EmmaKelly's Blog

In many families, there are Easter traditions that are observed every year. It might be parlour games, a walk in the park, or Sunday lunch in the cosy, local pub. Whatever it is, we all enjoy taking the time out after the long gruelling winter to be able to spend time with family and friends. Of course, Easter is first and foremost a religious celebration, but my kids aren’t quite ready yet to...
Last updated: 22/03/2017 by EmmaKelly
The warnings of my childhood dentist were literally ringing in my head. Why? Because, after years of sloppy, lazy dental hygiene, I was finally facing root canal treatment. Terrified doesn’t really come close to describing how I felt as I drove from work last Monday afternoon to the dentist – it was as though my car was doing the driving for me, forcing me to get out and walk on wobbly legs...
Last updated: 07/03/2017 by EmmaKelly
It’s been a bit crazy in our house recently. And I think it has something to do with my son having a bit of a leap forward in his development, and basically beginning to assert himself a little more. He was always quite good with vocabulary and speech for his age, but there’s been a huge push forward in him recently, and he’s graduated to full sentences, questions and interaction. It’s...
Last updated: 24/01/2017 by EmmaKelly
I’m sure you’re all looking forward to celebrating Christmas just as much as I am. That cozy feeling, the glittering lights on the tree, mince pies, that cheeky little Baileys you can sip before lunch (when else could get away with it?) and seeing the joy and delight on your children’s faces as they soak up the excitement and blessings that Christmas day brings. It can, however, be...
Last updated: 21/12/2016 by EmmaKelly
It has finally happened. I’m now going to be almost €200 a year better off. No, its not a pay rise. I haven’t won the lottery either (I wish!). The €200 quid a year is simply the wonderful silver lining of my daughter finally having a totally dry night! I genuinely thought it would never happen. I’ve come to learn - since I had my son - that every child is an entirely different set of...
Last updated: 16/11/2016 by EmmaKelly
Every year I think I get more excited than the kids about Halloween - I’ve got the costumes all ready to go. Sadly, I couldn’t convince them all (namely the other half) to agree to being Mary Poppins, Bert and the kids, but they’ve all chosen who they’d like to dress up as and the excitement is building. We’ve also got our spooky decorations up in the house – any excuse to get in the...
Last updated: 20/10/2016 by EmmaKelly
It’s hard to believe that the tiny baby you bring into the world will one day grow up and need you less and less. And we began to have a little taste of that recently, when my daughter started school. I think I’m kind of still in shock about it, actually. One minute she was a teeny, red-faced little infant, and what seems like two minutes later she’s trotting off in her uniform with her...
Last updated: 21/09/2016 by EmmaKelly
I used to be one of ‘those mums’. You know, the ones that said things like: “Oh, your little one has a dummy? My daughter never needed one, actually.” And I really, truthfully and most genuinely hate myself for ever uttering those judgemental, patronising words to a fellow mum-in-arms. Who was I to judge? My whole sentiment implied that she must not be good at comforting her child if a...
Last updated: 30/08/2016 by EmmaKelly
So it’s about to begin. Again. Not sure how I feel about it this time around. It’s that time that most parents simultaneously dread and anticipate with a little excitement. Is it that first night away as a couple? No. Is it the toddler sleeping all night? Nope (although that would be extremely welcome!) It’s actually those two little words: potty training. But of course there’s a twist...
Last updated: 26/07/2016 by EmmaKelly
A lot has been happening in our little corner of the world recently. We’ve had birthday celebrations, primary school acceptances and transitions from cot to bed. It’s all systems go, really. But to be fair, when isn’t it? To start with, I (for the first time) had to organise and arrange a ‘proper’ kids' birthday party – you know, the kind that involves booking a soft play area...
Last updated: 23/06/2016 by EmmaKelly
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