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#1 ~A2~

Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:21 PM

Hi all

New thread time

Previous thread

Regards

Ali


#2 *Katey*

Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:26 PM

Gold? biggrin.gif

#3 adl

Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:34 PM

Silver Woohoo!!

#4 Alxeen

Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:47 PM

Bronze!!

#5 Brinny

Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:50 PM

Just missed out grrr lol

I had my scan yesterday and bubs had legs crossed and tucked right up in the pelvic area, so they were stumped on gender. They had originally thought boy, but the cord was in the way at the first scan and this time I swear I saw 3 lines and I did get a potty shot that looks like a girl but I don't know how they can say boy, then at the next scan think it could be either......

#6 adl

Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

books - Baby Love by Robin Barker  - love it practical and down to earth..

Dr Miriam Stoppard for those that dont know the first thing,  she goes through the care,  in fact I have one I am willing to send on as I dont need it... pm me an address,  it has pics and diagrams!!!

Ist timers - I have been around babies my whole lfe,  my mother kept having them so to me it was natural and yes things have changed .. there are fancy or new ways to do things... but people in the middle of Africa give birth and raise kids without special equipment,  attending lectures and reading experts....

A baby needs love,  food and warmth and a dry bottom....  dont worry overly much,  no one right way .  ( okay carry them head up and support neck there is a right way with that  wink.gif )

MY GF who was pregnant and I watched that film ,  http://en.wikipedia....ki/Babies_(film)  

I highly recommend you watch this to help allay any anxiety about caring for a baby ..  I found it to be so beautiful and basically as there are no words very pwerful but not sad at all!!!!  


Grrrr DH ... he ordered the take away Thai last night,  he doesnt eat anything spicy and told me he got a stir fry chicken,  whcih I was having for lunch today its CHILLI chicken AAAAHHHH the pain, the heartburn!!


i hpe the anxiety calms doen for those feeling overwhelmed... lists help I am very much a list and planner person to help me cope... off to see if half a snickers will help the burn  tongue.gif



#7 *Katey*

Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:12 PM

QUOTE (Brinny @ 25/10/2012, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just missed out grrr lol

I had my scan yesterday and bubs had legs crossed and tucked right up in the pelvic area, so they were stumped on gender. They had originally thought boy, but the cord was in the way at the first scan and this time I swear I saw 3 lines and I did get a potty shot that looks like a girl but I don't know how they can say boy, then at the next scan think it could be either......


Argh, how frustrating!

#8 *Katey*

Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:15 PM

QUOTE (adl @ 25/10/2012, 12:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
books - Baby Love by Robin Barker  - love it practical and down to earth..


That must be a good book, as my MIL just bought it for us....

#9 Darwinmummy

Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:29 PM

I can't remember who does 'the list' but can I please be added?

1st baby due March 18th. Based in Darwin. Gender unkown- we will 'try' to find out at next weeks 20wk scan, will wait and see if baby co-operates....

I have nothing to report. All 'symptoms' have gone and I'm feeling suprisingly good, with a newly found baby bump! yippee. (finally).

Only really GAH! thing is that we are STILL living with the in-laws after five months of being in Darwin, as we 'hope' to buy a home so don't want to take out a rental contract. The bank won't give us a loan until we have been in employment for 6 months as all previous employment has been self employed overseas.  

So I haven't really been able to buy anything for baby yet as all of our normal stuff is still boxed up and we have no room at the moment. I'm beginning to really want to buy baby things and prepare-- paint the nursery etc, but can't until we actually have one to paint. Feeling a touch fed up adn frustrated by it all.

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#10 Jojo38

Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:10 PM

Love Baby Love. Was like having a fantasy mum (because mine doesn't even hold babies). The baby book equivalent of The Cooks Companion...

Redmum - no packing to do really. Removalists will do that - moving house here is nothing like back home. You have about 15 little guys that form a congo line and everything is shrink-wrapped/bubble-wrapped within an inch of it's life. When it arrives in Australia our stuff will probably be dumped on the nature strip by a couple of guys on parole.... We will however need to pack for the next 6 weeks at my Dad's until our container arrives in Melbourne... Not so hard for me cause nothing fits but will be hard to do for DS... It's also the fiddly stuff I hate - tax, advising all the utilities, inspection by agents etc...

Enough avoiding work. Back to it!!! You guys are probably all relaxing on the sofa watching TV... sad.gif

#11 LittleSpoon

Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:56 PM

Thanks for the birthday wishes ladies!  I had a lovely day.  Exhausting at work, but a nice dinner and lots of thoughtful treats from DH made my day!

