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#51 darnie

Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:54 PM

Grace: My Aunty made my girls' Christening Dress. I picked a pattern and went to the lovely people at Ganters in Kingston and said "My mother likes the picture on this pattern. I hate it. Can you help me turn it into something I love, please?" The man picked a beautiful cotton, and various lovely laces. It is very plain and simple but I absolutely love it. wub.gif Thanks, I was excited about passing.l I think, actually it might have almost been a higher pass roll2.gif

Sam: Erin has been doing sleepovers with close family friends for a long time now; however we found it difficult when she started coming home and asking if X could come here for a sleepover or if she could go to X's house. In the end, we told her that not everyone likes letting their "darlings" (as she calls someone's child wub.gif ) go for sleepovers and we need to meet parents properly so it is best not to ask. She was ok with that, but she is quite a but younger than your eldest DD. It is tough, isn't it? I hope Sylvie is ok. And you are sooo not a bad mother. hhugs.gif

Nut: Seriously, this was a full-on yellow A4 piece of paper with things ticked and commented on oomg.gif DH said some parents weren't impressed. Personally, I liked the fact that they took the time to tell me what was right/wrong withe what I did. Information isn't forthcoming, so if I can find out before the night that I've used the wrong shade of lipstick or need to use hairpins in the wiglet, then that is a great thing. As it turns out, hair & makeup were good. Apparently the food I packed was "great" and I was "well prepared" laughing2.gif Fancy the mother who always packs for a nuclear holocast regardless of where she goes being "well prepared" roll2.gif I did get a "please label cloths and outside of bag" and a "please wear light long pants to protect tights from carpet" but that wasn't too bad. The clothes were labelled anyway - they just didn't look hard enough - but the tights, well, I'd thought the same thing when I sent her but didn't bother. Now I know.

Shelly: Honestly, it isn't that big a deal. It is just a game. It's just a matter of breaking it into little steps. Last year, it took hours to prepare for the performance & rehearsals. This year, it is much quicker because I am less stressed, Erin is older and we all know what we are doing. Also, I just laugh about it. I think it is incredibly funny that I am so non-girly and Erin is soooooo girly!

Anne: Why are you (still) clucky? laughing2.gif

Michelle: For a moment there, I was going to offer to do a bulk deal on one-way-tickets-to-Siberia-for-husbands but then I decided that I liked mine again. laughing2.gif

Rohan: Congrats on the arrival of Kendall.

Caro: I hope you are ok. hhugs.gif

Everyone else: Hi! waves.gif

Tanya: I hope your back improves soon.

Sorry girls, the posts are increasing as I am typing. I can't keep up! So sorry if I missed anyone!

Take care,

#52 samagard

Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:56 PM

Did we end up having the gtg breakfast?
Or is Nic's idea in the lead original.gif

#53 darnie

Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:11 AM

Did we end up having the gtg breakfast?
Or is Nic's idea in the lead
I think everyone has got caught up with the whole end of year thing and just forgotten about socialising. Well, at least I have. My head is a whirl with the stuff that I have on at the moment. There is no way that I could make a get together this year, even after the ballet stuff is over. Perhaps we could do something in the New Year? That wasn't meant to sound as though it is all about me. Of course a get together can go ahead without me. I just meant that if other people are feeling like I am, then maybe it would take some pressure off everyone if we considered doing something in the New Year?

Well, I think I will head back to bed now. Alice was very unsettled between 12:30am and 1:30am. I eventually gave her some Nurofen and I think that has done the trick. I was staying up in case I needed to type up an EBay ad for her but it seems that I don't have to. I hope it was just this hot weather and not another freaking ear infection hands.gif I tried bottle/nappy change/cuddles/thin sleeping bag/Nurofen. After each one (except the Nurofen), she settled down for a little while then started crying again. DH came to bed at midnight (waking me in the process mad.gif laughing2.gif ) and is very tired because he has done most of the getting up to Alice lately, so I felt obliged to get up. Hmmmm. Just heard her make a noise. I hope that was just the sign of a good dream or something. hands.gif

Off to bed while the going is good....

#54 It'sbeenawhile

Posted 20 November 2009 - 06:34 AM

Rohan: Even though i have had all my babies in canberra, i live in QBN and the QBN mach nurses have done a home visit for my last 2 babies. It snice i think, so you dont have toget out of the house. We live VERY close to the showground and i really dont want to take the boys because it was so expensive last year, but living so close they are going to hear everything and its going to be hard! Im hoping they like my comprimise that i will walk them past on saturday night for the fireworks!

Samantha: What was Nics idea that you were referring to?

Anyway really must go and be domesticated!

#55 Nut

Posted 20 November 2009 - 07:20 AM

I suggested a BBQ at some point but it hasn't really gone further than that. It's getting to be the busy time of year with only a few weeks left until christmas so we might just leave it until after and see how we go.

