So I decided to take some time and look back on all the years with our eldest 'baby', 20 now!
Here's Síomha as a baby, I couldn't have been more excited about being pregnant, I remember rushing off to buy baby clothes the minute I heard the news and I couldn't wait to tell Mark who was at the cinema with a friend. When she finally arrived with a big mop of black hair, it was love at first sight.
That's not to diminish how hard I found being a new mum - I didn't have any friends with children or a particularly 'maternal' mother so I was at sea altogether and obsessed with getting everything right and reading every parenting book available, basically setting myself up to fail.
|Siomha in Dunmore East|
We moved to Kildare after a little bit of time living in Clondalkin - Síomha went to a Steiner Kindergarten in Tallaght run by the wonderful Marie McCarthy and was also taught by Solvje and it was a whole world of loveliness and a place I was very happy for her to be.
|Siomha in France|
Above pic is Síomha in France, we had many lovely holidays there with my parents. I remember one year going home asking Síomha what her favourite part of the holiday was? She said 'the cows' :)
|Síomha Donegal 08|
|Síomha Kerry 09|
|Síomha Russborough House|
Having negotiated through the worst of the teens, things started to improve ;)
|Daddy & Síomha Tree Climbing|
|Mark, Izzy & Síomhs in London|
|Siomha & Izzy Christmas Day 08|
Siomha developed an amazing singing voice, something that has always seemed astonishing to me as I can't sing a note!
|Síomha & Izzy London|
|Síomha & Izzy London Park|
She finished school, looked gorgeous at her debs, did an art portfolio at Conleth's College in Newbridge..
|Síomha Graduation Conleth's|