The List - I've been doing the list lately.  But it would be great if whoever is gold, silver or bronze could add the list each time as I often miss the start of each thread.  I'll include it in this post tomorrow (and update your details Darwinmummy) but just about to head to bed.... so sleepy zzz

~Due in March 2013~

28th Feb 2013
lozoodle, Children: 2 (DD3y, DD1y), EDD: 28/2/13 (overdue with last 2), Location: Sydney
Serapod (Sera), Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?

1st March 2013
klizanne (Kimberley), Children: 2 (DS5y, DS3y), Location: Brisbane
bear78, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
readynow, Children: 4 (DS22y, DD20y, DD17y + DD2y to new DH), Location: ?
Studybug, Children: 1 (DS2.5y), Location: Brisbane
BloomLuka, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?

2nd March 2013
SurferBoys (Lyndell), Children: 3 (DS5y, DS4y, DS1y), Location: Central Coast
Aminila (Tasha), Children: 2 (DS4y, DD2y), Location: Perth
Jellybean4, Children: ?, Location: ?
clm1982, Children: 1 (DD2y), Location: Adelaide

3rd March 2013
CoconutBaby, Children: First time mummy, Location: Brisbane
happybubba2, Children: 1 (DS4y), Location: ?
magalee (meg), Children: first time mummy, Location: South of Sydney
SarahVandooo, Children: First time mummy, Location: vic

4th March 2013
parker22, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
Hence, Children: 1 (DD4y), Location: Adelaide
Cookie23, Children: ?, Location: ?
MooMooMum, Children: 1 (DS7m), Location: ?
Nataliah, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
AJ35, Children: 2 (DD6yr, DS13mths), Location: ?
Zackcat (Lexy), Children: First time mummy, Location: Sydney

5th March 2013
mama123, Children: 3 (4yo, 3yo, 18mo), Location: ?
ChrissyE (Christine), Children: 1 (DD1), Location: Bundaberg
tishka, Children: 1 (DS22mo), Location: Sydney

6th March 2013
EmmaLee (Emily), Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?
~shannon~, Children: DD6, DD2. Location: Central Qld... going to Cairns for the birth as I am aiming for a VBAC water birth.

7th March 2013

8th March 2013

BabyBug44, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?

9th March 2013
Jojo38 (Jo), Children: 1 (DS 3yo) Location: Hong Kong

10th March 2013
sarah_fly (Sara), Children: 1 (3yo), Location: Pilbara WA
linzy, Children: (DS2ys,DS5yrs,DDbornsleeping), Location: ?
Ladeeda (Anna), Children: DD 1 yr, Location: Melbourne
mytimenow, Children: First time mummy, Location: Canberra

11th March 2013
ingrid82 (Ingrid), Children: First time mummy, Location: Sydney
lorywhol (Loretta), Children: 1 (4yo), Location: Perth
Waiting..., Children: ?, Location: ?
3lillboys (Sam), Children: 3 (DS10 DS5 DS4), Location: Blue Mountains NSW
Cloria, Children: First time mummy, Location: Woolongong

12th March 2013
Pium, Children: DS3, Location: Adelaide
Meteorite, Children: 1 (DD17mth), Location: ?
SC99, Children: First time mummy, Location: Woolongong

13th March 2013
Brinny, Children: DS2 DS1, Location: ?

14th March 2013
SlyMonkey, Children: ?, Location: ?
6littleducks (Kirsten), Children: 6 (DD18y, 2xDS13y, DD9y, DS7y, DS1.5), Location: Newcastle
Dreamer_86 (Amy), Children: 1 (DS15mths), Location: Adelaide
Beanbag (Shveta), Children: First time mummy, Location: Brisbane

15th March 2013
Kazzauk (Kaz), Children: First Time Mummy, Location: Sydney
Ozrose (Cristy), Children: 4 (DD14, DS11, DS8, DS2 - DS2 is DH first), Location: WA
LittleSpoon, Children: First time mummy, Location: Victoria
BBV, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?

16th March 2013
becomingmum, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: Sydney
BaileyBunny (Bec), Children: DS - 9 months old, Location: Brisbane
Tonberry (Jenna), Children: 2 (DS2.5y, DD1y), EDD: 8-14/3/13, Location: Newcastle
Weis Children: 1 (DD2) Location: Montreal, Quebec
MrsBobby, Children: First time mummy, Location: Perth

17th March 2013
InsertAwesomeHere, Children: 3 (DS6mths, DS2.5yrs,DS5.5 yrs), Location: Western Sydney
*Kell*, Children: First time mummy, Location: Penrith NSW
kungfugirl, Children: 3, Location:?

