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Posted 07 October 2010 - 05:22 PM
Sorry I haven't been keeping up. Usually I just check FB for the most urgent news and general day-to-day stuff because I don't have much time to come in here. So ridiculously busy the past couple of months since DH left. Trying to keep on top of study, housework, all the things that DH usually does like mowing and carwashing, kids and then trying to find time for myself. Adjusting to life on AD's now so hope they help. Has been about 6 weeks since i started them and no real improvement. Hope that when my stress levels come down that I will start feeling like my old self because I don't like the person I have become Lila is super cute and high maintenance as usual. Ella feeds off my bad moods and stress as well which makes it hard.
Anyway enough whinging. Hope everyone is well but just thought I would say Hi and will try to keep up once UNi is over next week
Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:51 AM
Simone - I had no idea you had gone onto ADs Can you get a higher dosage than the ones you have? I was told by my GP to give mine 6wks and if I didn't feel a huge improvement, she would up my dosage. I really feel for you without your DH Do you have people around you who are helping you out?
Us - I am so proud of Amelia The last 2 days, she has had no accidents and has been telling us when she needs to go to the toilet. It's fantastic Amelia and I are having a girl's night sleepover, tonight, with my sister and niece. Should be a bit of fun. Harrison is having a boy's night, with DH Then tomorrow we are having a nice family day, driving down to Queenscliff for lunch and a walk around the beach.
Anyway....that's about it from me for now
Posted 08 October 2010 - 01:52 PM
Sorry guys have had my hands full with a baby with Colic - am taking her to the Paed today to hopefully give us some idea why or whether its just a case of riding through the screaming and unsettledness until she grows out of it but best to get her checked out. She gets some easement by sleeping on her tummy but you can only imagine how nervous I am about that and sometimes when she just needs help upright for hours its so hot and sweaty - YUK
So I don't get an awful lot of time with both hands free and when I do I'm trying to spend time with yas or do stuff!!!
Hope all are well
Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:49 AM
Ok where is everyone!!!!!Well I could ask the same question Urs!!! Though it's 2:50am. I've been feeding my facebook game addiction a little to much lately Thinking about you all every day.
The kids are very well. Both happy and healthy. Susannah's respiratory specialist has taken her off all preventative medication. He is of the opinion that she's just had a very bad run of luck and picked up a lot of nasty virus's this winter that have caused respiratory distress. He is of the opinion that preventative medication is supposed to 'prevent' asthma and keep her out of the hospital. It hasn't been doing that, so he doesn't see the point in giving it to her any longer. I hope he's right! She goes down hill so quickly when she's on a preventative, I would hate to see her go into a full blown attack witout anything. Bring on summer!!!
J - how is your dad? I scanned the thread quickly and saw he was back on pain meds and having another MRI. Hope all is going ok. How is the pregnancy? Feeling good?
Urs - sorry to read about your FIL too. Big hugs to you princess.
Simone - I'm so sorry I've been slack lately. I didn't know you went onto AD. You always sound so cheerful when we talk. Let me know if you need anything princess. I'm only 30 minutes away. Don't forget to let us know how your photo competition goes. I just voted again
Helen - sounds like you really have your hands full. How are Yas's legs going now? How did you go at the paed yesterday?
feezals - welcome! Nice to see a new name in here. I can't believe you've gone back and read so much - it takes me hours to read the last few posts! We've been in and out of specialist's hospitals and appointments with our DS for allergies since birth. Just ask if you need anything, chances are we've tried it, done it or are still on the road to finding a solution to it. He seems to be growing out of most of his allergies, but there are a few that are stickers and still cause us a lot of trouble.
I'm out. The ferrels will be up in 3 hours and we've got a full day tomorrow (oops! Today!!)
Edited by shell~, 09 October 2010 - 02:54 AM.
