Comparison the Thief of all Joy?

Why? Oh why,do we compare our babies? As a new mum,I’ve become so aware of the milestones and the box ticking that goes on with a new baby,especially in the first year. A lot of this is fuelled,and rightly so in the right context,by our health system. In the beginning it puts amazing pressure on you, weights, ounces, solids, hand eye coordination, clapping hands, smiling, sitting, farting…Lord you name it they’ve an “appropriate”age for it! This pressure wore off me in the later six months when Ned was well weaned, a big boy to say the least and content in my eyes. But I know many of my friends continued to feel the pressure for so many things and so many aspects of raising their little baby. Often,purely fuelled by comparison!

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Pupp Pup and Away…. A dogs life in Ireland!

How is it possible that little Mulligan has turned four. She was once just a thought and then a reality and then hard work!! Now she’s family!

After a lifetime of being an animal lover and four years a dog owner in Ireland, I’m always searching for a dog friendly day out or venue. Unfortunately our country seems to fall short in obliging facilities. Whilst many don’t boast to be dog friendly yet are perfectly fine and welcoming, if you do chance your arm, others are comically and dramatically against any four legged friend near their premises. This attitude amuses me no end and disappoints,as I can safely say Mulligan is cleaner and better behaved than Ned! There is even a Manor House Cafe, on the grounds of one of the most popular dog walking areas locally,that won’t allow dogs in the cafe courtyard not to mention inside the door. Continue reading

Top Dog Gifts For The Toddling Dog Enthusiast!

Ned was so fortunate to receive some great dog related gifts this year. We’re one of those families that when you see something dachshund related you alert us immediately or purchase for the next birthday or Christmas. We’re dog mad and we don’t care who knows it! Links to all the following products can be found on my Instagram @deehollhan and video footage in my insta-stories. Continue reading

All good things must come to an end…..

And with that she was gone again and took Christmas with her. My sisters arrival was most certainly not an anticlimax. It made Christmas 2016 special. All the shopping , stressing and prepping was worth it. Ned had the best week, enjoying every hug and every second of attention. It showed its self in new words, new games, never-ending smiles and frequent kisses and cuddles. He loves his Aunt and impressively even after months knew who she was and more importantly what she was. A VIP! Continue reading

The Beginning

Always best to say a little bit about yourself when entering a new group, community, world, planet! Well social media and motherhood are a new world to me and both came together in the same year. I’m enjoying both, making plenty of mistakes regularly but succeeding daily too. I was born and raised in County Limerick and did a degree in Intellectual Disability Nursing in The University of Limerick. I went straight from there to The University of Swansea and completed a masters in Applied behaviour Analysis (ABA). Continue reading