Pregnancy for me was a dark time – Mabel arrived late one Spring evening and although she was ten days early, she was just perfect. I remember looking up at my husband upon hearing her cries and saying – it’s over – meaning the pregnancy. But it was really just beginning. The girl of my dreams was finally here. One of the lines from my favourite song Galileo by Declan O’Rourke always makes me think of Mabel – “Who dreamt up someone so divine, someone like you and made them mine?”
Throughout my pregnancy I was just so convinced that I was having a boy. I had it so built up in my head that I was having a boy that when I woke up from my general anaesthetic and I was told that I had a beautiful little girl, I didn’t actually believe the midwives or my husband and I started shouting at him as to why my little boy was wearing a pink hat. I just started to cry so hard. Emie-Rose is everything to me. She has changed me. She has created a new kind of fire in me. I often just look at her, this perfect tiny human, and say thank you out loud.
I was yours before I knew, and you have always been mine too,
Bonnets | Guadalupe Creations
Images by Sarah Blake Photography
Some days we surprise ourselves and we feel like we can handle anything that is thrown at us and we are on top of the world and then there are weeks like this week when both of us feel that everything is just hard-going and we wanted to constantly run away and hide in our sanctuary – the toilet. We feel stressed. The never-ending daily demands. The constant and over-whelming mama guilt about every little thing imaginable. The explosive teething poos at the supermarket. The pureé-ing of sweet potato that gets spat back at you. The mountains of washing. The empty fridge despite feeling like you are at the supermarket all the time. Small every day things that most days wouldn’t bother us but at times can make us so bothered and cranky. The simplest of things can make life feel over-whelming whether you’re working or not, a mama or not, a business owner or not but simply a human-being.
Images by Magda Lukas Photography
Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns. Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything? When life was so full of innocence, so full of adventure & so full of dreams. When summers were spent outdoors and marked by bumps and bruises from climbing trees and running wild. A time before iPads and iPhones ever existed. Before technology took over.
We gathered some amazing women – real-life and insta-friends – together to chat over mini scones and coffees last weekend in one of our favourite cafes – The Old Blarney Post Office. Bonus: There’s a little garden out the back for the kids to run around. It turned out to be a scorcher of a day so the sun cream was continuously slathered on and the wasps were being whacked away all morning. It was so heart-warming to see our little ones playing together as if they knew each other all of their lives. The beauty of childhood. Our pal Cathy so kindly took some photos of the gang.
It’s important to us to connect people especially other mothers out there doing their thang with this platform so we were delighted to hear everyone talking about the different projects they are working on and exchanging phone numbers and Snapchat usernames.
These mama meet-ups will be a huge part of what we do with Dreaming Always. If you would like to be a part of them, please do send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been so humbled with all the positive vibes sent our way since we launched our website so thank you all so much.
Images by Cathy O’Donoghue
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for everything. Unfortunately, we are mamas. We don’t get to sleep. So we just laugh a lot.
We have very similar taste in just about everything – clothes, interiors, food, gin, people… We often buy the same thing without knowing it but end up styling it so differently. One sleep-deprived day we got a notion to include a style section on this website. We are not fashion bloggers (Nessa might have been one in a previous life) nor are we trying to keep up with the latest trends. Our goal for these style posts is to create similar looks from two different perspectives.
We didn’t stop laughing during this shoot with Magda Lukas. We felt totally ridiculous and wondered how we thought it might be a good idea to shoot discretely next to the entrance to Blarney Castle in the middle of tourist season. We hang out at this little cafe a lot though – the old blarney post office – and thought it would be a good idea to bring our favourite places into our shoots. We are working on our nonchalance for the next one.
Dresses | Zara
Images by Magda Lukas Photography
Every family has a story to tell. Family is forever.
Leona had a family photo-shoot done to celebrate the arrival of her second baby, Mabel, with her husband and little boy Archie. We both just adore the photos shot by Naomi Kamat.
“The morning of the shoot I very nearly canceled. Mabel was 9 weeks old and the round the clock feeding and sleep deprivation had taken its toll, my incredibly camera shy husband didn’t want to be in any shots and Archie was hyper. Why did I draw this on myself? I dragged myself into the shower and before I knew it Naomi was at the door. I didn’t have time to put on a truck load of makeup or even dry my hair. I was worried we would look all over the place which was in all honesty the reality. I shouldn’t have worried because Naomi was amazing. She sat and drank tea with us, picking up her camera every now and then to take discreet shots. She made Archie feel at ease and caught the most precious candid moments between him and my husband that he just loves. It shows how much motherhood changes you when you look at a photo of yourself and instead of being critical of how you look you see beyond that and see you as you are in that moment exhausted but blissfully happy.”
Family isn’t an important thing. It’s everything.
Images | Naomi Kamat Photography