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December 2011 - they'll soon be one, put away the <haddocks> and bring out the bunting!

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seven77 Sat 03-Nov-12 09:38:45

I loved kate's thread name but thought we needed a birthday theme for this one. We'll soon have 6 weeks of birthdays to celebrate!

FestiveFiggy Sat 29-Dec-12 19:49:53

Bad mum alert just shouted at DS as had been nappy wrestling for 20 minutes and couldn't bare it anymore now feel sooooo guilty sad

SevenElvesAndAReindeer Sat 29-Dec-12 19:54:37

LMF sorry I just sort of assumed Octoboy wasn't his by the way you talk about the older two seeing their dad, why won't he acknowledge him? angry sad. Get some more maintenance out of the fecker, and I know generally men like that aren't worth wasting your breath on but if you ever have the time or inclination to talk about it we're all ears, well eyes anyway. Sorry about the pox and hope you're home again now.

Crap day here including DS refusing to eat or poo for 3 days, though he has thankfully been now, and a small amount of food has been consumed. Much arguing between me and DH and him blaming me for not making him a dr appointment before his eating got this bad and making me feel like the worlds crappest mother, attempting to return much overdue library books to the library which was shut for lunch, and DH being called into work tonight on his day off, he couldn't leave quick enough sad. Sorry for being miserable, just feeling pants and nothing seems to be going right lately. Anyway, the new plan for tonight is knitting and Chinese blush.

SevenElvesAndAReindeer Sat 29-Dec-12 19:57:55

Christ figgy don't feel guilty, 20 minutes??!! I have no patience, I think after 10 minutes I'd have given up and just let him pee all over the floor grin. Did you try pull-ups? I can't remember if it was you or someone else who mentioned them a while ago.

FestiveFiggy Sat 29-Dec-12 21:14:53

seven thanks......20 minutes isn't unusual unfortnuately he creates such a fuss and thrashes like a wild animal he almost fell off his change table tonight so think that's why I got upset. We bought pull ups today but don't trust them overnight so will be trying them tomorrow though last time they didn't seem to make much difference sad what makes it worse is that I can see red bits and slight rashes because he makes it so hard to clean him!!

At Least he went to bed straight away!!

ChristmasIsForPlutocrats Sat 29-Dec-12 21:51:48

I pin DD down for changes, but do rely on a daily bath to get all the genuine crap out of her bits. I also put tea tree oil in the water, to disinfect and to soothe raw bits.

LMF, maybe he's afraid to meet Octoboy? He (the little one) has such a forthright, happy (trusting) look in the pics I've seen that it would be hard not to respond...

LittleMissKitschmas Sat 29-Dec-12 23:31:54

He's protecting his life from the mess he made. He has his priorities, himself and his life first and foremost - that in his own words.

CheungFun Sun 30-Dec-12 08:36:50

Morning everyone smile

Figgy don't feel bad for shouting, I think we all do it! I did have to sort of sit on top of DS once as he had a no.2 nappy and would not keep still. I got the job done, but I didn't feel amazing!

LMF that sounds so immature and it isn't fair for the children either sad

DS and his friend had their joint party yesterday and despite me and my friend nearly having panic attacks beforehand (first time nerves!) it went really well smile
I think we had about 25 kids and 35 adults in the end. I prepared far too much food, but I will do the same food next time, just less of it! I think everyone enjoyed themselves and even the adults. I think my friend is happy to do it again next year so that would be amazing smile

MrsDeterminedandSpecialMum Sun 30-Dec-12 08:42:01

Figgy, we've all done it so don't worry.

LMF his first priority should be the children. Does he blame you for 'his mess'?

Am needing matchsticks this morning so tired as Sky kept us awake last night sad

OiMissus Sun 30-Dec-12 09:32:27

Changing poopy nappies is always a challenge. And shouting at him is not such a bad thing. He'll have forgotten about it in seconds.
We use pull ups. I try to use Active Fit (normal nappies) over night, but have used pull ups over night too - so far without incident.
Lmf - why won't he acknowledge Octoboy? (Am nosey, and like an excuse to rant about idiot menfolk).

Aethelfleda Sun 30-Dec-12 09:54:35

Morning everyone <big cups of tea for everyone>

we have a FANTASTIC game called "putting Things into Other Things". It has multiple varients. The least good one involves posting bog roll and the holder widget down the toilet <sigh>.

Today is mostly going to involve ongoing laundry and stuff decluttering. I spent three hours chucking and sorting paperwork from the attic last night. There is so much to do and so much uncertainty about whether the house purchase will work. sad had bad dreams last night after a welleaning aunt told me her last vendor ripped out the lights and left big holes in the ceiling. Guess who's vendor wants to take half the light fittings??.... <aargh>

Glad the party went well Cheung, Does it sound like the thead babies are de-bioHazzing? LMF hope your poorly one was seen at Out of hours Docs in a helpful fashion and they get better .

OiMissus Sun 30-Dec-12 10:14:29

I need to find an activity for BOi and DH (outside) for about 8 hrs so I can start decluttering and sorting.
Putting things into things is a big activity here too. For example, rather than ride on his fancy sports car, he likes to drop the remote control through the gaps in the steering wheel. Ahem... grin

SevenElvesAndAReindeer Sun 30-Dec-12 10:47:12

Glad the party went well cheung.

