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May 2011 - Let the food fight begin!

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Loopymumsy Fri 09-Sep-11 21:34:38

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pistachio Fri 09-Sep-11 21:52:22

thanks loopy. Have i mentioned that GP's book is inspiring... grin. Apparently from a nutritional perspective we shouldn't be giving infants (ie under 2yo) vast amounts of grains, dairy or other 'fillers' as it reduces their appetite for BM. Ideally they should be weaned slowly onto mineral rich foods such as snails. OK i have paraphrased her arguments a touch wink. You sooooo have to buy it. Everyone should.

cowboy no idea as DD2 will only sleep if i am beside her. She snores through my alarm clock blaring beside her head then wakes as soon as i've crawled out the room hmm.

clarabella18 Fri 09-Sep-11 23:08:18

Marking a place grin thanks loopy.

Hmm sorry can't help cowboy. Have a similar problem for day time naps, won't entertain the cot at all but goes down fine on a night.
Were going to my parents for September weekend and he's now too big for the pram so will be sleeping in the travel cot, not sure how he'll get on with that, will just have to wait and see.

Had an interesting chat with some of the grans at the school gate today as had ds in the sling. They were saying they remembered their parents carrying their siblings wrapped in old shawls and bed sheets. They all commented how cosy and peaceful ds lookedgrin

Loopymumsy Sat 10-Sep-11 07:25:47

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Thanks all for NOT ignoring me smile

I apologise as I am very hormonal at the mo, having suffered a 3rd miscarriage last month. It was only very early days but just brought everything back.

cowboy how about laying her in her crib with a piece of your worn clothing. It might be worth a try!!! What sort of routine do you have with her?

DS2 seems to be on the mend. Poor thing he really wasn't well. loopy yes definately think it was that 3rd injection given at 3rd set, as he has been ok with the previous 2 sets.

We went camping for 11 nights in Devon back in early August, must say it was ok even with all the bottles and sterilising equipment etc. Would have been better had it not rained most days.

DS2 started solids (baby rice) on Wednesday but didn't enjoy it (as I expected) I stopped again because he fell ill. Will give baby rice another 3 go's, but if he is anything like my other two, he will want the porridge instead.

Managed to buy from the Poundland shop we have in town some ice cube trays which have lids, which will be mega handy for homemade purees.

DS2 has a routine which he has created himself!!! I don't mind though as it suits us and fits in.

I am so pleased the DC's have gone back to school this week.

On a completely separate note, we managed to win ourselves a very modern black leather corner suite from eBay for a whopping £205 grin Its in fab condition too! This now means that everyone in the house has a seat on the sofa, yay!

xxx

Oooo! forgot to say loving the new room & title. DS2 fav toy is his lullaby lamb and a vibrating Lamaze tiger, oh! and plenty of mirrors so that he can check himself out!!!

Justtrying Sat 10-Sep-11 09:33:03

Love the new room, Dd's favourite toy is a little soft rabbit rattle, the ears get a good suck. She's just woken up so better go and change her nappy and get her ready to go shopping. Only food shopping nothing interesting I'm afraid.

cowboylover Sat 10-Sep-11 14:54:19

Sorry MummyW that must be really aweful for you but on a different note bargain on the sofa!

Thanks for the support re the crib sleeping last night I put her in and stayed and held her hand until she settled then slept through, wanted to reassure her it was ok so will see if there's an improvement.

Loving the rugby in the cowboy household, 3 games in a row this morning so super excited for the start for the welsh campaign tomorrow until it starts and we get stuffed!!

soandsosmum Sat 10-Sep-11 16:53:41

Oo nice new room. Lovely!
DD is also not sleeping except on me during the day. Fortunately she goes in her bed at night. I've not managed to get her down for a daytime nap for ages. Eventually I just give in. As I'd rather she slept on me than not at all. Does kinda limit my activities though.l sad saying that it feels Lush!

Whew started sleeping earlier in the evening wo I tried ky first dream feed last night AF 1030. Lasted an hour and wasn't very dreamy as she needed changing but will be more prepared and hopefully try again tonight. After going back down at 1130 she slept til 8 which was lovely. Esp on a sat AM. felt like a lie in!

Currenlt feeding and watching my birth vid for the first time. Doesn't get the actual birth as it was set up at home where I almost completed HB before going into hosp for last 5 mins due to slow contractions. Cool watching it. Hypnobirthing so quiet and calm. Makes me want to do it again to improve!

need a bit of advice, and please don't think I'm being smug, but am concerned about DD2 sleeping loads. Pattern seems to be: wakes up around 0700, has a feed. Sleeps until 11:00 or so. Feed. Sleeps/plays for an hour or so. Plays with DD1 and/or in bouncy chair for an hour or so. Feeds. Plays for about an another hour on baby gym. Feeds. Sleeps from about 19:00 - 07:00.

She is happy, smiles lots, gets really excited seeing me/DD1, loves playing with baby gym and hitting/kicking the bells.

Is this normal????

pistachio Sat 10-Sep-11 20:23:54

sounds like she's rolling all her day sleep into that long morning sleep- no such thing as normal really, is there. Mine has two patterns- either 2 30min naps and a big 3 hour one, or other days 4 or 5 20-30min powernaps but no long sleep. Her evening she either sleeps from 8pm on my knee or is awake playing til 11. Her natural wake up time (barring millions of feeds) is 8am.

<runs in, grabs coffee and props open eyelids>

Hello all, I am so sorry for not coming back with a proper catch up last week, ended up with loads of visitors all week including a massive MIL overdose so never got back on!

mummy so sorry to hear of your mc. Totally understandable for you to be feeling sensitive. I hope you are doing ok and have lots of support around you x

Apologies for not name checking everyone properly as I can never remember specifically who said what but here is my input in light of some recent convos!

weaning Big BLW fan here. Loved the fact that there was no pureeing involved and I never add salt to cooking anyway so it was easy for dd to eat what we were eating. As for timing DD decided for herself that she was ready for solids at 5.5mo when she grabbed a chunk of banana off dh and ate it! DS is really interested in us eating and hands to mouth all the time but we will hold off for as long as poss as we have family history of allergies which all started around weaning. Also being a lazy caaaa I like the fact you dont really have to sterilise anything after 6mo smile mind you caught DS sucking the rug in the living room the other day so I suspect his immune system will be pretty good already blush On that note, how on earth he got from the middle of his huge playmat to the inch or so of rug that was not covered I will never know!

sleeping no routine or pattern here either. DS still in with us at night but I have started trying to put him down around now by feeding him to sleep after bath. He'll go for around 40 mins or so before waking and then I usually head to bed too. Def in the middle of 4 month sleep regression/growth spurt here. I don't even bother looking at the time anymore when he wakes at night, just latch him on and nod back off as it's the only way I can get enough sleep to survive the day with DD! Going to attempt to get Hume to sleep a little in the cot soon though (it's in our room) to get him used to it before we turf him out into his own room at 6mo. Naps are usually in the buggy or lying on the bed with me when he looks tired. He did fall asleep on his playmat, lying on his tummy and sucking his fingers twice last week though.

sex none here since I was pg and unlikely to be until DS is out of our room and I'm getting some proper sleep first!

Had two short days in work this week which went ok, managed to express enough milk for DH to try DS with a bottle (thanks for thr advice on that by the way - ended up being successful using a hand pump while feeding from the other side). DS only drank 2oz each time then had a massive feed when I got home. Going to have an evening out this week with my Mum babysitting which should be interesting!

Right, need to hang up nappies then I am off to bed. How wild!

Bonkerz Mon 12-Sep-11 06:50:10

Phew am so glad I found you all.

It's been a long two weeks since I saw the dietician about max! He started on baby rice straight away (16 weeks) as advised and super fast weaning here is now having rice at 8am, fruit and 12 and veg at 4!! His reflux is virtually non existent and we have a happy boy who is sitting up, rolling over and moving around the room in a walker! Seems dietician was right and that rapid weaning would be good for ds!!!!! Im struggling to keep up with demand though. Have tried to make a stock of purees in freezer but keep forgetting to get them out in advance to defrost which usually means I end up making fresh each day which is a bit of a palava, can't just buy off shelf as ds intollenereces have made that difficult! Who knew that most baby food contains milk powder or curd/whey!! Nightmare!!

stegasaurus Mon 12-Sep-11 08:33:01

Eeeek, this evening I am planning to leave DD for the first time. If all goes well I will be going back to a voluntary job that I haven't done since the spring, which will mean leaving DD with DH from just after 7 til just after 9. I know DD will be fine with DH, but am worried as it is just the time when she usually feeds to sleep. I will try to move her bath etc forward a bit but don't expect she will be asleep in bed by 7. At the moment her bedtime seems to suit her and she often sleeps through, so I am wary of ruining this.

Re feeding: she is fascinated by watching us eat. I gave her a potato wedge to hold the other day jusr to see what she would do, but took it off before she ate any. Most people I know seem to have weaned early, but I am determined to wait until 6 months, partly for her benefit and partly because I am putting off the extra work and mess! Was looking at relevant books on Amazon, but don't know if I want Annabel Karmel or BLW and/ or something specific about how to feed her a healthy vegetarian diet

Took Sebastian swimming yesterday for the first time, he seemed to enjoy it but the water was unusually cold. He's seemingly grumpy today I think its his teeth that are bothering him. Still just the one tooth but he seems really keen on biting the hell out of my finger.

2nd part of the weaning class tomorrow, but know its more dental health etc in the second class.

Sleepwise, Sebastian used to get up once in the night but now its a few times, but he has a quick feed and quickly goes back to sleep. In the day, he tends to go to sleep around nine, and can sleep until 11. He'll have another quick sleep in the afternoon.

pinkgirlythoughts Mon 12-Sep-11 13:08:08

Sleep is still a major issue here, we had a few days where DS was managing a four-hour stretch from around 8.30-12.30, then every hour/every two hours from then on. However, we're now back to every hour/two hours at most all night again sad I don't think it helps that he seems to be in training for the Olympic cot-gymnastics team- I put him down on his side, feet to foot at the end of his cot, and he's never there when he wakes up! He's usually turned either 90 or 180 degrees, and is always on his back!

loopy, sore boobs over here too! I had a blocked duct last week, and DS managed to suck it out, but I've felt super-sore, as if my boob is bruised inside, ever since. Think I'd got a bit lazy with the latch as well, so now I'm having to be really careful that it's a good latch every time, to minimize the pain.

Re sex: we've done it a handful of times since DS was born, but it's always quite painful. Sheer bloody-mindedness means I refuse to stop half-way through, though! grin

mummywilliams, is your lullaby lamb a Ewan the Dream Sheep, by any chance? I'm absolutely desperate to get one for DS, but can't find one online anywhere- everywhere has sold out! There's one going on ebay, but the bidding is at £23 at the minute, and with p&p on top, I don't want to pay the same price for a 2nd hand one that I'd pay to get one brand new!

Loopymumsy Mon 12-Sep-11 13:54:37

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clarabella18 Mon 12-Sep-11 15:34:45

Wow its windy here! Next doors trampoline keeps trying to make a bid for freedom!

Having a "quiet" day in today. Well it's quiets when ds is sleeping or feeding otherwise it's very noisy. Something I bothering him, pretty sure its his teeth. The problem is ds doesn't cry, he screams!!! A very loud very high pitched scream. It can get very wearing. Have given him an Aston and parsons powder, calgel and even aside of calpol but he's still not happy.

Hes got his second set of immunisations tomorrow so hope he's feeling netter by then or it's going to brine hell of a week!

Right better get a wriggle on and pick ds2 up from tennis club. Hope they played indoors as they'd have no chance of hitting the balls in this weather!

pistachio Mon 12-Sep-11 15:42:17

loopy bed with me or sling, she won't sleep in buggy either. Even if sound asleep when i put her down within minutes she's flapping and wide awake. I've just ordered some organics for kids babygros, 6-12 is roomy but not too long. More for daytime though as they're lovely, she's in white 6-9 from M+S at night. Legs a bit long in them.

clarabella i'm not loving the wind today. DD2 was fine= babyhawk and polartec all-in-one suit meant she was well sheltered.

pistachio Mon 12-Sep-11 15:44:12

oh and as for future cot plans, i think we'll start trying to put her down in the evening once she gets to 6mo unless she creates a routine herself before then. That's when DS settled a bit so hoping she'll be similar.

loopy know what you mean about baby gros! She's wearing a 3 - 6 green baby at the moment, which is supposed to be for cloth bums, but the days are numbered.

pistachio where did you get your Polartec?

pink no it's just a vtech lullaby lamb, he loves the lights and the lullabies and adores the lambs face. Good luck in your search, it's amazing the prices people pay for 2nd hand stuff on eBay!!!

thanks all for hugs and understanding. It was only about 6 weeks, a complete shock but loved nonetheless. I am emotional mush at the mo!

Sympathy for those with sore boobies and bits. CS scar has been ok and I am nearly 20 weeks post op, but last few days it has been aching. It maybe to do with carrying DS2 around.

Bonkerz sounds like Max is doing great with the weaning. How about setting an alarm to remind you or taking one out once you have given one if that makes sense.

running lol at DS sucking the rug!

DS2 goes in his cot at 8pm, settles himself. We then wake him for a feed at 11pm'ish (this is when we go to bed). He usually sleeps til 6.30/7am, but sometimes wakes for a feed at 4am. As for naps these tend to be in his bouncy chair, a small one after morning feed then a larger one (about half an hour - hour) mid morning and two further small naps in the afternoon. I don't bath him everyday, too many DCs. We don't do 'quiet' around DS2 either - that would be impossible.

Gotta go be back later to tell you about paediatric appointment today. X

Just having a quick read - have found next babygros good with cloth bums, seem to be cut quite big but legs not too long.

Big waves to all, hope everyone is ok in this wind!

Clara - teething monster here too sad hope it's over soon

bonkerz - sounds like max us doing great must be a good feeling after all the drama you went through finding out about his allergies.

Steg - hope your tine away goes ok tonight. Ikwym about going out in the evening but even if it gies a bit pear-shaped you'll be back by 9. Not that it will of course!!

Had a nightmare night last night was pretty much up all night and when ds did eventually sleep I couldn't switch off sad

pistachio Mon 12-Sep-11 19:15:24

ilovemydog this

brillopads Mon 12-Sep-11 21:27:37

Footy on TV, DD down for the night= me on MN <now wait, where's that ice cream hehe>

Marking my place on this new thread-nice to see you's all over on FB smile

Loopymumsy Mon 12-Sep-11 21:59:55

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pistachio Mon 12-Sep-11 22:17:13

loopy my DD adored parent council a few weeks back- she sat and watched silently the whole time, had some milk, threw up then we headed home. Everyone cooed over how good she is. She is angelic in public, loves an audience grin.

BizzeeBee Tue 13-Sep-11 05:42:21

At In laws feeding ds with right hand and typing on phone with left hand. First flight with ds went well. He has been really good with seeing the relatives pretending that he's a little angel.

Not expecting to wean for a couple of months yet. He has 5 x 180ml bottles a day at the moment. Whats the obsession with the uk giving baby feeds in fl oz? Other than pints of milk and baby weights I thought everything is now metric (perhaps answering my own question there). I'm not that young and i never learnt about fl oz at school.

Loopymumsy Tue 13-Sep-11 05:54:29

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Bonkerz Tue 13-Sep-11 07:02:27

Normally I'm the most organised person but I'm trying to set the house up ready for development officer to come round and get me registered to be a Childminder and I'm running two toddler groups, looking after nephew two afternoons a week and helping set up an autism coffee group as well as starting my counselling for the pnd lmao. I really need yo learn to say NO!!!!!

Took max swimming again yesterday. He absolutely loves it!!!

Max has also gone into 6-9 month clothes. We have been doing the charity shop rounds and have got some fab bargains. Carboots are brill too! Just sold my buggy and got a new one, can see this becoming an addiction!!!!!

cowboylover Tue 13-Sep-11 10:03:51

The wind is crazy here, I need sails on my pushchair! I could go a lot further then as it now I can only just about get up the street.

Last night DD fell asleep on our bed so I put pillows around the edge to stop her falling off then when we came to bed I feed her again and she went straight in her crib! Im really trying to get a natural routine to the day eg getting up, loud time, quiet time and bed time as I didn't realise till I thought about it we have no structure at all so it might help me as well with the diet plan.

Pistachio smile perfect. We are going to Cornwall in October for half term so this will be great. ordered.

Wish me luck next week. One of the city councillors has asked me to go with him to a meeting as I've done a ton of research into the issue. Will be taking DD2 with me. it isn't the feeding that's such an issue as her massive belches that sound like a hairy trucker grin. We were at a restaurant a few weeks ago and she let out a huge one, and the people at the next table couldn't believe that such a sound could come out of such a small body....

Gah, I am so tired! Sebastian used to wake once in the night, but now seems to be back in newborn stage, and wakes a lot. I am pretty sure its his teeth (well, tooth...) and it doesn't help that he sticks his fingers in his mouth and bites really hard, hurting his fingers. He is outgrowing his crib, DD's still in our cotbed (as a bed) so her bunk bed comes Thursday, so we'll be putting that up and moving the cotbed into our room for him to sleep in that where there is more room.

Went to the second part of the weaning class today which covered second stage food, choking, and cups.

Re measuring... DH gets really wound up because I end up ordering stuff in the wrong measurements grin. liters and oz seem to be my worst... why don't they sell milk in pints anymore?!?!

soandsosmum Wed 14-Sep-11 08:17:56

Yes I've found Next babygrows good size for cloth bums too.

Love that polartec suit! Gonna put that on dds Christmas list smile

Not got much sleep last night. dd did sleep through for over a month but now seems to be rousing earlier eschew night and more than once sad last night was 3 times and she's up now when she user to sleep til 8 sad

Do you have to do anything to counteract sleep regression or is it just a waiting game?

Loopymumsy Wed 14-Sep-11 09:18:19

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Crappy nights here too but the days are becoming much more settled. DD back at childminders so DS and I went into town and i had a wander while he slept in the pushchair smile When he woke for a feed I stopped for a large mug of tea and some fruit toast in Starbucks (god their fruit toast is amazing!) but the little monkey was more interested in charming the other people in the cafe than feeding which was slightly embarrassing! DD was never like this, anyone got any tips for a distractible feeder? I took him to the feeding room in john lewis which was miraculously empty and he was still really distracted there looking around at everything. Am sure that's why he feeds so much at night still.

loopy men in tight shorts eh? Sounds good!

pistachio Wed 14-Sep-11 17:30:21

running, been there with my other two- feeding just as they are waking up so before they realise what's happening, or just finding somewhere cosy and quiet. I think i timed DS's feeds to be at home for a month or so at his worst as i just couldn't get him to latch. If all else fails muslin over theiir head grin. It passed when they realised they could feed in 5 mins flat then return to the world.

I was up every hour again last night. Bleugh.

soandsosmum Wed 14-Sep-11 18:05:06

Loopy thanks. TTWP. Good mantra. I wondered about doing a dream feed wd shes started to sleep earlier. Not sure this helps her sleep through though. Any thoughts?

Running - love john Lewis feeding room. We call it the baby palace smile

Loopymumsy Wed 14-Sep-11 20:17:29

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pistachio Wed 14-Sep-11 20:41:49

loopy on 'threads i'm on' that reads 'mine rolled over today running tour of britain' and i thought WTF is that delusional woman on about?! Babies can't run...

clarabella18 Wed 14-Sep-11 21:09:12

2nd lot of immunisation yesterday and he's been fine again thank goodness! After mondays screamfest I really don't think I could have coped.

We have been tweaking our feeding and sleeping routine here with great success so far! He was taking 5 x 7oz bottles a day
At roughly four hour intervals but his " night" bottle has been getting later and later from roughly 5ish to 6:30. So the last couple of nights I've only given him a 5oz bottle at tea time an upped the bedtime bottle to a 9oz which has resulted in him going to bed earlier and waking up later, from 9:00 - 7:00grin it's fab, I'm getting more sleep now than i did when I was working!
Sorry to those who aren't getting great sleeps, ds1 was horrendous till he was about 3 so i can empathise honest!

Was at weight watchers today, another pound off, that's 6 in two weeksgrin quiet day in tomorrow then running beavers tomorrow night and then sling meet on Friday, think I'm getting "woven wrap" curious! Hmm could be an expensive habit waiting to develop!

Loopymumsy Wed 14-Sep-11 21:25:19

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clarabella18 Wed 14-Sep-11 21:48:13

Haha loopy I'll be sure to use the word "investment" when I tell DP. Either that or just bare faced lie!

pinkgirlythoughts Thu 15-Sep-11 08:19:58

DS only woke up three times during the night- doesn't sound great, but for us it's fab! He also spent the entire night in his cot for the first time in weeks (usually ends up in our bed between 5 and 6am!). I went to bed when he did at 8.30, and I think I've managed about 8 hours' sleep in total. Woke up with a banging headache from all the extra sleep, though!

I've been given a second hand Freedom Sling, but with no instructions, and their website is down, so still can't actually use it at the moment sad

running, I usually find putting a muslin over DS's head, or failing that, putting my top over his head, stops the nosiness when we're feeding out and about.

pistachio Thu 15-Sep-11 09:35:15

pinkgirly, i think i did 3 feeds plus the 7am one when she goes back down but i don't. I do feel better this morning, even though we didn't get to bed til 11. Nice sunny day ahead which always helps.

Woven wrap really good clarabella, mine was only £60 new. Like it more now that i've got fast enough to stop DD2 climbing out while i wrap it. She still screams in any form of transportation device which is irritating, as i can't use the sling in the house as she makes so much noise. She only quietens down once we're out somewhere busy. Will you go to the october sling meet in town? I may bring my whole troupe along to that one, damn the school holidays!

clarabella18 Thu 15-Sep-11 10:20:09

He protests about going in the MT at first too sometimes. Canbe embarrassing when out and about and everyone staring! blush
Ooh yeah the October one looks great very interested in the thulamama stuff as ds2 loves it when I sing to him (he must be tone deaf!) it's not October week for my schools though so will only be me ad he little one

Thanks for the tips ladies, will try the muslin over head job next time I'm out. Interestingly he has been distracted/fussing at the boob at home too so maybe it's a bit teeth related. I've had to feed him lying in bed all day today which is nice and relaxing for me but not going to be practical when DD is not at her childminder!

Can I just say that I am in total awe of those of you who are on your own or have partners that are regularly away. DH got stuck in London last night so I had to do bath and bed on my own with both DC's for the first time ever. I needed a very large wine afterwards I can tell you! You have my total respect ladies smile

loopy Hope you enjoyed your trip to ogle watch the cycling

I have one really achey boob today, it's not lumpy or hot but just a dull ache. Hope it's not the start of anything.

Put DS in the door bouncer today while i did a bit of cooking and he loved it. Didn't love my dancing to 80s music while I cooked though. He's too young to be embarrassed by me surely!

Uh oh the monster awakes...

omnomnomtom Thu 15-Sep-11 17:00:41

Hello all- quick catch up whilst DS1 watches Beebies

re: sex, not tried it yet here, don't want to wake the baby! However I remember from last time that we used lube whilst I was still bfing and that stopped it being uncomfortable (not sure if lube is ok if you are ttc though- it should be ok I think?

pistachio and loopy will be ordering the GP book, Politics of bfing was fascinating. Have just read Fresh Milk by Fiona Giles which was quite interesting too.

weaning as DS2 ended up being a June baby we are a long way off from that but will be repeating the BLW adventure, so much fun as long as you don't start worrying about the quantities of food they eat (DS1 hardly ate anything for a few weeks)

DS1 keeps rubbing DS2s face with the back of his hand- he is too rough and so keeps waking him up/making him cry. Not sure how to make him stop- have told him not to do it but it's not made any difference, the rest of the time he is very fond of his younger brother. Any ideas?

soandsosmum Fri 16-Sep-11 08:30:17

Hi there
Got more sleep tonight as DD slept 1030-8 and so did I smile difference was I let DH wake her and change her at 9 then fed her again to sleep plus I put a booster (extra thick bit) in her nappy so she does feel as wet this morning. My boobs were like rocks though hmm

On another topic I had my q ansad by hugh f-w on live webchat here and also won a copy.pf his new book!

stegasaurus Fri 16-Sep-11 08:32:33

runningmonkey I also have a distracted feeder. This was especially unwanted when we went out with some friends and I ended up sitting next to floor-to-ceiling windows. DD was constantly turning to look at all the really interesting people walking past and exposing my whole breast to the street blush She has also become more fussy and distracted feeding at home when there is just the 2 of us and nothing to see with lots arching back and screaming for some reason.
I bought 2 sleep bags for £21 yesterday, so am happy as usually would have to pay more than that for just one. Tesco also gave me a surprise £4 off the bill and I can't work out why.

soandsosmum Fri 16-Sep-11 11:14:50

Oo were the sleeping bags from Tesco too?

Justtrying Fri 16-Sep-11 15:23:37

hi all, 21pounds for 2 sleeping bags sound great. I've bought most of DD's from TKMaxx, they're normally around the 17 pound mark.

Well the packing is all but done for our hols, setting off tomorrow morning, think DH may have a bit of a moan about how much stuff we're taking, he did ask last night if we really needed baked beans etc, but I'd like a brekkie sunday morning and the last thing we need is shopping as soon as we arrive. Hope it all fits in the car, want to leave the seat next to DD free in case she needs company part of the way. I'm taking the pram as well as the car seat so DD can continue with normal bedtime routine and be put in pram, instead of cot, whilst we go for dinner, or that's the plan.
So we have 2 large suitcases, pram, travel cot, baby bath, steriliser, big box of kitchen stuff including DD's milk and wine for us, 2 packs of nappies, swimming stuff including towels, coats, changing bag and a picnic in a cool bag, have I forgotten anything?

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Justtrying Sat 17-Sep-11 07:02:02

Cheers loopy, couple of books packed, whether they get read is another matter. Just feeding Dd then going to make some sandwiches before loading the car. Catch up in a week.smile

BizzeeBee Sat 17-Sep-11 14:10:47

have a great holiday Justtrying. I will be very envy if you mange to read your books!

