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#1 catalyst

Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:20 PM

New thread time ladies:

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...howtopic=881644



#2 deedee70

Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:27 PM

GOLD

#3 Liadan

Posted 19 July 2011 - 12:05 AM

silver

LMFAO this group is so dead sad.gif

#4 frogcal

Posted 22 July 2011 - 09:36 PM

Its a bit sad in here isn't it... I had hoped that the facebook girls would continue to post in here occasionally but that doesn't look like its going to happen. I think I'll see if the Sept group will have me as I technically belong there anyway.

I'll update incase anyone else still calls in here to see what people are up to.

Jack will be 10 months old on Sat, that time has gone so fast, its amazing how the 9 months you are pregnant seems like forever then once they are out time flies.
Jack is crawling, has one tooth and is now pulling himself up on everything. He has had a few crashes as I'm not sure he realises that he can't actually walk original.gif
I am back at work doing 2 shifts a week and also doing some work for the census which is going to have me pretty busy for the next month. My MIL looks after him when I am working, he loves it and doesn't seem to care when I leave him, though he is excited when I go to pick him up.
Not much else happening, he sleeps pretty well, from about 8.30pm to usually 6ish with one wake up in the night, usually around 2ish. I don't feed him at night so usually takes about half an hour to settle him. Trying to get out of the habit of bringing him to bed with us when he is unsettled, but the freezing nights here don't help.
We are off to Perth to visit my parents at the end of august, the heading to NZ for a holiday end of Oct so plenty of plans on the go.

Take care all
Dani

#5 deedee70

Posted 22 July 2011 - 10:24 PM

It IS a bit sad in here isn't it!

Dani...what you said about time flying, Illyana is 10 months on Aug 5th, where did that go? She has just cut her 7th tooth, is crawling like a demon, turn my back and she's GONE!!! LOL Plus cruising and the inevitable falls that come with thinking you're better at standing than you actually are!
Food...she' s still , how shall I put it, selective!! Nothing from  a spoon and only truly enthusiastic about peas and corn! Oh and cucumber and pear! Anything else either gets devoured, thrown on the floor or just mushed, sometimes eaten! Lots of mess and I'm trying really hard to just 'go with it' and not worry! It IS somewhat frustrating though!


#6 Guest_Mrs Incredible_*

Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:40 AM

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Edited by Mrs Incredible, 25 July 2011 - 12:36 PM.


#7 Liadan

Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:13 AM

I haven't had much to update at all.

Mae is 9 months old now, finally showing some enthusiasm for food. She has her two bottom teeth and the top two look like they'll make an appearance soon, she doesn't seem to be bothered by them though.

She still doesn't sleep through the night, but that's not a huge issue.

She has finally got the rolling thing figured out, but will only roll if she *really* wants to. She much prefers to be sitting or standing. She thinks standing is funny.

We've started with the "mamama" and "bababa", she loves to chat away to herself.

Hope everyone is well. original.gif

eta:

QUOTE (Mrs Incredible @ 23/07/2011, 08:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I doubt very much there will ever be a thread #10.
Realistically, I stopped needing parenting advice and opinions on the same 8 years ago.


This is one of the last places I would come to for advice, this group is OK, but the rest of EB can be pretty nasty, but even still, I know what I want to achieve and how I want to do it, so I'm not overly concerned with advice/opinions. I dont know it all, dont claim to, I doubt that I WOULD ever know it all, even if i had a dozen kids. We are always learning.

Edited by Liadan, 24 July 2011 - 11:18 AM.


#8 SparkleSpaz04

Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:35 AM

Hey, its Jessa (EloueraView)

Im on my friends EB and surfing.. and i cant remember my EB password

Cohan is nearly 10 months old - and we are expecting again original.gif  Due 24/1/2012 .. so there will be 16 months between the two!


Cruising long, we are really busy at the moment on farm - for those of you who havnt seen  www.fleyasholsteins.com is our website

Cohan is going great - sleeps well, travels well (thank heavens, as its 6 ish hours to go up and see friends and family in melb) .. he has his 7th tooth coming thru at the moment, isnt crawling properly yet, but is army crawling. And is around 11 - 11.5kg


Parenting advice on here-  agree with Liaden..  absolutely useless on here for parenting advice - everyone is far too judgemental, b**chy and "my view is right and thats the only view" ..  I just cruise along and do what feels right..

