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Maria is a local blogger who writes about her own adventures & misadventures as a Thoroughly Modern Mammy.

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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Bump-shaming 3 days ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Bump-shaming

By  •  Mammy

Yes.  I’m saying it.

Stop body-shaming bumps. Body Shaming happens to all women, of all ages, of all shapes and sizes, all the time…EVEN, believe it or not, during Pregnancy. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Royal No No 1 week ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Royal No No

By  •  Mammy

So the royal family is expecting another Baby.

Good for them.  

I’m as happy for Kate as I would be to hear of ANY pregnancy, but Holy Gemima, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Parenting life-hacks 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Parenting life-hacks

By  •  Mammy

So we have survived the first week of normality and reality with everyone back to School, Childcare and work.  

I don’t know how you other Mammies are feeling this …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Drying your Hair 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Drying your Hair

By  •  Mammy

I wanted to write to all the Mammies and Daddies whose little people are starting school this week.

I waited for the words to come, and then realised I had …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Flying with wobblers 1 month ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Flying with wobblers

By  •  Mammy

Flying solo with Wobblers.

Yes I know that the school holidays are nearly over, but with schools reopening and prices dropping drastically, lots of families with Wobblers are still looking …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Things people say to Pregnant Mammies 1 month ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Things people say to Pregnant Mammies

By  •  Mammy

Rational thinking goes out the window the second a pregnancy test indicates a positive result.  

Logic goes with it.

They are replaced by panic and worry and fear.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  You will you know? 1 month ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – You will you know?

By  •  Mammy

You will , you know!

 

“Everyone is the perfect parent…until they have children.”

 

Who said this first? I have no idea.

Who says it now? …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Captain of my Ship 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Captain of my Ship

By  •  Mammy

As parents, we are often afraid to say or type what we are really thinking or feeling, incase it comes across as silly or unreasonable.  We are afraid of being …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Mind yer language! 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Mind yer language!

By  •  Mammy

​I say “we” to include ALL of the members of my family who sometimes swear; you know? Me, The Him… Mini-Me…

In the past few weeks, little Miss Moral Knickers …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – It’s time to take the compliment Mammy 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – It’s time to take the compliment Mammy

By  •  Mammy

“Your daughter is beautiful.”   Aw she is, isn’t she? Thank you.

“I love her coat.”  I know, isn’t it gorgeous?

“Your son is so funny.”   Yeah, he cracks me up.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some things never change 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some things never change

By  •  Mammy

Mini-Me is going through a phase of bad-eating. She’d happily live on pancakes and yoghurt at the minute. I’m blaming the summer holidays and the general lack of routine, but …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My top 7 things to do with my Minions 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My top 7 things to do with my Minions

By  •  Mammy

Summer.

It’s here.  And with summer, comes school holidays: when routine goes out the window, the fridge seems to have permanent bums waggling out of it, and we find ourselves …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Sleep Dance 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Sleep Dance

By  •  Mammy

I love to dance. I’ve been dancing since I could walk. I’ve danced on stages and I’ve even choreographed a few shows.

My favourite dance since becoming a Mammy, is …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Happy Father’s Day 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Happy Father’s Day

By  •  Mammy

This column was harder to write than I had anticipated.

Why?

Because no matter what angle I approached it from, I found myself anticipating the negative comments from other people.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Another to-do list for first time Mammies 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Another to-do list for first time Mammies

By  •  Mammy

You’re expecting your first little minion.  Congratulations lovely.

I hope you’re feeling great and that Bump is behaving.  I’m sure that no matter how far on you are right now, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Perks of the Job 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Perks of the Job

By  •  Mammy

What are the best things about being a Mammy?

I know that I usually discuss the trials and troubles of parenthood.

Why is that?

Why do I (and other …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Past, Present, and Future 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Past, Present, and Future

By  •  Mammy

In a week in which our news feeds and minds were filled with tragedy, both at home and overseas, many of us are more emotional than usual.  Well, I certainly …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Fishfingers and Solidaritea 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Fishfingers and Solidaritea

By  •  Mammy

Right. Let’s get it said…

#fishfingers

This week caused thousands of Mammies in the UK and Ireland to post images of fishfingers and wine or gin, accompanied with defiant and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Should we stay or should we go? 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Should we stay or should we go?

By  •  Mammy

Summer Holidays are fast approaching…YAY!

And so the parenting forums are full of questions about the best places to holiday, the essentials list of packing for a family, tips and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The “Check your child’s hair” note… 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The “Check your child’s hair” note…

By  •  Mammy

Lice.

Dirty rotten little buggers.

How many of you are scratching your head already?

Even thinking about them has me ripping the skin off my scalp.  We got the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  All the stuff… a poem 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – All the stuff… a poem

By  •  Mammy

This week on the blog, I ran a series called “I am some things the Baby Books forgot to mention” Mum.

Read them here www.facebook.com/the.s.mum

One of the biggest changes new …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – What you really need in your hospital bag 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – What you really need in your hospital bag

By  •  Mammy

The Hospital Bag.

The one thing that is a complete nightmare for first time expectant Mums…and every expectant Mum regardless of how many times they’ve packed one!

 

By …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Driving Miss Daisy 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Driving Miss Daisy

By  •  Mammy

Happy Easter Ladybelles!