We made our first trip to England last week. DS was a little angel on the plane and spent lots of time looking suitably cute. It's rather unbelievable how much luggage we had. We spent ages at the hire place getting a car that was big enough for everything. shock

Brain appears to be broken though tiredness so I am struggling to think straight about what to type, so I think I'll try and have a nap now.

clarabella18 Sun 18-Sep-11 08:55:57

Well I think I've just purchased first wovengrin a pre-loved natibaby sunset, just need to sort out the paypal!
Ds2 slept from 9:30 till 7 this morning, I was awake before him!
I'm going to do a bag pack in th local asda today for my scout group, great fun! I hate packing my own shopping can't believe I'm going to do other people's! DP is taking the two boys for a couple of hours so no doubt the house will look like a bombs gone off and he'll be stressed by the time I get back, either that or they'll all still be sat around in their pyjamas watching tripe on the tv!wink

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pistachio Sun 18-Sep-11 19:14:46

DD2 has the pox, inevitable really as DS had it recently. She's not terribly upset or itching, but very snotty so had to sit up holding her all night as she'd scream lying down. She has been a lot more tired than usual and i feel sorry for her wee bum as the spots are practically joining up in her nappy area. Hope it's over quickly.

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pistachio Sun 18-Sep-11 20:28:39

i think from lovetobenatural. O love it, the colours cheer me up and everyone always comments on it.

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pistachio Sun 18-Sep-11 21:15:45

i've got manon rouge, so beautiful.

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cowboylover Sun 18-Sep-11 22:59:40

Thanks Loopy, we live in a small mining community and many people saddened hoping we had seen the last tradegy unground.

Had a wonderful day today with family down from Gloucester and DD was a little angel all day and even gone down to sleep well tonight so I think she has enjoyed all the company!

Any BFers LO's that won't accept a bottle? I know it won't be forever but I would love to be able to go out for more than 2 hours with DH or the girls. Any tips?

pistachio Sun 18-Sep-11 23:04:05

cowboy i don't even try bottles, just take her with me- causes me far less stress that way. If i want to socialise it has to be at someone's house in the evening or somewhere that is licensed for kids past 8pm. For example a coffee shop near my house that does byob and is open til 10. But the past month she's slept so badly i've not done anything.

pistachio Sun 18-Sep-11 23:09:03

loopy, that brown one isn't speaking to me but nice enough if you need it to match outfits or whatever. Most of my accessories tend to be bright to make up for too many navy clothes!

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stegasaurus Mon 19-Sep-11 06:50:08

I worry about DD taking a bottle now I am going out on Mondays. I just hope she doesn't get hungry as I'm only gone for 2hrs. I would quite like to go out with DH for my birthday next month, but expressing milk is a nightmare. I have an electric pump,but still only get 1-2oz in a hour, which is very infuriating. Can't even try her with a bottle until I've got enough milk out.
I am going to the dentist later for my first ever filling, eeeek!

pistachio Mon 19-Sep-11 09:24:00

loopy quite often i have a stripy dress, DD2 in stripy trousers and then the slin. I'm probably quite migraine-inducin... That dress is really nice. This is my favourite dress for bf at the moment as it's so stretchy, and cheap too. With discount code i got the red and the grey ones for £50.

clarabella18 Mon 19-Sep-11 19:29:39

Had our first venture out with the girasol woven wrap today. Ds2 loved it and fell asleep almost instantly. The wrap job wasn't too bad either considering it was the first time I'd done it solo and in the car park too. Got lots of smiles off people walking by but equally lots if strange looks like I'd just sprouted antennas or something similar!

We weighed ds2 yesterday too, he's approx 17lbs at 18 weeks little chunker!

Has anyone here tried Amber teething necklaces? How did you find them, do you think they'd be ok on tots as little as ours?

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Justtrying Mon 19-Sep-11 21:18:26

All this baby wearing sounds fab, I bought a beco butterfly before we came away, but haven't mastered it yet, something to try once we're home, which may be sooner than planned, cottage is lovely, Dd was a dream on way down, but fractious yesterday, had a bit of a temperature today, so have given her calpol, she's been good today but weather isn't great and dh isn't coping chilling.
The last two nights he's gone to bed early in a mood, has been saying he knew holiday wasn't a good idea etc, I'm walking on eggshells and wonder if we'd be better off at home.
Anyway we'll see what he's like in the morning, wish we'd come in my car now, oh well if worst comes to worst I'll hire a car to get Dd and i back to my mums. Don't want to say anything to anyone yet as my family feel he could do more to help, which he could but its my marriage and i hope I can work things out.
Anyway sorry for moan, just needed a rant.

pistachio Mon 19-Sep-11 22:04:44

justtrying that sounds stressful.

loopy they're really stretchy so i can yank the neckline down.

clara well done on public wrapping. I had to use a mirror for ages then did a really good job one day as i was in the middle of softplay and everyone was watching wondering wth i was doing. Nothing like a bit of pressure...

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pistachio Tue 20-Sep-11 08:58:45

loopy i wouldn't have enough nork even if i took all my clothes off and BF naked in the middle of starbucks grin.

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Justtrying Tue 20-Sep-11 20:57:21

Thankyou for your support, today has been slightly better, I'm in bed Dd finally asleep but not been a happy bunny, can't work out if there's anything wrong or if its just a change of scene.
Dh apologised this morning, we went to the Eden project, Dd loved the rainforest, but weather still rubbish and it was packed.
Dd fretful this afternoon, slighty off her bottles, dh went for a drink, we joined him for a bit, took Dd back to cottage for normal bath and bed routine but she won't feed in our arms only flat on her back, put her to bed(she's been settling in the travel cot great) but not tonight. She got really distressed and it took over an hour to soothe her, left her on blanket infront of tv whilst we ate, she's now in cot. I'm in bed too, hoping for a calm day alround tomorrow

pistachio Wed 21-Sep-11 10:00:35

justtrying it's tough when they won't settle as normal. We had a breakthrough last night as DD2 finally slept in our bed rather than in our arms. She still woke a lot and she's so snuffly this morning. Pox on its way out but she's still battling a cold, as am I.

cowboylover Wed 21-Sep-11 10:56:34

I still have not been to the Eden project so going to try when we go to Bodmin for New years.

Currently waiting in the dentist and I'm so nervous! I really hate it and my nice dentist had retired to now expecting the worst! Oh well DH has got DD for an hour or so as it's upstairs or she would have come as well!

All this talk of slings really makes me want to try one! How/where do I find out about local sling meets?

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Bonkerz Wed 21-Sep-11 11:25:18

Max weighed in at 19.3 on Monday. He had his third lot of jabs yesterday and has a temp today.

Max has worn an amber anklet for about 5 weeks now and I accidentally left it off the other night after his bath. Didn't understand why his cheeks were so red the next day until I saw it on my bedside table when I put him to bed. Does it work? Still not certain but it's all too coincidental If u ask me as he has it back on and no red cheeks!!!! Bb

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cowboylover Wed 21-Sep-11 13:35:18

Thanks! Just missed the Cardiff one by a few days but will see what else is around.

We are house hunting again and seen a bungalow that needs totally renovating with loads of steps back and front so not the move straight into easy living plan we originally had but we both love it and I was literally dancing around the garden saying we can do this and this..... so seriously thinking about do we can't to take on so much but all I can think is I want it so not being rational at all grin

Hard hats for me and DD for Christmas and hopefully using the sling on site.

Anyone else starting to get the questions now of if/when are you going to have another baby? Suppose it would make sence to think about it if I keep the stuff DD is growing out of or not but she's still so little I can't contemplate anything like that yet.

pistachio Wed 21-Sep-11 14:23:19

cowboy i tend to get 'you're not having any more now are you?' instead. Def done with babies, and wouldn't dare put my SPD battered pelvis through another pregnancy and possibly even bigger baby. Which means i can easily sell/give away everything as we go along, extremely bittersweet. So many memories in things like the bouncy chair she's about to grow out of, that we bought for our PFB 5 years ago...

Sebastian now has two teeth. Got his third set of injections tomorrow and am getting him weighed.

For anybody looking for a sleeping bag for their little ones, Mothercare have their own range on buy one get one free.

Who has started weaning? Sebastian is four months on Sunday and DH is keen to try him on some food, I'm not entirely convinced but DH seems to have support from the HV, wish they wouldn't keep changing their minds on the 4 mth, 6 mths, back to 4-6 mths thing!!

clarabella18 Wed 21-Sep-11 16:35:10

cowboy I've got a 9 year age gap between my 2 boys and would have another tommorrow if I won the lottery. Realistically though I'm probably finished with babies and it makes me a feel a liitle sadsad
Ooh you should deffo go to the slingmeet, I've been twice to mine and love it. A great way to meet other mums and start compiling your stash listblush

elf not even thinking about weaning here. Ds sits with us at tea time and is showing absolutely no interest in food so we're happy to leave him be at the moment. Don't feel pressured by the HV or your DH go by what Sebastian wants, he'll let you know when he's ready.

Went to work today to have lunch with some of the girls, ds charmed the pants off them all, big smiles and babbled stories all round. He started to get a bit narky just before we were getting ready to keave as ge was so tired so out came the wrap, popped him in and he was asleep in less than 2 minutes. They were all very impressed and I got lots of lovely comments about the wrap toogrin

Going to York tomorrow with the two boys to visit mum and dad fir the weekend. Really looking forward to it but not looking forward to packing the car up!

Third week at weight watchers today, another pound and a half off which is seven and half in total. That makes me a stone and a half lighter now than I was when I fell pregnant a year agogrin

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pistachio Wed 21-Sep-11 22:57:51

i'm the same, no food til at least 6mo. DD2 is excellent at grabbing and getting things to her mouth, took a tissue out of my hand today as i tried to blow my nose. But all she'll be getting to chew on for now is her toys. We're getting her highchair out this weekend so she can have a better view of the kitchen though.

Hi all, got what I think is five mins while DS is asleep so have coffee in hand, rugby world cup on telly and MN on the iPad grin

Weaning - think I've said already but we're waiting as long as poss here and also big big BLW fans. Was so much fun, am looking forward to it.

Having more DC - none here for definite. DH had the snip about a month ago shock Although in my head I know that this was a sensible decision that we made together before DS was born, I still feel a teeny bit sad about the option having been removed. am also getting annoyed with everyone asking when we're going for no 3 and saying 'don't rule it out' when I say we're definitely having no more!!

All this talk of wraps and slings is making me envy have just sold my moby on eBay and have given up with the mai tai as DS just wriggles and struggles against being cooped up. Even kicks off blankets over him while sleeping! Am lucky he loves the buggy though and will quite happily sleep in there for ages while out and about.

3rd round of jabs yesterday which were ok although he has a big red lump where one of the 3 needles went in sad

Does anyone else have no idea how much their lo weighs? I feel a bit blush about not having DS weighed since around 8 weeks old but I can see him growing as he's in some 6-9 month stuff now as he's v v long!

justtrying hope your hol has improved.

cowboy house sounds so exciting. We are on the verge of having an extension built so may well be joining you with hardhats at Christmas!

Having crap time generally. Was soooo looking forward to DS (3.6) going to nursery school. He was looking forward to it too. He is very dairy allergic. His key worker knows this. She put up signs everywhere with his face on it like a Wanted poster. But then goes and invites him to have a carton of milk shock shock. If I hadn't been there, well, just doesn't bear thinking about. sad

Spoke to the head teacher and said at the very least want his key worker changed, as while she did all the right things on paper, DS needs perhaps a older more experienced teacher. Hopefully it will work out as the nursery school is next door to DD1's school.

And at Children's Hospital yesterday, DS consultant said that there's a good chance he will be dairy allergic for the rest of his life. sad. But then was having a chat with another mom in the waiting room at Children's Hospital and she was saying that her DD has brain tumors and had just been told they were back, which sort of put things in perspective.

DD2 is awake now every 2 hours at night but lovely smile

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Justtrying Thu 22-Sep-11 13:14:17

ilove hope you sort out nursery issues soon.
running it has a bit thanks, dh has gone fishing for half a day, so Dd and i have been swimming. Would have liked to go this afternoon but pool only open this morning. Hoping Dd may settle and sleep in car seat this evening we'be booked a nice meal, haven't eaten out yet as she's been so unsettled, even a drink in the afternoon has been hard work, which is unusual as she's normally so good. Looking forward to going home now to get back to routine.

Had Sebastian weighed today, he is 15lbs 11oz. Saw a different HV today, because Sebastian keeps dropping down his weight chart, she has suggested I don't wean yet (unlike the other HV who was pushing for it). So, we're waiting. Which is fine with me. Evelyn was weaned at 5 and a bit months.

As for more children... well, we'd both agreed two. DH has been joking with Evelyn that she could have another brother or sister, and she's keen on it (?!?!) but a) we cant really afford another, the childcare is 'pensive b) we're both middle children and have a complex about it and c) I am a terrible pregnant woman. I do not enjoy being pregnant. If I had loads of money, I would adopt/foster - I just dont think I could cope carrying another baby. I'm not going to say never, but...

Justtrying Thu 22-Sep-11 21:56:25

Well we managed our nice meal smile. I booked Paul Ainsworth's No 6 weeks ago after checking they were ok with a baby in a pram, they have been so accommodating( unlike the seafood restaurant which won't admit children under 3 hmm).
Dd has been back to her happy self today, bath and fed at half 6, asleep by 7.15 so put her in carseat and she slept until I lifted her out to put her to bed. We skipped pud so not to chance our luck but all in all a great evening.
Oh and dh caught a 4lb pollock whilst fishing so, I'm cooking fish curry tomorrow night.

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pistachio Thu 22-Sep-11 22:33:06

glad you had a nice evening justtrying, sounds like you'll have some good memories of your holiday despite the stress.

ilove, can't believe the stupidity of that nursery worker. Is your DS allergic as in anaphylaxis, trip to casualty kind of thing? What a fright that would give everyone, not least you and him. What a nightmare.

My poxy baby is finally on the mend, and we were out and about at last today. So relieved this week is behind us.

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pistachio Fri 23-Sep-11 11:09:01

thanks loopy. Just me and the baby all weekend- DH taking the other two away for 2 nights. We decided it would be better to keep DD2 at home to let her recover properly so should be nice having no routines- no dinners to cook and bedtimes to follow. Just me and my baby girl so we shall suit ourselves.

clarabella18 Fri 23-Sep-11 19:39:52

pistachio sounds fab, enjoy it!
justifying glad things are improving!

Well first night at the parents went ok, kept bedtime routine the same and he went down in his travel cot with no problems. I was the one having the problems trying to lift him out! They are so deep, either that or I've got little arms! blush

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pistachio Fri 23-Sep-11 22:23:18

loopy i only discovered that info recently so worth raising for all the first timers.

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Justtrying Sat 24-Sep-11 07:11:30

clarabelle I've been having that problem with travel cot all week, I'm only little too, have to stand on tiptoes to reach Dd, can't wait until she's back in her proper cot tonight, just a 6 hour journey to survive first.
Dd settled well last night but woke up really upset an hour later, dont know if it was the different environment, but it took 2.5 hours and an extra bottle to calm her. Thought she'd sleep longer this morning due to going down so much later but no, I guess we'll make an early start home.

cowboylover Sat 24-Sep-11 17:49:31

Thanks loopy I didn't know that and now I think about it really makes logical sense.

We still love the bungalow but we are going with my uncle who's a builder on Thursday to access how much work it needs objectively before I decide where the Christmas tree is going!!

Glad the pox is gone!

All going out tonight to my friends house whos just announced she's expecting so wants to spend time with DD to practice smile

pistachio no, DS isn't anaphylactic anymore, but nevertheless still very allergic and does this projectile thing that impresses the nurses at Children's Hospital. smile They still talk about it blush.

Am envy at spending time alone with your baby. DD2 is so laid back and feel sad always sometimes that she has to fall into line with the others. For instance getting DD1 to school, and she has to come on the school run, when her natural pattern would be to sleep. And getting DS settled into nursery school. She has had to come along too. She has such a lovely nature. In the kitchen/dining room yesterday, DD1 was having a tantrum, DS was kicking a football around, both dogs were barking, and she was asleep in the willow cot in the corner. smile

DD1 re started ballet today. She was so exhausted last year having started reception, decided to hit the pause button on ballet. But she is really enjoying it.

Ugh. Have to go to London soon to register DD2 at the US Embassy. Am really dreading it.

pistachio Sun 25-Sep-11 10:27:00

Allergy doesn't sound nice at all ilove. Well i have had LOTS of time with my baby... she has decided that sleep is optional. We spent the two days out and about with various friends, st child friendly events, eating out, etc. Out 10-6 and she had so much fun watching the world she barely napped, and ended up pushing her bedtime to past 1am both nights. Aaagh.

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pistachio Mon 26-Sep-11 12:03:55

wow loopy impressive weekend. Bank holiday here so after severasl night feeds i ejected the baby from my bedroom at 8am, announced i didn;t want to be disturbed and slept til 11. Feel a million times beter as a result.

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clarabella18 Mon 26-Sep-11 16:47:10

Screamy clingy baby and sore head is not a good combination. Don't know what's wrong, think it's his teeth just wish they'd hurry up and appear. sad

brillopads Mon 26-Sep-11 21:25:00

DH is watching footy again so I get to have a go on the laptop!
Was our last baby massage class today, Iris has received her first certificate for completing the course smile The lady who runs the baby yoga came in at the end to introduce herself, but the next intake for that isn't until Oct 21st.... and we're not too sure if we're sticking around here or maybe going to move in with my parents for some time :-/

We're seeing my sister for a day in Sheffield tomorrow, hope the sun comes out again... I have heard something on the radio news this evening about trains from London Kings Cross being 'disrupted' (where she's travelling up from ); hopefully it'll all be sorted by tomorrow morning ?

stegasaurus Tue 27-Sep-11 07:00:09

We fed DD some mushed up banana yesterday. She was 5 months and 3 days, so we are officially a bit early but she seemed ready to eat. I wasn't doing it in some misguided notion that she would sleep better after having food either as she already sleeps well when not disturbed by her teeth. She loved it and ate more than I expected on her first try. I do feel a tiny bit guilty that we didn't wait til 6 months though if that is best for her. Also, apparently she was starving hungry when I went out for 2hrs yesterday so DH gave her some EBM in a bottle. I've been telling him for weeks that she probably won't drink out of bottle after reading on here and hearing from friends how hard it is to get to breastfed babies to take a bottle, but she was fine. I guess we are very lucky. That means I have to express more milk for next week, which is annoying as even after sittting for a hour with an expensive electric pump I only end up with 1-2oz.
DH is off work this week so we will be enjoying the sunshine if I can remember where I packed away the baby suncream and sunhats when autumn came.

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pistachio Tue 27-Sep-11 22:46:30

whatwhatwhat???? I'm the last one with a velcro baby? That means sleep boot camp may need to begin in this house grin. Got her napping on my back in the day now so i can get stuff done, but you win with the cot loopy. Glad you're enjoying the book, really turns common 'wisdom' on its head doesn't it.

I took smallest two to a classical concert for babies today and my friend ended up on the Scottish news talking to the film crew. <cackle> Very glad they didn't ask me!

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loopy seem to remember the sleeping alone thing didn't really evolve, but magically happened with both, so it may not be a matter of progression. Interesting about humans not being genetically engineered for cow milk. His consultant said that most children who have an allergy will grow out of it by the time they're 3, but then it's unlikely. sad.

DS had a great few days at nursery school. Came back with a slightly dazed expression grin and physically couldn't talk for about an hour, and then only whispered. By the time we had to go to get DD1, he was back on form, took them both to the park just to exhaust them fully <<evil>>

DD2 after lulling me into a false sense of security by sleeping through the night, is now back on the every 2 hour feeds. Oh well.

pistachio got the fleece suit you recommended for when we go to Cornwall during half term. Just need to find some waterproof trousers for DD1 (5) but her height is all in her legs.

pistachio no you're not the only Velcro baby owner! DS will sleep beautifully next to me but as soon as I move away or try to put him down he wakes up. Only sleep he gets without me next to him is in moving pushchair or car. Added to that he seems to think 2.30-5am is a really good time to play and is ready to go back to sleep when DD wakes up <yawn>

Just been to buggy bootcamp for the first time. Was good to do some exercise but was very hard! Why does exercising with 1.5kg weights hurt when i lug around a baby who probably weighs more than 6!!! Think I'll suffer tomorrow.

pistachio Wed 28-Sep-11 12:49:57

ilove didriksons dungarees from viking kids is the answer. They are very big so don't size up too much. Poppers under the arms to stop them bagging too much.

clarabella18 Thu 29-Sep-11 13:05:12

Velcro baby here too. Well a part time one. He will only sleep on me during the day but sleeps great in his cot at night. Can't moan really, gives me a great excuse not to do the housework!

Well our heatwave lasted all of a day up here in Scotland but it was nice while it was here. DS2 and I took a walk to the library for our first rhyme time session. Was hood fun and incredibly busy! After lunch we went for a long walk through the park to pick up DS1 from school.

DS2 is almost rolling over and is enjoying spending time on his tummy. The teeth ( or lack of) are still bothering him a lot and he can soak a vest through with drool in less than 5 minutes. Think I will invest in some dribble bibs. His poor neck is so red and sore as I just can't keep it dry. I've tried talc, Vaseline and sudacreme he wears a bib all the time which is changed about 5 times a day but to no avail. Any suggestions?

kiwigirlinlondon Thu 29-Sep-11 23:33:10

Hey pistachio, I just saw a sign today for 'classics with my baby' and was wondering if that was what you went to and if you'd recommend it? Thanks!

My LO is 5 months tomorrow, which seems insane, although having spent an awful lot of that 5 months awake also seems like a very long time ;) He is rolling both ways (anything to avoid tummy time and make changing nappies tricky), teething with a big rash on his chin and grizzling a lot but I'm incredibly proud of this cute little boy! funny huh

Justtrying Fri 30-Sep-11 08:38:03

DD was 4 months yesterday and had her jabs, so far so good, a little tetchy last night but still slept well. We're trying little tastes of food as she is always hungry, so far apple is the biggest hit.
We have recovered from our hols, as soon as we got home she was back to her happy smiley self. Wish we'd had this lovely weather last week.
Waiting for the vicar to confirm a date for DD's christening, it may be as soon as 31st Oct so once i've got a date it will be all systems go on invites etc. DH's grandson is going to be her godfather so taking him(he's 14) to get a suit next week after school.
Starting to plan for returning to work, it won't be until the end of feb but it doesn't look like i'll get a move back to the northwest so i'll be doing lots of travelling and staying in either digs or b&b a few nights a week, so i'm formulating a flexible working proposal, to go part time, at present Hope its accepted. It will be hard enough once I start back as i'll be away for 3-5 weeks retraining. Good job my mum's offered to help and DH says he'll take some time off and bring DD down to see me.
Anyway better go, want to get DD ready to go out for the day, rhythm time then lunch at mums.

pistachio Fri 30-Sep-11 10:37:00

quick one for kiwi- this is where i went and excellent for babies, DD2 responds so well to all music. DS was good too, the concert was an hour and with lots of snacks he sat for most of it. Not bad for a nearly 3yo... If you only have a non mobile baby the whole experience would be serene and lovely!

I am back at work on Monday, poo
Working Mon and Wed in the office, Tues at home, and Thurs Fri off, for 9 weeks, then full time in the office in Dec

cowboylover Fri 30-Sep-11 21:06:04

Loopy: Bungalow is a no go as 1st builders inspection and subcidence is an issue so the mortgage company won't lend on it. But a gorgeous semi has just been reduced closer to our budget so keeping it all crossed! grin

DD is clingy and I didnt realise how much til I spend time with other people with LOs the same age. But I like it as it won't last for long so making the most of it!

Good luck with going back to work, I'm not due back til march but today I suddenly wanted to go back sooner but it will never last

Justtrying Sat 01-Oct-11 16:53:31

pistachio the concert sounds lovely, Dd loves all things musical, we go to rhythm time on a Friday, but would be great if there were similar concerts in the northwest, I know Liverpool Phil do children's concerts but they are from age 4 up, might email to suggest it. I'm thinking of getting an ipod to download some classical music for the car, at present Dd is subjected to radio 2.
elf good luck with returning to work.

soandsosmum Sun 02-Oct-11 12:43:39

Hiya! Back from a weeks holiday Devon and what a relief to be home! Although it was lovely by the sea and weather was fab, DD stopped sleeping through the night and wouldn't settle in the travel cot despite having been fine in it at home. Result was very little sleep for me all week sad

However she did learn to roll over back to front which was cool as well as responding clearly to her name and reaching to me wither arms (aw!) So proud mummy smile

Oh and we had a hilarious moment in the car where she was crying (np surprise there - any tips on her like seat?) and I could smell nasty poo farts she'd been doing for days as she'd been constipated. Eventually pulled over to see what was wrong and she was COVERED in poo! I mean, she looked like she'd been dipped in a bucket of yellow paint! Should have taken a photo but had to work out how to change her in the boot LOL

iLove - bow did your London trip go?

pistacio we find DD goes to sleep.v late after lots of socialising too. Makes for very long days eh? Good plan on your lie in smile we still have a velcro baby (love that phrase). She only really goes to sleep after feeding and on me. Will need to change at some point but can't do it yet. Too tired.

justrying Arg holidays eh? I'm just relieved to be home. Hubby and I argued lots as we were both tired and it was weird not really doing what we'd usually do on hol. I'm glad its 6 months til we have to do it again!

clara re screamy crying clingy: could be growth spurt, teeth or mental skills spurt ( thanks to who recommended The Wonder Weeks. Great book. Not sure how u tell the difference though!

brillo why possibly moving? And soon?

steg well done on bottle. We're still on trying but not taking much. I hate expressing. Big faf. But I find it easier if she's slept through and my boobs are huge first thing. I need to get her drinking expressed if I'm to do a day event I'm booked to do in nov. Ah!

As for music, my brother is a music teacher with decapo and they do sessions for babies and toddlers which look brilliant, well researched to teach children music rather than an instrument. I'm hoping he'll come and give my LO and some of her friends a lesson soon

How is everyone spending these sunny days?

clarabella18 Sun 02-Oct-11 12:59:30

soandso no sun up here in scotlandangry we had one good day and that was it, getting sooooo fed up of every weather forecast talking about how wonderful the weather is in the UK and how were having an Indian summer. Seems the forecast stops north of Newcastle!! Rant over sorry! blush

Went shopping yesterday, both DS in desperate need of new clothes. Felt sorry for ds1 though as he couldn't get a pair of jeans to fit. He's getting a bit podgy round the waist so 9-10year old don't fit him in the waist but the 11 yo is ridiculously long and unfortunately I'm no seamstress. I however had much more sucessgrin god bless sainsburys and their short leg jeans which fit me perfectly. A long time quest fulfilled!!

