D'ya ever wonder... Just wonder?

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MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sun 08-Dec-13 19:49:22

Evening ladies. Since we're at 999 now. Was feeling reflective tonight.

triplets Sun 08-Dec-13 23:11:43

Reflect away Soks......are we having a party tomorrow then for Shabs? She`s not around so lets make plans. OK heres what I can do.
1. put up bunting and balloons
2. get keg of stout
3. pineapple and cheese on sticks
4. order Robmeister look a like stripper.

Chopstheduck Mon 09-Dec-13 06:27:42

I'll make a sherry trifle and prawn cocktails grin

Happy birthday shabs!

Fab new trips, about dh.

Sorry I've been awol, Dec is such a busy month for me, but I have been reading all your messages, just no time to post!

MultipleMama Mon 09-Dec-13 06:44:49

Happy birthday, Shabs!

A new thread already?! We talk to much wink

I cannot stop sneezing which upsets Artie so I'm stuck in a cycle. Twins woke at 4.30am and refused to sleep so they nattered away in their cot for an hour before Dom decided he wanted out now.

Good morning!!

Morning girls xx

Awaiting the arrival of the chicken pox infested Lew hmm

MultipleMama Mon 09-Dec-13 07:36:04

Just thinking of Chicken pox makes me feel itchy! I seem to be a carrier because I've never been ill aside from colds etc! DH had them when I was PG with Aubrey I never knew a man so whiney! He constantly took Ginger baths and salt baths for the first week! Hope Lew gets better soon!

Dad has arrived so I'm going back to bed! Xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Mon 09-Dec-13 08:14:08


Aw the thread looks all pretty festooned for Shabs.

[pushes in trolley with birthday cake, trills "happy birthday toooooo yooooouuuuu"]

*hunts for fire extinguisher. Just in case.

It's a busy month all round chops, hope you're finding some downtime though.

Dc1's school play this week. Dress rehearsal today. Performances tonight and tomorrow. Thursday is rainbows Xmas party. Friday we're going to see 'what the ladybird heard' on stage, followed by rainbows sleepover. Saturday evening I'm out with friends. Sunday might be tree day. We didn't do it yesterday as dh realised there's a whole heap more tidying needs to be done first.

Mama. Being ill with a teeny one sucks. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Shabs. I suggest connect the dots as a great party game wink

LOL <<hunts for a permenant marker>> x

triplets Mon 09-Dec-13 09:45:00

thanks for our birthday girl smile
Happy Birthday dearest Shabs, I hope despite the pox you have a nice day! I remember when mine got it, they were 4, I was going to France for 2 nights with my friend for my 50th, one came down with it the night before, on my b/day the other two erupted, so I packed them up and took them with me...........ee kids eh?

Thank you Trips - got a teenager that wont get out of his pit for college.....even though he is only in for an hour on Mondays!!! Lew is moaning and groaning and DK slumbers on in his pit because he has manflu. What a marvellous 57th birthday hmm

MultipleMama Mon 09-Dec-13 14:26:43

... as if I just woke up! I was only disturbed twice by Artie but she was happy enough to sleep too. Made my way downstairs to find my house so quiet it was eerie. Found all 5 of them passed out in front of the TV with Harry Potter credits on the screen. I've left them all and now Artie and I are going to enjoy some down time smile

Hope you have a wonderful birthday! flowers

Chopstheduck Mon 09-Dec-13 17:43:40

I have a photo somewhere of playing dot to dot with dt2!

He got it when we went on holiday to Amsterdam! Thankfully we had driven, I doubt he would have been allowed on a plane.

bubby64 Mon 09-Dec-13 21:20:15

☆★♡♥Happy Birthday Shabs☆★♡♥
Hope todsy wasnt too stressfull with CP Lew.
It must be a holiday thing, my 2 came fown with it whilst on hokiday in Hastings!!

bubby64 Mon 09-Dec-13 21:27:40

Sorry, using my touch pad and not checking spelling!
I have been told by work today I will be on a new contract as of 1st January, I will be on 19 hrs a week and on annualized office type hours, which is good, but I will no longer be expected to cover my colleagues holiday, which I got paid extra for, and, instead of getting paid overtime, I will be on flexitime. I rekon I will be losing about £900 a year sad
I have no real choice but accept these terms,as so many are being made redundant, but not happy about it.

rubyrubyruby Mon 09-Dec-13 21:31:34


and we have a new home for your birthday grin

ha ha ha ha ha brilliant - thanks Ruby xx

triplets Mon 09-Dec-13 23:10:20

<<pours Shabs a glass of cider, opens Monster Munch and waits......spect she`s passed out on the floor after a brilliant performance tonight of the one and only Robmeister with Olly Murs >>

no I'm still here Trips LOL...<<snaffles the monster munch>>

<<finishes wiping her own drool off the keyboard>>

Oh I saw him Trips - my God I have disgraceful thoughts about him blush

triplets Mon 09-Dec-13 23:31:29

He was fantastic, so was Olly, what a showman, mind you I am cross with him as I thought he was fibbing when he sad he couldn`t make your party as he was already booked!!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 10-Dec-13 00:07:55

I'm breezing in on my new toy. Cyber Monday gave me a brand new iPad air. Squeal! Now to keep it from the monkeys. They are not touching this one!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 10-Dec-13 07:52:43

Morning. Lovely foggy day here. #3 woke up with freezing hands and feet. Any other hyper mobile dc suffer with temperature.

Morning girls xx

Day two of Lew and the Pox <<sigh>>

MultipleMama Tue 10-Dec-13 12:51:05

I was allowed back on the ward this morning! Oh and Apollo is on CPAP!!!!! smile

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 10-Dec-13 15:45:50

Yay mama and Apollo!

How's the poxy fun shabs?

bubby64 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:11:46

Soks - M doesn't have a problem with cold extremities if he does get cold, it takes ages for him to warm up again.
Trips/Shabs I have it recorded so I can watch them again, and again and.......grin
The boys xmas pressies arrived today, I tried to get them a hudl, but they were sold out, but then I went on EBay and both Argo and Tesco were selling manufacturer reconditioned Samsung Galaxy 3 pads for £99! They have the full warranty and 12 month guarantee, all accessories and they say they may have slight cosmetic damage, in both cases, the ones I got have very slight scuffs on the back, hardly noticable! I just have a few more little things to get, and I will be sortedsmile

MultipleMama Tue 10-Dec-13 18:47:45

Bubby - That's a great deal you got there!

The kids are getting 4 presents each, 3 little ones from us and 1 big one from Santa. Decided to get A a doll's carrier like mine for her "baby" we were gunna get her a pushchair but saving that for her birthday. K is getting a proper drawing table for his room, not idea on the twins! Help!

Also, had K in tears today after school. He has a friend in school who's parents are Jehovah's witnesses so when this little boy said that he doesn't believe in Santa. K thought he meant Santa had died and was with Grandma in the stars.... broke his heart poor thing. Tried to explain it to him and I think he understood, he's still stumped how someone cannot believe in Santa because "everyone like Santa, mama!"

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 10-Dec-13 20:39:37

It does take a while for them to feel truly warm again. Even bundled up in layers and so on, they've been frozen from walking to school and back. Whereas 4 was toasty warm. Taken to having snuggles on my lap a lot more and I'm sure it's so they get warmer. Think I'll be keeping a close eye on things. I've a list as long as my arm to ask gp next time I see her. I'm sure she'll thinking m nuts but niggling doubts with #2 have got us a paediatrician saying there are significant concerns and autistic traits so I can't be all wrong or paranoid.

That is a good deal on the galaxy pads. I'm a convert to apple. Terrible I know but everything works so well together. I can even do my spreadsheets and things now so have no need for the windows laptop. The dc are pleased as it means they get to share my old iPad. I've deleted everything They can cause trouble with and loaded up games and educational apps. They're thrilled.

MultipleMama Tue 10-Dec-13 21:05:56

Sok - She may think your nuts but at least you're not ignoring what's there. I'd rather ask a million questions! I hope you get everything sorted and your little soklets feel warmer and cosey more!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Wed 11-Dec-13 07:27:32

Someone pass the matchsticks!
Dc2 crawled into our bed sometime around 1am apparently.
At 4, dc3 was screaming her head off. She even managed to get herself upside down in cot, legs stuck in bars!! She was absolutely frozen! So I hauled her into our bed for a little while as she wouldn't settle at all. Got her just about warm before she decided it would be fun to roam all over the bed. So she ended up back in her bed, just as cold as when I picked her up and screaming her head off again. Off to get some more fleecy sleep suits and wheat bags today. Can't find my hot water bottle and tbh I think she would benefit from having something in bed rather than just taking the chill off the sheets. Have also cranked up their radiator.

Morning girls xx

Oh you brought back memories for me Mini!!!

Used to dread night time with my twins! Expressed milk for Gareth and BF Dan......the amount of times I have woken up still with Dan using me for a dummy and Gareth with the bottle just out of his mouth.....both needing changing (the days before disposables) - just the three of us in a stinky, milky bed LOL. Eventually I had to stop sitting up in bed feeding and sit on a chair with them. The tiredness is beyond anything else I have ever known.

......and, as for our Tom...........<<silent scream>> the worst sleeper I have ever, ever known. He is still rubbish at sleeping!!!!

Oh Ms Trips!!!!

<<wipes small amount of sweaty excitement from her top lip>> Just had a delivery from postie - thank you so much - The Robmeister has arrived!!!!! My Gawd I could maul with his 'bits' xx grin

Charleymouse Wed 11-Dec-13 13:09:12

Hope you had a great birthday Shabba,
<<strolls in with a black forest gateaux>>

Waves to everyone.
Hope you are all okay, have been a bit melancholy in the run up to Christmas but bearing up.

Delivers trays of nuts, twiglets, choccy brazil nuts and mince pies.

Chopstheduck Wed 11-Dec-13 18:59:41

Hello Charleymouse! xxx

MultipleMama Wed 11-Dec-13 20:26:45

Hey, Charleymouse! Any chocolate nuts on there, I love those!

Took Artie out with dad today, needed a few bits and bobs and I needed the fresh air! One lady commented my "husband" and I on our beautiful daughter. My dad was pleased that he looked young enough to have another child which brought up a subject I was not ready for!, after telling her the truth, she tried to flirt with him. It was embarrassing.

Tonight Artie and I are spending the night with Apollo, he had a wobble this morning but he had a few hours on IPPV and then went back to CPAP smile

triplets Wed 11-Dec-13 22:26:09

fsmile Charliemouse how very lovely to see you esp as you bear gifts of my very fav kind............choccy nuts!! It is good to have you around, do stay a while.
Shabs............which month is the best?? Happy drooling fgrin

Spent a lovely day up at primary school to help out with the Nativity. There is a particular little boy that I adore, he is also the naughtiest. He got changed into his costume and said
"Mrs Peace do you like my velvet cloak? I am a king and I am a very very bad king (pulls fierce face) and when the baby Jesus comes out I am going to strangle it first then stab stab stab it with my sword coz I don`t like babies". ...........walks off! I will remember this day if I read his court case in 20 years time!!

<<thumbs through the calendar>>

February <<swoon>> hands in pockets, bright red jacket on........

June <<double swoon>> cheeky grin, lovely white shirt on.....


December<<faints clean away>> one hand up in the air, head back, black jacket with glittery bits in.....

Dear God above, he needs the love of a short, fat curvy much older woman.............

Fantastic to see you Charley - like Trips said 'stay around a little while' - I have missed seeing you on here xxxxxxxxx

MultipleMama Wed 11-Dec-13 23:04:46

My dad told me today that he's seriously thinking of fostering and considering adoption. He says that he has so much love and life to give. He says he has an empty house so why not offer it to a child who needs what he has to freely give. "I will never love another woman but my heart will always have space for a child." My dad could always surprise me, dad is only 43 so... I'm still gobsmacked!

Oh and Apollo is 3lbs!! smile

rubyrubyruby Thu 12-Dec-13 07:06:48

Your Dad is only 43! << faints>>

<<stabds up and prepares to catch Shabs and Trips>>

That lovely MM - he is so young and, although obviously no-one will ever replace your mum, it would be great if he could find someone one day to love. How old was your Mum when she died MM?

rubyrubyruby Thu 12-Dec-13 07:09:07

Hope you are ok Charleymouse xxx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 12-Dec-13 08:04:40

Hello charley mouse. Good to 'see' you. Feel free to offload here if you need a friendly ear.

Mama. That is lovely. You do make me feel old though! Your dad is just 4 years older than my dh! It sounds like your family has so much love to give and anyone sharing even a small piece of that would be truly blessed.

Work are still piss arsing about. How many months now?
And dh has also had to tell the school what's going on in case they see anyone odd hanging around - it's not just dd1 who it affects as another child has parents who work there too. It's all getting really quite serious. hmm

Anyway, today I am getting things ready for rainbows Xmas party tonight and for the sleepover tomorrow. 50 gingerbread men to bake! Also have to go and get a new tyre as one of mine has a massive bulge, then pick up a tutu for dd1 which I bought last night and she can wear to her party tonight. It's a rainbow coloured one grin

Such a busy day. And tomorrow taking the bigs to the theatre!

MultipleMama Thu 12-Dec-13 11:02:26

Rubs, my mama was 37. She passed away 2 weeks after my gender scan with K. Pancreatic Cancer. Dad threw himself into us and dotes on everyone but I constantly worry about him. I want him to find happiness again but he refuses to acknowledge the subject.

I'm all for him fostering/adopting especially since his process started 2 week ago! I just wanted him to be sure, I'd love a younger sibling and would offer love to any child young or older and would welcome them into our family opening smile

Hope you have fun baking, Sok!!

triplets Thu 12-Dec-13 21:53:19

Soks you feel old??? Then I am positively Neolithic!

......and I am only about 3 years behind Trips grin

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Fri 13-Dec-13 08:00:04

Morning. I neeeeeeed sleep! I actually think I'll get more sleep with 50 odd girls than with my own small children.

Dot baby was awake and screaming for 4 sodding hours. FOUR HOURS!! I did sleep through some of it. Dh and I took turns to pass out from exhaustion!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Fri 13-Dec-13 08:01:21

Ps. It sounds harsh but as soon as I picked her up, she was happier so I had to be cruel mummy trying to work our if she needed anything other than me.

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Fri 13-Dec-13 08:03:25

Oh, and it sounds very confusing but I'm really not liking the absence of names sad so am reverting to nicknames from when the babies were tiny. So we have biggest, bigger, big and dot baby. Dot baby is dtd as she was teeny even though older than Big.

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Fri 13-Dec-13 12:28:39

Good morning. I weighes myself today and I'm nearly 6lb away from my prepregnancy weight! smile And I've only been playing Ice Hockey and runs cycling around the block! Happy.

Busy day, today! smile

bubby64 Fri 13-Dec-13 22:44:29

Hi Charliemouse <<waves>> Hi All
Mama, your dad is younger than my dh, and dh is 6 yrs younger than me! That really makes me feel oldblush But good luck to him with the fostering idea.
Soks- hope the party goes well, but the thought of 50 screaming little girls makes me want to curl up in a corner and hide!grin

Nearly finished Christmas present shopping now, just dh's to pick up, and something for neices and nephews, they are all aged 15-19, so difficult to buy for now, last year i got them each a watch, but have decided to get gift cards this year instead, I will get those High Street ones you can get at the Post Office.

Also sang in my last pre Christmas concert tonight, so finally will get the time to start decorations and putting uo the tree tomorrow.

triplets Fri 13-Dec-13 23:27:48

er almost 5 years Shabs.............we must have been time warp twins fgrin

triplets Sat 14-Dec-13 07:49:42

Morning stupidly set my alarm........

<<lifts up one tired eyelid>> Been awake hours and hours but laptop playing up.....would have been faster to write you a letter each and deliver them by hand grin

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sat 14-Dec-13 14:32:42

Oops! Typo. 30 girls. But still...

