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Posted 20 February 2010 - 06:48 AM
Tanya- I think what you said about be calmer with your second was so true in my case.. Catarina always slept at home etc, Jacob learnt to sleep in the pram etc, so we could be out and about...
Hope everyone else is well..
Jacob is toilet trained too, most nights he doesnt wet his nappy, so could nearly take them away, but will wait abit more..
Posted 01 March 2010 - 03:41 PM
Carmen: it's always hard working full time and trying to run a household, you'll get the hang of it, good idea with the Coles online! Bella chucks some fancy fits too... I just ignore her, she gets the point quickly.
Tanya: I am sooooooo much more relaxed the second time and I think that is why Audrey is a dream in comparison (not that Bella is a nightmare but geez I was!) She is also breastfed and sleeps form 10pm till 8am.. pity miss Bella wakes at 7am.
Louise: good luck for Jacks tests, hope it's nothing serious and wow, selling to not selling, hope you get the solution you want.
Lauren: yay on the TT! I'm not game to take the night nappies off either.
On that, Bella is TT during the day, uses her potty or toilet with no prompting and we are pretty much accident free, she still has a wee in her nappy overnight so we're not nearly ready to risk that one just yet.
Bella is going great guns, seems to have grown taller overnight again, she has to wear size 3 pants so they go to her ankles, a basketball player in the making. She still has her tantys but don't all 2 year olds? I can't believe she'll be 3 in a matter of months, the time has just flown by.
We are settled back into Sydney, living in Lane Cove and so happy to have my stuff back. Just need DH to be home permanently and all will be fine in my world. He still has to commute to NZ each week during the week and home on the weekends, I can tell it's taking it's toll on him and the girls miss him (and me) terribly. Not long now...
Audrey is a gem, total dream, she has her unsettled times (as all babies do) but sleeps through, self settles and is growing well. She is still blonde haired blue eyed which just spins me out with Bella being Brown haired, brown eyed. She laughs at everything and is rolling all over the place.. she'll be 5 months older on the 6th.. WOW! time flies!
Love to you all xxx
Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:31 AM
Carmen: If the budget get stretch try and get a cleaner. Once every three weeks maybe just to help and give you a bit of space. It is hard - harder when you have 2 kids. You will work out your routine though and it will be fine. It is hard and some weeks I struggle but generally I am doing fine and I canned my cleaner last year - just wasn't working out for us and I was cleaning after her most of the time. i went through 3 for them all to start off really well to end up doing not much. You may have better luck than me but I am also extremely anal!!!!
Lisa: You poor thing. A single mumma Monday - Friday. And poor Craig missing out on time with his girls. I am generally the single mumma monday to friday and it sucks in one way but I do have a great relationship with both children. Although when dad is home I do not get a look in. I have learnt that I can get the three of us ready and get out pretty quickly and generally anyway if I am not at work they are with me no matter what I am generally up to.
Toilet training: Miki is fully toilet trained. one night in around Sept maybe Oct last year i forgot to put a night nappy on her and that was it she refused and touch wood have not yest had an accident. I think I started training her just after her 2nd birthday. I really wouldn't worry about the night time nappy just yet. Jack wore one till just after his 4th birthday.
House: It is on the market. I have professional photos done tomorrow I think. I have placed a hell of a lot of work into the house and spent a small fortune on it, but it now looks unbelieveable. This will be the last time i try to sell this one.if it doesn't go then I will be happy and not worry about it again. I brought this home as an investment and I have ended up falling in love with it the more we have done.
Jack: We have gone for EEG and ECG as well as MRI's and CT scans. i will see the neuro specialist this Friday and I hope to get an answer either way. We will cope with what ever is the issue as a family with unwavering support for my little man. He is a great kid and will take it in his stride. I will not treat him differently to his sister but continue to treat him as my Jack like I always have. I am sure his great grandfathers are watching over him.
Edited by louise81, 02 March 2010 - 11:33 AM.
Posted 10 March 2010 - 10:29 AM
Louise: what do they think it is with Jack? is he ok? sounds serious the poor boy (and poor you).
