Jenny Cox

December 5, 2017
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The Truth About Being A ‘First Time Mum’

First Time Mum. This title means so much. It is euphoria, exhaustion, uncertainty, silly questions, mistakes. Yet it is all forgiving. As time goes on and your baby gets older, this title fades away, and after those first few precious months, you will never again be described as a ‘First […]
November 19, 2017
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Stop With The Christmas Crazy!!

Please! Can we? The silly season is upon us. Hallowe’en is done and I’ve seen my first Christmas ad on telly (I wait with baited breath for the onslaught of ridiculous perfume ads), so as far as I’m concerned it’s open season. And it is already living up to its […]
November 16, 2017
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9 Things I’m Done Sharing

One of the biggest changes you will experience when having kids is the full on invasion of these little persons into every single aspect of your life. At first it’s super cute; ‘Aw, look at the little babygro’s taking over the hotpress!’ Then it’s mildly intrusive; ‘Oh go on so, […]
November 5, 2017
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9 Things I’m Done Sharing

One of the biggest changes you will experience when having kids is the full on invasion of these little persons into every single aspect of your life. At first it’s super cute; ‘Aw, look at the little babygro’s taking over the hotpress!’ Then it’s mildly intrusive; ‘Oh go on so, […]
October 29, 2017
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How To Survive…Present Shopping

So it’s one of Murphy’s Laws that at least once a year a billion birthdays will fall into the same month – mother’s, father’s, sister’s, brother’s, children’s, niece’s, nephew’s and a friend or two thrown in for good measure. The national debt of a small country is accrued as you […]
October 22, 2017
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If I Die Before I Wake…

Dear Girls, You will spend a mini lifetime with me, inside and out, but you will never fully know your Mother. Believe it or not, there was a time before you came along when I was young, single, foolish, in love, heartbroken, impressionable! So if I die before I wake, […]
October 4, 2017
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Am I Old Now?

Getting old sucks. For some of us, it’s the grey hairs and fine lines. But I can handle those; I’ve earned them! For others, it’s the slightly saggy flesh suit our babies have gifted us. Personally, I don’t think I can really blame it entirely on the kids – it […]
September 24, 2017
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Didn’t I Give Birth To You Already?

It’s been a hard day. One of those “I-wanna-crawl-out-of-my-own-skin-and-run-away-screaming” kinda days. I am not, and never have been, a marsupial mum. I wasn’t born with a pouch out front or as part of a tree dwelling family, so after nine months of carrying my babies, when they finally popped out […]
September 20, 2017
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9 Top Tips To Nuke Those Nits!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Our little darlings are tripping back through the school gates and the country heaves a collective sigh of relief to be back into a routine. Every afternoon, home they bounce, full of the joys of the education system. Excited, overtired, grubby, new lessons […]
September 18, 2017
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The Things You Do Differently Second Time Around…

As anyone with kids knows, our first born, blessed child is basically the one we experiment on. It is Nature’s way of preparing us for the children that are to follow. I’m kidding! (Or am I…?) All I know is that when my first baby came along, I was petrified, […]
September 16, 2017
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The Moment You Realise Happiness Is Fleeting

As I edge my way nervously towards 40, I have come to accept a few inalienable truths – I should really stop eating large amounts of bread, I should stay off bouncy castles and I may just be too old now to become a Goonie. But most importantly I have […]
August 30, 2017
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Living With…Daddy

When I met my current husband, 13 years ago, I probably knew on some level that one day we would want to really hammer home the final nail in our relationship by having children. But what I didn’t know was that my gorgeous, brown eyed, luscious haired, 6 foot-something Scott […]
August 17, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Pregnancy Books

Ah Pregnancy – not unlike Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it comes with it’s own exotic array of symptoms, side effects, worrying niggly feelings and freaky rashes. It affects no two people the same way and no two babies the same way, so answer me this please; Why the hell do we […]
August 9, 2017
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Oh, Epidural. You Are A Cruel Mistress

I could feel the contraction coming, like a roll of thunder, it rumbled and cracked to a crescendo, crashing pain through my body. All I could do was cling onto that pillow trying not to move and hoping to f@#$ that the anaesthetist had a steady hand! In my desperation […]
August 7, 2017
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So Long, Summer