We had a blast. Took biggest and bigger to see what the ladybird heard yesterday morning. Missed the start of the hour long show by half an hour! The theatre suggested we come back for the afternoon showing, so we did some shopping (how much did I spend in hotel chocolat!) and then back.

Whizzed home and threw stuff in car for sleepover (only got there an hour and a half late for me (half an hour after girls arrival time).

Girls went to bed around 10. Asleep mostly by 11. Inc biggest. I think she was one of the first asleep. But then dot baby had been awake and very loud from 11pm-4am the night before. I had a reasonable night's sleep. Managed best part of 6 hours up disturbed. Let everyone else get up in the night then did my bit from 6 smile

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

triplets Sat 14-Dec-13 22:44:38

My back hurts...........feeling worn out already, why do we do it every year? Night all xx

MultipleMama Sat 14-Dec-13 23:50:17

DH had to take the ABC quad today as A had a few night terrors and was exhausted and the twins were just refusing to walk so we had manuver the contraption which I love around cobbled markets and 4 different bloody hiking trails just to visit my cousin and drop off some stuff because DH thought the fresh air would be nice! It took an hour each freakin' way with multipke drops due to feeds and K walking so slow. I forgot to wear my walking boots so my feet are sore. Only to return home to find the HV on our step who I greeted in a lousy manner and proceeded to glare at for disturbing a sleeping Artie because she wanted to check her over and test reflexes (?) sad . I was not impressed. Such a lousy day but brightened up by being allowed to stay with Apollo overnight and do his nightly feeds. smile

Morning girls xx

bubby64 Sun 15-Dec-13 17:22:41

Hi Mama, HV always seem to turn up at the wrong timesmile
Trips, Shabs, I feel too old as well .Finally finished sorting out mums flat today, plus DBinL came and helpd DHclear most of the ruined conservatory of stuff ready for the builders to come end of January, plus finished putting up the outside decorations. Cooked and served lunch and finally sitting down watching polar express with a cup of tea, rice pud in oven ready for tea. Absolutley knakered now!

MultipleMama Sun 15-Dec-13 18:46:35

Even argued with the HV about baby products too. She thinks I should be using the Simple brand as it'd gentle on their skin but I refuse because of the amount of chemicals in the stuff so I showed her which I use (Organtic babies range) and she went off on one how it's an unknown brand and what may work on a babies may not be the same on a preemie's skin. So I full blown ranted, she legt quite frazzled and DH just found it hilarious.

Been quite over here. Dad took the kids swimming with my cousin and then to a safari park. DH and I lazied at the hospital haha.

triplets Sun 15-Dec-13 22:01:47

Grrrrr fed up with dh................bloody big time. I could swear in my bestest poshest Kent accent I could. I hate Sundays...............

MultipleMama Sun 15-Dec-13 22:10:49

Oh, Trips! Would like my sock full of pennies to hit him with?!

A-team had their first fight today. Artie tried headbutting and face whacking while Apollo thought screaming in her ear and niping her would be perfect payback. Funny to watch but two crying twins just before quiet time was not. When he comes off CPAP Artie will be allowed to crib sharr with him smile

triplets Sun 15-Dec-13 22:31:52

Do you know how much longer Apollo will be in hospital Mama? I`ll take a pair socks please, double whammy !!

MultipleMama Mon 16-Dec-13 06:29:00

They say mid January so Apollo will be transferred to over to Germany after the New Year where his new care team will take over.

I've gor plenty of socks you can borrow! wink grin.

Morning girls xx

triplets Mon 16-Dec-13 09:42:19

Morning...........another day in Paradise fhmm

Same here Trips [peed off emoticon]

MultipleMama Mon 16-Dec-13 18:47:28

More steriods for Apollo and more bloody tears from me. Another arrest but after a few touches to his stomach he was back full force. He was one really light sleeper - a nurse nearby sneezed, he startled awake and had a full on tantrum. Both twins fell asleep on me Artie accidently hits him and he wakes and has another tantrum. Doesn't help that the light still hurts his eyes either.

I'm dying for some sleep!

triplets Mon 16-Dec-13 22:53:04

Oh Mama so very stressful for you, hope you get so much needed sleep tonight.
I am cream crackered, spent 2 days decorating the house, little to no help. Kids come home from school and one eventually says "oh I see you`ve put some lights up!"

<<crawls into her cell and finds Shabs in her place>>

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 17-Dec-13 07:56:19

Morning ladies.

Oh mama! Hope you get some rest.

Put the tree up Sunday afternoon. The bigs had great fun decorating it. I've lost a whole bag of baubles and the tinsel so we made do with the big baubles I don't normally use (came free with the tree), two sets of lights and the more delicate ones which are stored separately. It came together surprisingly well. Better still, it's still standing! Dot baby has only tried to explore it once, and I think they were actually after the pine cones accidentally left underneath.

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Tue 17-Dec-13 18:50:10

Off to bed! Yay! DH is home with the kids and I have just got both Artie & Apollo off to sleep. We tried latching Apollo today, bit fiddly and tricky with CPAP but after taking our time he finally latched and drank at 4pm for his first official feed. He took to it so much quicker than Artie, it took her days to actually have a feed, he just latched and fed within a day! So now I have to wake up to feed both for the first time tonight smile

shabbs Wed 18-Dec-13 08:11:43

Morning girls xx

Anyone got any spare wood? Looks like I will need to build an ark here by the end of the day - the rain is bouncing down and, according to the weather forecast, it will be like this for the entire day!!!

MultipleMama Wed 18-Dec-13 11:08:23

Sounds horrendous Shabs! It's just frosty here and a little windy.

I feel like the walking dead. I haven't felt like this since Kvothe was a newborn. Artie woke 3 times last night, Apollo woke every hour and every time he needed nursing. The nurses were great and really helpful but had to tell them to bugger off and that I'll call them if I need them when they kept hovering. Still gutted I can't take him home soon.

triplets Wed 18-Dec-13 22:44:23

Real storm brewing up here, lashing of rain and strong wind......could be worse I suppose, I could be laying in hammock under the coyol trees on my friends desert island in Lake Nicaragua...........fhmm

shabbs Wed 18-Dec-13 22:56:21

Have had gale force winds and rain all day - tonight we ended up with hailstone for about half an hour mixed with a small amount of snow hmm

shabbs Thu 19-Dec-13 08:28:46

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 19-Dec-13 11:32:15

Morning. X

MultipleMama Thu 19-Dec-13 12:48:17

Afternoon ladies.

Today is manic! Packed up the last of our stuff and it's now on it's way with DH and his car to Germany to help his dad with the final touches, he'll be flying back on Saturday. We're living like hobos we're all sharng

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 19-Dec-13 21:00:03

Oh wow mama! Remind me where you are for Christmas?

Our Christmas wine arrived today. Happy, happy! Might have to crack some open while we wrap presents.

Hope everyone isn't too stressed with the forthcoming festivities.

bubby64 Thu 19-Dec-13 21:55:12

Hi girlies - mama, sounds as if you are going to have an unusual Christmas to say the least!
Soks- pass the corkscrew pleasegrin
Shabs, we had gale force winds and horrendous rain here overnight, thought we were going to lose the last of the conservatory roofconfused
Trips - hope things get better for you there, you can leave them all to it and join us, if you like.
Dh went back to work today, GP wasnt too happy, he now thinks he may have a prolapsed (slipped) discsad , but his boss said that if he goes back today on seated, light duties, he wont be on SSP over the holidays.
I have my new contract, to start in January.
James played his guitar in the school soul band and Mike the drums in the swing band at the Christmas concert last night, and both very well, both were the youngest performers in their groups. <<proud Mum emoticom>>
Last of pressies arrived today, so will be wrapping tomorrow, going to do food shopping Sunday, we both got £50 gift cards from work (unexpected bonus in my case) which will help.

MultipleMama Thu 19-Dec-13 21:59:21

We are in England for Christmas. We are literally all sleeping in one room, Artie is in her carrycot, twins in their travel cot and the eldest two are in with DH and I. Let's just say the nights are never boring!

The final removal vans are coming on the 27th, and we'll be spending the night at my dads, and then DH will be driving down with the four kids on 28th. I'll be staying til Apollo is transferred.

What wine have you decided on?

shabbs Fri 20-Dec-13 06:21:51

Morning girls xx

triplets Fri 20-Dec-13 06:48:44

Morning Shabs, morning girls............woke up with a stiff back and neck, good start. Spent 8 hours shopping y/day, took my poorly brother so it was twice as much work! Today I am helping him get his decs up, do his bedrooms for his family coming down. Got 7 coming here all day Sunday, dh`s family from London..............feel exhausted at the thought of it all. Right, time to get up!

triplets Fri 20-Dec-13 23:30:35

oh..............was it something I said? Where is everyone?

MultipleMama Sat 21-Dec-13 01:51:01

Hope you had a good day, Trips smile

Today was K's last day at school, his class wrote him leaving cards and got him a box of chocolates that he shared with the class. And then had his Christmas party during the afternoon. He absolutely loved it. A had her own Christmas party at nursery but had to leave early wirh her as the crowds and music set off her anxiety. She did however get to see Santa and gave him a curtsey. It's strange that they won't be returning to school until August. We'll be sending in their school applications just after the New Year for the best chance at places.

Bought my dad another Xmas present today. It's a photo album which I put in photos of him and the DC and the only one I have of him and Apollo.

Another night at the hospital with Apollo abd Artie. Feels so weird to tandem feed them especially when I have the CPAP to contend with but it works.

Also bought my mulled fruit punch from H&B for Christmas. I love the stuff especially warmed up like mulled wine.

Tomorrow we are taking the twins to see Santa and then pawning them all off on my dad as he wants to take them to the farm so we can spend quality time with Artie & Apollo. I need sleep. G'night smile

shabbs Sat 21-Dec-13 08:22:43

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Sat 21-Dec-13 10:17:11

Morning, girls.

Missing DH so much, I cannot wait for his plane to land in a couple of hours! smile

MultipleMama Sat 21-Dec-13 22:03:58

Dom fell asleep on Santa. Cutest thing ever. We had a bittersweet family photo, gutted that Apollo isn't included but we made sure to take a few Christmassy photos at the hospital.

Home from the hospital and about to pass out with Artie smile

triplets Sat 21-Dec-13 23:37:47

Evening girls..............stood at the stove all day cooking! Got the inlaws here tomorrow, arriving at 11am............I need a drink just thinking about it! Night night xx

shabbs Sun 22-Dec-13 08:10:05

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Sun 22-Dec-13 17:23:56

Won't be on over the holidays due to moving and Apollo's transfer so I'm gunna wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! See you in 2014! smile

bubby64 Sun 22-Dec-13 18:17:00

Merry Christmas Mama- good luck to your DH with the move, and hope you have a very good New Year.

triplets Mon 23-Dec-13 03:16:35

Morning girls...................yes just gone 3am! Wide eyed and legless, had a lovely day yesterday with Harrys family, er unfortunately I over indulged and now feeling the consequences. Blame it on sil`s homemade truffles!!

Mama wish you luck with the move, and hope your new life in Germany will be a very happy one. xx

shabbs Mon 23-Dec-13 06:52:09

Morning girls xx

grin @ Trips.....the relatives are not the ones from up t'Norff are they?

Mama - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - hope the move goes well and you are soon settled xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Mon 23-Dec-13 14:14:55

Afternoon ladies.

All the best for a smooth move and transfer mama.

Trips, sounds like you are getting into the spirit of Christmas?

Manically getting last few things done here and then hoping tomorrow is a quick whizz round for cleaning and then relax. Hmmm.

Got twins new glasses today. They look super cute in them. Pink pair and blue pair but otherwise identical! Just wondering how long it will last before one of them breaks theirs.

Broke into the wine last night. We have a lovely ice wine (red) and another red which are both served straight from the fridge. They are the only two reds I know I like, and I didn't know about the ice wine until we went to a wine tasting. Then we have some bottles of white, which taste a bit like apples. And we pushed the boat out and got the children some fruit juices from the same company. They are delicious. But very much a treat juice.

All in all looking forward to a merry Christmas. Hope everyone is having a lovely time and the weather isn't putting too much of a dampner on things. It's blasted blowy here today. They're advising not to travel the main road to our village as the wind is so strong you could be blown off into the river. And I quite believe it having driven it this morning shock

bubby64 Mon 23-Dec-13 17:42:31

Afternoon All. Blowing a hoolie here too. I had to go to the local farm shop to collect the salad stuff, and couldn't belive how wild it was outside.
Miracle of miracles, the boys have voluntarily tidied and vacuumed their rooms, even cleaning their poor fishes tanks out shock
I've run the vacuum around the place, and cleaned the bsthroom and kitchen., and even remembered to get the gammon out of the freezer to defrost, and am now about to sit down with mulled wine for an early alcholic boost.

triplets Mon 23-Dec-13 22:55:27

Evening all.............finally got back go sleep at around 6am, woke at 8am and by 9am walked into town.........40 mins brisk blow along the beach! Quite scary out there still, going to be a wild night. I had wanted to go to the cemetery today but couldn`t face it in this weather. Double cross with dd, whats new? She went to Canterbury last Frid after school broke up, took £10 Christmas gift money she wasn`t supposed to. Spent every penny she had and bought a cd. Just seen it in her room, yep......I`ve got it wrapped up for Christmas for her..........grrrrr! Can`t be bothered to send it back to Amazon, she really drives me nuts! Must say I am not really looking forward to Christmas dinner, just us so like every Sunday, dd hates roast anywayso she`ll sit with a slice of turkey and a yorkshire pud, nothing else. None of the kids eats Christmas pudding or mince pies.................you do wonder why you bother. I expect you younger Mums think I am being miserable............its just after 35years of doing it the novelty wears off!! Are you with me on that one Shabs? No it wasn`t the Norven lot Shabs, it was the Muswell `ill mob!! Night all xx

MultipleMama Tue 24-Dec-13 00:29:10

Surprise! I have spare minutes to myself before chaos breaks out tomorrow plus I can't sleep at having to sleep with the window slightly open listening to the rain because I'm sweating to death but worried that I'm making Artie cold but she feels warm and snug so...

Trips, you're not miserable at all! And I have all this to come!

None of the kids like Xmas pud, neither do I but DH tolerates it so instead I make Baked Alaska with Choc sauce! We're also a Vegetarian household so we have roasted veggies and yorkshire pud instead of a roast. Twins are still picky eaters so will just have mash and fruit with carrot sticks (sounds disgusting but they love it I have weird children ).

shabbs Tue 24-Dec-13 08:26:56

Morning girls xx

Know exactly what you mean Trips....I am terrified of girls to start with!! They know their own mind and everything - give me a daft lad any day LOL

Ive got Lew overnight on Saturday so Dan & Em can go out and celebrate Dans (and Gareths) 32nd birthday. I know this will sound very mean but I dont want to do it!! BUT I will and pin on a smile.

shabbs Tue 24-Dec-13 09:41:43

Wish me luck....going into our local town to get birthday cards, for Dan & Grace, for my Mum to write out!! She asked me to get 'separate cards for Dan & Gareth rather than one that says twins on.' sad I haven't and I will get into trouble if she remembers that she asked me.

So far beyond tired that I feel sick <<pins on smile before she goes out>>

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 24-Dec-13 13:53:34

Shabbs and Trips, I don't think either of you are being miserable or should feel forced to smile. It's easy for those around to not understand or forget why there are sad times. It took until I left home to learn why my dad was never the most bearable person at Christmas.

We're just picking up the last bits of shopping which didn't come on our delivery yesterday, dropping presents off up friends and relatives and then home to tidy up again!