18th March 2013
theevilcarot, Children: DD 3 yrs in September and DS11mths, Location: Sydney
5ratbags (Suzanne), Children: 7, Location: ?
AugustRush. Children: 4. Location:?
Darwinmummy, Children: first time mummy, Location: Darwin

19th March 2013
kerrymur, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: Chermside, Brisbane
antigone_, Children: Two; aged 7 and 5, Location: Sydney

20th March 2013
nikkibaby1 (Nikki), Children: 1 (DS21mths), Location: Brisbane
Meff, Children: 1 (DD23mths), Location: ?
Redmum77, Children: 2 (DD 8, DS 4.5), Location: Brisbane
Stickymicky (Emily), Children: 1 (DD2), Location: Pilbara WA
ness07, Children: DS1, Location: ?
Sparrowfall, Children: FirstTimeMummy/DSS3yrs, Location: Melbourne

21st March 2013
Cyaira, Children: ?, Location: Sydney
cowpermurray, Children: 1 (DS10mths), Location: Central Coast, NSW

22nd March 2013
Peapea, Children: FirstTimeMummy Location: ?
Baire, Children: 1 (DS10mo), Location: Melbourne (predicting a girl)
Minxybug (Karen), Children: 2 (DS 3y, DS 2y), Location: Wales UK, aiming for VBA2C

23rd March 2013

24th March 2013

CarlyCM (Carly), Children: 1 dogchild, Location: Perth
Zombiekitten, Children:1 (DD,11 months) Location: Sunshine Coast/Brisbane Northside

25th March 2013
4plus1make5 (Nicole), Children: 4 (DS 9, DD 5, DD 4, DD 11mths), Location: Sydney NSW
Adl (Anna), Children: 1 (DS2yrs), Location: Sydney
BeccaBoo88 (Bec), Children: 1 step son, Location: Sydney

26th March 2013
Linda6 (Linda), Children: none unless you count the 6 dogs, Location: Northside Brisbane
Swarley, Children: 4 (DS 9yo, DS 7yo, DD 4yo, DS 2yo) Location: Wagga Wagga NSW

27th March 2013
AllegraM (Allegra), Children: 1 (DS- 4 October 2011), Location: North Qld
deefordoula (Dee), Children: 5, Location: Perth
lucky star, Children: DS, Location: Darwin

28th March 2013
lucky star, Children: DS, Location: Darwin
Axleen (Alex), Children: 1 (DD9) Location: Melbourne
mummy.to.one (Nicole), Children: 1 (DS22mths), Location: ?

29th March 2013
WhimsicalDragonfly, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: Sydney

30th March 2013
maybereadyagain (Melissa), Children: 1 (angel Born sleeping 11/12/2007), Location: Adelaide

31st March 2013
*Katey* (Katey), Children: First time mummy, Location: Minden, QLD
Donuts08, Children: First time mummy, Location: Bunbury, WA
Naturalgoodness (Sarah), Children: 4 (DS1 19, DD1 17, DS2 7, DD2 4), Location: Adelaide


EDD tbc March 2013
G.K (Georgina), Children: 1 (DD1y), Location: ?
Scrambled Eggs 32, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
JamieLee85 (Jamie), Children: 2 (DD4y, DS2.5y), Location: Baccus Marsh, Vic
Mardee, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?
TenaciousC, DS1 - 1 year (14 months), Location: Canberra
robotsimone, Children: ?, Location: ?
reesan, Children: expecting twins, Location: ?
Six.and.Out, Children 5 (DS14, DD13, DS11, DS4 and DD1), Location?




~ANGEL BABIES~

Missing our little angels… gone but never forgotten.

Corchen (Belinda) - baby girl Fae at 20 weeks
Only_Ethan
Bubaburns (Amber)
Mashie (Ash)
JuliaD (Julia)
Kellzz
emmy-g
Mrs_G
Enharmonic
Mrs Franks
pinkplane
geckogirl
Chervin (Cherie)

Edited by LittleSpoon, 08 November 2012 - 07:28 AM.


