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#1 Sandra

Posted 16 September 2010 - 04:04 PM

Oops sorry about that ladies, new thread time

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...howtopic=816615



#2 mirandarine

Posted 16 September 2010 - 05:08 PM

Thankyou!

#3 bellemae

Posted 16 September 2010 - 05:12 PM

original.gif Thanks original.gif


Damn - you beat me to it!!!! Tounge1.gif

#4 Kay1

Posted 16 September 2010 - 05:43 PM

Thank you! Took us a while to miss it LOL!

#5 ~crackajac~

Posted 16 September 2010 - 07:11 PM

boo

#6 bellemae

Posted 17 September 2010 - 12:41 PM

I'm bored....


we have another student arriving tomorrow at 4am!(What sort of sh*tty arrival time is that!)...should be making the house nice...should be cleaning, couldn't be stuffed......she's 18 and from Switzerland, staying with us for 6months - hope she's nice! Wondering whether I should bother cleaning too much, she's going to be here 6months so I'm sure I can't keep up the farce of a spotless house the whole time. Perhaps it's better to give it an air of tidiness, but not set the bar too high IYKWIM (getting pretty good at justifying not cleaning hey?).

Strangest thing is our master bedroom has always been the toy room, full of toys (mostly Lego). Now our student will have our old room and we're in the master bedroom. Thing is, the two smaller rooms (hers & the kids) are quite small - no room for anything other than a bed and bookshelf/desk, so all the toys need to stay in the master bedroom as they wont fit in the kids room. Our 'new' room is a bedroom x toyroom, it is interesting waking up to an army of clone troopers staring at you, backed up by a squadron of fighter ships!

OK, really I'm just here rambling crap to avoid cleaning...no new updates on FB, have read all the interesting random threads I can find here, can't be stuffed replying to any of them though....run out of time wasters...hang on...looks to be about lunch time, I might go have lunch original.gif

Oh, who has the b'day list, my brain's too lazy to actually remember who and when blush.gif sorry.

Edited by bellemae, 17 September 2010 - 12:43 PM.


#7 Kay1

Posted 18 September 2010 - 05:31 PM

Good luck with the new student Belle. original.gif

Well we just got back from a birthday party. It made me sad sad.gif . First I saw Nate being really mean to some other kids, hitting etc. I reprimanded him and made him say sorry etc. It was very shocking to me to see it though. The party was held in a preschool and I think that's how kids behave at his preschool and he just forgot I was there. He looked so shocked and embarrassed when he saw me running over.

Then they played musical chairs and when he got out he lost the plot, total meltdown and screaming etc. It was so embarrassing. I had to carry him outside (not easy, he is huge) and wait for him to calm down. cry1.gif

I just don't know how he's going to cope with school next year nno.gif . I'm so worried. None of the other kids behaved like that.

A question. This preschool (the local community one) which is apparently awesome but I couldn't get Nate in there last year has recently had some kids leave because their families moved. I am wondering if I should find out if I could get Nate in there for the last term of year. I know it would be two changes of school in a short time frame but:

He knows about 6 kids who go there, three boys from tennis who he gets on really well with and three kids from his current daycare
There is more structure there and more discipline I believe
Its three days a week so a better transition to school than his current two days
It is cheaper even for three days (although only 9-3pm)
Its closer to home, like a 5 minute walk

Now I don't know yet if I can get him in, and also I'd have to sort out Leo's care to ensure I still get a day off which may not be possible......

BUT WHAT WOULD YOU DO??? hands.gif Is it worth changing him or is that likely to stress him out? I had a brief casual chat with him about it and he said he would like to go there although he is worried about leaving his beloved friend A behind....but she will not be going to school with him anyway. I don't know if any kids from the 'new' preschool are going to his school or not. That will be something to find out when I call them.




#8 mirandarine

Posted 18 September 2010 - 05:59 PM

Kay- I would probably consider the change too. If he is struggling in areas then an extra day of school now would only help I would think. Rather than going from 2 to 5 days a week, 3 to five may be easier.

