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Dec 08 Mums - Happy New Thread, You Beauties!

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beans37 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:04:52

Come join me....

Indith Tue 01-Jan-13 21:05:53

grin

That thread title makes me think you might have had a couple grin.

beans37 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:07:40

Do you know, I really haven't! Just feeling the 2013 love! Promise!

Indith Tue 01-Jan-13 21:10:32

tis that new year feeling then. Bring it on!

JumpJockey Tue 01-Jan-13 21:13:32

Hang on, where's the old thread?! Lovely to see you here anyway - am about to go to bed as back to work tomorrow and have had blissful hols of lie-ins until 7.30 (sorry indith blush) but lots of late nights - need to reset the old sleep schedule. Will try and seek out old thread for catching up, meanwhile big thanks to my SS for lovely smellies, am looking forwars to a nice luxurious bath in peace smile
Hope everyone has a great 2013 and it's better than last year - plenty of ups but too many downs for us as a group, time for things to perk up a bit. A quick E quote to make you smile, E had headed upstairs and not come down again, So I popped up tp find her, called upthe stairs "E what are you up to?" and she answered "stealing mummy's chocolate orange" grin well at least she's honest!

Indith Tue 01-Jan-13 21:23:26

grin little thief.

I'm all teary. A girl I did my bf training with moved away and we only sporadically kept in touch on FB. Her dd was the same age as mine and shared a birthday with my ds1. Shortly before Christmas a year ago she gave birth to her dd2, premature and with health problems and sadly lost her a few weeks later in the January, the day before her dd1's 3rd birthday. I've though of her often this year, especially as we draw close to the first anniversary of her dd's death but I just saw on FB that she had a beautiful, perfect ds yesterday! My eyes leaked a little.

sybilfaulty Tue 01-Jan-13 22:04:33

Indith that's lovely. So glad that she has a new baby. Not to replace her daughter of course but I am sure he will ease the sadness a little.

Off to Somerset house tomorrow to meet friends and skate. Am terrified. All of us on rink. No husband. Oops. But a nice lunch beckons.

Have a restful night girls xxxx

JamInMyWellies Tue 01-Jan-13 22:06:48

Indith that is both sad and joyous

Great sentiments JJ. The last year has been a tough one for our little group.

Onwards and upwards to a great New Year.

DH and I have had a bit of a sporadically good but mostly bickering Chistmas too much work and not enough home time. We have both just made a joint NY resolution to bonk more. wink. Though not entirely sure how that's going to work when he has 2 months if almost 24/7 work hmm.

Anyway Happy New Year lovely girls. Let's make our overnight meet up happen. I do like the visit Vag idea.

DeidreBarlow Tue 01-Jan-13 22:29:56

Happy New Year ladies! Pox is disappearing thank the Lord.

Really hope 2013 is the year I get to meet more of you!

McKayz Germany Tue 01-Jan-13 22:40:19

I love the new thread name.

I'm having a grump tonight. I'm feeling very very fat, DD has forgotten how to even sleep longer than an hour and DH goes on Friday.

I'll be back tomorrow happier! I promise.

sybilfaulty Tue 01-Jan-13 22:54:12

Kayz, if you are feeling low would you come over to the LC thread? We are cheery bunch and love food. It is an easy diet and we are a hugely supportive bunch. I have lost 1.10st since June by making a few small tweaks (although Gawd knows how much I have put on over Christmas?!)

When is DH back? Can you kip in the day at all? Are you still on the boob? Do you co sleep with her? That helped me hugely, even if Matthew did fall onto the floor a couple of times! No lasting harm. And I was sane (for me) for the night feeds. Is this something you could try?

Big hugs sweetheart XXX

McKayz Germany Tue 01-Jan-13 22:58:36

Sybs, I'll come have a look on that thread. I'm starting to diet properly Saturday once DH has gone.

He'll be due home about the 8th of March.

I'm still BF. Not planning to stop yet as its going well. We aren't co-sleeping though. I worry about it too much, but we do get more sleep on the occasion we do co-sleep. I have to feed her to sleep too. She doesn't self settle at all.

ArtigeneAuberchoke Wed 02-Jan-13 08:39:59

Hello new thread and Happy New Year ladies,

Kayz - sorry to hear your DH is off again. He really is away for long chunks isn't he? Will his career ways necessitate working abroad or is there a prospect of a job at home in his future? Re weight loss, like Sybs I found lie carbing easy and v effective. I started thus time last year and had lost 18 lbs by June. I maintained that loss 'til conception when the sickness made me carb load and the weight piles back on. The bright side is that although I've put on a horrendous 18 lbs that only means I'm the same weight as this time last year but 21 weeks pregnant.

