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#1 Lucky Mama

Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:53 AM

New thread time

Kim

http://members.essentialbaby.com.au/index....howtopic=341412

#2 ~ZiggyStardust~

Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:55 AM

GOLD

Edited by Chels13, 14 March 2007 - 10:56 AM.


#3 HairyMaclary

Posted 14 March 2007 - 11:13 AM

SILVER!

#4 Nephnie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 11:21 AM

BRONZE!!!

#5 chloeandmaddison

Posted 14 March 2007 - 11:27 AM

Boobies (.Y.)

Wow so much going on here and I've missed so much.

I'm back at work this week full time as a trial run to see how it goes. It's only Wednesday and my house looks like a bomb as hit it and I'm sick of all the running around. I take Chloe to M&D's then pick DH up (I have to go past home on the way to work) take him to work then I go to work. I finish at 4:30pm, go pick CHloe up, go home and make dinner, pick DH up between 6:30-7pm, put Chloe to bed, eat dinner with DH then do the dishes, a load of washing etc.. go to bed then get up and do it all again. I don't know how you girls that work do it. We only have 1 car which is why ther eis so much running around. It wasn't too bad when I only worked two days a week as I could leave the dishes etc and do them the next morning.
We spent the weekend looking at homes in differnt areas and trying to decide if we really want to move or not. It's all so stressful. I don't think I can keep doing this and might have to just do my 2 days a week which is a shame because the money is good but it's no substitute for missing time with Chloe and my sanity.

On the plus side CHloe is sooo much better. Gastro is gone and she's back to her happy self. She's still very clingy but compared to before she's so much better and happier.

Anyway better go and read the last two threads I've missed so I can do some personals.

BBL

Edited by chloes-ma, 14 March 2007 - 11:34 AM.


#6 ribenaberrie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 11:28 AM


May 2006 Parents Group


Welcome to the May 2006 Parents Group.

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Our Babies
Boys: 14 Girls: 21
25th March

comjulia123 (Jules) It's a girl! - Ella Grace @ 33w 6d - 5lb 12oz - HC 31cm, L 48.5cm - Perth, WA

9th April

jodi22 (Jodi) DD Jade Elly (4) It's a girl! - Emily Sarah @ 36w 0d - 6lb 2oz - HC 36cm, L 48.5cm - Geelong, VIC

12th April

4lildarlins (Chris) DD Emma (5), DD Sarah (4), DS Callum (2) It's a boy! - Joshua William @ 38w 2d - 6lb 13oz - HC 36cm, L 50cm

16th April

ribenaberrie (Jackie) DH Jimmy It's a girl! - Jocelyn Ariel @ 38w 0d - 6lb 6oz - HC 34.5cm, L 49cm - Sydney, NSW

1st May

Wickazoid (Angela) DS Xander (3) It's a boy! - Zayden @ 40w 3d - 8lb 10oz - HC 35cm, L 52cm - Wavell Heights, QLD

3rd May

**BuTTerFly** (Kylie) DH David, DD Kloe Taylor (3) It's a boy! - Zack Reily @ 39w 3d - 7lb 8oz - HC 35.5cm, L 54cm - Southern Highlands, NSW

5th May

**Slappy** (Rhiannon) DD Brenna Rose (2) It's a girl! - Bridget Lillian D'Brass @ 39w 0d - 7lb 2oz - HC 35cm, L 50cm - Sydney, NSW

smiliek (Kylie) DH Tom It's a boy! - Thomas Roger Warren Ross @ 36w 6d - 6lb 12oz - HC 33cm, L 48cm - Morley, WA

8th May

geniebottle (Jeannie) It's a girl! - Lola Jorja @ 40w 6d - 8lb 6oz - HC 35.5cm, L 52cm - Sydney, NSW

10th May

jeaniebean (Jean) DS Shaquille (4) It's a girl! - Isabelle Scarlett @ 39w 0d - 7lb 13oz - HC 33.5cm, L 49.5cm - Blacktown, NSW

rachandbub (Rach) DS Jake (2) It's a girl! - Holly Rebecca @ 41w 0d - 8lb 5oz - HC 36cm, L 51cm - Hawkesbury, NSW