Got ds2 a highchair from ikea yesterday too and he loves it! Think the bumbo might be getting gumtreed as he is much happier in the highchair and he looks so much comfier too!

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soandsosmum Sun 02-Oct-11 16:53:19

Sorry clarabelle cloudy here too now (midland)

I bought some jeans in sainsburys yesterday but havent tried them on yet. I'm hoping they'll fit my long body short legs smile

kiwigirlinlondon Sun 02-Oct-11 22:08:26

justtrying we also had a crap holiday and i came back feeling more tired than when I went so totally sympathise. So depressing and I really feel like I need a holiday now! My next holiday will be to visit Nz so I'll at least have some willing babysitters which should be good

pistachio the concert looks and sounded really good. The one I saw the ad for was just in London (called Classics with my baby, I think, if anyone else is interested) but I thought it sounded like a great idea. I missed the first one but they're running them monthly until December so will try to get to at least one

brillopads Sun 02-Oct-11 22:48:55

Sainsburys for jeans huh? Ever since DD has been born I have been shopping - clothes wise- a lot more in supermarkets. I got some jeggings from Sainsbo's but they were diabolical and became instantly saggy ... maybe I'll give the jeans a try tho esp. if they're good for "short legs" smile

clara envy of you getting your LO in an Ikea high chair, I'm gagging to here! Are you starting weaning soon then? DD is (only)5 months on the 4th so I'm going to hold off.

soandso was the Hugh F-W recipe book you won the "Veg" one? Any good? I used to really enjoy cooking, but it's kindof gone on the back burner since DD arrived- I'm busy with her feeds instead! Anyone got the River Cottage Baby & Toddler book, do you rate it?

clarabella18 Mon 03-Oct-11 08:48:58

Brillo no not weaning yet but we always eat dinner as a family at the table so bought it so that he can join in, seems to be working so far and he much prefers it to his bumbo.
Sainsburys jeans are fab. I bought the slouch fit in a short leg. It sai they were low rise but they aren't. Even better they were only £16 and then had 15% offgrin

Off to see a friend and return a wrap we hired today, going to pick up some dribble bibs and a Amber teething necklace while we're there. There's also a distinct possibility I may come home with another woven as she is expecting a delivery of Lenny lamb wraps today!wink

wow. Impressed by all the babies ready to wean! DD2 is nowhere near ready and while she can sit supported, she isn't really showing much interest, so will wait.

Does anyone know why nappy rash and teething go hand in hand? hmm

pistachio thanks again for the clothing suggestion. You are costing me! wink Perfect suggestion. smile

Now, if anyone could help re: DD1 (5) who is bored at school. She is about a year ahead in reading, and the teacher is a bit anxious that she doesn't go too far ahead. Oh well.

pistachio Mon 03-Oct-11 16:15:48

ilove Glad you liked the dungarees. My DD2 is able to sit unsupported for maybe 10 seconds, and likes sitting up in her highchair. She's totally realised what we're all up to when we sit at the table, and looks quite put out about not getting any. But she's not even 5mo yet so i really don't feel in any hurry to start on solids. From a selfish POV i don't want to have to deal with the nappies grin. Got her weighed today and at 20 weeks she's coming up for 16lbs, so just long and skinny really. Heading towards the 50th centile for weight which is a big old drop. She looks like all the other babies her age now!

LOL at clarabella becoming a woven obsessive. You can keep loopy company...

I'm getting a bit fed up with expressing. Only have 20 little bottles from milk bank to fill then i think i'll quit. I won;t miss the bowl of milton permanently on the worktop and whole drawer of the freezer out of action.

Well I survived my first day at work! Everything is the same old, so don't feel like I have been away for five months at all.
Its DD birthday on Thursday, she will be six, I cant believe how fast the time has flown, it only seems like yesterday that she was sitting in the little bouncer chair that Sebastian is sitting in now!
So glad that the weather appears to have broken!! Its been far too hot.

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loopy smile.mind reader wink. She started playing up last week; talking in class, being boisterous etc. She's year 1 and on the green level, I think, she starts singing the words in the book. It's half rap, half melody. The teacher is sort of perplexed. Have a parent meeting on Thursday.

kiwi can't remember if you have other DCs? I've gone to the US with a baby, and with older DCs numerous times. Let me know if you need tips.

pistachio Tue 04-Oct-11 13:50:27

loopy your little holiday sounds fab. I need to decide when to book in a course to teach, as they are advertised months in advance. I think i'll aim for June/July. I win for part time work since i do 2 hours a week wink. I think DD2 will be fine in the car once we turn her round as the other two were instantly hsppy. We stuck it out to 12 months both times and will do the same again. We use the car so rarely that i'm not going to bother shelling out for next stage RF.

elf the time really does fly. 6 sounds so grown up.

clarabella18 Tue 04-Oct-11 15:26:01

elf my ds1 is 9 and it barely seems
Like 5 minutes since he was the size that ds2 is now.

I know ivealready raved about the ikea highchair but it really is making my life so much easier. Ds2 happily sat in it and watched me clean the bathroom this morning something I couldn't have done before! On second thoughts maybe it isn't a
Good thing. I don't have my "Velcro baby" excuse nowangry

loopy a lenny may have jumped in my bag when I wasnt looking!blush a lovely autumn in a 7 he's had a Wash and is drying as we speak, will let you know how he is when I take him For a whirlgrin

We picked up some dribble bibs ad an Amber teething necklace while we where there too. The dribble bibs are fab, DS2is a real drool monster and the back managed to stay dry even though he'd worn it all afternoon. A bargain at £2.95 too!

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clarabella18 Tue 04-Oct-11 16:55:47

loopy it's 71cm to the top of the seat. I didn't get a tray as I thought it would slide under my table. It would it the table didn't have a bloody lip underneath it! Grrrangry

Hiya all,
Can't possibly remember who said what as not easy to look back on phone but made me smile to see the mentions of sainsbos jeans as I just bought two pairs of trousers there that are a fab fit over my flabby belly and short legs grin

DS is loving sitting up at our table in the highchair too and watches every mouthful like a hawk. Made a big grab for my yoghurt the other day too!

We are still having major sleep issues. Not more than 2 hours at a time at night and we're lucky if we get 40 min stretches in the day. Also seems to have big stints of up to two hours just being awake at night. Not distressed at all just awake and smiling hmm. DH is getting p'ed off with us cosleeping but its the only thing k eeping me sane to be honest so I keep booting DH out to the spare room to sleep.

This too shall pass I guess

pistachio Wed 05-Oct-11 20:13:43

running you're not alone, i'm bloody shattered. Keep dropping things, forgetting whst i was saying, walking into things. This too shall pass as you say, but sooner rather than later please...

Oh pistachio, sorry you are going through it too

And with that the beast awakes

cowboylover Wed 05-Oct-11 21:05:45

DD likes her highchair, think it's because she's nosey!

Sleep is getting better here at it's worst it was 3 hours crying before settling somewhere between 11pm and 1am but now she goes down to sleep around 10ish with a lot less fuss smile

Tattoo being started tomorrow and I'm excited/scared but hopefully the childbirth experience will have upped my pain threshold confused

soandsosmum Wed 05-Oct-11 21:17:54

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brillo yew I did win the veg book but I've not got the book yet but will let you know. My mum bought me the toddler cook book but I've not used it yet as not weaning. All the stuff I've read suggests lots of good reasons for waiting til 6months including being able to do baby led rather than purees which I rather fancy.

Also, sainsburys jeans a no no for me. Bad fit sad

Running and pistacio we've had crazynights for about 2 weeks now and she's just getting back to two wakings. I think it was a partly holiday mix up and partly growth spurt (according to the wonder weeks, there a mental growth spurt 15-19 weeks) so hopefully those too will pass and soon! hugs to you - I felt like I was going bonfire after nearly 2 weeks of waking every 2 hours

Loopy we did try sitting in the back which worker for a few mins. She usually like music, esp a certain trance track LOL it seems to vary so much. Today she was happy in the car three times for 20 mins each time when sometimes she'll just scream the whole time. sigh. I hope she gets better at it soon!

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pistachio Thu 06-Oct-11 09:06:00

not crawling but she'll lie on her tummy and scramble round in a circle, to change the way she's facing. She is thinking about going forwards but has no idea how to get her body to actually do it! I think DS crawled at around 9mo, and DD1 not at all.

I've stopped counting loopy although I think I saw every hour on the clock last night - one wasn't even DS but DH wittering about something or other in his sleep angry

Am wondering though if something is up with DS as he did two massive greenish poos in the night. He has been a bit sniffly so maybe it's something on top of teething/growth spurt/four month sleep regression/developmental leap!!

Not crawling here but very close I think, shuffling back and forwards on belly and can almost get up on all fours. Also sat unsupported for about 10 secs yesterday - you'd think he'd be exhausted from all that action!!

I am aching all over this morning after buggy bootcamp yesterday. Ouch!

clarabella18 Thu 06-Oct-11 16:22:50

Can i join the sleep deprived?
DS2 had been sleeping through from 9pm to 7am but not this week! he's been awake at least 3 times during the night, but not crying or looking for a feed, just laid in his cot talking away to himself, kicking his legs up and down and battering the bejeesus out of the toy lion that hangs on the side of the cot! I've come to the conclusion that this too is his 4 month sleep regression, just a little late.
I'm not surprised though as developmentally he has been a busy boy this last week or so. he is almost rolling over from back to front, will do the same as pistachios LO and turn himself right round in a circle when laid on his front. He can sit up unaided (holding on to his toes) for a good minute or so before tumbling sideways and best of all he has started to giggle! he did the odd beavis & butthead style snigger before when you tickled him but this week its become a ful on giggle-fest!!! grin

loopy your ikea trip truly sounds like a mission, hope you manage to get it sorted, i'd reccomend the blow up cushion insert for the highchair too, i know people say you can stick a towel etc round them, but to me that's just more washing, at least the cushion is wipe clean!!

It's officially half term hear already! shock DS1 finished today until a week on monday, doesn't seem like 5 minutes since he started back after the summer. Haven't got any firm plans for the week as yet, going to a coffee morning event for international babywearing week, and hopefully a babywearing flash mob if the weather is kind, apart from that possibly a trip down to yorkshire. My dad is in hospital having lots of tests done to try and find out what is wrong with him. He had a partial gastrectomy ealrier this year but has now got jaundice and is itching all over. All his blood tests have come back inconclusive so it's now a waiting game until they figure out the problem!

cowboylover Thu 06-Oct-11 18:20:41

I have got the River Cottage book and it's got some good recipie ideas but I am glad I read the book by Gill or I would not know enough about baby lead to try it. I dont know when we are going to try but no plans yet!

Loopy Semi is looking good, 3rd viewing next week as DH got called out and missed the viewing but DD seemed to be happy giggling all the way around.

Any recommendations for baby clothes for tall babies? Most of her stuff is from asda but jeans are too short in the leg now. They should do Long Tall Sally the Baby grin

pistachio Thu 06-Oct-11 19:32:18

cowboy try sizing up in gap as their stuff is quite long and slim rather than boxy. 6-12 is a good fit on DD2 at the moment. My favourite trousers are polarn o pyret ones in 6-9 i think, loads of length left in them. Or dresses then it doesn't matter!

soandsosmum Thu 06-Oct-11 22:34:11

cowboy I've found next good for long baby

pistacio thanks for the Gabrielle palmer book recommendation. Reading it with great interest along with blw book.

Well, after two plus weeks of nighttime waking DD finally seems to be moving back towards fewer feeds at night with only one last night. Hoping this will give hope This too will pass to all those who are sleep deprived currently.

DD is also on the move, rolling over, changing direction and pushing herself about but backwards. Very frustrating for her as shes usually reaching for somthing. Yesterday she got herself wedged under a chair this way, poor thing!

I'm still trying to get her to take milk from a bottle, but she's not keen. Also trying to grylls DH to both let me leave her with someone other than him and take her with me for occasional work events. Any tips on helping him release his protectiveness a little?

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stegasaurus Fri 07-Oct-11 08:19:21

coowboy DD is currently wearing a Joohn Lewis babygro and the legs are much too long so maybe try there.

She hates being on her tummy so isn't interested in trying to crawl, but is sitting for a few seconds and can stand holding on the furniture for a few seconds. She loves to be held standing up so maybe she won't with crawling and will just stand and walk instead. I am quite happy for her to not start moving for a while as I can leave her playing for a few mins while I am in another room and that will end when she can move.

Eating is going well. We srarted a couple of weeks before 6m,and she loves it. We have just given her veg and fruit so far in fairly lumpy purees. She sat in her highchair while we ate dinner the other evening so I put some broccoli on her tray to play with too. Only one of them made it into her mouth to be licked but it is a good start.

pistachio Fri 07-Oct-11 08:55:45

loopy oh no, what triggered that? Is it fixable or a grow it out job?

soandso, when i read that i just thought, oh we're like that. I'll let DH have DD2 for a couple of hours at a time but we don;t leave her with anyone else ever. I take her everywhere i go that allows children though, so she does attend the odd adult environment. Just a different perspective, maybe he will relax as she gets a bit older?

Just realised we use john lewis babygros and the 6-9 do have decent legs, good suggestion.

loopy yup. DD2 is doing the 0400 thing and gets back to sleep around 0500. She then sleeps and have to wake her up for the school run. And showing zero interest in moving. at all.

Is it too late to get DD3 sponsored to raise money for charity by cutting her hair off? Sorry. Last week DS went out to the garden and turned on the hose. He then pointed it inside shock shock flooding the back room and soaking the furniture/TV/stereo/books/dogs/wall/photos. He then continued the rampage by putting sunscreen on furniture/TV/stereo/dogs/buggy.

soandsosmum Fri 07-Oct-11 12:55:50

Loopy and ilove: Ouch re hair and hose antics!

Loopy yes, I think he is over protective. Doesn't really like other people holding her although he's fine about me taking her out. My mums staying for a few days next week so I've asked him to take me on a date. He's currently thinking about it. Trouble is evenings are when she needs to feed loads so will be up to my mum to persuade LO to take expressed milk from a bottle. Might be a win win if it works.

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brillopads Fri 07-Oct-11 21:19:14

Had some good news here in the shape of DH getting £400 back off HMRC wine Hopefully now instead of grumbling about the new winter coat/ specs/ rucksack etc that he'd like he can actually get something

Seem to have another 'lazy' baby here, but I'm not in a rush for her to be getting mobile any sooner. Thanks to baby massage I have noticed that her thighs are getting ahem, chunkier which I shall take as a positive sign that she's getting stronger and will soon be ready to Godzilla all over the place.

With the sudden plunge into what feels like the depth of winter I feel the need to ask if there's any point in buying baby mittens? I'm convinced that she'll naturally chew them and they'll just need constantly putting back on again; one more thing to lose/ forget?

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BizzeeBee Sat 08-Oct-11 06:24:05

I've been trying to post for ages and not getting around to writing a proper post. I keep on writing half a post, getting distracted and then having to start again the next day.

His Lordship, The Amazing Baby Who Needs No Sleep is currently sat in the Jumperoo watching the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying live, we are up that early. angry. Actually I can switch over to the rugby now. smile If DS wants to be up this early then fine, but he can entertain himself. <grumpy> The Jumperoo and TV must be more interesting than bashing his wicker crib as hard as possible. hmm

I'm guessing that we have been doing the sleep regression that past few nights. When is this likely to pass? brew

So much to catch up on!

Highchairs: we are getting a Stokke. It was a choice between that and the Ikea one. That might seem a bit strange, but it was deciding between a good but cheap high chair or investing in a seat that goes with our furniture that DS can use for a few years.

Weaning: not ready yet and I'm waiting until we have a high chair DS is 6 months, but I'm going to order the Gabrielle Palmer book that you are all raving about! I'm wondering if BLW will be possible with DS being at a very understanding child minder 5 days a week from 6 months?

Development: DS weighed 6.2kg (13lb 13oz) at 18 weeks and was 62 cm long. He's now 20 weeks. Sitting up is progressing. He can sit using his arms as props on the floor for ages now, and can manage a while properly sat upright playing with a toy. <proud> No crawling yet during tummy time though. But very, very wriggly, active and interested in everything <fears what it will be like when he can walk>.

Growth and clothes: 3-6 months is currently fitting well, mostly John Lewis or Gap. I bought 3-6 months clothes for cooler weather, but it has been so stupidly warm I'm wondering how much wear he will get out of the trousers and jumpers before he grows out of them. The trousers are Asda and the legs seem really long on them, so it will probably be the waist that determines it. DS has almost growth out of his wicker crib so we are going to have to somehow squeeze the cot in the bedroom this weekend. The little sod angel is doing far too much waking in the night at the moment to be in his own room.

brillo how nice getting £400 back from HMRC!

Loopy oh dear about the hair. Hope it goes well at the hairdressers. Do you have clippers to cut DH's hair with? Then you could tidy it up yourself if she does it again! wink

soandso I hope you are able to get a win win with your mum getting a breakthrough with the bottle. My DH had no interest in meeting prospective child minders. He said that nobody would be good enough to look after his precious son. However, since I have to go back to work full time he is accepting it, just sticking his head in the sand.

ilove grin at your DS! You must congratulate him, that if he's going to have a destructive rampage, he might as well do it properly. Finishing the job off with suncream was a masterstroke! I fear that my DS is going to be a proper little boy with those types of antics.

Time for a cup of tea after writing mammoth post. It's also nearly reasonable hour for a Saturday morning now it has taken me so long to write! smile

pistachio Sat 08-Oct-11 10:52:13

loopy looking at your photos i think her hair will look nice however it gets cut. I like short styles on little ones, DD1 has my unruly waves and a sweet little face so a bob makes her look far neater than long hair. Plus it grows back so fast.

ilove sorry but that is very amusing.

bizzee we've now had two nights of better sleep after a month of hell. It's torture, the 4 month sleep regression really should have been sorted out by evolution by now.

i've got mitts on standby for the baby in case the winter is as cold here as last year, i'll put them under her snowsuit foldy bits. Given that last winter DD1 and DS were wearing tights, socks, woolly welly socks and about 4 layers under their coats i want to be prepared.

clarabella18 Sat 08-Oct-11 13:23:46

oh loopy she didn't half give herself a haircut didn't she! it'll be one of "those stories" that will get trotted out for years to come. i must say all your girls are beautiful, little blonde angels!

pistachio i agree on the evelotuion front! another 4:30 chatter this morning! thank goodness for weekends and half-term as we went back to sleep after DP got up for work this morning, me and both DS's in my bed, had lovely snoozy cuddles till 9:30 grin

brillo nice work on the £400! DP has a complaint in with the bank witch we are waiting to hear back whether we will get something from them. fingers crosses as i've already got my eye on another sling wink

bizzee nice to cath up on your news, hope you manage to sneak an afternoon snooze in after your early morning!

ilove sorry but your hose story really made me laugh!

A lazy weekend planned here, am wathing my frinds twin boys on monday morning so hoping the weather dries up and we can go out!

Oh, but it isn't a story. In the past week, he has: managed to turn on a fire extinguisher, broke a bottle of whiskey in Sainsbury's (why did they put it so low hmm), jammed an entire roll of toilet paper down the toilet upstairs flooding bathroom which came through ceiling in kitchen. The first I realized was the drip drip on DD2's face shock. He disappeared at DD1's school and was found in the Year 6 toilets, and then at soft play, took off all his clothes, goes up to the very top and finds that going down the slide on his tummy is a bit, um, painful. Fortunately one of the assistants climbed up and gave him a carpet piece to slide down on. He then runs around soft play like a victory lap.

Everyone thinks he's hilarious. But I notice that he doesn't get invited to other people's houses grin grin

He was quite sweet though this morning. He came this am to give DD2 Sophia the Giraffe because he thought she'd like it. smile

soandsosmum Sun 09-Oct-11 12:49:57

ILove: wow sounds like a handful or two!

Hi bizee I feel the same as you re high chair and may get both and leave IKEA at mums although after last night bust up re with Hubby re visiting them I'm not sure how often we'll be there sad

Hubby has moved from being a bit awkward to.very possessive re DD following a day with my parents. Makes me too sad to spill all here but he doesn't want to go anywhere with DD til she is 'older' and doesn't want visitors to ours 'invading his privacy' sad all in all not good. And he was really rude to my parents yesterday.sigh. don't really know how to help him but just trying not to push him as that only make it worse. sad

Justtrying Sun 09-Oct-11 14:39:05

ilove loopy sympathy in years to come you'll laugh about these episodes. soandso hugs and support in a rush now but will post more later

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pistachio Sun 09-Oct-11 18:29:00

soandso that sounds very hard. I second what loopy says that it seems like more than just protectiveness. Is it very out of character?

Justtrying Sun 09-Oct-11 19:04:35

Dd joined us at the table for her first roast dinner. I bought her an antilop on Friday its great she loves sitting up high watching what's going on. I gave some steamed carrot she seemed impressed.
Feeling rather tired, dispite Dd sleeping through she's awake at 5.30 then Its full on until she goes to bed about 7.30. I'm getting slightly annoyed with dh if he looks after Dd for 30mins he's then looking for a break for a cigarette. I suggested he might do her first feed and nappy change( he hasn't changed a nappy for 4 months) this morning but his response was he only gets 2 days off work a week and needs his sleep. I wouldn't mind if he slept but he spends half the night downstairs watching tv then wakes me up about 5 when he comes back to bed. Any way he's gone to bed I'm giving Dd her supper then I'm off to bed too. He does try to help at the weekend but to him help comes in 20-30 periods then he wants a medal for doing it. I took the liberty of having a half hour shower this morning just to get a break.
Sorry for the moan just feel a bit of a scullery maid at the moment, because I'm not working he thinks he shouldn't have to do anything round the house. Just small things like loading and emptying the dishwasher are starting to urk. Anyway Dd nearly asleep so I'm off to settle her then off to bed.

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soandsosmum Sun 09-Oct-11 22:52:58

Had a long chat with Hubby this morning and things were a bit better today. It's not a massive change from previously. our families are very different and his parents have sadly died so tricky to compare. Got to sleep now. Will update again

pistachio Sun 09-Oct-11 23:15:01

i like the short hair and i like the back wrapping. Can't do it other than with mei tai. Will need to crack it but i'm not brave enough to get myself all tangled up!

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BizzeeBee Mon 10-Oct-11 16:41:41

DS is asleep! grin So I'd better type quickly before he wakes up.

soandso like Loopy says, if it's not a big change in your DH then it is not so alarming. Even if it is not easy, if you are being sympathetic to him and trying to see things from his point of view it might help both of you.

Loopy hope you've had a better day today! Thanks for the carseat comments. I will post on that thread when DS lets me.

Justrying you have my sympathy with not much help from DH. It is so hard doing almost all of it on your own during the day and looking after DH. DH works long hours and really needs his sleep so I am understanding and don't make a fuss, and DH is grateful to me.

I played squash yesterday with some of the girls from the team I play(ed) on for the first time in a year! It was a bit of shock to the system, but really good to get back into it. DH was going to look after DS, but then his friend wanted to play golf, so DS came with me and the girls took it in turns to look after him until he fell asleep.

DS decided this morning that it was playtime after his very early morning feed. Every time I looked in the crib to put his dummy back in he started smiling and giggling. hmm And then he moved on to grunting and generally kicking as hard as he could until he fell asleep again over an hour later. Please let him be sleeping better when I go back to work in a few weeks.

DS just woken up crying inconsolably but eyes still shut. Bad dream woke him???
He' now sleeping on my shoulder so I'm guessing dream.

clarabella18 Mon 10-Oct-11 18:03:48

loopy love the hair it really suits her. Also REALLY loving your zaraenvy

justtrying we went through a similar stage here too. DP has an extremely irritating habit of leaving his dirty socks on the bedroom floor less than 2 feet away from the washing basketangry I began putting them all in a plastic carrier and hiding them until he realised one morning he had no clean socks. Point madegrin

pistachio haven't dine a back carry at all with the wrap yet. Had one try with the MT which was a bit lop-sided but I'll keep trying! Hopefully get some help at the next sling meet.

Have been giggling about a few of the baby stories on here!

Cant complain too much about DH, he's not working at the moment so taking care of Sebastian while I am at the office Mon & Wed (earlier than expected, but, with holidays, am on full pay now which helps the family bank!). He has dinner on the table (well, kitchen side) ready for me when I get home, and does help with the cleaning. It frustrates me that I sometimes have to ask him to do things, but I have decided men clearly do not see things.

Sebastian is 20 weeks on Wednesday. For when we are ready, we will be getting this we had one for DD and its really good as turns into the table and chair when the highchair is not needed. Unfortunately DH sat on DD's table a year ago and broke it, so we have to get a new one.

cowboylover Mon 10-Oct-11 23:12:35

Thanks for the long legs advice and the next ones have been great.

DD is on a strike again and won't go to bed on her own so now hysterical laughing at DH who has taken his back pain meds with half a bottle of wine and is now explaining to Fliss that I was his bird before I was her Mam so if anyone's sharing the bed later it's going to be him :-)

Justtrying Tue 11-Oct-11 07:07:53

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, think I was tired and untolerant on sunday. DD woke yesterday at 5.15 had 3 20 min naps all day but then went to bed last night at 6.30 which gave DH and I a bit of time together. She didn't wake until 5.40 this morning, in fact I think I disturbered her as I went into her room to check on her as I hadn't heard her. DH is always up not much after 5 and leaves before six for work. I don't mind the early mornings but struggle in the evening when i'm getting tired.

DD moved into her own room last week with no problems, her cot is against the same wall as our bed head and we sleep with doors open. Moved the cot in the morning and let her have a daytime nap whilst I did some ironing and she has slept at night since leaving our room, which now looks very empty.

grin cowboy DH says similar things to DD when he's giving her, her supper whilst I get tea ready.

Going to be organised tonight and make a curry this morning, i'm finding casseroles etc much easier than anything that needs last minute prep as DD needs bath, is tired etc just at the same time tea needs preparing, otherwise we end up eating far too late and getting to the stage where we can't be bothered. Had planned to make cornbread to go with home made soup last night but didn't in the end due to bath time getting in the way, after that I really couldn't be bothered, we did have fresh normal bread which the breadmaker made, just put the ingredients in in the morning set the timer and its done.

