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#51 AprilFoolsChild

Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:10 AM

Morning all.

I might have to check in more regularly.

A big welcome to Rocktot and Cordyline and congratulations on your positives!!

Cordyline- Congrats. I think I saw you on the IVF boards - I never had the courage to join seeing all the BFP's popping up each month (just stalked). I can't believe the explosion of BFP's for April. I am the result from a natural FET cycle (no meds whatsoever other than aspirin and vitamins) and nervously awaiting my viability scan at 7 weeks - Only 11 days to go. Hopefully we've all got stickies.

Miss Buttercup- This will be our first bub but 4th BFP in last 12 months ( all early miscarriages). Sooooo excited, so far so good. Our house was a 3/4 demolish job and rebuild. BIG job. It's unfinished & liveable for us but will need further luxuries finished for bubs.

Spitzmum- Definitely avoid the varnish. I still had some lead paint to remove in the original part of our house, not sure if DH is up to it- I've been doing all the painting /finishing plaster etc.

Rockyboy- Congratulations on your engagement!! That is wonderful news and a new bub to go with it - truly blessed.

LoT- Ditto thanks for the shopping tips. Any info for the first is greatly appreciated.

RockTot- Welcome to the group. Sounds like you will have your hands full. I take it you have no family close by to assist? I hope a solution will present itself soon. You are right, we always manage to cope no matter what the problem that presents. I wish you luck.

AFM- nothing new, a little tired in the afternoons (then waking in the night) and marking time until my scan.

Cheers






#52 Mumski11

Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

Hi everyone

I got my bfp yesterday and it's our 2nd bub, our DD is 9 1/2 months so we'll have a 19 month age gap.  Due date at this stage is 11th January, though my GP will send me for a dating scan so I'll know more accurately then.

have had minor nausea so far and lots of tender boobs, which I didn't have last time. FX it's a sticky one, same to everyone in here.


My GP is away until the 9th May so will make an appointment to see her for then for bloods etc

#53 *ShirleyTemple*

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:06 AM

Good Morning Everyone!

AFC - I've been waking as well and then knackered in the arvo, it hits me around 4pm. i finally have a toddler who is sleeping through, and I can't manage a proper night's sleep!! Frustrating! Good Luck with your scan, not long now! And don't stress about getting things done, the nesting will kick in and you will be amazed what you can do! You can't really tell what may happen - my 1st pregnancy, I was comfortable and still able to do everything when I was 41wks, but had friends who were on bed rest at 25 wks. you just take it all in your stride. What needs to be done will be done!

cordyline - Welcome and Congrats! waves.gif Fingers crossed for a sticky one for you!

Miss buttercup - This is pregnancy #2 for us, I have a DS who is 18mo. We've just sold our house to move interstate, so I don't envy you. Hope it sells ASAP!

RBR - Congratulations!! llove.gif How exciting!! Any thoughts on dates or holding off until bubs has arrived?

LoT - What happened in your last pregnancy? Hope you definitely get a better one this time!

spitzmum - it the rocking chair for the nursery? How gorgeous! You will get good use out of it, believe me! thanks for the link, NIB are my insurers, so it was handy! I think also, in terms of costs, other than the management fee, all the costs are progressive throughout the 8 or so months, so its quite manageable.

RockTot - I hope you can find some care for your DS. I'm freaking out a little about managing with 2, and giving the next baby as much attention as I gave DS, without the challenges you are dealing with. I agree with your DH though, now is probably better than later.

lovemyLife - your DH is very well trained!

buzz - Welcome and Congrats!! waves.gif We share the same EDD!!

Zarlias - I went public with my 1st at the main maternity hospital, and it was a great experience, I couldn't fault them. I'm going private this time, as I am having a elective C section and the hospital options aren't quite the same since we've moved interstate. Don't worry about the personals, at least you are upfront! Tounge1.gif I'm just procrastinating from doing work! Oh and apparently sperm can live for up to 5 days, so not impossible, but your DH does have good swimmers there!