As the evenings start to slowly draw in and a slight chill begins to creep into the air, as I look longingly at the fireplace in my living room and dream of crackling logs and toasty toes, I give Summer a cheery wave goodbye. The summer we had this year […]
August 6, 2017
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My Not-At-All-Near-Death Experience

My husband maintains that I am prone to Jane Austen-esque tendencies and that I would have been far more suited to this era given my weaknesses and horrifications in certain circumstances. So the irony was not lost on him as we flew to Bath recently to visit true Jane Austen […]
July 29, 2017
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How To Survive…When Mum’s Away

Dads! Are you familiar with that prickly feeling of horror, that icy bead of sweat that trickles down your neck when your significant other announces they are going away for a well earned break? Well fear no more! Mop that damp brow, choke back that girly scream, because the next […]
July 17, 2017
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Husband, If Your Day Ran Like Mine…

I often wish I could prank my husband, in an educational kinda way, to show him just how my day normally runs. It’s one thing to talk (moan) about it when he gets home, but you just can’t beat the real thing for impact. But lacking the resources, time, energy, […]
July 16, 2017
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She Did It For Us

Remember the dream when they come back to us? When I heard that, it took my breath away. Because I do, I so clearly remember the dream when they come back to us. Because I have had it, recurring, for 28 years. It is the one when they tell me […]
June 29, 2017
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The Daddy Quiz!

I often wonder how this whole parenting malarkey has affected my husband, my partner in crime. We jumped into it feet first together, but our journeys are very separate, very different! I was curious for a bit of insight into Daddy’s World when it came to our girls. He was watching […]
June 28, 2017
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The Six Word Mum: Jenny Cox

This week The M Word would like to introduce our second Six Word Mum; Jenny Cox. Jenny is one of our most prolific writers for the M Word. A strong presence within The M Word community and a popular writer with our readers and among our own writers. Jenny takes us […]
June 27, 2017
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Whatever Happened To Good Old Fashioned Respect Between The Sexes?

WARNING: Explicit Content. So. The other day I was in my car with my baby girl in the back, about to pull out of a petrol station. As I sat and waited for a gap in the traffic, I saw a man in his 60’s walking along the footpath. When […]
June 13, 2017
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Dad v Baby – There Can Only Be One Winner

There are certain things my babies do that give me the warm and fuzzies. And there are certain things that I will endure with the patience of a short tempered saint. However, when my husband does them…   The botty burps – How cute when you hear a little pop […]
June 5, 2017
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My Hair Loss Horror

I remember after I had my first baby turning to my sister and asking: “ Why didn’t you tell me it would be like this?” She replied, smiling: “Because if we told you the truth, nobody would ever have babies.” And there it was in a nutshell. I had now […]
May 30, 2017
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Do You Have Mummy Nuts?

Balls. By gosh have I grown a set since having kids! If you’re not sure whether you’ve got some, have a good rummage around in your giant Mum bag, they’ll definitely be jangling around in there somewhere, like the elusive set of keys. Every Mum has a pair, and every […]
May 29, 2017
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How To Survive…A Big Night Out!

Nights out are few and far between for me these days. It always seems I get a run of two or three things at once and then my social calendar becomes a barren wasteland again for another year. When the opportunity does arise for a big night out, I go […]
May 15, 2017
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How To Survive…Car Journeys

Ah the fond memories I have of long, boring car journeys as a child, a sibling on either side, barely strapped in, our mother beatin’ the legs off us for squabbling, trying not to vomit when my eyes strayed from the horizon. Still to this day the smell of white […]
May 11, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Me!

I live in constant fear of the day my children see through me, when they finally lift the thin veil of control to find little old me cowering under the kitchen table. The day they finally say ‘Hey! Wait a minute, you have no idea what you’re doing! You have […]
May 10, 2017
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Living With…A Failing System

As most of us are aware, May is Mental Health Month. Having suffered with depression off and on for most of my adult life, mental health is something I am acutely aware of. I now have the skill set to recognise the symptoms when I feel myself starting to slip […]
May 9, 2017
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The Snot Storm Cometh!

A plague on both your houses! Or just a cold. On one house. Ours. Last night I got a walloping two hours shut eye because my poor wee toddler was brewing up a snot storm. There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your babies unwell. There’s nothing more backbreaking than […]
May 7, 2017
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Let Me Through….I Need Calpol, Goddamit

As a parent, there are certain places you just dread to find yourself, like grocery shopping with a toddler on full meltdown or in one of those padded play prisons with a thumping headache. Actually I’d imagine you wouldn’t particularly fancy either of those under any circumstances!! But the swamp […]
April 28, 2017
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IQ, Where Are You?

