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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:13 AM
Darnie, is the Tupperware party on next Wed? I'd be interested in coming - there are a few things I want...Yep, next Wed, 28 Jan, 7:30pm, my house
Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:54 AM
Caro - hope you get through your list of things to do. I'm currently trying to ignore my list, but that little voice inside my head is saying 'get off EB and do something useful!'. I'll ignore it a little longer....
Deanne - both your dogs look gorgeous! Bassetts look like such gentle dogs. We have a beagle (hence user name), and she is lovely, if not somewhat over exuberant at times. I'll have a look through my Tupperware catalogue and PM you an order.
Tara - good luck with the solids. It must be rather nerve-racking to worry whether each new food is going to cause a reaction. I hope it all goes well, and that your specialist appointment is helpful (when it finally rolls around!)
Lara - have fun at the zoo. We went a few weeks ago and had a great time. We got a season pass, so will go back again soon.
Tanya - I haven't found out the gender for either of my pregnancies, and while the wait is loooong, the surprise is wonderful
Rachel - sorry you are feeling a bit sad about weaning. It's never an easy decision, but I think that as mothers we often stew over things far more than we should. As for meal plans and being organised - I used to be organised, but having children put an end to it. Now I feel like I am constantly chasing my tail.
Leonie - I remember when Toby was little, I was paying for parking, and turned around to find DSS (who was 7) pulling Toby out of his carseat and trying to put him in the pram. He managed to do it without dropping him, but only just! And he was so proud of himself for being helpful, that it was hard to tell him that I'd rather he leave it to me.
Jo - I love your idea about a meal planning folder. Will have to add that to my list of things to do I think. Poor DH is bored of my cooking. It's not so much the cooking I have a problem with - it's the thinking about what to cook. I just lack inspriation at the moment. So if I had a meal plan, and didn't have to think about it every day, I suspect I would have more energy for the actual cooking. I'd also love to read your birth story. I enjoy reading about other peoples' experiences - although I'm sorry yours wasn't a good one. I agree that it is therapeutic to write it out.
Sam - I can't imagine getting organised for a whole month! I grocery shop once a week, and I still get home and think of several things I forgot to get. I generally start the next shoping list while I am still unpacking the proceries! Sounds like Summer's sleep is really improving. Lucia did similar last night - 9.30pm til almost 3am, and then back down until 6am.
Us - Toby is at my parent's place today, and I am enjoying having just Lucia. Well, except for the 45 minute crying spell she just had - didn't enjoy that so much as I had no idea what was up. But she's asleep in the rocker now, so hopefully it has resolved itself.
I'm going into work this afternoon for a farewell of someone I used to work with. I'm looking forward to catching up with old workmates. Although I'm glad to be at home with my kids at the moment, I do miss hanging out with people who know me as myself, and not just as a Mum. Does that make sense? Pretty much all my friends now have kids of similar ages, and although I love spending time with them all, I wish I had a part of my life that wasn't about the kids. I feel like I'm stuck in a groundhog day of washing, cleaning, changing nappies and dealing with temper tantrums/crying newborns. DH doesn't seem to understand, and seems to think my life is so much easier than his. While I wouldn't want it any other way, I do wish he would occassionally acknowledge that being at home with kids isn't all fun, games and playdates.
Better get back to my 'to do list' before little Miss wakes again...
Posted 22 January 2009 - 12:46 PM
Just wondering, we touched on meeting up at monkey mania next thursday? Is that still happening or somewhere else? Im easy either way
Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:25 PM
Leonie, I'm up for Monkey Mania.
Tanya, I saw your question regarding Friday morning but we have something on. Otherwise I'd be a 'yes'. How disappointing (yet also exciting) that your baby is making you wait to find out the gender.
We've had a lovely playdate this morning. Claire requested to go to bed as soon as we got home and Lauren was over-tired so I wrapped her in a muslin and laid her on our bed. She gave me the sweetest smile and then I said "sleepytime, sweet dreams" and walked out. And she self-settled again . Oh, I hope this continues. She doesn't have a dummy and hasn't quite found her thumb yet, so to settle her we've been bouncing her in the hammock. But maybe we won't need to for much longer ...
I had a totally surreal moment yesterday. I'm still deciding whether to tell all of you about it or whether it will have you thinking I have lost the plot . Anyway, a cup of tea and a spot of lunch for me and then I'd better get stuck into sorting through the laundry cupboard which I can't do while Claire is awake.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 02:00 PM
Leonie: I KNEW I had something on next Thursday! It was Monkey Mania! I'm still in but I might go and write it on the calendar before I double-book!
Someone asked about the Red Cross Telecross Service - below is a cut and paste of an email that I sent someone else about it.
The Services offered by ACT Red Cross can be found at http://www.redcross.org.au/act/services_communitycare.htm If you click on Telecross you will find some details. There is a phone number there – you could always call that number and ask if you can speak to someone.
Also, for information about becoming a volunteer, go to http://www.redcross.org.au/act/supportus_volunteers.htm
After they receive the paper work, you need to have a quick interview with them. It is more of a formality, where they go through more paper work with you and explain the rules. You also need to go through a police check. After that, they assign you to someone and you go from there. There is also an induction course one Saturday that goes for a few hours that they like you to attend.
The other place to look to get an idea as to what is http://www.volunteer.com.au/ which is the Seek Volunteer website.
Basically, you can be a permanent or relief volunteer, and you get assigned a person to call every day at a set time. If they don't answer the phone, you leave it 10 mins then try again. Do that two or three times then call Red Cross if no answer. Hope this helps!
Edited by darnie, 22 January 2009 - 02:06 PM.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 02:12 PM
Anne: We won't think you've lost the plot!
Tania: Thank you for the invitation but I think we are already doing something tomorrow with a friend from childcare. If that changes, I'll let you know!