11th May

*MikyMonster* It's a girl! - Mikayla Jane @ 41w 2d - 8lb 8oz - HC 36cm, L 53cm - Geraldton, WA

leamacka (Leanne) DS Will (3), DD Lauren (18m) It's a girl! - Amelia Rose Mackenzie @ 38w 0d - 6lb 1oz - HC 33cm, L 51cm - Narrandera, NSW

**LYN** (Lyn) DH Dave, DD Molly (2) It's a boy! - Max Devron Walkerden @ 38w 4d - 8lb 12oz - HC 36.7cm, L 49cm - Sydney, NSW

12th May

TazzieD (Shari) It's a girl! - Emily Grace @ 38w 2d - 7lb 13oz - HC 35.8cm, L 51cm - Brisbane, QLD

15th May

brittlestar (Britt) DH Simon It's a boy! - Hunter Jesse @ 41w 5d - 9lb 0oz - HC 36cm, L 52cm - North Coast, NSW

mumoftwoboys (Renee) DS Jacob (2) It's a boy! - Mason James @ 39w 0d - 8lb 3oz - HC 38cm, L cm - Waroona, WA

carrothead73 (Natalie) DD Emily (3) It's a girl! - Gracie @ 40w 0d - 7lb 10oz - HC 35cm, L 49cm - Sydney, NSW

chloes-ma (Lauren) It's a girl! - Chloe Arabelle @ 38w 4d - 6lb 6oz - HC cm, L cm -

17th May

Kath14 (Kath) It's a boy! - Joshua David @ 38w 6d - 6lb 8oz - HC 33.5cm, L 55cm - Mackay QLD

23rd May

zachsmummy (Sarah) DP Rodney It's a boy! - Zacharius Rodney Muiser @ 41w 0d - 8lb 3oz - HC 35cm, L 54cm - Sydney, NSW

kristies80 (Kristie) It's a girl! - Ella Louise @ 40w 2d - 7lb 8oz - HC 33.5cm, L 49.5cm - Melbourne, VIC

24th May

~coopersmum~ (Beck) It's a boy! - Cooper @ 40w 2d - 8lb 4oz - HC 35.5cm, L 52cm - Gold Coast, QLD

Wowie (Kath) It's a girl! - Luella Elizabeth @ 41w 0d - 7lb 13oz - HC 34.8cm, L 49.3cm - Yarra Valley, VIC

DBear (Dani) It's a boy! - Oliver Alexander @ 39w 2d - 8lb 8oz - HC 35cm, L 52cm - Brisbane, QLD

25th May

mers (Meredith) It's a girl! - Chelsea Ann @ 40w 1d - 7lb 15oz - HC 34cm, L 50cm - Sydney, NSW

26th May

corri (Corrie) DH Justin It's a girl! - Keira Emilie Sebire @ 41w 0d - 9lb 10oz - HC 37cm, L 54cm - Dee Why, NSW

jellybelly1 (Kylie) It's a boy! - Keegan @ 35w 0d - 6lb 3oz - HC 34.5cm, L 48cm - Brisbane, QLD

28th May

Chels13 (Chelsey) DH Luke It's a boy! - Jack Leonard @ 39w 5d - 7lb 3oz - HC 35cm, L 49cm - Newcastle, NSW

MeMimi (Mimi) DH Michael It's a girl! - Alice Eve Cook @ 40w 1d - 8lb 5oz - HC 34.5cm, L 50cm - Adelaide, SA

29th May

*Princess-Coopers-Mummy* (Erin) It's a girl! - Cooper Mikyla McKenna Law @ 40w 3d - 7lb 9oz - HC 35.5cm, L 52cm - Caloundra, QLD

31st May

stirkykitty (Kirsty) DS Clayton (2) It's a boy! - Preston Thomas Charles @ 40w 4d - 9lb 4oz - HC 35cm, L 55.5cm - Beaudesert, QLD

1st June

^Mandy^ (Mandy) DD Nadine (12), DD Brianna (8) It's a girl! - Lily @ 41w 6d - 7lb 4oz - HC 35cm, L cm - Brisbane, QLD

7th June

Binna (Belinda) DS Twins Caelan & Liam (2.5) It's a girl! - Evelyn Lola @ 40w 6d - 8lb 9oz - HC 36cm, L 52cm - North-West Sydney, NSW