#56 shelly1

Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:00 AM

Ok I need some ideas on Jades sleeping as it is stressing me out a little. She has always woken for a feed between 9 and 11pm (more often than not between 930 and 10pm). I have tried resettling but it only worked for 20 mins so I feed her and lately this has been doing her until early morning (around 5-6am) which I thought was great. Enter the last 3 nights - after this feed (which last night was at 845pm after only going to bed at 615pm  oomg.gif ) she cant resettle and ends up waking fully up. Nothing has changed. I feed her in a chair in her room, give her back a little rub when we are finished, put her down, put blankie on and leave.

During the day she goes into her cot wide awake (without a feed) and happily goes to sleep.

Last night it took me 4 hours to get her back to sleep again. This included an attempt at resettling (fail) CC (fail) taking her to the spare bed (fail) numerous breastfeeds (in the end she didnt want anymore boob) (fail) - she was trying hard to go back to sleep but just couldnt. In the end I went into the lounge room with a pillow and doona, lay on the floor and let her crawl all over me until she passed out. I thought it may be tummy problems but am not convinced now. I am going to put her back on basic food for a couple of days and see if that helps.

Sorry for the long post. Maddys sleep went pear shaped around this age and it took me until she was 5 years old to get her sleeping through again and even now I have to lay with her everynight until she goes to sleep and I really dont want to be doing that forever.

Edited by shelly1, 20 November 2009 - 08:03 AM.

#57 darnie

Posted 20 November 2009 - 09:29 AM

Shelly: The minute Alice (and previously Erin) starts waking through the night, I take her to the doctor and get her ears checked because in the case of our dodgy ear genes, it is usually an ear infection. Alice can be as happy as Larry, no temp or anything but will start waking frequently and being very difficult to settle whereas she is normally easy to settle. It will be an ear infection every time. It might not be in your case, but probably worth checking because  at least then you know that a) she is perfectly fine and if you have to get strict or change routines then you know that she is well and don't question yourself; or b) you know that she has an ear infection and can deal with it.

Edited by darnie, 20 November 2009 - 09:30 AM.

#58 sot

Posted 20 November 2009 - 12:55 PM

Deanne - What are you doing up at 2am??

Shelly - I'm sorry I can't help with the sleeping, especially 4 hours to settle.  Hope you are not too tired today.  Fingers crossed that she sleeps better tonight.


Okay things I like

Eileens chocolate mud cake, and Anne's friends baileys cups... yum
Reading - but not real life, I enjoy being uninformed!
Food... love food
Beautiful, pretty girly things

Things I don't like
fruit and nut chocolate - blah sultanas.

Hello everyone, hope you are not sweltering too much today.  Just had a storm but I'm not sure what it did, I was hoping it would cool down.  Better close the doors and blinds again.


#59 samagard

Posted 20 November 2009 - 02:37 PM

I hate daycare  cry1.gif cry1.gif cry1.gif cry1.gif cry1.gif She is not even 6 months old yet. I don't know how mum's can do it any earlier. I was upset sending her, even if she does seem to have fun.    
Had no options, and have to put bell in on a monday while I am at work. She has managed to pick up a cold and today has runny eyes and nose. Plus because of the heat ( i think) she keeps getting red blotches on her face. I hate working the day shifts but have way of changing it sad.gif
This heat is hideous and have no air con. Poop. Have no idea about SS...will work on it
Nic I keep forgetting how close Christmas is! Scary. GTG in the new years seems like a smart idea.

#60 Cantabile

Posted 20 November 2009 - 05:31 PM

bbighug.gif Samantha.

Edited by Cantabile, 20 November 2009 - 05:32 PM.

#61 Puggle

Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:34 PM

Hi all, a flying visit, I am flat out getting ready for tomorrow. What was I thinking? wacko.gif

For those who have not yet received your Secret Santa recipient, don't panic, you will hear from me tomorrow afternoon. original.gif

#62 darnie

Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:29 PM

Hi All!

I was going to try personals, but I have had a glass of wine, so maybe I'll keep it short.

Take care,

#63 Puggle

Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:33 PM


I saw a glass recently that holds a whole bottle, Deanne wink.gif

But you aren't slurring your typing so you must not be too UTI.

So much for me thinking I wouldn't have much for my second hand stall at B&K tomorrow. I don't think it is all going to fit in the car!

#64 darnie

Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:15 AM

Anne: Hehehe. I used my small glasses, so one glass only held half a bottle. Glad my typing wasn't slurred. Good luck at the market today.

We've decided not to go to swimming today. Having a lazy day so that Erin isn't too tired for her big night tonight.

DH has jsut taken Duke to the vet for his (forgotten ddoh.gif ) shots. When he gets back I am going to nick down to Big W to see if I can get a thin dressing gown for Erin. It is recommended that we send a dressing gown so that they can put it on over their costumes while eating, etc. Erin's is so thick that it won't fit in her bag and also I am worried that she will be too hot. I only sent her jacket the other day and they didn't stressed about that, so maybe I will just do that again.

#65 wrappedup

Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:31 AM

SS - I don't really have dislikes - heck getting a present I've neither bought nor pointed out myself is exciting as far as I'm concerned!

Deanne - hope tonight goes well and you enjoy your relaxed day beforehand.

Anne - all the best today! Michelle are you doing it too?