Posted 09 October 2010 - 12:52 PM
Simone - I didnt know I'm so sorry you are feeling that way about yourself, from what I read on FB you are doing a fantastic job! and are a wonderful mum to those two girls! Does the Army have any support for you like labourers that can come over and mow etc? You can only do what you can girl! I'm glad you have come in let us know because I have been thinking about you xxxx
Hayls - I didnt get the job, they actually emailed me! thats a first. Well done Amelia!!!! what she been doing about poo's??? and dont be surprised if she does have a few accidents over the next few weeks as it can take them a little while for it to actually sink in especially when she is distracted and having so much fun! lol
Shell - 2.50am!!! omg you are a freak! Glad to hear that sus is doin better!
Helen - poor little Isla, how did the pead visit go?
DH is off to the races on a work function today, its overcast miserable but we do have a kids party on this afternoon so at least that will give them something to do.
ok I should really be studying or housework but I feel really tired.
Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:03 AM
Simone: I didn't know either honey! Your photos are always so happy and smiling. I thought what an amazing person you are to be looking after the girls, studying and taking on day to day jobs when your DH is away working. I hope the AD's provide you with some relief soon. Just know you can come in and vent any time you like we are all here for you xxoxooxoxoxo
Shell: Hopefully Suz's run of bad luck is over then fingers crossed. I agree YAY for summer!
Urs: Did you get the job?
Hel: colic sucks Thinking of you. By the time you have it all worked out I will be embarking on this 2 children adventure so you can give me advice LOL
Hayls: YAY for Millie What a little champ. Eli is not interested he just goes to the potty when he thinks its fun. Hmmmmmm.
Dad: We are waiting on the oncologist for his next round of radiation. He is suffering pretty bad at the moment and my little brother is being a s$%t! head.
Pregnancy: Is great except for the fact I keep forgetting and taking on too much. Weeded the yard yesterday and I can now hardly move LOL. Work is really busy and I have taken on a prac student in my last four weeks. Starting to get excited about time off work and meeting my little princess.
Big hugs to you all xoxoxox
Posted 10 October 2010 - 01:21 PM
Well finally 5 minutes and it will probably be that. Yasmin is such a handful - we have taken everything out of her room except her bed and today I put back a sort of trolley (metal) empty and she found at nap time that it would make a good instrument so out it came again. She keeps saying she 'doesn't want it" - sleep that is and then falls asleep for hours - she is really testing my patience lately.
Isla has a new sleeping place - our bed. She sleep on her side/tummy on a couple of towels on our bed with a muslin wrap over her, we get 3 hours out of her that way. If I put her in her bassinette on her back she lasts all of 10mins so I am looking for a normal size bed for Yas now and moving her out of her toddler bed so I can have the mattress to go into the cot and get Isla in the cot - feel a bit more comfortable with her in the cot on her side/tum as I have the sensor mat too and she will feel like she is in a bed, I dont think she likes being enclosed in the bassinette.
Well she is stirring so will go and feed her and if I get a chance will come back for some personals
Posted 10 October 2010 - 04:52 PM
Simone Im with the other girls, you always seem so happy and chirpy - so sorry you are feeling this way and I hope you feel a whole lot better soon.
Hayles - well done to Amelia - I just haven't tried, its been too hard and Im glad I didn't start before having bubs as I am sure she would have regressed. She knows when she is going to do a poo and a wee as she tells us when she doesn't have a nappy on but a couple of times she has chosen to sit on her potty or the toilet with nothing happening and other times she chooses a nappy so Im sure she is not far off and it may have settled down a bit more with her jealousy etc and things a bit easier with Isla.
Urs - good luck with a new job, sorry you didn't get the last one but as they say its easier to get a job when you have one.
J - goodluck with it all, nearly everyone I know has had some sort of toddler issues bringing a baby home and Yasmin is honestly testing my patience and its not hard when you are tired as Im sure all the other girls can attest to. I had really nothing to whinge about when I had Yasmin - this is way harder juggling two but I agree with Hayles that even though its harder its easier with the 2nd bub as you are a bit more comfortable in knowing what you are doing to an extent even though each bub is different. You will be fine.
Shell so glad to hear all are well in your home - you so deserve a bit of reprieve. Yasmin continues to walk on her toes but she will anchor the one foot down when she wants to stay still - have also seen her walk with one flat and one on tiptoes. I have talked to her about putting her other foot down and she does it but then springs off on her toes where she feels more comfortable. Im sure as she gains more understanding and we continue to tell her she needs both feet flat that it will happen otherwise closer to her 3rd birthday we can get xrays. She continues to be so clumsy though and just falls out of the blue - its quite funny to watch.