Belle- How is the student thing going? Im still considering it here. Good tax free money too.

Jac- Thanks <3 Your girls are truly gorgeous and Imogen just melts me to pieces!!!!!!

My girls are currently watching a dvd and hopefull will be in bed within the hour. Boy are they exhausted and crazy this afternoon.
Im onto my 2nd glass of vino.....

Night!

#9 Kay1

Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:07 PM

Thanks Miranda! original.gif DH is at cricket and I am starting my first glass of wine - going to text him to bring home some Thai methinks.

#10 ~~Lynny~~

Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:20 AM

Kay - Given what you have said about the other preschool then yes I would change him as well original.gif

Belle - what a cruddy time!  Hope she is nice and helps out around the house wink.gif

sorry not much to report here - kids are driving me mental..  DH is a lazy #$%* but I wont go into that right now..

Hey has any of the NSW girls been to Forster?  yay or nay?? I'm looking at booking a week at Sails Apartments in November - I NEED a break!  DH likes forster but I'm not so sure I can remember much of it (havent been there in years).  I'm not too fussed though - as long as it's near a beach and has nice accommodation I'm happy!

Better go and see why the kids are so quiet!  Hope you're all keeping well

hhugs.gif to those who need it!  waves.gif

Edited by ~~Lynny~~, 19 September 2010 - 08:21 AM.


#11 Starbuck

Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:17 PM

Hi all. I seem to always be apologising for my lack of posting.  blush.gif I think facebook has a lot to do with our thread being so quite.
I really have no time atm. I have an essay due tomorrow and I still have heaps to do on it. Rosie has been really sick, tonight we were tossing up whether to get her seen tonight or tomorrow. She just has a erally bad cough. The worst in a year. sad.gif Then I work all this week and the girls and I are going to Coffs harbour to stay with a friend for the school holidays. No DH. It will be interesting seeing how I cope. ESPECIALLY the 9 hour train trip there (and back) ffear.gif

Kay
That's tough. Do you think he would cope with the change? I agree with Miranda that if he seems like he may have trouble socialising at  school an extra day would help. On the other hand I know too many changes can be difficult. I always feel Nate and Alyssia have a lot in common and I would be hesitant to change her for just 1 term. But I don't know Nate obviously like you do. Sorry, none of that was terribly helpful.

Belle I can imagine having toys all around would be weird to wake up to. I think it's great you can have the exchange students. Is it strange to have them there? Do you feel you have to behave differently? Any chance you want to travel down to COffs in the holidays,  laugh.gif

Very proud of Alyssia, she was invited to play in the Grand Concert of the Eistedfod as the representative of the junior strings. She played a piece that she was only given 2 weeks ago. She did great!!! It was weird though cause she didn't actually place in the violin (I think she should have, and she didn't play her best that day, I suppose I am biased though smile1.gif )

OK better go, I told DH I would sort the washing up and then I really have to get writing.

#12 Kay1

Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:02 AM

Thanks Kirsten - sorry to hear about Rosie's cough. What is your uni course? I don't think I actually know. blush.gif

Yeah I know I have concerns about changing him too, but then again maybe it will be good practice for the change of school. He has been to this preschool (to play) a few times and knows quite a few kids - but yes, I know, his anxiety levels are already so high, it could backfire  unsure.gif I also means no preschool in the school holidays which will means he will go from a couple of months full time at home to full time school. If he stays where he is he will go to preschool until Christmas. I just don't know.

#13 bellemae

Posted 20 September 2010 - 10:16 AM

QUOTE (Kay1 @ 18/09/2010, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Then they played musical chairs and when he got out he lost the plot, total meltdown and screaming etc. It was so embarrassing.

None of the other kids behaved like that.

