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#26 White-Lily

Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:34 PM

Wow! Heaps of news in here  biggrin.gif

Congratulations Tinks!! Hope you can avoid m/s this time round or hopefully its not as bad!
Jack will get the TT thing when he is ready original.gif Heaps of other cool things to be doing in the meantime!
In the house yet? we got held up with the silicone too and some minor painting - so frustrating!!

Congratulations Wils Mum/July Baby!! Hope the gastro/food poisoning goes away quickly and you feel weell again soon.
I know a few people due around when I'm due too, one being my BFF. Must be in the water (here at least!)

Robyn everything is crossed! Hope you get the house!
Hope Noah's op goes well in April and he recovers quickly.

leita wow 8 weeks already! Hope Mr Lucas starts to sleep a bit longer overnight soon.

JoRiCo great work on getting Cohen TT'd during the day.

Happy Birthday to all the kidlets!! I cant believe they are all almost 3!

AFM Its Shae's birthday tomorrow!! We are just having a little tea party for her on the weekend with family and a few friends. The weather in Perth is going to be terrible for it but never mind original.gif

Pregnancy is still going ok. Almost 10 weeks now. We had a scan a few weeks ago and saw a little heartbeat (153bpm) which was great but the relief is/was short lived. Only a few more weeks to go until the next scan. M/S is still around which is reassuring.

Edited by White-Lily, 25 January 2012 - 10:23 AM.


#27 tinkster23

Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:02 AM

JoriCo-I know quite a few pg ladies as well, seems to be something in the water around here lately. I'm hoping to find a good 3yo kindy for the boy too, so I can nap if nothing else..

Robyn- thank you, so much! Noah will be fine, just make sure he eats as normally as possible post op and he'll be fine. Try to remember that while its your first operation, everyone else involved has done it hundreds of times original.gif Good luck on the house! We're trying to get our old one sold and the work in that is driving me nuts!

leita- Jack fed every 3 hours, day and night til he was 6.5 months, damn near killed me, but he was a boofa too, and I guess he needed to eat that often...he still eats like nothing else!

wilsmum/july baby0- congratulations!! Jacks shown no interest in the toilet at all, and given he still doesn't talk its too hard to attempt to tt him for now.

suzanne- so far so good, few queasy moments, but touch wood, nothing else. which, you would think would be a good thing, but its making me super paranoid, which i'm trying really hard to ignore! We moved in last weekend and LOVE our house. Unpacking is nearly sone and as soon as I can get the backyard done I'll be happy.




#28 leita

Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:53 PM

Tinkster- might be a bit far for you, but we are sending Amalia to Bibra Lake Private Kindy- they have a website. She starts on Wednesday  ffear.gif eexcite.gif cry1.gif   mixed emotions about that. Sad that my baby is growing up, but she totally needs the stimulation, being at home with mummy all day gets a bit boring and we wind up watching too much telly, especially with the baby needing lots of attention. she has been just awesome with Lucas, but I don't want her to get bored and start playing up, so I'm putting her in for two mornings a week. I like that it's only a half day, and that during that time it's only 3 and 4 year olds.

:-)

Ah, there is Lucas- I was beginning to wonder, it's been like two and a half hours since his last feed and he's still asleep!! Stirring now though, better go.

#29 summerbub

Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:17 PM

Happy birthday month!! biggrin.gif

What are you getting your little one for their 3rd birthday?
I'm so over pressies at the moment - I'm going to get Noah a fish or two, and some joggers that light up when you walk. He steals Harriet's all the time and jams his feet in them! That's it, a little more low key this year!