Paed has said we just need to ride out the screaming as Colic generally peaks between 4-6wks, he said if she gets worse in the next 2 weeks I have to see him and take some of her poo samples and go off dairy for 1 week but we won't do this unless she gets worse. I am continuing to give her gripe water in between every feed and yesterday she had some unsettled moments but we didn't have a screaming episode in 24hrs which is great so I am hoping we don't get a screaming episode in the next 24hrs which could mean we are on the mend but Im not holding my breath - when I felt she was unsettled yesterday around the normal screaming time I just kept feeding feeding and feeding until she exhausted herself after 3hrs and fell asleep.
Its just all time consuming with holding her etc but today she has continued to sleep well on her tummy on our bed with a muslin wrap over her. Hopefully sleeping well during the day makes for a happier bub evening/night??? we can only hope.
I picked up Yas from daycare on Thursday and one of her carers told me that as Yasmin was falling asleep she saw her with a little stuffed animal and was putting it up her top to bf it !!! that was so funny to hear and would have been so cute to watch - funny how we have that motherly instinct in us from a young age.
Well Isla is stirring again so Im sure its feed time again - then its takeaway tonight as we have nothing in the house and waiting for a Woolies home delivery tomorrow.
Take care all
Posted 15 October 2010 - 08:22 AM
I have a quick five minutes- I think!
Helen: Isla sounds like Ben. I cannot eat ANY dairy at all. As soon as I do or if I eat something with the slightest trace of dairy in it, his eczema flares up and the pains in the tummy start. Last night was our worst night so far. He screamed non stop for almost three hours even when I picked him up and held him. Add to that the fact that he is such a hungry little man, his sleep seems to be getting worse and worse. He loves sleep and will self settle but if I have had dairy ( or even without know ing it) he will be up and in pain. I have started to supplement his feeding with some soy formula and he seems quite settled after he has had a feed of it so will see how we go. I am constantly tracing my steps back and reading packets, there are milk solids in almost everything!
We also have to sit Ben up for half an hour after a feed otherwise the reflux creeps in also!
Ah the joys!
Okay he is awake, better go and shall be back later.
Posted 15 October 2010 - 04:16 PM
Helen - I really feel for you its not easy with 2 little ones especially with Isla being unsettled and Yaz being a little turd lol. Yeah get her in cot and see how she goes, Ricky had acid reflux up to about 3mths and I lifted up the mattress a little with some blankets underneath, that helped! You are doing the right thing with Yaz, what about a little nap on the lounge or her sofa in the lounge? I do this with Casey when he doesnt want to sleep in his bed. he is Mr Independent and has to do everything himself, I'm just really firm with him and send him to his room if he is naughty.
Bec - good to hear from you!
J - No I didnt get the job, it was taken even before they recieved my resume, doesnt matter, now that I have my BAS agents certificate I'm going to apply for an ABN and see if I can pick up some work of my own. I'm still working 3days and thats pretty cruisy so I should be fine.
Well I had another exam this morning, so glad that one is over! I just hope I pass as I do not want to do it AGAIN! We are off to the van this weekend to see my BF and her twin girls I cant wait to help her out!
ok well I'm off, cooking a white chocolate and macadamia nut slice for a party tonight!
Posted 16 October 2010 - 08:16 AM
Hi all just thought I would update........
We have started toilet training Couple of wet undies and shorts yesterday but we have been up for 2 hours and are dry so far fingers crossed.
Urs: Sorry about the job. Good luck with your exam and getting your ABM and that slice sounds amazing can we have the secret recipe Please (because thats what my thighs need at the moment more sugar )
Shell: Hope your doing okay with Josh's super virus that he has caught. Thinking of you guys
to bec and hel and their babies/toddlers xoxoxo Oh the joys!