Kai is a bit like that...we were at a birthday party earlier in the year and they had some sort of treasure hunt. The thing they were hunting for was quite hard to find, so they were all running around hunting for ages. When one girl found the 'treasure' Kai broke - totally lost it - crying saying he wanted to be the one to find etc, I had to remove him. ALL the other kids were fine. He is slowly getting better - I think. I actually think he copes better with these things when I'm not around than when I am. He's had a couple of 'melt downs' at school, he's not the only one, there's always a few kindy kids who have a harder time coping with things emotionally. The teachers are used to this and are great at dealing with it.

It's hard to say whether the change would be good, it really depends on how he'll cope with the change. If it wouldn't be too stressful then the added structure could be quite good, but if it stresses him too much the change could make things harder...sorry, I'm not a lot of help.

Kirsten - You must be so proud of Alyssia! That's fabulous that she played in the Grand Concert - How does she cope with performing? does she get nervous?

When are you down in Coffs? I'm going down to Sawtell on Saturday, coming back Sun night or Mon morning. I'm shooting a wedding - and sh*tting myself!!


Us - New student is lovely, quite shy though I think. Her English is still quite basic, so we can't just chat to her, have to thoughtfully phrase questions. It is a bit strange having them here, I'm guessing because she's here so long that it will start to feel more normal after a while. I have moments where I feel like I should be chatting to her, but I can't think of what to say. Theoretically to the school she's an adult, but I think she sees herself more like a child, and feels happier to tag along with us than do her own thing. She lives at home with her parents still and this is her first time living away from them. I'm thinking it will be more like having a 3rd child than having an adult house-mate. More work in terms of I don't think we'll be getting any help cleaning/cooking, but at the same time pretty sure we wont have issues with her going out partying and coming home drunk biggrin.gif  This could all change though once she makes friends at school.




#14 Kay1

Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:49 PM

Wow, must be interesting Belle. original.gif

Well I just don't know what to do about the preschool thing. Found out today Leo's wednesday spot is gone (I had given notice) so that means if we change to the other preschool then I will have no kid free day. Although I could probably organise some kid free time now and then between my mum (who's now retired) and friends and then of course next year I"ll get one day a week.

Gah! don't know what to do!!! My main concern is exactly what you said Belle. If it goes well it would be great, if not it could be a real set back for him. unsure.gif

#15 butterflies

Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:10 PM

Kay I think you should stay where you are? if it's like the preschool that Zahli goes to, school hours and terms it means it's going to be a looooong six weeks for you with and very intellegent and curious boy.  Would it drive you nuts?  but that's my opinion though.

Lynny yep we have been to forster, loved it, we stayed at the caravan park near the break wall (can't remember what it is called though)



