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BlackCatinChaos Fri 05-Apr-13 01:17:24

Hello and welcome to the shiny new babysteps thread.

This is where we have a go at following babysteps, support each other and just pop in to chat about our day and whatever life throws at us.

Old and new members are welcome. smile

The main thing is to take it one step at a time! wink

AdoraBell Tue 21-May-13 23:09:48

Laundry is finished, bathrooms are sparkling, plug sockets, light switches and picture frames are dust free. Kitchen looks like a laundry due to short damp day and OH has yet to find a home for the dozen steak knives & forks that came free with car insurance. He has finished the dog pen though so gets a gold star for that. I was going to vacuum but DD's school bags are piled on top if the vacuum cleaner, so I swept instead as was angry at everything I need to use being under clutter despite me throwing almost everything away decluttering.

DDs are back to school tomorrow so I need to prep packed lunches, do dinner and then collapse. Oh and put DW on for 2nd time today.

How's everyone else doing?

AdoraBell Tue 21-May-13 03:29:02

BBQ was a success, house still okay afterwardsgrin I must vacuum tomorrow but the last couple of days I've just been keeping on top of things. OH started building a pen for the dogs today. Laundry is half done, no rush this weekend as DDs are off school until Wednesday. Need To do some deep cleaning too.

AdoraBell Sat 18-May-13 17:30:21

Zoo yes, I think the hyper mobility us the same as your DD. my DD2 can lick her own elbow <eeeuwww> and her hip was a bit loose as a baby but no actual diagnosis until DD1 saw the Doc a few weeks ago.

Bessie hope you feel better soon. I'm tired too from too much pressure trying to keep the house spotless because of selling, the 4 dogs and 2 DCs plus school runs with OH away for three weeks. I'm embracing my exhaustion and leaving OH to get on with thingsgrin

So, today's TA Da's got up and dressed
Made tea while OH moped outside the front door, dog's muddy paw prints
Ate breakfast, OH put yoghurt in a bowl and I chopped nuts,

Yesterday I tidied in the morning for an agent to visit at 9.30
Did some laundry-not much- then headed in to town on my quest for arch supports and bunion correctors for DDs. Picked up DDs, russled up dinner for DDs before out for business dinner.

Scout time spent reading and playing with DCs is time invested / not wastedwink

I'm very envy if that G&B chocolate.

We're off out to do errands and get food for a BBQ tomorrow.

Scout19075 Fri 17-May-13 16:19:28

I've run hot and cold this week. Today has been wasted other than spending a lot of time playing & reading with Small Boy. So not a waste, really, but not attacking the clutter & crap.

liveinazoo Fri 17-May-13 14:11:12

<rubs sore butt and passes bessie a bar of g+b chocolate for the motivationgrin>

<wishes i had a washer upper and bin emptier-that said i agree men<and kids> generate ridiculous amounts of mess!!!>

<im so envy you have good iron eat my body weight in green veg,dry apricots,rememebering to eat a bit vit c with meals,avoiding tea/coffe and wholegrain bread to prevent inhibiting phylates.stamps foot!!>

ta dahs
made breakfasts<bagels with cream cheese adn dry apricots/banana>
mae packed lunches
helped little zoo get ready<bit tired and not in full co operation mode today>
braided her hair/wrestled ds unruly mop into a pony tail<makes note his hair needs a trim,we like it long but its tatty at the ends>
school run
grabbed milk/bread/cat food from shops
my breakfast in peace
hot spot front room
attacked cupboard under stair for an hour<beat a path in there,may need a few more goes but its too soul sapping to do in one hit>
cleaned bathroom
made all beds
cleaned outside kitchen window<cats paw it with muddy feet to get in and snort all over it and was disgraceful!-typically rained as soon as it was done!>
locate recipe for baked syrup sponges for pudding tonight and messed around on net for a bit
i am now going to wash the floors<hall,living room and kitchen> as both moggies have cleared off out for a bit beofre i go get the zoolets!i shall also shine my disgusting sink!!!!

bessie26 Fri 17-May-13 12:25:00

<give zoo kick up bum as requested> I need to re-routine myself too - sink has not been shiney for a looooong time

I've felt a lot better the last couple of days, perhaps it's just taken me a while to 'catch up' on my sleep? Thyroid was ok when tested 2 months ago & iron levels are always high (was congratualted on them during both pregnancies!), but will defo get tested to check if I get tired again.