Posted 17 October 2010 - 08:23 AM
Talk about unsettled babies! Helen- I have had a screaming lil boy for three days now. Not sure if it is the reflux or the fact that he is testing not wanting to go to sleep on his own. I am slowly going insane I think! DH and I went to a wedding yesterday and had to come home last night at 8.30 because he wouldn't settle for my mum and dad. Finally went to sleep for a few hours at 1 am and is currently screaming again! Arghhhh
Posted 17 October 2010 - 10:52 AM
Oh Bec - how old is he now? you probably have nightmares of Issy's sleeping too so you would be stressed about the memories of that.
Mine is currently asleep in the baby bjorn on me but I have to feed her around 11am Im sure she will wake so have been able to get Yas's and my lunches ready on their plates with cling wrap around ready to have while Im feeding Isla as the plan is then to get them both to bed at the same time mid dayish and do my online Woolies shopping and hopefully even an hour sleep before DH gets home - thats the plan anyway.
Urs good luck with the exams and thanks for your thoughts. Yas won't just fall asleep when she has distractions - she needs to be put in her quiet room and lay there bored and she will fall asleep. As she has nothing in her bedroom now she falls asleep but she is whinging in mmy ear at the moment as Isla has been on me and she gets jealous and wants my attention.
J - you have it all to come but I try to keep reminding myself its only hopefully for a short time, she is a pretty good sleeper considering she is only 6wks so I can't expect too much. Night times are great, she just gets up and feeds and goes back to sleep which is the main thing.
Good luck with the toilet training!
Toilet Training - haven't pushed Yas as she knows its going to happen but has just said NO but yesterday she wouldn't put a nappy on and I told her she needed to use the potty if she needed a wee or poo and she looked at me and I said on the potty and guess what - her first wee in the potty so I guess she is getting ready!!! but just don't have to time to push her so hoping she will do it naturally herself for a while and then perhaps once Isla has settled down more we can get into it.
Shell/ Simone / Hayles - how are you all??
Ok Isla fossicking for food best go
Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:55 PM
Helen- he will be 5 months next Sunday. My mum cannot believe how bad his reflux is ( and she has 6 children!). I have a doctors app on the 26th which is the earliest I could get in but if its still this bad tomorrow I will take him to the hospital I think. I am soooo tired! We have Zantac for him which was working but not anymore. I am also going to insist on a paed referral this time, not taking any more " oh he will grow out of it" from the doctor!
Am mad as hell at DH today too, I know he has had a rough time but boy can he be selfish when he feels like burying his head in the sand. He has taken himself off for a sleep because Ben's crying had made him tired! I said I was tired too and he had the nerve to tell me that I got three hours sleep last night when he slept all night! I honestly do not know what is going on with him, he has become a completely different person since Ben was born and one I don't like very much! Last week I mowed the lawns and he had the nerve to tell me that was my " break time". Idiot!
I'm about to wake him up- there is long list of things that need doing around here and I am sick of getting stuck with it all!
Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:49 PM
Bec we are all complaining about men in my DIG with Isla - how selfish they all are! most need a swift kick up the bum. Go with your gut and get Ben looked at further I say. Good luck
Posted 17 October 2010 - 05:09 PM
Exam went pretty well, I'm confident I will pass this time! I finally registered my ABN and now want to look at a Business Name, so I need your help! I want to obviously do Bookeeeping and BAS Services and if need be I will do any kind of officey stuff also. I am so hopeless at coming up with names so I would love some ideas from you girls! I dont care how silly lol
These are mine so far;
Active Bookeeping Services
Ursula's BAS and Bookeeping Services
Ontine BAs & Bookeeping
Thats all I have right now so I need some inspiration as I have no idea!
Went to the van for the weekend and caught up with my BF who had the twin girls, they are just devine! I got to feed, change bums, get them dressed in pink! omg listen to me, its like I have never done it before lol, it was nice and relaxing also, had a few wines a good chat with my vannie friends, it was bliss!
I hope you are all well and had a good weekend, I will catch up with personals during the week and I look forward to hearing your ideas.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:31 PM
Urs: I like Active Bookeeping Services or you could use Accounts2u. If you use an 'A' you will be the first in the phonebook or newspaper. If you wanted to use BAS you could put a sentence underneath your ad specialising in BAS etc.
