Last night was an odd one.
As Mango celebrated five weeks on this side of her mother’s vagina, I finally got to go out and officially ‘wet the baby’s head’.
As has become an irritating habit in pubs across the planet, I occasionally pull out my phone and check my email. You never know when that life changing piece of correspondence could hit your mailbox.
One such moment arose when my fellow quaffer went to relieve himself and I once again flipped the phone open and clicked on-line.
Through somewhat drunken eyes, to my pleasant surprise, I read the results that were coming in from the Irish Blog Awards in Galway. I had to check a couple of sources before I saw for sure that the blog had won the award of Best Personal Blog 2010.
Nuts. It’s mental, insane, but brilliant that Mango’s story gets an unexpected extra happy ending.
I want to thank Jo for standing in, collecting the pretty sexy looking award, and keeping it from ending up in some Galway dumpster. I’m glad someone familiar with the blog was able to pick it up and I can’t wait to get a look at the real thing.
Thanks to everyone that has read along the way, and to the organisers and judges for putting in all the the effort.
The award itself was sponsored by Microsoft Ireland’s Developer & Platform Group, and the full list of winners is available here. Congratulations to all the winners, and best of luck next time around to all those that didn’t make it.
How happy am I?
About this happy.
As if you wouldnt have won it! How could any of us compete with the perfect, beautiful and lovely conclusion to the latest chapter of your story?
Very well deserved. xxooxx
Wow! Congrats Xbox. Well deserved!
congratulations man. Well deserved.
Was particularly delighted you won it Martin, congrats again :-)
Congrats!... what a gorgeous baby.. she has more hair than my 3 babies had put together....
Congratulations! Not at all surprised.
Congratulations - brilliant news!
And Mango is getting cuter and cuter.
Oh wow!! What a gorgeous smile! :)
Congratulations Martin and well done - you definitely deserved this!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I'm a happy camper now.
And Mango is the icing on the cake.
Congrats!!! I knew you would win :)
And that baby girl of yours...getting more gorgeous every day! She must've heard about the award...she looks very happy!
Woohoo!! Congrats hun! :D
Excellent news! Congrats!
No one is more deserving than you are! What an amazing year it has been for you!
Here's to Sanne!
Hearty Congratulations martin
It was a very well deserved win!
She has thick beautiful hair! How precious is that smile?!
Congrats - well deserved funny blog! I became a granny first time round on feb.11th so I'm a generation ahead of you - followed your blog a bit as I got shortlisted to the final 25 of personal and food categories which was a nice ego boost!
Love the pic of baby - what a head of hair! Drop by my blog - as the personal post winner you can see what you beat to get here!
Congratulations! And - how gorgeous is your daughter!
And isn't she a picture
Oh, that hair! It makes my ovaries quiver. Wait, I don't really want more.
That's pretty darn happy alright!!! I'm so chuffed you won, dude, yours is a seriously deserving blog. Well done :)
You so deserve your win.
And baby is just precious!!!
Congratulations, well done. That is some head of hair on your beautiful daughter!!
I'm still a bit bummed I wasn't even considered. Something about how I'm not Irish, have never been to Ireland, don't like green....
But I did find a four leaf clover once.
And so much beautiful hair...!
Congratulations! Of course you won.
Yay! How exciting for you. Seriously, though, how cute is Sanne? Even my husband admitted that she was adorable (he was probably envying her full head of hair- something he's been lacking since he was 17).
Congratulations! Well earned.
Yay!! Congrats friend. Not that I'm shocked. :)
Congratulations! An, like everyone else, I must comment on that hair. I cannot believe it didn't fall out like most baby hair! Makes her even cuter.
Damn that baby is cute.
Oh, um, I am pretty sure you said something else but I cannot remember...
Oh wow! That is awesome. A huge congrats to you.
You sure do have one gorgeous baby there!
Congratulations! I was there on the night to hear the big cheer that went up on hearing the result! Well deserved.
That girl looks about six months old! What are you feeding her on? So gorgeous.
Oh, and congratulations of course.
AWWWWWWW!!! THANKYOU for posting another picture she is simply gorgeous! I love her.
Well done you, you deserve it.
Congratulations! A well-deserved recognition.
And Sanne is GORGEOUS!
Congrats on winning, although its really no surprise to all of us!! Now will you consider a book...?
You could use that gorgeous picture of Sanne on the cover!!
You have to publish your blog now! What a great 5 weeks!
Too many congratulations to send this way! Yay for you! I am so PROUD of you!
And here's something funny- your beautiful daughter looks more than a wee bit like my friend Billy. Hmmmm...
