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Durham / North East Meet Ups - 2012

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juneybean Mon 19-Dec-11 20:47:17

Hello hello! Here I am with good intentions to behave and show up to some meet ups since I utterly failed in 2011! grin

So we need ideas for daytime meets and of course we must not forget our night time meets wink

[b]Daytime Ideas[/b]
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
The Giants Den, Team Valley
Botanic Gardens
Beach (in the summer of course, unless we want airborne children!)

Okay so ideas for January daytime, I think cake is definitely in order so I propose the one that's next to Ebony, the huge place, down some steps, uhh... Slug & Lettuce is it? CAKE!

January night time? Is this something we want to plan? I know we're always poor after Christmas!

juneybean Mon 19-Dec-11 20:47:50

Fail with my bolding, too busy thinking I'm on a bbcode message board confused

Indith Mon 19-Dec-11 21:04:46

Well done Juney.

Definitely cake in Jan. Slug is good, plenty of space of children to race around and puddings on BOGOF grin

KaraStarbuckThrace Wed 21-Dec-11 07:13:58

Yep, I second Slug in Jan. I can do Mondays and Fridays.

spiffysquiffyspiggy Wed 21-Dec-11 19:56:54

mmmmm pudding.......

I don't work tues but can swap with DH if there is mon cake. currently have an arm in a sling so need that to heal so I can drive again. (warning to others- newcastle station has very slippy platforms.)

Indith Thu 22-Dec-11 08:04:34

Apparently all food is half price on Mondays.

I'm fine with Mondays and Fridays when not on bf duty. Will need at least a week notice so dd can stay in nursery for her dinner so I don't have to pick her up until 12.30 rather than trying to get back for 11.30.

juneybean Thu 22-Dec-11 11:29:29

Monday's are better for me if I have my children as M goes to preschool Tues - Fri. Or Wednesday's as I only have L as M does full day.

9th & 16th I'm childless and no idea about 23rd and 30th yet grin

spiffysquiffyspiggy Fri 30-Dec-11 14:42:51

How does the 16th fit for people? I'm having to swap my days that week to go to a meeting on the 17th so I might as well make the most of it! Can do the week before or the week after if that is no good.

Are we planning something night time before Indith has her freedom curtailed is blessed with a new bundle?

StealthPolarBear Sun 01-Jan-12 00:42:57

Happy new year to you all grin

KaraStarbuckThrace Sun 01-Jan-12 08:55:09

Spiggy, yes 16th is fine for me.

Happy New Year everyone!

juneybean Mon 02-Jan-12 00:37:49

Happy New Year!

16th is good for me! smile

stickyLFDTfingers Mon 02-Jan-12 16:00:05

Happy New Year everyone! Hope that 2012 is a wonderful year for you all (looking at you there Indith particularly, how are you feeling?)

Not sure yet whether 16th is possible for me or not, but if it is I will be there! I will keep watching.

LeggyBlondeNE Thu 05-Jan-12 14:17:48

What time on the 16th...? Am teaching in Stockton in the afternoon...

spiffysquiffyspiggy Thu 05-Jan-12 14:30:51

morning time (10:30ish?) through to lunch? I have to be back to pick DS1 up from school so would prob have to leave by 1:30ish. I know if Indith is coming she will have to leave a bit earlier to get D from nursery.

Indith- are you coming or is it bf? How are things going with the sleep or rather lack of it

My friend is coming along too. She is a mnetter but hasn't popped into this thread yet. <waves just in case she is lurking>

spiffysquiffyspiggy Thu 05-Jan-12 14:47:21

Woo! Just spoken to consultants secretary and she put DD on the next available theatre day- 3rd Feb. Less than a month of snorin, snot and coughing left!

Indith Thu 05-Jan-12 18:21:14

Forgot to check this again! Just had foxy on FB asking when cake is next and it reminded me smile

Not sure about 16th, need to see what is happening with bf rota and how dd settles in at nursery. To do a morning I'd need to put her in for her lunch (otherwise pick up is 11.30 so would be very quick cake!) so want her to settle first. I could always keep her out but then she'd steal my cake.