We have the opposite variation of that game, taking things out of other things. A particular favourite is the magazine rack, which often leads to another great game of ripping pages out of the TV mag.

oi 8 hours is a long time, pricey but is there a zoo anywhere nearby? I can't think of much else that takes us that long! Swings, library and feeding the ducks could take a couple of hours if you dragged it out though and doesn't cost anything if you have old bread! Maybe they could wrap up warm and take a picnic with them?

SevenElvesAndAReindeer Sun 30-Dec-12 10:51:53

Meant to say figgy although thankfully our nappies don't take that long if the changing table isn't helping with the stress stop using it. We have a cot top changer but she's so wriggly I've only been changing her on the floor since she could crawl. I figured I don't have to pin her down quite so much, if she escapes the worst thing that can happen is she has an accident on the carpet, rather than falling off anywhere!

NorthernChinchilla Sun 30-Dec-12 11:44:25

Well, we've crawled back now, landed just before 1am- poor DS wouldn't settle, so we slept together 2-8am. It was very cold in the house to be fair. Poor thing just passed out in my arms (which is a first shock) and I managed to transfer him to the sofa, so I'm now cruising the sales on line and feeling fecking shattered.

Just wanted to say GBT, thanks for that 'guide to portion sizes', really, really helpful. I'm happy with what DS is getting, but I like to know what's recommended so I can tweak if necessary.

We too are playing the put things into things game. Yesterday it was dropping a reindeer headband down the side of the cupboard; today it was the classic of dropping the bottle down the side of the sofa, and every-and-anything into the bath...of course the toys are mainly ignored!

Wow LMF, that must be a cause of some significant background stress, and it must be horrible having to balance the older kids' need? to see their father with a desire to murder him tell him to stuff it and it's all three or nothing on Octoboy's behalf...

Really hope today is better seven, that does sound crappy. Hope the chinese and knitting were enjoyable at least?

Will go and wake DP shortly, but he's two floors up and don't feel I can leave DS asleep on the sofa even for those few minutes: not sure if that's sensible or pfb grin!

LittleMissFantabulous Sun 30-Dec-12 14:09:41

Tree is down so out with the old namegrin

MrsDeterminedandSpecialMum Sun 30-Dec-12 14:14:15

Gary & Northern what is the portion sizes thing. I'd love to know especially due to Sky's allergy x

jigglebum Sun 30-Dec-12 18:58:30

would like to take our tree down too lmf as is shedding needles so badly but have friends coming for new year tonight so will wait until they go on New years day.

Sleep is still a real issue here. I am just co sleeping now as it is the only way to get any sleep. Will deal with it when she is completely well and fingers crossed the cranial osteopath can help.

Had manic but good day yesterday with trip to the beach for a walk/scoot (albeit in a bit of rain), then lunch out (both Dcs really pretty good) and then the pantomine. DS loved it (all 2 hours) but freya unsurprisingly needed a bit of a crawl around but we were near an aisle so that was ok too. She loved the music and the lights but got a bit bored (understandably at 1 !!!) inbetween. I enjoyed it too. whole day organised by me of course! DH has been home days on the trot and is yet to really organise any activities. He wants to do things we did pre kids (ie todays suggestion was to go to a mountain bike centre - an hour and a half drive each way - I suggested we waited for better weather and named a local tame alternative but that wasnt good enough!) He then went to collect his boat from the sailing club and bring it home, not a problem as it needed doing, became a problem when he got locked in and I had to make the 30 mile round trip with the kids to bring him his key! somehow still my fault for being grumpy about it!

KateKringle Sun 30-Dec-12 19:57:37

Just heard my friend had her DC2 yesterday. A boy weighing in at just under 12 lb. The midwives had never seen such a big baby delivered without a c section! One word: ouch.

FestiveFiggy Sun 30-Dec-12 20:08:29

Just back from Christmas 2 at the PIL since we were in Scotland for real Xmas, figgyboy officially now has every age appropriate v tech item out there from what I can tell a lettersaurus, toot toot driver thing, a peek a shoe octopus and now a bloody phonics bus.......where is it all going to go!!!! Having bday and Xmas within days of each other means overwhelming amounts of stuff to cram in the house.

NorthernChinchilla Sun 30-Dec-12 20:53:41

Whatever you do figgy, don't let someone get him the plane.... I like all the vtech stuff, it keeps him entertained as a nice mix with all the other stuff, but the plane is just weird. It's a little boy singing, and is incredibly irritating.

And that is amazing Kate, your poor brave friend! Hope she didn't tear too badly, and that no-one bought 'newborn' size clothes for him!

NOT a good night here- DS seems to be having a clingy phase, probably because he's out of routine. Settling him this evening was like the other night, hysteria if you leave the room. I tried going out and going back in every few minutes, but now DP has bloody gone and sat with him, so I'm the evil parent sad.
Really hope this sorts out soon, and really dreading having to drop him off at a friend's tomorrow for a few hours whilst I go to work....

MrsDeterminedandSpecialMum Sun 30-Dec-12 22:02:44

I have figured our tonight that Sky's cotbed mattress is very comfy! Had to get in at 9:30 just to get her off to sleep sodding teeth poor little lady. At least I know I can sleep comfortably in there if I need too from now on smile

LittleMissFantabulous Sun 30-Dec-12 22:31:16

EvT's mattress feels lovely, but I'm refraining from sharing as I'd squish him!wink

Noo fred; here

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