#16 Kay1

Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:41 PM

Lynny - Lynette
Sydney Hills district NSW
Damian
7/8/05


Crackajac - Jac
Newcastle NSW
Katie
23/8/05


Lee27 - Leanne
Parkinson QLD
Brock
25/8/05

Bekbeks - Rebekah
Mildura VIC
Fraser
26/8/05


Hannahmania - Sharon
Melbourne VIC
Hannah
28/8/05

Fraseky - Kylie
Perth WA
Niamh Ianthe
1/9/05


Ryans mum - Lisa
Perth WA
Ryan
5/9/05

Happyhearts - Bronwyn
Narangba QLD
Caleb
6/9/05


MirandaW - Miranda
Wollongong NSW
Charlotte
7/9/05

Kirsten G - Kirsten
Bathurst NSW
Rosalie
7/9/05


BronR - Bron
Marrickville NSW
Rory
7/9/05


Butterflies - Karina
Hills District, Sydney NSW
Zahli
8/9/05

~*danielle~* - Danielle
Melbourne VIC
Jasmine
12/9/05

cohenandlani - Rochelle/Shell
Newcastle NSW
Lani
13/9/05

oops twins - Judy
Melbourne VIC
Lily & Hannah
15/9/05

Helli
Currumbin, QLD
Yasmin
  15/9/05


mhjemma - Mardi
Melbourne VIC
Caius
15/9/05

Curlzzz - Kelly
Sunshine Coast QLD
Noah
16/9/05

Domestic Goddess - Tash
Remote WA
Zachary
16/9/05


Enchantress79 - Leesa
Glenbrook NSW
Lilian
17/9/05


sotetno - Melanie
Marrickville, Sydney NSW
Ernie
19/9/05

2boysmummy - Karen
Newcastle NSW
Matthew
20/9/05

Lil'Will - Renee
Canberra ACT
Wil
20/9/05

Cassiopeia
Sydney NSW
Lorcan
20/9/05

Kay1 - Kay
Sydney NSW
Nate
26/9/05

bellemae - Belle
Byron Bay NSW
Kai
1/10/05

maisy_jane - Kate
Taree NSW
Jake
5/10/05



Sorry its so late. original.gif

Can't believe I missed saying Happy Birthday Lorcan, Matty and Will!!


#17 Kay1

Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:44 PM

Yeah that's true Karina but I had already said we'd finish care at Christmas anyway ($$) so its only an extra week.

Anyway I have just spoken to the new school. Their admin lady is going to call me tomorrow and if there's a spot I can go and meet with them tomorrow. The lady I spoke to was very keen to give us the spot though as she felt it would be much better for Nate.

Ha ha, just when I thought I had everything sorted. laughing2.gif

#18 ~~Lynny~~

Posted 20 September 2010 - 04:01 PM

Thanks K original.gif - we ended up booking a place in Port Stephens for 3 nights early in October - will have a longer holiday up in Forster after xmas



#19 Starbuck

Posted 20 September 2010 - 04:37 PM

Belle We arrive Monday night at 8:30 after a 9 hour train trip. eeeeeek
If you happened to stay till Tuesday???

Alyssia gets very nervous (or at least did for this performance) and didin't even feel better once she had played. Hopefully she will get better at it, but we are not sure because she is such a sensitive girl. She gets these funny thoughts in her head and we can't get her to realise they are completely illogical (obviously we don't just say "you are being illogical") On sat she was worried about mistakes and we tried to say it didn't matter cause everyone would just be impressed with her. So she twisted that round to think that people were going to think she was little and not very good and would make mistakes and that they would be happy then when she made them.  blink.gif

Kay It's arts, this subject is Political Ideologies and i is only my second.

My assignment isn't finished, I am supposed to go to work in 30 mins (though work knows I may not turn up) and DH, who is an absolute gem by taking a day off when he couldn't really afford it, has got R at the hospital as the Dr this morning was quite concerned. Her XRay was clear thankfully, but we still have no idea whether they want to keep her overnight cause her sats are borderline.

Why then, you ask, am I on the computer?  blush.gif Better go get back to it after my quick cuppa.

edited to add, just got an sms from DH, she is being admitted. I know it's terrible to think this, but it just the worst timing. I only work every few months for a week and we desperately need the money. She hasn't been sick enough to be admitted like this for over 18 months. WHy now?????

Edited by Starbuck, 20 September 2010 - 04:40 PM.


#20 Kay1

Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:09 PM

Oh bugger Kirsten. sad.gif I hope she improves enough overnight for them to discharge her tomorrow. Will someone be able to look after her then while you work?

Lynny - Great news on the weekend away. I am really feeling like getting away at the moment but we have to save our pennies right now. Since I went to Fiji I have pretty much had a friend there every week since (friend #5 is currently there and another going in a few weeks) and I am getting jealous LOL!

#21 bellemae

Posted 21 September 2010 - 10:22 AM

Oh no Kirsten, hoping she's doing much better this morning.

Can't stay down south any longer sad.gif I don't drive, Matt's still flat-out with uni, my Dad is staying here to look after the kids and my Mum is driving me down to the wedding.