Kids are between excited and grouchy. So much going on and so little routine today. I've never been a stickler for routine as I don't think it helps when things suddenly change. But Bigger doesn't cope well without knowing the days itinerary. And dot baby likes their sleep time even now.

bubby64 Tue 24-Dec-13 15:48:04

Shabs/Trips - I agree with you both, I am struggling to get into the Christmas spirit here too.
I rushed around tidying this morning as my ocd big bro was bringing his new lady and her boys over to us. All I could see was the mess my 2 seem lo leave in their wake wherever they seem to go!
Luckily, when they arrived, the house was relatively tidy and she is lovely, so much nicer than his "everything has to be perfect" former wife! We were actually able to relax in their company and have a bit of a laugh, and my 2 boys took her 2 (11&12yrs) upstairs to their now tidy room to play without me dying of shame.blush
Now going off to visit mum. At least I am not doing the cooking tomorrow as we are all hoing over to younger bro's for lunch, I just have to take a sherry trifle (which I will make tonight) and some winegrin

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 24-Dec-13 18:51:07

Don't you just love Xmas eve... All my plans to be sorted and sitting down with a snowball or two and some chocolate have been blown. A friend came over to drop presents off, stayed for a chat. As he left, another one arrived - same thing. She's lovely but can't take a hint so nearly 2 hours later, after we've fed the dc, bathed the babies and put them to bed, she's still here. Can't exactly say bugger off as we've not seen her in ages. But some warning would have been nice! I've still got masses to shove up in the loft. Dh seems to think it will fit in my car. But even if it did (it won't), it's got to go in the loft anyway so why put it anywhere else first when it's only going to have to be moved again when we need my car.

bubby64 Tue 24-Dec-13 20:07:27

Oh mama, you have my sympathies.
just to make you green with envy, we are sat down with dips, picky bits and a rum and coke watching Wreck it Ralph whilst the gammon cooks!!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 24-Dec-13 21:16:12

Friend just left. Necked tea and now to finish.

Hope you all have beautiful, peaceful days tomorrow. Love to you all from all the minisoks, dh and I.

MultipleMama Tue 24-Dec-13 22:11:52

Can someone please tell me son that Santa doesn't come if you're awake. That's one bad thing about sharing a room with the DC. He keeps proding me and asking if Santa has been. So I resorted to sly tactics and moved him and DH downstairs to sleep on the sofa. He's a heavy sleeper so DH and I don't have to worry about disturbing him to bring the presents down!

Night all. Hope you have a great Christmas. Love, K, A, the twins, the A-team and DH & I smile xx

triplets Tue 24-Dec-13 23:57:52

<<Trips tiptoes in..............trips over presents scattered over shag pile, slips on a mince pie an finds Shabs tassels under the sofa>>
Ladies..............after a sad trip in the pouring rain to the cemetery, I came home, showered and dh made mulled wine, door bell went and it was my brother, sil, two nieces and baby, had a lovely 2 hours..........it was just nice.
I want to wish you all Peace and Happiness, Health and Wealth (well it wouldn`t go a miss) and say thank you all for your amazing friendship, for all your support and for all the laughs..........love you all....................Merry Christmas! xx

shabbs Wed 25-Dec-13 00:03:27

Lovely message Trips - sounds like you had a really good night. Merry Christmas everyone, hope it is a good one. xxx

shabbs Wed 25-Dec-13 10:01:57

<<waves to everybody from under a heap of paper, brussel sprout peelings, and Toms beloved Ellie Golding singing on top note>>

Merry Christmas xx

Chopstheduck Wed 25-Dec-13 10:32:40

happy christmas everyone!! fsmile

Presents have been unwrapped, turkey is in the oven, kids are playing fifa with dh and I'm off for a run. Hope you all have a lovely day with your families xxx

triplets Thu 26-Dec-13 00:46:50

Happy Boxing Day everyone fsmile well day was as I thought.........friends came for a dink which was lovely. Then there was a tantrum, dh!! So then I went out to my brothers for a drink, walked home and watched Downton. Hope you all have had a fabulous day. xx

triplets Thu 26-Dec-13 01:08:35

"dink" fgrin

MultipleMama Thu 26-Dec-13 07:30:50

Goodbye house! Everything is packed and gone. Just watched the last van leave. I didn't think I'd get emotional over a house but I remember bringing K through the front door for the first time and thinking that this house had become a home. All the DCs firsts were here. I grieved for mama in that bedroom with DH right beside me. It's finally sinking in that I'm not only leaving the home we made but I'm leaving my only family behind and oh, bloody hell I promised I won't cry! I have no doubts and I'm excited about a new start but it's just so overwhelming. I look a state sat here on the step, Artie strapped to my chest, crying my eyes out. I don't wanna hand the keys over to my dad just yet.

largeginandtonic Thu 26-Dec-13 07:45:24

Happy Christmas lovely ladies. Hope it was filled with good times smile

shabbs Thu 26-Dec-13 08:21:53

Morning girls xx

triplets Thu 26-Dec-13 09:10:28

LG&T fshock is that really you! Really really lovely to hear from you, where have you been? Hope you are all ok, life is good, please update us! We have lost so many of the old crowd, FG, Mars, Momma etc, be lovely to have a reunion!

Morning Shabs, morning girls..............hoping for a much quieter day with less cooking!! Enjoy. xx

triplets Thu 26-Dec-13 09:14:13

Sorry Mama I hadn`t read your post. Did you have to leave on Boxing Day perhaps would have been nice to have ended Christmas in your home. So when is your dh and other dc`s leaving for Germany? Are you staying with your Dad until Apollo leaves hospital? It will be an exciting new beginning for you all. xx

MultipleMama Thu 26-Dec-13 11:32:25

Hello, LG&T smile

Trips, they leave early morning on Saturday. We didn't have to pack up today as it was gunna tomorrow but we decided if we finished today we could enjoy the last day together before we split for the move. I'll be staying at the hospital until the transfer instead of my dad's but dad will be visiting us daily at the hospital.

Did you have a lovely Xmas?

bubby64 Thu 26-Dec-13 13:07:22

Happy Boxing day Ladies. Hi LG&T
Mama- so sad for you to leave your old house, but im sure your new life will be wonderful and full of surprises.
Trips - Hope today is good for yoy
Shabs- enjoy your day too, I know yesterday was very hard for both you and Trips.
Soks- thanks for the lovely Christmas message.
Yesterday turned out well in the end, after a shaky start. I woke to M crying over his stocking giftssad, I thought I would treat them as a little more grown up, so had included smellies, a book, some chocs and a video each, but not a larger pressie from "santa" as I had done in previous yearsblush He thought he had been "bad" (he knows I buy the gifts, not really santa, but we all preserve the illusion) and didnt deserve one, I forget they are more immature than their age sometimes. After they opened their main pressies, which were a total and wonderful surprise to them, and I explained I had spent a lot on that, rather than several smaller, less expensive gifts, he was fine.
Went to lunch at DBros, which tbh, DH wasn't looking forward to, and much to the surprise of DH, we all spent a wonderful, laughter filled afternoon. Home in the evening, boys engrossed on new pads, DH on new XBox game, and me left in peace to watch my programmes. No cooking involved in the whole day, bliss!! grin grin grin

MultipleMama Thu 26-Dec-13 15:04:24

Sounds like you had a wonderful day, bubs.

Our day started at 5.30am with a trip to A&E. One little 5 year got too excited and why trying to run to the tree and got his foot trapped in his blanket and went head first whacking his head on the fireplace. He needed it gluing and we were home within an hour! I went to visit Apollo while DH stayed with K. He gets his clumsiness from me blush.

The kids loved their presents from Santa. I also loved my present, DH bought me a promise ring and an invitation to my own promise ceremony to renew our vows in 2015, he planned and booked the whole thing! fshock flowers.

We had my dad and my cousin and her dd over foe dinner and then dad took the DC to his so we could spend time with Apollo, then headed back for the party. It was fun and lovely! smile

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 26-Dec-13 23:45:25

Sounds like you've all had lovely times. We've had ok times. Dealing with bigger and major meltdowns has occupied much of our time. I can honestly say I can't wait until the holidays are over. Sadly neither it appears can he hmm

triplets Fri 27-Dec-13 00:07:35

Sounds as though you need a <<hug>> soks. I find it a very stressful time. Hope you are ok. xx

Chopstheduck Fri 27-Dec-13 08:14:02

Aww poor you soks xxx Hope everything calms down for you soon.

It's been very quiet here, mostly lazy days! Quite nice after a rather hectic year and to have some time just to chill together.

triplets Fri 27-Dec-13 23:03:48

Bloody x-box booming out from the boys room, dk allowed their friend to s/over..........lovely.............

bubby64 Sat 28-Dec-13 00:12:35

Just as a final insult for 2013, our shower went wrong and blew the main house fuse this morning! Had to wait for uk power network to come and replace it, they finally arrived at 9pm, but now we have to replace our electric shower - roll on 2014, it must be better!!

shabbs Sat 28-Dec-13 08:50:29

Morning girls xx

Danny & Gareth are 32 today!!! Wish so much they were both here - imagine the party.

MultipleMama Sat 28-Dec-13 12:04:48

Happy birthday to your boys, Shabs!

The hardest thing I've done is watch my family leave me behind. This morning was horrible. The twins knew something was up and wanted nursing constantly, K was really quiet, and A was her usually quiet self, a bit oblivious. Once in the car and the twins realised I wasn't coming, the screamed which set off A and K was crying quietly, bloody broke my heart. Just got a call from DH, they're now in France and he's only just got the kids sleeping. I feel awful but I have Apollo & Artie for company. My dad is heartbroken though...

triplets Sat 28-Dec-13 23:34:43

Happy Birthday to two very special boys............lets hope there has been the most wonderful party upstairs! xx

Another noisy night.............dd has a friend to stay as the boys did last night, all she is doing is showing off. Very cross with her and Thomas, both went to Canterbury today just for the sake of it with friends. They had £30 Christmas money and have blown £20 of it today on rubbish, mainly food and drinks, ds also paid adult fare instead of asking for a childs return, over £7. Makes me cross because they don`t get a lot of pocket money so they could have bought something nice with it. Also it was given by my brothers and three of them means £30, tenner each. Lot of money!! Kids !! Hope you are ok Mama, won`t be long until you are all together. xx

shabbs Sun 29-Dec-13 07:12:31

Morning girls xx

Had Lew overnight - he is still asleep!!! Mind you his normal bedtime is 7pm and we all watched 'Up' together and he thought that it was hysterical that I cried.....then him and Uncle Tom had sausage rolls and garlic bread (weird combination but they wanted a party!) even though he brought his camping bed he wanted to sleep downstairs on the sofas! So we did - and I just woke up on the smallest sofa hmm It was 10 before he fell asleep and had asked his 1,000th question of the night....

'Can you imagine touching lava?'
'Where do you think the lost city of Atlantis really is?'
'How long does it take to fly to Mexico?'

and on and on and on and on and on................

triplets Sun 29-Dec-13 14:35:02

Have you watched Atlantis Shabs, finished last night, me and Thomas loved it. Well finally got to sleep at 3am, bloody girls. Dk buggered off to his allotment at 11am only just retd, kids all drifted down for b/fast between 11-12pm, I have cooked a piece of pork for tonight, prepped everything else and am now going to walk over the hill to see a friend and her 3 manic dogs, dk who moans we are never invited anywhere won`t come, so on my own I will go. And when she asks me if I want a cup of tea I am going to say no, I need a beer!
Had sad news last night, my very last uncle died here in Deal, my Dad lovely brother sad That's going to be two funerals in January.
Right off out in the sunshine. xx

shabbs Sun 29-Dec-13 14:58:25

Haven't watched any of it Trips - couldn't cope with Lew's million questions if we did!!

Very sorry to hear about your Uncle. Somehow this time of year makes things like that doubly sad. xxxx

MultipleMama Sun 29-Dec-13 15:48:16

No spoilers, Trips! But was it good? Still catching up, on Ep.9 at the minute, kids take all my free time! Haha. Sorry, to hear about your dad's brother. Awful news sad

Wearing my beautiful necklace that DH bought me for Christmas, it's a taxidermy bat skull set in cameo. It's beautiful and I miss him. How I managed 4 weeks while PG, I'll never know!

Apollo is a little worse for wear today, his temperature keeps dropping so he's swaddled and his incubator temp has been turned up slightly. His lips are tinted blue, but though his heart rate is really low but normal for him, so he needs more tests and hope to stabilize him before the transfer or they'll have to postpone it. Urgh.

bubby64 Sun 29-Dec-13 22:59:13

Shabs - Im sure both the earthly and heavenly parties were a riot.
Trips - I hope you survived the rest of the triplets holidays. My two have already spent their Christmas money, it burned a hole in their pockets so they spent it on Halo stuff on Friday.(its an xbox game).
Mama- it sounds as if it was heartrending seeing you family off, I hope Apollo picks up quickly so you can all be together again,but it will be even sadder for your poor father.
We bought a new shower unit yesterday, and DH tried to fit it today, but the fuse blew again, and he reckons that the wiring needs replacing, yet another bodge we have found made by this house's previous owner. He was a builder, but I now wouldnt trust anything he built to stand for long!
Now we have no hot water at all, as our boiler packed in a couple of months back, and we cant afford to have either fixed atmsad
Kettles and pans of water for the moment to fill the bath I reckon.
We went to the panto in Ipswich yesterday, It was a great show, but let down a little by the bloke who played Cpt Hook , he was DI Burnside in The Bill, and, compared with the rest of the cast who were all from Kids TV, his acting was very flat. The boys say they did enjoy it, but they didn't show it much, typical teenage destain for anything which might be perceived as fun by their parents.blush

triplets Sun 29-Dec-13 23:00:06

Yes it was vey good Mama, a few twists and turns!! Hope Apollo is ok, such a little soldier bless him.
Off to Canterbury in the morning to sort out my kitchen plans, the fitter has had a look at the design and is not happy with some of it! Been such a nightmare before it even goes in!!
Hoping for a decent nights sleep............one ds round at friends for the night so all quiet.................bliss! xx

triplets Sun 29-Dec-13 23:02:41

x post there Bubbs! Two of mine cannot save a penny, like our they have spent their money already and really have nothing to show for it! Their brother is the opposite, counts it every day to see if its grown!

MultipleMama Sun 29-Dec-13 23:33:45

Ah, watched the final episode. I was not expecting that. Apparently she has a heart after all, however small. However, I still cannot look at Hercules without imagining him in a thong from The Full Monty.

Ever watch a film with actors from your area and you find yourself asking yourself if you really sound like that? I cannot watch Kez without thinking. My mama knew one of characters and it was filmed at my old school! My mama's accent really did sound like that and I do most of time!

Tomorrow dad is stopping all day at the hospital with me. And already planned for visits next year smile Dad has also heard from SS and his fostering process has begun smile xx

shabbs Mon 30-Dec-13 08:43:06

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Mon 30-Dec-13 10:55:38

Morning <<surfaces from under piles of toys>>

triplets Mon 30-Dec-13 21:29:21

Evening all.................rain rain rain..............got soaked today and more forecast tomorrow. Went to Canterbury today with dk and James who after me saying he`s the careful one with money spent £50 today on new clothes for himself, he likes to choose his own, saves me a fortune! I was looking for bargains as now I`ve got dks b/day on the 17th and the trios on the 27th!! Really cross, saw a leather bag in M&S reduced to £25, dk needs a new small shoulder type bag. Just looked at it an its not a shoulder bag a all but a wash bag...........£25!!! So back that goes tomorrow. No plans here for tomorrow night, what are you all up to? Feel abit sorry for the kids really, we aren't fussed and last year didn't even stay up until midnight, but at almost 16 they want to do something. Transport is such a problem, taxi here won`t ake bookings on NYE. An ideas?

MultipleMama Mon 30-Dec-13 22:28:42

Maybe a few fireworks in the backyard, Trips? Is there something local going on that's cheap?

We had family round as a kid and had a few fireworks in the garden. Since the kids were born we have the tradition of having my dad and cousin over and playing family games while the kids play or sleep and bring in the New Year with sparklers. This year however my dad and I will be spending a quiet night at the hospital watching Apollo fight for another day with us, DH is also spending it having a movie night with the DC. I miss them so much.

