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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:36 PM
Oooh, everything crossed. Hopefully the two groups have a bidding war against each other and you get even more than you expected!!
Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:49 AM
Ok, it's been a good 12 hours since I started to try replying so apologies for vagueness and forgetfulness!
IceJenGoose - fee's idea is heaps better than mine, keep one day a week. Doesn't Owen like it? Oliver is right into day care at the moment, hopefully this continues when I increase his care to 3 days in May!
Mama - good luck on the house, how did the first solids go? Yes yoghurt is the work of the devil and I deserve a constipated baby for even having it in the house
Canberrians (how do you feel about every journalist in the universe clogging up your bars?!) I'm all excited now, I shall force DH to drive by booking accommodation
Yoghurt - look, he's stopped screaming in pain and seems to be working through the backlog without pain so I'm thinking it was the yoghurt. Other new foods last week were apricot which he refused and a bit of avocado on toast (he's been sucking on toast from 6 months so it's not that). I was going to try west bix soon but I'm not sure now (cows milk).
Sydney people - where can we stay outside the city/near the beach but easy to get in/out on public transport? And a toddler friendly beach. I vaguely recall some sea baths somewhere? Sorry, I've never been to Sydney on holiday so I only know about uni's!
Ok, coffee needs drinking, have good days all
Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:21 AM
DinoJ - still haven't started the solids...denial is an amazing thing....will try again at dinner tonight...
Re weetbix, try warm water instead of milk. Can even mix a bit of prune juice in the water to head of potential poo issues (and Biggest Bug has had poo issues from the start of solids!)
Are you slighting journos? There is no funner place to be than at a bar with serious journos. Sigh...there are times I miss my former life....
Can't help you with Sydney, sorry.
Easter sounds wonderful, but I think I have to be in Wagga doing the dutiful DIL thing....
Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:12 AM
Not slighting journos at all - twas my major back when I did a BA. But I live opposite the mcg and 80% of the time we have a lovely, quiet, good food pub with a big yard. The rest of the time it's packed and full of footy supporters, which sucks for the 'locals'
Although it's a loooooong time since I went to a pub with the intention of staying longer than it takes to eat
Teddy is going off his trolley again - he's started doing 20-30 minute naps during the day and refusing to resettle. I thought it was digestion, but I'm doubtful it's that any more - bugger, might be time to adjust the routine again.
When do they move out...
Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:54 PM
Where is everyone?
Mamabug - Have you sold? Drinks on you? Pleeease (OK, I may need to start drinking again!)
Goose - Have you decided yet?
Marsbar - How are things going with you and the boys?
TNMN - I can't believe how big Carys has gotten so quickly, how did that happen!!
I shoudl be cleaning. Again. I'm not. Again.
I just talked to me sister, we are both wondering for those of you with post-toddler kids if your previous levels of patience replenish or if you get a finite amount when you're born and use it all up with your first toddler?
I have no news, I'm looking to invest some money medium-term and I'm all confused about what to do. I want a managed fund because I'm lazy but I'm not sure it's that good of an idea at the moment - any knowledgeable people want to advise?
I will stop prattling now and go clean. Or at least find the kitchen table and see if it needs cleaning.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:32 PM
Welll i have my next MCHN appointment next week lets have fingers crossed for a good gain i have also just had my 6 week check and owens first needles so thats a good thing. Finally back to driving yay i can leave the house now
I have not posted much as nothing much has happend
Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:54 PM
Talk some sense into me girls. AF came back, DS started sleeping through the night and I'm starting to want another baby.
DH has even started talking potential names. EEK, we're both mad.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:44 AM
I'm here, just busy busy.
I'm hoping great things for the sale of your property Mamabug! Fingers crossed!
Gah I ca't see your last post with available days on this page Fee, I'll have to go back & post again in a sec.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:51 AM
OK Fee, I could probably do Wed next week & I'm happy to come to you, I'd love to check out the resort If it suits you I could pop over after Carys is up from her morning nap, so around roughly 11.30?
Carys is still pretty small actually though walking does make her seem bigger. It'll be very interesting to see her stats at her 12mth check.
OK, got to fly again xx
Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:58 PM
Peanut - want to catch up sometime? I'm sans toddler Tuesday and Thursday. Of course if you want to know what the future may hold you can see the toddler on a different day
Fee - I would love to see the resort too perhaps without the rest of my family so I can enjoy it!
Mama. Mama. Mama. Where art thou Mama?
