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April 2012 - little people who actually DO stuff now!!

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BeyondTheLimitsOfAcceptability Wed 19-Sep-12 11:07:41

Ta da grin

BigBoPeep Mon 23-Sep-13 14:19:04

My god, what happened? DD's been a joy from the beginning, the whole thing's been a breeze up to now quite frankly. I think now she is a toddler though, what I assumed was a bit of teething has turning into weeks of near constant screaming sad She sleeps incredibly lightly, so clearly isn't getting enough, is uber clingy, but everything I do or don't do is wrong and earns me an ear splitting scream.

BeyondTheLimitsOfAcceptability Tue 27-Aug-13 01:30:27

Can't sleep so have been reading through these threads and getting quite broody and emotional. Am amazed (and a little worried, lol) how much stuff I had forgotten! blush

H007 Mon 22-Jul-13 09:35:25

Hi, Firstly I apologise for intruding I am from Nov 2011 group and I am looking for parents of first or only children aged between 1 and 4 to take part in my weaning methods research for my masters degree. The research is a questionnaire which will take around 15-20mins and you will require your child's personal health record or 'red book' with you when completing it. The link to the questionnaire is weaning questionnaire in September the findings of the research will be published here [] if you would like more information regarding the study please read the below participant information sheet or email me, please also feel free to share with anyone you believe may be interested.

_Participant Information Sheet_
You are being invited to take part in a research study that seeks to investigate whether different weaning methods have an impact on food preferences and/or health related outcomes. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.

This is a student dissertation study being taken as part of my MSc in Applied Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. My name is Hannah Boardman. I am doing some research into the impact that different weaning methods may have on children. In my research I would like you to answer several questions on your selection of weaning method for your child, plus some data from your personal child health record (red book) regarding your child’s weight at birth, at commencement of weaning and at 1 year, 18 months and 24 months. I would also like you to complete a food frequency questionnaire to highlight your child’s food preferences currently. After you have heard more about the study, and if you agree to participate, then please complete the questionnaire. You do not have to decide today whether to participate in the research. You can talk to anyone you feel comfortable with about the study.

There may be some words or terms that you do not understand. Please ask me to go through any of these and I will explain them. If you have questions later, you can ask me or my supervisor at Oxford Brookes University Dr. Simon Wheeler (

What is the purpose of the study?
Baby led weaning is a relatively new concept or way of introducing solid food to infants during the weaning period. As it is a relatively new concept there is very little research into the effect that it may have upon children. This study aims to compare the baby led weaning approach with the traditional approach of using purees or manufactured baby food in terms of the foods that a child prefers and their weight gain over the weaning period. I am hoping that this study will help to provide more information on the baby led weaning approach so that there is more information out there enabling parents to make informed decisions.

Why have I been invited
I want to obtain information from parents who had recently been through the process of weaning with their children, and who still had access to their personal child health record (red book).

Do I have to take part in the study?
You do not have to agree to participate in the study. Decisions to participate in research when it is using information about your child can be difficult. You can ask as many questions as you like and I will take the time to answer them. You have the right to discontinue participating in the research at any point without giving reason.

Questionnaires can be completed via the survey monkey link here The first part of the questionnaire will ask some basic information about you and your family, the next part will ask for information about your child and also information that can be found in your personal child health record (red book) regarding your child’s weight at certain points in time. The final section will ask you to complete a record of what foods your child enjoys having and how often they have them. I will be able to collect the information directly from the host provider, no-one else will be able to access the information. The information from your will be used to create my final dissertation for my MSc.

Example questions:
1. Section 1:
Date of birth?
2.Section 2:
Child’s weight at birth?
Age that weaning was started?
Child’s weight at 12 months?
3.Section 3:
In an average week how many times does your child eat bread?
In an average week how many times does your child eat banana?
In an average week how many times does your child eat chicken?

Hopefully the completion of the questionnaire should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. It is advisable to have your child’s personal health record also known as ‘the red book’ to hand when completing the questionnaire.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
There will be no immediate and direct benefit to you or your child for participation in this study, but your participation is likely to help us find out more information about the effects of different weaning methods on health outcomes and food preferences. I hope that this may help provide more information on different weaning methods to help support the choices of parents in the future.