Is it just me? But since becoming a mum my brain has turned to utter mush. The day we walked in the front door with our new arrival, my IQ walked out the back with a cheery wave goodbye. Awkwardly, this doesn’t appear to have happened to my husband who […]
April 23, 2017
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My Perfect Midwife

As a pregnant woman, when you are finally faced with those hospital doors, the midwife that awaits you on the other side can truly make or break your birthing experience. However you got there, be it by appointment or urgent dash, in a sweaty ball of pain or coiffed and […]
April 21, 2017
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The Lies We Tell Our Kids

The truth is, a huge part of parenting is based on lying. Be they little white ones or big cheeky wallopers, we grown ups are the Filters of Truth, the Certified Liars. ‘Congratulations! Here is your baby’s Birth Cert. Oh, and don’t forget your Liar’s Cert. You’re gonna need that […]
April 18, 2017
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The Faces We Wear As Parents Can Be Exhausting

How can a man be a great friend to his mates but be a truly shitty father to his children? How can a woman treat her friends appallingly yet be an amazing mother to her babies? My father left when I was 16. He was a selfish, broken man. But […]
April 17, 2017
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Will My Children Suffer Because I Lost My Religion?

I was raised a Catholic. I was baptised as a baby and I made my First Holy Communion as a young girl. My mother took us to Mass most Sundays and every Christmas. We weren’t ‘fair weather’ Catholics, but our religion wasn’t a huge part of our daily lives either. […]
April 15, 2017
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Parents Often Take The Hits Harder Than Our Kids

On Friday 9th September, 2016, with much excitement, my eldest girl started taking ballet classes. That day, for 45 minutes, she floated off to the land of tutu’s and tippy toes while I sat outside waiting patiently for her to come out, flushed faced and smiling. Seven months on, and […]
April 9, 2017
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What’s So Wrong With Good Clean Dirt?

There is an advert on TV at the moment that is really getting on my cherries. It is an incredibly smug woman wiping a chicken fillet all over the various surfaces in her house, while her poor, perfectly coiffed children sit in the background their fate unknown due to their […]
April 6, 2017
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Calling Bullshit…On Soothers

Dodies, soothers, pacifiers, dummies. They have many names and take on many forms, not unlike the devil. And they are the bane of my life. So I am calling bullshit on the lot of them! Whether it’s cost you €10 for the latest orthodontic, paediatric, aerodynamic, hypoallergenic, organic, sustainable, dolphin […]
April 3, 2017
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Damn You, Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature, We need to talk. We’ve known each other for quite a while now. You’ve watched me grow from a young girl into a moody teen, weathering some pretty damn awkward phases along the way (let’s not talk about those 90’s brows…!) You’ve seen me kiss a fair […]
March 27, 2017
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Kids Say The Meanest Shit

‘Mummy. You’re nobody’s hero.’ My little girl’s words hit like a punch to the gut. She is sitting comfortably contorted on a chair, as children do, looking out the window at our cat. I am hanging out the washing, the last job of the day after dressing her, feeding her, […]
March 26, 2017
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Mother’s Day Without A Mother

Mother’s Day is always tinged with sadness for me. As a mother of 3 beautiful boys, I love it. I love to be spoiled with the cards they have made in school, or a scrunched up handful of flowers or a delicious burnt breakfast. But as a daughter, I hate […]
March 22, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Tiring The Kids Out

I may have mentioned once or twice before, just in passing, that my eldest gift is an early riser. I may also have mentioned the one or ten methods we’ve tried to get her to stay in bed a bit later in the mornings (any suggestions on a postcard please!) […]
March 19, 2017
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Living Without Lizzy

I remember so vividly the day my sister died. I woke in the middle of the night to see our bedroom door open, her bed empty. I heard voices coming from down the hall. When I got up to investigate I saw the doctor, my parent’s worried faces. She was […]
March 19, 2017
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I’m Not A Morning Person

Here’s a confession: I am one bitter-assed grump after a sleepless night. Here’s another confession: If it’s caused by one of my kids, I totally hold a grudge!!  I am not a morning person at the best of times, a fact that initially my husband found ‘cute’ which progressed to […]
March 11, 2017
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Mum vs Dad In The Parenting Arena

