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October 2011 - my, oh my, how the first years flew by!! It's birthday season!!

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MummyDuckAndDuckling Wed 19-Sep-12 21:33:03

So excited that the first birthdays are upon us! Will try get a copy of the stats..

MummyDuckAndDuckling Tue 12-Feb-13 23:30:28

Pen, I'm ashamed to say that S has had a lot of tv today confused. I was painting so had cartoons on to keep her out my way. But tbh, she watches for a minute or two then wanders off, then will come back again etc. the one thing she does watch that has become a favorite is Mickey Mouse club house. She grins, laughs and dances as soon as it comes on! I don't have the channel so its a treat when at gran and grandpas house. I don't mind though as I still have my Mickey from being her age which she now cuddles at night smile
I do tend to have the tv on most of the day but its set on the radio so just music. I feel the house is to quiet otherwise plus gives us an excuse to dance around daft wink

CheshireDing Wed 13-Feb-13 04:04:37

Good about the shifts Mummy smile

Is anyone elses baby waking at night and just not able to get back to sleep? i am sure this has been going on for weeks now, P usually wakes around 1am or 3am and that takes anything up to 2 hours to get back to sleep sad

We do the nappy change, water and food (if she hasn't managed to get back off to sleep straight away). sometimes it works for me to get in her cot, sometimes she just whitters, screaches and generally messes about so I end up getting out because she is getting on my nerves.

I am sure some nights she wakes from a nightmares, just can't get the tinker back to sleep again!

ClimbingPenguin Wed 13-Feb-13 09:38:57

DS has up to about 30 mins atm.

It is split up into 10 mins in the morning if needed and up to 20 (two baby jakes) in the late afternoon as I start dinner or put shopping away etc.

I know it won't be long before I can have him sitting on the side with me while I do the chopping so hope this tv stage doesn't last too long.

Engelsemama Wed 13-Feb-13 21:15:36

M doesn't seem that interested in TV at the mo. I often have it on in the background on days I'm at home on my own and he mostly ignores it. Sometimes he'll stand transfixed for 10 secs in front of it, but you call his name and he legs it!

M will wake in the night, sometimes I hear him chatting away to himself, and sometimes he'll have a 5 minute cry, but he always settles himself I ignore him because I'm horrible

M was well enough to go to nursery today so I did get some time for myself though spent most of it surrounded by snotty tissues on the sofa so not very productive

TallyBear Wed 13-Feb-13 21:16:03

Pen Glad to be of service smile.
Seb doesn't watch too much TV (although he does like turning the tv on and off but I think that's because he loves buttons!). If he's at home during the week we sometimes find Waybuloo and In the night garden for him, which he loves, but only watches in bits and then gets bored. Sometimes the TV will be on when he is about, e.g. at the weekend, but he doesn't pay much attention except to turn it off. Although he did love The Sound of Music.

Cheshire on occasion Seb will do that. We end up bringing him in with us but then, no matter how upset he was before, he gets so excited and roles about pulling hair and slapping us until we can persuade him to go to sleep! Not sure I can squeeze into his cot though!

ClimbingPenguin Wed 13-Feb-13 21:49:34

we don't have a big waking but he was doing 2 wakings and seems to be doing three atm. However he does sleep until 7 which is very nice.

DS gets upsets when I close the laptop, I'm considering not having on anymore but he might adjust.

He is into climbing the chairs and the table and learning to use a spoon (now I actually let him have the bowl and kinda trust him not to throw it on the floor).

He's quite dinky atm, still in 6-9 clothes.

sassy34264 Wed 13-Feb-13 23:14:49

cheshire fx for you and toes.

i love mumsnet! i read your stories about buying bulk pregnancy tests and i realise im not quite as crazy as i think i am! grin


PenelopeLane Thu 14-Feb-13 06:58:15

Cheshire A wakes up in the middle of the night as well and it's hard to settle him. It got better and he started sleeping through, but this week he's been sick and it's back to waking again

TallyBear Fri 15-Feb-13 20:29:21

All quiet today? Is everyone off bulk buying pee-tests again?

Dh and I had today off and took Seb swimming; he's not been since about July. On my God, he LOVED it. He had a HUGE toothy grin on his face and was splashing like mad; I'm gonna need googles for next time! He loves his bath and I guess this was like a big bath with mummy and daddy and loads of other people to gawp at.