Lets hope 2014 brings us new hope and happiness smile

shabbs Tue 31-Dec-13 09:06:51

Morning girls xx

We are going to a friends tonight. Totally and utterly dreading it!!! Best friend Chelle usually has a party but her brother is doing it this year - they have a really big family so there will be approx 13,000 kids there grin well it feels like that anyway!!

When the twins were 3 days old it was New Years Eve. That day they discharged as many mums and babies as they could from the maternity unit. Ended up just myself and one other lady. That was also the day that Gareth was transferred to the local childrens hospital. I remember lying there at midnight listening to the boats at Salford Quays sounding their 'horns' (or whatever makes a noise on a boat) at midnight....I crawled under my blanket and sobbed. I still struggle with NYE.

Right off to my parents house - Mum says her kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it!! So will try and sort it for her. xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 31-Dec-13 22:30:59

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
― Alfred Tennyson

Here's some hope for all of us x

triplets Wed 01-Jan-14 02:06:15

Will it post?

triplets Wed 01-Jan-14 02:09:11

Ha ha tried to post an hour ago and it said MN was not accepting any new thread posts!! Tut Tut MN!!

So what I was going to say is
Happy New Year to all you amazing, wonderful ladies............and hers to another year of "d`ya" ..........and come back FG!! XX

Charleymouse Wed 01-Jan-14 03:13:17

Happy new year!

Hope that 2014 brings you health, wealth and happiness.

<<Clambers over festooned bodies and liquor choccies>>

Wishing you all the very best for the new year.
Lots of love

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Wed 01-Jan-14 08:21:40

Already not looking good for 2014. Was determine to be more financially sorted this year. Woke up to a negative bank balance and no wages - should have been paid 9 weeks owed money on the 31st. Payoff from work not expected until the 31st jan. And then I feel I'm being optimistic given I was dismissed in August. Was it too much to ask that one thing be truly behind me as we entered the new year? Instead it's being dragged out further.

shabbs Wed 01-Jan-14 10:14:47

Morning girls xx

Happy New Year to you all (good to see you Charley.)

Last night was much better than I expected......ended up with my friends two little grandsons attacking me with plastic dinosaurs and Tom wandering around the house with them keeping them amused....was suprised at how great he was with them - they are 3 and 2....and I sat all night with my friends son (he is 13) he has autisim and severe learning difficulties. He can quote entire scripts from 'Only fools and horses' 'Benidorm' and 'The Royal Family!!' He is a fantastic lad. I said to him 'Tommy while you are at the buffet will you bring some sandwiches for me please?' Without turning his head he gave his normal sentance 'You can kiss my arse Shabbs!!!!!!!!!' LOL LOL LOL - I know you shouldnt laugh BUT............

triplets Wed 01-Jan-14 12:04:02

Yes laugh Shabs.............laugh more smile
How is everyone this windy wet day? Going to hibernate though should go out as the cat is out of food!! Could do with a nice film to watch, telly has been rubbish over Christmas. Have a relaxing day and very glad you enjoyed yourself last night Shabs . xx

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Wed 01-Jan-14 14:20:40

happy new year everyone

I dont post here very much as my twins are all grown up, but i remember how hard it was

there is a lovely lady in this thread who could really do with your support I have asked her to come over and speak to you wonderful lot, but might be nice if you could help her out

bubby64 Wed 01-Jan-14 17:47:58

Happy New Year everyone. And we can celebrate with <<<big drum roll>>> heating and hot water in our house!
I looked up the problem online, found the probable cause, we bought the parts yesterday at screwfix, and this morning my clever DH plumbed in a new diverter and it all works! Cost £55 for the part, £17 for pipefreeze so we didn't have to drain the whole central heating down, and voilà, its fixed! Saved us £100 on a plumbergrin
We had a quiet family celebration in our house. went for a meal at local carvery (a Groupon offer, family of 4 two course meal for £30) then to cinema to watch Catching Fire (Hunger Games) which was very good, then home to board games, snacks and dips, and went upstairs to watch local fireworks.

bubby64 Wed 01-Jan-14 17:52:26

where dis all those accented A's come fromhmm

MultipleMama Thu 02-Jan-14 02:50:20

Tomorrow is transfer day. I'm a nervous wreck and unable to sleep. Apollo still isn't stable and if he isn't stable by this afternoon his transfer will be cancelled. Fingers crossed for him! He has an MRI, ECG, ultrasound scans tomorrow sad

Decided to bedshare with Artie, tonight. I cannot believe she is 13 weeks old aka 1 month adj! So surreal. I keep staring at her and watching her nose twitch when I touch it. smile

How is 2014 treating you ladies?

triplets Thu 02-Jan-14 07:38:05

Morning all, still raining, all through the night..........forecast until Mon. Mama fingers all x`d, how exactly is it going to work, do they take him by ambulance? Where in Germany will you be living, you have probably told me once! Awake early........another long day, might start taking decs down. Another Christmas done an dusted, they come and go so quickly!

shabbs Thu 02-Jan-14 08:27:45

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 02-Jan-14 09:21:44

Morning all.

Hoping Apollo behaves himself so you can transfer Mama. Does he have to be stable for a length of time or if he stabilises will they let him go?

Onwards and upwards today. Taking the decorations down and spring cleaning commencing.

MultipleMama Thu 02-Jan-14 09:34:35


Trips, long and short of it without going into detail. He will be moved by ambulance to plane, plane to germany, ambulance to hospital. Hence why he needs to be stable for travel. Lot of planning!

We'll be moving just outside Frankfurt but Apollo will be going to a children's hospital in Berlin.

shabbs Thu 02-Jan-14 09:49:18

My God they have come such a long way with babies like A. I remember Gareth being transferred just half a mile to our local childrens hospital....took them over an hour to make that journey. 4 police motorcyclists surrounding the ambulance and the slow crawl. Good luck to you and your family - I hope you are all settled, very soon, in your new home. xxx

MultipleMama Thu 02-Jan-14 11:24:06

Thanks, ladies.

Didn't see your post Soks, til after I checked back! He has to be stable for a period of time before travel so that he's less and more stable for the change in air pressure. And to cover their backs and for insurance purposes agreed to by both hospitals.

He's starting to stablize but his heart rate keeps going out of whack so they're going to increase his beta-blockers.

Artie threw up on me this morning and she smiled just after. She's gunna be so like her big brother Dom!

MultipleMama Thu 02-Jan-14 20:28:18

Last post from England!

Apollo stablized around 2.15pm 45 minutes before the deadline! He's still stable and sleeping like a log for the first time since off the high vent. He's on high doses of everything. He's being prepped at 6am and will be on our way at 7am on the dot! smile

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 02-Jan-14 21:34:19

Woo hoo mama. Wishing you all well on your journey to rejoin your family. Will you and Artie be travelling with Apollo?

triplets Thu 02-Jan-14 22:50:25

Oh Mama I would be so scared and probably have stayed in the UK until he was out of any danger, you are in incredibly brave........I feel a bag of nerves just thinking about it.........its daunting though I know he will be in safe hands. Gods speed. xx

shabbs Fri 03-Jan-14 08:42:34

Morning girls xx

Hope everything has worked out for you Mama.

MultipleMama Fri 03-Jan-14 15:39:50

We're here and settled! Saying goodbye to my dad was truely heartbreaking, I won't see him now until my birthday sad

I would like to thank ADAC and their amazing staff who reassured me and talked to me through everything and explain what would happen.nd They also took the time to watch over Artie too. The incubator was massive and bloody scary. On board their was the pilots, a paramedic, a Neo nurse, a neurologist and a cardiologist plus me and Artie. It was a scary, surreal situation but friendly and calm.

Apollo will stay in Berlin for his heart assessment where they will decide if he would benefit from the pacemaker operation now or later. The staff are friendly, lovely but intense and very proffessional and it's so weird hearing German where ever I look. Talk about culture shock!

DH starts work on Monday so the family are taking over care of DC until Apollo's case has been reviewed. 5 hours away from kids and it's awful.

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sat 04-Jan-14 09:36:05

Oh well done Mama. I'm so glad to hear you all arrived safely. Especially with the weather warnings which were given for the east coast yesterday.

Taking dot baby for a hair cut today. It grows so fast. Poor poppet can hardly see for it dangling in her eyes.

shabbs Sat 04-Jan-14 10:24:08

Morning girls xx

triplets Sat 04-Jan-14 13:59:46

Rain rain rain......just back from my brothers, 3 hours housework cleaning up after his familys visit. Its not fair the way they leave it. I only do it to help him as he s so good to me and the kids. Thomas got up at 5.30am and has walked 4 miles to a wood to go airsofting with 9 of his mates, chucking it down,must be mad! Oh had better go, dd is on the pc filling in her online application for 6th form and all I can hear is "how the hell do I know"!

bubby64 Sat 04-Jan-14 19:07:17

Sorry I have been away. Laptop has crashed! A tyical end to an wwful year.sad
Mama - Wow! what a journey.Glad you are over there and everything seems to be hoing smoothly. Mama, your little Apollo, is a little trooper!grin
Trips- didnt they clear up after themselves at all, even though they knoe how unwell your DBro has been and how much stress you have been under? How ungrateful and thoughtless of themangry
I spent yesterday afternoon at my friends house. She is the one with 10yr old id boys, as well as her two girls, 12 and 14. She is really struggling with the behaviour of 1 of her boys, they are fighting all the time (no surprises with that) but one is very destructive with it, and flys into horrendous tantrums whenever he is denied anything he decide s he wants. yesterday, I drove her down to the nearest town to get a few bits, and he went berserk because I couldn't take him as well, (I had no room in the car) so while we were out he destroyed 2 of his brothers Christmas presents! Mind you, she bought loads of sweets whilst out, and, despite his awful behaviour, she gave him some! I couldn't belive it!hmm

triplets Sat 04-Jan-14 20:43:40

Hi Bubbs, how I wish we were all within walking distance of each other, I could really do with a good friend right now to sit and pour out all the anger and frustration that's in me.
I end up feeling its me, feeling that I am the selfish one who always gets her own way, but believe me I don`t.
Ok heres whats going on.
3 months ago dks niece and her husband (they have adorable 6yr old twins) asked us if we would be interested in going to Florida in Aug 2015 with them for Michaels 50th b/day. Dks sister would come too. Great, all for it and dead excited after the last grim 6yrs. So I have started looking at 7 bedroom villas, flights, tickets etc and come up with an approx. cost............bloody expensive. But dk said we deserve it. Fine. Then today I get an email from his niece to say their best friends would also like to come, we have met them once, seem ok. Told dk and he instantly said that's it, we are not going. He thinks they have no right to have asked them. They never said in the beginning it was family only, they obv want a group of people to share the holiday with. So I suggested to him we get two villas, side by side we get our privacy, probably during the day we would end up doing different parks to them anyway as our kids are so much older etc. We could still have nice evening together, it would be fun. But no, he says its spoilt now, he doesn't like them (hardly ever spoken to them) and he knows what it would be like, us 4 women would get together and be silly and he`ll feel left out, and its not fair on our kids!!!!
I would like to bloody well go without him.
Honest opinion please.

MultipleMama Sat 04-Jan-14 21:27:01

Honest opinion. Tell him to stop being so bloody selfish, this could be a nice break for all of you and he has no right to have a hissy fit seeing as you were also invited not the ones who suggested and invited people. And like you said you could get two villas and you don't have to spend everyday with them. Tell him to suck it up and you're not gunna turn down what will be a lovely holiday for you and the kids because he's got the monk on. Just my two cents.

Ladies, can you put a thought to the universe tonight for Apollo. I just need all the hope I can get because I'm really struggling here.

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sat 04-Jan-14 21:47:52

Mama. Thinking of Apollo for you. And also of you, wishing you strength.

triplets Sat 04-Jan-14 21:59:45

Sending every positive vibe to you both, it must be so hard, he has come along way, a little fighter xx

bubby64 Sun 05-Jan-14 01:05:26

Mama- sending out the prayers for your little Apollo, keep fighting little man. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
I don't know if you sre religious or not, but, despite everything, I am, so hope you don't mind.

bubby64 Sun 05-Jan-14 01:07:06

Ahhhhh - the funny symbols is the site transposing my heart symbols - that was a line of hearts Mama xxxx

bubby64 Sun 05-Jan-14 01:08:50

Trips- in my opinion your DK should either suck it up or stay at home on his own, and you and the kids go and have a great time!

MultipleMama Sun 05-Jan-14 01:38:26

I'm not religious but I wouldn't begrudge someone their faith and right now I could do with some of that faith. I've never prayed before so pray on Apollo's behalf for me <3

shabbs Sun 05-Jan-14 04:00:39

Trips - just wish it was me and thee (and our kids can come as long as they behave themselves) going on a really small adventure. My hubby, of 35 years told me not to come home from my friend chelles house.......seems like I am cocky and arrogant......OOOOOOOOOOOOOOh who the fuck would have thought it LOL.

triplets Sun 05-Jan-14 08:14:15

Bloody Derkster! Is it jealousy d`ya think? See I keep making allowances for dk, he`s had a bloody rough time over the last 6 years and of course we don`t know if and when the cancer will come back. He I know is also embarrassed using a pool etc with strangers because of all the horrible scarring from the surgery. But deep down I feel he would still be anti, its just him, he is not very sociable unless its on his own terms. And this is also where the age gap comes in, I still want to have fun and be silly, I love company. Maybe I won`t when I am the same age, for now its frustrating.

Mama how is Apollo today bless him? x

MultipleMama Sun 05-Jan-14 12:22:24

Trips, have you tries talking to him about it, there's no excuse for behaving like that towards you. If he's embarrassed or self conscious about how he looks then there are plently of things he could do. You both shouldn't dismiss a holiday when there are things that can be worked out.

Now it's morning and I can breathe with DH beside me. Apollo heart rate dropped to 24bpm, he was blue, floppy and unresponsive then while the care team were working on him, he went into cardiac arrest - his heart just stopped. It took a while to get him back - longest 2 minutes of my life. however his heart rate just kept on dropping, they said he went into heart failure and I had to make the decision whether we keep on resucitating him until his temp pacemaker could be fitted or sign a DNR. They have no idea if has any brain damage and even if his pacemaker is fitted successfully they don't know the quality of his life. I didn't sign it. I couldn't. He r.arrested twice and had another c.arrest. he had a temp pacemaker fitted at 4am and was put on the ventilator his heart is doing better and his colour has returned and his gases look okay. His pacemaker op is scheduled for 5.30pm. So much for his week assessment. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers xxx

bubby64 Sun 05-Jan-14 21:26:38

Mama- hope that fitting of the pacemaker has gone ok, prayers still continue as we wait for news. xxxxxxxxx

MultipleMama Sun 05-Jan-14 22:17:14

Apollo is out of surgery and in recovery. The surgery had a few complications but was successful and lasted just over 2.5 hours, he gad a dual chamber pacemaker fitted. It's heartbreaking to put my son's life in some stranger's hand. Despite being debriefed about before and after op. I wasn't prepared for the amount of wires, tubes and machines. He will remain on a high vent until his heart and lungs have had time to recover. So, far he's doing well and his care team are pleased. So am I! Not out of woods yet but they're positive smile

bubby64 Sun 05-Jan-14 23:23:34

Great! I was on tenterhooks here waiting for news from you. Lets hope for his continuing improvement.

triplets Sun 05-Jan-14 23:51:25

Oh Mama how on earth are you surviving all of this, how is your dh coping?

Chopstheduck Mon 06-Jan-14 06:02:42

been lingering but not had much to post really, been so quiet here.

mama, that is fabulous, well done Apollo! He is such a little fighter xx

shabs & Trips, your dhs need kicks up the arses. Trips, he hasn't really given u a proper reason for not going. I'd be very tempted to let him sulk home alone. Do u think if u booked it he would change his mind eventually? He should be proud of his scars, after being through so much! No one is going to think badly of them. Or, he could easily wear a tshirt. He sounds a lot like my dh really - just not really very sociable!