Me: I am sooooo tired and have the biggest case of Poor Little Old Me Syndrome today! I had to help mum copy more patterns last night. Anyway, it was after 11pm when I finished that then for a number of reasons it was 00:30am when we got to bed! Alice slept for 6 hours - 10pm until 4am. Then she was really unsettled between 4&6am. So I'm knackered. And I think I might have become slightly irrational and unreasonable with DH at around 5am and basically told him to nick off and sleep and leave me to do it and then also a bit worse He is a very patient man, my husband and very helpful. I shouldn't have done that - I think it was the sleep deprivation talking. I'm having an early night tonight, I think!
Better go. Erin & I have made dough shapes for necklaces. We've abked them but I need to organise stuff for her to paint them.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:38 PM
i hope its ok if i join your group and get to know you...i joined essential baby before christmas and introduced myself, you all seemed lovely. i wasnt sure where the general chat was, hopefully im in the right spot! lol.
for those i didnt talk to or forget, my name is ally and we have not long moved to canberra, about 2 months ago. i have two little boys riley who is 4 and hunter who is nearly 2.
would love to come to the meets when we can if thats ok
Posted 22 January 2009 - 06:16 PM
Anne- I'm curious now... what was the moment? Glad you had a fun playdate and excellent re the self-settling. hope that continues!
Ally - welcome. Where did you move from?
Deanne - thanks for that information, I think that sounds like something I could do. I'll give them a call next week. Hope you get a better sleep tonight.
Caro - have fun with your to do list. Dh did heaps when he was off work and now we have a whole other list of things we want to get done. I should get off my butt and do them but with it being school holidays life is fairly busy as it is!
Lara - Glad you got some okay weather for the zoo, did you have fun?
Tara - have fun with solids, I hope he doesn't react badly...
Leonie - Next Thursday would be good if it's in the morning. Are others free then?
Michelle - I know what you mean about work. I was thinking I might even take a few years off, but I've only been gone two months and I already miss it a bit. I really only want to work 3 days a week when I go back so that we have more balance (dh works 4 days) and we will only need care for the kids for two days a week which will be good for everyone.
Jo - Excellent tip re the meal planning folder. My monthly meal plan wasn't done in time for the shop but I did a really big one anyway and figure I'll work backwards - write down everything we use it and the meals I made. but other than another milk trip in two weeks and F&V (which we buy separately) I'm really hoping not to have to go back to
the shops til February sometime
Rach - sorry you are a bit sad about weaning. I've been breastfeeding for years and years so when the day eventually comes for me it will be completely weird!
Posted 22 January 2009 - 06:56 PM
Caro - I will PM you about the swing
Since there are a few of us with babies the same age can I ask how much they are sleeping during the day? How long are they awake for roughly?
Thanks everyone for the wrapping tips. I love the rolling in the sheet idea but I think it is too hot for that. I ordered a swaddleme wrap yesterday and they can also be used in the car so I am hoping that may help with our car travelling problem unless it is the reflux in which case we see the doctor next week.
I actually own a copy of 100 ways to calm the crying - I picked it up for $2 secondhand. I always loved Pinky McKay - I have leant it to my friend who is having her first baby as I think she gives fantastic, common sense advice.
Anyway Maddy has asked me to come play a game with her and since Jade is asleep I should take the opportunity.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:39 PM
DH has fallen asleep on the floor in the loungeroom - he has run us both ragged today!!! Oh well, we are making progress with our 'projects' and have even started researching renovations We are thinking about updating our kitchen/laundry/bathroom. Neither of us have ever done any renovating, so it will be a huge learning curve for - we'll outsource everything, as we are NOT handy but still, just learning the process and trying not to get ripped off will be interesting!
Deanne, thanks for posting that info about Red Cross. I have just emailed them for more info. I would love to do the dissemination of International Humanitarian Law, as I have a law degree and have studied quite a bit of human rights and humanitarian law - but not sure whether you can do that sort of volunteering with a 5 month old in tow Also, I have put the tupperware party on the calendar and DH is cool with me leaving Angus at home. Will just have to listen out for my mobile incase my boobies are needed at home
Shelly, Angus (5.5months) was sleeping for only about 40mins each sleep, but has now started to extend that out. He slept for 90minutes today!! He is usually awake for 2-3 hours before getting crotchety and needing a nap. He is easily my most relaxed happy baby though, and Zahra at the same age would have been awake the same amount of time, grizzled and been snarky through most of it, and then fought sleep when I tried to put her down (She has an absolutely cherubic nature now though )
ok bed calls, sorry for no more personals
Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:43 PM
Thanks for the info on redcross Deanne! That is something i really want to do!
Cool so there are still a few that are happy to meet up next thursday at monkey mania. I think Sam asked for morning and that suits me good, and i think from experience most people? Should we make it at 10am when it opens so we can get first pick oftables. My boys are at a good age so i can sit where ever, i am guessing near the toddlers area for most people?
Jacks fast arrival!
Anyway with people talking about their birth stories i have decided to get around to writing all of mine. I have started with Jacks, abit odd i guess but anyway!
So i would love it if you would like to read!
Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:28 AM
caro: great about the tupperware party. I will PM you our home number so that you can give that to DH if you like. You are also welcome to bring Angus, but that's up to you.
Leonie: 10am is fine.
Hi Everyone else!
Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:56 AM
I am happy to meet up at MM if Alex is awake at the right time, though I probably won't get much chance to actually sit down and chat much.
Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:44 AM
I'm in for Thursday, will have both littlies with me and hopefully this time Ella will get out and play instead of staying attached to me!
Have just completed Ella's birth story if anyone is interested. I hope to get William's done today too, though will be posting that directly in here, not birth stories.
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