Our Family Leprechaun


There is something about the last couple of months of winter that could drive a mom mad. Especially now that we are all trapped at home. And spring starts to tease us with warmer weather, only for winter temperatures to come back in full force. The hours between nap and dinner also tend to test my patience. Last year amid my madness, I gave birth to “Lachlan.”

Lachlan is our leprechaun. He was named from a Google search of Irish boys’ names and a play on my maiden name, which is McLaughlin. While I am strictly anti-Elf on the Shelf, I thought a few days of a Leprechaun visiting would bring some added spice to the end of winter days and fill the hours of the day that I dread.

Last year Lachlan visited at naptime and left behind:

  • A Shamrock plant
  • Fruit Loop bracelet making
  • Shamrock wreaths to create
  • Lucky Charm sorting
  • My best friend’s grandma’s Irish Soda Bread Recipe

  • A trip to the YMCA “Shamrock Hunt”
  • Lachlan decorated our kitchen with balloons and streamers on St. Patrick’s Day morning and brought fun hats and headbands to wear
    Shamrock plant
    Lucky charms

Lachlan arrived a wee bit earlier this year on March 1 with a shamrock countdown to St Patrick’s Day. He comes at night to leave his surprises since my three have almost entirely given up naptime.

I have enlisted my husband’s help – who knew he was such a great rhymer? “Not enough green could be seen in your space. So I shared some shamrocks above your fireplace.” 

Lachlan and his shenanigans brighten the end of winter for our family. What would you suggest he should do or bring to our house this year? Hey, maybe he can even stick around to entertain the kids for the rest of the month!

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Jamie is a real estate agent with The Valentini Group www.thevalentinigroup.raveis.com and a full time mom to a daughter (2014) and boy and girl twins (2016). She was born and raised in Westchester County, NY and now lives in Danbury, CT with her husband of eight years, their cockapoo, three children, and a revolving door of foster puppies. Jamie previously worked in the field of early childhood education and now enjoys practicing it at home. When she's not spending time with her family or helping clients find their dream home Jamie likes getting out with her girlfriends, running, baking, and watching lots of TV.


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