Anyway DH is taking me out on friday night, he promised on saturday after too many several beers so my sis said she'd babysit and i've booked a table at a new italian in town that i've been wanting to try for ages. smile

brillopads Tue 11-Oct-11 21:50:46

justtrying ooh hot date huh?

DD had her 3rd set of jabs yesterday which went better than the prev 2 times- altho a bit difficult to settle last night. This morning she had a huge lie-in however, tonight I put her to bed about 7ish and got on with giving myself a pedicure shock when she woke up again unhappy; not sure if it was a bit of a delayed reaction to the jabs, or perhaps teething - was quite dribbly when we were eating tea this evening. So I gave her Calpol at 9pm, and BF'd her to sleep, fingers crossed.

I listen to the radio a lot and there's been a real heartbreaking programme on this evening about children adopted into the UK from the Romanian orphanages sad I'm 31 and remember seeing them on Blue Peter when I was a kid, I'm sure we did Bring & Buy sales to raise funds for them

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pistachio Wed 12-Oct-11 10:55:33

is that her name loopy? I don;t know any of your girls' names- that's only just occurred to me!

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loopy - he just perched on the table (or rather, plonked himself down on it) and it broke. He probably could have sat on the seat though, he is rather skinny envy. DD now has an IKEA table and a chair that my sister got her from one of those christmas catalogues with her name engraved in it.

cowboy - love the DH explaining bit! I do remember being pregnant with DD and complaining about her being stuck under my ribs, and DH trying to talk her into moving out from under my ribs. She didn't listen then, and doesn't listen much now!

Work seems to be going okay and the balance is alright, but am dreading December when I am back full time as I think I'll be really tired.

Sebastian doing well, doing a little commando style crawling. Rolling can still be frustrating as he gets himself in a pickle in the cot, and still appears to prefer sleeping face-mashed-into-the-mattress-style.

I am on Blackberry so am affected by their lack of service at the moment, so have not been on the FB page for a while. Hate logging onto FB on my laptop as I don't like the format, and its a banned site at work.

Just a quick one from me. Will catch up properly tomorrow.

Despite all my 'I'm waiting until 6mo' talk. DS has been getting v agitated in his highchair so today decided to give him a chunk of banana to play with shock he was looking like this grin while squidging it and furiously sucking his fingers! Not sure any got eaten but he was so happy. I think BLW has begun!!

clarabella18 Wed 12-Oct-11 17:00:13

loopy love the poppies! My friend has an online shop called primrosebaby and has an elleville pre- order open at the moment. Am so tempted but what I really want is a flamingos. I've added a couple of photos to my mn profile seen as your not on facebookwink

pistachio am I right in thinking you go to thulamamas? Can you tell me a bit more about it?

Loving all these wriggly active babies. DS2 turned from back to front once and hasn't bothered again! Not that I'm moaning as the longer he stays in one place the easier my life will be!

We seem ( touch wood) to have come out the other side of the 4 month sleep regression. He has slept from 9:30-7:30 the last 3 nights, long may it continue!

Half term going ok went to the park on Monday, had a quiet day in the house yesterday, a friends for cake and to celebrate international babywearing week and the official opening of her online shop today and hopefully DP will be off work tomorrow and Friday so we can go out for a day and maybe have a "movie day" one day too.

DS1 impressed me yesterday, we were discussing Xmas and he was asking if ds2 would get anything from Santa. I said he would probably get a few small things as he would be too young to really understand. DS1 says " I can tell him what Xmas is all about" I was expecting lots of mutterings about presents and things, but no he said "Xmas is all about family, a time when we all get together and have lots of fun " bless him, I had a bit if a lump in my throat. grin

soandsosmum Wed 12-Oct-11 17:02:44

Ha ha running
We're waiting til 6 months but she grabbed a pear out of my hand this weekend!

Loopy loving your trend setting DD smile

Justtrying love the sock hiding trick

We're still working through the issues brought up at the weekend, while DD is really getting mobile: not crawling but rolling, shunting backwards and getting on her hands and feet on all fours, then releasing her hands and flinging herself forwards smile

soandsosmum Wed 12-Oct-11 17:04:18

Ha ha running
We're waiting til 6 months but she grabbed a pear out of my hand this weekend!

Loopy loving your trend setting DD smile

Justtrying love the sock hiding trick

We're still working through the issues brought up at the weekend, while DD is really getting mobile: not crawling but rolling, shunting backwards and getting on her hands and feet on all fours, then releasing her hands and flinging herself forwards smile

pistachio Wed 12-Oct-11 17:29:43

clara that's sweet about xmas. Yes i do go, we gossip, eat cake, and learn new songs that the babies love. They're songs from different cultures around the world, plus some in English but all with beautful harmonies so when we master them we do rounds etc. And when we mess up we laugh and start again! It's designed to be a sociable class for the mums with the added bonus of a captivated audience smile. Oh and some of the girls can sing but i can't and it really doesn't matter. Come along to the taster next Fri at CCA, or like it on FB if you haven't already.

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clarabella18 Wed 12-Oct-11 22:00:29

loopy it helps if i make them visable! wink the shop is fab, can highly reccomend the dribble bibs too, i'm still amazed at how the back manages to stay dry when you could wring the drool off the front! muffler things? the turtleneck for two? although i can;t quite figure out how that works confused

pistachio that sounds good, i know she is trying to find a west end venue, will hiopefully get along to the CCA later on this month and see it in action.

running have fun! i have put a couple of things within reach onn the table whilst we've been eating, i think the nearest we've come is sticking a carrot baton in the ear!grin
Does anyone elses baby try and drink the bath water? DS2 constantly tries to turn his head and stick out his tongue whilst in the bath, if that fails he sticks his hand in the water then sucks the drops off them. Strange child! hmm

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cowboylover Thu 13-Oct-11 16:56:54

Loopy The hair is cute! Glad she's a trend setter. My DH calls it bony club as well.

DD loves tummy time and is still hit or miss when it comes to rolling but she has started rocking with her hands and legs up so moving forward like that which is very odd to watch but surprisingly efficient when shes going across the rug.

I can't believe how quick the time is going, she will be 5 months Saturday but at least she has had the last of her injections yesterday but nothing but feeding and grizzles since.

Had our offer excepted on the semi we like so all in the hands of the solicitors now so we wait.....

pistachio Thu 13-Oct-11 17:05:57

exciting news cowboy!

clarabella18 Thu 13-Oct-11 20:19:53

Hmm think we may have started weaning. Ds2 helped himself to a chunk of garlic and coriander naan bread tonight and cried when I took it off him. So he then proceeded to stick his fingers in my rogan Josh and pilau rice and suck the curry off them. He must have liked it he went back for seconds and thirds! grin

soandsosmum Thu 13-Oct-11 22:51:54

Love the curry eating baby clarabelle
DD has started moving about by going right up.onto hands and feet then letting go wth her hands and throwing herself forwards. Also does stretch roll and twist turn combinations to get things. Is hysterical to watch

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pistachio Sat 15-Oct-11 16:33:55

everyone's on FB grin.

Sorry loops! Have had time to check fb but not here promise to catch up this week x

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clarabella18 - Sebastian is not much of a bath drinking water, but DD was terrible for it. She used to have some rubber ducks which would fill with water, and she would suck the water out of the holes (gross!)

cowboylover Sat 15-Oct-11 21:39:55

Yeh it was such a shame as the whole country really was behind them. Also so annoying when a referee has such a impact on an sport needlessly.

But I have got over it by being slightly more than pissed off at DH so if you don't mind I'm going to rant! He went out at 6.30 this morning to catch the train to the stadium saying he would see me after lunch, 3pm I had a call to say he might stay a bit longer, 6pm he asked can I come get him from the station at 7pm, 7.15pm I call as no sign of him and he missed the train but did realise I was picking him up [anger] so another hour later he calls and is at the station and needs picking up so again like a mug I put DD in the car to go and get him so obviously not super happy when I see him so he tells me it's not his fault and I have got an attitude problem [anger]

He has now passed out on the sofa and I'm keeping DD away or she will pass out from the fumes coming off him! So now I'm brandishing his bank card and a copy of Period Interiors magazine being very tempted to buy a stupidly expensive table that i have had my eye on as his way of saying sorry grin

Thanks I needed to get that out

clarabella18 Sun 16-Oct-11 22:06:06

elf eww that is pretty gross!

cowboy gutted about the rugby, you were robbed! How was your day today is DH still in the doghouse or has his bank card made up for it?

loopy you know you want to FB!grin

Me and DS2 have started with the cold, hada nice 5am wake up call this morning that woke up the whole house! I think we will be having a quiet day in tomorrow, much the same as we've had all weekend really, neither ds has been out of their PJ's all weekend!

Half term over already so DS1 back at school tomorrow, it's going to be a long half term till xmas.

DS2 has learnt a new noise this weekend, an excited squeal! Tis cute for about 2 seconds and then it starts to go right through you!

I need some Halloween help. My scout group is having a Halloween party and I need a fancy dress outfit. Did a wicked witch last year complete with green face and orange hairgrin but looking for something different this year. Any ideas? must be cheap and cheerful and practical for playing daft messy games with 40 kids!

pistachio Sun 16-Oct-11 22:50:12

cat is an easy one- ears, tail, ribbon with a bell on it, black clothes, eyeliner whiskers. I hate fancy dress, always try to avoid it if i can! We also have the high pitched noise, over and over and over.

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gingerwench Tue 18-Oct-11 11:01:25

Hi everyone. It's been a while since I've been on MN and to top it all the internet went down mid-way through my update just now!

Here's the summary:
DD is 22 weeks old tomorrow. Very giggly especially when watching DS run round the bathroom naked.

In a high chair (stokke but only because we already had one. DS refused to use it as soon as he could climb up and down it himself so wish we'd bought the antilop now!!). She loves watching us at the table and we gave her some broccoli to play with last night and she found it v interesting. BLW worked with DS so am taking same approach this time.

DD is not crawling really but can travel backwards on her tummy a few inches and has been rolling from her back to her front for a couple of weeks now. Still can't work out how to roll from front to back though so wakes up everytime she gets stuck in teh night. Not a great sleeper for the last couple of weeks.

DH is abroad for 2 weeks in November so have requested a couple of extra nursery days for DS and my DM is coming to stay for a week to help out

clarabella18 Tue 18-Oct-11 15:55:02

Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkk the stone roses are reforming!
I WILL need a babysitter for that one! gringringringrin

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clarabella18 Tue 18-Oct-11 16:32:37

It sure is! I've already put my request in to my baby brother for a ticket for the next 3 birthday and xmas's. He's a DJ in a bar called "the stone roses bar"grinwink

BizzeeBee Tue 18-Oct-11 21:06:01

Brain is broken so I can't post much except our slightly amusing story from last night.

We were trying to give DS his bottle which he said he wanted, but he was also sucking his dummy really hard and refusing to spit it out, and he couldn't work out why he wasn't getting any milk from the bottle. Eventually DH wrestled the dummy from DS's mouth so he could have his bottle.

clarabella18 Wed 19-Oct-11 09:05:38

Lol at bizzee ds. My ds spits his dummy out and shrieks at me if no milk is forthcoming!

Has anyone read the river cottage baby and toddler cookbook yet? I wasn't that impressed to be honest. I didn't feel that alot of the recipes lend themselves to the early stages of BLW. Hopefully my gill rapley book will come soon.

Feeling much better in the Clara household this morning so we're going to baby rhyme time, then maybe a trip to the baby clinic to get ds weighed if my cloth nappy voucher from the council turns up this morning, need to get it stamped by the HV.

BizzeeBee Wed 19-Oct-11 09:40:12

clarabella next to me I have my reading pile of Gabrielle Palmer, Gill Rapley (both the original BLW and the cookbook) and the river cottage baby and toddler, which all arrived in a nice parcel from Amazon. And the nice sensible delivery driver with DS's high chair has called to check that I am in before coming here, so that should arrive in a few minutes. mid-post writing edit - the Stokke has arrived!

Now I just need to read the books. From my quick look at the Gill Rapley cookbook there are ideas for the early stages. I had seen people comment that Gill Rapley is a bit too simple with some of the recipes. However, I am the person who needs to be told how to boil and egg or scramble them. Despite being confident in the kitchen, I hate eggs (except in cake or pancakes etc) so have never made scrambled eggs. For the benefit of my PFB DS I will overcome my phobia and cook them for him.

One thought I had from my quick look at the river cottage book is the early food purees can be put on toast or similar. The author of the river cottage book seems to like a mix between BLW and purees. What I like about the river cottage is the emphasis to seasonal food. Here in France the fruit and veg I get is very seasonal, so the recipes would match with what I can get in the shops.

When DS wakes up I am going to buy swimming costumes for me and DS so we can hopefully go swimming this afternoon. He was trying to swim in his baby bath yesterday which was quite funny.

brillopads Wed 19-Oct-11 20:56:48

DD is 24 weeks today. I was unimpressed by the Rapley BLW book, I felt you can get all the info it contains off the internet; but it might come in useful for handing to my mother to tell her what it's all about... unless of course having raised two children herself she BLW'd us? ...I was a terrible eater as a child.

I also got the River Cottage Baby & Toddler book; (after scratching my head as BLW is supposed to be about babies eating the same as you, but I think I'd be too worried about our use of salt etc) I quite like the look of it, but have noticed that the quotes from parents, are from parents who's kiddies are called "Jasmin" and other precocious names. Am I one of those parents?? - Mainly it's for inspiration, we cook DH cooks pretty much all of our meals from scratch, but you do end up with a repertoire, or at the very least the same thing for breakfast every day (toast!)

pistachio Wed 19-Oct-11 22:08:37

i realised that i had lost count of DD's age so have quickly flicked through the calendar... only 23 weeks on Friday. I've not bought any weaning books and it sounds like i'm not missing out on much going by everyone's book reviews!

clarabella18 Wed 19-Oct-11 22:36:56

I'm actually swaying now with doing a bit of a combo of bLW and traditional. I was eating yogurt today and DS was like a fish opening and closing his mouth every time I moved the spoon. I put a little on the tip and pounced on it and loved it. Kept trying to get more. I really don't know to be honest. DS only just over 22 weeks so still a little while to think about it. (unless ds has other ideas)

Picked Ds1 up from school tonight, very pale and complaining of a sore head, 10ml of neurofen, half an hour on the sofa and bangers and mash for tea and he proclaimed himself well enough to go to cubs. Fast forward a couple of hours and he comes home from cubs, white as a sheet, shivering and with a sore head again. I fear tomorrows plans may have to be revised!

I was planing on doing Some food shopping and some baking. Have promised to make DP's team at work some Scones as they are entering dp and I in a competition to win a wedding! blush

cowboylover Wed 19-Oct-11 23:34:30

Loopy I bottled it in the end and didn't order the table but he has been in total suck up mode since so I might just get him to order the whole set himself! He didn't even do a face when the fallow and ball paint chart out!

I think we are going to go for a combo of weaning traditional to get to try the different tastes and then when we are eating she can have a go if she likes in the highchair. Don't know if it's going to work but we will see.

I love the Stone Roses so cant wait to see them! The only gig I have been to this year is James Taylor so I need some next year grin

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BizzeeBee Thu 20-Oct-11 10:16:46

You have got to love Decathlon sports shop. Swim suits for me and DS, and a pair of pool sandals for me was 15 euros (i.e just over £10). I didn't splash out grin on a proper swimming nappy for DS because they are quite expensive and he is just at the top end of one size, so it wouldn't last very long, and the size above they only had in pink. I think a disposable swimming nappy with some little swim shorts on top to hold anything in the nappy should be OK.

We went to the municipal learner pool which conveniently is on my street. They have open sessions on Wednesdays and at the weekend. DS loved it and managed a bit of swimming so we'll be going again next week.

And we had sucking confusion again this morning. I'm putting it down to sleepiness.

And one for AIBU:
AIBU to ask DH to remove the spider I can see running around the wall at alarming speed when feeding DS at 5am? He said "I'm tired and got to go to work in the morning" and rolled over and went back to sleep. hmm So I sat there watching the spider running around, apparently in training for the spider Olympics.

clarabella please can you send some scones with jam and clotted cream my way?

brillopads Thu 20-Oct-11 12:19:08

That's right I did have a bit of a question to ask: DD has been bathing in a Tummy Tub, but she's going to be getting too big for it soon enough- how do you bathe a bigger baby? Would one of www.amazon.co.uk/Tippitoes-Standard-Bath-Blue/dp/tech-data/B003IPAU5E/ref=de_a_smtd these kind have much longevity to it? Or should I just get something I can put (like a seat) into the 'grownup' bath? -- One of the reasons I liked the Tummy Tub was because it only needed a small amount of water

Just having a quick read... loopy re duvets - mine isback on as of last week. I've tucked it under the mattress at the bottom of the bed so I can't accidentally pull it up too high (it comes up to just under my boobs smile) seems to be working altho ds still being a flipping nightmare sleepwise hmm

sorry for not nc'ing properly but just off to pick up dd

Brillo - I just lob Sebastian in the bath with me or DH. We'll have our baths and let the water cool down, and put him in with either of us.

re heating... DH/DD both run quite hot and do not seem to feel the cold. We had been trying to wait until the end of Oct to put the heating on, but DH caved and put it on today for an hour. Sebastian's hands and ears are really cold! He is warm himself (sleeping bag on) but how the heck do I keep his ears warm?!

BizzeeBee Fri 21-Oct-11 10:00:32

DS screamed for the pediatrician at his 5 month check this morning, thinking he was going to have a jab, so he was surprised and quite happy when he didn't have one. He weighed in at 6.93 kg (15lb 4oz).

No heating on here yet, but may not be long. I too worry about DS's hands getting cold with the grobag. We are still using a 1 tog, but getting the 2.5 tog in a weeks time in the next size up.

Right must do some tidying up while DS is asleep instead of frittering away time here.

clarabella18 Fri 21-Oct-11 17:50:52

Thanks loopy but it's a "collect the coupon" thing in the local paper.

postachio did you go I the sling meet at CCA today? I couldn't make it. Going to go to the south side one on Friday though I think.

DS1 feeling better but decided to keep off school again today (naughty mummy) my friend who has just opened her online natural parenting shop was having a photo shoot done for it today, so ds2 an I went along and modelled a couple of wrapsgrin the photographer also took a few shots of the boys together so hoping there are a couple of good ones I can use as Xmas prezzies.

stegasaurus Sat 22-Oct-11 08:19:58

Well, time has flown by and DD is 6 months old tomorrow. That also means tomorrow I will have been breastfeeding for 6 months, which is what I wanted - a nice 3 months to make up for the horrible first 3 months when I considered giving up nearly every day because it was so difficult and painful. She weighed 14lb 1oz on Tuesday. She was weighed by the health visitor who we hadn't seen or heard from since she did her initial visit to our house and said she would arrange to come back when we had been discharged by the midwife. She asked if I had started DD on solids, but offered no advice/ information. She appeared amazed that I am still breastfeeding but not supportive. I said I will have to stop soon to be ready to go back to work, expecting her to advise me on ways to carry on while working (which won't work with my job), but she cheerfully agreed with me and said DD will have teeth soon and I won't want to be feeding her then. It's a good job I found the breastfeeding group to support me through the first 3 months and didn't have to depend on her for help.

clarabella18 Sat 22-Oct-11 10:41:35

Hmm I think we may have to start our weaning journey a little early. Ds1 was eating boiled egg and soldiers. Ds2 swiped one off his plate and was merrily gumming away at it until I realised and took it off him. He was fine until he saw ds1 eating another bit and screamed at him until he managed to swipe another bit and happily gummed away at it again looking very pleased with himself.

He also swiped a prawn cracker at last nights tea and made a delightful messblush

He's 23 weeks in Monday so only 3 weeks from the six months guideline. Am I being cruel to make him wait those extra 3 weeks or should I just treat it as a "guideline" and let him get on with it?

pistachio Sat 22-Oct-11 11:15:32

clara, if DS seems happy messing about with finger food just leave him to it. I'm holding out simply because i want to avoid faff as long as possible. And secretly i rather like that she's all mine and nobody else can feed her. One week she'll be onto breadsticks and before i know it she'll be independent and off to uni. <irrational wail> grin.

I did do the CCA yesterday- met up with sling ladies, did some singing, bribed the older two with pizza for lunch and had a nosey at some of the exhibits. DC were all angels, and i got to catch up with loads of friends. Can't do S/S one as i'll be at music class with DS. (For everyone else's reference there was a child friendly morning as part of a human rights film festival on this weekend.)

DD2 can now sit up, all by herself, and only topples if she stops concentrating. I'm sure the others were past 6mo before they could do that but it means she can play properly without me propping her which should make life easier. I wish i had abs like hers grin.

Pub with friends this afternoon. GPs are watching the big ones and DH is having a well deserved day to himself, which he hasn;t had since DD2 arrived shock.

pistachio Sat 22-Oct-11 11:32:43

steg meant to say well done on getting through the tough bit of BF. You should be proud of yourself. Do you want to keep feeding at least partly while you go back to work or are you happy to call it a day?

I've finished donating to the milk bank- i worked out that i'd given over 160 little bottles in total. I have a lot of respect fpr mums committed enough to express when BF isn't going well, it's a lot of work.

juneau Sat 22-Oct-11 18:05:46

God pistachio - I just read your '160 little bottles' as '160 LITRE bottles'! My jaw just hit the desk, but 160 bottles of any size is bloody good - just think how many mums and babies you've helped!

We just started BLW this week as DS2 made a lunge for my sandwich in Pret on Tues lunchtime. I have to say it's a revelation. He's already tried carrots (like), apple (dislike), cheddar (like), noodles (didn't know what to do with), and cucumber (like). The accelerated progression is amazing and sooo much more fun and interesting than bloody purees. Wish I'd known about this first time around.

pistachio Sat 22-Oct-11 20:16:28

LOL I'm not a dairy cow grin. They hold 80-100mls, so more like 13 or 14 litres...

I am back at work, and still b/feeding. I express in the morning, now get 5oz. At lunch I express again, getting 10oz. And I express at night too, for another 5oz. Sebastian tends to drink between 15 and 20 oz between 7:30 and 4:30 when I am away.
At the moment he is home with DH who is currently not working. Hoping he finds something soon. We'd signed Sebastian up at the same childminders as where Evelyn goes, and I know that the childminder has turned down opportunities to mind other children on the premise that Sebastian is starting soon. If we take either of them out, we'll lose their place, and while I cannot particularly afford to keep both in c/care in the new year, I also cannot afford to lose their places as she is the only c/minder who does a pick up/drop off at our daughters school. Plus, she's an excellent cm!

i also read little bottles and litre bottles blush

pistachio Mon 24-Oct-11 15:21:54

elf that's impressive work keeping up the expressing. Does he feed a lot when you're home? Childcare seems to be a constant source of stress for most families i know- finding it, keeping it or paying for it. Sounds like a bit of a dilemma. Are you paying her a retainer just now?

BizzeeBee Mon 24-Oct-11 15:52:10

brillopads I forgot to say about the baby bath, we use a baby bath for DS to save on water. I just put it inside the big bath. DS likes it filled up deep so he can swim in it. He's not got much more room though to lie out flat in it, so he will have to sit in it soon. But it is a pain to store if you don't have much space.

DS will be going to a childminder when I go back to work in 6 weeks sad. Can't believe it's coming up so soon. It was a bit of a nightmare to find one that had a space that I was happy with. It looks like DH will be away on a business trip for the whole of my first week back at work hmm. Hopefully it will be quiet for me at work that first week since I will have to drop DS off in the morning and collect him in the evening. Elf I sympathise with your stress.

DS has now sat at the table with us in his high chair for a couple of meals. He's looking interested in starting to try to eat something soon.

How do you actually manage to rub teething gel into the gums? I put it on my finger, and before I have managed to rub it in any sense DS has sucked it off my finger with a little smile on his face.

clarabella18 Mon 24-Oct-11 17:47:50

brillo unless he's sharing he bath with one of us I just tend to give him a bath in the kitchen sink, much easier now he can sit up too.

postachio I read it as litres at first too! A very impressive amount, you should be very proud of yourself!

bizzee I have some tommee tippee teeter things, they look a bit like a cross between a huge dummy and a gum shield, I rub the calgel on that and then he chews it, it's supposed to massage his gums. Although he hasn't actually use it since getting his amber teething necklace.

Weaning going well here, will update later just off to cook tea!

stegasaurus Mon 24-Oct-11 18:22:14

Bizzee I have the same issue with teething gel. She sucks it off my finger and it's gone before I can rub it in.

I wont be able to breastfeed when I am back at work as I will be working 12hr shifts 2 or 3 days a week, which could be any day except Friday, or could be nightshifts. I expect I will leave before she gets up in the morning and not be back until she is asleep. Also, there will be busy shifts with barely time to eat or drink, so no time to expree milk even if I ever get to grips with the pump. sad I'm sad that I will have to give it up fairly soon, and having to take formula out with us seems like much more hassle.

pistachio Mon 24-Oct-11 20:11:37

steg i don;t know what job you do but a doctor friend went back to doing hospital shifts full time at 6mo and sent formula to nursery but BF when she was around. She did all sorts of random days/nights. Her baby only weaned fully at 2.5yo. Of course not everyone wants to do that, but it is a possibility so don't feel you have to stop suddenly as soon as you go back to work. It doesn;t have to be all or nothing, whatever will be best for all of you smile.

stegasaurus Tue 25-Oct-11 10:43:35

pistachio That's good to know. I didn't think the supply would cope with such irregularity. I am a nurse hence the crazy shifts and busyness.

pistachio Tue 25-Oct-11 12:31:12

from what i gather your milk works itself out, and becomes more responsive so can cope with BF some days and not others. Probably requires some emergency hand expressing down the loo while your body adjusts! It's probably worth getting more info from the BF board on here, it might be more convenient than bottles full time in the long run.. But this is loopy's area of specialism not mine so i will bow out now!

Oh, I've joined up with a friend and we're going to get some nappuccinos going in our area, very nice having a project to keep me busy. PLus it's DS's first day of preschool nursery today so all change in our household. Thankfully it's next door to the school so pick up will be easy enough.

clarabella18 Tue 25-Oct-11 12:44:39

Nappucinnos sounds good! Ds2 has his last set of immunisations today and I am taking along my free nappy voucher to get stamped. It's for £100 of tots bots 2 part nappies. I'm pretty sure however that I want pocket nappies so will sell the tots bots and use the proceeds to fund some pockets.