Wow, she is so cute! And oh yeah, congrats to you...
Dude, never heard of you / your blog until you won that big prize (not Mango, the Galway one). Big respect to your writting, you and your family. Well Done!
Justice and beauty - could this post get any better!
Well done Mango on your choice of Dad!
I would be a lot happier if I could see the picture.
I guess you are 'hairy' happy then?
(hairy, herry, very???? oh never mind.)
That poor girl definitely has the look of you though!
and as for the award.....pah! WE all knew you would win.
Hooray! and your #1 fan, Mango looks so pleased too! she is adorable!!!!!
Okay. Super cute baby. And an award to boot. You sure are one lucky guy! -M
Congrats man....! I really mean that....unlike on the other blogs I congratulate....heh
Congratulations Mango! Your dad couldn't have done it without you! *hee-hee*
Congrats to you too dad (and mum!) Very well deserved.
Congrats xbox, delighted you won.
Congrats, Martin! Been away for awhile, but back now and thrilled for you!
Woot and a double woot and congrats!
I love that picture of Mango! Years ago when I first started reading your blog I told my daughter about it and I've just emailed the picture to her. Probably I should have asked your permission first, but I just had to show her a baby that has more hair at 5 weeks than my K had at 4 years. Ha Ha.
Congratulations on your award. You deserve it.
She is so adorable!!!!
Congratulations! And what a beautiful girl - she looks suitably thrilled with you.
Beautiful pic. Well done on the award!
So the moral of the story is that it is, actually, worth checking your phone in a pub?
Congrats to you. And that smile... To die for, isn't it?
Soooooooooooo happy for you!!
And has anybody told you that Sanne's hair will probably fall out before it comes back in? Don't believe them. My oldest daughter had that much hair and it NEVER fell out. She was born in March and I had to blow-dry her hair after a bath or else she'd freeze!!
(My GOD, she's the cutest thing ever!!!)
@Hammie - Ah thanks
@James (SeattleDad) - Cheers
@Dan - Fancy some slimming pills?
@Darragh - Cheers, thanks.
@Chrissy - a wee gorilla baby!
@speccy - awww thanks
@womb for improvement - She is that!
@SusanC - Thank you, I appreciate that.
@steph - Easy please ya ;-)
@Poppy - You knew more then me then :-)
@Marylin - Cheers!
@Murgdan - Thanks.
@AnnD - Not bad at all!
@Grannymar - Aw thanks.
@Rebecca - VERY!
@Catherine - Thanks, I'll have a look ;-)
@Illanare - Very!
@Muddling Along Mummy - She is that!
@Sadia - hahaha, watch out!
@K8 the Gr8 - Thanks ;-)
@Amanda Bowden - oh she is
@J from Ireland - A wig!
@All This Trouble... - indeed!
@Ed - You don't moan enough to be considered.
@Steve - cool eh?
@tiff(threeringcircus) - heh, thanks.
@Veronica - Thanks!
@showmeyourcookies - she is eh?
@kbxmas - cheers!
@Deb - Thanks.
@Erika - thank you ;-)
@WhatAboutNovember - Thanks.
@Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] - Meanie.
@Linda - growing strong!
@Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo - of course she is, genetics.
@Making Babies - Thanks !
@Rach - Cheers!
@Marie - Ah thanks, that's pretty cool!
@Mwa - 5 weeks exactly in that pic
@livingrightnow - hehe
@Barbara - cheers
@Fe - I think so!
@Horse Chick - I'd love to consider one, any suggestions for a good one I could read :-)
@Corkmum - Not bad at all!
@Ms. Moon - hey, what are you suggesting!
@Anonymous - Thanks!
@Paul Richardson - Ah cheers man, thanks for that.
@AnnB - hehe don't know about justice, but thanks :-)
@Kori - try again!
@Gail - oh dear...
@Geeks in Rome - she is ;-)
@Feebee - thanks!
@Susanica - not bad for a months work!
@Manuel - kissarse...
@Geri Atric - Thanks ;-)
@bngr - cheers, I appreciate it
@suzannanana - ah thanks!
@Jayne - hehe, cheers.
@River - 'years ago', wow. time flies eh?
@Edith - Cheers!
@areyoukiddingme - About to be fed she was!
@lastofthemojitos - Thanks!
@Iota - Exactly, not antisocial at all!
@Bonnie B. - They've said that!, and no, I don't believe them!
congratulstions! well deserved
@Annie - ah thanks Annie, I appreciate that.
I'm a tad behind on my blog reading as you can probably tell from how long it took me to wander over here - CONGRATS! - I presume that big hunk of glass is Waterford crystal or somesuch?
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