Ohh, I had a osteo appt yesterday.  I've never been to anyone about my spine, but have always known there were problems. This guy was amazing! Sooo nice, explaining everything he did, got a lovely massage plus a fabulous readjustment - was bliss! He was seriously sooo good! Shame everyone else knows it too and I have to wait 5 weeks for another appointment sad.gif

#22 Kay1

Posted 21 September 2010 - 02:44 PM

Well we have the spot at the new preschool. original.gif Now I have to make a decision tonight.

It seems good, much older teachers, very matronly but nice. They have to call the teachers Mrs and Miss. Overall I'm thinking it will be a good introduction to school. Just nervous about the transition I guess.

#23 sotetno

Posted 22 September 2010 - 09:42 AM

Hello all,

I finally have a few minutes spare to get on here now that Ernő's birthday is out of the way.  He was very happy with his party (got to have a pinata) and all his presents.  Only drawback was finding out he can't immediately go to school now.  He is so wanting to go to school.  He loves joining in Nick's class each Monday when we go up to help with Maths Groups.  At least next term we have transition to school each Tuesday to keep him occupied too original.gif

I have been very slack with my postings so I need to wish

all our Septemberries a very special Happy 5th Birthday!


Kristen - bummer on Rosie getting sick and I really hope she is better by the weekend!  Good work on getting you assignment done though (as seen on Facebook Tounge1.gif)

Kay - If it was Ernő I'd probably move his pre-school, but then who knows what Nate will think of that.  Hope it does go smoothly if that is your final choice.  Glad you can get a spot if you want it though.  

Belle - ohhh the osteo sounds divine, lucky lady!

Right seeing that I'm here I'm going to post a 5 year old survey about our bubbas.  

1. Child's Age?
2. Weight, and height?
3. What size clothing is your child in?
4. Favourite foods? Anything they particularly don't like? Do they shovel meals in or pick carefully through the meal?
5. Can your child do buttons, zips, tie shoelaces?
6. Left or right handed?
7. Does you child like to dance, play catch, kick a ball, ride a bike, can they skip, can they jump rope?
8. Does your child draw pictures, can they cut dexterously with scissors, do they like doing crafts, do they love building stuff?
9. Can they write their name or any other words? Do they tend to get any letters mixed up (b/d)?
10. Can they read any words?
11. Do they have any swear words of their own or phrases they use when they are annoyed?
12. Can they recite their address, phone number etc? Do they know how to use the telephone in an emergency and who to ring?
13. Do they know tomorrow, yesterday, next week, last year, can they tell time?
14. Do they have a sense of humour, what do they find funny?
15. Do they do any set chores around the house, or just help here and there when they feel like it?
16. How would you describe their personality? Sensitive, bossy, boastful, inventive, respectful, shy, critical, embarrassed, sharing, dramatic, affectionate, organised...


#24 ~~Lynny~~

Posted 22 September 2010 - 09:57 AM

woohoo love surveys! blush.gif

1. Child's Age? 5yrs 6 weeks
2. Weight, and height?  22kgs and 117cms?? i have to check when he gets home
3. What size clothing is your child in? clothes size 6, shoes a size 2
4. Favourite foods? spaghetti or anything sweet
Anything they particularly don't like? vegetables, fruit, chunky yogurt
Do they shovel meals in or pick carefully through the meal?  pick or just shovel stuff in that he likes, he's extremely difficult to feed atm!
5. Can your child do buttons, zips, tie shoelaces? can only do velcro shoe ties, zips and buttons on shirts not pants
6. Left or right handed? right
7. Does you child like to dance, play catch, kick a ball, ride a bike, can they skip, can they jump rope? yes, all except skipping! but he can zoom around at warp speed on a normal 2 wheel scooter and rides his bike without training wheels since 3.5 yrs
8. Does your child draw pictures, can they cut dexterously with scissors, do they like doing crafts, do they love building stuff?  love doing crafts at home not at preschool, not such a great drawer but enjoys building things
9. Can they write their name or any other words? Do they tend to get any letters mixed up (b/d)?  can write his name and thats all
10. Can they read any words? no but he can recognise letters
11. Do they have any swear words of their own or phrases they use when they are annoyed? sigh YES!  butthead!  >:(
12. Can they recite their address, phone number etc? Do they know how to use the telephone in an emergency and who to ring? knows his address and knows who to ring in an emergency and what to say
13. Do they know tomorrow, yesterday, next week, last year, can they tell time? not really, have to count down the number of sleeps till an event and even then he's not sure how long that is
14. Do they have a sense of humour, what do they find funny? yes, not so proud of this but he loves it when someone gets hurt, like Emily or mummy lol  and he thinks farts and burps are hilarious  lol
15. Do they do any set chores around the house, or just help here and there when they feel like it?  here and there, he usually brings the bins up for us but he hasnt done that in a while
16. How would you describe their personality? Sensitive, bossy, boastful, inventive, respectful, shy, critical, embarrassed, sharing, dramatic, affectionate, organised...   I'd say a little bit shy, sensitive at times, can be affectionate, doesnt like sharing, very short tempered at times