Are you having a birthday party? What sort of cake?
We are going to have close friends over on Saturday. Actually Lisa and Harry are coming, and we are doing a joint party between Noah & Harry wub.gif so cute. Lisa is making the cake - I have an open home on from 1-1.30pm, then I'll have to jump into the house and decorate, set up, get food sorted etc. Lucky we only have like 4 families coming, so they'll all understand if they are eating vegemite sandwiches and happy meals. wink.gif


Suzanne, congrats on seeing the hb!! yay. I have a good feeling about this one  cool.gif  Little boy I say!!
Wilsmum/JulyBaby - congratulations again on your pregnancy. Great to hear you are already 15 weeks along. I hope you are feeling better today, and that the food poisoning buggered off!



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#30 White-Lily

Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:44 AM

What are you getting your little one for their 3rd birthday? We got Shae a tutu skirt and top (her party outfit) and a cubby house - which she hasnt actually got yet (still in box  huh.gif ) She has seen it though and when we have some grass it will get built for her original.gif
We went for semi-low key as everyone else spoiled her silly.

Are you having a birthday party? What sort of cake? We had a tea party last weekend with just family and a few friends, about 20 people. Nice and easy original.gif Cake was just a "3" due to Shae lack of picking what she wanted and my lack of preparation. DH did a fantastic job of decorating it though.

Robyn thanks, I have a good feeling about this one too. Well I'm hoping like mad its still ok!! Fairly sure it will be another girl, my family don't make many boys!!

Tinks I cant wait to see some grass here too!! Bit over living in a sandpit! Shae however loves the sand! Our blinds finally arrived yesterday so DH will put them up over the weekend and then the inside will be done original.gif
Hope the m/s stays away  and you get some reassurance that everything is ok is a nice non sickening way! Not sure what way that would be though!

AFM 11 weeks today, one week until scan. I wish it was next week already.

#31 tinkster23

Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:58 AM

What are you getting your little one for their 3rd birthday?
Jacks getting a big boy bed, maybe, plus a few little things I got on catch of the day. I'm really in 2 minds about the bed, i've bought it, but am so scared to mess with his good sleeping. I put him in his cot, he gives me a kiss and then lays down and goes to sleep, 99% of the time. Why would I mess with that? And risk hours of getting up, messing around not to mention falling out of bed.
But anyway, the bed arrives Tuesday so we'll see.

Are you having a birthday party? What sort of cake?
No party this year. Jack was born on my uncles birthday and this year is his 60th, so my aunty and cousins are all going to his birthday lunch and a couple of close friends are away and it all got too hard given we've just moved. He'll get a nice day with his cousins and cake tho, mum offered to make the cake since I'm working tonight (friday) and saturday nights, so I have no idea, probably a number 3.

Suzanne- Good luck with your scan next week, please make sure you come back and tell us how wonderfully it went! Me- feeling very very icky and had my first spew last night before work which is very sucky, although strangely reassuring. I've got an OB appt on the 13th and he'll do a scan and then we'll tell Hannah, I can't wait, she's going to be SO excited! And don't feel bad about the cubby, my kids got one for xmas that is still in boxes til we get some grass!

Robyn-good luck with the home open, we had ours last weekend and signed the offer Monday night! So we're VERY happy with that news, especially since I get to buy a new bigger car!

Leita- I've found a couple of local 3 year old kindys that I'm looking into, plus I think he's going to be going to the telethon speech and hearing for a specialised playgroup for kids with speech issues.

Ok, must go, am at work and very tired and nauseous, this helps keep my mind off it!
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#32 White-Lily

Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:53 PM

We had our NT scan yesterday and it went brilliantly!! We get the results sometime next week but bubby had a nice strong heartbeat (163bmp) and was measuring 5 days ahead!! So we are thrilled that everything seems to be going well this time round original.gif

Getting the NT measurement was a bit tricky as bub was so active doing headstands and flips and just generally going crazy bouncing around in there  biggrin.gif

Could not be happier right now. So relieved.

Still struggling through morning sickness even though I will be 13 weeks tomorrow and heartburn ahs well and truly set in already too, just like it did with Shae. Popping out already so should probably start to tell some family before they work it out themselves! Hoping to keep it quiet at work for another few weeks, fingers crossed I can!

