Self-build Ireland: ‘It’s a bit like eating a whale… one bite at a time’
Self-build Ireland: ‘It’s a bit like eating a whale… one bite at a time’

Sarah Finnan

This surprising newbuild family home in Tipperary is on the market for €299,500
This surprising newbuild family home in Tipperary is on the market for €299,500

Lauren Heskin

Summer shopping: 30 things in Team IMAGE’s basket this week
Summer shopping: 30 things in Team IMAGE’s basket this week

Sarah Finnan

Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on her throw-on summer staples
Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on her throw-on summer staples

Marianne Smyth

Joe Alwyn’s voice in ‘Conversations with Friends’ is the new Connell’s chain
Joe Alwyn’s voice in ‘Conversations with Friends’ is the new Connell’s chain

Lauren Heskin

Stretch the legs: 10 scenic walks to enjoy around Ireland
Stretch the legs: 10 scenic walks to enjoy around Ireland

Grace McGettigan

This Edwardian Donnybrook home is on the market for €1.895 million
This Edwardian Donnybrook home is on the market for €1.895 million

Megan Burns

The psychology of the fast-fashion high
The psychology of the fast-fashion high

Sarah Finnan

This Irish business is raffling off designer handbags worth €5,000 for charity
This Irish business is raffling off designer handbags worth €5,000 for charity

Sarah Finnan

Easy breakfast: Holly White’s grain-free blueberry and quinoa granola
Easy breakfast: Holly White’s grain-free blueberry and quinoa granola

Meg Walker

Image / Self / Parenthood
premium
SELF

‘My hair remains unwashed, stranded forever in a lopsided mum bun’


by Hannah-Louise Dunne
23rd Apr 2022

Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

blank

It’s sleepless in suburbia for Hannah Louise and her husband as they try to adapt to their newborn. Why did no one tell them it would be like this? That there would be no sleep, no laundry done and no magic feeling. Instead it’s apartment pacing, unwashed hair, a lopsided mum bun and reflux. Okay, and maybe a little bit of magic.

In the year my son is born, we measure our days in increments of three hours. Days become night, and the hours roll one into another, as we enter a stark new world where time loses all sense of meaning. It is an abrupt transition and begins almost at once in the blurry hours after birth when I find myself marooned in a hospital bed with a catheter in place and a tiny newborn beside...

You have reached a premium article.

For unlimited digital access to the stories worth paying for, subscribe now to IMAGE from just €4.99 a month
Subscribe