#25 Kay1

Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE
Only drawback was finding out he can't immediately go to school now.
This is Nate too - which is why he seems to have accepted the idea of the new preschool so easily. I think he thinks its a natural thing to happen when you turn 5.

Well we made the decision to move him. original.gif I told him yesterday and he said "Yesssssssss! That's the best news, now I don't have to see Hunter any more!!" LOL.

Just went to drop the enrolment forms off and saw his friends that go there. They were pleased to see him and introduced him to their friends. So sweet! Then the teacher introduced him to the whole class and he sat down in group time for a while. I don't think he's going to have any trouble settling in, I struggled to get him out of there! Such a different atmosphere to his current school. Very ordered and calm and all the kids doing the right thing. They do group times and then break it up with dancing so the kids get to be silly and then can sit calmly again. So I am pleased with our decision. original.gif

Survey - Thanks Mel!!

1. Child's Age? 5 on Sunday.
2. Weight, and height?  111cm metre and 20 kilos.
3. What size clothing is your child in? clothes size 5, shoes a size 12 or 1
4. Favourite foods? Nachos
Anything they particularly don't like? onions
Do they shovel meals in or pick carefully through the meal? Eats carefully checking for onion or other chunks.
5. Can your child do buttons, zips, tie shoelaces? He can do buttons but its hard, not shoelaces, can do zips although needs help to start.
6. Left or right handed? right
7. Does you child like to dance, play catch, kick a ball, ride a bike, can they skip, can they jump rope? Not that keen on dancing but has his moments. Loves kicking and throwing and catching, tennis, cricket and soccer. Can't jump rope. Finally able to pedal his bike  properly but still very reliant on training wheels.
8. Does your child draw pictures, can they cut dexterously with scissors, do they like doing crafts, do they love building stuff?Likes building with blocks etc but not into the other stuff at all.
9. Can they write their name or any other words? Do they tend to get any letters mixed up (b/d)? He mixes up S and C. Can write his name, Leo, Mum, Dad, a few others but he's not terribly interested.
10. Can they read any words? Yes, pretty much any.
11. Do they have any swear words of their own or phrases they use when they are annoyed? Dash!
12. Can they recite their address, phone number etc? Do they know how to use the telephone in an emergency and who to ring? Knows his address. That's about it. Need to get onto that.
13. Do they know tomorrow, yesterday, next week, last year, can they tell time? Sort of. Gets a bit mixed up with weeks/months. He can tell the time.
14. Do they have a sense of humour, what do they find funny? Yes, loves silly noises or seeing someone do something funny.
15. Do they do any set chores around the house, or just help here and there when they feel like it? Gets the mail, brings in the bin, starting to learn to pack away his clothes and puts his clothes in the laundry basket.
16. How would you describe their personality? Sensitive, bossy, boastful, inventive, respectful, shy, critical, embarrassed, sharing, dramatic, affectionate, organised... Sensitive and serious, very rules based, policeman, curious, a bit obsessive about some things. Kind and very loving (mostly).






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