Tinks did you get to see you little one on the 13th? Hows the sickness going? Im still sick, I think its getting worse actually...  unsure.gif
Have you tried Jack out in the big bed? how is it going? We put a big rail (the biggest I could find) on Shae's bed so it still felt 'cot like'. Hasn't stopped her from falling out the end of the bed tho!

#33 tinkster23

Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:53 PM

Oh suzanne, Im so happy to hear this, I was thinking about you this week. Yep, we saw the bean on Monday, just one ticking away nicely. Am sick, very sick. Today was brutal, barely made it out of bed but never mind.
We tried jack in the bed and he failed miserably, so he's still in the cot, well try again in a few months.

Ok, must go, try not to vomit.  sick.gif

#34 LEGs-R-US

Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:35 PM

I've been a slacker....but wanted to say congrats tinkster.... How exciting. Over the moon for you guys.  

Suzanne... Glad the nt scan went welll whata relief.  

Liam's birthday
...it went well...  It was such a busy time for us.  We essentially had visitors from Christmas through all of jan.  so nice to just sit on the couch in feb before life becomes hectic again in march April.   I felt like a pov mum for his birthday... I remember like a week before that it was actually coming up.  In the end he got a bike (which I don't think he has ridden) and a boggle board for the ocean (which he loves).  

I am still loving Melbourne.  We are meant to be heading back to Canberra  August. We are crossing everything thT we can stay for Christmas but just thinking abut leaving is depressing.  We have looked to by in Melbourne but in reality we just can't afford it... Well can't afford where we want to live... sad.gif.  

Anyway, sorry to have been sucha slacker in the posting front. I swear to lift my game!  


Love you guys


#35 White-Lily

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

Just quickly from me

We had the 19 week scan on Friday and it went brilliantly!! We have a perfect healthy baby on board. Still measuring ahead but its got all the right bits in the right spots. Bub was a bit uncooperative, just like Shae always was but we got there in the end with A LOT of poking and prodding (ouch!).
Gender is still a surprise! I really thought one of us would cave and find out but we remained strong! The sonographer didn't give anything away (if he even noticed?) and kept well clear of any potty shots so we don't even have an inkling!

DH and I have worked out my maternity leave so I really should tell work... I promise to tell work before the end of the week...

Seeing the OB this arvo so will hopefully get another peek at bubby and I'm feeling regular movement now too (have been for a while now) which is very reassuring.

Hope everyone is well

#36 leita

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:35 PM

That's awesome WHITELILY- congratulations. Such a wonderful relief when that scan comes back normal- enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!!

Lukey is now 4 months- still waking a good 3-5 times a night, now tipping the scales at a whopping 9 kilos- I have massive biceps!!

:-)

#37 content1

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

Another one that hasn't been on here in a loooong time  blush.gif My old user name was kalebbub.

Congratulations to whitelily, tinkster & julybaby on your BFP's

Congratulations Leita on the arrival of Lucas, he sounds like he is thriving!

Summerbub I have everything crossed that you sell your place and get your dream home hands.gif

AFM Kaleb is such a joy and growing up too quickly. We got him a bike for his birthday and he loves it, zooming around the house a hundred miles an hour! He started 3 yr old kindy which he also LOVES and was so ready to go. Kaleb is fully TT, he just decided one day to use the toilet and never looked back that includes over night too so I never actually toilet trained as such bless him. We welcomed another little boy Toby into the world on the 17th feb, he is 7 weeks old and just gorgeous wub.gif Kaleb has taken to the roll of big brother like a pro and is wonderful with his little brother.

Very happy to see everyone is doing well bbighug.gif

Edited by content1, 05 April 2012 - 10:12 AM.


#38 NurseGladys

Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

Hi all,

Another slacker here, haven't been on for ages!!!!!  (Is it really slack with four kids and studying???)

Congrats to the girls expecting bubbies!!!  How exciting!!!!