Kids are back to school today, whoppee! It has been really nice having the family time, but I do think they are getting a bit bored of being stuck in the house, especially with this lousy weather. I'm looking forward to being able to spend longer at the gym wihtout having to worry about rushing home again smile

shabbs Mon 06-Jan-14 07:20:30

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Mon 06-Jan-14 07:56:44

I think surviving is the correct word. I feel drained and tired. I can't even cry anymore, I hear bad news or I see his sats drop I just think, "not again". Silly and irrational as it is I can"t bring myself to talk to him or touch. I'm scared he'll feel cold and that his little hand won't grasp my finger. When the nurses touch him I become panicky and want them to stop. Saw the social worker & counsellor and I just didn't want to talk to them. I wanted them to go away - they eventually left. For the first since they were born; DH & I couldn't comfort each other.

DH says he's fine and tries to stay positive but I know it's hard on him, before he had his 10 week to be there all the time and wasn't farto visit when he was working. Now he's back at work and 5 hours away from us. It's his first day at work and he's exhausted from being here all day. He doesn't have the time he desperately wants with Artie and Apollo and it hurts him badly. He confided in me that he's starting to feel like a part time dad towards them. That kills me but I don't know how to fix it.

Haven't slept. Can't sleep. Gotta sort out childcare today and make the 5 hours journey home to see my kids just fly back with Artie tonight. I need sleep! Zzzz

bubby64 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:51:24

Mama- its so hard , I know. My dh was only just over a hour away when my 2 were in high dependancy, but, at times, that seemed like a million miles, especially when a crisis happened, which it did on a number of occasion, but, even then, they were not as poorly as your little lad. Later, when M had his lung removed at 2yrs, dh was able to be with me for support and help with J, I must admit, I don't know how I would have managed without him.
It will be ok in the end, and he will soon feel like a dad again when hebis dealing with his little Apollos future nappy explosionswink
I am sitting here feeling guilty for moaning about their behaviour after fighting so long to keep them here in the first place.blush

MultipleMama Mon 06-Jan-14 22:37:53

Thanks, Bubs smile I'm sure I'll be moaning when I'm home! As awful as it sounds I can't wait to pawn Artie off on DH so I can a few child free moments!

Talked to my dad today, he thinks I should step back from Apollo and the hospital and go explore the City for a few hours. It's not a bad idea but I feel like I'm abandoning him after just a big operation. I told a nurse off today for talking to Apollo. How bad is that? I feel like a jerk. However guilty I felt it was refreshing and their smiles were theraputic. K has draw a picture of Apollo with his new special "Heart box". Super adorable. Yesterday was such an emotional day but feels s little ligher today.

Also, Artie help her head up today! smile

Nice to see you, Chops! smile

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Mon 06-Jan-14 23:11:04

Oh mama. I feel so much for you being so far away from everyone. Do make sure you let the nurses and mw etc know how you feel. Don't feel you have to carry the weight of the world on you.

We're not having a great time here with bigger at the minute. Even big has taken to copying him, snatching and hitting. hmm

triplets Tue 07-Jan-14 06:45:27

Morning girls...............not enough sleep. Hate getting up these dark mornings. Off to the first of two funerals this week, glum, at least its not raining atm.

shabbs Tue 07-Jan-14 06:46:33

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 07-Jan-14 09:20:16

Morning. One back to school today. Trouble isn't back at preschool until tomorrow. Alas!

MultipleMama Tue 07-Jan-14 17:26:40

That's tough, Trips. Hope the funerals go as smoothly as possible. Condolensenses to the families.

Sok, I wish mine were going to school! They don't start term until August shoot me now. Luckily DH's job is paying for childcare until July.

Apollo is recovering wonderfully. He's now off the high vent and moved onto the normal vent with only one bout of steriods. He still has an innocent heart murmur and his heart and lungs are still weak - they say he may never be in the normal range but he's responding well and the pacemaker is doing what he should thankfully as he's pacemaker-dependant! Still irrationally scared to touch and talk to him though. feel like a horrible mum.

shabbs Tue 07-Jan-14 19:31:42

I was petrified to love Gareth FWIW. So afraid of him - thought I would break him if I held him. BUT he didn't break and I quickly learnt to love him xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 07-Jan-14 21:14:32

Oh mama. I cannot imagine what you must be feeling right now. I echo shabs though. You can't break him even if you feel like the smallest touch could hurt. Talk to him if nothing else, let him know what his big sister is up to. Talk to the nurses and let them know how you feel. I'm sure they've seen it hundreds if times before. I was terrified of giving Jennifer the first bottle I gave her. She felt so small and was so bundled up. And was bigger than Apollo. And I was worried that she wouldn't know me. To be fair, she was fed such small amounts so regularly her first few days I don't think she cared who fed her as long as it came. 21 months later and I have the biggest limpet I've ever known. I swear she's making up for lost time in a very late fashion! She was only in scubu 5 days!

shabbs Tue 07-Jan-14 21:18:47

Thinking about it all now - some 32 years later my Mum must have worried about both boys - just like I was doing. She used to spend hours singing 'Two little boys had two little toys......' to them, and just touching them while they were in their moses baskets.

MultipleMama Tue 07-Jan-14 22:43:10

I bumped into the surgeon who did Apollo's surgery this evening - he's doing a 48 hour shift! Holy crap! I asked to sit with him and if it would be okay if I asked him a few questions now that I feel calmer and able to take things in. I bought him a coffee and he said something that stuck with me, "touch is a basic need even for the smallest of babies." So after DH kicking my butt over the phone, I kissed Apollo and said hi. Who knew that would send me into a cryfest. A much needed cryfest. I can't hold him yet but they say I can next week. Still hesitant to to more than stroke and hold his hand but I feel slightly better.

I'm glad I talk to you ladies and know someone else understands x

shabbs Tue 07-Jan-14 22:56:32

Just keep talking to him and touching him as much as you can do. Gareth weighed 4lbs 1 ounce at birth (38 weeks) he was sent home two weeks later from the heart ward at our local childrens hospital. By then he weighed just 3lbs 15ounces despite my milk and formula.

He fought so very hard to stay with us. Shrugged off chest infections etc but he couldnt fight anymore. I always think now that thanks to Gareth and many other children like him that babies born now with heart problems survive because of what surgeons learnt from my precious lad. I am so happy for you that your little fighter has been born in an era when so much progress has been made and where babies/children survive and live a normal life.

I hope A goes from strength to strength. xx

triplets Tue 07-Jan-14 23:10:40

Shabbs........such a heartfelt reply, even now I can feel your pain still. Gareths life however short brought you love and never to be forgotten memories, however sad. It is very hard, yes probably if Gareth was born now his chance of survival would be high, and that is so hard to accept. Apollo has been on such a high rollercoaster since birth, he`s still riding Mama, just let him know your there beside him. xx

bubby64 Tue 07-Jan-14 23:56:50

Shabs ((((hugs))))) to you, I know its so hard, but Trips is right, they learned so much that Gareth made a big impact on the world in the short time he was with us. If it wasnt for the brave children and mums like you in the past, my 2 definitely would not be here, as I had ground breaking laser surgery to correct my T2TTS.
Mama - You really needed a cry and that talk with the surgeon for you emotional well being, now you need to pass on to Apollo the fact you are there by your touch and voice. Keep going love, it will be more than worth it inthr end.
Trips - condolences for the families of the deceased, I know you are a great friend to so many people, but it is hard when you lose people, especially so close together.

My 2 returned to school today, and I am seing J's form tutor tomorrow to discuss how we can help him in the future with his friendship issue's and also how we can try and get him to be more organised.
He had 8 negative behaviour points in his last 3 weeks of school for not doing homework and forgetting to bring in books/work, or basic equipment to his various classes, despite me -nagging- reminding him about it every day!sadconfusedFrench is worst, he hates his French teacher with avengence, and, having met her, tbh, I can see where he is coming fromblush

bubby64 Wed 08-Jan-14 00:02:08

Soks - sorry, meant to add a ((hug)) for you too, Im sure things will get better again when you brood get back to a normal routine,, certainly it will help with Bigger, he needs the routine to ground him a bit.

MultipleMama Wed 08-Jan-14 00:46:51

Shabs, I'll be forever indebit to your little boy and many like him who, in a way, helped my little boy. Though it saddens me that their spark had to join the stars for those breakthroughs to be made. I'll make sure to treasure my little boy to the moon and back. Apollo weighs just under 3lbs 15oz now, he's come along way from his birth weight of 1lb 9oz. Very proud smile

I hated my French teacher, especially when I moved up to a "higher" French class. I adored my German classes however haha.

shabbs Wed 08-Jan-14 08:35:54

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Wed 08-Jan-14 16:17:04

Evening. Bit of lighthearted amusement for you all. It was our first ww meeting since the 18th December. Wednesday weigh in so obviously missed 2 weeks. Out of the 20ish who were weighed today, we lost a grand total of 4lb. We put on 52lb. Our leader is glad she doesn't get paid according to pounds lost!

triplets Wed 08-Jan-14 17:22:29

grin well it was Christmas Soks grin

bubby64 Wed 08-Jan-14 20:47:42

Soksgrin grin grin I dare not even near the scales, and doesnt help that I probably exceeded my alcohol units by a huge amount over the past 3 weeks as well!
Spoke to both J's form tutor and head of year. They said they were going to get in touch with me anyway, as they are having to put him on report for a couple of weeks due to amount of negative behaviour points he had got, it will be awake up call for him and he is going to very upset tomorrowsad As for his social issues, they agree there is a problem, and it is in the msin part due to his immaturity, They are going to give him more responsibility in class, and try to encourage him to in other ways too. I hope he doesn't think that me going to see them has caused the report, sad I am pretending that I know nothing about it tonight.

shabbs Wed 08-Jan-14 22:52:53

My lovely DIL Emma goes in hospital tomorrow to have her gall bladder removed. Dan has time off and Lew is going into school as normal. Hope everything goes well for her she has been having massive problems for a long time.

Bubby - I have eaten my own body weight (and thats a considerable amount) in bloody chocolate and sweet stuff this Xmas - I dont even like sweet stuff hmm

MultipleMama Wed 08-Jan-14 23:09:49

I seem to be eating my weight in breadsticks and garlic dip. I swear vampires in 5 mile radius would drop down ill! <<currently munching on them as we speak!>> poor Artie.

Hope your DIL's op goes well, Shabs!

Bubs, I hope the school play more of a part in helping him at school. I think the responsibilty thing would be good thing to try. A finds it difficult to make friends she prefers to play by herself and finds it stressful when made to interact with others.

bubby64 Wed 08-Jan-14 23:34:33

Shabs - Hope all goes well for Em tomorrow.

I'm starting to wonder at times about J. In a lot of ways he is very like DH, and has some definate "aspie" traits, but I also wonder if this is 'learned' not inate behaviour.

triplets Thu 09-Jan-14 00:24:27

Em too? Shabs two of my nieces have just had the same op, one is 24 and the other is 33, strange isn`t it? Better get some shut eye....zz zzz zzz

shabbs Thu 09-Jan-14 06:50:03

Morning girls xx

rubyrubyruby Thu 09-Jan-14 07:03:16

Morning all xxx

rubyrubyruby Thu 09-Jan-14 07:06:44

Sending you much love and hope MM xxx

bubby64 Thu 09-Jan-14 07:47:43

Morning All, nice to see you Ruby x

MultipleMama Thu 09-Jan-14 08:23:31

Morning, Rubs!

My BIL is currently doing the 5hour journey with my kids to see me. Cannot wait to see them and give them big hugs. Going to take them to see the Wall and spoil them smile

Apollo is holding strong and stubborn smile

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 09-Jan-14 13:01:47

Thanks for the hugs. Bigger went back to preschool yesterday. He's still screeching from the rooftops and quite aggressive. But hopefully he will settle down. He's looking forward to our holiday as he remembers it from last year. Though is unsure about the pool. We've bought him a little wetsuit so hopefully he won't be as cold this time.

My twin reins arrived today and I'm so looking forward to trying them out. They like holding my hand and walking so I'm hoping we'll get on better with these than the regular ones I've got. They'll certainly be fun to try out next week!!

MultipleMama Thu 09-Jan-14 14:28:42

My twins love the reins but according to my BIL Dieter has gone back to wanting to lie in the stroller. Hope you have success with yours!

BIL dropped kids off at the hospital this morning so I'm going to surprise him and meet him for coffee instead and let him meet Artie smile

MultipleMama Thu 09-Jan-14 17:24:46

DH just informed me that our next child will be called Mr Mistoffelees and it's nonnegotiable. I knew his love of musicals would come back to haunt me when I married him...

triplets Thu 09-Jan-14 22:27:13

Well although it was sad today, it was lovely to see so many family members I haven`t seen for years, especially my cousin Marilyn who flew over from Australia for her Dads funeral. We haven`t see each other for almost 50 years, scary...........yet we knew each other instantly. A bittersweet day. xx

shabbs Fri 10-Jan-14 08:06:15

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Fri 10-Jan-14 12:41:57

Afternoon, ladies.

Today is a good day, Apollo is being weaned off the sedative today so here's to hoping he doesn't fight against the tube!

Artie rolled over from her back to her stomach, today! For the past couple of days she's been rolling stomach to back but today was the time she's done it the other way. So proud. She's even making contact smile She's kicking the "premature" status' butt!

shabbs Sat 11-Jan-14 09:41:19

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Sat 11-Jan-14 11:08:06

Afternoon, ladies.

Apollo is no longer fighting his tube so he doesn't need to be sedated again until he needs scans etc and this morning he opened his eyes for the first time since his op and it's such a relief to him aware. Onwards and upwards smile

DH is taking the DC swimming today while Artie & I go stroller shopping!

MultipleMama Sun 12-Jan-14 01:21:03

Apollo has hit the 4lb mark! Such a massive milestone for him! The staff are very pleased and have increased his feeds in hopes that he will continue to improve. So happy!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sun 12-Jan-14 01:36:45

Oh mama that is good news. So glad to hear that smile go Apollo!

Well my twin reins arrived the other day. They are soooooo much easier than regular reins. Even if it was funny that the babies insist on going in opposite directions. And easier again getting them back in the car. I just clipped big to the school railings so he didn't wander off while I sorted his sister blush

We go on holiday Monday gringringringrin

shabbs Sun 12-Jan-14 08:33:36

Morning girls xx

Great news about Apollo x

triplets Sun 12-Jan-14 22:24:29

Fantastic news Mama smile
Well I am cream crackered, kitchen is ready for the fitter/electrician to start tomorrow, camping stove and microwave and kettle are in situ on my windowsill in the sitting room, its going to be fun over the next two weeks...........agghhhhhh.
Lots of takeaways coming up!

shabbs Mon 13-Jan-14 07:13:57

Morning girls xx

rubyrubyruby Mon 13-Jan-14 07:17:11

Morning smile

Glad Apollo is doing well MM
Holiday Soks? Where you off to?

What's your new kitchen like Trips?

MultipleMama Mon 13-Jan-14 08:52:56

Morning ladies! X

Enjoy your holiday Sok! smile

What design you settled for, Trips?

Filled in two more school applications today just gotta send them off. So we have the one we want and 3 as back up!

Miss my kids so much! Think I may ask PIL to bring them to Berlin for a week and have them stay too, of course I'd pay for hotel. But I don't wanna upset their routine more than I have to especially A. Should I or should I deal with daily skype chats & phone callS?