He's really getting the hang of walking now and really enjoys it. We got him a little pair of snuggle feet shoes and he looks so cute in them. smile.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Fri 15-Feb-13 22:46:46

Yay for swimming and walking!! That's fab tally! S loves swimming too. I'm trying to get her a swim jacket (one with floats attached) as I hate arm bands and want her to be confident in the water.

All quiet here. Tooth number 10 close to breaking the gum. She may just have a full set soon. They've came in fast enough the past 4 months!

Engelsemama Sat 16-Feb-13 11:11:33

After saying that M doesn’t really wake in night he woke up on Thursday at 4am and was crying on and off for a good half an hour. I went and got him and brought him into our bed and he was fine (took him half an hour to get to sleep but he wasn’t “properly” awake so wasn’t trying to sit up, though he was babbling a bit). Maybe he had a bad dream? He’s definitely teething – has more teeth coming through. The bottom ones between his first molar and the other canines. His antibiotics seem to be doing their work though. He’s eating again normally and coughing less.

Tally M would play with the remote all day given the chance (he always turns the channel over if I leave it lying around). Oh, and I WISH I was off bulk buying pee tests! We’re going to talk about it again in a few months.

Can I ask a stupid question re: swimming. Do you just use a swim nappy, or a swim nappy plus costume, or a costume that doesn’t need a swim nappy confused I have only taken M swimming once blush

Climbing M starts saying “hello” every time I put my laptop on because he expects to be see my mum on skype!

I still feel rubbish sad Have had a really nasty cold/flu virus all week. My sinus’s are still blocked and am dispensing lovely green goo in the morning (sorry TMI). My throat is still swollen and sore. Cannot believe that has been my whole half term. I have so much work to do for school and rely on half term to be able to catch up and also recharge my batteries and am in a worse state than I was at the beginning of the holiday (sorry for repeating myself – sure I moaned about this the other day). I haven’t been able to any schoolwork or anything in the house, or even anything for myself (desperately in need of a haircut!).

Had a total meltdown yesterday and Thursday – couldn’t cope with M, fed up of being physically ill and emotionally just not dealing with anything. DH calmed me down when he got back from work yesterday. I was so distraught that I started telling myself that I really should go to my GP about anxiety, then realized I had a similar meltdown exactly a month ago – the day before my period was due.

Starting to wonder if my pill is not ‘working’ for me emotionally. I had really bad PMT the first year I moved to Holland (I was like clockwork – 1 week before my period I would be in floods of tears) which I had never experienced before. It petered out, so I think it was linked to the anxiety of moving to a new country and having to build a new life. Have been on the same pill since I was 19 and have always been fine for it (it’s supposed to help my skin as well, which it does if my ttc skin was anything to go by).

So, not sure if it’s my pill causing this or the stress and anxiety with work/DH that’s being amplified by my hormones (and it’s winter, I bloody hate winter).

Sorry for thread derail. Just trying to sort out my thoughts in my head. DH said I shouldn’t go to work next work, but I will only slip further and further behind if I stay at home doing nothing. That just makes me feel more anxious, more under pressure.

Not all doom and gloom though. We got the ball rolling for our trip to NZ this year by going to travel agents. Normally we would just book everything separately ourselves and leave most of the accommodation until we got there, but can’t imagine doing that with M. Would rather have a clearer itinerary and be able to enjoy it than wondering where we’re going to sleep the next night. It’s the same travel agent DH used to book his trip to meet me smile

ClimbingPenguin Sat 16-Feb-13 11:23:25

That's a tough combination of ill and PMT, no wonder you felt things getting on top of you.

On the plus side, hopefully green goo means you are near the end. Last year every time I got a cold I got sinusitis which was horrible, as it lasted the three weeks. I only get blocked on one side and what I have found to be really helpful to make yourself lay on the side that lets it drain. It takes a while to get used to it, but I think it is what has stopped me getting it that badly this winter.

DS can now blow kisses and do self cuddles to say goodbye to nanny on the laptop. When he has had enough he just starts waving goodbye blushgrin

It's my birthday today, was feeling a bit glum as no presents and no messages on fb (although to be fair my b'day isn't advertised on there), but have pulled myself together a bit now. Doesn't help that DS has now got my cold and I am still getting over it. They are making me a cake later and we're having takeaway once children are in bed.

