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April 2011 - nearly 2, it's still all about you <disclaimer, I might be having a bad day>

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UnderwaterBasketWeaving Fri 01-Feb-13 18:33:04


Thanks to Frak, thread title queen!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Sun 12-May-13 19:07:26

I think I'd rather ignore him downstairs than take him out now. At least that'd be some semblance of a routine. (Tried taking him out in the buggy earlier to get him to nap: no luck).

I'm still hiding in the kitchen. (Extractor fan on now so I can't hear the ridiculous annoying noises he's making). It's Sunday nights like this that make me glad I've got work tomorrow blush that's bad isn't it. But true all the same.

I can hear him running around. I might suggest a half an hour downstairs break. With only books.

Daisy17 Sun 12-May-13 19:09:20

Eating cake while DP takes over seems sound, UBW. Have a brew too. It'll just be a blip.

Daisy17 Sun 12-May-13 19:10:19

Monday morning relief every week here. Do not feel guilty!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Sun 12-May-13 19:23:58

I was overruled. We're continuing with the rapid return approach.

DS is being so naughty. Running around, laughing when he's caught, what little stuff he has left out everywhere. DH has just taken his desk out.

Good grief. He's going to be a terror at school. We're going to be that family, aren't we.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Sun 12-May-13 19:44:05

Things have settled down. He's just sung round-and-round-the-garden to himself but is staying in bed. I feel terrible again. Where does this level of guilt and wretchedness come from? They don't put a leaflet about any of this in the bounty pack (although by then it's too late...)

GreenFirefly Sun 12-May-13 21:04:10

Try not to stress about it UBW, we're all going through similar things. I've just had an hours bedtime settling after DH had done her bath. It doesn't normally take that long but she had an hours nap at 3.30 (first in a week). I must stay she did stay in (or on) bed but was wriggling all over the place, feet on the wall, messing with my hair, nose, eyes, etc. then demanding a story and hugs. I did lose it at 45 mins and plonked her back the right way round before stomping out, (leaving DH with her) but then felt guilty for making her cry so went back in and apologised for today being so boring (she's watched lots of TV while I've been in the kitchen) and promised her we'd go to messy play tomorrow afternoon after nursery. I prefer days without naps now! shock

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Mon 13-May-13 20:27:05

Evening all.

So, we're back to plan B (plan A was the rapid return that never was), and this evening he isn't yet asleep, but is currently quiet and in bed (and I am in my spot on the floor by the foot of his bed). Much better.

How is everyone today? Exams start tomorrow!

GlaikitFizzog Tue 14-May-13 08:55:23

Urgh..... Why do children feel the need to share their germs? I now have the bug, dh had it in Sunday. I was hungover so he didn't get sympathy! Now I have it he has buggered off to work! I'm going back to bed as soon as work have called me back.

Kittycatcat Tue 14-May-13 15:57:36

How ya feeling fizz?

How ya doing UBW?

GlaikitFizzog Tue 14-May-13 16:35:13

Still yuk, but I've not been sick again. Might have some toast see how that sits.

B home now, got to try and feel human!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Tue 14-May-13 18:04:15

Oh no Fizz. Out of everything babies & toddlers bring, sick bugs are the absolute worst! Hope you feel human tomorrow.

First exam went well apparently. Lots of happy students this morning. Chemistry is the next one on Monday.

Kittycatcat Fri 17-May-13 08:59:13

Quiet on here.

How is everyone?

I had a home dye malfunction yesterday so now have an emergent hair appt tomorrow!

Daisy17 Fri 17-May-13 09:26:13

Oops, Kitty! I've had to come to school in my glasses today as I managed to forget to put my contact lenses in solution last night and this morning they were all crispy! They're quite funky glasses but I hardly ever wear then and feel weird and frumpy....... Hey ho!

Whilst surfing channels to find Thomas this morning, as you do, I saw an ad for one of those steam cleaners. I think Fizz has one and maybe others too? Do they really work? They look amazing and am thinking of getting one....

GlaikitFizzog Fri 17-May-13 10:22:09

Not to spend ££££ on one daisy, the one I bought for £20 does the same job of the one I got for free that cost £129. Check groupon, they sometime have decent deals. Although, I may have a differing opinion if I had been sent the one with the detachable steam gun grin <Charlie's angels style pose>

Just left b screaming at playgroup again sad, he goes in no bother on thursdays for CM, why the histrionics for me?

I've also just completed his preschool application shock all the places for this year have just been allocated and rumour is there is only enough places at r local nursery (catchment for primary school he will go to) for 75% of this years applications. If we don't get a place there next year we are stuffed as CM can't do any of the other nurseries because her kids go to this school. Although, our system is no where near as stressful as the English system!

NomDeClavier Sat 18-May-13 19:48:56

Oh eek kitty. How's the hair now?

Good luck with the preschool applications, Fizz. I need to get my skates on to do M's too. He could go to school in Septver but I think he's too little so we'll hold off until February or April.