We have fiddled about a bit with ds2 feeding routine and it seems to be going well do far. He was previously taking five bottles a day. 4 x 7oz and a 9oz at bed time which he was taking roughly every 3 1/2 hours. Because we are introducing food I've now started to give him 4x 9oz bottles every 4 1/2 hours or so which means he is bright and alert at tea time and able to join in the fun!

Steg - not surecif this will work for you but with dd I mix fed from 4.5-9 months with bottles in day bf at night until dd dropped the bf of her own accord by finally sleeping through then not wanting milk before brekkie! Supply settled itself down once we fell into a pattern but I always had milk when dd wanted a bf. I'm planning to do the same with ds by introducing a bottle or two in the day over the next few weeks as I also go back to work in 6 weeks time (aargh!) and bf at night for as long as ds wants.

Sorry I've not been v good at posting. Sleep deprivation is killing me atm and dd is being so demanding in the only way a 2yo can be!

clarabella18 Tue 25-Oct-11 19:00:23

Ds2 had his last set of jabs today, never cried at all. HV said it was because he was a nice sturdy boy which I think was a polite way of saying he has fat legs!

Had some bad news re my dad when we got back though, have spent the evening in bursts of manic busyness with secret crying in the loo so ds1 doesn't see.

Clarabella - oh no, i hope you are ok. I know it's not the done thing on MN but have a <hug> if you need one

DS has finally let me settle him in the cot and has been asleep there for well over an hour now. Let's hope it's the start of something! I'd like DH to come back from the spare room sometime soon smile

JBrd Tue 25-Oct-11 22:34:11

Hi all, may I join back in?!? I haven't been on here for ages, don't ask me why, there just never seemed enough time to read & contribute! DS turned 5 months yesterday, I honestly don't know where the time has gone... He's a lovely, happy, smiley baby that makes us laugh every day. I think I've turned into emotional mush since he was born grin, how will I ever be able to say no to him?!?
I will try and be better at keeping up now, it's so nice to see all the people still on here that I got to 'know' from the antenatal forum!

stegasaurus Tue 25-Oct-11 22:42:54

runningmonkey I guess that breastfeeding at night won't work as I will be at work some nights and will have to leave the house just after 7pm to get there and not be home til 8.30 at the earliest in the morning. At the moment she doesn't wake for feeds in the night and I hope that continues. Also, I need to end her dependance on being fed to sleep, because I won't be here at bedtime if I work a day shift either as I won't be home until after 9pm. At least I have until Feb to work this out.

Argh, DD's christening is on Sunday and is a big stress. I go to probably the only church without a church hall and couldn't find anywhere available to hire so have ended up with the party at our house. 28 people plus babies won't easily fit in my house though. Now I have no idea who is coming and who isn't anymore as DH and his family are falling out with each other at a current rate of one a day. MIL said that she won't come if SIL does. DH was speaking to other SIL (who is supposed to be DD's godmother) on the phone this evening and the call ended with shouting and swearing and DH throwing the phone across the room. I don't know exactly what was said said but am left wondering if she will come now. DH said he doesn't want any of them there and might tell them not to come. I hope they will see that it is DD's special day and be civilised to each other for her.

clarabella Hope things are not too bad with your dad.

Steg sorry missed that! And lucky you having no night feeds smile hope the christening gets sorted soon sounds stressful.

After a good two hour stint in his cot I saw every hour last night and all three of us have been on tears this am already. Going to be a long day sad

Loopymumsy Wed 26-Oct-11 17:55:51

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Gah, I wrote a really long post on Wednesday lunch at work, and then got kicked off mumsnet, grrr.

pistachio - I'm not paying the childminder a retainer, another reason why I'd be loathed to mess her around. We just always had it earmarked as such that Sebastian would be going to her. If I have to work, I want my children with the woman I trust who I have known for six years, and who has helped so much with Evelyn's development. The childminder has been so fab, she even let us take Evelyn down to a three day a week contract during the six weeks holiday rather than five, and never charged us anymore for any missing days.

With regards to expressing, I always find it really difficult during the first few months, and when I get to 5/6 months, expressing just seems to work. I think I epxressed until Evelyn was about 14mths, and then cut down to just breastfeeding at morning and bedtime, and nothing during the day until I stopped fully at 18mths. I plan to do the same with Sebastian. He has now settled with the bottles nows, as he really detested them to begin with, but now he happily takes a bottle from DH. Point blank refuses to nap for DH, but thats another story grin.

Loopy - my DH lurves the ipad. My dad has one, which my sister got him as a thank you for helping out on all of her house renevations and decorating. My dad thinks its great, and even my 82 year old granddad loved borrowing it to play Angry Birds on!

cowboylover Fri 28-Oct-11 00:53:07

Pistachio That's brilliant! Huge well done for such especially all those babies you have helped grin

Bizzie DD either has Anbusol or just started using the Nelsons tetha powders and it really seams to be working well. I couldn't get the gel on very well either. She seams to be getting a few teeth at once but the one at the back it the most prominent so not sure if that's usual?

Clara Hugs x

JBrd Hello! Nice to hear from you so glad all is well and smiley

Loopy I love the iPad DH got me one for my new baby prezzie and I was a bit confused if I would have the time but it's great especially when glued to the sofa!
I have bought my 1st practical rain coat so feeling very grown up! We are both now very weather proof and ready for the best Wales has to throw at us smile

DD is still not sleeping well at night waking 3/4 times, taking a long time to settle and now only sleeps in the car so not doing the environment or my petrol much good but I have been stalking out my new house! On that front I have been on the property threads ect and wow there are some bitches scary and very bossy people on here so returning to the safety of our lovely May mummies x

Justtrying Fri 28-Oct-11 06:25:24

Clara hugs hope your not under too much stress.
Steg hope your christening plans all work out, its also Dd's christening on Sunday, we'be opted to have the do in our local with external caterers, but even organizing that is stressful, particularly when people don't rsvp, and why is it that families seem to fall out just before a get together. I think we'll have 50-60 guests, with my sis and dh's grandson as godparents.
Dd is five months tomorrow, with weaning going well, I know its early but she's very long, filling a m&p 6-9m baby grow already. Generally sleeps about 10hrs at night but woke up at 4 & 5 this morning when I got up but I'll let her off as her nappy was full. Have been trying to get her to wake later as I really don't want Sunday to start at 4 am after the clocks change. She normally falls asleep next to me again, after a bottle, about half 7 for an hour ish then its up for brekkie of fruity porridge.
Anyway enough from me, going to try and get her back to sleep and try and snooze to, it feels too early this morning.

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clarabella18 Fri 28-Oct-11 18:48:40

Thank you all for your hugs. Prognosis looks good so far, will find out more next week so just keeping everything crossed.

Ds2 taking to weaning like a duck to water. Started out with chunks of beg last weekend, by Tuesday he'd progressed to a roast chicken dinner, complete with Yorkshire pudding!grin some of it is definately getting swallowed (as evidenced by the nappy contents) lots of it is getting smeared over the face, bib, highchair, table, floor etc. but it's great watching him
Get stuck in. We even tried a yogurt today, pre-loaded spoon for him and some of it made its way into the mouth, although there was a snail trail of yogurt from the top of his head all the way down to his chin! Hes also doing well with water from his sippy cup, can't quite manage to tip it up fully himself but has a good drink from it when you give him a hand.

Sorry not to namecheck everyone, ds1 monopolising the laptop so I'm on the phone.

Hope the weekends clocks going back isn't going to have too big an effect on our babies sleep patterns!

JBrd Fri 28-Oct-11 22:38:00

clarabella - your weaning sounds exactly like what I want for DS! He's only just turned 5 months, but we couldn't resist and have started giving him the odd chunk of carrot or broccoli, and I'm giving him babyrice mixed with mashed up stuff in it, just to start getting him used to different tastes and textures. And he really goes for everything - not sure how much he swallows, but he's happy to stuff everything into his mouth, and some of his faces are hilarious grin. I really like the idea of BLW, but don't want to overdo it just yet... DH just wants to go for it, I'm more cautious, but it's going to be great fun. We love food, so hopefully DS will take after his parents!

Woke up with a really scratchy throat this morning, which has gotten worse and worse during the day, I think I'm heading for a full- blown cold sad. Hoping that DS and DH won't get it - DH has got a job interview on Monday, and he really really wants the job...
My mum, as always, seems to be more concerned about DS's health than mine. When I spoke to her about my cold today, all she could think of was how to prevent me giving it to the baby. She actually suggested I should wear a face mask hmm! And that wasn't the first time she's come up with that... I know it's a long long time since she's had anything to do with babies, but still!

pistachio Fri 28-Oct-11 23:38:29

hope it's good news next week clara.

jbrd, LOL at a face mask. No chance really, all germs in this household are shared fairly and equally.

Still not weaning DD2 though letting her have little licks off the spoon when i'm cooking. She just looks vaguely interested then mildly appalled, so no feeling that i need to rush things. I've had to put in an emergency order to john lewis as she's outgrown her 6-9 month sleepsuits, so milk must be doing the job ok grin. Can;t believe i'm buying 9-12clothes though, she's meant to be my little baby...

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cowboylover Sat 29-Oct-11 17:36:49

Hope your ok Loopy! Bloody cars!

Just getting ready for us all to go to a Halloween party at my friends house and can remember last year trying to find something to go over mini bump now this years it's what can I breast feed in smile

stegasaurus Sun 30-Oct-11 07:12:09

Ooh it's nice to get up early in the morning and it not be pitch dark. It's DD's christening today. The house is still not quite ready (possibly it never will be because I'm not sure what I can do to make it big enough for 28 people). I spent all day yesterday cleaning while trying to entertain DD at the same time. DH was being a complete arse for some reason and went back to bed after playing with DD for about a hour until after 3pm. On a more positive side I think all my in-laws are coming despite all their falling-out with DH and each other. I realised yesterday that I've been too busy with the christening to remember to get anything to give to trick or treaters that I know are going round the neighbourhood today. Oh dear. We can hardly pretend not to be in if there are 28 of us in the house!

Loopymumsy Sun 30-Oct-11 07:18:41

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Hi all, sorry for being so in and out of the thread.

Thankyou loopy for the hug much appreciated smile

hope the christenings went well today folks. What is it about families that make events like this stressful?! I will not go into our recent visit to inlaws or this weekend's trip away with my family but suffice to say I feel your pain!

jbrd hello! Sorry I didn't get around to texting last week and hope your cold is better, hope to see you weds if you are feeling up to it smile

we don't really 'do' Halloween either - mainly because it interferes too much with my birthday which is today grin I am celebrating in my pjs in front of yesterdays strictly! Rock and roll eh?!

I'm sorry I've not managed to namecheck properly but am on phone I will do my best to do so in the week

brillopads Sun 30-Oct-11 20:42:48

Normally for Hallowe'en I like to carve a pumpkin, but none this year as we have moved - again - to my parents for a time while DH completes his Phd. He's going to follow during the week, so topsy-turvy once again ATM.

While we're here we'd like to take advantage of on-site babysitters smile so I have a question about expressing BM - from 6 months does the breastpump need to be sterilised, or is hot soapy water enough? Also, would a bottle or some kind of sippy cup be better? DD has been EBF, so would giving her a bottle to then have to train her to use a sippy cup be silly?

Happy birthday runningmonkey thanks It was DHs on the 24th, we went into town for a look around (he's very fussy!), and guess what- it was DD who came home with a new winter coat grin

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pistachio Sun 30-Oct-11 22:11:27

absolutely right about no sterilising, SCBU doesn't require it so healthy babies certainly don't.

pistachio Sun 30-Oct-11 22:12:57

oops didn;t mean to post, i put some EBM that was about to go down the sink ina sippy cup and DD2 just thought it was a crazy idea and poured it on the floor. never tried a bottle.

happy birthday running.

clarabella18 Mon 31-Oct-11 08:41:56

Happy birthday runninggrin

Hope the. Christenings went well yesterday.

loopy hope your ok and the car not too bad. I was playing with an iPad in comet yesterday they had a very attractive deal of £24 per month but I restrained myself.

While we're on the topic of sterilising I have a question. I still steralise bottles at the moment but don't bother with sippy cups or bowls or spoons. Ds loves drinking water out of a sippy cup and I usually make a bottle of cooled boiled water up which I just transfer to his cup. When can I stop boiling it and just give him tap water?

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clarabella18 Mon 31-Oct-11 11:56:56

Cheers loopy, that's what I thought!

Thanks folks smile hope everyone is having a good Halloween, it's v quiet around here which is weird as we live in a very family filled village. Maybe my sign on the door about babies sleeping is working!

brillo love the coat. V cute!

I managed to get DS to drink some milk (ff) from a cup today so think we may bypass bottles completely which will be nice. He has now settled in his cot every evening after a big feed but only for around two hours. We are still not getting any longer stretches and I am really feeling the strain but at least he has progressed from only sleeping on or next to me smile

loopy argh it's so frustrating when you spend ages getting baby to sleep only for them to be woken almost immediately. Had a day like that last week. Exhausting! I can recommend an iPad btw, hardly even look at the laptop now although that will change once I have to start planning lessons again!

brillopads Mon 31-Oct-11 22:51:18

I haven't had DD weighed in about 10 weeks, bought Midi nappies from Sainsbos (normally go Tesco) and might have to admit that she could have used the next size up sad I don't want her getting bigger! LOL Bit annoying as I got the 56 pack too.

Is anyone here thinking of taking their LOs to any fireworks? DH & I have always gone to see the Xmas lights getting switched on in town, at the end there's always a fireworks display which in themselves aren't too noisy- they kindof synchronise them to a medley of songs. I can't decide whether it'll be too late for DD, there'll be a squillion people there etc etc. I can remember going to a proper bonfire/ fireworks display when we were kids and my little sister just crying because she was afraid of all the loud Bangs!

JBrd Mon 31-Oct-11 23:42:12

running - happy belated birthday! No Buggy Bootcamp this week, did you get the email? I wouldn't have been able to make it anyway, as this cold has now well and truly descended upon me, I feel like that walking dead.
Last night I woke at about 4am, but for the first time since he was born, it wasn't due to DS! My throat was hurting, I couldn't breathe, my teeth ached, urgh. Will definitively medicate myself up to the hilt tonight! Doesn't help that I'm trying to decorate a cake for my new niece whom we are going to see for the first time on Thursday!

brillo - we were thinking of taking DS to the fireworks in our village on Saturday, but weren't quite sure how to work that around his going-to-bed-time. In the end we didn't go because of my cold, but I think he'd like it. He's a big fan of Strictly, all the lights and sparkles grin, and loud noises don't really scare him, so I reckon fireworks should be right up his street. He doesn't bash an eye lid when DH sets the smoke alarm off while cooking!

DS is struggling with teething, I think. No red cheeks, but he is chomping away like mad at his hands and anything that you will give him, and has gone from doing 1 poo every 1-2 days to 3-4 a day! I'm slightly worried that he's not taking in a lot, normally he'll have 5-6oz per feed, but at the moment only takes 3oz (4, if we're lucky). Wondering if that's because of his gums bothering him? He's happy and smiley otherwise, but seemed quite relieved when I put some Bonjela gel on his gums last night... Hope it'll pass soon!

Lots of trick&treaters today, I don't like this, so I let DH do the honours at the door - he loves it. He loved showing DS off, who didn't go with the spirit and stayed his happy smiley self rather than giving a scary performance. I wonder what the trick&treaters would do if you handed them a screaming baby... grin

Right, I need to go and find some drugs and then go to bed...

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Justtrying Tue 01-Nov-11 08:38:53

loopy hope your car is fixed soon.
Christening went really well, dd behaved like an angel and all family differences were put aside for the day. Only problem is dd now has a red patch on her eyeball, it looked like an ulcer at teatime yesterday but is just red this morning, have got a doctors appointment later this morning fx its nothing. She did enjoy cuddles with all and sundry on sunday so who knows what bugs she was exposed to.
We are planning on going to a friends on saturday she has a big firework party, but may now be spending the weekend in scotland, my company want volunteers to relocate something we have been considering for a while, but it would mean dh retiring and moving away from my parents who would be childcare if we stay. So i'm trying to get our house valued to see how much we can spend on a new property which has to be at least as big as ours. Anyway i've been looking at some houses but until we visit the areas don't really have a clue where we want to be, plus i like the idea of a new build for minimum work, whilst dh fancies something with a bit of character, and just typical of my company they need volunteers within the next 2.5 weeks.

clarabella18 Tue 01-Nov-11 09:13:29

Hardly any guisers last night so between what I bought and DS1's haul I have a fridge that resembles willy wonkas chocolate factory. Ashamed to say I've already raided it this morningblush

Waiting in for a tumble dryer today, it's coming some time between 8 and 6. It's a nice dry bright day here today so you can guarantee it won't turn up till nearly 6 so ds2 and u will be stuck in all day.

BLW still goi g great hrs had all sorts of things and hasn't rejected anything yet, here's hoping he isn't going to be as fussy as his brother!

We're thinking of going to a fireworks display on Saturday, was planning in putting ds2 in the wrap so he is nice and high and can see everything, it's only a five minute walk away so if he doesnt like it he and I can come home an ds1 and dp can stay.

Running, where abouts in Scotland are they looking to relocate you to?

clarabella18 Tue 01-Nov-11 09:13:59

Oops meant justtrying not running, sorryblush

loopy let me know if you get any useful tips.

Well after another awful night and me reaching breaking point today Dh has taken 3 days off to see if we can get ds to go a bit longer at night. planning to see if dh can settle him with pick up put down technique if he wakes sooner than three hours from last feed... Figured if it's awful at least dd is at her cm's so we can sleep in shifts during the day! And if it doesn't work at least dh can take dsvoff for some long walks so I can try to get some naps in.

Glad christening went well justtrying and hope eye is ok. Exciting stuff re potential move

Well, that was a crap half term grin. DH loaded the estate car, complete with roof rack and announces that there isn't room for me and the kids hmm grin. A friend very kindly lets us use her house in Cornwall so we have to bring bedding/duvets/travel cot/waterproofs etc. And the dogs took up quite a bit of space in the back, sooooo, me and the DCs took the train to Bodmin. Yes, it was awful. yes, I was the one who ordered a Vodka and tonic at 08:00 if you must judge grin.

DS was a nightmare on the train, although it would have helped if the guard had closed the door to the electrical cabinet hmm. 3 year old boys and fuse boxes are a bad bad combination and if you were on the train, sorry about the loss of overhead lights blush.

But Cornwall was brilliant and I ate far too many pasties.

DD2 just isn't ready for weaning in 2 weeks when she turns 6 months. I spoke to our health visitor and she said not to worry, but if at 6 and a half months she still isn't ready, to go into the surgery for liquid vitamins.

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Loopy that's brilliant! grin sorry about the car though. Dd hated the car too until we got a different seat which made her higher up so she could see out of the windows (still rf). Ds is much happier in it too but he usually whinges until we put music on. A cd called lullaby works best but he seems to like a bit of blind melon too smile

well we had a hideous evening. Ds eventually settled in cot at 9pm and slept until 2!!! shock I was awake from 1 though as I was v engorged and uncomfortable. He settled back to sleep at 3am and woke at 5.30 and he looks lik he is just going back off to sleep now. Much much better smile

stegasaurus Wed 02-Nov-11 07:02:07

Christening went well here too, mostly thanks to my mum who did most of the food and helped me sort the house out. DD was very well behaved, considering she had to be in church for 2hrs, as we had to be at Mass too. She loved being the centre of attention! My MIL did come but the SIL who has fallen out with the rest of the family didn't. We were invited to a bonfire at in-laws' house at the weekend so things are presumably sorted with them.
TThis week I have got mastitis. That hurt like hell on Sunday and Monday but seems to be getting better. I did go to the dr yesterday and got some antibiotics but might not take them if it carries on getting better by itself.

Justtrying Wed 02-Nov-11 07:57:38

DD's eye is just a scratch which should heal within a week. Also suffering with a bit of sleep regression here, think its teeth related. DD settled early at 6.40 last night but up at 11.15 not really hungry but chewing her fists then DH's alarm on phone went off at 4.40 as he hadn't changed the clock hmm which woke her again, she went back to sleep about 6.15 awake at 7 now back asleep again, yesterday she slept until I woke her at 9.30 for doctors so meals were all out of sync so will make sure she's awake for her normally brekkie today as we leave for swimming at 10.

Clara if we move will work from edinburgh airport so want to be within 30 miles or so, currently thinking perhaps north of the forth on the coast or glenrothes way, but then again there are some nice houses near Lanark which would be an hour closer for my parents to visit. I think we're going to go up at the weekend and have a look at different areas. House being valued this afternoon, hope we're not in for a nasty shock as to what its currently worth.

Time for me to sign off and try and catch a few more zzzzzzzzzzzs

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Justtrying Thu 03-Nov-11 07:54:17

Loopy I think DD must have scratched her eye, but its much better now, thank you. Better night on the sleep front too, DD went to bed at 7 and slept until 4.40, had a bottle then went back to sleep once DH went to work at 6. But instead of getting my head back down i've been on laptop looking for houses in scotland. I think we're going up for a look see on sunday/monday. I'm not convinced we will move but we are weighing the options up.
Ideally i'd like to stay in the northwest (currently live just outside liverpool in a large 3 bed house that we have got just how we want it) but work wise I moved to birmingham nearly 2 years ago for promotion on the premise i'd be back in the northwest within a year but it hasn't happened nor does it seem that likely even if i accepted demotion just to get back, whilst i was in brum i rented a flat and DH and I both travelled a lot to spend some time together, this isn't really feasible with DD. The company are over staffed in brum and the northwest and are asking for volunteers to relocate to edinburgh they will meet some of the costs so it might be an opportunity for the three of us to be together as a family, DH is aiming to reduce his workload to 4 days a week from next week and down to 3 in the new year with a view to doing next to nothing once I return to work, he's been trying to retire for the last 5 years but work keep offering him one last project, however a bit of a health scare has forced him to make a stand. So who knows what will happen.
Must go and make DD some brekkie she's awake again and shouting!

BizzeeBee Thu 03-Nov-11 12:50:30

I'm trying to catch up after a long weekend in England for the Christening (funny how our little group had several Christenings on the same day). We had 50 people come. DS, who loves being the centre of attention was perfect. He didn't even cry when he had the water poured on his head! We saw lots of our friends for the first time since DS was born, so it was really good for us. Now I need to tackle the thank you cards grin.

DS was a little angel on the plane again, looking suitably cute when it was required of him!

The pushchair didn't arrive at Heathrow, which was a real pain. Surprisingly, BA had brand new cheap pushchairs to let us have, but they had no recline so weren't suitable - they had run out of ones with recline apparently. Anyway, we managed without pushchair the next day by using the sling. However, DS does not sleep in the sling, so he had to sleep in DH's lap when we were in a restaurant for lunch! Happily the pushchair was delivered later that evening, and had apparently made it to Heathrow on the flight, but somehow not found its way on to the baggage carousel. hmm

Justtrying good luck with the relocation decision. I had to make the decision to relocate us to France in a short time and it was really hard.

Loopy you are brave going for pasta-bol already.

steg hope the mastitis clears up soon. It's not nice. Make sure you take the anti-bs if it doesn't improve (wise words of wisdom from someone who didn't take anti-bs with mastitis because we didn't think I needed them without fever etc, and then ended up with an abscess).

We started BLW yesterday even though DS is only 23 weeks. At the weekend he was sat in his highchair at the table getting very grumpy at not having some food, and my mum thought that he was ready.

Yesterday I lovingly prepared him pear for breakfast and some veg for lunch. Both times he prodded the food and then screamed until he was removed from his highchair grin.
Today has gone better, and he put some carrot in his mouth with a little smile on his face. I think I need to cook it a bit softer because he sucked it for ages, but wasn't able to 'eat' any of it. smile

cowboylover Thu 03-Nov-11 18:27:20

Ilove: how was Bodmin?
We are booked into go for New Years for the week so I'm looking forward to it.

I am so confused with what to do with weaning. DD is very interested in food and will try steal off our plates but will not accept anything off a spoon so maybe BLW will be the way forward but I have read the River Cottage book but none the wiser!

Glad all the christenings went well, I find family events so stressful! We will not be having DD christened but are going to have a big family party hopefully in our new big garden on the bank holiday.

Also arranged by back to work date and bought it forward by 6 weeks to 6 th Feb so not long now! I feel a bit guilty but I am really looking forward to as long as I can get DD to take food and drink from someone else smile

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pistachio Fri 04-Nov-11 09:18:12

loopy. DD2 is getting a new bowl and cutlery, just becasue they're nice, a few weenotions nappies. loads of bubble baths, socks, and one main present which will be this blocks

Justtrying goodluck with the househunting and devisionmaking.

Loopy yes much better nights here since Tuesday thanks! Ds gas done one 4-5 hour stint each night at varying times so I feel like a new woman!! hope yrs have continued to improve.

Glad yr christening went well bizzee

cowboy I second what loopy says. I am a massive fan of blw but in reality we did a mix with dd and are doing the same with ds. He was getting mega grumpy because he couldn't quite get food in quick enough himself so have gone with mush on a spoon as well as veg chunks etc. He grabs the spoons, licks em clean and throws them to the floor when all traces of food are removed!

Re Christmas - sorry can't do links on phone but we have ordered ds some 'hide and squeak eggs' as I remember dd loving them at a friends place and they were cheap on amazon smile Have also got him a set of three wooden trucks. Love your bowl and cutlery idea pistachio so am going to copy that smile other toys which were a big hit with dd and are proving the same with ds are a set of magnetic stacking bugs (will look up their name later) and an activity stacking thing which came from john lewis.

ugh I hate typing on phone but am trrapped under sleeping ds so going to hit post now cos this has taken forever to type! Have a good weekend all

I'm bloody knackered!! Been at work for a full week (first one since going back) and I am worn out.

Slight panic as DH has been offered a job, to start Monday. Bit odd and vague, but I've had to try to sort out childcare for Sebastian, as he can't go to our childminder until the beginning of December. Luckily my sisters can do some days, and I had a few holidays booked anyway, so just need to sort a few more days out. Going to be knackered running around everywhere, but only until December. If DH gets there on Monday and its rubbish (though an agency, so at the mo he knows nothing, they just hired him from his CV!) then he'll not do it and be back looking after Sebastian, but if it works out, will be a weight off the mind re money.