Engelsemama Sat 16-Feb-13 12:12:47

Happy Birthday Climbing ! thanks

Thank you for your kind words and snot related tips grin . I actually feel a lot better now that I have made the connection between my cycle and meltdown. I really thought I was ready to be shipped off to the funny farm yesterday - scared myself by how full of despair I was (and gave myself a massice headache from crying).

M makes a funny sound when he cuddles you (a mix between cuddle and Dutch knuffel ) and waves bye bye to everyone, btu still hasn't got the hang of kisses/blowing kisses (though he will kiss his teddy!).

Just finished skyping DM and M is in bed so am going to go and make our pizza base for this evening and then give the house a once over. May start reading the novel I have to start teaching soon (will be something to cross off to do list that doesn't require much effort, whereas my pile of planning and marking most definitely do!)

strawberrypenguin Sat 16-Feb-13 12:29:53

Happy birthday climbingthanks wine

Hope you feel better soon eng is it worth trying a different pill to see if that has any effect on the pmt?

Engelsemama Sat 16-Feb-13 13:19:57

That's what I'm thinking strawb or maybe even just going off it altogether since we are (fx) going to ttc later this year. But in the back of my mind I remember how hideous my skin was when I wasn't on the pill. When we were ttc and I couldn't use most acne treatments, it was so bad that one of my (very tactful Dutch) colleagues asked me what was 'wrong with my face'. shock

TallyBear Sat 16-Feb-13 20:30:05

Mummy I've been looking for a float jacket too. Some kids had them at the pool and they look a lot more user friendly than arm bands, which are perhaps better for older kids.

Engles So sorry you've been feeling crappy. Sending <<hugs>> and positive thoughts your way. I agree Winter is crap but we're definitely heading into Spring - if that is any consolation.
Re: swimming, when Seb was little we used a swim nappy and a 'wrap' like a wet suit but now we use a swim nappy and little shorts (with Mr Happy on them). He looks so cute in them. For some classes I think they ask you to double-up with nappies. You can get some shorts with reusable swim nappies built in. I did buy a reusable swim nappy but never used it (too small now) as it didn't seem to have much room for deposits, iykwim!
I got the implant after Seb. Not sure about effect on skin but it's good and when you want to ttc again you have it removed and your fertility comes back immediately. Or you just leave it in for 3 years.

Climbing HAPPY BIRTHDAY thanks. Enjoy your cake and takeaway. Add a wine or two to that!
Seb can blow kisses although I'm not actually sure if he started playing indians! He looks very cute though. He also hugs his teddies <melts remembering how cute he is! And I made him! How did that happen?>

PenelopeLane Sun 17-Feb-13 03:39:45

engels hope you feel better, and do let me know if you want any accom advice ie the actual location of hotels and avoiding dodgy areas etc

We put A into a swim suit and a swimmer when he swims, but that's more to keep him warm. Having said that though my sis swears by re-usable swimmers.

I am exhausted - did a 7km run/walk with the buggy before for an event held every year in Wellington. Was fabulous though, and am especially pleased I bet last year's time and also didn't ram anyone's shins with the buggy unlike last year grin

sassy34264 Sun 17-Feb-13 11:53:27

I wrote a post on sat morning, but it wouldn't up load!!! grrr.

engels sorry you are having such a shit time. Hope you are better soon.

Hope you had a nice birthday climbing

mummy I got these for the twins when we went to Italy.

swim vests

My post was a little moan, as all 3 kids have conjunctivitis and i had spent 2 hours (getting there, waiting, and driving back) at the emergency docs on fri night. Got in at 1am. Eva had woke up crying,boiling hot, breathing really fast and heart rate racing. She has tonsilitis. It's been a bloody shame on her. Green pus from both her eyes and her nose.

Chloe now has ear ache.

Did i kill someone in a past life! I am seriously bogg eyed. I daydream of having 1 night in a hotel, with no one to wake me up during the night or my jacob alarm clock at 6.10am every frigging morning.

I can't bloody wait for spring..............

oops- moaned again blush

sassy34264 Sun 17-Feb-13 11:56:58

I can add some good news though.

I'm off the happy pills and happy again. My and dp's relationship has improved 10 fold and i have joined a new gym.........and i'm going at least 3 times a week.

I'm loving the spinning classes!