I always wear glasses, daisy! I feel totally naked without them. No word on steam cleaners I'm afraid, I'm clearly a slattern!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Sat 18-May-13 20:51:51

Hope the hair's ok, Kitty. I've got an unused box colour in the bathroom I'm too chicken to use hmm

I haven't done anything about preschool. I don't know anything about it. I kind of want F to stay with cm forever! He's far to little to think about any type of School, surely?!

Am I missing a big deal here?

There's a Steiner Academy opening near here in September. I'm thinking about asking mn about it, but a quick search reveals it's a bun fight topic. Any experience/thoughts?

And F has been a screaming banshee today. Lots of hmm looks from people at the local Ag Show. But lots of lovely people too grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 19-May-13 01:10:52

UBW - our preschool have already allocated places and hours for next academic year, T is down to start just 2 mornings a week from January, increasing to 3 mornings next April.
You could leave it and have him start a year September, so that he just does the one year before starting school if you would rather keep him with the CM full time until then?

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 19-May-13 20:03:30

Ds will hopefully do two mornings at pre school from September. After half term I'll be asked what days I would like then I'll get confirmation in June/July probably.

I think the word school in preschool is a bit of a curveball. It's really not a school. From my pov, I use it because it gives me child free time, the staff are great, the activities are more than I can do at home, they will start making friends with the children they'll go to school with.

I don't send the boys there to learn their ABC and numbers (although ds has without really realising), all I want them to do is have a good time.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Mon 20-May-13 06:08:54

I had to do a lot of googling to find out, but I think we'll switch to some preschool time from next Sept, when he's entitled to the 15 hrs free. And probably the one attached to his potential primary school.

But I haven't found anything about the benefit of preschool over other childcare. No recommendations of when and why.

He'll have his one nursery day with the preschool group as soon as he's old enough/able to benefit.

I still feel like I'm missing something, though.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 20-May-13 08:43:02

I would suggest you find a preschool you like and get on the waiting list as some are over subscribed.

I really think of them as being like a day nursery, but the hours are shorter and they're closed during the school holidays.

The advantages (from my pov) over a childminder are: they socialise with more children and adults. They learn how to behave in a class environment. But of course what is good for my child isn't right for other children. Some children will thrive more in a home setting with a childminder.

I think it's hard to find out about preschool as it has lots of different names. It can be called play school, some day nurseries have a pre school in them for the older children, and some settings have 2 years with the first year being called preschool and the second year called nursery. It's mind boggling confused

GlaikitFizzog Mon 20-May-13 09:29:49

Oh, Bs application is for his free hours which will start next August. He will still need the CM for wraparound care.our local authority only provide the free hours in the council run nurseries. You used to be able to apply to have them in a private nursery which would reduce your childcare fees, but they have pulled that. Hence the over subscription to the local nursery now and a couple of private ones closing (they were crap by all accounts, but still)

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 20-May-13 10:00:56

UBW it does vary a lot from one area to another I think.

The preschool that DS1 went to and that T will go to is just up the road from our house. They do all kinds of things with them when they are 3, and then in the year before they go to school they have one day a week which is just for the 4/5 year olds and they aim to get them ready for school.
The main advantage for me is that it is the only kind of childcare that I can access on a sessional basis rather than having to pay for full days, which of course I don't want to do. It was the only 'childcare' I ever used with DS1, and I didn't really view it as childcare, it was more to prepare him for school because until then he had always been at home with me and needed to get used to being with other children and not having Mummy around!

If F is going to be having a day a week at nursery then you may not feel that he needs it - because he will have that environment already (big groups of children, sitting down all together for lunch etc etc).

ILike is right though, if you do want him to go to one then you should probably get his name down. The three preschools here are now full for the year 2013/2014, and our preschool has already got children on the waiting list for the 2014/2015 year who at the moment won't have a place.

T slept through in his bed (not cot!) from 8pm to 5am. Progress! grin

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Mon 20-May-13 17:29:01

Blimey, I'm amazed we haven't had any info about things round here.

If it wasn't for you I'd never know! I'll havea look at the couple attached to the primaries around. It's a pretty rural area, so we're also restricted by where cm can drop off/pick up, but I think she goes to one of the other villages already.

And then I'll have to ask for time off work to visit. Surely it's not as complicated as I'm making it?!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 20-May-13 17:39:13

I was completely caught on the hop with DS1, UBW, I only got him in by the skin of his teeth. Another Mum at a group happened to say something to me and I was all 'oh that isn't for ages' and she said there were no places left at the one she had put her child's name down for. I was shock because how on earth do you know these things if not for word of mouth?

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 20-May-13 17:54:14

I think the information is probably there, but only if you ask for it. It seems you have to be proactive about it all. For example, the information I received about applying for a primary school place was received via the preschool. If your child wasn't in any form of childcare, the first you would know about applying is when you receive a letter from the LEA telling you that you haven't applied by the closing date shock Or as Ali said, by word of mouth.

I'm lucky that our village pre and primary schools aren't over subscribed.

I'm on our pre-school committe and at the moment by role is organising a handprints tea towel. I thought it would be really easy, and while it isn't hard, it's taking me bloody ages. I've finally got all of the handprints, I now need to reduce them (they won't all fit on - gggrrr) and then I need to place and fix them to the template - such fun!

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