Sebastian is doing well with the weaning, but oddly only really eats when I am around. He's loving some porridge I got him, its "Plum four grain super porridge" and he seems to really like it. (Dont ask me why but I always end up with packaged breakfasts even though I manage to do everything else fresh). He really likes avacado, banana, apple, sweet potato, carrot, cauli/broccoli mix. Got him some butternut squash for next week.

Sorry for not name checking.

JBrd Fri 04-Nov-11 21:34:49

I haven't even started thinking about Christmas presents yet... TBH, I'm not sure if I will get anything for DS, after all, he doesn't understand the concept yet and will be just as happy playing with wrapping paper! Although I came across Trousselier music boxes in a shop recently and was sooo tempted - they are mega-cute! I might get one for myself, just because grin

We went to see the newest addition to the clan yesterday - my SIL & BIL have had a little girl last week. She is teeny-tiny! 6.5lbs, she weighed nothing! DS (exactly 5 months older) look absolutely gigantic next to her, it was scary! But sooo lovely... Think I might be getting broody again shock

I still haven't been able to shake this cold, it's been going on for a week now and doesn't seem to get better at all! Wednesday I felt as if I was on the mend, but by last night I was back to being a coughing, sneezing, spluttering mess, and today I felt completely rubbish. Will drug myself up now and go to bed! If we are in any luck, DS will repeat his performance from last night - he slept from 9pm through to 7am! Ok, he woke once, but settled himself back to sleep (by singing and talking), so in my book that doesn't count! Fingers crossed...

I have nearly finished my Christmas shopping, and wrapping grin. I've got Sebastian one of the v-tech crawl and learn ball thingies, and a stacking set here. Not getting anything else. Family have got him some clothes, as he's just got into 6-9mths clothes now.

stegasaurus Sat 05-Nov-11 07:26:25

Elf I'm jealous. I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet. We are only getting DD a few small things as she doesn't need anything. I am thinking of getting a new dress for Christmas Day, some books, toothbrush and toothpaste which she is likely to need by then, bubble bath, maybe a small toy. My mum got several relatives to put together to buy her a Jumperoo, which she has had already to maximise the use she gets out of it, and she loves it. DH solved me a problem by insisting he needed a Kindle when we saw them in Tesco yesterday and saying it could be a Christmas or birthday present from me.
I got the 6-9m clothes we have inherited from my niece, who is 7m older than DD, out of the attic yesterday, and discovered a few 3-6m size things that had been left in the wrong bag, so she will be wearing a couple of lovely dresses over the weekend to get one wear out of them.
This week DH has been "working from home" (not seen much evidence of work) so we have been able to have an early dinner with DD and all eat the same meal which has been lovely.

BizzeeBee Sat 05-Nov-11 10:13:41

Super quick post 'cos I'm supposed to be doing a massive cleaning blitz on the kitchen at the moment.

V jealous at having presents bought and wrapped already! We have got DS a Fisher Price shape sorter thing and a couple of cars. I'm asking for clothes and books for him from relatives.

BizzeeBee Sat 05-Nov-11 10:14:06

Hope DS doesn't read my post and have his surprise spoiled!

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clarabella18 Mon 07-Nov-11 17:51:11

Sorry for the absence. Been down home visiting my dad who is back in hospitalsad good news is though that it's operable and he is booked in on fridaygrin
It has been an incredibly stressful 2 weeks, I've hardly slept and the slightest thing has sent me over the edge into floods of tearsblush hopefully everything will be ok by Friday and we can start looking forward to Xmas.

On the Xmas front I haven't even started yet, ds1 is getting a gamer chair to play his X Box from. DS2 is just getting a few little bits and bobs, as others have said, he has no idea what all te fuss is about really it's so tht ds1 can see him get a few things. Mum and dad have got him a walker we'll just get him a couple of things like a shape
Sorter and some blocks maybe a bear from the bear factory as ds1 got one for his first Xmas. If DS2 is anything like his older brother he'll spend the whole I Xmas week in a box! Ds1 cried when we took him out of it!

We weighed ds2 whilst as my parents he was a little over 17lbs no wonder I have biceps like arnie!wink BLW is hit and miss, mostly he misses his mouth and hits the table a lot with his cup! grin still waiting on the gill rapley book coming in to the library desperately need some ideas for him.

We also got our delivery of free cloth nappies courtesy of the council last week. 10 tots bots bamboozles a wrap a roll of liners and 5 extra fleece boosters. Not bad for free, total cost to buy new would be over £120! Have tried him in them for a couple of days before we went home, I do like them although I think I will sell most of them and buy pockets instead.

Phew epic update from me, sorry not to namecheck I'm in the phone with a sleeping ds on my chest!

Mooja Mon 07-Nov-11 19:13:46

Hiya I'm going to sneak in to your thread and hopefully make some new friends smile
I've been on Mumsnet since October last year but never joined an antenatal thread whilst pregnant with DD.

So I have one DD who was born in May this year smile

Yay! You found us smile welcome to the thread.

Hello everyone else btw!

Clara - glad your dad will be ok

bizzee- your post about your ds Reading your post made me laugh. I have visions of you teaching your ds to read via mumsnet grin

am impressed with the crimbo organisation. Did a load online last week and will pop into town for rest thix week I think. We're doing secret Santa for my il's side of thefamily and I drew mil!! Need some ideas for something nice for around £25...

Mooja Mon 07-Nov-11 19:55:10

I am going to attempt to read the entire thread and get to know you all a bit...could take some time. Especially as DD had just cut 2 teeth and is refusing to go to sleep at the moment.
My poor head!

pistachio Mon 07-Nov-11 22:41:26

Hi mooja. I'll make it easy for you, I have 5yo DD1, 3yo DS and DD2 my May baby. I'm a SAHM but i teach NCT classes (or will when i write my final essay and actually qualify!) and starting up cloth nappy advice locally. I'm one of several Scottish ladies on this thread.

clara, will be thinking of you as i'm sure you are still stressed about your dad's impending surgery even though it's fixable. Jealous about your free nappies, we don;t have that here. Grrr.

DD2 still not interested in food, had a few tastes and spits it out again. Suits me, less effort. We're trying to get her into her bedside cot so there is room for DH in bed but ir's a slow process.

cowboylover Tue 08-Nov-11 00:25:04

Clara: thinking of you and your dad.

Thanks for the weaning advise, I have started doing a bit of a mix and working so far. DD even took a spoon today smile she won't do it on her own but will when I'm eating my food so really enjoying it.

I had a call from work and I have been invited to interview for a promotion role so I'm pleased that my time off has not held me back but now a little scared that I have not worked since march and now interviewing shock

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Justtrying Tue 08-Nov-11 06:45:55

mooja welcome, Clara will be thinking of you and your dad on Friday.
Good luck with the interview cowboy.
I'm very impressed with everyone's crimbo prep, I have one little pressie for my sis so far. Haven't a clue what anyone else is getting, but cash is a bit tight so will have to be inventive.

Dd is teething and has only slept through once in the last 10 days, her tummy is really unsettled too, didn't give her any solids yesterday just milk to try and settle it. Of course it hasn't helped having to be in car seat whilst we went to Scotland house hunting. Even though I took plenty of clothes for her we had to buy extra baby grows on way home. One of the homes we viewed was owned by a health visitor who suggested teethingpowders so trying them at the mo. House hunting didn't go too well, we found one possible house but it wouldn't be a permanent move as the garden was too small, has a railway line at the front and secondary schools not appealing. However when we got home there was a letter from work approving my part time, so after a consolidation period (don't know how long yet) I'll be working5 days on 5 days off. So I think we'll stay in Liverpool, with me staying in a b&b for work, I still hoping for a move back to the northwest and will accept a demotion to achieve it but it depends on the commercial needs of the company.

Well bit of an epic post on phone so i'll concentrate on giving Dd her bottle.

Mooja Tue 08-Nov-11 18:12:10

Thanks smile
I can relate to teething/feeding/sleeping woes.

DD (Maya) has just cut two teeth, the front bottom two, but I suspect there are more lurking. She's been a lot more clingy recently so I think she is starting the whole separation anxiety thing, which coupled with the teething is making for a very tired mummy. Can't leave the room without her screaming unless she is thoroughly distracted by something noisy so she doesn't see me leave.

From about 4 months we've had her in bed by 7, and she would sleep until about 2, but since she started cutting teeth she has been much more difficult to settle, and hasn't slept as long. I put her to sleep kind of on her front last night (when she finally went down) and she slept from 10-4, when I woke her up because I was paranoid that she would smother herself, she seems to prefer being face down rather than to the side hmm but if I hadn't disturbed her by moving her she would have slept longer I think.

She's been on solids for a while, now will eat a whole jar of baby food in one go and sometimes more. We've been giving her the organic jars, but I've also started making stuff for her now, I wasn't too confident in giving her stuff I'd made to begin with, but now I know what she likes and what consistencies etc, I feel better about it. She loves grated Apple with Rice and Milk, and also Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato & Coconut, and also Carrot, Sweet potato and Courgettes.

I've started giving her finger foods as well, first ones yesterday, although she has been grabbing food for a while. I put her in the highchair and she ate half a rusk (we didn't realise how bad they are so just used up what we bought but aren't buying any more...I feel they're a bit misleading but hey ho), and a big chunk of banana. Today she's had a rice cake. Very messy, but she loves it. I don't think she would be satisfied without her veg smush as well though. Starting to make that a bit lumpier to see how she goes.

I did breastfeed, but early on introduced a bottle of formula as she was never satisfied. I love breastfeeding, though I feel it is coming to an end for us, as the formula has slowly increased. I only really breastfeed at night now sad
Had to give her less formula in one go now as she drinks it all the brings it back up. I don't think it's reflux or anything as she's not in pain, I think she just doesn't have the room for it now, so she has less more often, and more water as well.

Whew! Mammoth post there.

cowboylover Tue 08-Nov-11 18:48:38

Mooja: sorry I didn't introduce myself last time! My DD Felicity was born May 28th and my 1st child, we live in South Wales and in the process of buying another house.

I have posted on the work section but wondered would love some input from those who 'know' me best (sorry it's long)

I was working full time before I went on maternity leave and have decided to return after 11 months off.

Financially I don't need to go back but would like to and my company has offered me 3 days a week in my old role which is great because I get to have more time at home than work but......

I have been asked if I would like to interview for a promotion role but it do decide to interview it means working 4 days a week but in a job I would really like to do?

I know I have to make my own mind up but has anyone been in this situation and what did you do?

The things I'm concerned about are;
If I do it; Spending to much time at work, Missing out on being with DD and taking too much on as we are also buying a renovation house.
If I don't do it; Regreting it as it might not come available again for a long time and resenting the more basic role?

Argh that was longer than I thought it was going to be!!

Loopymumsy Tue 08-Nov-11 20:04:38

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Sebastian went to sleep last night at 7, then work up at 10, then 12, then 2, then 4, then 6. Am so bloody knackered. He goes back to sleep fairly quickly but its just exahusting having sleep broken like that. Add in the fact I'm now full time at work (which always takes me a while to adjust to) makes for one tired momma. I had all day training today (and tomorrow) which made it hard for me to concentrate. November is going to be hard, as DH has just got a new job (yay) but I'm having to ferry Sebastian to the people who have very kindly agreed to help us our through Nov. My sisters have both asked to have him a few days, my mum too, and my sister in law. I have a few days off myself, and a friend of ours is doing the remaining days (six of them). I'm really grateful because its meant DH could start the job which he would have lost if he hadn't been able to start immediately. It just feel like a lot of running around for me. And when I'm home, then theres the sandwiches to make, and homework for DD, etc. I think its going to be a while before I start studying for my exams again. (Must have known Nov was going to knacker me before, hence all the Christmas shopping in September, lol).

mooja - welcome. I have a son, Sebastian, who arrived on 25th May, and a daughter, Evelyn, who was born October 2005. I live in Nottingham.

cowboy - personally I would take the job. After I went back from maternity leave with Evelyn I was promoted in my team, which involved extra responsibilities, but I managed to keep my hours at what I'd negotiated on my return to work, which actually hadn't been a reduction, more a change in the timing. Instead of 9 til 5:15 mon-thurs and 9 til 4 Fri, I do 8 til 4 everyday, which means I get home by half four even after factoring picking up the kids which works a lot for me. You can always apply for reduced hours if you find it is not working, and if that doesn't get accepted, you can look elsewhere while working the extra day on the extra pay. Am probably not making a lot of sense, am tired grin

Mooja Tue 08-Nov-11 21:41:37

I don't know you very well cowboylover but I agree with Loopy.

soandsosmum Tue 08-Nov-11 22:17:59

Hi and welcome mooja

We started blw on Friday and most meals she just has what we have but in finger chunks. So far chicken leg and apple+ cheese on toast went down best but it seems to depend on if she's in the right mood.

For those wanting blw food ideas, grill toast one side then add mix of grated apple and cheese and grill. Went down well with mummy too ;)
Sorry for no name check on phone.

stegasaurus Wed 09-Nov-11 07:48:59

DD has been really unsettled and not eating or sleeping well for the past few days. She has been sleeping through for the past few months so the broken sleep, uncomfortable nights with her sleeping next to me and 4am waking has come as a bit of a shock. I'm not sure if it is her teeth as she isn't chewing her hands or dribbling anymore than usual. I think she has been constipated too, but we can't get her to drink water with her meals. She appears to drink from her cup (especially if I take the lid off so it is an open cup) but then just spits it out/ lets it dribble out. I don't know what to do about that. DH tried giving her water in a bottle as she will drink EBM from a bottle when I am not there, but that didn't work either.

Hi mooja I am an imposter on this group as DD was born on 23rd April but she was due in May so this was my antenatal group and I stayed. Welcome to the group.

Oo soandso that sounds yummy. Think DD will like that too so will add it to our lunch menu for next week!

steg does she have a cold? DS has been unsettled (well more than usual) and then yesterday both he and I woke up with horrendous colds. I think apple is supposed to be good for constipation in lo's

Mooja didn't introduce myself did I?! I have a DD aged 2.5 and a DS who was born in the middle of May. Am a teacher and live in Cambridgeshire.

cowboy I also think you should go for it. After DD I went back to work for three days a week to a job a love. Since going part time however I have missed out on three potential promotions and although I love spending time at home with DD and now DS I do feel the teensiest bit of regret about one of the promotions in particular as I know I would have had a good chance of getting it if I had been full time but it wasn't something available to me on a part time basis (and it was in a direction that I would like to develop my career).

Elf sending soothing sleep vibes to you for this evening. I can barely cope with a similar waking pattern and I don't even have to go to work yet.

loopy re the car - you've probably tried this but have you got a mirror so she can see you? My friend swears by hers even now with her two year old rearfacer.

MIL well, she likes cooking so was thinking maybe some baking equipment and a cookbook but not sure?! Anyone got the british bake off book? is it any good?

clara hope you are ok.

Well as mentioned above DS and I have stinking colds. On the plus side, propped up the end of his cot as he was so snotty and he slept from 9.30 until almost 3am shock. I was wide awake from 2am though and then didn't go back to sleep until after 5 sad lots of things going around in my poor pounding head as I have officially given notice to return to work on 14th Dec and am nervous about a hospital appointment I have on Sat morning. DS fed at around 5 ish and then we all fell back to sleep until 7.30 - DH forgot to set the alarm as we have all been starting our days at about 6 and so he and DD were very late leaving this morning!

We are officially mix feeding now which I feel a bit sad about but its necessary as DS has his first settling in session with the CM on Friday morning! He still won't take a bottle but will happily drink milk from a sippy cup (v messy) or an in-between valved lid thing that fits on our tommy tippee bottles. Going with it as it means we won't have the battle that we had getting DD off a bottle - sorry just realised I might have said all this before but can't find the post if I did!

Right going to hit post now as this is mahoosive. Hope everyone is ok smile

Mooja Wed 09-Nov-11 15:44:04

I'm liking the sound of cheese and apple on toast too...might try DD with some tomorrow.

Mooja Wed 09-Nov-11 15:44:23

Thanks for all the introductions btw smile

cowboylover Wed 09-Nov-11 16:27:12

I don't know about DD but I think I would like to eat that!
What sort of bread do you use for the toast? Sorry if a rookie question.

Those doing BLW what was the first food they tried?

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Mooja Wed 09-Nov-11 18:26:05

Oh dear loopy, doesn't sound like you're having a good evening!
Good point about the salt, I never thought about that in bread. Luckily she hasn't had any yet.

I'm not doing blw but the first thing I gave dd to try was just a chunk of banana, she prefers the rice cakes though, possibly because they're good to chew on while she's teething and also less slippy so easy to grip.

Just put DD down...it was too easy compared to the last few nights so I'm predicting that there'll be a tantrum in less that 30 mins hmm getting fed up. I'd just got my evenings back and now she's decided she's not going to sleep before 10 again!

loopy saw your advice on other thread re: ebf post 6 months. She just isn't ready. I spoke to my H/V and she seemed fairly relaxed about it all, although should go in for vitamins for her if we go past 6.5 months. The others were grabbing food at this stage.... problems with 6 yo?

Loopy - I'll trade your 6yo for a 2yo if you like??

Cowboy - banana both times and then avocado and sweet potato. cucumber wedges went down a treat too mainly I think because they were cold on teething gums smile

ilove - haven't seen the other thread but so you know you're not alone smile my friends son didn't 'get' solids until nearly 8mo (when mum was beginning to fret tgat he would be ebf for life!) but then went from nothing to eating like a horse in the space of a week.

Sorry, typos and lack of capitals and bold a plenty there. Lucky I'm not an English teacher, hey!

Mooja Wed 09-Nov-11 20:01:50

DD won't stop screaming as soon as I put her down sad I've tried everything, fed her, winded her, rubbed bonjela and anbesol on her gums, given her nurofen, gripe water.
I don't know what else to do.

I cuddle her to sleep and as soon as she hits the mattress she's wide awake and screaming again. She's screaming in her cot right now. I feel like crying sad

Going to give her some calpol and try and get her to sleep again.

clarabella18 Wed 09-Nov-11 20:09:06

mooja hi and welcome. I've 2 boys, a 9 year old and my may baby. I live in Scotland but hail from yorkshire and I'm a civil servant (yawn!wink)

Re BLW ds2 first food was garlic and coriander naan bread blush he stole it from my plate. His first proper food was roast sweet potato, we have rapidly moved on and tonight he had sausage mash and carrots. I've been a bit lax in feeding him regularly, somedays he gets food 3 times a day, other days it's only once. It just depends what were doing in a particular day.

Thanks for all the best wishes re my dad. Op has been postponed as he wasn't well thus weekend and was taken into hospital, but at least it's operable!

cowboy I think it was you asking for job advice? (sorry if it wasn't I'm on the phone!) that's a tough decision to make, as others have said you could try for it, hopefully get it and re-negotiate your hours at a later date if necessary.

I'm going into work tomorrow to talk to my boss about my return. I'm not going back till end of jan but need to give HR 8 weeks notice. I'm hoping to go back part time as we have had a bit of goo fortune re childcare. DP's work is so busy they want to set up a late shift and have DP lead it. It means he would work 4pm-11:30pm Monday to Friday. Which would mean he could do school run and look after ds2 during the day. I'm hoping to go back 7am-3pm Tuesday to Friday. It would mean me and DP wouldn't see each other a great deal during the week but we would be better off financially even with me dropping a whole day a week. Just need my @rse of a boss to agree to it nowwink

Mooja - sounds tough. If ds is fighting sleep, I usually just get him up, walk around a bit with him so he can see nothing exciting is going on then when he is calm try settling him again. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't! Do you have a partner/husb who can take over for a bit so you can get a break? Maybe go for a quick walk around the block if it's not too rainy? Or just stand outside the back door for a bit? Fresh air can be v calming.

Clara - exciting re jobs stuff! Hope boss agrees smile thinking of you and yr dad

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Mooja Wed 09-Nov-11 20:57:57

Ooh Loopy I love Ballet Shoes, I remember reading it when I was little.

Well she finally tired herself out. I think it was so much worse this evening because for the past few days I've been bringing her down to ply after about half an hour of shouting, but today I just decided not to and to get her to sleep upstairs.
DP works in 5-8 Wed-Fri so I've been on my own, which is hard too.
Tomorrow I might try a hot water bottle in her cot while she's in the bath and see if that helps.

Feeling better now she's asleep.

I hope your DD stays asleep!

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BizzeeBee Thu 10-Nov-11 10:48:05

Brain is broken this morning. I've no idea how I'm going to manage vaguely intellectual thoughts at work in a few weeks.

Hello Mooja, I have a DS who was born on 20th May and he's a little super star (I'm biased). I have a DH, and we live in the south of France. And I'm going back to work full time soon sad.

BLW going OK. Lots of food going in the mouth, but nothing much being swallowed yet. He's not quite 26 weeks yet, so not worried. I will have to consult with the pediatrician about giving DS gluten. DMIL has coeliacs. It can run in families but I don't know if grandmother is a close enough relative (rather than mother or father) to be a worry.

We had the worst ever exploding nappy yesterday. He was sat in the highchair, and there was nowhere for it to go except up his back and out the top of the nappy. And it was massive one. And then when I am trying to clean him up he decides to do a huge wee on himself too. And then another wee. biscuit

Loopy enjoy your coffee. Swimming can wait until another day!

Any advice? DD2's pattern is this:

1900 -- sleep
0100 -- wake up/feed
0300 -- wake up/feed
0430 -- wake up/feed
0600 -- wake up/feed
0930 -- feed/nap
1030 -- feed
1300 -- feed/nap
1500 -- feed
1700 -- feed
1900 -- feed/sleep.

Am shattered and cannot function at moment sad sad

Justtrying Thu 10-Nov-11 14:50:33

Bizzee you're not the only one with exploding nappies lately, had a nightmare few days over the last week with dd, the worst was monday morning, all over dd and car seat just as we were about to leave scotland after househunting. Had to change her on back seat of car in a layby and cover car seat with muslins and endure smell for 4 hours whilst dh drove home. biscuit
ilove i'm sure a feeding advisor will be along soon but have a brew, is there any chance you can go to bed at 7 when dd does at least you'll get a little block of sleep, remember "this too shall pass", doesn't help with the tiredness though.
Going to try and open dd a savings account this afternoon with her christening presents, the aim is she will have a decent chunk of money once she's 18 to spend on something sensible,(thinking car insurance etc).DH has given her a nice start and i'll add something on a regular basis once i'm back at work. I shall however also be putting something aside for school fees as DH will have retired by then and if we don't move I think we're looking at private school from 11.
Looking forward to a chilled weekend at home after all the travelling we did last weekend. Have got a church quiz and a curry on friday night and mum is babysitting sunday so dh and i can have a few hours out on our own during the day.

Ilove - have you borrowed Sebastian? I could have written that sleep pattern at the moment. I have given in, he will sleep in my arms in bed, so at the moment, that's where he is so I dont accidentally put the pots in the washing machine during a hazy day.

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ng1412 Thu 10-Nov-11 22:00:24

Hello all, well I haven't posted on here for months and months due to moving overseas and getting completely overwhelmed with it all!

I am just curious about whether anyone has got their periods back whilst still EBF? We need to crack on trying for another baby due to my age and I haven't had any signs yet of periods and am not ovulating according to the kits I keep buying...getting slightly depressed/worried!!

brillopads Thu 10-Nov-11 22:32:20

Bought my first babygros from Primark today, size 6-12 months and they stink of damp biscuit
bizzee we've also had a few explosive nappy incidents recently; the stains didn't come out in the wash either so a couple of things have just been binned but nothing I've been sentimental about. Is everyone still using non-bio washing powder? Is there some point (i.e. 12 months) when it's okay to use biological?

pistachio Thu 10-Nov-11 22:48:45

ng mine came back at 9 months last two times and was still BF through the night and day.

Day 3 of bedside cot idea resulted in DD2 flapping until DH gave up and went next door, then she fell asleep and progressively rolled towards me until i was on the edge and she had the middle to herself. Once in her rightful spot (and face down with head under my pillow) we slept nicely until 7.30 when my alarm went off. Who knows what tonight will bring...

Ilove i haven;t seen your other thread but my DD not interested in the tiny bits of food we've let her try, just spits them out. 17lbs of strong, healthy baby here so no wonder i'm drained.

Hello to everyone, struggling to type with her on my knee. Need to get her to bed now she's finally asleep.

Loopymumsy Fri 11-Nov-11 05:59:32

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clarabella18 Fri 11-Nov-11 06:48:59

Morning all. I'm sat here by myself nursing a cup of coffee. DP out early as he has meetings in London today, him getting up early disturbed DS2 who is now starfished in the middle of my bed snoring, which meant I couldn't get back to sleep angry

Well I had a chat yesterday with boss about returning to work. I was a bit apprehensive as I enjoyed my post but didn't always see eye to eye with him, I'd also done that particular role for 5 years and was thinking about a change but also nervous about going back after 9 months and my brain being mush.
Anyway it went great! They've offered me a new post heading up a project into making a big policy change, they've approved my part time hours and is be working for a different boss. An all round win-win situation for megrin at least I don't have to dread the next 11 weeks!

We have poo explosions here all the time or "poonamis" as we like to call themgrin the best thing I've found is to rinse all the poo off straight away and to was as soon as possible. I think we have only had one best which I've had to chuck as it was too stained, not bad to say we regularly (at least 3 times a week) get poo up to the shoulder blades! Although interestingly enough we haven't had any poonamis since moving to cloth nappies!

Had DS1 parents evening last night, his teacher is lovely and her comments were pretty much word for word what we have had for the previous 4 years. He is a happy confident little boy who LOVES to chatblush has lots of ideas can hold his own talking to any body at any age on any topic. He just needs to take a bit more time and pride in his work. All the ideas are in his head and in his rush to get them on paper he makes mistakes and has messy work. We came to the conclusion, with his teacher, that he's going to be a politician! So watch this space prime minister clarabella's boy! wink

Did any one notice it was a full moon last night? I'm sure it has a crazy affect on the kids. Ds2 was a grumpy little monkey last night, the only thing that would keep him quiet was breadsticks. All the boys at beavers were all slightly crazy too. My friend who's a teacher always says the same about the moon, that and the wind. Very odd!