ClimbingPenguin Sun 17-Feb-13 12:05:54

pleased for you sassy

DS still poorly, he's sleeping while DH takes DD swimming. He has been awake a total of two hours so far today. Regarding swimming, we're off the school of thought of wanting them to learn to swim properly and hold on to the side etc. so we don't agree with floatation suits etc. Comes down to how often you go and what you want out of them I suppose. They can't do 'swimming' if the suit keeps them bobbing on the surface.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Sun 17-Feb-13 13:45:14

Great news sassy! And well done on the spin class. Your brave!! grin

Hope you had a lovely birthday climbing thanks

I got one of the swim vests on eBay for a total of £3! Plus a few p&p. I agree with what you say to an extent climbing, but i think some sort of 'flotation' allows confidence to be built and encourage use of legs to kick and move around the water. I dislike arm bands as I feel it puts a lot of pressure on their shoulders and back. When she's a little older, I hope to just use one of those noodle things. Kids I last looked after used them and they were great! Very confident jumping in and out water with them and both swimming by 5ish.

I've got my own moan... All new heating materials being delivered tomorrow with the plan to be fitted on Tuesday but this has now been cancelled and I need to phone Monday to arrange a new date! Now my house isn't huge so everything was being put into S room as I've taken apart her cot and moved all furniture out of the way to allow floors to be lifted etc. spent most of Thursday doing all this as I was working thur/fri/sat night so we have stayed at my parents with the view of having the house empty for all the work to be done and going back by end of week when everything is sorted and she has a room to sleep in again. Ill be complaining with the fact of the inconvenience this is now causing as I can't have a toddler in the house while the floors are all lifted and radiators/boiler/pipes and everywhere! I'm hoping this has been a mistake somewhere as they were only just out on Thursday confirming location etc of everything. Grrr! Ill be glad when its all done and we have our nice cosy house back.

It's lovely here today, starting to finally feel like spring grin

ClimbingPenguin Sun 17-Feb-13 15:19:13

DD has been swimming short bursts for about 6 months now. She's not old enough to hold her head above the water, but she kicks, uses her arms and blows bubbles. She's starting to combine it with breathing so after a count of 4, we lift her head for breathing in for 2 counts and then going again. She's been jumping in since she just turned 2. She's been able to get out the pool by herself for absolute yonks. She's always loved the water and has been swimming most weeks she was 4 months old (with a three month gap when we moved around 18 months).

DS doesn't love it as much until we get into much warmer pools.

right need to go and do some work

ClimbingPenguin Sun 17-Feb-13 15:37:54

we need a new thread soon

PenelopeLane Sun 17-Feb-13 19:00:32

A has been doing lessons since he was about 9 months - he really likes it, it's pretty much water play with other babies his age with some things I couldn't do alone at the pool like passing them between adults under water. DH was skeptical at first but I convinced him as A really enjoys it and they aren't too pricey. They also teach blowing bubbles and climbing on and off floaty things, and he's just started putting his head under himself. If DH and I could always go to the pool together we wouldn't need the lessons though

Engelsemama Sun 17-Feb-13 19:12:36

I am definitely considering alternate forms of contraception Tally so interesting to hear about implant. I’m hoping that in a month DH and I will be able to talk about trying again for number 2, though it may just be passively for a while (i.e. not using contraception). Even if I wasn’t on the pill I don’t think it would have made a difference tbh. Depression is not conducive to a high sex drive, and unfortunately the Ads DH takes to help his depression make it even worse confused

pen we reckon we are going to be quite lazy and try and book as much as we can through a travel agent here but thanks! Maybe we’ll be able to have a MN meet-up (depending on what days we’re in Wellington – def going to stop there for 1 or 2 nights as we have friends there). Well done on improving buggy run time smile

sassy poor you and DCs. Hoping they’re all better soon. Great news about ADs, gym and DP. I think everyone’s allowed a little moan every now and again wink

What a pita duck

Well, I feel like I’ve turned a corner now. Feeling much better physically, though still a bit snotty. Managed to do some schoolwork today which made me feel a lot better. Just getting started is the hardest thing. I have barely been out of the house in a week or spoken to anyone except DH and ILs. I’m ready to face the world again! Hoping I’ll be well enough to go running on Tuesday night and am planning on going to work this week. Have one more day off tomorrow so still some more time to get some more marking and planning done (I managed it today while M was sleeping this afternoon). Thanks for listening ladies. My resolution for Lent is to give up whining on MN and look for the positives in life instead (easier said than done I know).

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