Just had friend over with her 3yo and 4mo - she keeps calling and asking heaps of questions about the baby - I think the poor woman got a shockingly easy first baby and now doesn't know why the second baby cries All.The.Time. I keep telling her it's normal, growth spurt time and 4mo is too early to expect sleeping through even if her first did it at 8 weeks - I don't think she believes me!
Nothing new here.
Oh - Noisy Tractor - my advice wold be to do it before any of us talk you out of it with our complaints about handling more than one child at a time I told DH if we were having #3 it had to be soon because I'm sick of not getting anywhere at work and I do love my job. So we're not having any more!
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:03 PM
Hi Dinosaurus yeah a catch up will be great any time is good for me i do have a coffee date tuesday and i am going to albury over the long weekend but any time after that would be great
i had my cousin here today with her two 6 month old twins and her 3 yr old daughter i now have a pee stain on my suede couches as the three year old had a accident and i have pumpkin vomit on my carpets from the twins lol
a glimpse into my future i think lol.
with or without toddler would be fine when would suit you.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:43 PM
I will be at Moomba all long weekend - I adore it, I can't believe people ever get sick of it! Anyway, the Tuesday Or Thursday aftet that is fine, then I'm away the next weekend but can do the next Thursday too (so the 20 ish).
I am home alone (well, kids in bed)
Enjoying a half glass of wine (having discovered a whole glass is a bit too much these days!) and popcorn and rugby. Brilliant!
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:56 PM
I'm here. Been busy in the other areas of EB cause I don' have to be honest there!
I am losing the plot here:
- my underhouse storage/rumpus room is flooding.
- my garage roof is leaking.
- my children are about to be posted one way to , gee, I don't care where
- my house is not selling
- my pile of bills is mounting
- Himself seems to never be here, and is grumpy when he is
- we are just coming out the other side of a severe constipation/faecal incontinence episode with Biggest Bug.
- I am seeing a PND counsellor in the next week or two, but am convinced it isn't PND, rather external stresses.
- I am also booked in to see a child psych. I am tired of being completely disrespected and ignored by the oldest two. I am tired of being screamed at and hit/kickeed by them. I am tired of "go get dressed" resulting in a screaming hissy fit.
But enough about me:
Noisy - what were you saying about wanting more children????
Peanut - we had a "no nappy, no couch" rule in our house until accidents were a thing of the past!
Have posted off the invites to Ladybig's Christening...am pleased with the final design, even though it took some time, several incarnations and a bt of compromise for Himself and I to agree on the final design! Three weeks to get myself organised.
TNMN - Carys can't possibly be nearing one year????
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:41 AM
Megan, can I be really horribly rude and selfish and say that Wednesday won't really work for me? Every other day next week is taken up with electricians or dog wash people, or other friends coming over, and I really need to go and do a few things myself on Wednesday... namely find something to wear to work next week! I won't be working Fridays, so maybe we could arrange something for a Friday in the next few weeks? More than happy for you guys to come here, and for you check out my resort! (although it doesn't feel very resort like at the moment, with all this rain!)
Jen, you can come and check out my resort as well! Maybe when you pass through Canberra... What's Moomba?
Peanut, no, stains and pumpkin doesn't need to be a part of your future! You just need to set some boundaries and rules... like Mamabug's nappy rule! And using a high chair...
Mamabug, I was just wondering this morning how you were going with all the rain... hope your flood levels don't rise any further! Glad to hear you're seeing a counsellor... hopefully that will help you to keep on top of everything... I'd be pretty stressed if I was you as well.
Noisy Tractor, perhaps just go for it, and then it'll be too late to have any doubts!
Actually, where's MrsCee? When was her baby due??
And what happened to Kate? She never made it into her, after her baby was born, did she?
Well, we're trucking along here... finally settled on the house last week, and only 3 more boxes left to unpack! Got to get onto that this weekend, cos I've promised the boxes to a little old lady and I have to drop them around on Monday. Only got one more week of maternity leave left... I'm not too stressed about the actual work aspect, it's the everything else that goes with it that's worrying me! Anyway, we'll be fine...
Girls are all good... Freya's really taken to daycare, and Ruby has settled down well into pre-school.. Freya's got 5 teeth now (all on one side of her mouth, so she's a bit lopsided!), sits beautifully, but no movement other than rolling. I'm not sure she knows about crawling though, as we don't really hang out with anyone who crawls, and the babies at daycare are either walking, or are around her age, and don't crawl! So, will be interesting to see if she picks up that one.
It's our 7th anniversary on monday, so we went out for dinner last night.. was lovely! That also means that monday is 2 years since my d&c.... where on earth has the time gone??
