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The first Friday night thread of 2013!

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SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 18:17:12

Firstly HNY to you all. We've had an interesting week here. DS4 decided on Christmas day that he was suddenly going to begin PECS when he couldn't get my attention, while I was cooking turkey. He passed my DH a card for a drink. Since then he has moved from stage 1 PECS to Stage 3 in ten days! Astonishing!

Ineedmorepatience Fri 04-Jan-13 18:20:04

Hny from here too.

Well done to minibear grin

I am in danger of falling out with Dd2 and 3 if they dont stop bloody sqabbling.

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 18:20:51

Bloody ipad! Anyway I meant to say that DS4 is deaf and non verbal ASD, so we are delighted that he is trying to communicate with us. Best Christmas present ever!
DS1 has now been dx with Dyspraxia on top of his recent dyslexia dx and original Aspergers dx. Relieved as we can finally start the Statutory Assessment process.
So apart from trying to be good and shed half my body weight I am looking forward to the four DC return to school next week. smile

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 18:22:19

ineedmore. Bedtime soon. Comfort yourself with that thought.

Lol. Wow!

We've put in an offer for a house. Dunno whether accepted yet. Having weaning adventures with ds2.

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 18:26:41

Exciting times! You will be waiting by the phone for the agent to call. I hope that its accepted.
How is the weaning going? By the time I got to no4 I was so over the puréeing everything in sight!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 04-Jan-13 18:26:49

Great news, SallyBear.

Took my tree down today, love putting it up but really happy to get my living room back, it seems really big. Hoover out and spring cleaning started. I'm not very good at housework so once a year is fine. grin

No boys this weekend, so no squabbling here.

hazeyjane Fri 04-Jan-13 18:27:20

Fantastic about the pecs, Sallybear! Ds just likes to chew them and try to peel the Velcro off the back.

We have been enjoying ds's new iPad. Ds actually signed 2 colours, whilst I was playing a balloon popping game with him, and although he prefers hitting Talking Tom in the face, rather than talking to him, he did try to kiss him better, which was nice (thank god for the drool proof case!) Of course it is also nice to mumsnet on in bed!

I have also sworn to try and lose weight, not helped by a compulsion to finish off all the vast amounts of chocolate left over from Xmas.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 04-Jan-13 18:28:01

By number 3, I was pureeing fish fingers and chips!

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 18:35:25

Ellenjane, you're my kind of woman grin
Hazeyjane I am so pleased that you got the iPad. It's been brilliant for DS4. I also discovered that the Pyramid people have developed a new PECS Stage III app that mimics the Velcro book.

PolterGoose Fri 04-Jan-13 18:44:55

Well done to the little bear and little hazey grin

Star, how exciting! And I was so looking forward to you building an extension smile what is the house like? And weaning too, I remember that stage, how smug I felt when ds ate anything and everything blush

Ds had his first ever shower today and declared an end to baths sad

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 18:49:19

At least it will be a quick thing when it comes to washing. The twins have their own shower room, and its so much easier to get them in the shower than have them wallowing in bath water for what seems like hours!

hazeyjane Fri 04-Jan-13 19:01:28

Showers in our house seem to go on for hours, and involve flooding the bathroom. Mind you I have just been up to see how the girls were getting on in the bath and they have scrawled moshi monster drawings all over the wall with the bath crayons I bought for ds. Do I scrub it off when they go to bed, or just pour myself a large wine and learn to live with it for a bit - vote please!

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 19:05:43

Evening, I am limping in and out again after getting home from a 4th birthday party with dd. Eurgh! I had forgotten how chaotic and noisy those all-class parties can be. I find myself in serious need of wine and chocolate in order to recover. grin

Well done Little Bear, what an amazing Christmas present. smile

Hazey, I remember when ds1 was using Talking Tom with his Ed Psych - to be honest there were times when I felt like hitting him in the face! grin

I am planning to take a serious hold of my diet and try to gradually start exercising again starting next Monday. The house is currently still full of post-Christmas and NYE goodies, so I think I'd be setting myself up to fail if I tried to start this week.