My dh is 34 today (he is my toyboy for 3 months of the year, that's over now LOL).  Lulu is understanding birthdays now so keeps asking if hers is next  biggrin.gif

On thursday-friday Sylvie had a really high temp and didn't eat any food for about 36 hours, she was reufsing the bottle yesterday too but would breastfeed.  She is better now it seems.  Last night Lulu's temp spiked and she was all lethargic etc and she is still a little warm this morning but is eating normally.  Bizarre little bug whatever it is they've had!  We'll wait and see if the other girls get it...

Oh and I had a dream one of the Grad girls is pg last night. Anyone want to own up?  biggrin.gif

#66 *Caro*

Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:41 AM

Anyone in particular in your dream, Sam, or just a random member of the group? Oh, and I'm not stalking (really!) but did one of your FB friends just have a baby named Emmeline??

I think I am slowly getting over this cold.  Everyday it seems to have slightly different symptoms wacko.gif  Anyhoo, it can't last forever!

You probably all think this is weird, but we have moved Em's birthday this year tongue.gif Its technically today, but we are busy with the usual Saturday palava and don't have time for pressies and fun - so we have delayed it till tomorrow laughing2.gif  My MIL thinks its v odd, but DH and I are practical types,so she'll just have to get over it  rolleyes.gif

ok, gotta go get ready for gymnastics now!

#67 darnie

Posted 21 November 2009 - 08:09 AM

SS - I don't really have dislikes - heck getting a present I've neither bought nor pointed out myself is exciting as far as I'm concerned!
That's how I feel! I am so excited that someone is going to buy a present for me and that they are going to make that choice based on what they have learnt about me during at most the last two years. That is just the coolest thing! If I was at all fussy about my likes and dislikes I'd probably just say no to the whole Secret Santa thing, but I am really a big kid at heart and just love it. I've started thinking about the gift that I will buy. I think I've almost got it sorted. dev (6).gif

Caro: I was talking to someone else recently who did the same thing with their child's birthday. If it suits, do it. If it means that she can have a quality day without interruptions then it is probably worth it. Lst year, we spread Erin's birthday over a few days. The actual birthday was on a weekday and she was getting a bike. We wanted her to have fun with her new bike without us having to rush off to work or without there only being an hour of daylight left, so we had a pre-birthday celebration on the weekend before and get her bike to her then. We did the other, indoor stuff on her actual birthday.

Oh and I had a dream one of the Grad girls is pg last night. Anyone want to own up?
Not this little black duck!

#68 wrappedup

Posted 21 November 2009 - 11:52 AM

My friend's sister did Caroline original.gif  She's very cute!  And no, it wasn't specific, we were at a grad meet and someone turned around and had a decent-size bump but I couldn't see who it was.  The things I dream about!

#69 Cantabile

Posted 21 November 2009 - 12:07 PM

QUOTE (puzzlepieces @ 21/11/2009, 12:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My friend's sister did Caroline original.gif  She's very cute!  And no, it wasn't specific, we were at a grad meet and someone turned around and had a decent-size bump but I couldn't see who it was.  The things I dream about!

Said friend's sister wouldn't happen to live in Syd and have an older son already would she? original.gif

And nope, no bump from here either!!

Hope everyone's weekend is going well.

#70 Nut

Posted 21 November 2009 - 12:31 PM

Definitely no bump here... Whilst I would love another I would really prefer a larger age gap than 1 year.

#71 darnie

Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:18 PM

Ok, I promise that after this weekend, yu will hear no more about ballet performances for 12 months blush.gif

For now, though, I wanted to share these photos of my ballerina:
Erin 1
Erin 2
Erin 3

Conversation between Erin & I:

Me: "I am so excited about your performance that I think I will cry when I see you on stage"
Erin (whilst caked in ballet makeup): "Well at least you won't have to worry about your makeup running because you wont' be wearing any"

#72 Puggle

Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:30 PM


Caro, snap, it is also Claire's birthday today but because of me being at the market today we have decided to postpone her birthday to Tuesday instead. We are heading to the coast for a couple of days with the ILs so will make a big fuss of Claire on Tuesday.

Deanne, Erin is just beautiful! I was wondering if people other than family can attend the concert but then I thought "No way, what am I thinking even contemplating letting Claire see all those tutus and pretty things!!!"

Back soon, just juggling some last minute Secret Santa stuff.

Edited by Puggle, 21 November 2009 - 02:34 PM.

#73 Cantabile

Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:33 PM

Deanne - such a gorgeous little lady you have there.

Anne - how did you do at the markets? What secret are you hiding you've been awfully quiet lately and I don't think it's just market madness!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Claire original.gif Enjoy your time at the coast.

#74 Dino-Mite

Posted 21 November 2009 - 06:15 PM

Deanne, Erin looks beautiful in those photos.

Sam, it might have been my belly that you saw but not because I am pregnant but because I think it is still big  wink.gif

#75 Marvel

Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:10 PM

Anne - I saw that whistle!!!

Could be my bump if I EVER get my act together to come to a meet up!!  laughing2.gif

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