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2013 Durham/Teesside/Tyne and Wear greet, meet and eat thread

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ArrowofApollo Thu 04-Apr-13 07:44:58

Thought I would start a new thread as the old one is getting full.

Next meet up is on Wednesday 10th April, 10ish at the Durham Botanical Gardens. We will either be in the entrance or staking a couple of the picnic tables by the pond.
I will be giving Vikinglady a lift.

LeggyBlondeNE Sat 06-Apr-13 21:18:01

It better not rain, I want my dairy challenge to be a Botanics mint hot chocolate! Still if it's wet a least I'll only have baby with me and won 't hav to chase T round the pub!

ArrowofApollo Sat 06-Apr-13 21:40:15

Yes I will have both of mine so pub not ideal!

Has been ver lovely today. Got loads of gardening done. Garden no longer looks like a weed infested wilderness.

ArrowofApollo Sun 07-Apr-13 08:01:01

Teesside Sling Meet

NCT are having a slingmeet at Guisborough Forest Walkway tomorrow, if anyone is interested?

spiffysquiffyspiggy Sun 07-Apr-13 17:59:27

Fancy coming to do my garden now yours is done? No? Drat. grin

ArrowofApollo Sun 07-Apr-13 20:58:57

Strangely no, I am shattered! And still need to do more!

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Tue 09-Apr-13 14:35:13

Hi ladies, sorry it looks like I won't be able to come now as I'll need to be around all day for the workmen sad Next time though! Enjoy it - hope it doesn't rain (or snow!)

ArrowofApollo Tue 09-Apr-13 16:44:14

SOrry to hear that Dupain!

I think tbh we should change the venue to the Slug and Lettuce as it still forecasting rain tomorrow. I am not hugely bothered but am thinking of Leggy with her tiny ds. But it definitely isn't picnic weather!!

juneybean Tue 09-Apr-13 20:13:48

I'm happy wherever smile

ishchel Wed 10-Apr-13 14:50:44

picnic weather now! at least if I am in the lee of the house.

links about breastfeeding in the UAE

Al Wasl Hospital has UNICEF Baby Friendly Status so they ought to have a good lactation service - tell her to go to a meeting when still pg if at all possible

lastly she can join this yahoo group and Facebook group which I know is quite valuable for meeting other mums and is maintained by some very knowledgeable people including a breastfeeding counsellor from the Assn. of Breastfeeding Mothers.

"Heh – thought the website URL would appear. It’s . We’re also on Facebook (Breastfeeding Q&A UAE), but the Yahoo Group is where most of the discussion takes place."

Indith Wed 10-Apr-13 15:25:25

So if we've just put a deposit down on a Meriva to pick up Friday, what else shall we buy in our car shopping spree? We were looking for one family car and one little car but we appear to have bought a medium car instead hmm.

Budget £10k. Absolutely no more than that. Ideal £6k.

For £10k we could get a new Zafira. But they won't be out of the factory until end of June and we need 2 cars by the start of June. Plus then we would own a Meriva and a Zafira and therefore be the most boring people in the entire world.

Is the Meriva big enough to be our big, family, fill full of crap and drive to the south of France car? If it is then we could go for a properly little car, maybe one of those Dacias that are £6k new? But if it is a touch small then we need a bigger car, wonder if pushing the budget up to the £10k would put us in reach of a decent focus estate or a c max?

Fed up of looking at cars and the only things in our budget being stuff that is almost as old as our deceased car with almost as many miles on the clock. I'm not spending £6k on something that isn't going to last.

spiffysquiffyspiggy Wed 10-Apr-13 15:37:28

Am clueless on cars. Never bought one as I've always been given family cast offs. The only vaguely helpful thing I can say is that the Peugeot 807 is horrible to drive so stay away from that.

