. To actually finish a cup while it’s still hot! This is especially important to those with toddlers at home…..it can seem like forever since you had a hot cup of tea or enjoyed a nice coffee without having someone trying to grab it or putting it down half way through to deal with a fall or toilet emergency! The same can be said for lunch, you can eat the entire thing without someone looking longingly at it (unless you have a strange colleague) and you don’t have to think about whether somewhere is child friendly in terms of high chairs and buggy access if you go out for lunch!

2. Adult Conversation

This is another big one for most parents. While time at home with little ones is precious, the conversation can be quite one sided or can consist entirely of baby talk/nursery rhymes and describing what you are doing. These are all great for your little ones development but it can feel like you have completely lost the plot when that is your only conversation in an entire day. You end up vomiting all adult conversation at your partner within 5 minutes of their return from work just to feel normal!

3. No drool covered shoulders

You can finally walk around in clean clothes without discovering random stains on shoulders, knees and cuffs throughout the day. You can do your hair and not worry about it being pulled. You can wear your good clothes, even a pair of heels if you are feeling adventurous without wondering if you can run around after a toddler in what you have on. You will finally spend more than half of every day looking, feeling and sounding like a fully fledged grown up.

4. The big welcome home

The hugs and smiles you get after a day at work, especially in those first few days, make it so worth it. It is like your children’s way of saying you are doing the right thing, you have earned this. The little people genuinely can’t wait to see you in the evenings and tell you their news or just have a cuddle and my god they are the best cuddles you will ever get.

5. Normal bras

Any of the breastfeeding mommas will be with me on this one….nursing bras are a great invention, a functional necessity when you are feeding your little one but they are not exactly pretty. They are as basic as basic comes and generally not underwired so not really supportive either. I actually can’t wait until I can choose any bra I like instead of wondering if it will work for feeding. The same can be said for clothing. The range of nursing clothing is so limited, expensive and generally is meant for pregnant and nursing women so just looks baggy once your tummy goes down after those first few weeks. I do look forward to wearing whatever I like without examining it for ease of feeding! I think a shopping trip is justified to make sure I look the part for work, don’t you!

So that’s what I am looking forward to, let me know if there is something I haven’t thought of….i’d love your thoughts!

Cars 3 plush toys review

Recently, I was sent a delivery of several plush toys from posh paws international ahead of the release of Disney Pixar’ s newest offering Cars 3. 

Needless to say, my little boy Jack was over the moon to receive the package as he is a massive fan of the franchise. We received two medium sized plush toys (Lightning McQueen and Mack) and two keyring sizes toys (Jackson-Storm and Guido).

The toys are gorgeous! They are a really good size, very cuddly and super soft! So soft that Jack suggested he use them as a pillow!

The quality is amazing and what really makes them stand out is the fact that they look exactly like the characters they are meant to be. I realise that sounds slightly odd but I have bought so many plush toys over the years and at times they only loosely resemble the characters when they arrive which is hugely disappointing but these are bang on as you would expect from official Disney merchandise.

Suffice to say these toys were a big hit in our house and they even got to join us when we went to see the movie! Jack’s only criticism was that Mack doesnt have a trailer that opens so you can store Lightning in it like he does in the movie.

You can find Posh Paws International here. Suitable from age 0+ and with prices ranging from £5.99-19.99, these plush toys make a perfect gift for children (and grown-ups) of all ages.

You can find them in a wide variety of outlets including Debenhams, Gamestop and Next.

Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views are entirely my own.

Bertie Bear Button Art Review

Bertie Bear Button Art

P is for Penny

If you are anything like me, you love handmade items, particularly when giving a gift. The more unique the better!

The lovely Sarah from Bertie Bear Button Art and Crafts has kindly sent me this fabulous frame to review. Sarah creates beautiful bespoke designs, with the initial design (the one I was sent) being her most popular.
Each design is contained in a natural wood box frame which can be hung or is sturdy enough to stand on any flat surface. Each request is carefully designed and created to a very high standard and the result is just gorgeous!
If you are looking for a thoughtful and unique gift or something to finish off a nursery, they are available here at a very reasonable price of €23.51 (for this particular design) but Sarah has generously given me a discount code for my followers which will knock 25% off the cost! Simply enter SERIOUSLYMAMMY25 at the checkout of her Etsy store when you are ordering!
I was kindly sent the above product in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

My missing piece- a note to my baby girl

This time last year, I had just discovered your tiny existence. You were just the size of a grain of sand but more important to me that you could possibly comprehend. I did not know back then impact you would have on me; mentally, physically and emotionally.

The months went by in a haze of exhaustion, sickness and worry but those kicks, those gorgeous flutters were a reminder for me, only me that you were growing, thriving and that the hard days were soon going to be worth it. 

The day you arrived, my heart was full to bursting, I never knew I needed you until I had you. I held you close, felt your gorgeous smooth skin against mine and knew you had my heart forever. 

Even now on the hardest of days (there have been many), when we are both exhausted, it just takes one little gummy smile, that gives you a little wrinkle on your nose and a sparkle in your eyes, to remind me of how I felt when I first held you. 

When you wrap your beautiful little hand around my finger and I rub the little dimples on your knuckles, I realise you were my missing piece, you have completed my puzzle and I hope you will always know how much I love you x

This counts as salad

Recently I have become obsessed with mint chocolate. It all started at easter when hubby brought home a giant after eight easter egg. Heaven!

I am trying to eat healthier but the way I see it is chocolate is made from a bean and mint is a leaf so it’s basically a salad right??

Budding artists

We have all had those moments when we are trying to guess what our child has drawn for us and they shoot us daggers when we get it wrong like ‘mammy that blob is obviously a car, how could you not know that?’

Well recently I had one of those moments; my 5 year old son drew a lovely picture of our family which shows me feeding the baby using a maternity cushion.

When I saw it I thought it looked like me giving birth to his sister so was wondering if I had accidentally over shared! He has told me regularly how it’s hilarious that I poo’d his sister out of my bum so I thought he drew it. Luckily he explained what it was before I said anything I would regret!