Indith - it is a huge year for you study wise. Did you and your DH figure out how to balance your study with his demanding new job?

PD - lovely to see you. Persevere with the Android app! We love having you around!

Beans - how exciting that 2013 may herald a new mini Bean. Sorry to hear you and your DH aren't getting on, any idea what you can do?

Jam - I love the more bonking resolution! I have today that being pregnant with a boy seems to have boosted some hormone or another so DH thinks all his christmasses have come at once right now!

JJ - I love your honest little DD and her chocolate stealing. DD2 ate all her chocolates in one forbidden sitting after she claimed to gave heard "another mummy just on the street telling her little girl, who was also called N, that age could eat everything together" DD2 mistook this other mother for me so clearly had no idea she was being naughty....

Deids - I'm glad the pox are receeding. Here's to a healthy new year.

Sybs - yay to a MiL free NYE. Was it lovely?

Lady - I hope yr party was fun and DD2 remained pox free. Are you maintaining your monthly travel resolution this year? Where will you take your first trip?

Veg - your skiing photos were fab. I hope DS2's first proper days at school are a success.

ZJ - 2013 might not contain the excitements of your 2012 bit I hope it's a good one for you.

Nolda - is the move complete? How does the new place feel?

I'm so much happier since our scan. I can finally start to believe in this baby. I'm starting to plan the nursery and think of names. Anyone hot any good boys name suggestions? Im devoid of inspiration, boys names are much harder! I'm also starting to weed out all the pink baby clothes (sob). I am thrilled to have a boy but as this will be our very last I'm strangely sad to say goodbye to another little girl (whose name would have been sooooo much easier!).

VagolaJingling Wed 02-Jan-13 10:56:15

Happy new year all and pip di di pip hoorah! to a new thread. The boys and I had a quiet one in but thanks to the dutchttradition of buying up massive amounts of fireworks per household and setting them off in one massive display inffront of their homes we were treated to a display bigger than Sydney & London put together. DH was in times square and also had a good one.

Kayz I love that DS2 had a little new years resolution of his own, good on him for getting out of his pull ups at night.

JJ that is so cute about the chocolate orange theif.

Aubs boys names are way harder, definitely. Esp if you throw in a DH who vetoes any name that he doesn't believe is strong enough.

I think a trip to see Vag is a lovely idea. There is a lovely area in south Amsterdam near Vondel park which is really nice, near the big museums. We can also get thoroughly trashed as PD suggested. I know a very nice cocktail bar too, they are a bit exy but very yum. if you fancy something a little more relaxing there is a spa which is just a tram ride from the center which has a massive (though textile free) spa area with hotel attached.

Indith that is wonderful news about your friend. Sonething happy for the new year.

Just aalso

VagolaJingling Wed 02-Jan-13 10:57:57

Stupid phone it is having a seizure. Just wanted to add need prayers and white light for a old school mate in Sydney who has gone missing. Her poor family are a reck, she has been gone for 4 days now.

Rubena Wed 02-Jan-13 12:27:55

Happy New Year all! grin
Thanks for the input re taking off the pull ups at night - I still haven't as yet, only as ds has been having the odd nightmare so want to get over that, as well as the washing machine just broke and haven't got any proper waterproof sheets yet, but will do soon!

Lady, your Christmas sounded lovely despite the oven and dodgy gifts for dp hmm Hope you enjoyed the party NYE! Hope you come to a decision soon re the 3rd. I bet it keeps you up at times thinking about it all. I can relate to a lot of your and dps fears about another, as most of them would be on my list (if I had one!) but if you still have that niggling, then it can't be overlooked. Big list of pros and cons needed for you I reckon.

Arti - am so so thrilled for your latest news of the scan. What a great way to start the new year x True what you say as my brother said the same about do I want anyone coming (40th plans) if they don't help out as much as I'd like, but I think it's just that I'd like my family there despite their shite effort with the kids. Actually, they put in a massive effort after I had a small spat with Dad, although you could tell it wasn't coming naturally. I've realised I'm never gonna change them and have accepted that hmm so then I feel fine about it. I will however do something, where if they want to come along, its great, but won't cost us anymore etc, and won't be relying on them to babysit.

Lovely to see you PD!! It has been far too long!

Beans you sound chipper, great to hear it. I think dh bickering is quite common over the hols especially with littles about more and all that. Hows your Mum doing and how is chilli?