Ooh mammoth post, you can tell the rest of the house is sleeping, suppose I better make a start on getting organised or the day.

pistachio Fri 11-Nov-11 08:58:40

the moon was beautiful last night, so bright. Funnily clara as i was reading your post i thought, that's odd so many exploding nappies when you use cloth. I always found poonamis were a disposable issue, none of my children have beaten a motherease wrap yet!

Mooja Fri 11-Nov-11 13:32:32

Ooh I am buying some cloth nappies from somebody on here, so hoping that will be the end of our poonamis!

Yesterday evening was much better, my mum had DD but had to take her to Manchester and didn't drop her back until 7pm. She was a bit grumpy from the car but cheered up once she was allowed to play. I gave her a bath and she went straight to sleep after her bottle. She only woke up when I went to bed around 12.30 (so tired now!) I think I disturbed her, so wondering if she will sleep better in her own room with nobody going in and out? Not going to try until I finish uni for Christmas though, she'll be almost 7mo then and i'm too lazy to get out of bed in the night I'll miss having her with me though, but DP is currently relegated to the sofa as he is a smoker and a very deep sleeper so I end up very uncomfortable trying to keep DD out of rolling distance. He snores too!

Re. periods, I got mine back as soon as I started taking the minipill at 8weeks post DD. I bled for about 8 weeks so changed pills but kept bleeding, so now I'm taking nothing and have only just stopped bleeding (TMI).

At my mum's, staying here tonight. DD currently snoozing on me.

pistachio Fri 11-Nov-11 16:24:23

ooh mooja what are you getting? If you ever need new nappies i can give you discount code for loads of brands, just PM me. I got some nice new ones to try out today and DD2 took the chance to clear out her system all over a lovely new wrap.

Ha ha came on to have a whinge about disposies leaking and find a whole load of chat about poonamis (in our house it's known as an aPOOcalypse smile ). Ds was at cm's for first tsettling in today (went well) and pooed on way home requiring a complete clothing change hmm. With you on the motherease wraps pistachio they are amazing. A bit cheeky but any chance the discount extends to wraps too? Could do with a couple more medium sized ones as ds is slimmer than dd was at this age.

Forgotten who said what else now! Hope all ok, will go back and check what I've missed

pistachio Fri 11-Nov-11 18:41:12

not motherease unfortunately but anything on here you want? I've got 5% discount and they do free delivery.

I think I got my periods back about 9 or 10 months with DD. Nothing yet since having Sebastian.

Mooja Fri 11-Nov-11 23:59:07

I think they're totsbots bamboozles. They're unused, and the woman I'm buying from has given me a good price conpared to what I've seen whilst looking online. Don't really want to spend a lot until I'm sure they're right for us but fingers crossed! Hate the amount of disposables we go through. Wish had a laundering service here, we don't have a dryer or anything sad
Thanks for the offer pistachio I may take you up on that!

BizzeeBee Sat 12-Nov-11 15:51:43

Feeling a bit blush that it was me who lowered the tone here by starting the poo discussion.

In our household poonami is reserved for the mid-nappy change liquid poo that was squeezed out and artfully squirted all over the changing mat and floor at high velocity. Sadly DH jumped out of the way in time. grin

clarabella18 Sat 12-Nov-11 19:26:58

grin at bizzee for being blush about starting the poo talk then lowering the tone further by talking about liquid poos! wink

Mooja I have the TB bamboozles they are good, we haven't had a single leak yet but beware then can take a while to dry as they are bamboo. I pop mine in the radiator till almost dry then finish off in the rumble dryer.
I bought a couple of pre-loved bummies wraps off another forum and they are great, 2 of them have leg gussets too which are fab.

DS2 is being alot more vocal I've noticed over the last couple of days, lots of new sounds too.

Mooja Sat 12-Nov-11 22:12:39

Ooh, I'm buying 20 so hopefully I'll have enough to wash and dry in between. Can always use disposables if I fall behind, just want to cut the number down really.

My DD has been loud for a long time. We went to baby massage in September and the other mums were all going hmm she's very vocal isn't she? DD was merrily bouncing whilst squealing and squawking and blowing raspberries in my face. She's so loud now! Raspberries are back as she cuts more teeth, cue damp baby & whoever is holding her.

cowboylover Sat 12-Nov-11 23:58:01

Mooja DD is very vocal here as well and guilds all the way through baby massage as well, all the babies are relaxing and she's giggling!

I am very proud that she sat for the first time on her own today and looked very pleased with herself. Had fun dressing her up as an elf today for photos to make Christmas cards I'm hoping will be a cheap but popular choice with the family.

Good news also on the house front that the survey came back good and the mortgage offer is out so one step closer. grin

GotArt Sun 13-Nov-11 05:28:28

Hello all... been away, again, for a long time. Too hard to keep up TBH with a toddler and infant and the time of day I get here, the site is usually down.
Anyhow, sorry for not catching up.

love Not sure what other advice you've been given about super feeder, wink but you may want to try supplementing with formula as she just might not be getting enough from you in one sitting. This is exactly what happened with my DD, the BF was just this on going thing, day and night.

ng1412 I have two friends that became pregnant from the first time they had sex after first baby... no periods and only 3months post. (Quite frankly, I don't know who they managed to keep their heads grin. If you want to try, just go ahead and do worry about the logistics... better to be relaxed by it all. My period came back at 10 months with the first and I continued to BF until she was 20 months, which was when I got pregnant with 2nd. Just had my first period after this one. sad Was looking forward to a few more months.

clarabella Yes! The full moon. I sat on my balcony and just looked at it while having tea... it was lovely. I know it affects my toddler... she has incredibly restless nights on full moons. ???

We have giant poos too... thank goodness DD2 is on a schedule now... she always poos before 10am. Perfect! Then that's it for the day. She is sleeping from 7pm till 4-5am before needing another feed. She'll stir, but not wake. Trying to establish proper naps but she is the queen of 20 minutes. She'll be just dying for a nap, and you think she'll go down for a couple of hours.. no, 20 minutes. Grr. DD1 is still napping so we put her down first, then DD2 for 1pm and they both sleep for 1.5 hours so pretty good for me, although it is the fastest 1.5 hours ever in history! I have to admit, with all my great apprehension and sadness about DD2 going to formula full time, its been a bit of a relief to accept it, and now I get to enjoy her. Sitting, rolling back and forth and in circles... she isn't where I leave her anymore. lol She's had apple, banana (just nubs them really) and barley cereal, all which she loved. No teeth yet, but she is teething, poor thing.

Waves to everyone.

Loopymumsy Sun 13-Nov-11 10:18:41

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cowboylover Sun 13-Nov-11 18:51:04

Today has been lots of firsts and I have loved it! grin

DD sat up for the first time on her own and was laughing looking smug then really enjoyed some sliced apple and spinach taking the spoon really well so very proud. Decided to have a hybrid style of a bit of purée food from a spoon and BLW style of finger food on her own and seams to be working.

clarabella18 Sun 13-Nov-11 20:26:08

loopy there's a cotton poppy for trade on NM.

Had an epic poonami todaygrin all over the playmat all up the back and more importantly all over DP's hands and jeans me and DS1 laughed mightily!

Went for a run out to loch lomond today and got DS1 a lovely regatta fleecy all in one for the bargain price of a tenner! Was watching a couple of the jojo maman ones on eBay but won't need to now. We did however end up getting him 12-18 months as the 6-12 one was an okay fit just now but don't think it would last him a full Scottish winter. It's nice and snugly he looks like a giant blue teddy bear but it's also not too thick so he will be able to wear it in the sling.

Had courgette for tea tonight which was a winner, bought some polenta today so we're going to try polenta chips tomorrow.

GotArt Sun 13-Nov-11 22:21:02

Polenta chips?

clarabella18 Sun 13-Nov-11 22:44:07

From the river cottage book. Basically cook polenta with water, pour into a plate or try to cool, cut into chip size fingers and shallow fry for a couple of minutes each side.

Never tried it before but am always looking to try different stuff. BLW is actually being great for getting the whole family to eat different things. grin

pistachio Sun 13-Nov-11 23:14:14

not for the babies obv but you need lashings of salt over the top- proper chunky sea salt. Yum. (My family are Italian, i have eaten a lot of polenta in my time!)

stegasaurus Mon 14-Nov-11 08:32:20

DD has a horrible cough and spent yesterday looking very sorry for herself. I tentaatively made a curry for all 3 of us for dinner yesterday. It turned out to be very mild, so DD seemed to like it though she only ate a couple of spoons as she was very tired and miserable. We will try it again later as there was plenty left over.

Loopymumsy Mon 14-Nov-11 09:51:31

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Mooja Mon 14-Nov-11 10:39:28

I'm so knackered! DD has not been going to sleep by herself the past week. We've tried to stick to her normal routine but she'll go to sleep then wake up 45 mins later and scream until she's brought downstairs, then she'll fall asleep but as soon as she hits the cot she's screaming again, so I just take her to bed with me. I haven't had any time away from her since Thursday - I've been with her almost 24 hours a day which I'm finding exhausting. I'm used to having a few hours quiet in the evening now sad
Her top teeth are cutting and she's got a funny tummy again, bad wind and funny poos, so I guess that's what it is.

I'm going away this weekend for 2 nights (without DD!) with my friends & sister, but I won't be able to relax as she's with my mum one night and DP the next and I'll spend the whole time wondering if she's being a nightmare!

clara I bought ready made polenta last week and tried to make polenta chips. They were a bit weird, so I wonder if fresh is better.

I want us to start eating as a family, but it's difficult as DD has her tea between 5 & half 5, then bath by 6 and straight to bed, and DP works some evenings. Plus we don't have a table sad

DD is shouting at Sophie the Giraffe (best teething toy we've found so far!) so I'd better go!

Mooja Mon 14-Nov-11 11:29:35

Oh my goodness, she's asleep...in her cot! First time she's actually gone to sleep in it during the day, hurrah!

Right - my dim question of the day; when can I use full fat milk instead of breast milk for making up cereal?

Hi all,

pistachio ooh loving the material on those GEN-Y wraps... might treat DS to some for Christmas. Any idea if they're any good?

cowboy its such a big step isn't it. Was saying to DH last night I can't quite believe how grown up DS is all of a sudden. Feels like I've blinked and missed it somehow!

loopy spots and cling doesn't sound like fun, hope it passes soon. What phone have you got? I got a new iPhone for my birthday and I love it. So fast and I have been having great fun with the voice controls!

Mooja hope the sleep is the start of improvements. I think that this time is classic for beginning of separation anxiety so that could be one of the reasons for her wanting to be up with you. And teething - try angling the head of the cot up a bit (rolled up towel under the legs works) as this might help if it is hurting her to be completely flat.

steg hope DD is better soon. We gave DS some curry on Sat, he wasn't impressed but loved the rice!

Polenta chips sound yummy thanks Clara. Will add polenta to this week's shopping list.

Hiya Gotart nice to 'see' you.

ng I didn't get any periods until exactly 4 weeks after my last bf with DD. Am hoping its the same with DS but I do think I might have been ovulating though as I have been a little moody every month the last couple of months blush

Well here I have had some good news - I have a tumour on my face which I was waiting for biopsy results on and thank goodness it is benign smile I will have to have it removed so it does involve and operation at some point in the next few months but at least it is nothing sinister. My cold is better too, hooray!

I went out on Sat night for the first time since DS was born to a girls night watching strictly at a friend's house. REally enjoyed getting glammed up and DS slept almost the entire time I was out from 7pm until just before 11 when I got home! He then had a mega feed, slept until almost 3am, fed again and woke up at 6. Did similar again last night so fingers and toes crossed that we are turning a corner. He is currently napping in his cot while his big sister sleeps too smile

Got another night out on Saturday with DH for a friend's 40th. Will be lovely to spend some time with DH with no children around. Might even get a bit of a boogie at the party we are going to as well!

This is massive so going to hit post now and attempt to do some housework while I have time to myself!

Elf x-posts. I think you can use cows milk in food from 6mo but main drink from 12mo. Might be wrong tho!

pistachio Mon 14-Nov-11 17:29:25

running i like the gen y one i have- tried it a few times both with an insert and also over a bamboozle. No leaks so far, and they are really popular so sell out fast when they arrive. I've always used motherease but got soooo fed up of the same old patterns!

clarabella18 Mon 14-Nov-11 19:07:15

Polenta chips were a winner with the whole family! Absolutely lush. I stirred a bit of grano padano through it too.
Deffo a winner!

stegasaurus Tue 15-Nov-11 11:22:00

Elf I read somewhere (but can't remember where) that full-fat milk is ok for cooking and on cereals from 6 months. I hope that is right, because I have been using it. Expressing breast milk has been more or less impossible (can only get 1-2oz in a hour on a good day) and we haven't bought any formula yet so it is the only option for breakfast.
Still snuffly and coughing today sad I hope she is better tomorrow, because Wednesday is when we go to play at the children's centre and is the one time in the week when I get to speak to other people during the day. Or do you think we should stay at home even if she is feeling better so she doesn't pass it on to the other babies? Also, she is struggling to feed with a blocked nose and I don't know how to help her so am just offering frequent small feeds.

Mooja Tue 15-Nov-11 12:09:16

Have you tried saline drops or spray stegasaurus? When DD has a blocked nose they do help to clear it up a bit so she can breath while she's feeding, she doesn't like it much though so I feel a bit mean.

I would say go, if its just a cold I doubt it will get passed on, and chances are there will be a lot of snuffly babies. That one day must be a lifesaver for you so don't stay at home!

I'm glad about the cows milk thing, will save some money, she really eats through boxes of formula now, costs a fortune!

Justtrying Tue 15-Nov-11 13:12:05

I'm also in need of cold remedies, I'm taking cold and flu tablets, sucking stepsils and drinking ribina by the gallon. Dd is snuffly but quite happy in herself, eating ok and at last her tum seems sorted out. She was angel this morning went back to sleep 7-8.45 so I took the chance of a lie in. Think I've been trying to cram too much in since the christening and I've picked up a virus, achey all over with sore throat and voice all but gone. However feel better than yesterday so hopefully its going quickly.
Dd just having bottle then I've shopping to unload from car, going to make some fish cakes,then I've eBay parcels to wrap and take to post office if the sun comes out, its threatning we might walk. Hopefully dh will be in a bit earlier tonight, last night he got in at 6 needed a report printing from his emails, he can't use computer, had to feed paper into printer a sheet at a time because printer won't pick paper up. He wanted to finish some painting he'd started at the weekend, all at the same time of Dd needing a bath and bed. Needless to say I wasn't in the best of mood with him, I really just wanted to curl up and sleep. Any way enough of my moaning about trivial things. I'll have a cuppa and get on with things.

Mooja Tue 15-Nov-11 16:07:13

Just got my nappies, they look great!
How many times should I wash them before using, and do I need to dry in between each wash? smile

pistachio Tue 15-Nov-11 16:13:54

mooja i just use new nappies right away but change them every hour until they've been through a wash! They'll be best after at least 3 or 4 washes but you can still use them meanwhile. I like bamboozles, they're a nice nappy.

Mooja Tue 15-Nov-11 16:36:56

Ooh that's good, might try them tomorrow.

clarabella18 Tue 15-Nov-11 19:33:57

Quick question tro you all.

one of my cats (outdoor cats) fell off the windowsill yesterday whilst it was sleeping (yes she really is that stupid!) as she fell she caught DS2 on the head with one of her claws, he has a little scratch which has gone red and scabbed over. SHould i take him to the docs or am i being paranoid? Some of the girls in DP's work think he should have a tetanus. confused

pistachio Tue 15-Nov-11 20:00:29

in moments of doubt i tend to apply savlon and hope for the best. Does it look infected? A bit of redness is one thing, but red streaks from the cut or worryingly hot/ swollen is quite different. If you're concerned i would show it to a pharmacist in the morning. Why would he need a tetanus. that's in the DTaP jab they get anyway, assuming he's had them.

pistachio Tue 15-Nov-11 20:01:15

oh and meant to add is our other nappuccino date any good for you clara- the weekend one? It's on FB now.

JBrd Tue 15-Nov-11 20:58:10

Mmm, polenta... <<remembers having a fab polenta dish in Italy a few years ago>> We had polenta a couple of days ago, it's lovely when firm and then grilled/fried in a griddle pan! Must remember to let DS try some next time.

<<waves at everyone>> Hello all, I hope you & your LOs are all well! I had the cold from hell for almost 2 weeks, it absolutely floored me. Every time I thought it's going, it came back with a vengeance. Luckily, DS didn't catch it, and luckily, DH was happy to look after him, so that I could go back to bed. It does has its advantages having an unemployed DH at home grin

We got adventurous and spontaneously decided to go to London today - it was really nice! DS loved travelling on the train/tube/bus, he never complained and flirted with everybody. We went to the Natural History Museum, DH was very excited to let DS see a dinosaur for the first time. Had lunch with one friend, coffee with another, all in all a lovely day. And everyone was very helpful at the tube and train stations, offering to give a hand with getting the pram up and down the stairs, I was pleasantly surprised. Not sure I would do it on my own, though, at least not with the pram, more likely with the sling.

Sorry for not name-checking for everyone, I've been bad again and not been on here for a while, so just quickly scanning over post...

Nappies - yep, also a big fan of cloth nappies here. We also only get the bad leaks when DS is in disposables! However, he still wears those in the night, because he wees just sooo much that the cloth ones can't hold it - we don't change him during the night anymore, as he (whoop! whoop!) sleeps from 7-7 now. Not sure if we'll ever be able to get him into the cloth nappies over night...

Having lots of lovely firsts - suddenly DS can sit up, got his first tooth, and lots of fun with exploring new foods! Our dining room looks like a battlefield most of the time now, but we laugh so much when DS is eating with us, it's worth it. Not sure why I'm still holding back so much, he'll be 6 months next week and I reckon a week will not make a lot of difference in how they can take food...or will it? We've given him lots of things to explore already, but only veg and some fruit. It doesn't look as if he actually eats a lot, but then his poos tell a different story!

The one thing we need to do is change our eating habits - we're quite bad, don't really have breakfast (well, I have breakfast, DH doesn't), lunch is usually very random (because we can't be bothered, so usually both of us grab whatever we fancy from the fridge) and dinner is the only meal we make an effort with. The problem is that with DS going to bed at 7pm, we have to eat around 6.30pm by the latest, if he is to have a bath and bottle in time for bed... Which is very early for us! Anyone having the same problem? It's probably a good thing, but hard to get used to.

Mammoth post, sorry, will shut up now!

clarabella18 Tue 15-Nov-11 21:00:23

He has had his jabs, forgot it has tetanus in it thanks pistachio I ds think it was a slight overreaction in DP's part. I'm taking him to the HV clinic tomorrow anyway to get him weighed so I could mention it then if it looks any angrier in the morning.

Saw date for the south side nappacino, have accepted as a maybe till I heck what else we've got in but should be able to make it with a bit of luck! wink

pistachio Tue 15-Nov-11 21:24:07

ooh how nice if i get to meet you at last clara!

jbrd, when we only had one LO we'd eat late, once she was asleep. That went out the window once we had DS as well and ever since it's been 5 or 5.30 dinner. I'm used to it now, but get hungry again before bed. I even got used to eating a huge dinner then going to the gym after, which i could never have done before. I always preferred my 9pm dinners, but now i get hungry early as we've been in this routine so long.

clarabella18 Tue 15-Nov-11 22:08:46

Hi justtryin glad the lurgy has finally left you. Hi to you too jbird I know how you feel with the weaning mess. We had toad in't'ole ( as we say in Yorkshire) for tea, put some mash potatoe on the table in front of DS2, he had great fun sucking it off his fingers and spreading it all over the table, he then decided to have a little rest and laid his head on the table in all the mash, lovely! Needless to say he was dumped straight in the bathgrin

On another note I'm really angry with myself. I'd ordered a couple of cheapie pocket nappies off a website to try them out. I placed the Oder a week ago and still no sign of them. Emailed them tonight and they have sent to the adress in my PayPal account WHICH IS MY OLD ADDRESS (sob sob)
I don't hold out much hope that the new tennants will return them to sender so I have pretty much lost my money. So pee'd off with myself. sad

JBrd Tue 15-Nov-11 23:45:24

clara - that sounds very much like my DS! The other day we gave him some mushy peas and mashed potato, and he tried to just put his head down in the bowl, instead of using his hands to pick up the food, the lazy little git! grin. He also likes to spread the food around on the table, and I've never been so glad that we decided to go for laminate floors a few years ago!

Loopymumsy Wed 16-Nov-11 06:52:12

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pistachio Wed 16-Nov-11 09:07:43

loopy DH back on spare bed and DD2 back on my mattress rather than her own. Must be the cot mattress firmness she doesn;t like as we are equally snuggled up either way. She's still waking a lot in the night so need to do what we can to just get enough sleep. She's fairly predictable about going to sleep around 9/9.30 as long as i get daytime naps right.

Still no interest in food- she's sat down with the others for fruity porridge three mornings in a row and just licks it off the spoon then spits it out. She prefers playing with the spoon than anything that is on it. It's probably not helping my energy levels that i'm sustaining her all by myself, bar a few calories from random bits of cardboard she's tried to swallow.

stegasaurus Wed 16-Nov-11 09:18:10

Mooja I'm sure I wrote a reply yesterday afternoon thanking you for reminding me about saline nose drops but don't know where it disappeared to. I went to the chemist to get some, but the pharmasist said they weren't able to get any in and to try another chemist. To get to another chemist we have to go into the city centre or get 2 buses so not sure when we will do that.

Jbrd I wanted DD to have at least some family meal times so we now have dinner at 6 followed by bath at about 6.30 when DH is home in time. That works for us as DD doesn't go to bed very early. On Mondays I go out at 7.15 so she has to have dinner earlier and I eat while feeding her.

DH says he thinks the other mums will be annoyed if I take my germ-ridden child to play with theirs at the children's centre today although she probably caught it from there, so I don't know what to do.

pistachio Wed 16-Nov-11 10:30:47

steg, mums of more than one will not care, honestly. Those who have only one baby and love going to the group will be grateful as if you take your snotty baby this week it means they can do so guilt free when it's their turn over the winter. Those who get annoyed about it and want to stay away from you will just end up having more colds to deal with when their DC starts nursery anyway. So there grin.

thanks for the answers re milk, I can now stop expressing those extra ounces for breakfast. Though I guess I will have to switch from semi-skimmed to full fat milk. DH will be pleased!

Sebastian is trying to sit up, he gets a bit wobbly and flies forward, so may be a while yet. Still only has the two teeth but they are massive given how long he's had them. Still not sleeping through, but getting better than the horrible blips he'd been having of being up every two hours. but have been naughty and let him in our bed for a few nights at about three when he wakes up.

clarabella18 - do you live far away from the old address, could you pop around, as I am sure they wont want what you have ordered!

am on holiday from work tomorrow and friday, woooooo!!

BizzeeBee Wed 16-Nov-11 14:39:44

Haven't read everything yet. Was hoping for a bad mummy session with me on MN and sipping a cup of tea and DS entertaining himself in the Jumperoo. However, he's making wimpering noises so I think I had better rescue him and take him out for a walk.

We went swimming this morning!

clarabella18 Wed 16-Nov-11 17:12:22

elf my DP and DS1 can wait till DS2 is on cows milk as I'll have to buy full fat. What is it with men and blue milk?

DS2 is exactly 6 months old today so I thought I'd take him to the HV clinic seen as we haven't been since he was about 12 weeksblush

They asked about weaning and looked at me strange when I said we were doing BLW. She asked what kind of stuff he was eating and looked a bit surprised when I explained. Obviously BLW is not big in my area!

He also got weighed, he has been just above the 50th centime since birth so was expecting him to have stated on that trend, oh no! He weighed in at a whopping 20lb 14oz which places him just below the 98th centile! No wonder I have arms like Fatima whitbreadwink

Mooja Wed 16-Nov-11 17:44:16

Checking in quickly while Maya is watching Baby Jake...she loves it, it's the only thing that will keep her distracted for 10 mins.

Stegasaurus, you can get saline drops from supermarkets as well if that's any easier than going in to town? Normally by the cough medicines I think.
Hope you went to the childrens centre, I'm sure everyone's babies will have a cold at some point, they need to build up immunity, it's not like it's chicken pox or something!

Love the nappies so far, have used 3 today & 1 disposable. Maya doesn't seem to mind at all.

Have given her fennel tea to drink this afternoon in the hope that it settles her tummy a bit and helps with the wind issue. She always chokes on gripe water and it has made her sick a few times...not a fan of vomit, especially now it has chunks of food in it! She was chowing down on a water biscuit after her tea which she seemed to enjoy.

Must dash, bath running!

Mooja Wed 16-Nov-11 20:38:12

The Fennel Tea seems to have worked wonders! Put DD in her cot, awake, at 6.30, no tears or tantrums, just straight to sleep and not a peep since grin happy mummy right here.

pistachio Wed 16-Nov-11 21:56:11

clara/fatima that is huge! DD2 around 17lbs i think.

mooja yes fennel tea is good stuff. Fixes a multitude of minor things. Random fact it's also good as an eyewash for conjunctivitis, if you don;t have breastmilk available. I discovered that when DH had infected eyes last year.

Mooja Wed 16-Nov-11 23:35:21

Ahh I shall store that nugget of information away for if the situation arises grin

I haven't had DD weight for a while, my guess is around 22lb...she's almost out of 6-9month clothes already. It's been an expensive 6 months...
She'll be 6 months exactly on Sunday! Can't believe it.

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pistachio Thu 17-Nov-11 09:02:19

From the sounds of it my huge DD2 has really turned into a string bean of a baby, she's so much lighter than those that were normal sized newborns!

Mooja Thu 17-Nov-11 10:00:33

grin they're a bit bulkier but don't seem to bad. Her bottoms fit over them at the moment. 9-12 ones are far too long for her legs, even though she's very long haha.

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Going to get Sebastian weighed today. Think he was 18lbs a few weeksago, but given he was 10lbs at birth, its not a massive increase grin. He's rolling around on the floor at the moment, I put him one side of the living room but it doesn't take him long to roll across room.
Babyled weaning is not popular here, at the weaning course they run in the area, there is no mention of BLW at all.

brillopads Thu 17-Nov-11 12:54:24

Hi all does anyone have any advice on introducing a sippy cup? We would like to be able to leave DD with GPs; we did try leaving her with expressed milk in a bottle but this didn't go down very well, but I think it might be due to the teat probably being 0-3 months flow blush
I bought Tommy Tippee first sips; is it just a matter of keep on giving it to her until it finally clicks? She likes to chew on the spout! Yesterday I expressed about 2oz of milk and tried her with it, but obv. she needs to give it quite a tip in order to drink- on the other hand I'd rather not express loads for it to go to waste ! Would a free-flowing cup be 'better' ?