Anyway, after a bit of a break, it's started raining again.. oh joy! can't wait for it to stop... my house looks like a chinese laundry, with clothes racks everywhere.. nothing is drying though.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:10 PM
No problem at all Fee, I totally understand. I've been known to fend off social engagements on my few uncommitted days before, it's necessary to preserve sanity I have a standing committment on Fridays which is a little bit fluid in that sometimes it's morning & sometimes early afternoon, but I can put it off this week to see you as you have a limited timeframe
TNMN - Carys can't possibly be nearing one year????
No kidding! I can't believe it myself!
Mama PND or not you need to treat yourself very carefully OK? You have a lot on your plate. Lets arrange that visit so you can duck out for a few hours of head space OK?
Noisy tractor - hmmm, do it quick before you change your mind
It's STILL raining here! Enough already!
Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:06 AM
I am about to put the kids in their oldest clothes and send them out in the yard to get as wet and muddy as they want, rain and all, as long as they LEAVE ME ALONE. Three weeks of rain is sending us all slightly stir crazy!!!
If it clears up at all this afternoon I have told Himself we are going to the park with the bikes. Have been longing to do this, but I can't manage on my own as it just sounds like too much trouble to get three small kids with bikes and one baby in a pram to the park on my own.
With Himself, I can pouch the baby, push Little Bug on her bike (has a handle thingy) and we can juggle it all between us!!!
Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:13 AM
Mamabug, you're being rather optimistic there.... IF it dries up! Like you and Megan, totally over it here too. There can't possibly be that much left up there... My lawn has puddles now!
Megan, I'm sorry, but we've got a lunch date this Friday, so no can do... Any Friday after this week is fine though!
Trying out the Donna Hay packet chocolate brownie mix today... Will let you know what it's like! Got a friend coming for afternoon tea.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:39 PM
Fee , I always look longingly at that donna hay packet I the supermarket. Bit brownies are just too dangerous to have sitting around here!
I am sick of rain too... and we are running out if clothes! The airers are both full and there are damp towels draped all over the place. Mamabug, I think your idea to send your kids out to play in they rain and mud sounds fantastic. Then they can come in for a warm bath/shower and play a board game or watch a dvd.
I am laid up with mastitis - this is the first time I have had it and, geez, its horrible! Hopefully the antibiotics kick in soon because feeding is hell. Especially because elise has a snuffly nose and is having trouble drinking.
I have told work I'll be going back in April but am still tempted to back out.
Ok, that's it for me. Have a nice week.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:41 PM
Jen, I can HIGHLY recommend Donna Hay's brownies... OMG! possibily the best brownies I've ever made... if it helps, you use a 20cm square tin, not the usual size tray, so you don't get as many as say the betty crocker mix.. so, less temptation? although doesn't really justify the hidieous price...
Boo to mastitis!
Finally some clear sky... and Jen, I went to Kmart yesterday to buy another airer, but they were sold out- I figure half of Canberra is trying to get clothes dry in their lounge rooms!
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:51 PM
IceGoose - I honestly, sincerely feel your pain re the mastitis. I hope it clears up soon for you. If you are having feeding issues due to snuffles, please, please, please also express to ensure you drain well.
I have had mastitis at least twice with each babe, the worst bout landing me in hospital for three days...it was the most excruciating pain I have experienced (including child birth and broken bones).
Keep your fluids up, rest as much as possible (yeah, I know! Himself took time off work to get me through a couple of bouts), cool compresses help with the heat/burning sensation (if you have that).
Damn it - I want brownies.
As for the kids - the rotters would not go outside, kept whining it was raining and they'd get wet...
Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:34 AM
Goosey - I hope those ABs have kicked in, horrible bloody mastitis
Rain - it's crazy up there, it was wet enough for us in Melbourne last week but you're getting another drenching. I hope it clears up soon.
Ted is having another change - seems to be juggling between two naps and three but not really wanting any! I finall got him down about half an hour ago so it's touch and go if he wakes up soon or in another hour.
Ok - trampoline duty calls, have great weeks all
Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:02 AM
I'm here ladies and have made posting a priority today. It's bad that I can't even remember when I last posted here. I've been trying to keep up with you all but can't seem to get ahead at the moment. It's not that the boys are any trouble I just seem to have so many things on my "to do" list and quite frankly can't be bothered.
Goo Goose - gosh hope that heals up quickly for you, that's the last thing you need on top of everything else you are doing. Learning a language, I admire that.
Dino - It's hard when they don't have a sleeping pattern to work around. Sounds like you are doing a fantastic job
Mamabug - Wow, I always admire how much you have on at any point in time. I agree that it's probably time you did put yourself first and take some well deserved time out. I wish I was close enough to help you out and give you some "me" time.