Kayz how long it DP away for? I second the low carbing, however I have done none of such in the last 6weeks, so am really podgy and have been about .08 bac since mid Dec! Diet, joining gym and detox is on, as soon as the next day or so pass and I'm over being sad that parent's went home last night.
Well done to DS and his de-pulluping!!

Vag, I have shared your pic although I only know about 2 people in Sydney. You never know though. How awful for her small children and family - hoping they get good news soon. The story sounds so odd?

I'd be up for a Veggie related trip if it was not too spendy, however we have just decided to cut all travel and big spending this year as will be moving in November [sigh] Actually it's only news in the last few days, and I'm feeling pretty good about it. Basically the LL was going to sell the house to us when we were ready at the end of this lease at a very much undervalued price, but his health has deteriorated rapidly recently and he's decided to start liquidating assets on advice, so is getting a house valuation (tomorrow) instead, and has instructed the agent to do formal viewings 2 months before our lease ends. We are of course welcome to make an offer earlier (which we can't) however after he gets the valuation we know he will probably not accept the low price he was going to let us have it for, and therefore it won't be worth our while. We only wanted to buy it to make easy money, and if we can't, would rather buy something with slightly more land and something we would prefer to live in. Did any of that make sense?
Anyway, if we don't sell the flat, then it's pretty much dh working non-stop and me doing less and less of my work and helping dh more so he can works more.
Crikey, that was long....
Still full of cold here and feeling a bit foggy so off to medicate!

beans37 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:20:58

Lovely to hear from you, Rubes.

Vag, I think you should be called VagolaTingling after the festive season, non? Am thinking of your friend. Let us know if she's found, please?

Kayz, I so know that feeling of post-baby bloat. It's so hard to lose the weight and please don't do any fad diets as they really don't last and when you go back to normal eating, you put it all back on, plus more. Low carbs sounds sensible and maintainable, so do something like that.

Mum coming up this afternoon as I'm off to have my bumhole examined tomorrow. I stopped eating 15 mins ago, and nothing now allowed til tomorrow evening. Gutted as am like a bear with a sore head when I don't eat!!! Poor children! Laxatives begin at 6pm and I need to be near a loo, apparently. Joy. DH very sensibly staying in London with friends tonight. This should probably be the pinnacle of my poo career so far, however, having already done 3 today, am not really excited about it.

Speaking of bumholes, as you do, I heard DD2 watching Something Special this morning and calling out to Justin "MR BUMHOLE". She's a comedy genius. Although she actually does think it's Mr Bumhole, not Mr Tumble. Minds firmly in the gutter, my littles.

Also, have realised how much I must swear unknowingly, as DD1 pulled her satsuma out of her stocking on Christmas Day and declared that she had a "fucking orange". Which is nice. I don't really feel like parent of the year at the moment!

Thanks for asking, Rubes - Mum is doing ok. Ups and downs, really. But very stiff upper lip about it and is v private, so does her weeping in private, I think.

Chilli is a little darling, although a total scaredy cat. Terrified of a lot of things, which is frustrating. Especially as am trying to lavish love on her at the moment and she's still really tentative. She enjoyed Cumbria and Dumfries, though, as there was a border terrier puppy there for her to play with.

Wow, I'm dribbling on. Sorry!

xx

McKayz Germany Wed 02-Jan-13 13:33:09

Beans, don't worry about the 'fucking orange' DS1 called his friend a bastard. I never use bastard and XH said he uses it a lot. I was not impressed at all.

Rubena Wed 02-Jan-13 13:53:57

Trying the iPhone app. This is going way back but I remember you asking about the Samsung phone Beans. Dh thinks they are way better than iPhone and I must say his is very fast.
Not going to lie both my mum and brother have had the bum camera. The gunk they had to Drink to prep is not pretty. Nor is the bowel emptying that follows from their independent descriptions!
I'm sure Chilli will settle in time.
I did Pmsl at dds stocking announcement. Not so funny when they go to nursery and say it! Gotta go and wipe a bum.

KiwiPanda Wed 02-Jan-13 16:11:03

Hello everyone! Have been absent for a while but lurking. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Arti so glad the scan was perfect and you can relax and enjoy (insofar as anyone enjoys pregnancy??) now. Re boy's names, I am rubbish, it's a good job we have two girls or a boy would have been called "Junior", "Boy" or "Him" as we could never agree on a single name.

Indith that's lovely news. I'm sure her little girl will always be there in her thoughts but a new health DS will help her move on a little, I expect, or keep her busy enough to feel that way. My DH had a sister who died at a few weeks old and I think his brother was born pretty soon afterwards (well, obviously at least 9 months probably more) and that helped his parents deal on a day to day basis with it.