Glad you have a slot for H spiggy! Got letter putting us on waiting list for sleep tests today. Fingers crossed it isn't too long! But then of course they might not show anything and she could just be a randomly bad sleeper.

KaraStarbuckThrace Thu 05-Jan-12 20:38:48

Yey, spiggy that is good news smile

Indith, if you are coming I will bring some of your clothes back if that is okay? I am sure I have some plain vests as well that you are welcome to, and there maybe some other bits suitable for lo? I'll also bring back those snow suits as well, have got a 6-9 month one and a 6-12 month one which will last me til Spring.

Indith Fri 06-Jan-12 09:41:24

Realised it is Monday not a Friday so def no clash with bf! Still depends on how nursery goes though. She has been rather stroppy about it grin.

spiffysquiffyspiggy Fri 06-Jan-12 11:14:54

H can be stroppy about nursery as well. Then she has the screaming abdabs when I go to pick her up at home time. confused The other day she had to be carried down the road by a member of staff as she was lying on the floor screaming "I want to stay at nursery ALL night" and I couldn't pick her up as I had T. Now I look like the bad parent in the morning as if she starts up I just throw her at one of the nursery nurses and run away grin.

Middle-sized and small cake stealer will be coming with me. DS2 is now properly crawling so I might spend a rather large proportion of my time chasing after him.

stickyLFDTfingers Fri 06-Jan-12 14:56:16

DD1 used to be just like that with nursery - just refusing to leave. At its height when I was very pregnant with DD2. smile Happy memories total nightmare. You wouldn't believe it to see her now - she certainly rushes out of school very happily smile And DD2 never did it at all confused. Children are weird, that's my well thunk out opinion.

KaraStarbuckThrace Fri 06-Jan-12 14:59:29

Sticky, I agree. I have had tantrums from DS refusing to leave nursery!
We have had some tantrums this week in the morning but once he has got to nursery he is fine.

Spiggy, I shall try and train DS to herd T. I am intending him to herd C once she is crawling. Thankfully no sign yet. She stays put where I put her.

Am ridiculously excited about showing you all my new connecta smile

stickyLFDTfingers Fri 06-Jan-12 16:30:17

Kara I'll be expecting you to be whistling and shouting "come by, come by"... could start a whole new sport - one woman and her preschooler...

Indith Fri 06-Jan-12 16:58:05

I'm sure she will settle down soon. Am just taking it steadily as the pre-school is erm...well....convenient but perhaps not my first choice of places to send a child. (it is the place that said ds would have to wear nappies and sit in his own filth. They are a bit questionable about a lot of things. Not security or anything mind, the kids are happy enough but while I'm ok sending dd as she can stand up for herself I didn't want to send ds because of the toileting and other reasons. Friend is similar, her ds is there but her dd is much quieter and she is looking into other places for her). If I'd sent her where I sent ds I'd not be remotely concerned but it wasn't as practical with having school drop off too.

Poor ds soiled for the first time in a month or so yesterday and at school too! First time ever soiling at school. Felt very sorry for school as they had Ofsted in so really didn't need anything else to worry about!

stickyLFDTfingers Fri 06-Jan-12 17:08:05

indith that's shocking! I mean the "sit in his own filth" comment. Blimey.

And don't worry about school and DS - my Dad taught in primary for 30 years and my mum was a school secretary. These things most definitely happen, only newbies would bat an eyelid. Hope your DS was OK, not upset.

Indith Fri 06-Jan-12 17:14:05

Yes, that would be why we didn't send him to that pre-school and appealed to get him into his current school when he was allocated a place at the school! They said if he soiled then they couldn't deal with it and would have to ring me to do it. So he would have to sit in his own poo until I got there. I knew it was completely wrong and ilegal for them to do that but I figured if that was the attitude of the staff then even if I got them to agree in principal to change him I wouldn't be able to trust them.

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