Any plans today ladies? Artie & I will spend the morning at a baby book club before spending the afternoon with Apollo smile

MultipleMama Mon 13-Jan-14 15:09:59

My 5 year old has become obsessed with Chris Hatfield (reading Chris' book to Apollo) according to my FIL. He keeps wanting to watch Space videos and take Space pictures. I apparently have over a dozen Space drawings for Apollo and Artie. He's also demanding a Space room and that we read him only Space stories... all within a day and all because he watched a youtube video of Chris in Space. I love him so much, he's so carefree and just a happy little boy! smile #proudmama

bubby64 Mon 13-Jan-14 23:40:51

Hi ladies. just popping in before i make lunchboxes then off to bed.
Mama - great news about your little man, and, sorry, once the space obsession kicks in, that it! My M still adores his space theamed room at 13yrs!!grin
Trips - nice you could catch up with family, even ifbit was for such a sad event. It seems to be that way, doesn't it, you seem to catchbup at big family events, in your 20-30s its weddings, then christening s, but now it seems to be funeralssad
I see Chops has won heself a ski trip, so she will be jetting off again soongrin

I had my 1st physio session today to try and release the tendon and nerve in my ankle, ouch! painful, confused I was glad when she said to leave it for a couple of weeks to settle down before the next session.smile
We are finally havingnour windows, patio doors, conservatory and guttering sortedbout in 2 weeks, I am having to take annual leave, but it will be worth itgrin . I just hope that the weather doesn't conspire against us and things have to be postponed. Good excuse to get the boysvto tidy their rooms though, and we have promised them new beds after, they both want to get rid of their midi sleeper for something a little more grown up.
Trying to book a cheap holiday abroad for the summer hols, but it is all too expensive. The minimum costs would be about £1400 for a week for us, as now the boys are counted as adults. We just cant afford that, and we dare not take them during term time, as everyone recently got a letter saying that unless the family had to go away out of school holiday time, ie farming or military families, (which there are a lot of anyway at their school), the education authority is going to prosocute you, and that can be ip to a maximum of £250 per child, per week!
Oh well, looks like it may be a caravan holiday in merry old England again. So much for having a guaranteed sunshine holiday for my 50th!

triplets Tue 14-Jan-14 00:00:05

I know what you mean Bubbs ,we are really now 5 adults, kids will b 16 on the 27th, are you looking at Aug? Try to find a cheap flight after the 20th prices lower usually by then. Try Palma 100`s of flights then look for an apt in somewhere like Puerto Pollensa, huge choice and good pric range...........my all time fav family holiday.
Well an exciting but noisy day..........my kitchen is now a shell, pic on my profile as it was y/day...........I`ll do one tomorrow as it looks now, then I`ll do an after one! So exciting ,thanks to my lovely Mum xxx

shabbs Tue 14-Jan-14 06:45:54

Morning girls xx

New kitchen sounds fantastic Trips. xx

Bubby - Majorca sounds a good idea - flights are cheaper and there are so many lovely places.

We are not going away this year. No savings left, cheapest flights coming in at around £400 each!! Dont want to leave my Mum & Dad either - their current state of health is very, very poor. xxx

MultipleMama Tue 14-Jan-14 07:16:39

Holidays will be impossible for us for awhile due to the rules most airways have i.e 2 adults per 2 children under a certain. Which is all of them. We can go if we bring my dad along (always do anyway).

Hope the kitchen goes as planned!! smile

Feel tired this morning even though Artie had a really good night and Apollo's alarms didn't go off once.

Chopstheduck Tue 14-Jan-14 07:22:07

morning girls x

Did I hear my name? wink

Mama - fab to hear Apollo is doing so well. FWIW I'd prob leave the kids for now sad They probably need time to settle after the big move rather than upheaving them again. Hopefully it won't be too much longer xx

Bubby what about a caravan in Europe? Selectcamp are cheap, and you could get a ferry from Felixstowe and to somewhere like Amsterdam. We aren't planning anything for the summer this year neither yet. After last year, we can't afford a proper holiday, so will be making do with freebies and maybe a short break with just the twins as R and J always go away a bit in August.

Hope your ankle is feeling a bit better today!

Good luck with the new kitchen fitting, trips! I hated having ours done (two years ago, after a loo flooded the ground floor), but it will be worth it in the end.

Yep, I'm off skiing in Saas Fee hopefully! Still waiting atm for the vouchers to arrive from Switzerland then I should be able to go ahead and book it. It's half board in a 4* hotel, flights and ski pass included, so pretty much all paid for! grin Kids are NOT coming, though I won a stay in Yorkshire at Flamingo Land, and tickets to Alton Towers in separate competitions, so going to take all the kids away at half term in May.

happy holidays Soks! Where are you off to? Didn't know you were dieting! I put on 2lbs over Xmas which I was pretty pleased with. I did carry on with classes though, and even went for a run on Xmas day.

Fell off my bike on Fri and spent the day feeling very sorry for myself. Bruising is still coming out but less sore now, thank goodness! I hit my cheekbone, knee, ankle and elbow. Skidded on ice, bike went one way and I went the other! No more cycling in ice for me!

Chopstheduck Tue 14-Jan-14 07:23:08

Mama, you are in Germany now - you can jsut drive down to Austria, or Switzerland, or Italy! envyenvyenvy

MultipleMama Tue 14-Jan-14 07:57:06

Chops, that is true. Never thought of it like that! Still thinking like a British person! We'd like to take the kids to Canada, Russia & Sweden. They're on the back burner. We have planned a trip to Austria next year which is a 5 hour drive minus rest stops.

We decided to the DC settle and not move them around. To say he's never really been on his own with the 4 DC for long periods of time, he's doing amazingly. Proud of my DH. So lucky to have him! smile

That sounds painful! I hope your injuries heal quickly! Hope your ankle feels better too, bubs!

Caravan around Europe sounds fun! smile

Chopstheduck Tue 14-Jan-14 15:20:23

Whereabouts in Austria are you going? we did a week in Zell Am See, near Salzburg a few years ago - was one of our best holidays! Absolutely loved it.

MultipleMama Tue 14-Jan-14 15:57:00

We're going to Zillertal Arena (ski resort) heard good reviews about it and my dad has been too. It's really family friendly. And there's a few places that accomade 8 people smile And then we're taking them to Disneyland at Hallow's Eve (this year) - Well PIL & my dad are taking K and A smile

bubby64 Wed 15-Jan-14 00:34:21

All ideas seem good, but we are a bit stuck with dates. i can take whenever I like off now, with my new contract, as my oppo and I don't have to cover each other any more, but when DH went to book his hols, only 2 days after they opened the calender, the night shift had got in first, and booked most of the hols already (he has to cover themsad ) He managed to book what will be the equivalent of 10 days beginning 31st July, and then 7 days from the 16th. I did say to him we could save up and wait to see what last minute deals are available, but, due to his AS he finds that too stressful, he has to have everything planned out! We are now looking at a static caravan in Devon or Cornwall for a week, going private hire as per usual, as you usually get a better price.
Ankle still quite bruised and sore, but hopefully it will eventually be worth it.
Trips - envy envy of your new kitchen,.
Mama, glad Apollo is behaving himself. I love Austria, I have had a couple of great holidays there.
Chops- I must start doing comps in earnest, glad you didn't injure youself too much, be careful out there.
Shabs- I know what you mean about your parents, I was reluctant last year because of my mum, must admit, now she is settled in her home, I feel a bit more relaxed about leaving her. It seems strange, but I am now sleeping better than I have for several years. I have decided that it is because I now know that I am not expected to drop everything and go over there to sort her out, day or night, whenever I get a telephone call.

shabbs Wed 15-Jan-14 08:09:40

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Wed 15-Jan-14 08:18:11

I hope you manage to find a holiday, bubs, you deserve a break! My DH is just as anal about planning. He likes to think of every outcome and have back up plans in place - for example, our holiday next year; he's called and asked about newborns/PG women and nearest hospitals. When I asked him why his response was, "if my little swimmers are winners, we need to be ready." I could strangle him. Our move to Germany was more than 10 spreadsheets/Word Docs worth of planning. Even budgets!

Apollo is being a little stubborn. He's refusing to come off the vent, so they will try again today. If not, they'll leave it to next week and try him with steriods, again. They think that because he was on since birth and only recently came off, he's gone back to relying on it again. His lungs are massively scarred and weak but his heart though weak is coping well with the changes smile

triplets Wed 15-Jan-14 23:15:37

evening ladies, promised myself an early night so straight to bed in a min! Waste of time today, had to go to Canterbury hospital dental dept, in and out in les than 2 mins! Consultant should have x-rayed my mouth, instead he said if I was feeling ok, no need to come back to them, go back to my gp! Got home and my lovely neighbour banged on the door and gave us a homemade fish pie for our supper as we have no kitchen. Isn`t that kind? It was such a godsend after microwave meals! My kitchen units are arriving tomorrow smile

shabbs Thu 16-Jan-14 08:59:28

Morning girls xx

triplets Thu 16-Jan-14 14:28:53

feeling bored.........anybody want a brew?

MultipleMama Thu 16-Jan-14 21:21:36

I'll take that brew had a day of arguing with one of the consultants. He wants to do to a lumbar puncture without reasonable cause and just for the sake of ruling things out. Well, just in case isn't a good enough reason to stick a needle in my poorly son's back. He wasn't counting on the fact that I'm fluent in German and understood every bloody thing he said. All this started because Apollo has a fever, which his cardiologist thinks it'll pass and is nothing serious. So annoyed.

triplets Thu 16-Jan-14 22:58:53

Oh Mama, what a terrible time you are having, so upsetting, I really feel for you. xx
Just go home from the cinema, a rare treat. Saw The Railway Man, Colin Firth an Nicole Kidman. Not the sort of film you can say you enjoy, it upset me, awful war!
Glad to get out as me and dk have truly been getting on each others nerves all day, I really snapped at him at 7pm, coldn`t get out of here quick enough. Now feeling a tad guilty as its his b/day tomorrow.....
night all xx

MultipleMama Thu 16-Jan-14 23:15:44

Had a good vent with DH over the phone and spent time playing with Artie, so had time to calm down and reflect, my answer is still no, and he finally accepted that. He's not even Apollo's Neurologist - just a stand in, as he's been in board meetings all day.

Tomorrow is a brand new day, I'm taking Artie swimming for the first time to a baby class. Very nervous and germ wary!

Hope your DK has a lovely birthday xx

shabbs Fri 17-Jan-14 08:00:39

Morning girls xx

Happy Birthday to your beloved Trips grin

Mamma - stick to your guns.

MultipleMama Fri 17-Jan-14 18:37:23

Artie is a proper water baby. She seems to really love it. She loves floating on her back. Never known her so calm! She hates baths though...

Missing DH like mad! The skype Chats aren't enough. I just wanna hug him and snuggle him while reading our books sad

triplets Fri 17-Jan-14 23:46:51

Very tired, very grumpy, very fed up..............its been one of those days......

shabbs Sat 18-Jan-14 09:57:00

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sat 18-Jan-14 10:36:39

Morning. Just thought I'd pop in and say hi before catching up on all the goings on.

Had a lovely break. Now back to reality!

triplets Sat 18-Jan-14 16:39:17

grumpiness wearing off...............though had a rant this morning with dd, resulting in me removing her posters from her wardrobe after repeated warnings.....................she doesn`t know yet.............

rubyrubyruby Sat 18-Jan-14 17:53:54

Glad you had a nice break Soks

Wassup Trips? - how's that kitchen coming along?

Hope everyone's ok xx

bubby64 Sat 18-Jan-14 20:23:30

Mama - Glad you stuck to your guns, and happy Artie loves swimming, my 2 were at their calmest in water, and still love it.
Trips - Happy birthday to your not quite so darling hubby. Neighbour was lovely bringing you the pie, and hope your (d?)d doesn't kick up too much stink over the posters. blush I want to see the railway man, but in 2 minds, as my unvle was onebof the "builders", and he suffered all his life from the treatment he recieved at the hands of the Japanese. We saw The Hunger Games -Catching Fire last week, much closer representation of the book, very good film if you like the books.
Soks - glad you had a nice break, you deserve it.
With DBinLs help, we finally got rid of the last of the burned/melted rubbish in our garden all around and inside the conservatory completely, and got the foundation of DHs shed set out, so, hopefully we can finish putting it together tomorrow. Boys have cleared Js room enough to allow the window fitters in there, the dinning room, bathroom and our bedroom is cleared so they can get to those windows.Now just waiting for them to arrive on Wednesday to get everything finally done. Can't wait to have my lovely new conservatory and windows, and no more water dripping down from melted guttering. grin grin If all goes well, they should finish the whole job by the next Tuesday.
Hi Shabs and Chops, hope you are having a good weekendsmile

bubby64 Sat 18-Jan-14 20:24:16

Oh,and Hi Ruby, nice to see you grin grin grin

MultipleMama Sat 18-Jan-14 22:46:52

Hey ladies.

I'm glad I stuck to my guns, his fever went down after an increase in his morphine (something to do with his tube??). He's healing so well and they say I can have my first hold on Wednesday! I can officially say I am over my sad spout and that I know enjoy holding his hand and talking to him until I'm blue in the face.

There's this nurse on the ward and he always tickles Artie as he walks by (she's usually in bouncer or on play mat) and she just stares at him almost like that baby whos scared of sneezes. It's bloody hilarious. She now makes serious eye contact and constantly rolls over. Today, I put her down change Apollo, I then hear her starting to stress, I look down and she had literally rolled off the mat and got stuck with her head and leg stuck under the chair!

Glad you have everything almost sorted, Bubs!! smile

MultipleMama Sat 18-Jan-14 23:16:49

People always ask how identical the boys are so I've uploaded a picture, it's only up for a couple of days so it's there if you want to see them smile

bubby64 Sun 19-Jan-14 18:23:24

Hi . Spent the day helping DH put together his new shed (mind you, its more like a garage, its so big!)
It has been like playing with a giant meccano set, as its metal frame with plastic inserts. M helped as well, while J was moving his bedroom furniture around to get it away from the window. Between this, I cooked a full beef roast, as we had a joint left over in the freezer from Christmas. After we finished eating, I left half the joint on the side in the kitchen, wrapped in foil, and DH forgot, and shut the dogs in the kitchen, hey presto, 3 very fat and satisfied dogs and tin foil all over the kitchen floorconfused

MultipleMama Sun 19-Jan-14 18:47:15

Sounds like fun, Bubs!

Artie was signed off from the Pulmonolgist this morning, so no more appointments for her for awhile.

I've seen everything I can in Berlin and I am bored. I'm so thankful for my family who have been sending me stuff to put in the parent's room or I'd be sick of these four walls too.

A new baby, came onto the ward this morning, she was born with her intestines (?) outside of her body. The mum is no where to been seen, I hope she's okay.

bubby64 Sun 19-Jan-14 20:59:52

She would have had a C section Mama, probebly still recovering.

bubby64 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:02:36

Boys are lovely Mamagrin

MultipleMama Sun 19-Jan-14 22:00:17

Thanks bubs. I think so too wink but I'm biased.

I never thought about that, still hope she's okay.

shabbs Mon 20-Jan-14 07:43:24

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Mon 20-Jan-14 20:48:43

Hey ladies.

A calm, relaxed today. Apollo came off the ventilator and is now on CPAP. They have also hinted that if he continues to improve as he is doing, they will think about moving him from the incubator to a hot cot. smile

thegirlinthesassyspace Tue 21-Jan-14 07:36:00

Hi there I thought I would come and say hello and say hope you all had a good new year. Its been so long since my first messages to the d'ya ever thread and thanks for the reassurance back then. Our babies are now 14 months!!are any of yours that age? I am back at work and we are fairly calm in our houuse ! Touch wood. How is everyone? Do any of you have fog where you are today? Missed my train due to it as kept driving past the turning as couldn't see a thing. It waslike something out of the twilight zone! Xxx

shabbs Tue 21-Jan-14 07:50:41

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 21-Jan-14 10:41:47

Morning ladies. Hello Sassy. Mine are 21 months. So not far ahead. Busy bees though.

Mama. Glad Apollo is doing well again. And well done on standing your ground re the lumbar puncture. Bigger had one when he was seven weeks old (viral meningitis). Their description of what they had to do made me glad I wasn't allowed to be there (they said it would be too distressing).