Toilet training- OMG! I thought what have I done the first couple of days but Little man managed to stay dry all day at daycare .
Was going to do more personals but totally shattered this afternoon! Sleepy sleepy.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 08:05 PM
J - I can't believe how far along you are! Where did the time go? I was sorry to read about your dad's pain again. I will keep him in my prayers. What's that little bratty brother of yours done to make you so upset? for Eli staying dry at DC!!
Urs - Listen to you sweetie.. cluck cluck. Sounds like you had a lovely day with the twins. It's so nice to hear you and the 'van' girls are still getting around together. I think it's pretty low that you got a response to that job you applied for in email. That sucks! Poor form! I actually like On time BAS and Accounts, but I very much agree with J. Unless you're going to take out a massive ad somewhere, you really only look through the first few to find one that looks good. hmmm. Will think about it a bit more.
Bec - Bugger that little man of yours keeping you awake. I was so sure this was going to be the little angel sleeper/feeder that you so deserve. For the record, Zantac did squat for Susannah's reflux too. It made a minor difference in the first couple of weeks, but after that, she was back to screaming all the time. They put her on gavascon infant followed by a special thick formula and I eliminated all dairy but to no avail. We put up with her screaming for ages. I honestly can't remember when it got better, because we mixed sleep school, massage and a whole host of other things into trying to settle her symptoms down. I really feel for you Bec. I wouldn't go back to those days for anything. You're a supermum doing it with 2 other girls and a DH that drives you nuts.... and what's with mowing the lawn lovely lady??? It wouldn't happen in my lifetime! I should expect red carpet would be laid for you, rose petals would adorn your bed and peeled grapes would be served with ice cold champas. Unless you really enjoy it, I certainly wouldn't be lifting a finger in that direction ever again.
Hayles - Your latest FB photo's are adorable. The kids look soooo happy. How is Harry's asthma? Hope Millie is still going well with TT.
Us - Josh is much better. Hospital was just a day trip for us this time DH, Sus and I have all caught a much milder case of it. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It's a very nasty virus. I've never had this much trouble breathing or been so worn out. Susannah starts Child Care next week. MIL has finally had enough I'm going to need to take more time off work to settle her in. Work is going to crack it! Sus is having days when she demands no nappy and stays drythroughout the day and uses the toilet very competently. If I lead and tell her 'no nappy' though, she stands in front of me an wees She's very determined and headstrong.
Best fly. Have to get my stuff ready for work tomorrow.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:07 PM
Success! So far with the toilet training!!! Dry all day yesterday woo hoo! I know they can regress but I never thought we would get this far this fast! Fingers crossed
Not the biggest fan of number 2's though hence the success yesterday (no poo).
Shell: YAY Josh is on the mend and only a day trip. Shame about the family getting it too though.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:53 AM
Wow girls very quiet in here - how is everyone doing?? Where is everyone, I though I had gone missing for ages but seems so has everyone else.
We are hopefully on the improve - Isla is 7weeks and 2 days and she hasn't screamed at night for a week or so - she still has quite a few unsettled hours throughout a day but night times she seems fine and just wakes feeds and goes back to sleep. When her tum is unsettled through the day its just a constant battle to get her to go down - she will be asleep when I transfer and stay asleep a while then her little tum must disturb her and we have to start all over again. Yesterday afternoon this went on for 4 hours and she was so tired but sometimes its only a 3 hour cycle and then as she is feeding a bit during that period she then sleeps for a good 3 hours.
Thats about it for us - hope everyone is doing well and what are you all up to????
Posted 28 October 2010 - 10:42 AM
Helen - I know I have been so so slack, I get emails everyday so I still read whats being posted but without logging on. thats good to hear that Isla is getting better for you!
Shell & J - thanks for the tips cause i have no idea unfortuneatley I googled those names and they are taken! so I'm thinking that I might not get a business name and just start out using my name, I dont need a business name in order to trade or advertise and because its just going to be me I'm only looking for 2 or 3 clients for now to get me started so I'm going to get some stickers made up for my car and put some flyers up at the local shops and the boys school and see how I go.