12th June

hollybeagle1981 (Kristi) DH Matt It's a girl! - Vienna Rose Lyons @ 41w 6d - 9lb 5oz - HC 37cm, L 57cm - Logan, QLD

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Mummies Currently TTCing

*MikyMonster* (Steph) ~ TTC #2

hollybeagle1981 (Kristi) ~ TTC #2

corri (Corrie) ~ TTC #2

TazzieD (Shari) ~ TTC #2

Wowie (Kath) ~ TTC #2

brittlestar (Britt) ~ TTC #2

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ribenaberrie (Jackie) ~ EDD 23/07/2007

jellybelly1 (Kylie) ~ EDD 30/08/2007

leamacka (Leanne) ~ EDD 20/10/2007

**BuTTerFly** (Kylie) ~ EDD 31/10/2007

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#7 ribenaberrie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 11:54 AM

OoOOooo so excited!! I just emailed Vicki from BubbleBubs to change my postal address because originally I put down my home address but then I chose registered mail and DH said to me that since we won't be home I will have to pick it up from the post office which I can't because they are closed by the time we get home and not open yet when we leave in the morning. Anyways, I am sending them to my parents house now and Vicki said if all goes well she will be sending them out today!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif I hope I get them before the end of the week so I can try them this weekend!!!  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif

Work - I have decided I will tell my manager this afternoon. I was going to tell her earlier but she was on her way out to a meeting so I told her I'll see her when she gets back at 3:30-4. Wish me luck girls!! sad.gif I am a nervous wreck right now!  tongue.gif

#8 Guest_DBear_*

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:01 PM

Jackie
Good luck with your boss.

Dani

#9 strawberry*shortcake

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:12 PM

Good luck Jackie, I hope it all goes smoothly for you. Will you still get the managers position?

Leanne xo

#10 ribenaberrie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:16 PM

Leanne - I would hope so! She already told me she is going to give me the role permanently and we are just waiting for the documents from HR, so if she changes her mind now after I tell her, that would be discrimination wouldn't it? I hope it doesn't come to that though.....

#11 -Screamapillar-

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:19 PM

Jackie- Good luck, maybe you can just say you haven't said anything because of the bleeding.

I'll bbl I did a huge post and Preston erased it, Yippee <_<

#12 ~MaidenWarrior~

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:24 PM

Kath - My MIL says things like I should leave Hunter to cry, because that is what she did with my DH and his siblings. She is a nice lady, but tough and harsh, whereas I am soft as soft could be. I also hate the comments, but you are right, it is good your Dad got to hear how distressed Joshy was. It helps you to prove a point.  I can never leave Hunter to cry. I am okay with leaving him to grizzle though.

Dani - So good to hear from you, so sorry to hear that Oliver is not well again, poor munchkin. I'll catch up with you sometime soon when you are not so busy. original.gif original.gif Give Oliver a hug for me.

Lauren - Yuck, you sound so busy, sometimes you have to wonder if it is all worth it. One thing that is putting me off going back to work is that I have to drive 50 km to work, 50km home. Ugh, who could be bothered with all that driving on top of everything else. Some days I can't wait to go back to work, but I think I'll be back for one shift and won't want to do it anymore, lol.

bbl

Britt xx

#13 ribenaberrie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:25 PM

Kirsty - Yeh I was gonna say I didn't tell her cos of the bleeding and I wanted to be sure everythings OK before I said anything and that I was still waiting for see my doctor re the ultrasound results on Saturday and I was going to tell her after that when we had our one on one on Monday. Most of that is true, I still have to go see the doctor about the ultrasound, just not sure if I am going on Saturday or not!  tongue.gif

#14 Nephnie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:33 PM

Kath- You are in NO WAY pandering to Josh.  You are attending to your child's needs in the way you see fit.  If people choose to comment, my comment back would be "F*ck off and mind your own business!!"  Full of class aren't I??  

You would only be creating bad habits if you got Josh up OUT of bed and started playing etc.  Other than that, you're just settling him.  it's pretty rare that I'll leave Miky to cry herself to sleep.  I did it the other day as I was babysitting and just couldn't tend to her.  She flaked it after 5 minutes, but I felt totally awful for it...

I reckon babies who are tended to when needed grow up to be confident and independent kids.

I reckon just tell them ALL to bugger off and mind their own business...  It felt good telling my brother that the other week! LOL!!  He got a shock when I told him I parent differently and he needs to respect that.  God knows if he will though...

