New beginnings! A little progress update…

So I only went & had me a baby. Another one. That’ll be four so my work here is done.

Well except it isn’t really, is it? We all know that the work is an ongoing thing – but once we are making progress then that is enough to give us the will to carry on!!

4th born (now even for me writing that is weird!! – for the past 12 months here in my corner of cyberspace it has only been 1st, 2nd & 3rd born) arrived a week early without much drama. Thankfully!!!! 3rd borns entrance was ridiculously quick and chaotic so this time I had my waters broken and all was controlled.


Personally my experience in CUMH was nothing but positive. I have such admiration for people who do jobs that involve working with people who are going through life changing experiences – and in CUMH the staff see women give birth day in, day out but at the same time they made me feel like I was the only woman alive to have ever given birth before, for those few hours that I needed them to do that. My consultant, the midwives in the labor wards and up in the hospital wards after were all so attentive & made me feel at such ease with the whole daunting situation.

I do believe that a positive birth experience is paramount to your recovery. I certainly have recovered much quicker this time (both mentally & physically) than with no 3. And I really would attribute this to a) staying fit for the duration of my pregnancy and b) how 4th born’s birth was managed by the staff in CUMH. 3rd born’s arrival was a bit of a shocker, but hey……start as you mean to go!! DE-STRUC-TION.

And then we went home.

For now it’s just survival. Making it up as we go along. Freestylin’!!


Here are some home truths from my house:

  • Leaving the house for anything other than the school run is akin to my 23 year old self planning a holiday in South East Asia.
  • Having a shower is no mean feat and currently consists of a 5 minute splash in and out whilst wearing last summers favourite bikini top……..seriously girls……top tip….do you know how SORE shower jets feel on post bubba boobs?!!!
  • Witch Hazel is my NBF**
  • I wake up in a cold sweat at least twice a night – thank you breast feeding – the only time I remember sweating as much was when I spent a weekend in Singapore with my really good friends and I couldn’t work the A/C in my room & took to lying on the cool marble floor sans blankets in order to stay alive. And this was when I lived in Bangkok & therefore used to the heat. There was Moët involved though. It’ll be a while gurrrrrrl before a weekend like that is seen again!
  • I am constantly dressed like I used to dress the year I did the Leaving. To elaborate…….Uggs, trakkies, hoody, sweater. I know with the likes of Lululemon & every supermodel worth their salt wearing sportswear on the street, that gym wear is all the rage again but seriously……not this look. It hurts me to look at me……but it sure is comfy!
  • And finally dinner is either dropped in by FABULOUS friends or family, ordered over the phone, defrosted from the freezer (this is akin to a mid week grown up lucky dip as I label NOTHING) or reheated from the previous night. I have 2 words for any expectant mums out there. SLOW COOKER. Well it’s either that or TAKE AWAY!

** newest best friend

But would I change it? Not for all the tea in China. The sore boobs, jelly belly, dark circles, utter exhaustion, total chaos & complete hormonal drain out following 4th borns arrival will soon be forgotten. This too will pass. And the brain has a way of filtering out all that madness & retaining the happy memories we are creating as we go.

Now I just need someone to invent a way to capture that newborn baby smell off 4th born’s head. 3 weeks in and I reckon in another 3 that too will fade. And with it another phase of this fun ride that I call my life!

Yours, hoping to get her Sh*t together soon,

Cli xx


  1. Lucy Kearns
    October 21, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Congrats Cliona on ur new baby…I’m enjoying ur posts I have a 10 week old little girl called Olivia. I also have a 3 yr old girl Ava so it’s busy but delighted wit the 2 girls All the best in the weeks that follow!
    Lucy Kearns ( obrien)

    • October 27, 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Hi Lucy, oh congrats!!! Hope you are getting more sleep than me……. and we are getting very little so that wouldn’t be hard!! This is Lucy O’Brien from school, right? If so glad to hear from you!!!

  2. October 21, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    I’m glad you had such a great experience with CUMH and that the early days are going well! I loved the midwives in there, I was held captive for 5 weeks with pre-eclampsia and they were nothing but angels (the doctors are another story altogether but alls well that ends well!) Best of luck with your new bundle and the rest of the brood 🙂

    • October 27, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Hi Lisa, thanks for your note – but you poor thing being in there for 5 weeks. I’d have climbed the walls!!! Did you go cuckoo? I got lucky with my doctor – he is lovely. Onwards and upwards now as they say. Hope you are doing well now. I must have a look around your site now. Looking forward to that – thanks again !!!

  3. December 30, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    I’m soooo excited to have found your blog today! It’s such an inspiring and down-to-earth place. This post made me laugh out loud with your analogies… completely hilarious AND funny because it’s completely the truth. I’m the mother of 5 children and this brought back so many memories from when they were tiny. Now my youngest is 3 and so the breastfeeding and midnight feedings, hot sweats in the middle of the night and sore boobies has shifted into potty training and toy chaos. Sending so much love to you and your littles! What a beautiful adventure and your perspective on it is truly delightful! I’m excited to keep reading your blog! <3

    • January 14, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you for such a LOVELY comment!! It’s good to hear that life goes on with 5….but I’ll still stick to 4. Mind you I said that at 3 ha ha! x

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