We welcomed Aiden (yay, I finally got my name!!!) on the 30th March.  He weighed 9lb 15oz!!!!  That is DEFINATELY it for us!!!!!

So I am a busy mum of four, looking to go back and finish my study (had to defer as I didn't do pregnancy well this time!!!) and generally going CRAZY!!!!

Glad people still catchup in here, will do my best to pop in more often!!!

Megan

#39 summerbub

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

Megan CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of Aiden!!! babyboy.gif That is such wonderful news. So thrilled for you.

Kalebub (sorry I'm still calling you that original.gif ) CONGRATULATIONS to you on the birth of Toby! babyboy.gif I hope you guys don't make me clucky!! Haha no I do have a very strong feeling that I'm done!

Leita, holy heck @ Lukey being 9kg!! wowzers you must have some super juices flowing there!

Suzanne that is such brilliant news about your scan. I don't know how you do it not finding out the sex - I am terrible with surprises! haha. I hope you are feeling well, and I'd love to see a belly shot if you are happy to share original.gif

Jen, that's so sad that you are leaving the place you love sad.gif I hope you get settled back into Canberra in no time. If not, you should come to NQ.

Teresa, I hope your pregnancy is progressing well - have you had your anatomy scan yet? Did you find out the sex  / will you be?

AFM
It's been a really sh*t time actually. Had Harriet in hospital for the last 5 days with asthma and a chest infection. Finally brought her home this evening even though she isn't great.
Noah had an operation 3 weeks ago (at the same hospital) to get his tonsils and adenoids removed and grommets put in, which he has coped extremely well with. He and Harriet are two peas in a pod, honestly they are best friends which is just beautiful wub.gif

Big news, we are moving to Townsville - I start work on June 4! Holy cow. Haven't told anyone yet so please don't fb it just yet.

Yay Mother's Day is coming up! ddance.gif

Byeeeeeeeeeeeeee

#40 White-Lily

Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:20 PM

Megan CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of Aiden!!!

Content CONGRATULATIONS to you on the birth of Toby!  

Robyn how is Harriet doing now? Hope she is all better and stays that way! poor thing, asthma in the little ones sucks.

Leita how is Lukey sleeping? Hope he is doing some great overnight stretches now

AFM Bit rubbish here atm, Shae has pneumonia (again) - kid cant seem to catch a break. Its not even winter yet and she is already struggling. She is on the mend now (finally) but we are back to the Dr tonight to get another check up done to make sure her chest is clearing.

28 weeks today and bubby is doing well. Doesn't stop moving and gets itself into the most awkward spots (ouch!) forgot about how much it can hurt sometimes!
Did the GD test and haven't heard anything so assume I passed original.gif And have my hospital booking in appointment next week. Pretty much got everything sorted for bub, well sorted enough

Will take a belly pic tonight and pop in next week and post it original.gif


#41 riwybo

Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:22 PM

Hi everyone can I join please? I guess I'll tell you all a little bit about myself original.gif I have 2 boys, Riley 6.5 and Wyatt 3.5. I'm a SAHM, but have been trying to get back into the work force, with no luck as of yet sad.gif DH & I are 26 & we all live in South Brisbane/Logan area.... I thought I'd jump in as I don't really know many people who have children the same age as DS2, so would like to make us both some friends if that's possible original.gif

#42 3'sacrowd

Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:55 PM

biggrin.gif Hi riwymk. Welcome. I have DS1 4.5 and DS2 3.5 and now pregnant with number 3 we live in Hawthorne, Brisbane.

Not much really happening here I have morning sickness so bad. I never got it with the boys. So struggling to go to work, but they're pretty awesome. One of the nurses gave me some maxilon. Still not trying to take anything though. Just sucking it up.

The boys are going good. Aston keeps saying "I'm going to school next year". Think the little man will be pretty upset when he doesn't get to go. They are joined at the hip at Kindy, so I think they both my struggle at the start.