#12 MrsBobby

Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:54 PM

So angry at work, had to work loooooots today and didn't get to check in here at all! Why is it that stuff that's annoying is even more annoying when you are pregnant? I really can't be bothered with work much anymore. I have literally worked my a** off for the last few months, trained a new staff member in a new position that's not even mine but that I happen to know, she then left after 6 weeks which is now approx. 4 weeks ago and I have had to do her job plus mine (which is already three jobs in one), worked every Saturday since then plus the new girl doesn't starting for another two weeks. Plus I will then have to train her again... Getting really frustrated. Being pregnant doesn't help! I am counting down the weeks until my mat leave!

I did do some lovely retail therapy tonight, upside on all this overtime=lots of money to spend on clothes... Got two beautiful dresses and some other tops plus my first pair of mat leggings! So comfy! I have been cutting slits in my normal leggings so I could still wear them but thought it might be worth the investment now. original.gif

I will have to check out the books and that movie you guys have recommended, I should probably find out a little bit. I have seen people change a babies diaper but never done it myself or anything else relating to babies... Funny really because I love to hold friend's babies but I haven't really done anything with them! My dad has bought some books for DH to read which are from the dads side of things... Will be interesting to see if he likes them (he hasn't got them yet)!

Darwinmummy, I can understand that you are getting impatient. I couldn't wait to go and buy stuff, all the stuff is so gorgeous and cute! When I was waiting to buy stuff but wouldn't because I was still waiting for test resuts I did loads of internet research and wrote down exactly the stuff I wanted so then when we got the ok I had it all sorted and just needed to buy, maybe that's an idea for you too?!

#13 redmum77

Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:07 AM

Morning all,

Katey, thanks honey. Your post to me made me ball! I needed it though, and felt a bit better! I'll see how today goes, I didn't make an apt with the psych in the end so now im hoping ill improve magically on my own wink.gif

Mrs bobby, that sounds completely frustrating! But good about the dresses lol!

It seems a lot of people are getting frustrated, we must be getting wiser and seeing how much people take us for granted all of a sudden!

Jojo - I'm the one on the couch watching tv! Bt I think I'm the only one in here with such a life - all the other lovely women are working their buts off with their kids or jobs. My kids are with their dad these two days, and I don't work any more because it sent me mad (seriously). So yeah, couch it is. Id give anything to be run off my feet with the kids though.

Scan for me today, at 11! I'm going to have my eyes closed though, petrified of seeing babies bits! Plus I get to see DS at speech therapy, woohoo... Right now I'm off to scan the babyology pages once more, and hipkids for some furniture or Christmas presents for the kids original.gif

#14 MrsBobby

Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:36 AM

Redmum, good luck for your scan today and I hope you feel better soon!

#15 redmum77

Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

Thanks original.gif

We had our scan -- and baby is all fine and kicking lots! The only concern is that s/he is small. Head is in the 13th percentile, and other measurements are up to the 33rd. They have said this before, and the results seem to be slowly getting smaller. The scan at 15 weeks was between the 24th and 36th %ile, and the 12 weeks was 47%ile. Soooo if anyone has experience with this I'd love to hear it. DH has many short family members, my family are huge/tall. My other kids are tall (but different gene mix obviously, from the ex). I'm hoping that's all it is. I'm trying to resist posting in the big forum, but would love to know that this decline can be normal if baby is moving and all the measurements are small.

Will they change my due date? I hope not, it would be the 23rd I think...

Sorry for the 'me' post!

#16 MrsBobby

Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

Redmum, not 100% sure but my sister seems to be a similar case. At first her baby was measuring well and now it's on the lower end of the scale... She is not too concerned as she was a small baby too (plus she is superskinny), she is 32 weeks now. Her midwife doesn't seem too worried either. It will be interesting to see what our bubba will be, they said at the US he was spot on but I haven't had the OB appointment afterwards yet, that's on Monday, so not sure if it runs in our family or not. They haven't changed my sisters due date but she reckons her baby will come a week or two early (not sure how she knows that though lol).

Heartburn, OMG I have it bad today!

Nosebleeding as well!! Not happy... Been going on for like a week or two now. It's not very strong (not like it's dripping) but very annoying. sad.gif

#17 clm1982

Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:09 PM

QUOTE (redmum77 @ 26/10/2012, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks original.gif

We had our scan -- and baby is all fine and kicking lots! The only concern is that s/he is small. Head is in the 13th percentile, and other measurements are up to the 33rd. They have said this before, and the results seem to be slowly getting smaller. The scan at 15 weeks was between the 24th and 36th %ile, and the 12 weeks was 47%ile. Soooo if anyone has experience with this I'd love to hear it. DH has many short family members, my family are huge/tall. My other kids are tall (but different gene mix obviously, from the ex). I'm hoping that's all it is. I'm trying to resist posting in the big forum, but would love to know that this decline can be normal if baby is moving and all the measurements are small.

