Aisling O’Loughlin: “Going anywhere with the three of them has become impossible”
How does she do it?
On a recent trip to the supermarket (my favourite pastime), I bumped into an old school friend…WITH HER FOUR BOYS…UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN. Caps are necessary here as they were all by her side, nobody demanding chocolate, or chasing each other, not one of them screaming/shouting/squealing. And they were clean. Not a snotty nose between the four of them. It was a scene to behold.
I had brought the easy one, Joey, who’s content to be wheeled about, on a food collecting adventure. Going anywhere, bar the playground, with the three of them has become impossible or at least difficult and troublesome.
The last attempt was a trip to see the folks in Shannon, Co. Clare. We stopped at Obama Plaza for petrol and since leaving them in the car is suddenly a massive “no no” (what if they’re abducted? Who’s to blame?), I had to bring them all in to pay. This, by the way, is way more dangerous than leaving them in the car. By the time I’d paid for the petrol we were one down. Louis had, of course, disobeyed my stern warning and was out playing with traffic. A kind woman had his hand and was leading him back my way. Morto doesn’t cover it. Then Patrick needed the loo, Louis had opened a packet of Malteasers and Joey’s nose had started to run wildly, while I was trying to keep hold of him. He’s one heavy baby. Eventually, after much fuss, we were all back in the wagon and on the road again. My sorry conclusion, NEVER AGAIN.
Joey on tour
He’s only 11 months but so far, Joey and I have clocked up France, Gozo, Malta and most recently a trip to London together. He’s a mega travel companion, and thrilled to be on the move. On the Tube, Joey was on the hussle for EVERYONE’s attention. While the rest of the carriage was avoiding eye contact with the obligatory drunk, Joey was playing peekaboo and giggling at his jokes. This Spanish couple really won his affections, he was stretching his arms towards them so much, I had to give in. It was a beautiful moment. Joyful. Innocent. Their sons were all grown up so they were enjoying his Royal Squidginess.
It was good to be back in London, and in no great rush to be anywhere in particular. I was struck by the friendliness of the city and Londoners’ love of babies. Joey was in his element, stocking up on plenty of cuddle time with his aunty Caroline and being pushed around the parks and shops.
RAINY DAY CHIC
Georgia in Dublin has earned a strong reputation for stylish rainwear for cyclists. Now the cult brand has created the most adorable raincoats for little ones. The Eppie coat is 100 per cent waterproof (perfect for summer) and a-line in shape for crouching mischief. It has a detachable hood and reflective triangles down the back for visibility, for cycling or otherwise. Price €69, available from George and Milly in Castledermot, Co. Kildare.
How cute is this little number by Irish designer Leigh Tucker for Dunnes Stores? The Willow Perrie dress goes from ages one to 10 years and such is the quality, can be handed down for years to come. Price €35-€40, available in stores nationwide and online.
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