Dani - enjoy your holiday away!! I LOVED perth..  maybe because it was actually warm compared to where i am from - we swam ! .. was so devine
Freezing nights - have you thought of a nobo?   we invested in one after a friend raved around them.. best $350 i EVER spent.. and will spend it again with out a doubt for this baby!
Cohans room is constantly 19 degrees, and i find he sleeps fantastically - when i forget to turn it on, we have a few wake ups in the night..  he wont sleep under blankets, so i need to keep the room warm


Hope everyone else is well, and no doubt keeping busy! I hardly get on here any more..  im not even getting on my VH forum any more either..
We have just finished 12 weeks of calving cows down - now 6 weeks of joining, and then we starting calving again late september, and calve until January.. then AI again.. then  baby is due.

I dont know when im going to get a rest LOL

xx

#9 MSPhoto2011

Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:44 PM

QUOTE (Mrs Incredible @ 23/07/2011, 06:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I doubt very much there will ever be a thread #10.

X was born September too, I was considering trying my luck in that group, but I don't have enough time to keep up with the fitness one's i'm in. Realistically, I stopped needing parenting advice and opinions on the same 8 years ago.



...exactly why I don't like eb........ what's with this 'I'm to good to ask advice' kind of attitude. In my opinion you never stop needing advice/opinions, it's impossible to know-it-all though sounding from this you are a 'know-it'all' and have been for 8years  rolleyes.gif

Sorry to the other lovely ladies who do like/would like advice etc and must be feeling very 'put-out' by that comment, it seems we have insensitive bodies here ........ huh.gif

Lorelei is doing great, eating heaps and it won't be long until she is walking!! My photography business it TAKING OFF and I'm loving all the newborn cuddles I get!!!

I will try to update more regularly xx

p.s. please don't feel afraid to ask for advice/opinions that IS what this group is for!!!!!!!!

#10 klee102

Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:55 PM

I've had 3 kids spanning 12 years and with each child its been a great learning experiance because every child is different and develops in a different way. There attitude towards food play sleep is always different no matter how many children you have.  Im still learning how to deal with my older children.  Miss scarlette well ive done evreything different with her BLW , cloth nappies so a huge difference.    


my update
Miss scarlette is  10 months old tommorow sad.gif she has taken a few steps here and there i doubt she does it on purpose she just forgets to hang on to the couch table etc and keeps on cruising lol  ..  She is a full on baby gets into the kitchen drawers cuboards look out when you open the fridge cos she'll hear it and come racing to try climb in.  She eats evreything in sight as i sit here shes gnawing on a raw carrott while she waits for dinner.  She has 8 teeth with 9 and 10 just starting to come through.  Hence the carrott lol ....  I havent posted on here since i was pregnant im not trying to be rude its just im plain down right knackered by the time i sit at the computer i play my facebook games  heehehe  check my online stores for sales have a quick read here but feel its prob too late to spark up a convo again lol  We are planning on ttc for number #5 between us ..  if only i could decide on what i want a boy or girl ..  secretely wishing for one of each lol

#11 JustDance

Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:15 PM

Dani - I'm so sorry you feel abandoned here.  This group has been such a source of support for me and I hate for anyone to feel left out but I just find it easier to keep up on FB and I've been so busy lately.

Kristy-Lee - well said, you never stop learning and every child is different.  Even though I only have one I have seen from a friend who has 11mo twins (non-identical) how much personality differences in babies can make the experience so different - one of them is easy going (girl), sleeps all night and catches on to things very quickly and the boy is harder work - energetic, needs help sleeping, wakes up often, cries more.

Jessa - I have a friend who has three kids and the youngest 2 are 16m apart, they are almost like twins, must be so great for them.  How is your morning sickness going now?

Mel - I'm jealous of the newborn cuddles biggrin.gif  I'm terrible, every time I see a newborn now I'm trying to guess the age and trying to remember what E was like at that age.

AFM - Been busy busy busy!  I've been doing bits of work, both free and paid, lots of sewing, etc.  But also Elias has cut 3 teeth (already has two) in the past week and for the last two months or so he hasn't been sleeping well at all.  He has improved a bit lately but I hope once these teeth stop are fully through he'll settle down again.  Until the next ones come.  I don't think he's really in pain, he's just unsettled.  We've discovered he sleeps better with a sheet and blanket rather than a sleeping bag so that was one small breakthrough.  He has a lot of energy to burn during the day - he still drags himself everywhere, doesn't crawl properly but now he just wants to stand all the time, pulls himself up on anything and everything and thinks he can let go but he doesn't have the strength or balance yet.  After a play date with a friend last week I really started to appreciate just how calm and focused E can be, even though he's very energetic.  My friend's baby was like a whirlwind.  E loves to sit and turn the pages of books (he LOVES being read to), or just inspecting objects or toys.  He prefers objects that are NOT toys and is totally obsessed with keys, doors, windows, phones, etc.  He says mama and dada, and moo (cow sound -when I read his favourite book with a cow on the cover) and the other day he said "kwa" and pointed to a duck.  He can also wave and makes little chewing motions when he wants food, as opposed to when he wants boob, then he just claws at my top ! (yes, I'm still breastfeeding).