I'm pooped, I'm exhausted, I have no tether, I don't envy my children for having to live with me this week... I feel like I'm yelling at Bella more than anything, she won't listen to me, she does the opposite of whatever I say.. she wakes Audrey, she screams, she throws tanties... I want to quit.
They are both sick, they are both awake form 6am till 11pm and sometimes during the night, I have no relief, I am over it.
ok.. vent over, off to make myself a coffee.
WHat is everyone's bedtime routine, I think I need to change Bellas, she just fights bedtime for hours and I just can't do it anymore.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:21 AM
Lisa: Biggest hugs hang in there!!!! I understand what you are going through. We have all had those sorts of weeks and I am sending you lots of strength vibes. Sleeping we have dinner at 6.30pm bed at around 7pm the story / cuddles and in bed by 7.30pm. Every night. It has worked well for us and we have a rule that whilst you might not fall asleep right away we just lay there unless we need to use the toilet! Waking up is our issue though from 5.30am every day!
Enjoy those coffees.
Jack: Confirmed epileptic! We just need to try and find which catagory he will fall into. I have had the biggest and worst 10 days of my life and i am hoping for some great news to come my way. I am over it and I just want good news. No more bad news! Also this week despite giving both of my children the chicken pox vaccination at 18 months Jack has come down with it. This means 7-10 days off pre-school and work!! The down side to it is that it can take 21 days for it to appear so it might mean that Mikayla might not show symptons till next week!!!!!!
Lisa: I think I need to share that coffee with you!
Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:29 PM
Oh Lisa and Louise, BIG BIG to you BOTH!
Louise- at least we know what the problem with Jack is now. Poor thing but at least now he can get the right treatment and you have some sort of control.
Lisa- Sonya hates her sleep too and fights it big time. I don't know if I told you but we have a nanny for the kids now when I go to work (just 2 days a week) and she has made such a difference with Sonya's behaviour and assisted us with her sleep routine sooo much. Sonya was going to bed(actually falling asleep) around the 10-10.30pm mark and by the time we had Luke bathed etc, we were both absolutely exhausted. Now we start letting her have her milk and winding down at 8.20pm (Wiggles are on Playhouse Disney) and she is in bed by 9pm- 2 storybooks only and that's it- no more going back in her room, patting etc etc. It took a week and now she is used to it. It must be so hard for you without Craig there during the week you poor thing
Lauza- Sonya's nappy was completely dry last night but I am not game to take off her nighttime nappy either
Me- nothing much happening. Luke is good, had his 4 month shots on Friday so has been grizzly. Other than that, we are all good...no news is good news!
Posted 30 March 2010 - 07:28 AM
Long time in between posts..........
Well if you have been seeing my facebook page most people will know that life for us took a turn for the worse. In the past 6 months my family have had to deal with DH's 2 grandmothers passing and now his father in a very quick illness. DH's nana passed 2 weeks before his father passed on. FIL was diagnosed just a mere 9 days prior to his death with AML Luekemia. The drs and specialists at Royal North Shore have never seen this illness so quickly take someones life. It was one of the worse things I have personally witnessed and it has devestated our family that a man of 58 in otherwise good health could be taken from us so quickly. I hope that the Dr's can learn something new that was previously unknow to FIL's passing to help other familys in the same situation.
Never ever take your own or the ones around you lives as they will always be there and around. Don't forget to tell those that you love that you do in fact love them.
I will come back in later.
Posted 30 March 2010 - 01:57 PM
How sad . Hope you and your family are doing okay. Stay strong and I am sure a something positive is just waiting around the corner for all of you.
Edited by dgg, 30 March 2010 - 01:59 PM.
Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:15 PM
ohhh Lousie - you aand your family are in my thoughts xxxx
I have heeded your advice ! Loved ones are precious!
Hi everyone else!
J has toilet trained himself in the last two weeks - what a funny boy!
He thinks pooing on the toilet is hillarious... he goes on potty and empties and flushes it himself.. just amazing ! and undies are sooooo cute on him!
Loving the start of my holidays - glad that DH is home for four days this weekend.. we are heading away!