Big and dot baby crease me up at the moment. Dot baby loved the swimming pool while away so am tracking down suitable baby swim group. She loved jumping up and down in the water, and terrified us attempting to throw herself off the ledge into the pool.

MultipleMama Tue 21-Jan-14 11:44:55

Hello, Sassy. Mine just turned 16 months are crazy active toddlers! smile I'm in Germany so no fog! smile

Sok, sounds like you had a brill time. I think she'd love the swimming groups. Must be easier on their muscles too smile

MultipleMama Tue 21-Jan-14 19:36:23

So the doctors were saying today not to me, I just heard Apollo's name and started eaewigging. No shame. They were discussing his lung and blah blah blah, anyway... they are in talks of starting up bf again! smile all hush hush mind.

triplets Tue 21-Jan-14 23:21:16

smile Mama smile

shabbs Wed 22-Jan-14 08:19:06

Morning girls xx

Great news Mamma

MultipleMama Wed 22-Jan-14 16:14:39

Had my first hold today. I blubbered like a baby! He's put on quite a bit of weight since I last held him and it shows I can now cup his little bottom in my hand! smile

Still can't see his little face due to the CPAP but it felt right to hold, even Artie settled down on my chest next to him. Onwards and upwards! smile

bubby64 Wed 22-Jan-14 22:03:32

Hi Sassy, great to hear from you. Yes, bad freezing fog from Monday morning onwards here, I didnt go to choir last night, as DH was worried about me driving in it, I didnt take much pursuading.
Mama- great news!! as you say, onwards and upwardsgrin
Hi Shabs, Trips, Chops and Soks.....oh, that sounds like a reality tv programmegrin
Well, its finally going ahead, electricity to consevatory disconnected today, access to all windows, doors etc cleared, plastic has been put down on carpets just in case, as I cant see the workmen removing their boots just to save my carpets... Roll on tomorrow...

MultipleMama Thu 23-Jan-14 06:01:42

Do you ever find yourself staring out the window at nothing in particular with nothing particular on your mind but come back to reality feeling out of sorts and emotional? I seem to be doing that a lot lately. I find myself thinking of what could of been and what ifs - earlier I wondered if I just had kids for the sake of having them followed by tears of guilt for thinking that. Stupid insecurities.

I feel so awful complaining about my life and my beautiful when people would kill to have alive happy children. Even my own brother. He and Petrov want children but their life is in Russian and Gay adoption is illegal and their sexuality might as well be over there. I'd carry a child for them if they could raise it together in Russia.

I should stop rambling and sleep. I should not be allowed use of a phone when sleep deprived! I'm gunna facepalm myself when I read this after I've slept!

rubyrubyruby Thu 23-Jan-14 06:54:53

MM - you are tired, you have so much going on emotionally and physically atm. Those thoughts are natural and normal.

I hope you are resting now
All will be well xxxxx

shabbs Thu 23-Jan-14 07:21:23

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 23-Jan-14 08:12:31

Morning lovelies.

Mama you are on an emotional roller coaster at the moment so you are forgiven for any crazy, sleep deprived thoughts you may have. Good news about the bf. hope you get lots of snugly feeds soon.

Is it horrid that I looked forward to bigger going to nana and grandad's yesterday so I knew I'd get a decent nights sleep? Probably but apart from a 3am wake up call from Jennifer, with calpol and snuggles to settle her back down I slept really well.

Things are going slowly on the caf front. But our lovely hs coordinator has changed our plan from focussing on the twins to focussing on James. So we get the keep our volunteer a while longer. Plus she's said if the Hv team give us grief over setting up the promised caf, she did her training just before xmas so can do it for us if we want. I so love that woman!

Anyway, onwards and upwards today. Got to finish gathering my bits together for burns night celebrations with the rainbows. We're doing clootie dumplings instead of haggis as we thought that might be too much of an acquired taste for them. And making sporrans. All good fun smile

Hope you have good days ahead x

bubby64 Thu 23-Jan-14 08:55:38

Mama- you need some sleep, deep breaths, cuddles from your DH and kids and more good news, and you will be fine. Everyone has feelings of guilt and insecurity when they have been in such a stressfull situation, I know I did ( and still do at times!)
Rubes- nice to see you xxx
Soks- I agree about the haggis, although DH and I like it, i was very surprised when we found M loved it too, not at all surprised that J turned his nose up at it thosmile .

Chopstheduck Thu 23-Jan-14 09:19:02

mama, you are doing amazingly well, and you need to rest more! Agree it is all very normal to have these feelings.

Life has been pretty dull here really, nowt much to report at all!

hi Sassy, nice to see you again!

Love and hugs to everyone xx

triplets Thu 23-Jan-14 09:59:16

Mama you have been through so much................you have shown your strength through out everything...........be kind to yourself and as we have all said.............and said to you..............REST!

Workmen all over the house, my ne range cooker is currently being installed so looks like my fist chicken will be cooked tonight! So loving the kitchen, should be finished tomorrow!

shabbs Thu 23-Jan-14 12:09:32

Oh Trips it sounds lovely....bet you cant wait for it to be finished x

MultipleMama Thu 23-Jan-14 14:38:22

Thanks, ladies. According DH I called him this morning rambling about stars! Still really tired but I don't know why, I could manage on less sleep at home. Here I feel like a zombie. Spoke to one of the nurses about and she's gunna request me some special tea that should help me sleep... German and their special teas... everything is cured by tea or breastmilk!

Enjoying more cuddles from Apollo today and managed to see his little face when they gave him breathing steriods. He's so beautiful.

Trips, I bet you cannot wait to try out your new kitchen! Seems things are coming along nicely. Have you a schedule when you want it finished by?

MultipleMama Thu 23-Jan-14 14:53:22

Sok - sounds like you have a lovely support team behind you. Hope everything continues to go well! smile Just hearing the word Dumplings have me craving some! I so miss English food!

How you doing Rubster? Hope all is well smile

shabbs Thu 23-Jan-14 14:54:25

Its way too warm in every hospital - I used to sit there with my twins....just a little night light on, boiling hot and hardly anyone moving around. My head used to loll forwards all the time. I struggle now to go and see people in hospital - and they dont even have that 'hospital smell' now. Its a dreadful time especially when it is your child.

MultipleMama Thu 23-Jan-14 15:06:22

Oh God, the warmth! We can't open windows because of drafts and the slim chance we make the baby cold. I have a fan but the noise drives me crazy so I don't use it.

I hate hospitals, I have since I was child. When I was little I needed 6 teeth out, it took 2 doctors to put "magic cream" on my hand, both parents to catch, I defiantly but my slippers on wrong feet & nightie on inside out. Then it took 6 of them to hold me down and 2 bouts of anesephetic to put me under. Also have a fear of operations so Apollo's op was pure hell on me.

What I want most is a comfy bed and English chocolate!

bubby64 Thu 23-Jan-14 18:35:26

Trips - range sounds great, so envious of that, but.....I have new windows!! This is despite the rain falling in buckets half way through the day, just after they had taken out my patio doors leaving a gaping great hole for the rain to come in. That rain had now turned to sleet, so I don't know about whether they will come tomorrow to do the sofitts and guttering. Oh, and I had forgotten how much the wind whistles around my ill- fitting back door now the conservatory has been taken downconfused

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Thu 23-Jan-14 19:40:10

Pm an address and I'll send you some chocolate mama. I regularly send a friend who emigrated to nz twirls smile

Clootie dumpling was yummy scrummy. Never had it before and I'm not a fan of fruit cake but this was something else! Dh reckons I could ice that instead of fruit cake at Xmas and we'd all enjoy Xmas cake.

Bigger currently screaming head off for me while dh tries to settle him for bed - he didn't want dh earlier so I cleaned his teeth and did his wash. Then he decided he didn't want me because I said it was bed time. So after 30 minutes of him screaming for daddy, dh took over. At which point he starts screaming for me!! Aargh! On the plus side, dot baby is sleeping through it. She's been a busy bee pinching the soft magnets from my mums fridge today every time they were put back and our backs were turned. Cheeky monkey!

Glad you got to see apollo's little face today mama. It's horrid right now but it will all be worth it in the end.

MultipleMama Thu 23-Jan-14 20:32:58

I have chocolate at home... in Frankfurt. My dad is gunna start sending some over! Right now, I'm making do with German Choc which isn't so bad but thank you!

Some more positive news; we're starting to reastablish bf tomorrow morning! smile

Hope bigger settles down okay for you. Dot sounds like a little trooper! smile

slightlyinsane Thu 23-Jan-14 21:51:31

just thought I would pop in and say hi. 19 wks with id twins and haven't got a clue what im doing smile Hope your all well.

triplets Thu 23-Jan-14 22:40:53

Welcome to you, did you bring cake? smile
Seriously congratulations, it is exciting! Do you have other children? Please come in, take a seat, heres a brew I am sure some of the others will be along soon smile

Girls......................I am desolate az zee French say................my new range is kaput..................ignition not working.............phoned Rangemaster only to be told an engineer will ring us in 48 hours! Gone off it now!! Oh mon dieu............

slightlyinsane Thu 23-Jan-14 22:52:36

Sorry I ate the cake while typing, chocolate cake was very nice. I'll try harder next time. I have 3 others, dd 9 dd 5 and ds 3, still have the odd (daily) moment of panic and have loads of random questions that keep popping into my head at stupid times of the night smile

MultipleMama Thu 23-Jan-14 23:45:40

Welcome, slightlyinsane. Your username is pretty accurate discription of us multiple mums! I have ID (MCMA) twins myself. Two gorgeous 16 month old boys smile How are you finding the PG?

Oh, that sucks, Trips! Don't you just hate customer service? I don't know why an engineer needs 2 days before contacting you! I hope you sort it out and enjoy your range!

triplets Fri 24-Jan-14 06:37:33

Morning all...........wide awake before 6am............grrrr, lovely thick frost out there...........kettle on, who want a brew?

rubyrubyruby Fri 24-Jan-14 06:41:40

Morning smile

brew ? Yes please Trips

Thanks god you still have a kettle

MultipleMama Fri 24-Jan-14 06:49:10

I'll have a brew! Was up at 5am with Artie, she managed to sleep 4 hours straight last night. Never been so thankful. The tea they gave me for sleeping was vile I was too polite to spit it out, it worked though...

Waiting on Doctors' round and then Apollo will have his first oral feed since the op! V. Excited smile

Hope you have a beautiful day, ladies!

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Fri 24-Jan-14 07:54:49

Morning ladies.

Hello slightly insane. I've got a 5yo, 3yo and then 21month old b/g twins. Welcome to the madhouse smile

Hoping all goes well with Apollo and his feed today Mama.

Big two are at school today so it's twinny fun day here. How many times do you think i'll be putting the DVDs back on the shelf?

shabbs Fri 24-Jan-14 08:44:38

Morning girls xx

bubby64 Fri 24-Jan-14 10:43:59

Morning. <<sweeps cake crumbs off the sofa and gets out the hoover and runs it round the shagpile>> As you can tell, I'm in full cleaning mode atm, as i had to have such a cleanup before the window fitters arrived, i may as well finish the spring clean!
Welcome Slightly, my id boys sre now 13yr olds and in full 'Kevin' mode. confused
Soks - sounds as if you had a ball eith your brownies. Hope you got all kids off to bed ok in the end.
Trips- How disappointing, and as for the call back, thats not good enough! I must admit, I would be phoning them again, threatening bad publicity unless they sort it asap!
Soffit and guttering man arrived at 8am, and has now almost finished. Wish the conservatory people could vome today whilst the weather is ok.

MultipleMama Fri 24-Jan-14 15:46:22

Bubs - Do you want to clean my house?! Everything is still in boxes. My MIL offered to help but she accidently went into one of the bedroom boxes... has refused to help unbox ever since. To be fair, she shouldn't have been snooping in the bedroom and it's boxes!

Apollo was a little slow this morning but around 10am he had his first feed and has been feeding almost every 1.5 hours for around 15 minutes! So proud. Did my first tandem feed with them, today too smile

triplets Fri 24-Jan-14 23:19:58

Evening all......................kitchen finished except for glass splashback and of course the cooker is still not working, no is there any sign of Rangemaster. Fitter didn`t go until 6.30pm, dust is everywhere, big clean up w/end coming up. Next decision is what colour to paint the walls?

MultipleMama Fri 24-Jan-14 23:32:07

Teal's a good colour or orange?! I'm so bad at decorating!

shabbs Sat 25-Jan-14 11:31:35

Morning girls xx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sat 25-Jan-14 14:49:04

Are noon. Congrats on the tandem feed mama. Hope it's going well still.

Anyone want to come and tidy/decorate mine? I've a fetching banana splat on the lounge wall! It'll come off with some magic eraser though.

How is the range? Ours 'broke' the day before we went away. Miraculously it's working again. Very weird.

MultipleMama Sat 25-Jan-14 16:26:25

DH is letting the kids get away with murder. My BIL send me a video via email of Dom and the bathroom floor covered in White stuff and denying that he had been playing with the baby cream. I also received a video the twins sliding down the stairs on their stomach followed by DH in pillow case with A on his lap! I was also sent another video of DH sliding Dieter across the wooden floor and crashing into a pile of empty stacked up bottles...

Wish I was there! It looks like fun but I can just imagine the state of my house!hmm

triplets Sat 25-Jan-14 22:46:28

Still broke and I am sooooooo angry with the so called customer service with Rangemaster.Brand new, phoned them 4pm Thurs and they said an engineer would ring us within 48hours .....nothing. I phoned back at 1.15pm today and got an automated reply that their office hours on Sat was 8-1pm!! Anyway, spent the day cleaning cleaning cleaning, the dust got everywhere, every knife, fork, spoon has had to be washed. Now to start filling up my new cupboards....................I am in lurve with my new kitchen!! Will put photos on!

MultipleMama Sat 25-Jan-14 22:52:40

K has built, with BIL's help, a rocket ship out of cardboard boxes for Apollo, and called it Apollo 11 after the famous moon landing. I don't think I could be anymore proud of my kids, especially K seeing as he's old enough to understand and pick up certain things. I just want to give him a big wet sloppy kiss to his cheek!

Today has been pretty good. No dramas. They messed with his temperatures all day and for the first time since birth he has managed to consistently hold his core temp, his incubator temp is set at the lowest for him to see how he fairs overnight and if no problems, he will be moved officially to his giraffe bed tomorrow! Then on Monday/Tuesday (depending on how he fairs with the temp situation) Apollo will be weaned onto High Flow... hopefully!

MultipleMama Sat 25-Jan-14 22:57:53


Trips, messy builders are the worst! The customer service is shocking and I would either threaten to lodge a complaint or make on. They shouldn't make promises or time frames if they cannot follow through! <<offers Trips brew and cake.

Can't wait to see what it looks like, I admit I am quite nosey! grin

triplets Sat 25-Jan-14 22:59:06

grrrr thats 2 nights running it won`t post my photo, how do I contact MN?

triplets Sat 25-Jan-14 23:01:26

Fantastic news Mama, what a little soldier you have there, a born fighter!

MultipleMama Sat 25-Jan-14 23:05:09

If you scroll right to bottom of page, they have their menu bar and they have a "contact us" link.

I was having trouble trying to post of Apollo, but since I couldn't do it, I've decided to save it for when he comes home to post smile

triplets Sat 25-Jan-14 23:20:57


MultipleMama Sat 25-Jan-14 23:37:24

It's gorgeous, Trips! What kind of Range is it?

