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Extended Breastfeeding: One Day at a Time

There’s so much controversy over breastfeeding that a lot of attention in the media is focused on debating whether it’s breastfeeders or formula-feeders that are put under more pressure. The simplest answer is that both are under different kinds of pressure that they don’t want. The underlying issue we should be debating is enabling women […]

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Postcards from Montreal: First Impressions

I know. It’s been a while. What the heck have we been doing? In short; house-hunting and parenting an emotionally-charged boy and a rambunctious baby in a child-unfriendly apartment. Then we kicked off a terrible run of luck and moved to a half-ready apartment with a meagre set of furniture. This whilst also dealing with […]

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Emigration | Montreal Life | Stuff

A House, A Home

Almost six weeks have passed since we arrived in Canada as freshly minted immigrants. “What’s it like?”, people have asked – wondering about the reality of starting a new life in another country. I honestly don’t really know. We’re in transition. Neither here nor there. We’re unknotting Irish ties that have always bound us more […]

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Stranger in a Strange Land

There we were, piled into a taxi van with two kids, four suitcases and several smaller items of luggage. Just after the taxi pulled away from the Arrivals hall I belatedly realised that we were missing something. The stroller we’d checked at the gate hadn’t appeared when we exited the plane. We assumed it had […]

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Moving Day

There was little sleep the night before. Children and babies have an innate ability to know when there’s a tough day ahead and will do their utmost to ensure that you face it bleary-eyed with a sluggish mind. We rose early, but much later than planned. And we were off… running in circles trying to do […]

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Tipping Point

Life is a roller coaster they say (or maybe that’s just Ronan Keating). We’ve been trundling up and down on the emigration coaster for a while now. Visa applications are a fickle and painfully slow process with more downs than ups. Each delay leaves you feeling like the end of this ride will never be […]

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Education | Irish Life | Parenting | Stuff

The End of a (Preschool) Era

Almost four years ago I was at a coffee morning watching a mother weeping over the chances of getting her child into a decent primary school in September. During the ensuing conversation I was horrified to hear others stressing about secondary school options for their toddlers. This was a Thing To Worry About? Already?! And […]

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Playlist of My Life (Linky)

Here’s another linky that I couldn’t resist joining. It’s been a great excuse to take a break from the relentless packing. The opportunity to blast music from the past comes from Nicola over on SimplyHomemade and the prompt is simple – what’s the playlist of your life? Songs that have significance because we associate them with times […]

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Snapshot (Linky)

I live in a full and busy house at the moment with little time for reflection. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s going on as part of Awfully Chipper’s Snapshot Linky…   Listening to: Right now as I write this post it’s ‘Fall Into Me’ by Alev Lenz. I heard this track in the last episode […]

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Unstuck

Stuck. The feeling that life is passing you by as you wait for something to happen. Instead of living in the moment and enjoying what you have, you inevitably weigh each day by the progress (or lack of) towards that distant goal. You strive to kindle motivation only for it to be quenched by the sheer […]

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