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These babies are going to be calm, easy and sleepy at all the right times, and we're brooking no argument about it!

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Biscuitsandtea Sun 07-Oct-12 05:09:09

In here ladies - the other thread was getting full up so I thought I'd better start a new one.....

Will do some links to / from this thread but in the meantime please make yourselves at home smile

<plumps up cushions and sets out a tray of cakes, pastries and tea and coffee>

scarletfingernail Sun 07-Oct-12 20:12:51

Just got to say I am sooooo ridiculously excited about the Homeland starting again tonight.

Does anyone else watch?

Biscuitsandtea Sun 07-Oct-12 20:15:07

Thanks Jen for sorting me out on fb smile

I haven't watched Homelands Scarlet - should I? Do I need to have watched earlier series?

jaggythistle Sun 07-Oct-12 20:21:26

hello, i will try to link to my thread about DS1 choking when i get on the computer. DS2 had milk out of his nose when he was smaller too.

i must still have fast letdown sometimes as he chokes a bit. he just did it there and burst into tears because he was so tired.

DH gave up getting up at night with DS1 eventually. i was a bit annoyed seeing as i was the one getting up for work... DS2 is all big smiles for him, but he still pretty much hands him to me if he gets grumpy/cries. I'm hoping he gets more patient with working out what he wants.

we had a wee chat about strategies when i go back to work and no instant boob is available. he's a lot less worried than me! worst case he can take them both for a drive in the car! grin

potty training latest, still the same really. no idea whether he will one day just get the idea of asking. i think we had one or two "mummy do i have my pants on" almost asks and we reminded him for the rest. i think we got through about 4 pairs of pants...

Gosh Pomme, I thought you could only get chicken pox once! Poor you - I remember having CP at age 17 and it itched like mad. Dealing with a baby and toddler with crazy itchiness does not sound like fun. sad Oatmeal in the bath also helps - in fact, any bath helps, with cool water. Good luck with your first day at work! Have you picked an outfit that makes you look like a super professional businesswoman while simultaneously making you feel confident and thin and sexy? Or is it just me who believes strongly in the Power of Clothes?

Munx, yay for the brilliant weight gain! Don't know anything helpful about overactive let down, but at least DS seems to be thriving on it, so it can't be bothering him too much. Does he seem upset by the milk coming out of his nose?

Ninja, liking the vampire teeth idea! shock at your DS and the straw, though! Brooking hard that it comes out without need for a general anaesthetic. The things kids can do to themselves that would never occur to you as a possibility...

Can someone tell me how to get added to the FB group? Musical, did you say I could pm you a link?

<waves at Little> Congratulations on a DS! And 20 weeks already!

Oh Dream, oh no, not more illness in your house! sad <Brooks extra hard for Dream and family> How is your boob feeling? I would never have known that things like your description of motor planning or bilateral coordination were anything to worry about - just thought 'that was a bit silly', or, with the yoghurt thing, probably 'awww sweet!'. It is hard that your job makes you worry more - blithe ignorance has a lot to recommend it. thanks for you - you do such a great job!

Scream, I'm doing the Paleo thing most of the time, but am currently off it because it's my birthday. Have been mainlining carbs - I am so full I may actually be sick, and DH overbought ridiculously, which means there are heaps of chocs, fruit pies, bread, bagels etc in the house that I am not supposed to eat as of tomorrow! Might have to have one more day off, finish all the bad food and then restart. M had broccoli for dinner too - she had some slow-roast lamb bits as well, but she was grabbing the broccoli first chewing it and then dropping it into the dog's waiting jaws. It must be the bright green that appeals. So pleased that you and DH are getting on a bit better at present and managing dates! Brooking hard that it's the beginning of better times for you both.

Hawthers, so sorry you're worrying so much right now. The difference a few months makes is incredible, though, so I hope in a little while it will all seem so different to you. My friend's unborn baby (due 1 Nov) will be in the same school year as M, which seems mad right now when you look at the difference 7 months has made. Your DS1 will get there, I'm sure. thanks for you too. Hope you get through tomorrow ok without any tactless comments about size.

Hi, Boo!

Biscuits, how sweet that E settles for DS1! Awwww. It is hard for fathers working - they want to bond, but they also have to bring in the cash, and then they're tired and grumpy. Your DH seems to make a huge effort despite his long hours, though not like DH who hasn't got up in the night since M was 3 weeks old. That's not quite fair to DH - he does help, but he does have a tendency to flop in front of the computer and say he's been out at work all day and he just wants some time to relax. hmm And that's on a public sector 36 hour week. hmm again. Hope E learns to settle for your DH again soon.

