‘Tis the Time for Procrastination

It’s nearly Christmas. Everyone in this house is counting down the days. The Little Messers are counting down the days to Christmas Day morning, where the parents of the house are counting down the days to 5pm on Friday the 23rd. It’s about time, I’ve been ready for the holidays for the last three weeks.

A lot has happened this year, like every year I suppose. We had a fantastic summer. First I went to Helsinki (on my own!) for a couple of days in May. Then we had our family holiday trip to Cascais in the beginning of June and once the schools were over, myself and the Little Messers took off to Finland for five whole weeks (a few memories here , here and here). So the first half of the year was great. Then we were back to school and back to the routine. I started teaching Zumba and Fitness classes again and really, really enjoyed it. I have two classes a week now and I have to say I love it.
It wasn’t until towards the mid-term break at the end of October when the other news started coming in. The first one was our childminder getting a job at a Montessori, of which I truly am happy for her, but it naturally gave us a bit of a headache. So what now? Are we getting a new childminder? Will we put the kids to an after school club? Then one evening during mid-term break, I get a text telling me that Missy Messer’s Montessori has closed down. As of now. In the end, we got all that sorted. We found a new Montessori for Missy Messer the following day and I’m taking some parental days to cover some of the afternoons. It’s not easy, but I think it’s the best option for now. I mean, work doesn’t stop if I take an afternoon off so naturally, I have a mailbox full of stuff the next morning… Some afternoons I just have to work from home (with the kids around) as the deadlines aren’t moving just because I happen to be (technically) off that afternoon.

I sometimes wonder if I’m just making more work for myself for no reason. Should I just pay for the after school club and get them to do the school run too. Imagine, I could sit down and have lunch in work without rushing around to make sure I’m at the school in time! Or juggling meeting requests that pop into my diary for the exact time when I’m running between work, Mr Messer’s school and Missy Messer’s Montessori. Why not just do what most people do, go to work in the morning and come back home in the evening without the shenanigans in between… But then again, I love doing the school pickup. Even if it’s a bit messy at times. It’s a great time to have a little chat with them to find out how they are doing in school. You hear a lot of stories from them about their day and you also get to know the other parents a little bit, which is handy for play dates and the rest.

I also do prefer the two of them being at home at least some of the afternoons as they can relax at home if they’re tired after school. I can see the two of them getting tired now closer to Christmas and they also need the break. It’s also nice to have a couple of afternoons with them where we can go and do things together. The two of them love going for walks in the park just as the sun is setting and it’s getting a little bit darker. We usually go out when it’s starting to get dark and by the time we’re halfway through our 40min loop, it’s really dark and they find it quite exciting. And what a way for me to clear the head after a busy day too!

It’s that holy grail of balance that we are all trying to find. Even still I sometimes go back to thinking, would it not be easier if I found a job that I could only do when the kids are in school, complemented with the couple of weekly classes I teach in the evenings. But what would that job be? Unfortunately, the corporate world doesn’t seem to work that way. Well, at least not in my current job as the work just keeps piling up and then I get stressed about it! I find myself thinking about this time and again. Sometimes I think I should just keep plodding along, they’re not small forever and soon enough they can be at home on their own too. Other times I think I should just do something about it rather than think, think, think. Just make a plan and start working towards a goal, one step at a time. And then I realise I’m too tired to do anything extra so I just plonk myself on the couch and put on another superhero movie. Tomorrow. I will do that tomorrow.

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#TBT: Bump to Baby – Missy Messer

It’s Thursday and time to look at Missy Messer’s journey from Bump to Baby. As it happens, the pictures are plenty with the first one and usually not so much with the second one… It was a bit harder to hunt down these pictures, there wasn’t a folder called “Bump no. 2” anywhere!

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Week 22

The mandatory Facebook announcement picture, nice and compact even though it felt like the bump was massive from the start!