Oops, he's awake better go, sorry for the long update!!
xx



#12 deedee70

Posted 24 July 2011 - 08:21 PM

QUOTE (Mrs Incredible @ 23/07/2011, 08:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I doubt very much there will ever be a thread #10.

X was born September too, I was considering trying my luck in that group, but I don't have enough time to keep up with the fitness one's i'm in. Realistically, I stopped needing parenting advice and opinions on the same 8 years ago.

I don't think that posting on here is all just about "advice & opinions", many of us Mums find it comforting to hear how other babies are teething/eating/not eating/breast or bottle feeding and just developing, learning and growing.
Advice and opinions are also always useful, I've been a mum for 13 years and I still need advice at times, every child is different and all sorts of things change over the years too!

Hope everyone is doing well and all the babies are sleeping beautifully!!  biggrin.gif

#13 ToddlerWrangler

Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:50 PM

I will always strive for more knowledge about parenting....but would not ask for in on EB. This thread and you lovely ladies are great to talk to but there are too many "know it all's" and b**chy women on EB ready to shoot down your parenting style.

UPDATE: Abigail is doing well, she has a cough at the moment so not sleeping through at the moment PLUS i think another tooth is coming. (She has two currently) Abi is crawling backwards...more like pushing backwards so not crawling or walking. But i am in no hurry!

#14 aurora sleeping

Posted 24 July 2011 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE (JustDance @ 24/07/2011, 07:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dani - I'm so sorry you feel abandoned here.  This group has been such a source of support for me and I hate for anyone to feel left out but I just find it easier to keep up on FB and I've been so busy lately.


Yep, guilty of the same I'm afraid! I use FB a bit more often, so I have posted less one here - HOWEVER!!! Could not for the life of me find this bloody thread!!! I think the search on here is weird - did a search for Oct 2010 and still didn't come up with what I wanted.  blink.gif  Quite frustrating. Found this to be the case for a few things I've tried to search for, not sure if it's me or what...

Anyway, now I've been pointed in the right direction, I'll endeavour to post a bit more!

Levi will be 10 months in about a week's time. CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!! Which means, it's only 2 months til I go back to work.  cry1.gif Ugh, pretty friggin sad about that but what can you do. Also, Levi's been having a bit of separation anxiety lately which hasn't helped.  ddown.gif

I agree with some of the comments re: advice on EB. If I mentioned that I follow Tizzie's book to the letter, I would get hung, drawn and quartered... so I won't mention it.  grin.gif

In terms of what Levi is up to - he has 4 teeth , with his 2 eye teeth looking like they'll be next. He's been sleeping through the night which has been awesome - I think the bar heater we have going is doing its job. No crawling, just commando kind of stuff. We have wooden floors and he just worked out that he can slide himself around while sitting, which is hilarious to watch!!!  roll2.gif

Loves his solids so much I feel like he's eating me out of house and home already. And DH just taught him to turn the pages when we read to him which is so adorable I want to squish his cheeks really hard.  wub.gif

Man, having a baby has been the best thing I've ever been blessed to have the privilege of doing. I can see why so many people go back for more... and more.... and more!!!

We have to wait til I've worked for a bit for the next one but I've already started stalking the GS group as I'd love a daughter... ppinkstork.gif

I AM SO CLUCKY RIGHT NOW!!!!!!  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif  bbabyflip.gif

That is all.  hheart.gif  Will come back soon.  biggrin.gif

#15 FourLittleLoves

Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:48 PM

Aurora Sleeping Your ticker is scaring me!! How can our babies be sooo close to turning one? ffear.gif

#16 Guest_Mrs Incredible_*

Posted 25 July 2011 - 02:51 AM

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Edited by Mrs Incredible, 25 July 2011 - 12:37 PM.


#17 ToddlerWrangler

Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:46 AM

OMG your not kidding, i think Abigail is the youngest out of the group so i am not AS close but still i can not believe that our little itty bitty babies are just not babies anymore...  sad.gif
But in saying that i think i will enjoy the toddler years a little better.