SPeak soon everyone.... this boy has REALLY stinky feet and I need to change his socks (he is sitting next to me!)
Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:56 PM
It's been a loooong time since I've popped my head in here.
Louise- You sure have had terrible few months. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your loved ones. Life is definately short. We must remind ourselves this when the going gets tough.
I haven't read back to all the posts, just this page so I hope you are all well.
Helena is doing fine. Her tantrums are BAD! We can't reason with her. And boy does she scream. She is very clingy to us especially her dad. If her dad is around she will stick to him like glu. She prefers adult company and it is sometimes annoying. She hates creche and cries every Tuesday and Thursday morning when she attends. She ia a bit of a bully too! But she is cute (sometimes) and very clever. She amazes me with the things she knows.
She went cold turkey at Christmas time with the dummy. That and toilet training was the easiest things I had to deal with. Having said that, she has been day trained for months but haven't tried the night. The minute I took her nappy off she never had an accident with #1's and only once with #2's. She mostly has a day nap of 2 hours but is also happy to go without one iif we are out. She stopped the milk at approx 2 yrs old but loves her weetbix, cheese and yoghurts so gets plenty of calcium. She goes to bed at 7-7.30pm and wakes around the same time in the mornings. Phew! I think I told you her life story. Oh, and she loooooves her food. The minute she wakes up she asks me what's for dinner and does a happy dance after I tell her. Dinner is at 4.30 (I know it's early) but her and her brother are starving at that time (He from school) so dinner must be ready and then they have a snack of maybe yoghurt or fruit at 6pm.
There you go girls.
I am well. Will promise to come back in more often now that my wireless is up and running.
Posted 04 April 2010 - 09:12 PM
Faye - sooo good to ehar from you - its been ages.. and hear what Helena is up to - Jeremiah's tantrums have been HORRIBLE lately too - and tonights ones with friends over has to take the cake.. im so embarrassed!!
Would love to see some up to date pics of peoples kids now!! and some stats (like Faye did) if you all have time....?
Mine will be another day - gotta run now C xx
Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:18 PM
I am so sorry Louise to hear of your tragic news.. I am on FB but don't really know how to navigate it.
Faye- lovely to hear from you- how is the restaurant going??
Carmen, Yay for Jere!! Sonya is so proud when she does a crap in her Elmo potty, then Simon and I ahve to scissors, paper, rock to see who has to empty it!
Dana Happy borthday to Christian for Saturday 17th!!
My little man Luke is 5 months old and its flying by- our babies are all turning 3 soon!!
Nothing much happening on my end, work at the chemist, work from home. We have a lovely nanny for Luke and Sonya when I am at work.
Saw Lisa and her gorgeous Audrey a few weeks back at Bicentennial Park. We ahve to do a get together soon ladies! Back tow ork... xx
Posted 27 April 2010 - 12:23 PM
Thank you for all of your thoughts during a very hard time for my family. It means alot.
Well I have sold my home!!!!!!!! Now waiting for the cooling off to finish which should be today We have a holding deposit down on another block in Kellyville - a nice 700sqm block for us to hopefully build our dream home and stay put!!!! We have decided its time to get some roots down for us and the children. In the mean time we will be moving into DH's nana's home until that sells. It will mean we will be there for at least 5 months which will save us a fair amount and also means someone is in the home instead of it being empty.
Tanya - Good to hear Luke is coming along well. I would love to meet you, I can only do Fridays though!!
Oh Jack has finally out grown his weight range in the Safe n Sound Hi-Liner. I went back to Baby Kingdom to get him a foam boost to be told thats it no more chairs for him or boosters as he is above weight limits. I was amazed he isn't 5 till August and when they weighed and measured him he was to tall and heavy for the Aust standards in our seats!! So I am now looking into O/S seats to see differences.
A very happy 3rd birthday to all the babies!! Time has gone so quickly!!
Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:30 PM
So I wanted to wish all the May 2007 Bubs a very happy 3rd Birthday!
Jacob is 3 today! I really cant believe how fast it has gone.. We got him a big boy bike and took him to a bike track this morning and he got on it and took off straight away so proud of him, did have a few spills but straight back on it...