Mumski - Congrats & Welcome! waves.gif

AFM - Nothing exciting happening here. Apparently its going to take a week or so for the rest of my results to come back for all the standard tests and then the Dr will write me a referral to the OB. I'm not very impressed, as it all seems quite a slow process, I'm used to a lot quicker in Perth. Grrr. But perhaps thats becuase the Ob's book out a lot faster down there.

In terms of shopping - I agree with LoT - all of the department stores have their baby sales around July, I put a lot of the basics on layby then when I had DS, and then you have the Baby Expo's. Do your research beforehand, and you will often pick up good bargains there. And if you buy everything  in a bulk lot, negotiate for the best price you can get!

And just remember, not matter how well you plan, there will often be something/s that you will need afterwards. I planned to swaddle DS at first, and bought heaps of muslin wraps and he ended up being a baby that wanted to sleep with his hands up, so i ended up purchasing some special wraps for that. Then he liked being rocked, so I ended up with an electric swing. I purchased a daytime bassinet, but he hated it etc etc etc.

As the group grows, I expect we will have to start a list, like the others do. Any suggestions on what info you feel comfortable being on there? I think in my last DIG it was something like username, EDD, boy/girl/surprise, pregnancy # and other children? I'm more than happy to look after the list.

#54 spitzmum

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:09 AM

welcome cordyline - I was wondering whether we'd see you here original.gif

AFC - 11 days, hopefully they won't drag by!  I hadn't thought of how many days it will be until I saw your post ... 17 - seems like forever!

Welcome Mumski11 original.gif  

AFM - the need to pee is driving me crazy!  No matter how much or little I drink, it seems to be about hourly - which will be interesting as I have to participate in 4 graduation ceremonies over the next week where the whole thing goes for about 2 hrs and I'm supposed to stay on stage for the whole time  blink.gif .  I'm also getting up in the middle of the night to go.

I also have breast tenderness, mild heartburn and a bit of a sore lower back - but given I thought my baby oven was broken - relishing all of these symptoms  ddance.gif

#55 Azzyatya

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:41 AM

Hi all! Congrats to everyone... hope they are all sticky little beans.

I missed all this DIG stuff first time around, so I decided to see what its like and share this experience with some others in the same boat.

EDD is 1/1 which is my dad's bday so he will be happy with that if it happens. I'm seriously considering an elective C as DS's birth was terrible so I think I might just take all the angst I'm feeling about a VBAC out of the question. I'm in country Vic but hope to book in to Freemasons in Melb and go private. I have serious issues after last time with the country public system!! Thats depending on all going as plan of course.

Anyway, nice to meet you all and I lookk forward to sharing this trip with you all.

#56 Mumski11

Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:10 AM

oh and for all of the first timers - hold off buying lots until either your baby shower or your parents/siblings have bought you stuff, cause even if you insist they don't buy big ticket items, they generally will!

we nearly ended up with 3 carseats and 2 cots  wacko.gif

Outfits are cut, but things with feet in them are so much more practical, though my DD was a winter baby so no idea if I still need to dress in a wondersuit type thing for summer? hmm. I feel like I haven't done this before original.gif

#57 kirsee

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:35 AM

So I am joining your group after being in denial for almost a week now...

I got my  BFP.gif  on 11dpo but at first thought it was an evap line as it was so light tested again on 12dpo and got an even lighter line but  went to the drs for a blood test as I have been really tired lately... 16dpo there is no denying it it is staring me in the face and I am not sure what to think. Don't get me wrong DH and I wanted number 2 just not so soon... He is off to Afghanistan on Christmas day and bubba is due Jan 04 at this stage... I am feeling very apprehensive about it all atm and I am torn as I really want another baby my DS is now 2 and definitely no longer a baby but I am almost finished in my PhD and that would need to go on hold and I don't know if I will ever get it finished and I am in an area where if things don't get published then they don't exist...

ok sorry for my rant I am just so confused atm but I am here now so lets explore the wonder that is bubba no 2 grin.gif

Congrats to all that are in this group thus far and belly rubs to all wink.gif

~*K*~

#58 runnybabbit

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hi everyone. I had my BFP yesterday and we have only had sex once since the last pregnancy test three weeks ago, so I'm four weeks along now (doesn't that do your head in, the way the embryo age is two weeks less than the term of the pregnancy?).