Things are still a real mess with both this year's schooling and the whole secondary transition debacle and we haven't been able to do a thing about it for a fortnight, as the world and their mother had the whole two weeks off. The LEA all had the whole two weeks, then have an all staff training day all day on Monday and our officer is only in for two days next week, both part-time. We did manage to speak to an admin assistant today, who warned us that we probably won't get to speak to her next week because she will be really backed up and busy after the two week break. angry It's bad enough for us, with the secondary admissions deadline looming, but I feel really sorry for all those people who will have received a proposed statement on Christmas eve, in the full knowledge that they would then be unable to meet their 15 day deadline. angry

On a more positive note - I am finally off my crutches and it's lovely to be able to hold my dc's hands on the way to and from school. Still hurts like hell, but at least I am finally able to walk and use my hands at the same time. grin

Hi all. what fantastic news re: Pecs, and possible house moving - different Christmases coming up then!
Hideous holiday here! Half of them ill, one still not better and constantly reviewed, but hopefully returning to school on Monday, if careful while there. On the upside, ds discovered he has Aspergers and seems quite okay. It appears to be quite useful to him - 'you know i can't do that mummy, i don't really understand what you're saying' grin

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 04-Jan-13 19:17:03

fab news sallybear!!

hazey, dd3 does similar with talking tom, she loves her ipad and can use it better than the rest of us! If you're looking for more apps have a google for Flo Longhorn apps for very special learners, well worth a look.

I'm in the fed up with squabbling camp, must be back to school soon grin now where did that gin go?

Iamaslummymummy Fri 04-Jan-13 19:25:07

Evening all. I'm a ncer from ben10 as he is ancient history in this house. Not been aroundm much as have been struggling health wise.

Want gin but am doing the low carb boot camp so another 10 days until alcohol is allowed. angry

Ds really seems to have grown up this holiday. Dh has spent load of time at home and he gains load from that.

I'm on course to be medically retired in maysad but it would mean I can get a dog grin .

Good to hear all the news

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 19:32:59

Hazeyjane invest in a JML magic eraser. I have no idea what toxic stuff is in it, but it got rid of nasty coloured scratches from Bath toys that were all over the acrylic bath.

Moose glad to hear that you're feeling more mobile.

Slummy a dog?!! Fantastic, are you looking at a puppy or a rescue.

Hazey and Ninja, I am off to find Talking Tom. Sounds intriguing. smile

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 19:34:33

Notactuallyme - my DS finds all sorts of reasons relating to his varied dxs as to why he can't do stuff, like tidy his room, brush his teeth etc. wink

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 04-Jan-13 19:44:56

might be best not to sallybear grin

I forgot to vote Hazey, yes to cleaning the bath crayon off, the sooner they get used up the better grin

what sort of dog slummy, any particular breed?

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Fri 04-Jan-13 19:54:50

Wow, loads of good news! Fantastic start to the year grin

Dp is home now grin he'll need intensive physio and salt but the prognosis is good. Just need to get him there now!

Sooooooooo tired and no winesad

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 04-Jan-13 19:58:55

that's fab news pidj!

Iamaslummymummy Fri 04-Jan-13 20:03:34

I am stalking poodle rescue grin

Great news pidgsmile

madwomanintheattic Fri 04-Jan-13 20:29:20

Am at work, so flying past - hoi, moose, (and any other weight loss sn-ers) I have started our new yr thread! Have sausage fingers, so can't link on phone, but look for NT in the title. It's dead lonely on my own some....


moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 20:32:40

Oh Madwoman, I am so relieved, I was putting off doing it because I couldn't think of a title. blush

I will go and seek out the new thread and mark my place.

MovingOnNow Fri 04-Jan-13 20:43:36

Is it really Friday? Had a bad case of the grumps today. At least it was a bit more dry and the kids got to play outside on trampoline and bikes. First time I've seen them with pink noses for weeks. I'm so ready for a break from them going back to school but really dreading my youngest going back. Got the appointment for feedback from multi disciplinary, it's half an hour? Is that all it takes? Hello your child is/isn't autistic. Have a nice life. Bye Bye. ??? Feel a bit rotten about everything really. Just wondering what this half term is going to bring. Finding it very hard, the thought of taking him back to school when I know they don't want him there and now I don't either, but I need to overcome my negative feelings about it.

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 20:44:52

Pidj, I'm so sorry, I didn't know about your dp. Glad to hear he's home and has a good prognosis. How are you coping with everything though? So much for you to deal with, with the gorgeous PidjChick making his arrival as well. Hope you are being well taken care of as well as your dh. ((hugs))

TheTimeTravellersWife Fri 04-Jan-13 20:55:12

Happy new year!
Dd is ill with a high temperature and aches & pains, poor thing, means that DS and I are stuck indoors, getting a little stir crazy.
Appointment has come through to see the neurologist re: DD's possible epilepsy for end of March, which seems a long time to wait since referral made in December. Will phone and try for a cancellation.
Exciting news on the offer on a house Star.
Sallybear that's a great Christmas present from little bear!
Having taken all the decs down today, but still need to Hoover up all the dropped pine needles.

weegiemum Fri 04-Jan-13 21:03:30

Sounds like people are having a good NY.

My dd has SN (a degenerative hip condition) but next Friday she's hopefully having a scan test (needing ga) to say it's over!!

