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Just snitching gold cos I can LMAO :) Morning girls xx :D

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Banana Pancakes

Bronze!

 

 

Chen, yup the girls go to daycare when Im at work and ds goes to afterschool care.

 

I choose daycare because I like the fact that there is always another adult to share the load with iykwim? It took me awhile to find a centre I was happy with but the one they go to is great and both girls have settled in well. How did your dh go with his job interview?

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Dons

Hi Girls

 

Gem was in hospital last night - tummy again they were going to do the gastric tube but instead sent her home at 1am this morning she's under a specialist now for her bowels and further investigation so all goo just abit tired from a big night!

 

Anyhoo glad everyone is well x

 

 

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Pinkbug

Oh no Donna! Hope they sort out the troubles soon.

 

Thanks Nadine. Yeah, job interview went alright he said, should hear back before the end of the week. I'm still doing sums though and I'm not sure we'd be ok on the teeny income. I mean, I know we'd survive but apprenticeships pay so little. :S Our biggest expense would be rent there (at $350 a week min) and then groceries (my boys eat lots!). Lol. We spend an average of $250 a week on groceries, is that normal?

 

Gender swaying sounds tricky Mandy. Good luck with making a baby, either gender :)

 

How are you going Troops? You don't say much about how you're going lately.

 

Gina, glad everything is going well with the pregnancy :)

 

Hi to everyone,

xx

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Chen I'm sure you'll work it out, we are living extremely tightly atm, but its worth it. I budget $550 a month for groceries. Aldi is my saviour, I get a overflowing trolley from there to last a month for around $250.

 

Dons oh gosh poor gem, I hope you can sort it out soon.

 

 

Needle day for cooper, they've brought it forward to 6 weeks because of whooping cough, he's actually 7 weeks now though.

 

Was told on Tuesday that Talon may not be ready for school :( His speech isnt good enough and either is his fine motor skills. I'm so frustrated as for years now I've been worried and always been told not to worry he's fine, this is from his paed and preschool teacher. At the beginning of the year he was put on a waiting list for speech therapy and only have his first appointment booked for 20 Oct. Now I only have 3 months to work with him before school starts :(

 

 

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Rebecca/ Chenoa - we try and get away with $600 a month for groceries and less if we can but we get alot of cheap fruit/veg when its about and always have meat with dinner. Meat is our biggest expense as are foods for Hayden for childcare. Over summer foods cost less for us as our vegie patch provides a bit. Spending money on groceries depresses me!! I usually shop for about a fortnight or so at a time and spend between $250 and $300 a shop when I go. Having Hayden in nappies still is an added expense we could do without atm - Im working on the TT. Speaking of which are anyone elses little boys not TT yet? Makes it very hard when he can't talk or tell others he needs to go when he goes from childcare to home to nans house and out and about etc :(

 

Also on the speech - I know how you feel, after waiting all this time for Hayden to start talking on everyones advice it now seems aparrent that he won't without very intensive coaching through the early intervention unit here at least 2 days a week as well as further pediatric assessments and speech path appointments to get referrals etc sorted before they start back. Its very frustrating. The only word he says is 'no' at 3 years of age and some other kids at his childcare centre tell me they don't like him sometimes which makes me so sad that he can't talk back or interact with them in a way THEY understand...3 year olds can be horrible! He tries so hard to talk....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gina I remember talon being 3 and barely being able to string a sentence together. He had no friends back then I felt so sad for him, kids wanted to play with him but once they realised he couldn't interact that was the end of it. He's 4.5 now and speaking better and has a few good friends now, so when Hayden does start to talk he'll make friends then.

 

As for tt, I did that with Talon when 2.5 and non verbal. I'd just take his signs, jumping up and down and holding on etc. Is he able to point to the toilet or give some kind of sign? Does he understand you well? Maybe you could ask him every 1/2 hr or so if he needs to or take him and sit him on the toilet. Or could you just put undies on him and see if he knows when he wets? If he doesn't know he's wet he's not ready, but if he doesn't like it he should start going and doing it in the toilet.

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Yeah...Jasper was fully TT but not anymore! He just started having too many accidents...big step backwards so I thought, with all the changes our little family has gone through in the past 12 months, I'd cut him a break. Every once in a while I ask if he wants special undies on and he's super excited...but always has an accident, despite me reminding him all the time about going. I'll try and amp up tt again once we've settled wherever we're going to have to move for DH to get work...no rush here.