It's as yet unconfirmed by my GP, but it was a convincing BFP and my period is late, however I have only had two post-partum periods since DS (12.5 months).

This is #2 for us and I'm freaked but also excited -- I actually said, "Holy f-, I'm pregnant."!

#59 Zarlias

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:00 PM

Holy Dooley did we fill up! Welcome all!


Hey Azz, looks like we're due date buddies atm. I think there's at least one other due on the 1st too.

Is anyone else in sunny Briz Vegas? (and yes, that was intended to be sarcasm - so glooooomy)

I have been procrastinating so much about calling the Dr. The GP I used in my last pregnancy is on maternity leave, so I don't really have anyone in mind, but I would really like to have an early scan this time. I have decided that today is the day I will call and make an appointment for next week. But I'll just need to do it....later......

I too have been needing to pee a lot, but have channeled my urges onto sticks. My DH keeps saying "Did you just pee on a stick AGAIN?" and I'm like uhhh mebbe? I have a lovely little pile in the cupboard now...  tongue.gif

This is pregnancy number 2, technically, but I don't like to count the first one. It will be sticky baby #1.

Spitz I meant to ask - is your username because you have one? I have a little spitz here who is very much looking forward to playing "big brother" lol

Anyway, I am STARVING and in need of some crap food.

TTYL All and duct tape to you!  waves.gif

Edited by Zarlias, 04 May 2012 - 12:02 PM.


#60 *ShirleyTemple*

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:43 PM

spitzmum - The urge to pee hasn't really kicked in for me. It didn't last time either. But I do know I have a very large bladder from the 'holy bejebus' comment from the sonographer the last time around. Try to get a seat on the edge of the platform, good luck with the graduations!

Azzy - Congrats & welcome!! Sorry you had such a horrid experience the first time around, i'm opting for an elective c-sect as well this time.

Mumski - I forgot about that as well - I was interstate from my family, so it didnt really come into play, but they do go a bit overboard with the presents! My DS was a summer baby and was a definite no no on the wondersuits, but he feels the heat like me. I saw plenty of other bubs in wondersuits though.

kirsee - Congrats and Welcome! Is your partner Army? My Dh is ex navy. He was away for most of my first pregnancy and almost missed our DS being born. Looks like we are due date buddies! Hope everything works out for you.

runnybabbit - Congrats & welcome!

Zarlias - mmm crap food! I was a hot chip fiend in my last pregnancy! I'm wolfing down some indian atm, enjoying the spices before the heartburn kicks in! good luck getting into the Dr!

AFM - I just came in to update after my Dr whinge post this morning, I rang the Ob's office to see if they were taking january patients and they couldn't beleive that the Dr was being so slack about the referral! There are only 3 private Ob's in the city, so you need to get in quick! So I'm all booked in now, just need to get the referral next time I see the GP.

Has anyone thought about how they are going to break the news to family/friends? I've already told my mum, sister and best friend, as I couldn't hold it in any longer, but for everyone else I bought an iron on transfer for one of DS's shirts that says "I'm going to be a big brother". I'm going to send a pic of him in it to the in laws once we have our dating scan to see if they work it out!

#61 AprilFoolsChild

Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:44 PM

Welcome Mumski11, Azzyatya, Kirsee and Runnybabbit    original.gif Congrats on your BFP's!!

Mumskii11- Thanks for the July stocktake tip. That should time in well with how far along we all are in our pregnancy - i.e. past the 12 week mark.

Shirley- Grrr to that Dr as well. Maybe they are all just too laid back up there. I don't have a referral from GP for ob yet, but made sure I booked in with ob to avoid missing out. Glad you've taken care of that. A list would be good as I'm already getting confused with whose due when (and whats on third wacko.gif ) I've no idea how to do it & I'm sure your offer would be appreciated.
Love the iron on transfer idea by the way.