Vag don't know anyone in Sydney but I really hope your friend turns up safe and sound.

Hope all the various pox ridden ones are on the mend! Seems to have been rife this Xmas, am realising we got away with it very lightly last year when both DDs had it.

Kayz seconded on sensible dieting. I have a real bugbear about any diets which claim to magically work. The ONLY thing that works is eating less calories, and it's obviously better if they come from healthy, balanced foods. Try one of those calorie counter apps/ sites, then are quite good these days I think, they also help you balance right amount of protein/fat/carbs etc as well as just calories counting.

Sorry am sure I've missed out a million other things but am at work so can't be too long! We had a very nice Christmas - DD2 started walking just before, on the day of her sister's 4th birthday party, bless her for a bit of younger sister limelight-stealing there .. and has been sleeping longer in the morning every since. Post 6am! Given she was up every day for best part of 6 months at somewhere betwen 4.45-5am that's a pretty massive improvement.

I'd love to go and visit Vag but we are totally broke so not sure I can afford it. ALL our money goes on childcare. it will get a lot better when DD1 starts school and we stop having to pay two loads of full time nursery fees of course.

DH gave me a session wiht a specialist running coach who is going to do me personalised training plans for Xmas. That was on New Year's Day (good job I didn't have any exciting plans.. only DH would assume New Year's Day was good for running at 8am..) So I am still heavily into my running. Planning to do 4 or so half marathons this year then aim for the big marathon next year (2014). Apparently I have 4 or 5 more years of improvement in me before age takes over and it's all decline grin

So, back to work...

McKayz Germany Wed 02-Jan-13 17:24:59

Rubes, DH is away for 2 months. It's 60 days he is meant to do but sometimes does a few less or more.

Arti, I think DH will always work away. He loves his job and he had always wanted to do it as a child. It's annoying but we get on with it.

I am very very tempted by the low carbs. But no idea if I'd be able to do it as I love love my rice and pasta. I am going to try it though. Maybe limit myself to just 2 portions of carbs a week or something.

Vag, I really really hope your friend shows up soon.

Nolda Wed 02-Jan-13 17:47:59

Kayz, well done to your DS2 on a dry night. Wish he'd have a word with mine!

Arti, re boys names, I liked Hector but doesn't go with our surname. Douglas was vetoed by FIL. Patrick was too Irish according to DH. Christopher? I'm thinking you'd prefer a traditional name? Was tempted to have Axel as a middle name...

Hi PD, nice to hear from you.

We are now living in the new house but we still need to fetch a few more things. I don't know anyone here but I used to work not far away pre-DC and I'm still in occasional contact with a ex colleague so will arrange to meet up with her. Hopefully, we'll get the old house on the market soon, once we've smartened it up a bit. The rented house seems to have a bit of a mould issue on the windows so I'm looking forward to a good cleaning session (not). I've been sneezing all day today.

Better go and see if the kitchen works!

McKayz Germany Wed 02-Jan-13 18:01:56

Nolda, we've had 2 dry nights from him now. It was an utter shock, we'd been saying a few days earlier how unready he was.

Arti, we were going to call DD Isaac Henry if she was a boy. Both my sister and SIL are expecting boys. Sister is calling hers TJ hmm and SIL is calling hers Patrick.

ArtigeneAuberchoke Wed 02-Jan-13 19:07:24

Nolda, I love the name Hector but DH says no because it reminds him of MPs hectoring each other. Kayz I also like Isaac, it's on our "maybe" list. DH suggests Reuben which was the name of his great uncle who was Deputy Chairman of the British Communist party and who has several pages of 'Spycatcher' devoted to him. DH loved him and so loves the name. I think it's also a "maybe" but I'm worried it's too American or too religious or something. I am however unable to think of one name I love to suggest in return. I always wanted a son called George but that's taken by our nephew and is tarnished by the George Bushes. I also love Henry but that's taken too. Given DD1 is named after my late mother I should probably honour my late father but he was an Allan so there is no way I'm doing that to the poor child!

ShadyLadyT Wed 02-Jan-13 21:14:32

I am standing in the kitchen waiting for DP to finish a work call (he has only just got home and he left at the crack of dawn!) Anyway, proper catch up tomorrow but just to say to Arti I love Hector. It may be my top boy choice. Well, actually I slightly prefer Horatio but DP was never keen. Horace is also another good Classical Studies name!

Boy names are so hard though. As far as trad names are concerned I like Henry, Charles, Edmund, Johnny...Um, I quite like Robin...And some oldy names I quite like such as Cedric or Oswald...and Hugh. Hmmm, am sure they won't be to most people's taste grin

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