Ah there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned ‘adult debate’ with the spouse! It’s a great way of blowing off steam, letting out all those niggling issues, clearing the air to move forward and make space for more issues. I believe it is a very healthy part of marriage. […]
March 5, 2017
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Six Ways To Not Give A Crap About Fitting Into Those Pre-pregnancy Jeans

Now you’re probably thinking the obvious answer here is to bury those bad boys deep in your closet, like Narnia deep, where they will hang at the back of your conscience like a denim skeleton. But no, I say!! Hang them out loud and proud, and don’t be afraid to […]
March 1, 2017
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ANOTHER Reason To Get Off The Damn Phone

Saddle up, people! Get your boots and hats on, because it is time to get on the moral high horse! I don’t like to judge other Mums – God knows our job is hard enough. We need to stick together and support each other. But there is one thing that […]
February 27, 2017
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How Goonies Made Me A Better Parent

My life has been shaped by the movies of my childhood. Legendary masterpieces such as Ghostbusters (the original one!), Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story, Gremlins, Flight of The Navigator, Explorer’s, Back To The Future, The Princess Bride and the fantastic Goonies fuelled my young imagination, and supplied my sister and […]
February 22, 2017
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Beautiful Shite!

Parenting is a non-stop merry-go-round of delights designed to push us to our limits, both mentally and physically! Feel free to pinch that quote and paste it across a beautiful backdrop of clouds or a rain forest, perhaps make it your screensaver? We can even pretend it’s true! (#blessed) In […]
February 20, 2017
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I Have To Buy What Now?

So I was in one of my favourite shops the other day, one of those beautifully scented places with painted floorboards and soft lighting, a treasure trove of gorgeous ‘stuff’ you would have in your parallel universe home. You know, the one you pad about in barefoot, sun-kissed and fabulous […]
February 20, 2017
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Total Eclipse Of The Mummy

It’s a strange thing being a mum. We willingly give up so much for our kids, wanting them to be healthy and happy. But is that sometimes to our own detriment?? Once that baby has been delivered, we are no longer the precious vessel but the empty car, left out […]
February 9, 2017
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A Hot Wash, Spin And A Tumble Away From Madness

I jolt awake in a cold sweat, babbling incoherently and clawing at my husband. I have pulled myself out of this dream before, the one that envelops me in it’s dank, smelly, material horror. My constant bedtime companion, my recurring slumber buddy, MY WASHING NIGHTMARE!! It’s been with me for […]
February 7, 2017
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Mamma’s Kitchen Is Now Closed!

Ah yes. I am in the throes of a truly joyful stage with my girls, one that Mum’s cherish and look forward to – the food regression stage! I don’t know if this is an actual term or not. If not, I’ve just made it one! Or perhaps we should […]
February 6, 2017
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5 Silver Linings To Being Woken Heinously Early By Your Child

If, like me, you have a small person that wakes at a completely ridonculous hour, here are 5 ways to try and put a positive spin on that crippling, exhausting brain ache you enjoy every day! Take it as a deep compliment that your child loves you so much and […]
February 1, 2017
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I’m Drowning In A Sea Of ‘Shoulds’

I’ve never been a strong swimmer, despite being chucked into the pool religiously every Wednesday morning during my younger school years. Out of the changing room, through the foot bath where my teacher would try and rub the freckle off the bottom of my left foot every Wednesday, and into […]
January 30, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On… Shedding Baby Weight

Here is a true but disheartening fact. A woman will rarely regain the body she had before her amazing bundle of joy came along. I feel I need to highlight the myth that perpetuates to make us Mums feel bad about our postnatal bodies. All these stories we’re fed about […]
January 22, 2017
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Supermums! We Really DO Exist

We all know about the walloping changes pregnancy and childbirth can inflict on our bodies, but have you ever wondered what it does to our brains? Science has come close to explaining ‘Baby Brain Syndrome’ (although us Mums know damn well it exists), but as I was doing a bit […]
January 13, 2017
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The Hardest Thing About Parenting Is…

I was out in one of those kids’ play jails recently with my girls. My eldest was doing her usual disappearing act in to the padded bowels like a crazed loon on day release, my smallest was toddling happily between a blue plastic rocker and repeatedly face planting whilst trying […]
January 6, 2017
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How I Envy The One Child Brigade