Hope all the may 07 have a wonderful birthday!
Edited by Lauza, 01 May 2010 - 01:31 PM.
Posted 01 May 2010 - 09:50 PM
Happy bday kiddies and congrats mummies on making it the three years!
Bday party here tomorrow for our boy with a CARS theme!
Should be fun - off to make cupcakes !
Posted 03 May 2010 - 09:59 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR TODDLERS (boo hoo no longer babies!)
Bella had a wonderful birthday and I find it hard to believe my lil' girl is now 3 years old, independent, stunning and just so smart. I am more proud of her every day and love her more every second.
Tanya, it was great to run into you, you are one good looking mumma there and Luke is gorgeous. Sonya has grown so much, such a little girl.
Louise: congrats on the house!
Carmen: woohoo on the toilet training.
Just a quick one for me... Audrey is almost 7 months old, I need time to slow down, she is just spectacular, I love her so much. I'm one very lucky mum indeed.
much love to everyone and your birthday boys/girls xxxx
Posted 17 May 2010 - 11:12 AM
Wishing all of the beautiful kids on May 07 group a wonderful 3rd birthday!
Ciára is fabulous, a cheeky little loving minx who we all adore!
hope all is well with you all
Posted 16 July 2010 - 08:50 PM
Ok so - 10 things happenign in my world right now....
* I miss you all
* Jeremiah is going well, we are using a reward chart for him to do things like dry nappy at night, eating dinner, staying in bed, helping to get dressed - seems to be working
* I'm still working full time and its bloody hard!
* Dreaming of a second baby maybe later this year?
* Jeremiah has learnt "shut up" and "I'm not yur friend anymore mummy" - not impressed!
* His favourite foods are still pasta, cheese, sausages and anything with tomato sauce
* Trying to find some time for myself between full time work, wife and mummy - not easy - really want to lose 10kg before TTC
* I need a red wine
* I'm off to watch masterchef now (yep I'm running out of things to say)
* Hernia repair is all healed but I have a funny (not funny) feeling I may have popped another - but I'm ignoring it for now !
Anyone else want to joing me in a 10 point catch up??????
Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:16 PM
I will join you Carmen
* I miss all of you. It was so nice to see a post.
* Mikayla seems to be going great guns. Just had her latest development checks from Day Care / Pre School and she has mastered all that she should by now! Go Miki!
* I have enrolled Jack into school for next year. I am actually a bit upset that he is really starting to grow up and that next year my Fridays will be only with miki and not with them both. I love them both and the past 5 years have rushed on by.
*Mikayla seems to be very headstrong and independent just like me. I am scarred and I am hoping she is not giving me insight to our teenage years. Yikes!!
* Funnily enough I have been feeling clucky until someone mentions 2am feeding? There will be no more and whilst I am happy I am somewhat saddened by this
* Miki is now in a size 12 shoe!!!!! I have measured her but she seems tall. I am going to be the midget.
*We have sold our home and brought a new block - Still in the great place of the Hills Shire (I love it). We have just signed off all contracts with Eden Brae to build us the Maddision MK3.
* Fav foods still seem very strongly based on Italian style cooking which suits me fine mostly.
* I am now strickly a non red meat eating person.
* I have taken up Pole Dancing for fitness as well as running on my treadmill and kick boxing!
Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:09 PM
Sounds fun Lousie (the pole dancing !!)
OMG a size 12 shoe?? Jere is in a size 8 !! just ! hehehehe
I thought of another dot point
*my son is the worlds BEST tantrum thrower ever.... and i have seen a few so I think I am able to judge - so highly strung, and headstrong and stubborn... I fear my personality coming out?? he also has a few OCD tendencies.. oops from mummy too! ehehehe
Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:08 PM
I'll join in, I haven't been on here for so long I just jumped on tonight out of boredom (and curiosity)
*Isabella is going great, she's so articulate and grasps concepts that surprise and impress me everyday.