BizzeeBee Thu 17-Nov-11 13:09:59

DS will be 6 months tomorrow and we are going to see the pediatrician for the big weigh in. I'm guessing he will be around 17 - 18lb, which is quite impressive given he was 6lb at birth. He's still in 3-6 months John Lewis sleep suits but will be going in to the 6-9 months when they arrive in the post! Some M&S 0-3 months bits still fit, but the ASDA 3-6 months trousers are almost too small now.

brillo we've just started using that Tommy Tippee cup too. I've found that I need to get it really full so it doesn't need tipping up too much, which is OK for us because it is only Evian water. DS definitely just does lots of chewing on the spout and not much drinking. It's a real challenge for us to get him to drink any water. We have just tried a little plastic glass which he is quite enthusiastic about because it is just like the grown ups use. However, not much is getting swallowed, a lot is getting spilled or dribbled out and I know he is just dying to throw the full cup across the room. grin

Mooja Thu 17-Nov-11 14:06:52

Brillo, we tried the cup you have and DD just chewed it so I bought a tommee tippee tip it up cup which has a flexible spout and she drinks quite happily out of it. She also likes to try and drink out of empty mugs hmm

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pistachio Thu 17-Nov-11 23:12:22

loopy with that cup they will be all set for going onto takeaway lattes by the time they're toddlers... grin.

JBrd Thu 17-Nov-11 23:39:41

We had DS weighed last week, and he was just shy of 15lbs, bless him. Still he's following the 9th centile line very accurately, so I'm not worried (anymore, that is grin). We're struggling to find trousers that fit him, but that's more to do with the cloth nappies making his bum really big! For tops and bodysuits, the stuff from Petit Bateau is perfect for him, as it seems to be designed for long and thin babies - unfortunately, it's sooo expensive!
Our HV also never mentioned BLW in our new parent class when weaning was discussed. I'm really confused with the NHS sometimes, they seem to be working against themselves - e.g. saying that they really promote bf and then providing no bf support whatsoever, recommending weaning at 6 months, and then all the HVs harp on about starting to introduce solids at 4 months, so confusing...

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BizzeeBee Fri 18-Nov-11 09:15:00

I think we'll look into that cup Loopy (but will be making sure no latte habit is started!)

<drumroll> the big weigh in result is 16lb 7oz.

JBrd yes, Petit Bateau is really expensive, but that's typical of French baby stuff. The local baby shop (equivalent to mothercare) wanted 160 euros for a Jumperoo when they are about half that in the UK! I'm not really sure what French babies wear when it comes to body suits since they are so expensive. They are also obsessed with the highly impractical sleepsuits that do up at the back!

juneau Fri 18-Nov-11 11:45:27

We're doing BLW too and the HV was hopeless! When I told her that's what I was doing she said 'Hmm, well I don't know anything about that'. Just as well I bought the book, checked out the website and asked a few questions of people who DO know about it then isn't it! Honestly, what exactly are HVs for? They told me to start weaning DS2 'from 18 weeks', despite the NHS handbook saying not until six months, and they've never heard of BLW. I've given up asking them about anything. I just do my own research and follow that.

clarabella18 Fri 18-Nov-11 23:20:04

It is quite scary when you think that these healthcare professionals are getting paid a reasonable wage and yet some of the advice they offer or don't offer can have a significant impact on a persons parenting style. Especially for those who are first time parents, pretty scary.

Had to take DS2 to docs this morning, he's developed ecxzema on his stomach. Ds1 had similar when he was little and grew out of it so fingers crossed DS2 will too.

Had an email from the company I ordered the nappies from last night, they were returned to sender which was a pleasant surprise and they are being forwarded to me.grin

An going on a night out tomorrow with some of the mums from school, am looking forwarded to it but a bit nervous as I can't remember the last time I went out, 2 glasses of wine in the house and I'm half cut so it should be interesting!

Agree with "loopys" latte cup! We got given the same one by the HV, we're using the sippy part at the moment until he gets the hang of holding it and then we'll switch to the "latte" lid.

DS2 been a bit of a Velcro baby this week as he's had a touch of cold, hardly slept at all today, little 10 minute cat naps here and there hopefully he'll have a good night and be a bit cheerier tomorrow!

Loopymumsy Sat 19-Nov-11 06:20:55

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Just a quick one as ds is stirring - loopy I have a copy of NCSS I can post you if you like, I've read it and used bits but don't need the book anymore. Pm me if you want it

BizzeeBee Sat 19-Nov-11 07:47:11

I had a night out last night with the squash girls for a cheese and wine meal, and got home at 1am. It was so nice to get out smile. I didn't think I'd had too much wine to drink, but I couldn't get the key in the door when I got home so I must have been a bit more affected than I'd thought blush.

Anyway, DS woke up nice and early this morning so I'm knackered too Loopy. Really don't know how I am going to manage back at work. He's got a stuffy nose, which I think wakes him up. We have got a couple of saline sprays to use, which is apparently the best thing to use. DS hates them.

Good news clarabella that your nappies are properly on their way to you! Hope eczema sorts itself out for your DS2. We have an eczema problem here. I had to ask the pediatrician for his suggestion for good baby bathing stuff to use. DS is fine, but I've got a terrible patch on my hand that I've had for 4 months now. I've got a really potent cream to use that clears it up (not so easy when you are trying not to get the potent cream on your baby), but then as soon as I stop using the cream it comes back again. Wondering if it is the soap we were using on DS that is the problem so wanted to try something different with him.

I have officially elevated DS's status this morning from being in the doghouse for waking me up so early too being a little angle. He has been battering his gym for over 30 mins now. This one one of the best buys for him from the very early weeks. At 4 weeks old he loved watching the lights and listening to the music - he couldn't reach the toys. Now 5 months later he bats it, kicks it, rolls under it, and is still thoroughly entertained for ages.

stegasaurus Sat 19-Nov-11 14:30:44

Oooh, I am on my own in the house for the first time in nearly 7 months. DH has taken DD out on his own for the first time. I like to do things with the both of them at weekends but decided it will be good for them to spend time together. Unfortunately, they get to go out and have fun while I stay in and do the housework, and DH went out in a sulk because he expected me to have checked everything he needed was in the changing bag and I hadn't.

The cups that loopy linked to are the cups they give out free in our area smile apparently very good for teeth.

JBrd Sat 19-Nov-11 16:39:04

stegasaurus - my DH also never thinks of checking the changing bag before going out, it drives me crazy! He's normally really good with everything, but for some reason he seems to think that it's a magic bag that re-fills itself hmm

Glad to see that we're starting to get out on our own again! I've had a few evenings with girlfriends, too, it's fab (but always feels weird to start with, something is missing...). I even had a whole day without DS a few weeks ago when I went to a workshop (aptly titled 'How to manage your career break'), and that was really hard. I was fine once I was there and got stuck in, but I almost didn't go because I couldn't face leaving DS for a whole day.
Would love to go out with DH for dinner or cinema one evening, haven't done that yet! We don't have any family close by, so will have to ask around friends...which shouldn't be a problem, we just have to get round to actually do that!

brillopads Sat 19-Nov-11 23:01:34

Finally had a trip to Ikea on Friday to buy the famed Antilop. Got basic white as red was out of stock. The £10.99 high chair ended up costing more like £40 along with all the bits and bobs it seems impossible to not pick up along the way blush We got the tray for it, but it seems impossible to take off again? confused

Got the "Tip it up cup" today-as recommended by mooja, so will give that a whirl tomorrow hopefully. I've decided that the town centre/ Boots is a no-go area until after Xmas given how mad busy it was today LOL

pistachio Sun 20-Nov-11 09:26:31

brillo our city centre is horrid now too- i was at the uni lubrary and popped by John Lewis for a few things on the way home. I could barely move the buggy, queues for the lifts, urgh. I've done a big chunk of Xmas shooping online but i'd like to browse for some things. It'll have to be a day I'm feeling brave, with DD2 in the sling.

brillopads Sun 20-Nov-11 12:57:17

We avoided queues for the lifts in the mall by using the one in Tkmaxx to get out onto the high street- nothing like having a baby to make you an expert on where all the lifts are in places smile However the queue for the ladies was ridonkulous sad

I believe it's Stir-up Sunday today, but I always just thought it was the last Sunday in November you make your Christmas pudding, and that's what I'm sticking to; especially as this year I think I'm going to do an online shop in order to buy all the tonnes of dried fruit & alcohol

I got DD an Ella's Kitchen 'The Red one' pouch, and was surprised when it turned out to be just a Smoothie! I was expecting something a bit more jam-like that I could spread on rice cakes!

Mooja Sun 20-Nov-11 17:09:02

I'm knackered as well...I went on a weekend away with my friends shock
My mum had DD as DP doesn't wake up for anything during the night and was working this weekend. I was so worried that she'd be just crying all weekend, but my mum said she was lovely and she slept 7 hours at a time envy I think because she knew she wasn't with me, she wouldn't get much by the way of a boob if she woke up, not that I feed her in the night any more anyway.

I think I'm more tired today than I am after a night with DD. Had a great time though, really needed a break.

I might leave it until during the week before I go Xmas shopping, especially if I take DD. I can only imagine the weekend being horrendous and stressful. I may well just do it all online, so much easier, but I do like to look at stuff.

Loopymumsy Sun 20-Nov-11 20:35:57

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Not sure I should admit to this but I had never heard of stir up Sunday until I joined MN blush. Probably also because my Gran makes puts and cakes for everyone in the family so I never need to worry about it!

That cup looks great. We also have issues with bottles - i.e. DS won't entertain the idea of a teat AT ALL but are managing with a combination of the tommy tippee in-between spout thing and a free-flow sippy cup. He's not drinking a huge amount but we're getting there.

Sleep is slowly getting better here. We had a night out on Sat for a friend's 40th birthday and my Mum babysat. DS slept the entire time we were out from 7.30pm and didn't stir until 1.45 (we got in at midnight)! I drank a little bit too much wine and felt so ropey yesterday blush was in a foul mood but had another good night last night so am feeling a bit better today.

Finally took DS to be weighed today and he is following the 50th line nicely at 18lbs exactly which is double his birthweight! He is loving his food, grabbing fistfuls of everything we offer and stuffing them in his mouth, including porridge and fromage frais!

Has anyone else been advised to give their lo vitamins? At the baby clinic today the HV said that as he drinks less than 500ml formula per day/ I am mainly bf'ing, I should be giving vitamins to DS (and to DD as it happens - they are recommending vitamins to all children from 6mo to 5 years). Didn't have this with DD. what do you think?

Hope everyone is ok. Loopy let me know if you want me to post you that book - it is just sitting on my shelf taking up space so happy to send it!

BizzeeBee Mon 21-Nov-11 14:25:39

running I'm giving DS vitamin D, and have done since birth (although was ADEC vitamins for the first couple of months). That might be a French thing though.

DS has gone back to being the amazing baby who needs no sleep <yawn>.

Did the roasted veg sauce from the rivercottage book at the weekend, and that went down well. I did the spaghetti squash last week and we weren't so keen on that. DS is putting lots of food in his mouth, but not much is being swallowed. I'm thinking that it's maybe 1/3 swallowed accidentally and 2/3 spat out.

Sorry I'm not sounding very interesting today! blush

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pistachio Mon 21-Nov-11 16:56:44

you've been hoping for the pox loopy so hope all goes ok. I'm not doing any vitamins- the only one in this house who needs them is me. I am totally wiped out from growing the cheerful food-refusing baby...

Thanks for the vitamin advice folks, that's what I thought - we eat a pretty good balanced diet so I'm not sure whether it is needed or not. The HV mentioned an increase locally in cases of rickets shock which is vit D related but as we spend a lot of time outdoors I can't imagine that either of mine is at risk of that.

loopy hope the pox passes swiftly. Got your PM smile

loopy ugh. DD1 got the dreaded pox the day after school broke up for summer term. And then DD2 got it. You know about calamine lotion and Aveeno Bath oil seems to help, or a sock full of oats in the bath...

A friend of mine put a tent in the front room and played 'hospital' which was great fun for her DCs who all got it at the same time. Oh, and it's absolute rubbish that if a baby gets chicken pox before they are 18 months that they will get it again.

JBrd Mon 21-Nov-11 22:31:58

Loopy - hope it doesn't get too bad with the chicken pox! It does sound scary, but I remember that's what it was like with me and my siblings back in the days of yore when we got chicken pox!

Running - I think in the BLW book that you kindly lent me (and that I need to return) it said that if you eat a well balanced diet there should be no need for extra vitamins and iron. I had been wondering if we need to switch to the +6months formula that has more iron, but I don't think I will now (at least not for a while).

Lots of exciting firsts here in the last month - first rolling over, first tooth (closely followed by a second within days!), first solids and first night in his own room! The pace is merciless, it just all keeps happening - but all good stuff, so I'm not complaining smile

First roast Sunday lunch for DS yesterday - and he loved it! Tried everything we offered him with gusto, even beetroot and Brussel sprouts! Potato and parsnips were the clear favourites, though. Today pasta with tomato sauce, again a first. We got a Doidy cup in town today, he just grabbed it and started gulping down the water (OK and lots of chewing on the cup grin). Baby rice and baby porridge have been shelved, hopefully they'll stay there.
I'm still struggling with the early dinner time, though, I'm hungry again now!

pistachio Mon 21-Nov-11 22:37:10

ilove i agree, DD1 had pox at 9 mo and came out of our recent bout without a repeat occurrence. Given that she was bathed and so on with her spotty siblings if she was going to catch it again she would have!

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BizzeeBee Tue 22-Nov-11 06:35:18

Dearest Loopy you are very welcome to come round for tea. Anybody else who would like to come is also welcome. I will even make a nice chocolate cake. And you will also have the pleasure of looking after a very cute blond haired, blue eyed 6 month old boy (who is being a complete pain and alternating from being boisterous and full of energy to really really grumpy and not wanting to do anything and is not sleeping well at night either). Please leave the pox at home though!

JBrd jealous that your little one is gulping down water. No such luck here.

Making mashed banana on toast with mango on the side for breakfast now.

BizzeeBee Tue 22-Nov-11 08:06:43

DO NOT bend down to pick up food from the floor under the high chair when your DC's hands are covered in mashed banana. They will take great pleasure in smearing the mashed banana through the top of your hair. And then they will work it in a little bit more to perfect the look.

biscuit brew

Fortunately I have discovered this on a morning when the only job is to got o the supermarket - we're not dashing out the door to go to work! grin

stegasaurus Tue 22-Nov-11 08:29:49

Loopy Your pox house sounds hideous at night. Hope it doesn't last too long.
Today I am taking DD to visit her nursery for the first time. She doesn't start until Feb, but this nursery does 8-10 weeks of 'settling-in' sessions unlike the others we looked at that offered a couple of weeks at most. I'm sad though, as it makes going back to work and leaving her more of a reality.

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stegasaurus Wed 23-Nov-11 07:37:45

Nursery was fine yesterday, because we just met the room leader and some of the other staff, were given an information pack and the room leader went through some of it with me. DD sat next to me, looked around, played with some toys and looked at books. She seemed quite happy, but I don't know what she will think when I leave her as I have never left her anywhere. The visits are only 45mins, which isn't enough time to get home and back on the bus, so when I leave her I will either have to sit in the reception area with a book or go to the supermarket cafe.

BizzeeBee Wed 23-Nov-11 08:38:43

Loopy glad to hear that DD3 is doing better.

I need to do some pressie wrapping here too. And do my final bits of shopping. I at least want everything ordered before the end of next week, so it is all sorted out before I go back to work. Plus it means I can try and enjoy the Xmas festivities.

I will be coming home to an empty house when DS goes for his 2 trial days at the CM next week. I've still got some jobs to do round the flat that when I was pregnant I said I would do during my 7 months of maternity leave! How optimistic I was! grin

Not convinced about DS self feeding yoghurt. It seems to have a rather large splatter pattern when he pings it off the spoon with a little cheeky smile on his face. hmm Thisnk we might be doing better here today. He had a much better night, only waking at 01:30 and then at 06:00, but at 06:00 he only needed the dummy and didn't wake up properly to be fed until 07:00. And he seems less grumpy this morning. smile

Time for the 3rd brew of the morning and finishing the washing up before DS wakes up.

coming n a bit late as my internet is busted at home, and wont be fixed until saturday. Stupidly, the internet is down for next door and next door to that, we're all with the same provider, but the engineer is coming today for next door, Thursday for next door but one, and Sat for us hmm].

Vitamins - Pushing in our area too due to rickets, and the doctors seem to get funding for the vitamins so are really pushing. However, HV told me that so long as I am taking my vitaims, all is okay! And having a healthy diet of course. I did sign for some vitaims when I had Sebastian weighed last Thursday but promptly left them in the clinic.

Started a bit of BLW but I'm a wuss and am convinced Sebastian will choke. Was comfortable with broccoli, but the carrots had me on edge grin. he's six months on Friday, so will start introducing other foods, as at the mo, he only gets fruit and veg mushed down. Looking forward to adding pasta (DD loved that) and other bits and pieces.

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pistachio Thu 24-Nov-11 09:06:06

ooh loopy let us know how the exam goes! I guess it is preprimary? DD1 is in the lower non exam class as she only started ballet in September so i'm interested to hear what the standard is like as we'll be there next year i expect.

BizzeeBee Thu 24-Nov-11 10:18:41

Loopy you are reminding me now of my first ballet exams. I did pre-primary when I was very little. I remember it was a big thing having a different coloured leotard to our regular uniform, pink satin ballet shoes instead of the regulation back leather, and having your hair done properly. I hope it goes well for DD1.

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clarabella18 Fri 25-Nov-11 09:15:35

Been AWOL for a few days sorry! Hope everyone is well.

My dad had his op on Tuesday he's still in high dependency but seems to doing ok. I haven't even started to think about Xmas with him being so unwell but will make a start this weekend I think. Thank god for amazon!

Ds2 has decided he quite likes being on his front and has started to roll again the shrieking noise has also returnedangry he's become quite clingy over the last couple of days too, hope it's just his teeth and nothing more.

Sorry not to namecheckblush

pistachio Fri 25-Nov-11 09:42:55

glad he's through the op clara.

loopy that sounds promising! I thought they had to do them in order, that's interesting that you can skip some.

Mooja Fri 25-Nov-11 14:57:27

Ooh clara, DD goes through shrieking phases. SO loud!!

I haven't been on for a few days, have been at my mums & then ill sad a bit miserable at the moment, but she bought me a kindle shock I think it was supposed to be for xmas, but after a rough patch with DP she wanted to cheer me up. I love it, I've almost read a whole book in 2 days. Haven't been able to read much since DD came along, I've missed it a lot.

brillopads Sat 26-Nov-11 13:31:15

I think the Tip it up cup is a hit here, DD is able to drink from it, now all she needs to do is get the hang of holding it herself and positioning her head - tipping it back enough, which is quite a lot to coordinate I suppose. So all I need to do is express about 80 gallons of BM hmm And my pump - Avent manual has developed an annoying 'creak'.

mooja miserable here too but that's besides the point- what did you read on yr Kindle? DH got me one last year and it really came into its own for one-handed reading while BFing smile

Mooja Sat 26-Nov-11 21:04:36

Ooh so glad it's working for you brillo it's the only thing my DD will drink out of happily other than a bottle. I gave her some milk in it today for the first time, previously it's just been water or fennel tea. Hope you're finding it a bit easier now.

It is great for reading one handed, and I can't lose my page! I read Confessions of a GP, very funny & quite insightful as well! I have a huge queue of books to get through, any you can recommend?

Justtrying Sun 27-Nov-11 06:47:40

Clara I hope your dad continues to improve. Think I may have to invest in a kindle, I too love reading but haven't managed any books since Dd came along, however we've booked a weeks holiday for the end of Feb so will try then, provided dh can do some of the childcare.
Must go a cuppa has just appreared next to me so going to enjoy whilst its hot.

BizzeeBee Sun 27-Nov-11 07:30:21

I've not read any books either recently. I read loads while I was BFing, particularly during the night feeds (our night light is quite bright so perfect for reading without disturbing the other), but since I stopped nothing except Grazia a couple of times!

Right, got to go and make breakfast.

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loopy we were also at a party this morning. DD2 then vomited for about an hour. The projectile type. Was so so worried. Got her home and when she saw DH, she smiled as if to say, 'ha ha, managed to give mom a bit of a scare!'

DS has some weird virus; he's fine during the day, but turns into a coughing monster at night. hmm

Am planning to leave DD2 for a few hours on Saturday night with DH. Any tips?

Mooja Sun 27-Nov-11 18:55:11

ilove...turn your phone off wink
No, I'm joking. But just relax and don't worry too much. He's her dad, he should be able to cope smile

cowboylover Mon 28-Nov-11 01:08:55

Loopy: glad the exam went well that she could be happy with it and enjoy her performance.

Clara: Good news with your dad.
Did you get any Christmas stuff sorted? I have not done anything at all. I really am trying to let myself get excited but I just can't! 3 years since my dad passed away so the 1st yr I sayed out of everyone's way, 2nd year I distracted myself with getting excited for DDs arrival starting to feel movements and this time I'm trying to think about the new house but I think my strategy has been noted by MIL ect who now keeps telling me I must get excited as its her 1st Christmas but now I'm feeling the pressure now hmm

I have not got a Kindle but use the iPad for reading books ect and it's brilliant!

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Hi all,
Sorry for absence, not sure where the time is going! DS is asleep in pushchair after a long walk and DD is watching beebies so I am taking 5 mins to drink coffee and MN!

loopy glad you got book ok and hope it is useful. DD loves a trip to the post office so was a good excuse for an outing smile

ilove I thought the same as mooja too - a few hours won't hurt. When we went out the other week, I made sure DS was asleep before we went. Left some milk with my mum for emergency use but also said the same as loopy to just play with him until we got home if all else failed! As it was he had his longest sleep ever that night so Nana didn't get to even give him a cuddle!!

cowboy I agree, go with what YOU want to do. DD was the same age as our lo's will be for her first Christmas and I think the thing she enjoyed most was the Christmas dinner (girl after her mum's heart!) presents and things just passed her by tbh, hence we're not getting DS much at all for his! It is only now she is 2.5 that she is asking about having a Christmas tree and presents, etc. I like the idea of stories too, and maybe some pictures you can look at together with her when she is older.

clara glad your Dad is doing ok

Hello to everyone else <waves>

This week is my last but one week before work starts shock so I am going to attempt to finish the Crimble shopping when DD is at CM. We don't do Christmas cards but do an email to most people and donate what we would have spent on our cards to charity so I don't need to worry about that for a bit. We're going to get DD to make some cards for the GP's etc though which should be fun. DH is v creative so am going to leave that to him next weekend... he will also be responsible for clearing up as he has lavish ideas involving glitter... I am not saying anything but I think he has no idea just how messy a 2.5yo can be grin

So some of you might have seen on FB that we put DS into his own room yesterday. Am feeling a little bit sad but also a bit smile as he slept really well - fed at about 9.30ish which is when I usually head to bed. DH woke him at 10pm crashing about on the landing but he settled v quickly. Then he woke at 1am, fed and straight back to sleep before stirring at 5.20 and self-settling again until 6am when I brought him back into our bed and fed and cuddled him until 7am. I definitely slept better without him in the room even though I had the monitor on v loud blush

In other news I think I have FINALLY got the baby wearing bug grin I met a lady in our local shops who had a really interesting looking sling - almost bjorn like but a better shape so I stopped her and asked what it was (how un-british of me!). Turns out it was a Beco Gemini and she has a sling library that you can borrow from shock and also organises a local sling meet so I have borrowed one for a week. Took DD to the supermarket in a back carry on Saturday which was great fun, she loved it and I felt as if I'd done a work-out as she weighs 15kg!! Then we all went for a walk on Sunday, I had DS in a front carry for about 4 miles in total. He fell asleep before we reached the end of the road and then again on the way home from the coffee shop. DH even did a back carry for a little while with DD when she got tired legs and DS was in the pushchair smile Think I may invest in one, although I may ask her if I can borrow the butterfly version as it goes up to 20kg as DD is almost at the maximum for the gemini which only goes up to 16. Am a bit achey today but I think that is mainly because I am not used to it and have rubbish stomach muscles rather than the carrier as it didn't hurt at all even when carrying DD! Think I may be treating myself to one for crimbo grin

Facebook group? How did I miss this? PM me how to join.

Pm sent smile

brillopads Mon 28-Nov-11 15:32:48

running ditto, I am procrastinating on the internet, having a coffee while DD is asleep in pushchair. DH tried her sitting up in it today (just in the house)... and she seemed fine/ seemed to enjoy it... BUT- it made her seem all growned-up!! Also the official footmuff is $$$s

I am putting off going to express some BM; in Boots I bought the matching storage cups for the Avent manual pump, but feel I may have been slightly ripped-off as I'm not fussed about the fact that they're compatible with the matching teats for bottle-feeding, storage bags might have been better(cheaper)? but I couldn't be bothered to look high and low blah blah blah

i love yeah- get yourself over on the FB group!

Mooja Mon 28-Nov-11 17:06:03

Ooh could I join the FB group please? smile

brillo if you want some storage bags I have quite a few Lansinoh ones that I have no use for. If you'd like them, you can have them!

brillo I also have some bm storage bags I can post you if you like. Also If you don't want an official footmuff I can really recommend buggysnuggle. I have bought ds two (his only new baby paraphernalia being a poor neglected 2nd child) and they are truly fab! They fit most buggies too.

mooja pm me your name/email addy and I'll add you as a friend do I can add you to the group

pistachio Mon 28-Nov-11 20:11:09

running hurrah for the sling!
I've read through but not much time to post, i've got a sad baby girl with an ear infection that has burst her eardrum. Need to figure out how to get 21 doses of antibiotics into the child who refuses food, drink or syringes/calpol etc. Wish me luck!

Mooja Mon 28-Nov-11 20:32:41

I loved my mobywrap when DD was light enough. She's too heavy for me to carry now, I have a bad back sad
Pming you now running