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Week 29

Well the Bump is definitely out now. This time I around I also had a Little Messer to pose with!

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Week 31

Looking back at the pictures, the Bump seems smaller than what I remember thinking back then! And what’s with the hair..??

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Week 34

Coming out nicely, Missy Messer has not turned around yet..

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Week 36

What a difference two weeks make! She was also very active in there, just not turning around. Still breech.

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Week 37

The beach ball effect… And still breech, no sign of turning and the space is getting smaller and smaller.

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Two weeks before she was born…

This is the last picture of the Bump, a family portrait! Oh well.. She never turned around, not even when the nurses tried to manhandle her around. So after a nice and relaxed c-section, here is our bundle of love:

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Missy Messer only 30mins old!

Adventures and Excitement

It’s a weekend filled with adventures and excitement. Today we decided to “climb a mountain” and took off to Killiney Hill between the showers. I know, it’s not exactly a mountain, but it was good enough for us. 

Why take the path when there’s an adventure track right beside it?!

We go to Killiney Hill every so often. It’s a great spot with handy parking, forest paths, amazing views and let’s not forget the playground and tea rooms! It’s perfect for a little adventure. 

And the excitement? One more sleep until we take off to Finland for five weeks!! Me and the kids for the first three weeks and then Daddy Messer will join us for the last two weeks. I can’t wait!!

To the Obelisk!!

#TBT: Bump to Baby – Mr Messer

Since Mr Messer was born, I’ve been thinking about doing a yearly photo book for the kids, but somehow life is always too busy and I haven’t done much about it. I think I have managed to complete one that covers Mr Messer’s first year… I started the blog with the idea of capturing the moments in our life as they happen so that we can go back in years to come and read all the memories here. So one afternoon while I was thinking about the yearly photo books (again…), I got this brilliant idea of doing a Throwback Thursday -type of series here on the blog instead. I do have quite a bit of catching up to do so I better get started! Mr Messer first, let’s start with the journey from Bump to Baby.

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Around week 21

That was the picture we used to announce the news to the world of Facebook. It was getting slightly difficult to cover the Bump in the office. Scarves and cardigans were a godsend!

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Week 29

Eight weeks later and there’s no hiding anymore. I remember that tunic, it was my favourite. After Mr Messer was born too…

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Week 31

Still out and about, a weekend stroll in Phoenix Park. Very little did we know how the weekend outings would change in the months to come.

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Week 36

Five weeks later, it looks like I’ve swallowed a beach ball. The beginning of the summer that year was actually quite nice and warm. My ankles noticed that too…

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Week 38

The last visit to granny and grandad to be. On maternity leave now, how exciting!!

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Week 39

Ok, time to come out now… I can’t sleep or put my shoes on anymore!

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Week 40

ONE DAY BEFORE THE LITTLE MAN WAS BORN. The Bump was huge… I got a good few comments about it towards the end. People were asking if I was sure I wasn’t expecting twins!

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And there he is, one small package of pure cuteness!

Junior Infants: Mission Completed!

I am so proud of my little man I might burst! First off, I can’t believe he only has five days of Junior Infants left, then it’s summer holidays and Senior Infants in September. Where did that year go? Only a little over a year ago, I went back to work and Mr Messer had his very first visit to his new school to meet his Junior Infants teacher and classmates. I remember looking at him in the classroom, thinking he looked so small… And now he’s nearly finished his first year in big school and I can’t help but wonder where did all those months disappear to.

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But onto the being a super proud mummy, he got his end of year school progress report yesterday. Mind you, it was only found in his school bag this morning! Top marks on everything, but that’s not what makes me so proud. I knew that, academically speaking, he’s doing great. What made me most proud, was to read how the teachers were describing him as a boy. And his enthusiasm to learn about the world around him.

Cian displays a keen interest in the world around him. He enjoys learning new facts and information through History, Geography and Science.

Well done my little man, you make me so proud every day!