*Isabella is a wonderful big sister, she dotes over Audrey, kisses and cuddles her ALL the time. She plays with her and includes her as much as she can (to the point of frustration for both of them)
*Isabella is so tall, she stands eye to eye with 4 year olds and wears a size 4 in all clothes eventhough they have to have the adjustable waist for her tiny middle. She wears a size 9 shoe (Louise - 12 WOW)
*Audrey is a dream baby, so easy going and calm. She does still wake at night a few times but it's just a resettle and she's asleep again.
*We are back in NZ! The commute was working for Craig, so we came over for a few months to be with him whilst his work sorts out something permanent to bring us all home. Looks like we'll be here a bit longer now though.
*Isabella is clearly left handed! And so into craft, dress ups, role playing and dancing.
*We have talked about a third but neither of us are ready, so if it happens it won't be for a year or so.
*Isabella is so head strong and stubborn so tantrums are not fun when they happen (don't sound as huge as Jeres though Carmen)
*I'm back to pre-pregnancy size although a good toning wouldn't go astry, I just don't have the time.
*I miss home, I miss my friends, Bella misses her friends but I would do it again in a second to be with Craig.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to you all
I'll make an effort to get on more often now!
Posted 27 July 2010 - 09:06 AM
Oh Carmen. Mikayla is a sook but thankfully not a real tantrum thrower! Big hugs there.
Yeah Miki is a big girl also size 4. She will hopefully take after her father (DH 191cm me a "shortie" well compaird to DH 175cm). Jack is in a size 3 shoe so we have gone all the way through the childrens shoe and onto the next sizes!!!!!!! He turns 5 next week and is wearing a size 6/7 in clothes! He eats like a machine and I wonder where he puts all the food. I am scarred to see how big he will end up being. He is just uner my "boob" height as he likes to tell me. People always look at us when we tell them how old he actually is. He is a big softie though just like his dad.
Currently I have them both in swimming on Fridays and Sundays as well as pre-school soccer. Next year I will add in dancing classes for Miki.
For those who are still reading. Childcare how much do you ladies pay? I am paying $75 per day per child!! No I don't get any CCB but I can claim CCTR and do this after I place my tax returns in so like a forced saving thing for us. I am not sure if this is a fair amount but I really do like the centre and the care that is provided as well as the school readiness program which Jack is currently involoved in as he starts school next year.
I hear you Lisa on the toning. I seriously think that I need a tummy tuck. I am back semi normal but the stomach just hangs. If you have seen photos from Biggest looser that is how my tummy is just not to the extreme. Even DH has commented on the fact that the skin has stretched so much and the tummy hangs. I hate it and I am self concious of it. I am still running and doing major interval work, Thai Kickboxing and now Pole Dancing lessons as well and still nothing I do makes it budge. Although I do love my legs! I run at lunch times and kick boxing I do at 8pm as well as pole dancing. I know I shouldn't complain as my children are so worth it but seriously!
Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:21 PM
Great to see some replies girls....
I pay $315 a week for daycare (fulltime) with 0% CCB - but again it is an excelent centre - privately owned and run.
Posted 30 July 2010 - 09:17 PM
Louise: yay on the house, so exciting for you!
Childcare: I used to pay $87 a day for Bella in the toddlers room, without CCB! Fortune... that's why I haven't returned to work, it's not worth it.
Friday night here, Audrey has started to sleep through again (thank f*ck) after a month of pure hell... I think she's a bad teether. So I'm looking forward to some much needed sleep and enjoying some sweet wine... nice.
Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:42 AM
I am in denial. Jack turns 5 tomorrow!!! I still remeber putting him into his car seat for the first time.
I am sick and have been back in hospital again. I am seeing a cardiac surgeon today to go through things.
Lisa: Hmm I pay $75 each for Jack and Miki. A total of $150 per day and like you I don't get anything other than the 50% tax rebate which is great don't get me wrong but I opted to have it paid back yearly in a lump sum as a part of forced savings, which is great but just seeing $600 per week go is annoying. And yes I knew this was going to be the case beofre I returned to work but seriously I wonder some days. Oh well at least I do get half back and super into my account. Get off your soap box Louise.
Sleep: Go Audrey keep up the good work!
My cheeky pair think 5am is a nice time to get up!!! WTF mummy doesn't so get back to sleep cherubs.
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