BBL.
Steph.

#15 ribenaberrie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:51 PM

Kath - Glad that your parents got to hear how distressed Joshy was so they can stop the let him cry comments. I get really annoyed when I get comments like that cos like Britt I am a big softie. DH thinks I am going to spoil Joey rotten.  dev (6).gif But I just can't not tend to her if she sounds distressed. If it was just a whingy attention seeking cry then I try to!

Dani - I was thinking about you this morning and how you haven't posted in so long and you must be so busy with Uni. Sorry to hear Oliver has been sick. I hope he gets better soon and puts the weight back on. sad.gif

Steph - Thinking of you and your family. It must be such a hard time for you guys at the moment. sad.gif

Britt - I would love to meet up. How funny would it be if we meet up cos you will be the first MMM I meet! And you are all the way in Coffs! biggrin.gif Will have to see what DH has planned though, plus he's a bit on the anti-social side..  glare.gif I thought about emailing my manager to tell her, but it seems so weird considering she just sits around the corner IYKWIM. I would much much prefer emailing though. I don't even like talking on the phone.  tongue.gif

Rhiannon - I hope your DH sorts out what he wants to do and sticks to it. I think its a great idea if the girls can have their own stuff at his place but it would be a pain if he doesn't intend to actually have them for 90 days!

Anni - I am still feeding Joey 5 bottles a day!  ph34r.gif I am probably the only one in here that feeds so many bottles. LOL! I really need to up the solids and reduce the bottles but I just don't know where to take away a bottle. She's always finishing them all! Anyways, sorry, that probably doesn't answer your question!  tongue.gif

Kristi - You've done a great job BFing V for so long. Don't be hard on yourself although I know what you mean, I missed it so much when I had to wean Joey due to her food allergies and this empty feeling like she doesn't need me when shes hungry anymore.  cry1.gif Your DH sounds like my DH when he's sick. They think its the end of the world and they can't do anything but lounge around!

#16 hollybeagle1981

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:53 PM

Hi girls.  

Thanks for the support Re: giving up breastfeeding.  I haven't fed V in 31 hours now!  I had to get rid of some lumps in the sink today blush.gif  but it's not too bad.  I've only fed her 3 times in the last 4 days.. so I'm taking it slow. It's hard that she can still smell my milk and cries until I give her a bottle though.

Jackie: good luck with this afternoon.

Dani:  so do you enjoy uni?  It's good you found some women to chat too.

Rhiannon:  that will be nice for the girls and your DH to have some time together, and it'll also give you some free time.  I hope he gets the house for them.

Kath:  I sometimes feel like I give in to Vienna, but I agree with Steph, children whose needs are tended to do grow up more independent and self confident int he long run.

Ok, Vienna is asleep, DH is asleep (still sick today sad.gif ) so I better do some housework!

Love Kristi and Vienna

#17 Nephnie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:55 PM

Anni- I think I'm going to go back to 4 bottles a day because I think Miky's teeth are trying to come through and she's not wanting to eat at the moment.  Maybe i'll do 3 1/2 bottles...

Gee it's hard isn't it?

Am sitting here feeling like a blob.  Don't know what to do.  Should prbably go and clean our bathroom and the other toilet.  YES! get off the computer and go and do that Steph!

#18 ribenaberrie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:57 PM

I really like this new smilie...  dev (6).gif  dev (6).gif  dev (6).gif  dev (6).gif  dev (6).gif  dev (6).gif

#19 ~MaidenWarrior~

Posted 14 March 2007 - 01:00 PM

Steph - Good idea, i need to get off this computer as well, I'm going to go and cook dinner while I've got some energy.

I was looking on ebay until 1.30am, bloody obsessed ATM.

Britt xx wub.gif  cool.gif

#20 Guest_**Slappy**_*

Posted 14 March 2007 - 01:04 PM

Well... I have just woken up  ohmy.gif

I went to lay down 'just for a little while' and 3 1/2 hours later I woke up! And even then I really had to drag myself out of bed!!! Geez I am so tired lately. Bridget is really wearing me down at night.

Now I really need to sit down and study so thats what I am going to do. I havent even had anything to eat today yet and Mum doesnt really have too much in her house, I think I might have to go hunt for it...

