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Life Update | Moving, Autism, Vegan

Life Update – surely every post a blogger writes is a life update of sorts? Anyway, considering I have been pretty absent on here especially in relation to our life and what has been going on I thought the best way to get back would be to catch you up to where we have been and what’s been happening.

So where do I begin?

We moved house.

Originally it wasn’t by our choice but in the end, we actually could have stayed at our old house if we wanted. By pure chance, we found this house and we all love it! I got the decorate it all how I want, and while it is still nowhere near finished I am happy with how it is coming along. It is not far from our old house, which means it’s not far from my parents or Clayton’s work either and the school we plan to send the boys to is really close by.

I originally wondered how Aidan would adjust. Overall he can handle day to day change but his bedroom is somewhere he is most relaxed. It is his personal space away from all the struggles of the world. We brought him up a good number of times before we moved in (we lived with my parents between houses because our bed and sofa deliveries took FOREVER!) and he seemed to really like his new playroom. We also kept his room the same colour as before and all his furniture came too. He took it all in his stride overall and he has settled in brilliantly. Finn sleeps better here than he ever did in his life – thankfully because we were literally running on empty for far too long.

There is a house tour video on our Youtube channel if you want to check that out.


Some of you are probably wondering what is going on with Aidan and our autism journey but honestly, that is a post in itself. It is such a LONG and complicated process – so for parents who may be searching the internet looking for as much information as possible (like I did/do), I don’t want to skim over anything. I promise to do an update on where we are with Aidan’s journey and any information I have gained along the way soon.

Going along with that we are nearing our 1 year GFCF anniversary (is that a thing? If not it should be because it is an achievement!). So I also plan to do a post on that and I will include other GFCF blogs and pages I have found with great recipes and success stories. While I know it doesn’t work for everybody I have heard so many great stories that I think if you’re on the fence TRY IT! (Do I sound like those people selling Forever Living? I’m sorry!)


Oh, I have also started eating a plant-based diet (I find when I say vegan people judge me). This means cutting out meat and any animal products. Why? Not because of animals or the environment (sorry real vegans!) but because of my acne. I found that I was always having breakouts in the ‘hormonal’ areas – so my chin and jawline.

I found a video on Youtube and it kind of turned on a lightbulb for me. Everyone knows by now that there are growth hormones in meat and dairy in order to bulk up animals or help produce larger volumes of milk, etc. so it stands to reason that this may be what is causing my own hormones to act up and resulting in breakouts specifically in that area. I didn’t know how I could live without cheese or chocolate but guess what – I really don’t miss them. I know acne can be something lots of people struggle with so I might do a post about my results in case it helps anyone.


So, that is really it – our life update. Probably not very exciting considering I have been gone so long but I am always on Instagram and Snapchat (ellen.okeeffe) if you want to see me daily. Not that considering that’s how I update you after 5 months I’m not really selling myself very well!


One Month Update | Finn

It’s 5 weeks since Finn was born – 5 weeks?! Seriously where has the time gone. In one way he still feels brand new but it also feels like he was always here. Now don’t get me wrong we are still very much learning and adapting to our new dynamics but luckily it has been going well so far. Within the first two years babies change so much from month to month so I love doing updates from time to time because it is crazy to see how much they have advanced in such a short period of time. (more…)

Past the halfway point – 21 weeks pregnancy update

21 week pregnancy update

How I’m feeling:

Luckily all sickness hasĀ disappeared, my tea aversion has subsided and this baby has a taste for meat. I am not a huge meat eater usually, eating red meat almost never but since falling pregnant I find myself wanting things like pork steak and beef – so strange.
Braxton Hicks have kicked in. As irritating as they can be I definitely credit Aidan’s quick and easy birth to them so I am happy to welcome them back this time, albeit a lot earlier.
I find myself getting a lot more cramps than I did with Aidan. I have googled this and apparently it is good once it is not accompanied by spotting. It means the baby is “getting comfy” and your muscles areĀ making room.
My bump has finally made an appearance. Seems like overnight I just popped and I went from nothing to looking like I swallowed a bubble. It is less noticeable in the morning but as the day progresses (and after I eat) it is very noticeable.


In my first (and only) pregnancy update I mentioned that the doctor had given me cream for my face – it helped the problems on the surface of my skin but really done nothing for my cystic acne. I have been using Ziaja aloe vera cleansing milk which has managed to stop it getting any worse. I basically have two cysts – one on my cheek and another, smaller one on my chin for the past few weeks. They are not going anywhere but they also haven’t brought friends so I am happy enough. Last weekend I went to Cork and visited Lush where I purchased the Mask of Magnaminty to see if that will help in anyway so keep an eye out for a separate skin update soon, hopefully. Here are some photos of the difference in my skin from around 8 weeks to now.



Anything sugary. Seriously, some nights I feel like I might have a nervous breakdown if there is nothing sweet in the house. It is actually a little scary. I have no real cravings during the day but once Aidan is in bed I need the sugar!

Size of baby:

The apps say the baby is the size of a banana (10.5 inches) and weighs around 12-13 oz. We have a hospital appointment in a few days so I will have more accurate measurements then.

Can I see my toes?:

Yes. They are beginning to be shadowed but I can still see them… for now.

Stretch marks or swelling?:

No swelling. No new stretch marks but the ones I do have are starting to look a lot more prominent and looking at their position I can tell how the shape of my tummy has changed already.


We are going to find out this week! I am very excited and already have the gender reveal video planned! I still have no feeling either way but I have been referring to it as a girl more than a boy – is that a sign? Maybe? Hopefully we will find out soon but I honestly have no preference other than a healthy baby.