As for getting DH to do more ? <snort!> He is very good at doing washing up & putting the bins out, but asking for anything else is a waste of time - for the amount of mess he generates, I do wonder some times if it's worth having him around!

liveinazoo Fri 17-May-13 05:47:11

adora little zoo had hyper extending kneecaps as a baby<is that the same thing?>-she couldnt stand as when on her feet<supported>her knees bended backwards<boak>little support boots gave her the help she needed and shes ok now.dd1 and i are very flexibe in the hip joints<she can bend her leg so foot touches bum then pull the foot round to teh frontshock> so i suspect these things run in families adn some "suffer" more than others

on the flying front i need a serious kick up the bum to reroutine myself.
i spent a substantial chunk of yesterday fighting with a cupboard full of antssad

i need to popto the website and then start posting at least once a day as this commits me not to procrastinate!!!

<ps i know its early,ds has a "dress as an animal day" and will be doing craft activitites allday and we have a dragon that you step into and slide braces over your shoulders and he is very excited!!!!
next week he will be doing SATS and he is starting to stress over them-i dont think school help by telling them they will be hard and they arent allowed to use any equipment and have to be silent.hes only 7 for goodness sakesad

<<notices cats absence of late>>

bessie me time is important,can you not deligate anything to dh?on the tired front have you been tested for low iron/thyroid problems?

i shall pop back at lunchtime,hopefully with a decent ta dah!!!

AdoraBell Tue 14-May-13 18:21:53

Didn't do the DW last night.

Morning routine us done
Family shoed out for school
WM on
My breakfast
Made tea & toast for OH and sat down with tea
Told OH that he had to look after all four dogs when he's home. not sure he fully understands
WM on for 2nd, 3rd & 4th washes, 3 hung outside
Put chicken in oven for later
Cooked plums and apples for a crumble later
Tríed To have a bath, water not hot enough
Checked e-mails

Now contemplating lunch, don't know what To eat thoughconfused

AdoraBell Tue 14-May-13 03:24:24

Well, the towels are folded but still in the kitchen. Underwear is put away.

Laundry has been washed and hung out
Picked up DDs and dropped friend's DCs home
Back home
Laundry back in
Dinner has been done
DW loaded and switch flicked

I may unload and refil the DW when it finishes, or I might not - haven't decided yet.

AdoraBell Mon 13-May-13 16:01:58

Glad you've found your mo-jo Scout

My back is hurting today, no idea why, so housework is slipping down the agenda.

Morning routine is done, sandwiches hurriedly put together and chucked into lunch bags.

Family shoed out the door

All upstairs lights switched off after DDs left

DW has been emptied and breakfast things cleared.

Scrubbed rust spots of the sharp knives from DW.

E-mails checked, text messages sent, sorted out which brand of canned fruit to avoid. Pears were so hard we couldn't cut them with a knife, but DDs had served them so I had to sort through the cans for the name.

I really need to go through my cupboards and plan meals but that means bending so it may or may not happen today. Towels and underwear need folding, I should be able to manage that once I'm done MNing

Scout19075 Mon 13-May-13 12:01:39

I have jumped back on the bandwagon. I'll update and respond to previous messages/posters appropriately later. (If I stay on the computer too long right now I'll loose my mo-jo.)

AdoraBell Sun 12-May-13 23:55:56

Bessie yes, I think it is the same from what I've been reading. I hadn't actually heard of it until recently despite being 'double jointed' myself. Last night OH told me that as a child he was told his knee joint moved sideways as well is the normal movement associated with knee joints. All that can really be done to help is to strengthen the surrounding muscles, so leg muscles for DD1, which means doing more excersise.

Glad to see that DD is sleeping better, and you too.

On the housework front I've done nada today as it's mothers day here. DDs brought me breakfast in bed and OH took me out for lunch, I'm still full but DDs have done food, managed to persued them do to cheese and crackers rather than a full meal. I will do packed lunches a bit later.

bessie26 Sun 12-May-13 23:20:01

good luck jumping through required hoops zoo - remember, they have these things in place for good reasons, however ridiculous they are in your situation.

Your breakfast sounds like what I take to work - half a cup of oats + half a cup of milk + whatever I fancy & leave in fridge overnight. <yum>

adora - I know nothing about hyper mobility - is it being "double jointed"? Is there anything they can do to stop the twisted ankles?

Am struggling with house stuff atm - am very tired & have recently started doing a keep-fit class every week, which is eating into my time for "getting stuff done". Did list something on gumtree this weekend though (although none of the 5 people who have emailed me has actually come to look)

DD2 has been sleeping ok the last couple of weeks & my getting-to-sleep has dramatically improved since "giving up" tea (** excluding first cup in the morning) so why am I still so tired & unable to do proper joined-up-thinking? (I know it is late now, but am usually in bed by 10pm)

Will stop winging now & go to bed!

AdoraBell Fri 10-May-13 15:25:10

Zoo I like the sound those breakfasts, might give them a whirl.

AdoraBell Fri 10-May-13 15:24:07


I hope DS's ankle is much better now. One of mine is back in a support boot, second week now, turns out she (and DD2 too) has hyper mobility. Not so much that it's dibiltating, but she keeps twisting her ankles and knees. Now I know why. I really hope the situation at school improves, you need to keep an eye on it though.