The SN mums have been amazing to me since she was diagnosed at age 3 (she just turned 9) and with those 6 years in a wheelchair and major buggy! But 2013 is going to be great as she'll hopefully get discharged apart from annual x-rays till she's 18.

Wishing you all well!!

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 21:06:24

TheTimeTravellersWife - if it helps at all, I found out on the Epilepsy Action website today that the NICE guidelines for being seen after a suspected first seizure is 2 weeks - so that might give you something to prod them with.

Sorry to hear dd is poorly. Hope she's feeling better soon.

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Fri 04-Jan-13 21:06:51

Thanks, Moose, I'm fine as long as i don't do anything at all for myself. Like wash. Or drink. I've been trying to keep ds calm through the evening colic/cluster so dp can sleep. 4 hours now and he's still wide awake while the tears roll silently down my face.

This too shall pass, right?

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 21:07:45

Weegie, that's fantastic news!

What a great way to start a new year. smile

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 21:11:21

Aw Pidj, I wish I could come and babysit for a few hours for you so you could both get some sleep. sad

You are right, 'this too shall pass' but it's bloody hard while you're going through it. ((bigger hugs))

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Fri 04-Jan-13 21:30:18

3 hours of screaming and telling dp its ok i can cope don't worry

SallyBear Fri 04-Jan-13 21:33:10

Pidj. Get some colief. It's brilliant stuff. A few drops into milk and the colic goes away. It gives them horrid nappies, but a small price to pay compared with screaming colic. I discovered it for DS3. Wish I'd know about it earlier.

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 21:41:22

We used colief with dd and infacol with the boys.

The only thing that worked for ds2 - who had the worst colic ever - was cranial osteopathy. It literally changed him overnight and he slept for 10 hours straight after the first session. He had 6 sessions in all, but was a different child after the first one.

Is there anyone you can call to take over for a while so you can get a break Pidj?

TheTimeTravellersWife Fri 04-Jan-13 21:43:41

Thank you Moose, that's very helpful! I will "politely" remind them of the NICE guidelines although I suspect that the delay is due to all the cuts to the NHS...

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Fri 04-Jan-13 21:45:12

It's not colic though, he doesn't do the leg thing?? And he's ebf. I'll see if my mumcan take him out for an hour tomorrow. Dp is desperate to but doesn't have the strength on the left side yet. That's the most frustrating thing.

timetraveller is it flu? One of the dc has been so poorly with it, and sounds similar. We have lived at the gps recently.
Glad to see you are back exben I have been wondering how you were?
Happy to second any babysitting offers - mine are all getting towards a bit too old to be squidgled now!

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Fri 04-Jan-13 22:09:57

He is very squidgable! 10pm means calm - although I'm always terrified it won't work - if the pattern repeats he'll now sleep 2+ hours in his crib. If...

mariammama Fri 04-Jan-13 22:10:56

Pidj, either you can sneak the drops in the side of his mouth while feeding, or dip your nips in them grin. Glad dp is home.

Have you had a chance to leave a message for your HV to come round? (might work even better if you get MIL to ring and sashes worried about you not eating enough wink). If this situation doesn't make you eligible for a homestart volunteer then I don't know what would.

moosemama Fri 04-Jan-13 22:19:05

Ds2 didn't do the leg thing either. We called it colic, but really it was just endless screaming every single evening. Iirc the osteopath said it was related to neck, head problems from a rapid delivery. His labour wasn't long, but all three of mine shot out like rockets right at the end! blush grin

Hope he sleeps for a while now and lets you get some rest and that your mum can help for a while tomorrow.

Badvoc Fri 04-Jan-13 22:20:37

Hello all !
And a very happy new year to you and yours smile
Not much to report...ds1 has been great over the hols, ds2 less so but ats being 4 I guess smile
I start my degree course (!) next having a major wobble as I got all my stuff today and it looks very hard sad
So glad to hear all the good news smile

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Fri 04-Jan-13 22:32:54

Clinic and bf group are on Tuesday so i shall escape access my stuff then. Physio assessment today, salt and cab Monday. Fab tip about the nips! thanks

34 hour labour but sped up with syntocin...

ouryve Sat 05-Jan-13 00:06:13

Fab stuff, Sallybear!

HazeyJane - I would keep them there because they're fab and creative, until a certain time, because they can't just stay there forever and start to look messy, and then everyone has to clean them off. Taking a picture before the cleaning off might make saying goodbye a lot easier.

Have managed to keep DS1 calm, this week, even after returning from my parents'. DS2 has been interesting. He's mastered so many new skills, motor skills in particular, and his receptive language has come on in leaps and bounds. He's been bored and a little shit (quite literally grin) this afternoon and evening, though!

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