Being Momma Bear has changed me. I’ve changed drastically and dramatically and for the better. We grow up, drag ourselves in to the world of adulthood and expect nothing. For some people things don’t change. They blend from one decade to the next with the same ideals and shoes. Others change quickly, become bigger, better versions of their younger selves. And then there are new parents. The change is sudden and immense. The growing up and learning is vast. Parenthood is like an affliction that changes the internal mechanisms of your body and brain – in a positive yet frightfully severe way. Has parenthood changed you?
When I became pregnant, I decided I didn’t want to put updates on the blog at 12, 16, 20 weeks and so on. I imagine no one is particularly interested in reading how I’m getting on with this pregnancy on a weekly, fortnightly or even monthly basis. And if you are interested, you can hop over to my post Why I Hate Being Pregnant to see how awesome it is in all its utter nauseating glory. Why I Hate Being Pregnant pretty much sums it all up! Besides that, our pregnancy announcement became a little obscured with the issues I had in November, so I’ve been tentative about writing too much about my pregnancy. We’re now halfway there, at 20 weeks, and had the Big Scan last Tuesday. It’s an important and exciting day in any pregnancy because we get to see our baby as close up as possible and in detail for the first time. I’ve had five scans in total this pregnancy since they were keeping a close eye on us, but the Big Scan really allows you to say hello to your impending arrival. And, yep, we found out the sex!
This week we have an award winning blogger joining us for In Conversation With. I was very pleased to meet Lisa at the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards in September after having chatted with her on email and twitter over the last couple of months. And even more over the moon when she won Silver and Bronze for her amazing blog The Irish Baby Fairy. As a midwife, Lisa has an inherent and natural inside knowledge of the world of pregnancy and birth. I was delighted when Lisa wanted to feature on In Conversation With because not only is she a lovely person, and everyone should meet her, but she also has some brilliant advise.
A has finally discovered Christmas! At almost three years old, she understands who Santa is and what happens with all the presents. It’s probably due to the fact that she has been watching The Santa Clause on constant loop since July. Since them, Papa Bear and I have repeatedly burnt the turkey like Scott Calvin and had dinner in Dennys. We’ve ridden in make shift sleighs and had countless hot chocolates. It’s lucky that we adore Christmas too so this type of play never gets old! Last week A gave her Great Aunt a pen and paper and asked her to write down what she said. It went something like this: Dear Santa, my name is A. I would like a bike, a doll, an aeroplane, a guitar, a dress like Rainbow Dash, a batman belt, a blind bag and a squishy pop. I actually couldn’t wait for the day she asked to write her Santa letter and I’ll admit my heart broke a little because I was in work and not there to help her tell Santa how good she has been all year. But it’s exciting none the less and I now have to start a bartering system with good old Saint Nick. Along my travels on Etsy to find some amazing handcrafted Irish stores to introduce you to in my upcoming Christmas Gift Guide, I came across Matilda’s World 15. Cute and adorable were the first two words that popped into my head. And I’ll be directing the big man their way to tick some items off A’s list!
Quite a surprising thing happened to me on Tuesday in the early afternoon. An email zipped into my inbox from the organisers of the Realex Web Awards, dropping the bombshell that I was a finalist in the awards. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting this in the slightest and thought that my days of attending award ceremonies were over and done with for this year. But nope, not just yet. The Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards, two weeks ago, was great fun. I anticipated it with excitement and, I’ll admit, slight anxiety since it was my first Blogger event and as a finalist no less. Papa Bear came along with me and we made a night of it, booking a hotel, revelling in the incredible acrobatics of the Circus and picking little miss up at 11am the next morning. This time, I wasn’t following the announcements for the Realex Web Awards and missed that I was a finalist. The Awards were thrown on me a day before the Ceremony. Yep, a day before! The event was last night, in Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre. Since it was all very last minute, juggling work, babysitters and life in general, I pretty much figured it was out of the question for me to attend. I had almost resigned myself to missing the night until Papa Bear encouraged me to go if I could get a date. A date? But of course, there was only one person to ask. I was absolutely delighted that my Mum was happy to be my arm candy for the night.
Have you met Tasha from Cookie Crumbs yet? I love, love, love Tasha’s blog. As she says herself, her blog is the musings of a wife, mother and ever evolving creative soul. Beautiful! Her About page is worth a read alone as herself and her husband toiled with the idea of moving home, all with the best intentions for their daughter. The move was not just down the road but from New York to Iowa and that, I believe, takes a huge amount of strength and courage. Tasha writes absolutely beautifully about her family and includes some hard hitting subjects like infertility and whether to be a Working Mom or SAHM. The first post I ever read from Tasha was The Day My Daughter Said “Mommy I Miss You” I won’t tell you what it’s about, all I’ll say is, read it. Find out about Tasha’s hopes and dreams for her daughter and her fears as a Mum in our conversation.
The first thought I had when I decided to attend the Irish Blogger Agency launch on the 25th of September was Frick, I better pluck my eyebrows! This was to be one of my first blogger networking events, and there would be fashion bloggers at it. Fashion Bloggers!! I have chatted with plenty of fashion bloggers since I started Over Heaven’s Hill and they are absolutely lovely people but boy do they send me into a cold sweat. Especially, if I am going to be in a room full of them. You see, I’m not the most fashion conscious person. I am by no means fashionable, up to date or on trend. The best I can come up with, as far as the fashion stakes go, are skinny jeans – which I pray will forever be in fashion because I’m not sure I could go back to the baggy jeans days of the noughties. Let’s face it, I’m a Mommy Blogger and we’re not exactly the coolest bloggers in town. But I know, through my pregnancy, that I’d have been lost without the numerous parenting blogs I read. Those nine months and that first year of fighting through teething was hard. I struggled and barely knew what the hell I was doing as I learnt about my new life as a mum. Parent bloggers – their advice, their happy moments and their torturous hard days – said one very important thing to me, “you’re not alone.”
Yikes! I am the worst at DIY. I have been known to take quite a lot of short cuts when it comes to those small and annoying jobs that need doing. I own three hammers, a wicker basket with miscellaneous nails, screws and what nots. Let’s be honest, I really shouldn’t go anywhere near my DIY stash and just wait for the handyman. I can hang pictures, decorate superbly well. I’m all about the feng shui (… I’m not. I place furniture at angles and misuse space but it’s my space and I love it). I’m pretty nifty with a paint brush and a wad of sand paper. The fun stuff, if you ask me. So needless to say, when something goes awry, it’s usually left on the long finger until we have enough jobs worthy of our handymans time! Since we moved into our country bungalow last year there are plenty of little itty bitty jobs that annoy me. They need to be fixed but are too small to get someone in and too annoying for us. The list keeps getting longer. This weekend I managed to tick a few things off the list with Sugru. What’s Sugru you ask. Well, oh me, oh my, it’s a mouldable glue that even I can’t mess up! Read on for our review and a giveaway…
I’ve been blogging a month now! One whole month! Whoop Whoop Holla, Yayy me! Enough hooting my own horn, let me tell you that this has been one big old steep hill of a learning curve… curve? Mountain, no, try, about to erupt volcano! Gigantic slippery glacier! Am I being dramatic? I don’t think so and I’m sure there are a hundred bloggers nodding their heads saying “Oh baby, yep you’re right.” But I’ve uncovered some blogging tips along the way which I’d like to share with you.