I will not be sharing the information that you have provided with anyone other than my supervisor. The information that I collect from this project will be kept confidential. Information provided by yourself not have your name recorded on it.

Sharing of Research Findings
At the end of the study, I will be sharing what I have learnt with interested parties. Results will be accessible online at Results may also be published so that other interested people may learn from this research.

Who to Contact
If you have any questions you may ask them now or later, even after completion of the questionnaire. If you wish to ask questions you may contact any of the following;

Hannah Boardman
Principle Investigator

Dr. Simon Wheeler

If the questionnaire highlights any concerns or issues regarding your child’s development then you should contact your GP or Health Visitor.

Ethical Approval and funding
This study has been approved by the Oxford Brookes University Departmental Research Ethics Officer on behalf of the Faculty Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns about how this study has been conducted you can contact Dr Dido Green, Departmental Research Ethics Officer on

Thank you for your help.

newmummyvicky Sat 20-Jul-13 16:21:35

We too keep getting asked when is our second one! Henrietta.

I keep saying I have to work to earn so money lol :-)

HenriettaChicken Thu 18-Jul-13 20:42:12

Congratulations, Thaleia & Jelly! I can imagine this is a time full of many emotions for you - try & focus on the exciting ones. Will be thinking of you lots! We keep being asked when we'll have number 2. I keep saying we're not planning a second right now - but people don't believe me. So now I just mention our holiday plans... We're heading to sicily in 9 months so I'd better not get bloody pregnant!

Jellybellyrbest Tue 16-Jul-13 21:19:52

And Laughing....there are now 8 grand-daughters on my side of the family, so if we did have a son it would be a major event!

Jellybellyrbest Tue 16-Jul-13 21:17:07

Thaleia! Congrats!!! That's a coincidence-both of us pregnant at the same time again. My due date is March 20th, but of course I'll know for sure after my dating scan. Thinking of asking for an early one as my Sis had twins a few years ago, so with my age I'm slightly concerned it could be 2!! OMG that would be a shock!!!My eldest DDs have 2 years exactly between them & are great buddies (ATM anyway), so I think it's a good age gap. Hope you're keeping well! I've a few symptoms-tired, but not too nauseated yet.

Dream-good luck! Hope it happens soon for you too!

Buns; this is our SECOND surprise!! I'm actually SOOOO embarrassed when I think about telling work...but hey, I'll get over it. We've had such joy with DD3 that we know the practical stuff will all be ok in the end. Think we're just a bit better at it all now.

Hve to keep it quiet in RL for a bit; my dad's just started Treatment for cancer, so mum & dad have enough on their plate. So it's lovely to have all you lovely ladies who I feel like I've got a real relationship with, to share!! Thx for all your replies.

Nordicmom Tue 16-Jul-13 18:16:33

Congrats Thaleia!

HugAndRoll Tue 16-Jul-13 13:33:05

Congratulations!! I have 2 RL pregnant friends too, lots of new babies and for the first time ever I'm not broody grin.

Thaleia Tue 16-Jul-13 13:24:59

Hi all,

I thought I have a look too who's still on and also to share the news that I am pregnant again, DC will be due in March.

I can't it .... a toddler and a new baby??!!! It'll be great!

dreamc1 Mon 15-Jul-13 05:33:16

Congrats Jelly x
We are still trying for no.2. Periods & ovulation are now back, so hopefully soon. In hindsight, I should have never gone back on the inj. Never mind.

Nordicmom Mon 15-Jul-13 01:20:22

Congrats Jelly smile! That's wonderful news !!!