Mammoth post, sorry!

scarletfingernail Sun 07-Oct-12 20:25:44

Yes Biscuits you need to watch it. It's the best thing that's been on telly for yonks. The second series starts tonight and is following on from the first so you would need to see the first series. I think the first series is currently being repeated on a Tuesday night but you've already missed a couple of episodes. If you don't get to catch it, see if you can watch 4 on Demand or ask for the DVD for Christmas and tape the second series and watch afterwards.

jaggythistle Sun 07-Oct-12 20:33:47

sorry to hear about more poorly wee ones. chicken pox! no wonder she was feeling rough. sad

we've all got the cold now just for a change, only mild though <touch wood>

scarletfingernail Sun 07-Oct-12 20:37:26

Oh yes Happy Birthday Too thanks What have you been up to today apart from eating? grin

Sorry Ninja I missed your post earlier where you said about DS sad. I'm amazed they couldn't get it out at A&E, I'd have thought they'd have someone there who specialises in kids doing that sort of thing. I had to race there once with a friend's DS who had put a raisin up his nose. We were in a blind panic and the A&E nurse hardly batted an eyelid and removed it with a long pair of tweezers. We had tried tweezers at home and failed so there must be a certain amount of skill involved.

NinjaChipmunk Sun 07-Oct-12 20:40:24

I want to join the fb group too! I sent fluff a friend request but she seems to have gone quiet since, wonder if she's having a sneeze birth? If anyone else can help?

musicalmrs Sun 07-Oct-12 20:41:18

Started to write a post earlier, managed to lose it.. sigh.

Too, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Did M give you your lovely night's sleep - or a lie in? You can PM me a link! Or RubberJen who seems to have it all under control smile It's lovely being able to put names to faces (and to generally be nosy...)

I am also a huge believer in the power of clothes! I don't bother too much, but at the same time it's amazing what a lift a good outfit can give smile

Pomme, so sorry to hear about the chicken pox - brooking it passes quickly.

Dream, poor poor you re even more illness in your household. Brooking it gets better soon - especially the squitty nappies sad

Scream, lovely to hear that you and your DH are doing well now smile Hope it continues in the same way!

Had a lovely day with family today. My step MIL didn't ask us when we'd be trying for another or anything! grin (I think I may have made my point clear when she last asked us - she bugged us for years about having children, then just after we'd had DD, "So when will you have another one?!" ARGH!). DH is working away for a couple of days, so it's just me and the cats up, one DD in bed.. tempted to open the ice cream!

Admin work to do first though sad Had a lesson with a new student today who's signed up for lessons though - hurrah!

TheLittleFriend Sun 07-Oct-12 20:46:57

Thanks for the hellos everyone. Don't forget to friend request people in the brooking fb group so you can -- be really nosey about them-- see their cute baby pics etc smile

TheLittleFriend Sun 07-Oct-12 20:47:39

Argh, strike out fail! grin

jaggythistle Sun 07-Oct-12 21:02:54

Eek ninja, that sounds nasty! DS1 has attempted a few things up his nose, but I've always caught him so far.

another no nap today, but DS1 stayed in pretty good form. even when dragged round the supermarket. somehow in the evening DH always gets the sleepy cuddles on the couch with him, while i get multiple DS2 poos. hmm how did this happen.

jaggythistle Sun 07-Oct-12 21:06:05

ok i forgot to say happy birthday too.

and hello little and fluff and munx.

and brooking for dream family. sad

Biscuitsandtea Sun 07-Oct-12 21:19:14

Happy birthday too thanks and wine

Scarlet, I have done very little today except eat! Croissants for breakfast, smoked salmon on brown bread for lunch, salted caramels in between times, slow-roast lamb, neep dauphinoise and tenderstem broccoli for dinner, apple pie and cream...We did go for a walk in between all the gorging, but I feel completely stuffed now.

Biscuits, wine was had! possibly slightly too much

Musical, I friended you but I still can't see the group - now what? Iz is so cute! M was v good and although she got up 4 times in the night, she stayed in bed until 9.30! shock Best birthday present ever...

musicalmrs Sun 07-Oct-12 22:25:52

Too, thank you! smile M is adoreable! (nosing at everyone else's baby pictures is FABULOUS!). Hurrah for staying in bed until 9.30, she clearly listened to your request smile

FB tells me I invited you about an hour ago - can you see an invite to join somewhere? On the side bar or similar? You're showing up as invited in my list of new members at least!

Sorry for not replying sooner - been battling an email. Why does it take me so long to send an email now - even with Iz sleeping and not interrupting my every attempt?!

scarletfingernail Sun 07-Oct-12 22:29:01

Too I can see that you are now on there. Start typing the word "Brooking" in the search bar and I bet it will now come up.

Happy birthday Too! Your day sounds like my idea of heaven! You definitely need an extra day off to finish off all those goodies!

Which brand do salted caramels by the way? I keep hearing people rave about them but I have no idea where to find them?!