I'm having a slow start. DDs woke me up for the school runblush, luckily their lunches etc were already packed and ready to go. DD2 and I are up early again tomorrow. Dropping her at school at 7.30 am for cross country. Then I'm coming home and going back to bed. DD1 is staying at her BFF's tonight.

So, Ta Dah's not a lot
Morning routine and school run, I took coffee with me and the cereal out of DD1's lunch bag from yesterday, to have in the car. Got DDs to school on timegrin.
Back home
Fed dogs
Spoke to OH
Sat down.

One of the puppies has caught a bird and is now wondering around trying to find a safe place to hide it, 'cos his sister wants it. They aren't hungry so he's clearly planning on saving it for later <boak> disgusting creatures

Scout how are you doing?

liveinazoo Thu 09-May-13 14:38:30

<tries to entice scout with lashings chocolate>

im fed up!

school now feel its sorted and they should play togetherhmm
ds fell off his bed tuesday morning whilst wrestling himself free of his onesy and manage do backward roll and land on his anklesad
swelling nad screaming determined not brokenand after best past 2 days wearing a bag peas on his foot he is now back in shoes and returned to school<good job,as i had to see the head today regarding attendances>

he says they all have attendance around 80% and as such education welfare ar echamping at his neck...he wants to see them in everyday regardless and if i am worried for him or family support worker to decide whether they should be there.what happenened to mums know bestsad
on flying front ive been having a go at sifting through old toys recently<not past two days as have been at hoppalongs beck and call>.its very slow and soul sapping...

managing to do at least a load a day washing,and the bathrooms is another story!!!

im bored with mundane cereal breakfasts and have been searchign something different.current faves in the zoo house are
carrotcake oats-oats covered in water and left to soak in fridge overnight<or 20mins on side if forget>then add pinch cinnamon,grated apple and equal amount fine grated carrot.nuts and raisins optionalsmile
bagels split and toasted and spread with cream cheese and topped chop dry apricot and slices banana

<wanders off to see any cream cheese left in fridge for snack before pick up!!.....>

AdoraBell Wed 08-May-13 15:39:43

Would you like a hand up Scout, or are you comfy down there?

Done my morning routines and school run
Had my breakfast
Fed dogs
Looked at kitchen, made another cup of tea
Sat down to MN

I'm going to have a bit of a rest, waiting for water to heat up so I can wash my hair.

Scout19075 Wed 08-May-13 13:56:27

I have fallen off the wagon. sad

AdoraBell Tue 07-May-13 23:22:15

Grrr, do this new estate agent hadn't collected the signed contract and isn't answering the phone.

On the flying front

Morning routine
School run
Back home & swapped cars over
Back out To get petróleo and shopping
Back home --To check if I'd turnes into a yo-yo, haven't
Fed dogs -at last
Emptied DW
Put WM on
Roasted chicken for dinner
2nd load in WM plus hand Washing
School run
Snack at home

Now need ti bring in laundry
Do dinner & packed lunches
Feed dogs again
Get organised for the morning.

AdoraBell Mon 06-May-13 03:32:08

Found the tooth! Not by stepping on it either which was a reliefgrin

Not much going on here housework wise. Yesterday we ended up being out all day and today other than cooking we've chilled out and watched TV. Had to wait until nearly 5 for hot water for showers and didn't put the DW on until after we'd all showered. It's almost ready to go on again now, just prepped tomorrow's packed lunch and I'm having a tea. Had a beer earlier so no wine tonight, I have to do the am school run. Dogs are fed, DDs are in bed, we've spoken to OH, lunch is prepped but the kitchen is borderline disaster zone. Table's clear though so I can do breakfast.

Bessie belated happy birthday to DD2 and well done on the weeing on the pottygrin

bessie26 Sat 04-May-13 20:16:18

Oh zoo! Hope the head gets it sorted & that your back sorts itself out soon. Great to hear the kids are helping out so much (don't rush back to full fitness too soon! ;-)

Good luck finding the tooth adora!!

scout hope you & SB are both well (& covered in stickers!)

DD2 turned 2 the other week (DH's cake creation is on blog) & has done a wee on the potty every day this week! Total coincidence/good timing of course, but is lovely to see her so excited about it & of course about getting a sticker! grin

I need to do meal plan... I have wine & chocolate though, so I should be able to get through it....

AdoraBell Fri 03-May-13 15:59:07

Zoo what a nightmareshock I'm glad the head is taking it seriously and hopefully with the other mum involved it will get resolved.

Glad your back is getting better. I have a problem with my back muscles if I get too stressed, they just go into spasm and I'm stuck in whatever position I'm in when it hits until the muscles relax, sometimes for weeks.