We ask Cohen if he wants another baby brother he replies with "No sister" and aston replies with "I want a mower" Thank you Big W for your christmas catalogue. This is all he asks for now laughing2.gif

Hope everyone is doing well.

#43 riwybo

Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:10 PM

Hi happinesswith2blue waves.gif Your boys sound adorable. Do you know what you're having, or do you think it's a girl because of your morning sickness?? DH & I are going to try for #3 soon, Riley wants a baby sister, I think he will be disappointed at first if it's another boy. Both my boys LOVE babies, so either way they will both be great big brothers. I didn't have morning sickness either with my boys, so I'm intrigued to see what with happen with #3 whether I am sick or not.

#44 White-Lily

Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:24 PM

Hi Everyone!! Its been a while so I apologise!!

Heaps has happened, I finished work about 4 weeks ago (after training 3 different people to do my leave and having 2 of them leave on me!!) and have been soooo sick since! Shae and I had on and off gastro for 2 weeks (mainly me actually) and then I got a massive chest infection and then as I was getting better from that I fractured a rib from all the coughing (OUCH!!! It still hurts a lot 2 weeks later but it is on the mend at least).
And then I got diagnosed with Obstetric Cholestasis, so my liver isn't really coping with being pregnant anymore and I'm going slightly insane with the itching.

We had a growth and well being scan done at just before 35 weeks to check on bub which came back great so the OC is so far only causing me grief and I am seeing my OB twice and week and having CTG done each time so we just yoyo between home and the Dr's office.
So bub will be induced due to the OC, probably on the 10th of August, maybe the 13th depending on how my liver is going and how Im coping with the itching. Im hopeful that I will go early by myself tho - Shae was 37+5 and the 10th will put me at 38 weeks so fingers crossed!!

Anyway...

riwymk welcome!!

happinesswith2blue congrats on expecting #3!!

Tinks
hows things going?

Ok, got to go, dinner is ready

#45 tinkster23

Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:29 PM

I was just thinking about you Suzanne, knew baby must be getting close!
Sorry to hear you've had such a rough trot, can't wait to hear about bubs!

Me- I'm crippled. Have been having heaps of pelvic pain, walking has become a challenge. Dr forbid anymore work three weeks ago, threatened me with hospital bed rest etc. it's much better than it was, helped along by the fact I crashed my car last week, so was housebound for a week. Only a minor bungle, and it sped up the new car process, picked up my shiny new car yesterday!
Had a scan yesterday, bub measuring 3 weeks ahead, already 2.7kg, big boof head wedged in my pelvis. But, he's all good, just giant.

Jack is lovely, has been going a little stir crazy stuck at home with me, but is suck a lovely boy. His speech is coming along heaps and were hopeful he'll cope with mainstream kindy next year.

Happinesswith2blue- don't stress about the maxalon, it might make you feel a whole lot better.

Can't remember anything else, but hope everyone is well.

Edited by tinkster23, 02 August 2012 - 10:30 PM.


#46 White-Lily

Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:58 PM

I'm back with my baby news... its a GIRL!!

Neve Angelina was born 11:07am August 10th, 3.78kg (8lb2oz), 53cm long and 36cm h/c and she is divine! We are so in love with her  wub.gif

I ended up being induced due to the Cholestasis at 38 weeks and it not being safe to keep bub in for any longer. I tried everything in the last few weeks to get bub moving on her own but nothing worked!! Probably because she was slightly posterior. The induction went really well and my weeks of worrying about it were for nothing. My waters were broken at 9am and the drip was started at 9.30am and then she was out at 11:07am  ohmy.gif It all happened so quickly and I went into a bit of shock but Neve and I are doing really well now. It only got really painful about 30-40mins before she was born and she was out in 3 pushes! Drug-free again too, not that there was time if I wanted anything!