Quick ff question ladies. Do any of the ff'ers among you actually stick to the official guidelines of making up a fresh bottle with freshly boiled water EVERY time you need a bottle?! (45 minute prep time! shock) I've been boiling water in the morning, then putting it in bottles and putting the bottles in the fridge. I then pull out a bottle when DD wants one, add the formula powder, and feed it to her straight away (she's willing to drink cold milk.) I had assumed this was fine because the water has been boiled to kill any germies, and then kept in the fridge to prevent new germies growing. However I've just been reading about the bacteria in the formula itself (shock) and how these aren't killed unless the water is at least 70 degrees when you add the formula. BUT you're not allowed to store a freshly made up bottle for more than 2 hours?!?! WTF?! What do you ladies do?

Loving all this FB stuff! I can't see anyone's pics though because I'm only friends with Fluffy so far. Not sure what the etiquette is regarding friend requesting anyone else?

Oooooo and I've been watching all the Great British Bake Off episodes I missed while on hol - that show is like carb-porn! grin <still on low-carb diet>

No Brooking for all poorly people, especially the Dream household and Pomme's DDs!

OK, am on it! Scream, I friend-requested you, and have been working my way through trying to friend request everyone. If I've missed anyone I'm sorry! I'll do it tomorrow. It is so confusing trying to keep everyone's names straight. Biscuits, my love, I'm sorry I can't friend you. I love you anyway! And your boys are so cute! Musical, I love nosing at all the baby pics! Must put some more of M up. I'm a bit crap at FB and only use it occasionally - will have to do better.

The salted caramels are not as nice as I remembered. I had them 2 years ago at the Taste festival, but the ones DH got me are Sainsbury's Taste The Difference and they're covered in chocolate. I think the ones I had at the festival weren't chocolatey and they were much nicer. Or possibly low-carbing has messed with my tastebuds? hmm I think if you're going to try them, get them from a posh confectioner if possible!

musicalmrs Sun 07-Oct-12 23:31:41

Too, I'm equally rubbish at putting things on FB - a lot of the pictures are ones that others have uploaded and just tagged me in. Must do better... sorry to anyone I haven't friended, will try and catch those of you I've misse at some point.

I know Hotel Chocolat do salted caramels Scream - have had them a few times (Hotel Chocolat are based in my home town - it's not just that I love posh chocolate- honest...)

We're on a healthy eating kick here. Nothing unhealthy in the house. The Great British Bake Off is slowly killing me week by week..

Too and Musical your DDs are soooooo cute!! I love all these photos! I'm going to friend request all the post grads on the name list to start with, and anyone who doesn't want to add me please feel free to just ignore! I'd love to friend the No Brookers on the TTC and antenatal threads as well, but not sure if they'd want me to, so I'll leave it to them to add me. I'm happy to accept any friend requests sent to me!

Biscuitsandtea Mon 08-Oct-12 01:04:10

I am having a blast noseying at everyone's pictures grin

I'll ignore the fact that I'm doing it at this time because ds2 is up again sad. I think I'm going to take him to the docs tomorrow just to check if he has an ear infection or anything. He's been so upset these last couple of days and nights. And at nights it's like he's tired but can't sleep as he'll lie with his eyes shut, but still crying, especially if he moves his head. Poor little sausage sad. He's even had calpol tonight when we went to bed and still woken up again.

He seems to have dropped off a bit more for the time being now but lying on his tummy.

jaggythistle Mon 08-Oct-12 08:11:46

aw poor DS2 biscuits. sad

I'll just have to be envy of the Facebook action. I've a strict RL friends and family only thing and have still got 80 odd people somehow hmm

scream the bugs in formula thing is important - low probability of it happening, but nasty for babies if it does. there's a leaflet that's been linked to on the feeding board that says the second best way is to make a few up with the v hot water, cool quickly with ice water or whatever, then store at back of fridge for up to 12 (i think) hours. the formula manufacturers don't want to admit on the packaging that they can't make sterile formula, hence the somewhat vague instructions supplied. next time I'm on pc will try to link to that too. <adds to list>

I'm going to miss wee R when he gets moved to M's room. am i a bit sad? I'll probably still be able to hear his morning poo over the monitor though... oh pants. he's only been up half an hour and that's another poo already.

pommedechocolat Mon 08-Oct-12 08:36:41

Ok I give in - I want in on facebook - someone help me??

Yes scream - better to make up with hot water and store than use water below 70C.

Another good night over here! What is happening?! DD1 has no more spots. Another silly bout of 10 spopt chicken pox I guess? Too they can have it twice if they get it under the age of 1 and also if they get it mildly a la dd1. Wonder if we'll have 10 spot chicken pox every year with her?! Just praying A doesnt get it.

pommedechocolat Mon 08-Oct-12 08:38:57

too - I SOOO believe in the power of clothes. I was a proper fashionista pre dd1. Now, not so much but I have ordered a few new bits of work clothes but now cannot decide which outfit to wear for Thursday!

I have so much work to do before then too as I need to write a presentation and business plan. Eeek! I'm very excited though.

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