A big hello and hug to everyone and hope that you have a great week with lots of highs.
Who mentioned brownies, now that's on my mind too. I haven't seen the Donna Hay ones, will have to try them out.
DS1 - has settled better into preschool as in he doesn't cry everytime I leave but tells me he is going to cry during the day cause "mummy doesn't stay". I look at that as a step forward. We're having problems getting him to sleep again, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Him and me seem to have gotten a lot closer lately which I'm loving (not that we weren't close iykwim).
DS2 - he is crawling around everywhere, pulling himself up on his feet and trying to walk. Of course we have informed him that he is not ready for that first step but he watches DS1 and thinks how cool is this walking gig. His eating has gottne a lot better. He is a carnivore; he loves steak, chicken, fish and even rissoles so we feed him the veges first and the meat last otherwise he grunts and screams at you. He has started sleeping through the night, yay, and all of his own doing. He has done a few 12 hours sleeps. This is a luxury for us as DS1 has only ever needed 9-10 hours sleep tops.
AFM: I'm really unhappy atm. DP has said definately no more kids and it has hit me really hard. I don't know how to cope with it. It's funny how until I actually heard him say it I could deal with it, I also didn't realise just how strong my desire for more kids was. It has changed our relationship and I'm not happy about that either but don't know how to go back to where we were.
I'm now not sure what to do with myself. Do I continue along just doing kids stuff, do I find a part time job, do I somehow work out where I want to be and what I want to be doing? Can someone just tell me what my path now is so I can follow it!
Edited by MarsBarSlice, 05 March 2012 - 10:04 AM.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:17 AM
MarsBar - I only have two minutes but wanted to offer big hugs about how you are feeling. I don't know you (except that we are obviously twins) but I would recommend finding anything that you are or can be passionate about, be it work, study or a hobby. My acceptance of no more has quickly turned into a joy - I'm loving every moment of Ds2 instead of wondering about one more and I'm really looking forward to getting back to work and my career - I'm planning a PhD, enjoying finishing my GradDipEd (go figure) and have career goals that are real (ie driven by me) for the first time since Ds1's pregnancy.
I hope you can find a way to work through your feelings, it's very, very hard when the partners are on different pages. In other news, are you in Sydney? It's 90% likely I will be now so I'd love to meet up to see if the world explodes
Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:06 PM
Marsbar - *hug* I would be really upset if my husband said, unequivocally, that we would have no more kids. As it is, I am content with two but do like the idea of #3 at some time. But for once I am not super anxious to conceive, which is such a nice feeling.
As for what you should do with yourself? I wish I had advice. This whole mothering gig messes with your self identity doesn't it. For me, in an absolutely perfect world (yeah, right), I would love to work two days a week and spend the rest of the time doing kiddy stuff. I enjoy working out of the home, but have no particular career aspirations so two days would fill the need I reckon. Unfortunatley nobody apart from me is overly interested in me only working two days though
Jenosaurus - two sleeps sounds about right for Ted by this stage (I think??) Are you coming to Canberra? And if so, when? I can't say for sure who/what/where I will be at any given point in time as I feel like I have very little control over that at the moment with the lead up to China. It is birthday season coming up for us, and (me, FIL, Elise) and we will undoubtedly be in Sydney for at least two weekends in the near future.
Speaking of China, we've started on the hamster wheel of immunisations. Actually only Derek and Owen have started - they won't give most of the injections to Elise until she is one, and I too dodge the bullet while I am breastfeeding (and she is under one).
Poor Owen, he had his first lot last week and a second lot this week. We armed him with a chocolate milk in one hand and a chuppa chup in the other, but he was still one very unhappy camper. I am feeling super anxious about the TB innoculation (the one that takes up to nine months to heal and leaves a scar). I have been advised there is no point getting it as an adult, but I am tempted to get it with Owen as a solidarity thing.
The ABs have kicked in and there is barely any pain, even while I am feeding. Yay. However, it seems to be leaving behind a large hard lump much like the one I had to have removed a couple of years ago. I really don't want to go through that again! My GP seemed to suggest it did not feel "normal" for mastitis and wants to see me again in a couple of weeks. Sigh, even though I am not super vain about my boobs, there is only so much tissue they can afford to lose! So please cross your fingers that the lump drains by itself. I have enough to worry about!
Okay, I should go and supervise my children. I left Owen in charge and I can hear that they have been playing nicely but it sounds like Elise is starting to go into attack mode (she is tired).
Take care everyone.
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