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Twenty Minutes More

Posted by daggymum , 22 February 2012 - - - - - - · 124 views

So, if I am up at 5.30 in the morning to deal with one of the kids and that occupies about 10 minutes, do I get back into bed to squeeze in my last 20 minutes of sleep time before I have to get up at 6? This morning that’s what I did, and the problem with that approach is that the 20 minutes sleep ends up being an hour because I am so tired I fall back in...


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Just One More - Too Much To Ask?

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 49 views

Well, I thought I'd finished with my entries from 2011, but then my DH reminded me about my poem and told me to post that too. So here 'tis, my Christmas poem dedicated to all those sleepless parents out there. It's my first try at this type of thing, poems are not really my thing but it came to me in the not so silent watches of the night and...


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Back At Work, Last entry for 2011

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 87 views

17th October 2011

I’ve had my first 3 days back at work and am just loving it so far. 19 hours a week feels do-able for us and I really enjoyed the break last week. This is our second week with me at work so we’ll see how we go. I have today ‘off’ – it’s Monday and DD is in care and DS is with Grandma, off to his theatre class. I haven’t stopped the whol...


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Anticipating my Return To Work

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 108 views

28th September 2011

Less than 2 weeks now and I’ll be back at work so I am making the most of this bit of time off – and it really is time off as DD has started her care routine and DS is at kindy 3 days a week. I am feeling extremely lucky that my depression didn’t get worse and I’m back to feeling good again. Depression is one of those unfortunate, dif...


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Dealing with PND

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 101 views

27th September 2011

The doctor was great and talked with us about possible things we could do. She spoke to me about medication but I was unsure about that as I mentioned. So she says to me I need to use my light (for my SAD) even more than I might any normal winter and I need to get more rest. Sleep when DD sleeps she tells me; sleep when she has her af...


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A New Car and all that stuff...

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 103 views

24th September 2011

In anticipation of my return to work we have bought a second car, a new car – brand new, not just new for us. A Subaru Impreza, because we like Subarus and we couldn’t afford another Forester (which we already have). I won’t go too much into our thinking on why we bought brand new instead of second hand when I’ve been off work for a y...


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The Child Care roundabout

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 41 views

19th September 2011

Over the last few weeks we have been trying to make arrangements for DD’s care both for my return to work and to give me a break (part of dealing with the depression situation). She is only 9.5 months old and it seems so young for it. Naturally I first tried the Early Childhood Centre where DS is. I just thought that if it worked for...


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More than just SAD

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 83 views

16th September 2011

So I’ll just say it straight – I have been battling with Post Natal Depression for the past couple of months. When I spoke to the doctor she was concerned and talked to me a bit about some anti-depressants but as I am still breastfeeding they would have been the ‘old’ style drugs and I’ve taken them before when I was younger and didn’...


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Playing 'catch up' with my blog!

Posted by daggymum , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 74 views

So 2011 was not a great year for us. I didn't stay regular with my blogging at all, for reasons to be disclosed. I am so hoping that will change now that we are in 2012. Although I haven't stayed regular with the blog entries, I did go so far as to write some entries on my computer, taking some of the content from some recent emails I have sent to...


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Being Busy

Posted by daggymum , 28 March 2011 - - - - - - · 46 views

After many nights of seemingly endless yelling by DD, she finally decided that maybe sucking on a dummy isn’t so bad. She took it for the first time last week, and we have had a much easier time of it – still a bit of yelling, but not nearly so much as before. And she is starting to settle in her bed during the day, which is excellent as she is getting re...






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