My recent Ta Da's

Yesterday I was out in the afternoon doing errands after vacuuming all over. No laundry as cloudy with rain forecast. It rained heavily, and audibly, over night and the ceilings upstairs seem to be dry-yay.

Morning ruotine
Assembled packed lunches and threw together croissant sarnies for snacks
School run
Back home and fed dogs
My breakfast
Cleared away and put DW on

Still to do

Look for DD1's tooth, came out yesterday but she dropped it, and the carpets are oatmeal coloured.
Sort clean socks and put away
Make some jam, got frozen blueberries to use up the sugar that's sitting in the cupboard.
General tidying
Feed myself
School run
Collect DD2 from friend's house later
Feed all of us, and dogs again
Chase up vet guy for deworming pills-looks like Floppy has picked up something on hunting trips between deworming treatments sad , but the bloke is never there. He can't delegate and wants to please everyone so he delivers everything, will run around going to people's houses to do vaccines etc rather than inconvenience the owners by having them take pets to him. This means when he says he'll be an hour it frequently means he won't get here that day. But, but, if he was in the office everyone could get what they need. Okay, mini rant over.

^Scout* how are you feeling now? And how is SB doing with his potty training, still being a little star?

liveinazoo Thu 02-May-13 12:31:37

on flying front
ta dahs

fed cats
fed zoolets
made pack lunches
pop co op for bread and milk etc<the police were there as were robbed at gunpoint last night of ciggies and money>
have cleaned bathroom
2x washing-one dried and folded,other almost ready to TD
cleared toys back from front room to bedrooms
made beds
made batch sultana and sunflower seed cookies<yum yum>

i am now going to go and feed my face then crack on ...hoping to deep clean front room before zoolets come home!!

hope everyones ok
noted SB doing a great job.happy days scoutsmile

liveinazoo Thu 02-May-13 12:24:52

sorry ive been MIA...
dd2 had a lovely birthdaysmile
sadly playing in the park the day after i made mistake allowing her to drop from a wall<less than knee high one> into my arms and swing her back made a ping feeling and i thought nothing of it til next day and i was struggling to lift my feet by lunch and in lot pain
tuesday morning i could barely move and i sat by fire hoping heat would help.i got stuck as totally seized up ad couldnt even turn toturn off fire!i had to wait for 2 and half hours til dp finished work to come and rescue me<by which point was almost at fainting point from heatsad>
i rang gp and spoke to them and she confirmed i did some muscular damage and would be a week of pain and a bit longer to regain mobility
its been horrible,i wasnt able to sit,except on arm of sofa so could get up again,for long orshuffle around,couldnt lay flat and laptop was in cupboard i couldnt get at so was very lonelysadsad
zoolets were amazing-dd2<now 9> was on food duty.good job we all love sarnies adn cerealgrin and putting little zoo to bed with a story as the stairs were like climbing everest!
ds adn little zoo were great getting mummy things and putting toys away so didnt snap neck as shuffled around

anyway,started feel better middle last week and began reclaiming from health hazard to bearpit status

friday i had planned to chack back in here after picked up the zoolets..
then dd2 came out very distressed a classmate was threatening to stab here!!!!!!!shockshockshockshock

i was so furious i didnt trust myself to speak teacher there and then so rang school when got in<she had left for the weekend despite it be less than 15mins>
i went in to see her monday early and she was like i spoke to cild involved and told her wasnt nice and to apologise.
i wasnt happy that was dealt with properly as this child and dd2 have a year long list of she did this/she did thats and sindce term started she was responsible for dd2 drop from play equipment and have huge lump back head<think between golf and tennis ball and you have the idea> and a 2 day headache,following week pinched her crisp at lunch

anyway i withdrewdd2 and sounded off a warnign letter to head if had happened out of school wouldve called police,still will if isnt resolved to my satisfaction...

dd2 saw behavioural learning mentor yesterday and she encourage her to stay on grounds she will be mediator and her playroom will be a haven for dd2 and 2 friends for lunch and break for the rest of this week

i see head today and he was most apologetic for class teachers response and he hs spoken to her.other kids mum was called in yesterday.he was surprisingly helpful so hoping it will blow over

sory for the essay i needed to vent it all at someone as ive been close to breakdown<esp as dd2 was so hysterical ds and littel zoo are now kicking off looking for attention and unsettled by the change in dd2>

rant over

AdoraBell Wed 01-May-13 12:47:13

Bessie not many, estate agents here are not "active" IYSWIM. What we're finding is that unless a buyer walks in to their office and specifies which house they want to look at nothing happens. That's why we've gone with this British agent who has set up here. She's worked in a few countries and actualy tries to sell the properties on her books.

Scout, hope you are feeling much better now.

Oh, and decluttering the garden is still declutteringwink

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