The OC has cleared up but I will have to have bloods done to make at the 6 week check up but the insane itching has gone as well as all the other symptoms. My hips are all good and I can walk and bend again! It was like an out of body experience getting up off the bed after having her!! My poor rib had room and I could breath again - amazing!! haha

Breastfeeding is going really well. Neve feeds much better than Shae did at the beginning which is making life so much easier! Feeding every 3 hours during the day and 4 hours (roughly) overnight which is great. I'm feeding her right before I go to bed and then only getting up once overnight and then again about 6/7am. So by the time I finish with Neve, Shae is just getting up. Im sure it wont be like this for long but right now its all going smoothly original.gif

Shae had a few funny days where she wasnt too interested in Neve, all the visitors were much more interesting! But now she is smitten with her baby sister and she is very attentive and loving towards her which is so lovely.

So far Neve's hips are ok and no one has heard any clicking but we have an u/s happening when she is 6 weeks to 100% confirm that they are ok.
She also has a bit of jaundice (still at 12 days) and has been a bit slow in the weight gain so the CHN has been keeping an eye on her. She is due to visit us again on Friday for another check up. So we are hoping Neve is back up to her birth weight and is less yellow by then.

Anywho, Neve is fitting in perfectly at home and has so far been a dream. I'm loving being a mum again and having a new baby in the house. Life is good right now.  biggrin.gif

Sorry for the long all-about-me post!


Not long to go Tinks. Hope the pelvic pain is manageable.
Yay for a new car, boo about crashing the old one. What car did you get?

Edited by White-Lily, 22 August 2012 - 11:01 PM.


#47 Skyjay

Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

Congrats Suzanne, thats wonderful news. Sounds like Shae is going to be a wonderful sister. My 2 girls (3 and 6) have now taken to sleeping in the same bed, wont be long until your 2 will be the same im sure.  biggrin.gif

#48 tinkster23

Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:11 AM

Yay!!

Congrats Suzanne on your little princess!

I'm doing ok, pain is mostly manageable and d-day is rapidly approaching. Baby is looking big again so he's coming out just after 38 weeks, which is more than fine with me.

Hpoe everyone else is well.



#49 leita

Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:11 PM

Welcome little Neve!!!
Congratulations Whitelily, she sounds divine  biggrin.gif Hope everything is still going well.
Tinks, how long now? That's great about Jacks speech improvement. original.gif
Bbl for n update, iPad not fun to type on


#50 July Baby

Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:27 AM

Congratulations Suzanne on the arrival of Neve!!

We welcomed Alex Reg to our family on the 9th July.
We've had a bit of a bumpy ride so far. We had feeding issues and had to stop breastfeeding. He took to the formula well and has finally started to put weight on.  He also has hip dysplasia and has been in a pavlik harness since one week old and has had it on for 7 weeks and the ultrasound is not as good as the paed had hoped so he has to wear it for another 6 weeks.

Suzanne, Shae had problems with her hips, didn't she? Did she wear the pavlik or a different style.

It doesn't seem to bother Alex but it's rather difficult for me. No baths as he has to wear it 24/7, so a sponge bath is making do. His skin is really flaky and I'd love to give him a good soak but that will have to wait.

He has dreadful reflux and the paed says wearing the harness exacerbates the symptoms. I don't quite understand that but we have some Losac now and will be moving to an AR formula so fingers crossed he feels better after each feed. He vomits all day long and squirms and thrashes about after every feed. Poor poppet!

Alex is still only going about 5hrs between feeds at night and because I have to sit him up for a while after each feed I'm pretty tired but the body is adjusting and I just nap during the day where possible.

Wil has adjusted well to being a big brother. He wasn't interested in Alex at all when he was born and hated his name and told us his name was Anthony (blue wiggle) for a couple of days. Now he loves him and is so gentle. He loves helping me by getting a nappy or a bib and likes to tell me the reason Alex is crying...
I love our little family!!

Tinks - Not long now... Can't wait to hear of your blue news. Ouchie for the pain and discomfort.... The things we have to endure to have children!!

Feeding time at the zoo.... Catch you ladies later cool.gif





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15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
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Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

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

 

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