Us - Well not much going other than working, studying, revising for exams etc!!!! Casey is going well on the potty I havent really started full time training yet but once my exams are over I will be getting into it.
Ok well I have a BAS exam tomorrow so I must go and study and get off EB and FB lol!
Posted 30 October 2010 - 09:42 PM
Hey Girls, whats happening its been 2 days and I was the last one to post!
Nothin much happening, happy with my BAS exam on Friday pretty sure I will pass so now I am definitley qualified by law to prepare and lodge BAS Just now finishing off my last Law assessment, I'm nearly there!
Ok well its late and I'm exhausted from reading for the last 6hrs, must go and get my beauty sleep lol
Posted 31 October 2010 - 07:19 PM
Hey lovely ladies,
I have been busy working my husband to death LOL! I decided we were going to landscape the backyard huge JOB but we are up to the planting stage and it is looking great. Should be ready for summer!
Toilet training: We are doing really well with wee's but he is still yet to poo on the potty or toilet. He is petrified of it. He asks me to change him (into a nappy) so he can poo in it. Any tips on how to get him to go on the toilet????
Urs: Good luck finding clients, shame the names are taken. Hope the BAS exam goes well fingers crossed for you.
Hel: So there is light at the end of the tunnel I will be heading down it soon. Fingers crossed this little one is a sleeper and good feeder.
Posted 04 November 2010 - 08:33 AM
Where is everyone? I thought I was going to have hours of reading in front of me, but there's like only 4 posts in a month! Things are getting bad girls!
I know I have been so so slack, I get emails everyday so I still read whats being posted but without logging on.How do you set that function up??!! How are the boys? Is school sorted for next year?
J: How are you feeling princess? You're in the countdown now! I can't believe I read on FB that you did such a huge hike! Where do you find the energy?! Don't forget to post some pics of your back yard when it's done. I want to show DH what your DH has been up to!
Toilet Training: Don't mention it. Sus can do it on cue, she's just exercises her rights NOT to. It's driving us nuts! She's happy to sit on the toilet and do a poo for her nanna, but she will only do it in her undies or nappy for me.
J - I haven't had the problem with any of my kids being scared of the toilet so not much help there sorry. I do remember someone in my old mothers group saying she was told by a child health nurse to put a nappy on the toilet and get her daughter to sit on it and do the poo that way. After a while take the nappy away and they should start using the toilet ok. I don't speak to her any more so I don't know if it worked or not. My niece at 4 still refuses to do a poo in the toilet and a friend down the road had to take their son to see a psychologist to get it sorted before he started school. It worked - but their son was also 4. I think you've got plenty of time.
How did I do it?? We tried to make it fun and used plain old bribery. Every time he did a poo or a wee we sang a song 'you did a poo on the potty, and I'm very proud of you, you did it, you did, it you, did it Yeah!" (sung to the tune of Dora..who DS LOVED). When he went off dora, we actually lit a birthday candle and he sang happy birthday to the poo and blew out the candle. It's all stuff that makes you feel really silly and you wonder why you're doing it, but it worked for us. I also stopped DS's treats and only gave them for doing a poo on the toilet. I blu-tacked a piece of A3 paper to the wall and bought a few sticker sheets. Everytime he wee'd he got a sticker for the chart, every time he did a poo he got a sticker and a treat. I was nasty and called strawberries a treat too because he loved them so much. It was either that or a freddo. After a while, I diverted him after a poo with TV, dancing, reading books, hiding, making a cubby etc. That took his attention away from the treat and we eventually stopped giving it to him. Perhaps we were just lucky...he's NEVER we the bed yet.
That's it from me. I've written an thesis yet again! Love you all xo
Posted 05 November 2010 - 09:30 PM
Shell I have the best picture in my head of you and your DS singing to a poo
Definately take a photo when the grass grows and the plants are out of their pots and are in the ground.
I love little Suz and her strong will
Toilet training: I think we may have turned a corner today. Eli sat on the potty after he did a poo in his pants and a little more came out into the potty and he was soooooo proud of himself!
Other than that we have had a little bit of a regression with wee's this week too.
TT is challenging and gross!!!!
Congrats to urs on her last exam Read it on FB xoxo
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