Spitz-17 days does seem like forever... I have absolutely no suggestions for the ceremony and bladder issues. I've always struggled with "the need to go" so much so that HB always makes me do a PP (precautionary pee) b4 going out & then whenever near a toilet.

Azzy- I am going private - my ob's at FPH. I would have been happy with RWH but wanted a particular ob for the management side of the pregnancy, & that's his hospital. I have no idea about either of them (hospitals) but have heard good things about both.
By the way, I too am due 1/1 and I think Katem666 is too.

Kirsee- I feel for you with your DH going o/s. My brother was there the year his son was born, and was only back on leave for 10 days at the due date- luckily bubs came along the morning after he arrived home, so they got the full time together. It's unbelievably tough for all the families in the forces.

Runnybabbit- Sounds like there is some supersperm at your house!

Zarlias- I stopped the sticks after my 2nd blood test. I figured they can't get any darker and I would move onto the boob-tenderness-test. That seems consistent.

Edited by AprilFoolsChild, 04 May 2012 - 01:47 PM.


#62 Azzyatya

Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:31 PM

Cool there is a few maybe NYD babies!!

I'm so out of the loop being rural that I have no idea on how to chose an ob in Melbs... I'm staring at the list t FPH with a stupid blank look on my face thinking should I just write all the names down and put them in a hat..... blergh!!!

Oh and dh is FIFO so I'm another one who may be doing this on my own aswell!!! Feeling for you all.

Oh and I'm terribly slack so I will never do the reply to everyone in the same post thingy....  waves.gif  to you all though!

#63 runnybabbit

Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

ShirleyTemple That's hilarious that your sonographer was shocked by your bladder capacity!

Kirsee I really feel for you. I had PND with our 12-month-old and my husband was instrumental in getting me through it. Please, please try to rally a support network over the coming months!

AFM the junk eating has started, although I was never really good anyway. I need to go buy a set of bathroom scales so I can see how my weight gain compares to my first pregnancy. Last pregnancy we did (almost) weekly weigh-ins and tummy measurements, as well as side-on belly pics. Don't think we'll be as dedicated this time, will hope for monthly!

We went private at Mercy in Perth for my first pregnancy, and it was great. We have since moved to Townsville and I think this time around we will go public at the Family Birthing Unit. Private was fantastic and since our bub was born on Easter Sunday, there were no elective births. We had SO much attention from midwives and LCs, double bed with a view of the Swan River, the works. It was really good but I think I won't be keen to stay five days in hospital this time around, and being $3000 out of pocket isn't appealling.

My 12-month-old starts day care one day a week (all that the centre could offer us) in a couple of weeks, I was intending to go back to work (as a vet), but so much for that! Will see if I can get anything casual though, after a year of mostly staying at home (did odd weekend work in Perth, just a few hours a fortnight) I really do want to work again. I miss doing surgery and I want to keep my skills up.

DS was born at 37w2d so if I go early again we might end up with a Christmas baby. original.gif

#64 AprilFoolsChild

Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:08 PM

Azzy-  My ob was recommended by my GP early last year when we were struggling to conceive. I was so impressed after seeing him that DH has agreed to go private for maximum management during the pregnancy. He is a high risk ob (maternal & fetal medicine specialist) so we feel in good hands for any complications that may arise.
I was also told at the RWH that noone there would see us before 20 weeks...too busy... We felt a little apprehensive about this & I have a haematologist who would want to discuss my management with someone along the way.

On reflection, I think extra TLC to care for new baby will be beneficial too.

#65 Mumski11

Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:25 PM

thanks all.

i'm not too good at the personals, so don't be offended if I only reply to some or don't comment regularly, miss 10 months is a busy little girl! just started to crawl and *D*H is still to put the baby gates up...... twiddling thumbs over that one lol

Kirsee - hats off to you and anyone else, with your hubby away (servicemen or FIFO) I really am in awe!  A friend is in a science field and nearly missed out on a job because a critical journal article wasn't published in time, but she's now happily ensconced in a uni OS original.gif  It took her a while to finish it but she got it done, her field is incredibly small too so I appreciate how you might feel there.