Will they change my due date? I hope not, it would be the 23rd I think...

Sorry for the 'me' post!


mmm no idea Redmum, has your OB/Midwife said anything have they suggested another scan? My Ob said my bubba was an average weight with long legs, im not sure how they work this out  huh.gif

AFM - Not much going on here just plodding along, picking up my purple paint for my feature wall from a friend tonight (hes a painter and gets discount) thats all really. Just counting down the 8 weeks till christmas!

Hope everyone is well!

Edited by clm1982, 26 October 2012 - 02:11 PM.


#18 zackcat

Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:19 PM

QUOTE (redmum77 @ 26/10/2012, 02:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks original.gif

We had our scan -- and baby is all fine and kicking lots! The only concern is that s/he is small. Head is in the 13th percentile, and other measurements are up to the 33rd. They have said this before, and the results seem to be slowly getting smaller. The scan at 15 weeks was between the 24th and 36th %ile, and the 12 weeks was 47%ile. Soooo if anyone has experience with this I'd love to hear it. DH has many short family members, my family are huge/tall. My other kids are tall (but different gene mix obviously, from the ex). I'm hoping that's all it is. I'm trying to resist posting in the big forum, but would love to know that this decline can be normal if baby is moving and all the measurements are small.

Will they change my due date? I hope not, it would be the 23rd I think...

Sorry for the 'me' post!


Glad the scan went well Redmum and fingers crossed the small measurements don't mean to much to worry about. Was the rest of the scan good? Organs working as expected etc?

#19 Cloria

Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:42 PM

Redmum - This might not even help because I don't know the exact details about sizing %ile, but DP's aunty had a baby through IVF and she went over her EDD (which was spot on due to IVF) and the Drs were telling her that her daughter was too small especially seeing as she was overdue and did she get her dates wrong (wtf?!) and basically trying to force her into a CS. She was meant to have a homebirth. They also had a private midwife who they trusted and the midwife basically said yes baby was rather small but that didn't necessarily indicate a problem. In the end the pressure from the hospital got the better of them and they went with a CS at the hospital and there was absolutely nothing wrong with bub!

Did you say you had/were looking into a Doula? Maybe she can offer you some advice.

And just on a personal-non-educated-on-the-subject opinion 33rd %ile doesnt sound that low to me? That means 33% of other babies are at the size too. That's 1/3!

#20 redmum77

Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:05 PM

Zackcat, The other things were all good - organs, heart, kidneys etc. This isn't a big concern I know, I just shouldn't have googled and looked and those bad outcomes.. Silly red.

Cloria - 33rd is fine, just a bit weird with the head being 13th?!?! Small head but tall? I'm forming a weird image of this baby... Plus she was asking about the other two kids, who were big or 50th and DS is now 97th for height.. I do have a stunt doula/midwife, I'll email her.

Mrs bobby, I wonder how it will go for your sister. I also have a weird feeling the baby will be early! I guess I'm on the slimmer side, and with my diet changes I hope this isn't related, might go think up something high protein to eat...



#21 Cloria

Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (redmum77 @ 26/10/2012, 03:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
33rd is fine, just a bit weird with the head being 13th?!?! Small head but tall? I'm forming a weird image of this baby...


my DP has a big head and I've been PRAYING for a small baby head  laughing2.gif

#22 MrsBobby

Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

Redmum, I will let you know if I hear anything from my sister. She is due in December so beore us, I suppose I should be able to get some information on everything! original.gif also was just thinking if maybe those problems you had with your amniotic fluid might have just held up the growth for a little bit as your body had to put energy towards re building the fluid. A couple of days of less growth might already have a big impact now but might even out later?!

#23 naturalgoodness

Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE (Cloria @ 26/10/2012, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my DP has a big head and I've been PRAYING for a small baby head  laughing2.gif


We are all praying for a small baby head!  laugh.gif



#24 *Katey*

Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:46 PM

QUOTE (redmum77 @ 26/10/2012, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks original.gif

We had our scan -- and baby is all fine and kicking lots! The only concern is that s/he is small. Head is in the 13th percentile, and other measurements are up to the 33rd. They have said this before, and the results seem to be slowly getting smaller. The scan at 15 weeks was between the 24th and 36th %ile, and the 12 weeks was 47%ile. Soooo if anyone has experience with this I'd love to hear it. DH has many short family members, my family are huge/tall. My other kids are tall (but different gene mix obviously, from the ex). I'm hoping that's all it is. I'm trying to resist posting in the big forum, but would love to know that this decline can be normal if baby is moving and all the measurements are small.