#21 -Screamapillar-

Posted 14 March 2007 - 01:31 PM

Kylie- I was feeling left out too cry1.gif   thanks for thinking of me, I would love to catch up original.gif

#22 Guest_**Slappy**_*

Posted 14 March 2007 - 01:44 PM

Erin - yep, I know about the loss of payments  glare.gif Thats why I told him that if he says he will have them for that amount of time he HAS to have them. I can deal with less money if I know I have that time IYKWIM... I can work part time or whatever. But I wont go along with it if I am losing money and he isnt taking the girls when he is supposed to...

#23 Nephnie

Posted 14 March 2007 - 01:50 PM

Lauren- Wow... THat's madness!!  I KNOW I couldn't do full time work right now.  If I HAD to I suppose you just do what you have to.  Do you feel that you'll start resenting the fact you're not at home with Chloe?  

Perth Girls- How bout we arrange to meet up on Saturday 31st at Toddler Town in the afternoon?  Or if it's looking like it's going to be hot, we could maybe go to Bayswater waves or something?  Miky generally wakes up around 3pmish.

Geez... It's starting to get humid again.. YUCK!!  bugger it.  I'm gonna close up the house and put the air con on...   dev (6).gif  ph34r.gif

Steph.
P.s. I've cleaned Miky's bathroom, made satay chicken skewers (NO not with your skewer thingy yes Jules...) and cleaned our shower too.  Now I've just got to hang out a few more loads of washing and I'll feel like I've done something today!! PMSL!!

#24 -Screamapillar-

Posted 14 March 2007 - 02:01 PM

Ok, I'm back!

I had my blood test on Monday...Ick! I almost fainted which has never happened before. They took the blood from one arm and I stopped bleeding so the nurse used a syringe to draw it from my 2nd arm, at least I know I probably won't bleed to death laugh.gif

Dp was home yesterday fake sick <_<  I wish he'd gone to work.

Preston is being a dev (6).gif  and is feeding a few times a night for comfort still, I'm too soft to let him cry.


Steph
- I don't really know what to say except I hope you get to see your uncle......

Dani- Nice to see you posting. Sorry to hear your family had been sick. Glad to hear uni is going well.

Rhiannon- That's awesome that DH will be around to care for the girls. I'm sure you'll be ale to work something out. I hope your sleep perked you up a bit, I know how it feels to have broken sleep.

Jackie- I figured that's what you would've done anyway but didn't know if you where a private person ie. you like to keep that sort of stuff to yourself. I've ordered 2 bubblebubs from best for baby, can't wait to get them.

Erin- Have fun moving tongue.gif  I've moved 3 times in the last 3 years (twice whilst pregnant) and it's so not fun....

Kath- I'm a softy too, I don't like to hear my babies cry either original.gif

Kristi- I felt sad when I stopped feeding Clayty, I was so indecisive about it and then all of a sudden he wouldn't feed anymore, I expressed for a few weeks but he just stopped sad.gif  I'm trying really hard to make it to a year with Preston but he is so boobie dependant, it drives me nuts (complete opposite of Clayty) I think I'll have to end up tandem feeding unsure.gif  It is so tiring though.

Hi to everyone else in eb land original.gif

ETA- I can't believe I'm 7 weeks already....

Edited by stirkykitty, 14 March 2007 - 02:02 PM.


#25 chloeandmaddison

Posted 14 March 2007 - 02:27 PM

Steph I'm only working full time this week as a trial to see if I  want to go back full time but I'm not going to. I told my boss this morning that I can't do it so next week I go back to just working 2 short days (10am - 4pm). Boss was really good and understands.
Maybe if we had 2 cars it may be different as it would be a few less trips in the day. I'm so exhausted I can't wait until friday.

Chloe is with mum and dad while I work and mum took Chloe shopping with her this morning and got some great bargins at target. She said she bought a hat for $2.86, a pair of size 4 shoes soft sole Pooh Bear for her to grow into for $7 and some tops for $3.16 each. Bargins! I can't wait to see them when I pick her up.

Jackie: Goodluck telling your boss

Erin: Have fun moving, I know how stressful it is but remember you'll be in a nice new place soon.

Rhiannon: Its nice your DH wants to be close to the girls, I hope he sticks to the arrangements.




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Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

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Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

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Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

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Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

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