Runnybabbit - I think I said Holy S-, I'm up the duff! haha  DH is insisting on more tests today so I got the digital one so he can't argue about lines  rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif  

Shirleytemple - thanks for the tip!  I am not a summer person at all, without the rain the summer we've had this year in sydney is perfect for me, a few more mid 20's days would have been nice original.gif  So I'm hoping for a repeat summer until I've had the little one, then the weather can do what it likes.

Yikes, I'll only be back at work for 7 months!

I'm going public again, had a good experience last time, though will be chatting with a Lactation consultant prior to the birth this time and hopefully getting them to the hospital for after the birth. DD and I struggled a little last time, she was a super lazy sucker and kept losing weight.

onwards and upwards though original.gif

Edited by Mumski11, 04 May 2012 - 04:26 PM.


#66 spitzmum

Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

Wow it's been a busy day!

Welcome Azzyatya original.gif

Thanks for the advice mumski11 original.gif  DH's parents aren't in any financial position to buy us anything (thank goodness because his mum has AWFUL taste laugh.gif) and we don't get on with his siblings.  My parents are pretty cool and have told me that they'll just give us a cheque when the time comes - we even buy our own Xmas gifts and she just pays cool.gif

welcome kirsee!  How close are you to finishing your PhD?  I've just graduate from mine original.gif  I think if you're up to polishing the final draft, I think it would be ok.  What is the topic area?  I looked at decision making under uncertainty (psych and accounting).  I'm not sure, but could you elect for an early CS?  (I've got no idea how these things work)

runnybabit - congrats!  I completely emphathise with the junk food eating - McDonalds seem to be calling me in with their cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and chick'n'cheese!  Every food shop I pass seems to want to draw me in laugh.gif

Zarlias - yep my username comes from our first child, our Japanese Spitz, Ziva!  This is her in action (she's a show dog, yes I'm one of those strange dog show people!):


Shirley Temple - my parents and my bestie know.  We'll take DH's parents to lunch and tell them at 12 weeks, his siblings we won't say anything - they'll at some point notice I'm getting bigger!  I've made a concious decision NOT to make a FB announcement - I have lots of IF (InFertile) friends on FB and pregnancy announcements really hurt.  So I'll tell people individually.

AFC - I love the idea of the PP!  I already had a small bladder and this is just making it worse!  Not drinking an hour before the ceremony and then peeing just before I had to go on stage seemed to work - thankfully I didn't need to run off during the ceremony!


I had a bit of a strange situation at work today - I'm known for my garbage-disposal like apetite, they had prepared sandwiches, deli meats, smoked salmon and salads for a work function - none of which I could eat.  I stuck to a bread roll with butter and a few people were giving me strange looks.  I even had to stay away from the dessert tray of soft cheeses and choc mousse cake.  Hopefully there are not too many functions like this otherwise people are going to get suss.

Since this is our first, I've got no idea - but when do you really start to "show" in your belly?  I'm wondering how long I can keep everything just between a few people.  Or is it really unique to each pregnancy?

#67 AprilFoolsChild

Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:19 PM

Spitz-

Thanks for the advice mumski11 original.gif  DH's parents aren't in any financial position to buy us anything (thank goodness because his mum has AWFUL taste laugh.gif)

Ditto, except this is my parents and mum.

By the way, love your dog. We are obsessed with pets also... 2 vizslas and a cat who thinks he's a vizsla. Certainly keep you on your toes.

#68 Tankboy

Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:39 PM

Hi ladies, room for one more? biggrin.gif

Got my BFP today, still in shock. I *think* my EDD is 11th of Jan but I am unsure really. Booking in to get bloods done next week so should have confirmation then. But I am sure as hell anyway.. I already feel sick and have had a nanna nap this afternoon!

This is my second, we have DS who turned 4 in March. He was supposed to be an only child but this year DH started dropping massive hints about another. I was apprehensive. DH and I are both into bodybuilding.. I was about a year away from competing sad.gif No more of that for me.  Will hopefully get my form back post pregnancy, I will keep training as long as I can. I had a truly awful pregnancy with DS. I am guessing I am going to get all that again this time.  We have just moved to this area and I have no idea if we will go private or public. I have no idea what is in this area... we are a bit rural so guessing public??