For many of us, Easter is a time for family holidays or visiting relatives. This week, we drove from Letterkenny to Skibbereen in Cork.

We all …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – “One word from me…” 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – “One word from me…”

By  •  Mammy

“One word from me, and they do what they want.”

I’ve often heard my own Daddy say this, but I never really understood it until I had my own minions. …
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I am Section Mum 6 months ago

I am Section Mum

By  •  Mammy

Magazine and Slabberloid Headlines last week were announcing the arrival of a Baby boy for Cheryl and Liam.  How lovely.

The “news” was quick to inform us that Cheryl had …
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The Inner Monologue of a Thoroughly Modern Mamma 6 months ago

The Inner Monologue of a Thoroughly Modern Mamma

By  •  Mammy

It’s Mother’s Day.

You know the day when you got to lie on in your bed, where you slept soundly until you were awoken by your already bathed, dressed and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  Silly Smug Me 6 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Silly Smug Me

By  •  Mammy

1. Deciding that of course I can wear heels to Mammy:

“I used to wear heels all the time” says inner BC-Mammy. (BC=Before Children).  “Of course I should still be able to …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Letter to my Girls 6 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Letter to my Girls

By  •  Mammy

My Darling Mini-Me..

You stopped me in my tracks this morning. I walked past your bedroom door. You were standing in front of your mirror, brushing your hair, with your …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Standing by your bed 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Standing by your bed

By  •  Mammy

To say that parenthood is an emotional roller coaster is a HUGE understatement.

It’s like someone has put every emotion you could possibly feel into a bottle, topped it up …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy is Off to See the Wizard 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy is Off to See the Wizard

By  •  Mammy

In 2004, I took my little brother and sister to audition for the Letterkenny Musical Society’s ‘Sound of Music’. Both got parts as 2 of the 7 kids, and somehow, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Enjoy it while you can 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Enjoy it while you can

By  •  Mammy

Phases and Stages.

Oh how we Mammies LOVE our milestones.

Smiling, drooling, teething, creeping, rolling over, sleeping all night, crawling, standing, first words, first steps etc, etc, etc.  We love …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Valentine me 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Valentine me

By  •  Mammy

What do you want for Valentine’s Day?

A card? Flowers? Heart-shaped chocolates in a heart shaped box? Champers?

Well. I’m not really a Valentine’s fan.

 

Honestly, it’s just …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy talks Thoroughly Modern Daddies 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy talks Thoroughly Modern Daddies

By  •  Mammy

After my recent article on loneliness, I had more than a few Mums contact me.  Some simply said they enjoyed the piece.  Some admitted to being lonely in a busy …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Thoroughly Feeling Old 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Thoroughly Feeling Old

By  •  Mammy

This weekend, Thoroughly Modern Mammy is Thoroughly Feeling Old.

Yesterday, my baby sister turned 18.

The BABY of the family is now an adult.  I’m not sure WHY her birthday …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Bringing Baby Home 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Bringing Baby Home

By  •  Mammy

Bringing Baby home is exciting and frightening in equal measure.  

Things I wish someone had told me:

 1) There’s no place like home.

Going home is …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Find your Mamma Squad 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Find your Mamma Squad

By  •  Mammy

From the second your child is put into your arms, whether at birth or adoption, you are a Mamma.  You are no longer JUST you.

From now on, you’re a …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Make the last day of the Christmas holidays count 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Make the last day of the Christmas holidays count

By  •  Mammy

It’s the last day of the school holidays. How are you spending it? If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering where the hell the uniforms are and how you’re going …
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Happy New Year Ladybelles 9 months ago

Happy New Year Ladybelles

By  •  Mammy

New Year, New You?

Rubbish.

You’re already FABLIS just as you are.

We don’t NEED to change things, or buy products or fads, or start things just because it’s …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Christmas: the Musical 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Christmas: the Musical

By  •  Mammy

Christmas.

It’s finally here. The big one. What we’ve been working towards. The performance. The show.

Christmas is like putting together a musical: you decide on the show, get …
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Six realistic rules for mammies at Christmas 9 months ago

Six realistic rules for mammies at Christmas

By  •  Mammy

I just spent half an hour reading articles and blogs on “How to Survive Christmas” and “Top tips for Mums at Christmas”… and ooooooh how I giggled.  

It’s true …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Colour and Ducks 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Colour and Ducks

By  •  Mammy

“Your eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing. I want to fill it with color and ducks, the zoo of the new.”

As an English teacher, I find that some …
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Suds and Sauvignon 10 months ago

Suds and Sauvignon

By  •  Mammy

Don’t you just love to have Bubble Baths?

Every so often, I leave The Him to deal with the baby monitor, disappear into the bathroom, (remove all the toys from …
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Am I a good mammy? 10 months ago

Am I a good mammy?

By  •  Mammy

Life is one big learning curve.

Motherhood is the biggest one of all.

Actually, it’s more a “Learning Circle” than a curve really isn’t it? Because a curve has an …
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S-Mum is a Thoroughly Modern Mammy 10 months ago

S-Mum is a Thoroughly Modern Mammy

By  •  Mammy

Want to know the Secrets of S-Mum?

Well.

The secret is…

THERE IS NO SECRET! There IS NO MAGIC PILL that turns you into a Practically Perfect in Every way …
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