My friend’s son was invited to a party recently. From 4–6 pm. On a Wednesday. Christmas week. As she had a moan to me about the general inconvenience of logistics etc., we wondered who would have a party at this time of the day, on one of the last school days […]
January 4, 2017
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Shizz That I Miss

When I was in the first bloom of pregnancy, so naive, so eager, so full of good intention, nobody took the time to sit down and explain to me how much having children changes your life. I mean really changes your life! Of course there is the usual expectations of […]
December 29, 2016
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Living With Autism: The Quiet Home Heroes

As mums we are looked to by our children as role models, but how often do we look to each other? What some women cope with in motherhood is heroic and inspiring. This is not my story, but it is one I have been given permission to tell with my […]
December 27, 2016
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Snipology: Part Deux

The aftermath of our decision….. So the other day, my husband took a call. After a few “mm-hmm’s” and “uh-huh’s”, he ended the call with “thanks Doc!” and turned to me. I looked at him expectantly….. We had been waiting for this call for a while. Following my husbands vasectomy […]
November 11, 2016
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When To Take The Hard Line

So I was on a day out with my two girls recently. We were having lunch with my sister in a cafe which meant for a change we were being treated to table service instead of service through a car window. It was the early side of lunchtime, the only […]
October 11, 2016
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What It Means To Have A Vasectomy…

Our experience of ‘Snipology’ So my second (and last) pregnancy was horrible. I hated pretty much every minute of it. From the moment I conceived, morning sickness descended upon me like the hangover from hell. I spent countless mornings with my head down the toilet being watched by my at-the-time […]
August 31, 2016
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‘Mesties!’ Have You Found Your ‘Mum Bestie’ Yet?

Parenting is tough going, we all know that. And people can be very quick to shit sling if/when you’re doing it wrong. We all know that! I don’t think I’ve ever felt as judged by people as I do now that I’m a mother. And unfortunately, it’s the time that you […]
August 28, 2016
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9 Mum Cheats You Probably Should Use

Firstly, wear busy prints!! A great way for disguising dirt and baby vomit, I find a good 80’s print hides a multitude. That groovy graffiti design never grows old and really almost looks like baby puke anyway! Apply same to pants as your baby learns to crawl/stand and cling on […]
August 24, 2016
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The Thrilling Highs And Crashing Lows Of Toddlerdom

My life has become a series of extremes determined by the will of a three year old. And no that’s not a derogatory term for my husband, despite our argument last night. It would be unfair of me to say that my ten month old baby is easy, more like […]
August 22, 2016
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Divorcing Your ‘Non-Mum’ Friends

WARNING: What I am about to say may sound a little controversial, so if you are of a sensitive disposition, sit down or turn away now. I am not a baby person. “What?!” I hear you cry. “But you are a mother!!”. Yes I know. I have two beautiful children. […]
August 21, 2016
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Just Tell Me You Hate Me

I’ve recently made a discovery about myself. I’m needy. Actually that’s a lie. I’ve always known that about myself. But what I didn’t realize is my sadistic need to be liked or needed by people that don’t want me! I suppose on one level it’s the oldest cliche in the […]
August 18, 2016
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8 Mummy Facts You May Not Have Known

1. Pooh Finger. I’ve spent many days haunted by the faint smell of baby pooh that I just couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. Repeated hand washing and smelling of baby’s bum turned up nothing. At the end of the day, a tiny, tiny residual dot of excrement […]
August 16, 2016
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To Apologise When You’re Not Sorry? Yes Or No?

I recently did an unforgivable thing. One of my close friends was having a milestone birthday bash. A big planned affair at her house with 60 or so invited guests, myself included. The day of the party, I wasn’t well, hadn’t been for a while, and feeling very low and […]
August 16, 2016
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Baby Mummy Types – Which Are You?

My relatively short time as a mum has been a steep learning curve. As I spluttered snot and pure joy over my newborn baby girl almost three and a half years ago, I was unwittingly flung in to a crazy world I never knew existed and quite frankly, didn’t bargain […]
August 14, 2016
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I’ve A Baby To Get Into This Car, Dammit

As most humans are aware, (non BMW drivers), evolution has been kind enough to provide us with mother and child parking spots. But sadly these tend to exist only outside shopping centres or supermarkets which leads me to my ever-recurring scenario. I park up in the local car park with […]