Sorry rambled a bit, thoughts all over the place!

Lots of sticky baby dust for all and looking forward to being apart of this group hheart.gif

#69 *RockTot*

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:46 PM

QUOTE (Azzyatya @ 04/05/2012, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
EDD is 1/1 which is my dad's bday

Oh wow - same here!  What are the chances of that!?  

QUOTE (*ShirleyTemple* @ 04/05/2012, 12:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought an iron on transfer for one of DS's shirts that says "I'm going to be a big brother".

Great minds think alike!  This is what Ive been looking for - can you share where you got it pleeeease? original.gif

QUOTE (runnybabbit @ 04/05/2012, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
AFM the junk eating has started, although I was never really good anyway.


I hear ya, I only want junk food too - whats with that??

QUOTE (spitzmum @ 04/05/2012, 04:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Since this is our first, I've got no idea - but when do you really start to "show" in your belly?


With my first bub, I started to show around 5.5 to 6 months, I hear for subsequent pregnancies you show alot earlier, I'm actually looking forward to that original.gif

#70 spitzmum

Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:33 AM

Welcome Tankboy original.gif Congrats on your BFP - you must be in such great shape!

RockTot - thanks original.gif  Hopefully I can keep it quiet for that long original.gif

Any other Sydneysiders?

What is everyone doing this weekend?  I'm going out for yum cha today and then being a photographer for my belly dance troupe at the Sydney Middle Eastern Dance festival on Sunday biggrin.gif

Lots of sticky uterine duct tape to all original.gif

#71 *RockTot*

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

Spitzmum, your weekend sounds fun!  Can I come?? Tounge1.gif

Early pregnancy is soooo stressful.  For the past few days my only pregnancy symptoms (achy boobs, sensitive nipples) have faded to nothing.  Today its completely gone, so I'm stressing that my hcg levels have dropped.  Kinda wishing I had my bloods done now, so I could at least know if they are at good levels or not.  
Can't I just be 3 months already?? sad.gif

#72 Azzyatya

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

RockTot thats hilarious!!! I booked in with an ob yesterday though and plan to have an elective CS which they will do in mid December.... if my PHI will cover it though. If not I will just wait and then demand a CS.

AFC I have a feeling I may have just booked with your ob....... Pm me...

SO who else is in Melbourne... or Victoria. I'm rural but after the horrid time I had birthing ds in the local country hospital I have decided this time to head to the big smoke and save myself a repeat.

#73 Tankboy

Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:04 AM

Im rural Vic, we are about an hour and a bit north of Melbourne. We have only moved here at the beginning of the year due to DH work.

Oh and my bodybuilding comment, I dont want to give the impression I am all muscly and in tip top shape! I made the mistake of training in olympic lifting and deadlifting for a while and that made me very stocky, being short I look short and stumpy.  Bodybuilding was to change that...So if I do ever meet any of you Vic ladies dont expect a Miss Olympia! hahahaha



Any recommendations for Melbourne Ob's? Do I have to live closer to Melbourne to use one? I have not done this before. DS was born overseas.

#74 Wren13

Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:43 AM

Hi Everyone!

According to my calculations I am due 8th Jan. I just found out for sure last night, but I had my suspicions.
Its amazing how, even though we were trying and signs were showing, its still a bit of a shock!
Its our first baby and we are very excited. We had a pretty uneventful time TTC so hopefully it will be a boring, routine pregnancy and birth.
Some of you are making me nervous. Do I really need to be booking in with obs so soon? I am in metro Melbourne.
Anyway, congratulations to everyone. Looking fwd to hearing stories about how you break the news to friends and family.
I need another cheese toasty already! unsure.gif

#75 spitzmum

Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

Welcome Wren original.gif

I think most people are looking to book in since it will be Xmas/NY and many OBs are likely to take holidays.  I've been trying to find a doula, contacted 3 so far and all are taking their families away around this time for a break.  Hopefully I'll find one we mesh with original.gif

RockTot - can't you go for a series of blood tests now?


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More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
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How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
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