It’s common to have mood swings in pregnancy. Our hormones are, not so literally, sprawled across the floor in a tangled mess that even the most expert of puzzle makers could unravel. We are the Christmas tree lights thrown into the bottom of the box when we said, “we’ll deal with that next year.” So far, fourteen weeks into this pregnancy, I’ve had very valid and legitimate reasons to cry. I’ve cried through the fear and the panic of thinking we were losing this baby. I’ve cried over the worry and anxiety of literally believing I had to try to hold this baby in. I know, a ridiculous thought, but that’s what it felt like. And yet, it seems, the last few weeks that I am able to open the flood gates for well… anything. And a second later, I want to sing from the rooftops my joy and excitement. A euphoria that inevitably comes crashing down. The ups and downs of pregnancy emotions can be difficult to deal with. Especially when those around you don’t understand or appreciate how much of a rollercoaster pregnancy is.
Unfortunately, it’s very easy for us to forget hardship, hurt, pain and suffering when we are surrounded by our Christmas decorations, our lists of food for the Christmas shop stuck to the fridge door, and the abundance of toys added weekly to our children’s Santa lists. But the reality is that Ireland is embedded in a housing crisis that is affecting our most vulnerable. Children. There are 6,709 people that Focus Ireland are aware of, who are homeless in Ireland. 2,426 of those are Children. Homeless. We can’t live like this anymore. Which is why I wanted to bring to your attention a campaign recently launched by Focus Ireland. Please read on and support our most vulnerable in society.
This week I had the pleasure of talking to Emma Mathews who is a freelance journalist and blogger. Emma is mum to one little boy and she shares her insight into parenting as a young mum, discussing the PPP – Perfect Pinterest Parent and following your child’s lead. Her positivity and love for her son is beautiful and I think we can all take a leaf out of Emma’s book.