Bunsouttheoven Sun 14-Jul-13 22:01:39

Congratulations jelly I can imagine how mixed your feelings would be. Dc 3 was unplanned for us & it took me a good while to get my head round it. Think if I got pregnant again I would probably go through all those feelings again but come out on the positive side. Babies are such a blessing, all the practical stuff works out in the end. smile smile

newmummyvicky Sun 14-Jul-13 21:53:25

What lovely news, sorry if it a bit of a shock for you. I'm really just enjoying time with dd and her age but it would be lovely to cuddle a new born again. My friends due in a couple of week so that might make me broody? But ill think we'll wait a year or two for the next one. X

Shylepite Sun 14-Jul-13 21:45:56

Ah wow congratulations! Have you worked out your due date or told your other dcs yet? I can't wait to ttc number 3 but we have to wait another 2 1/2 - 3 years yet envy

laughingGnomette Sun 14-Jul-13 21:11:04

Oooooh you might have a boy this time and get to experience sprinkler system nappy changes!! winkgrin

Jellybellyrbest Sun 14-Jul-13 17:27:33

Aww, thank you ladies!! Knew I could count on you to support me again! Just re-read my message....totally left out the line saying how pleased I am. I love babies & it'll be so lovely for Dd3 to have a sibling close to her in age. It'll be the same gap exactly as there is between my first DDs. Just a bit of a shock for me-I've only had 3 periods since I stopped BF 3.5 mths ago!

NancyinCali Sun 14-Jul-13 16:03:34

Oh my god! Congratulations!!! That is so exciting xx

laughingGnomette Sun 14-Jul-13 14:58:35

Aww Jelly congratulations. N was unplanned an DP was out of work and I was facing redundancy when we found out so I can kind of appreciate the stresses you're going through. Good luck with telling work but take time and get your head around I first. It's fantastic DH is so supportive and in love with your children, you'll be absolutely fine. Wishing you a smooth pregnancy xx

HugAndRoll Sun 14-Jul-13 10:47:34

Congratulations!! No more for us ever but I look forward to hearing about more newborns, I couldn't handle anymore tbh.

Jellybellyrbest Sun 14-Jul-13 10:01:42

Hi Ladies! Been a while...I hope you're all getting some sunshine where you are. Got the shock of my life y'day...POAS & I"M PREGNANT!!!!!! Another unplanned pregnancy. I'm mortified. I know we'll cope..I do have financial concerns, I'm wondering how my body will do this again! I know life with 4 DC will be tougher than it is now with 3 in lots of other ways, but my toes are curling at the thought of telling work...again. :-(

DH delighted; he's completely in love with DD3. He wanted another baby ages ago. Think he's finally got the knack of parenting off pat & has been v supportive this time round. Thinks he's the most fertile man on the planet ATM.

Can't really talk to a'one in RL about this till 12w scan, which will be early Sept I think. Haven't slept all week & now I know I think it's hormonal-I'm tossing around full of anxiety over silly things.

So there it is! Anyone else yet?

marshmallowpies Mon 10-Jun-13 09:15:53

I had a night at home alone too - DH took DD to a family party & stayed overnight, I had work that day so I couldn't go. Very odd being home alone, I was lounging round the house wondering what to do with myself!

The next day I was up at 6.30 anyway for work so the day was gone in no time, and the best moment was coming home, calling out 'Hello!' & hearing the sound of DD thundering across the floor on hands & knees to meet me, when she heard my voice.

newmummyvicky Wed 05-Jun-13 21:15:19

I think it will just be an odd occasion! Henrietta good luck with the self settling! smile

HenriettaChicken Mon 03-Jun-13 22:14:22

Wow - an overnight stay! What a treat! We haven't even begun to think about that, although he sleeps through most nights, or wakes up once - for about 15 mins. Trying to get him to self settle now. Step one: feed him and then do story. It's not going to be easy, this one...

newmummyvicky Mon 03-Jun-13 21:46:29

Oh I forgot to say I left dd overnight for the first time with my mum last week, was our anniversary so went out for a nice meal!
Couldnt of really done it before with bfeeding and still waking up!
It Was so strange but I'm glad I did it, felt funny not having her in the house, and I couldn't see her the monitor! I Didn't sleep great thinking about her. It will probally take a few goes, to get use to it. She loved it and was a angel sleep 8-7am for them. No wake up!

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