Is June when you start placements? Excitingsmile

T has just become the baby that I've fed for the longest time. M was 20 months, H 21 but T has hit 22. Can't believe that is a grand total of 63 months. That's over 5 yearsshock all but 18 months of which I've been at work. I think I shall have some cake to celebrate grin

ishchel Wed 10-Apr-13 15:40:57

Indith, I am hoping to renew my car later this year. If you go for a bigger car and want a cheap and reliable second (I've had no issues with it) later on, then I will happily let you know about it if we let go of it later this year. (Would be October time).

I have no idea about Merivas or Zafiras but I have heard that the C Max is big enough and reliable too.

ishchel Wed 10-Apr-13 15:44:21

x posted - yes cake. Could do with some ATM too. I could say it is because M turns 8 next Friday with makes for 8yrs of continuous lactation. hmm shock

Indith Wed 10-Apr-13 16:04:20

Hats off to your both, that is a lot of lactiation!

Thanks my dear but I need another car by June for placements. What do you have though? May be a model we've not thought about.

Spiggy don't worry, we are not in the tank market grin.

StealthPolarBear Wed 10-Apr-13 16:23:50

Yes sorry I am no goo on cars either but don't get a fiat Brava (I think that's what it was)

ArrowofApollo Wed 10-Apr-13 17:02:42

Hyundai do cheap and reliable cars with 5y warranties. Have had our i30 for nearly 4 years now, just had the washer bottle replaced for free as it had sprung a leak.

spiffysquiffyspiggy Wed 10-Apr-13 17:16:40

Wow 8 years solid. I am but an amateur grin. That definitely deserves cake! I can claim 7 years since I was not pregnant and/or breastfeeding as of the end of the month though. <Orders more celebratory cake>

ishchel Wed 10-Apr-13 17:27:09

I have a Ford Fusion which is a little bigger and uglier than the new Fiesta. It is just as reliable as the fiesta but cheaper as I guess it isn't as popular. 2nd hand they can be found quite cheap. I thought you'd need something for uni but thought I'd mention it anyway. With the SPD I liked it cos they are a little higher than a lot of cars in a similar range and it made fastening seatbelts around a toddler a tad easier.

ishchel Wed 10-Apr-13 17:28:00

Oh 8yrs breastfeeding with 18months tandem. <fishing for more compliments.> wink

ArrowofApollo Wed 10-Apr-13 17:32:59

Amazing, ischel smile

Indith Wed 10-Apr-13 18:03:18

<<bows down in worship>> I'm only on around 48 months, curse my eldest early weaning child grin.

ArrowofApollo Wed 10-Apr-13 18:16:02

So far the total for me is 53mo shock
No tandem feeding though, DS stopped about 3mo before I fell pg with DD.

Indith Wed 10-Apr-13 20:07:07

Well done Kara <<hands out cake>>

I hope I get to a nice point with ds2 of his feeding when I'm here but not bothered when I'm not. Late shifts could be interesting though, June is not very far away and he gets rather grumpy if not presented with a breast approx 30 seconds after getting out of the bath! Nights are just constant........

On that note I am getting paranoid about periods. Still not come back. I've taken to carrying a pad and a spare pair of knickers in my bag. They came back at 4 months with ds1 so exclusively feeding and around 9 months with dd so still feeding a fair bit during the day and around 10 times a night. 13 months and counting.

I can't be arsed to study tonight, got a whole day of study at home tomorrow. Kids will be at the CM until 3pm. I hope it is nice tomorrow so we can go play at teh park after they come home. Dh is working this evening on a release.

spiffysquiffyspiggy Wed 10-Apr-13 22:56:25

Periods came back at 9 months with all of mine but I think it was the return to work at 6 months that triggered it. I always knew when my cycle was starting up again as I suddenly decided that sex was better than sleep novelty wore off again quite soon

Has dh thought any more about the snip?

VikingLady Thu 11-Apr-13 07:31:12

Indith mine only came back last week.

Everyone who met up yesterday - I've been up all night with d&v, as has DH. I hope I haven't infected any of you, but just a warning. Mine is worse than DH's which makes me wonder if it was the sausage.

Sorry. Glad I didn't cuddle the baby!

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