Will they change my due date? I hope not, it would be the 23rd I think...

Sorry for the 'me' post!


My SIL's baby measured small at their scans. They didn't change her due date, they just put it down to her having a small baby.

Towards the end of the pregnancy (in the last month or so) they started monitoring her every week, as bub was still measuring small. And at 38 weeks, bub hadn't grown in a couple of weeks and was still measuring small, so they induced her.

She was booked in for her induction, had a quick labour, and 5 hours after she got the gel to be induced, had a healthy 5 pound baby girl, no dramas or complications original.gif

After the birth though, their OB did say that her placenta looked small and weak - "A poor excuse for a placenta" I think she said were his exact words Tounge1.gif So that's possibly why bub was so tiny, she may not have been getting enough from the placenta.

She's still small. Apparently their GP guessed the baby was 2 weeks old at their 4 week check up, so she's a tiny little thing. But nevertheless, she's healthy and happy and nothing went/is wrong with her original.gif

Edited by *Katey*, 26 October 2012 - 04:48 PM.


#25 Alxeen

Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (Cloria @ 26/10/2012, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my DP has a big head and I've been PRAYING for a small baby head  laughing2.gif

Yep I am in the same boat!

Redmum I have no knowledge whatsoever to impart sorry. Hopefully it is just one of those 'things', like some parts are growing quicker than others but will catch up.

clm Sound like you are growing a model in there! I'm referring to the long legs wink.gif

Brinny I'm very excited for your surprise! That little one just doesn't want to let you know!

Darwinmummy I've been in that situation with everything in boxes/living temporarily with parents after being away. Pregnancy is such a nesting time, it's so important to feel like you have a home and that's hard work being in between places. Is it realistic you'd buy somewhere and move in before bubs is due?

AFM So I've mentioned before we currently have my 17 y.o. cousin living with us. Essentially things broke down at her home so she came to live with us and we have been somewhat quasi-parents. She's in Year 12 now and guess what....exams time! And she's turning 18 so we're also doing 18th birthday celebrations. It feels like a crazy house at the moment, and all in between me going back to work five days/week, DH starting a new full time job, oh, and the guy running into the back of my car the other day. And DD just generally doing really well with it all and not complaining makes me feel more guilty. Life is still very overwhelming and I'm just so looking forward to everything settling down and being less crazy and more boring.....boring is good, at least just for a little bit before these twins arrive!




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Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Video: Toddler not keen on clean-shaven dad

This little girl thought she was taking part in a standard game of peek-a-boo, but her dad had a surprise for her.

When will I feel like myself again?

At some point I became 'me' again, but not the same me that I was ... and that?s not a bad thing.

Our Watch: ending the national emergency of domestic violence

An ambitious new national initiative aims to address the "national emergency" of domestic violence across Australia.

Decrease in stillbirths in late pregnancy and older mums

There has been a fall in the number of stillbirths among some groups of women despite the overall rate remaining stable, a new report reveals.

My baby was permanently injured during birth

My baby was a few months old when we first heard the term ?brachial plexus birth injury? and the heart wrenching news that he may never gain full function of his arm.

Being a yo-yo mama is the rhythm of motherhood

A flip-flop happy-sad can occur in the same minute, the same second. And it continues forever, throughout a yo-yo mama's tenure, beginning with pregnancy.

Is it okay to ask for money instead of gifts?

First it was weddings. Then it was engagement parties. Now it seems christenings are following the trend of asking guests for money in lieu of gifts.

Crash testing new parenthood

The new documentary series Crash Test Mummies & Daddies takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the first months of life with a newborn.

Itching for a solution to eczema

Around 30 per cent of children live with eczema every day. A dad shares his son's story and gets advice from an expert.

Video: The challenges and joys of making new mum friends

This hilarious video shows how making new mum friends can be awkward - but reassures that it is possible.

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Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
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At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

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To celebrate the release of the new movie House of Magic, we have 10 double passes and magic sets to give away just in time for these school holidays. Enter Now for a chance to win!

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

'I wanted a heart over the i'

After naming her other daughter Princess Tiaamii, glamour model Katie Price needed a special name for her new baby.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

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