What about ggreen? I have strange taste in paint colours...

triplets Sun 26-Jan-14 00:05:25

Its a Rangemaster Proffessional plus...............if only it would work angry

Chopstheduck Sun 26-Jan-14 07:43:15

Morning ladies

Very envious of your range! It will be lovely once it is sorted. I get so frustrated with my shitty little hob.

great news mama, he is doing sooo well! Can't wait to see pics.

took ds1 to the rugby yesterday, near the end was a right storm - the game had to be abandoned because parts of the stadium were getting blown down! shock

Have finally had an appointment through for ds1's asd assessment. Just need to break it to him now! I'm kinda torn really - hoping they will decide his difficulties aren't severe enough to be worth adding a firm asd dx to his list, but then if he DID get it, it would be there for if he needs more support in the future. Scary!

shabbs Sun 26-Jan-14 10:22:43

Morning girls xx

Your kitchen looks so lovely Trips xx

MultipleMama Sun 26-Jan-14 12:43:08

I have seen a gorgeous burgandy rangemaster but we just bought a bright red Bertazzoni Professional range for the new house.

Chops, I hope the appointment goes well. At least you'll know one way or another and have some peace of mind smile

Apollo has been in his new bed for 2 hours and he's doing great, that being said he is on a radiant warmer but he's settling down just perfectly fine smile

MultipleMama Sun 26-Jan-14 22:12:11

Apollo has done extremely well, today. He is happily settled into his radiant warmer, I have so much access to him, it's great. Though I am more weary of germs! As he has done well today and is maintaining a good temperature, tomorrow they are going to start weaning him onto High Flow!! smile smile

Any news on your range, Trips?

triplets Sun 26-Jan-14 22:59:00

No , no news Mama, an irate phone will be delivered at 9am!
So glad to hear Apollos daily improvements smile
Well in just over an hour will have three 16yr olds, where has the time gone? I wish their big brother was here to see and know them.................everything is bitter sweet. All the new experiences ahead, I should have already been through this stage of a childs life........feel weird tonight.
Sleep...........I need sleep...............kale nits Shabs xxx

shabbs Mon 27-Jan-14 01:03:13

Happy Birthday Trips Triplets....Oh my word my friend I remember you sending me a card to welcome my Toms arrival.....that was in the July....on the back of the envelope you wrote....'NOT ONE, NOT TWO BUT THREE!!!!!

We have walked down so many sad roads...we have supported each other and laughed and cried.

BUT just think that today we have four 16 year olds between us grin We carry on pinning on our smiles and looking forwards to our futures - through ill health, sadness, bereavement, happiness, joy and frustration - I reckon that the pair of us are strong owd birds grin

MultipleMama Mon 27-Jan-14 02:01:57

Happy birthday to the Triplets! They can now get married, vote, and play the lottery not all in one day mind! smile

Wish I could sleep but Apollo has decided to be extremely fussy, today. Every time I put him down he screams. Just wish I could bring him into the bed with me and Artie. Oh well.smile

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Mon 27-Jan-14 03:28:26

Happy birthday triplets. Here's winebrew and biscuits for you trips.

Just to return you somewhat to the younger days here is an exchange between bigger and myself at 3am!

Gotta love 3am conversations with the boy;
Bigger: am I nearly 4?
Me: yes
Bigger: and after I'm 4 will I be 5?
Me: yes
Bigger: I don't want to be 5
Me: what do you want to be?
Bigger: I want to be 6
Me: ... I'll see what I can do.

Poor sausage was most upset at the thought of being 5. Currently snuggled up on a pile of pillows, covered with a blanket and muttering in 100's to himself?!?!

Chopstheduck Mon 27-Jan-14 07:24:26

Happy birthday to the trio! XX

Soks, love that! So cute x

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Mon 27-Jan-14 08:00:53

Morning ladies.

Off to toddler group with dot baby this morning. She's got to walk to school today as dh has gone off with the single pushchair in his car angry and wouldn't answer his phone even though I rang repeatedly as he drove out the top of the road angryangry

Then to see Children's centre people about bigger. Oh joys!

shabbs Mon 27-Jan-14 08:06:13

Morning girls xx

MultipleMama Mon 27-Jan-14 18:02:09

Apollo is on Vapotherm!!!! smile smile smile They gave him steroids yesterday just give him that extra push and it worked! He struggled slightly at first but I think that's because it's prongs and he's not sucking in air like he did with the CPAP, but now he's doing really well, it's only when he's sleeping that he desats.

It was also confirmed that he has serve BPD which really, really sucks but we kind of expected it with the amount of oxygen and machines he's been on, we're just grateful he's had no other long lasting effects but they say it's very likely that he'll be come on oxygen.

How did your day pan out Soks? I think your bigger is adorable. K cannot wait to be six because he wants a big boy car seat haha.

shabbs Mon 27-Jan-14 19:03:20

Whats BPD Mamma? Just googled it and all I could find was Boston Police Department hmm

MultipleMama Mon 27-Jan-14 19:53:24

What sites are you looking at... hmm grin

It stands for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia some people call it chronic lung disease.

shabbs Mon 27-Jan-14 21:21:20

Just put the initials in that you put on here grin

MultipleMama Mon 27-Jan-14 21:35:09

I get Borderline Personality Disorder... grin

triplets Mon 27-Jan-14 22:14:22

Evening girls..............thank you all for the birthday wishes smile I think they enjoyed their day in their own way. Opened cards before school, home to cakes, opened their presents from us, more cards, then my brother came round and stayed for tea with us, went home at 9pm escorted by the boys. Felt sorry for Becca as her best friend couldn`t come, so she actually sat at the table for over 30 mins with us..............unheard of normally!
So now in bed, I couldn`t wait to get up here as I woke up this morning with a raging sore throat and feel like I am going to be ill. 16...........seems impossible........................night all xx

bubby64 Mon 27-Jan-14 23:54:43

Sorry I've not been around earlier today.
Belated Happy birthday to the Trio, Trips. Sounds like you needed wine rather than them! Your kitchen is lovely, and I've sent a private message about Microsoft Word.
Mama- thats brillient, mike was diagnosed with BDP when he was little, but tbh, he only really notices it if his hayfever is bad, or if he gets a chesty cold, then he has to use his turbohaler, but otherwise he is fine. My 2 both came home on oxygen and ng tube top up feeds, it is a bit of a pain, especially if you go out (I used to put the cylinder in the basket under the buggy), but it was certainly easier than I thought it would be, and even more so now with the newer lightweight cylinders.
Hi everyone else<<<waves>>>
Oh, and consevatory 1/2 builtgrin I hadn't realised how cold the rooms with the damaged windows had become until now, can't belive the difference they have made.

Chopstheduck Tue 28-Jan-14 06:32:32

Morning girls

Apollo seems to be coming on in leaps and bounds now! Hopefully the BPD will be manageable.

Kitchen is gorgeous, trips! Hope the cold doesn't come to anything. Dissolve some turmeric in hot water and add honey, lemon and ginger. Will cure anything grin

I did not want to get up today. Zzzzzz!

shabbs Tue 28-Jan-14 07:20:47

Morning girls from a cold, wet, windy miserable Bolton!!! If you could be a snot donor and if anybody needed snot I am your woman!! As my Nan used to say 'I feel like shit poo on a stick!!'

bubby64 Tue 28-Jan-14 13:58:05

Shabs - hope your cold clears up soon.
I have had trouble sleeping, so staying ip to the early hours instead, but it finally caughtbup with mr this morning, I just really strughled to wake up. boys got themselves their packed lunches and off to school this morning, DH fed animals and off to work, whilst I struggled to wake up enough for builders arriving at 8.30.
We are in a bit of a dilemma, boys have been offered a 10 day school trip to the Ardeche in South of France next year, but it works out at £800 each plus spending money, £100 deposit each needed by 2nd week of Feb. Yes, it will be the trip of a lifetime, yes, they desperately want to go, but it would mean no family holiday for the next 2 yrs, and my 50th birthday going completely unmarked, as we would be paying £100 per month towards the cost. I am really thinking we canmot afford to send themsad I spoke to 3 other mums of twins in their year, and we all feel it is too expensive for us all to manage, so we are going to get together with the mum's of the other 3 sets, and speak to the school to see if there is any chance of a cost reduction, but, even then at least 3 of us think we will have to tell our kids no.

Chopstheduck Tue 28-Jan-14 14:07:11

I don't think you should feel bad bubby.

I've always explained to mine how expensive school trips are and the fact that it would mean going without a family holiday and they have always chosen the family holiday over a school trip. £1600 would easily get you all a week in France on a keycamp style thing! Your boys do scouts don't they? Mine have been away with extra curricular groups instead as they seem to be so much cheaper.

It is worth speaking to the school though, we've managed to get discounts since we are partly dependent on benefits with ds1 and everything. Ours also offered spreading the payments over a longer period of time too.

Chopstheduck Tue 28-Jan-14 14:10:14

senior school here want £450 for a week in a property in Wales that the school actually owns. We're doing girls/boys brigade instead - £220 for the week!

Charleymouse Tue 28-Jan-14 14:19:55

Belated happy birthday to the trio Trips, and a belated happy giving birth day to you! xxx

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Tue 28-Jan-14 20:30:14

What Chops?!?! That's absurd. We went to centre parcs for less than that!

triplets Tue 28-Jan-14 23:00:12

Hi there Charleymouse smile
Still no phone call from Rangemaster, brand new range, not working, phoned them last Thurs and again y/day! Service today I terrible.
I desperately need to lose weight, desperately.

So why have I just sat up in bed and eaten a whole pkt of Belgian chocolate covered peanuts..................well I have had them since Christmas............feeble excuse........

Chopstheduck Wed 29-Jan-14 06:21:10

Morning girls x

aww trips! Think though of all the protein in those nuts smile

Have you thought of couch to 5k? I'm almost evangelical about it, it changed my life! Off to the gym this morning for body pump and body attack. Sprinted against my boys on their scooters yesterday and WON! There is nothing like beating your 8 year old in a race - the awe on his face! grin

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Wed 29-Jan-14 07:55:38

Morning ladies smile

shabbs Wed 29-Jan-14 07:57:57

Morning girls xx

bubby64 Wed 29-Jan-14 16:22:49

Afternoon Girlies. We have told the boys, they did offer us a pay monthly scheme, but with the 2 of them its still 100 a month from March til next May. We spoke to the school, and they couldn't do much of a reduction, so it really is a no go. 4 out of the 7 sets of twins are not going because we can't afford it, 2 are looking into it, and 1 is having help from grandparents to pay.
Trips - Please dont feel too bad, whatever weight you are, you still have your health. Start kicking up a fuss with rangemaster, say you will be going to consumer advice services, and contacting someone like Jeremy Vine or someone.
Chops -Well done! I wish I could walk fast let alone beat a 8yr old on the scooter!

MultipleMama Wed 29-Jan-14 18:42:15

Today has been crazy. I have never as much paperwork in my life for one small baby. It's a God job I love the little 'roid baby because my wrist is killing me!

Today, A's team confirmed and signed off on his transfer and our local hospital have confirmed there is a bed waiting for him!! They are 100% confident that he his well enough and stable enough to make the journey on Friday where he'll be put on SCBU!! smile smile smile Happy and so proud!!

bubby64 Wed 29-Jan-14 22:01:18

Fantastic news Mama! things will be so much better when you are near to DH and rest of kids

MultipleMama Wed 29-Jan-14 23:44:41

I can't wait to sleep in my own bed and I cannot wait for DH to spend time with the twins at the weekend! I've missed them so much!

Bubs, that price is shocking! [Shock] Do schools think parents are loaded of something. If it's education it should be free!

Chopstheduck Thu 30-Jan-14 07:04:45

Morning girls!

Great news, mama, hope that means you will get a little more rest too, I don't know how you are still going!

I was looking for something on the school website yesterday and came across a ski trip - only nearly £1500 a child. hmm They take them to the US, absurd!

DH family have backtracked on their offer to have the dts angry, so it looks like dd will be going ski-ing with me instead! Not quite the same as going with her peers (not that any of her friends can afford it either) but I'm sure she will make friends in ski school, and it will be fabulous mum & daughter time! smile

shabbs Thu 30-Jan-14 08:46:49

Morning girls xx

Great news Mamma smile

MultipleMama Thu 30-Jan-14 10:35:59

Prices these days make my purse shrivel up!

Chops, I bet you'll have a great time together. I can't wait to do things like that with my girls smile

Informed DH who told his family that Apollo is being transfered. Wish I hadn't now as my MIL has "insisted" that she is meeting her new Grandchildren angry. And according to the phone call I received this morning she's gone and told half her neighborhood that she is! Without even asking me or DH! So, gunna place a my lovely MIL and tell her back off and that family business stays family business until we give the okay. Now, I'm gunna act like the wicked DIL because I'm not allowing her to see Apollo otherwise everyone and their aunt would bloody want to come and I'm not ready for visitors or the questions. I want him home and healthy first. I love her to bits but she can be overbearing and very judging. Especially over parenting styles and DH.

On a positive note Apollo has hit the 5lbs mark!!! smile smile

MultipleMama Thu 30-Jan-14 15:24:53

angry angry Wish my MIL would stop playing the bloody injuried party! And now she's "deeply upset" because I told her she couldn't have Artie for the day. We're not even in Frankfurt yet! Banging my head against the wall would be less painful.

Thankfully, FIL understands and was lovely to talk to so he is going to talk to her for me. Families, eh?

bubby64 Thu 30-Jan-14 23:48:46

Mama - glad at least FiL can understand where you are coming from, I can't belive MiL can't understand that it would be totally wrong to seperate Artie from you and Apollo at this stage in their little lives!
Chops, have nice mother and daughter time skiing.
I have felt really unwell since waking at 3am needing to vomit. Hot and cold, shivers, nausea, headache and general feeling yuk. Had to phone in sick to work today, DH said I really must have felt bad, as normally try to go in no matter what, as feel guilty after having so much time off with my ankle. Have now managed to keep down tea and toast, so I might go in tomorrow as its only a 1/2 day.

Chopstheduck Fri 31-Jan-14 06:33:23

aww bubby hope you do feel a bit better soon, that sounds nasty. Hopefully it is just one of those quick 24 hour things.

shabbs Fri 31-Jan-14 07:09:42

Morning girls xx

Hope you are feeling much better very soon Bubbs x

MultipleMama Fri 31-Jan-14 07:17:19

Get well soon, bubs!

A is getting prept for transfer as we speak and DH has managed to wrangle the day off work to meet us! smile Such a good day.

MultipleMama Fri 31-Jan-14 13:07:59

I'm so happy. I missed DH so much, it was great to hug him and smell the familiar scent of his shower gel. I refuse to let go of his hand! Won't be seeing the kids until later, they're out with SiL so I can't wait to surprise them! Apollo is doing great and has now officially upgraded to SCBU. He's still on a radiant warmer and high flow plus meds but he's doing so so well! smile

Also, I think Artie is wanting to crawl! I know she's prem and only 8w adj but I swear she is. She has mastered rolling over and has good head control. Yesterday, she started bending her legs kinda like the army crawl. She's doing it again, today. I don't know if it's a phase or what but it definetly looks like she's trying to kick/push (?) Her legs.

bubby64 Fri 31-Jan-14 14:18:55

Thanks for good wishes, didn't manage to keep toast down for longsad so off again today. Feeling yuk.
Mama - So happy for you. And wow, well done to Artiegrin

MultipleMama Fri 31-Jan-14 21:01:41

My MiL may be an overbearing, old-fashioned PITA but she's been a God send. She's looked over the children, took them places, and spoiled them rotten! We talked over coffee so she could meet Artie and hold her but I explained why I wanted Artie close and why I didn't want Apollo to have visitors, she apologized and spent the whole hour ignoring me and cooing over Artie! smile

She and FiL have potty trained the twins!!!! shock shock DH and MiL wanted to surprise me, so imagine my surprise when Dom showed mama how to go potty!! The twins just wear cloth pull ups on a night - haven't mastered that yet! My babies are growing up!

triplets Sat 01-Feb-14 14:24:09

Bubbs........you and me both! Awful night, sore throat, headache and now trotting back and forth to the loo..............was fine y/day!! So having a very lazy day as I feel washed out! Hope you are feeling better! Quiet on here.........................