I love Tizzie Hall........(waits for the noose to be tied) her book has helped heaps!

Hope everyone is doing well!

#18 ♥Teags♥

Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:51 AM

There is no 'in' group, and if anyone feels like that, then I for one am very sorry. There was no intentional exclusion, everyone in this group had quite a few months to join the facebook group. In the mean time a group of 40 odd women have shared some extremely personal things and gone through some very hard/dark times. It's not a matter of being mean, it's just simply keeping a group with great dynamics ticking over and continuing to be a place of support. EB doesn't provide that unfortunately, never could you come in here with some of the things that have been bought up on fb without KNOWING you'd be flamed... hardly what someone who's a little sensitive needs. I'm sorry you're not very happy about this Carmen, but really there's no need to take it so personally. This isn't about you as such, just that we'd politely explained we'd be taking no new members.

Weren't you a part of the facebook group at some point anyway? I'm assuming you had your reasons for leaving.

I hope this clears things up, there's not really any point in discussing it any further.

Hi to everyone else, I too have been MIA but will make an effort to post more often original.gif

#19 Guest_Mrs Incredible_*

Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:43 AM

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Edited by Mrs Incredible, 25 July 2011 - 12:37 PM.


#20 deedee70

Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:10 PM

QUOTE (Proodles @ 25/07/2011, 10:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OMG your not kidding, i think Abigail is the youngest out of the group so i am not AS close but still i can not believe that our little itty bitty babies are just not babies anymore...  sad.gif
But in saying that i think i will enjoy the toddler years a little better.

I love Tizzie Hall........(waits for the noose to be tied) her book has helped heaps!

Hope everyone is doing well!

LOL at your 'noose' comment! My SIL is using her book to the letter and it's working really well for her too!! original.gif


#21 MSPhoto2011

Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:34 PM

I'd really like to read that Tizzie Hall book actually..

#22 belandnev

Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:55 PM

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#23 deedee70

Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:00 PM

QUOTE (MSPhoto2011 @ 25/07/2011, 12:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd really like to read that Tizzie Hall book actually..

My SIL read while she was pregnant and got straight into the routines as soon as her son was born! From what she's told me it does sound interesting, though very strict routines which would just NOT work for me with 5 kids!! LOL biggrin.gif

#24 ♥Teags♥

Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:03 PM

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Right, so why did someone obviously get so irate and dish out a couple personal attacks towards me for simply stating the reasons why I didn't want to join another buddy group and basically the same thing several other people posted?

I'm sorry, but if there was no 'in group' then you think at least one other member posting in here would have also thought that was a bit out of line. Really, your 'close knit group' is no different from all the people and things you state you dislike from this site. People shouldn't have to PM people because they are too scared to write on here that they don't agree with what certain members have written or done.

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Weren't you a part of the facebook group at some point anyway? I'm assuming you had your reasons for leaving.


Yes, I left facebook for a while as it was getting a little too much to handle with all the other issues in my life. I only rejoined in June. I also cut back significantly from EB and the internet in general in order to get my health on track so I didn't end up dying of a major stroke, loosing the abilty to talk properly and strength on one side of your body thankfully was enough of a wake up call. If doing all that means I loose out on a FB buddy group, then trust me when I say, I really could not give a crap. I have no desire to be apart of your group, I just don't appreciate being called names on a public forum. There are plenty of kind and supportive people in real life I can invest my energy into.

Although I have to admit to be pee'd off at myself for being sucked in to coming in here and explaining myself to people who really are not going to do anything else but roll their eyes and back themselves up. You think someone who has been around EB for so long would have learnt it's futile.


Irate? Personal attacks? Explaining yourself?

Not taking this all a bit too seriously?

#25 MSPhoto2011

Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:09 PM

Are you fricken serious??????????? If you can't handle what people have to say then why the HELL do you even bother posting such bullsh*te if you are only going to go back and edit your posts leaving a '.' No wonder SOOOOOOO many of us really STRUGGLE with you. In all fairness I do come across very to the point and as a right ass but ALL of your replies have only confirmed that what I said was 100% accurate! Yes I am giving in to your little games and replying JUST the way you want me to so you can come back here and play the woes is me card but seriously get a grip on reality- this is not one occasion you have been like this the whole time you have been here. Unless it revolves around you, you place yourself on this pedestal, I just don't get it! Why you choose to make so many feel so inferior?




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