Featured | Newborn | Parenting | Stuff

Those Newborn Daze

We will never get these first precious weeks back again. Time slips away fast amongst the chaos of the early newborn days. Blink, and you’ll miss them.   The Days The washing machine on an endless cycle. Wash, dry, wear, soil, remove, repeat. Still the piles of stained clothing grow uncontrollably. Sitting under a baby is […]

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Featured | Sleep | Stuff | Threenager

Sleepless nights, dark mornings

It’s been a dark start to the year. Summer days feel oh so far away. Now it’s the season of snuffles and sniffles. And apparently the season of sleepless nights (still). For more than six weeks it’s been the same story every night. Whether bedtime is early or late, welcomed or fought against… it makes little […]

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Parenting | Portugal | Terrible Twos

Early flights and toddlers – don’t do it!

I know, I know… what was I thinking?  A 7am flight on a Thursday morning sounded doable back at the optimistic start of January.  I was trying to find cheap flights to accompany my husband for part of his work trip to Lisbon.  Obviously cheap flights = Ryanair.  Which means unpleasant flight times.  I thought “Sure […]

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Sleep | Toddlers

Sleeping like a baby

There was a time last year where I worried that feeding my baby to sleep was a terrible habit that I’d regret in the future. Hah! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Feeding to sleep has been the surefire method of helping the Rascal relax off to slumberland, and it rarely failed me up until […]

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Featured | Parenting | Sleep

Nap Time

Nap Time Sleepy baby snuggled at my breast Head drops back, mouth agape Soft snores into my face Sinks deeper into slumber Carefully, slowly, laid down by my side A rare silence descends. Restless toddler stirs, delicate eyelids flutter, Bleary eyes search, lock gaze A murmured ‘Mama’, and rolls my way Reattaches chubby arms around […]

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Sleep | Toddlers

The Night Watch: Tonsillitis

It’s 3am and I haven’t slept a wink. I’m covering the night watch. I’ve been lying on a sofa bed listening to the strangled breaths of the Rascal for hours. I just can’t stop feeling worried every time there’s a prolonged silence before he gurgles in another breath. After a lovely week of sunshine and […]

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Sleep

A Long Week: Tantrums and sleep deprivation

What’s been happening recently in our house? Well, we finally got that second stair gate installed at the top of the stairs. It’s only been months since we actually bought it, after all. And weeks of daily palpitations as the new walker stomped back and forth, past the dangerous drop at ever increasing speeds. Diverting […]

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