 

Re: talking...I don't think I've ever mentioned on here about my concerns for Jasper and autism spectrum disorders but I've been sus about it since a very early age for him. If he has something then it's nothing too severe and I'm just hoping that all my efforts with him are doing some good. Gosh there are many many signs of something going on (I've written them all down in case it becomes an issue later but I won't go into it all here atm...) but specific to speaking, he talks but mostly repeats things. I mean, he's communicating beautifully but it's rote-learned phrases that aren't entirely appropriate. For example...he get's very very frustrated when he drops a piece of food/toy/pen etc etc so we've taught him to say, 'Can I have some help please Mummy/Daddy', or even just, 'Help please' instead of screaming out. This is fine...sometimes he'll say it sometimes we need to prompt him and say, 'No whinging, what do you say?'. Anyway, what I mean about the rote learning is that he will use this phrasing for almost everything (which is pretty good manners, however hilarious at times)...eg, 'Can I have please get down please Mummy' or 'Can I have go outside please Mummy'...you get the idea. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but he's doing it repeatedly even after much instruction of what he can say instead. We're very encouraging though and appreciate his efforts, so no drama. Everything is usually said in a bit of a monotone too, a bit robotic! Also, of course he understands when we say something like, 'Say thank you', or 'Say please' (he always will go ahead...) but he also says 'say'...Me: 'Say thank you'...Jasper: 'Say thank you'. Anyway, like I said, he is definitely communicating, but because there are other signs, we're just keeping an eye on him. I've also got a half brother with quite severe aspergers (but he's my half brother from my biological dad yet his mum also has aspergers...so may not be a link to our genes iykwim...is asd even genetic??), and DH has a brother with suspected aspergers. Who knows, I don't care, he's perfect how he is, I've just noticed some signs. ;) I always wondered if it was me just over-thinking everything so have been looking out for signs in Gabriel. From very early on though it was clear to me that he doesn't show any of the signs that have concerned me about Jasper...which makes me more sus! Time will tell I guess, these things are generally picked up when pre-school starts (or some kind of day care) so we're just going to assume that he's fine and help him as best we can for now, unless something happens to make us more sure he needs extra help. He's such a lovely little man :wub:

 

Anyway, I'd better run. It's stinking hot here today...we've been playing under the sprinkler and in the clam shell pool Lol.

 

xx

 

 

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Becca1605

Chen - look at the big picture...Apprenticeships are sh*te money - but so worth it in the end ...tradies earn big money!! I work in education reasearch and the last thing I did before I went on mat leave was an apprentice and trainee survey...i say if he gets it go for it...I know it is tough but you should get Govt. assistance shouldn't you? And rent assistance?

I spend about $150-$180 on groceries (but Savannah not eating much yet).

Ahh Jasper sounds so sweet.

 

Donna - poor Gems...I hope you can get some answers

 

Rebecca - how did Cooper go? Ahh that's frustrating about Talon. Those waits are crazy aren't they...and so annoying that you were concerned and they didnt listen to you. What happens if he can't go? Can he stay in pre-school?

 

Gina - nope hunter not TTed yet...frustrating...i was just reading something from Robyn Barker (author of babylove) who said they should be TTed by 3 - well try telling that to the kids...its so hard. I was going to give it a good crack these school holidays but with hunter getting gastro that went out the window. I gave him thomas the tank undies for his b'day to maybe entice hom...

 

Re: speaking - Hunter is funny...I often say to him "good manners Hunter" when he uses his manners. ANd now if I say thank-you to him he says "good manners Mummy". He is non-stop with talking but I've been told by his CC workers that he is a bit advanced for his age and uses words and concepts that 3 year olds don't' grasp yet.

But he is a bit behind in catching and throwing...DH said we need to practice with him or he will be the last to be picked in sports at school :lol:

 

Took Hunter to Bob the builder today at a shopping centre, a little pathetic, not even bob just a guy dressed in work clothes. Hunter enjoyed it though.

 

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tintoela

Hi everyone,

 

We are doing well here. Went to my school reunion last weekend which was really good.

 

My dad went in for his surgery yesterday and they removed the whole lymph gland in his right side of his neck. He is in a lot of pain and they had a hard time getting him to come out of the anesthetic. He has had a 24hour nurse with him all night so hopefully he did ok and we won't find out the results until 2 weeks time! Can't believe it takes so long. We will then know how much chemo etc he needs and exactly what we are dealing with.

 

To top things of AF arrived today so onto another month ttc for us! Busy month this one so hopefully it will fly by.

 

TT- jess still will not poo on the toilet - only in her undies! She does seem to be coming more aware of when she needs to go but i'm not pushing her on it - it will happen.

 

Have a good weekend all.

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Thanks Bec, yeah if he gets it we've decided to go ahead. I went to great lengths to work out if we could afford it and, while it will be very tight, it might just mean spending less on presents for family/friends throughout the year, for instance...sacrifices that are 'do-able'. There's no way we'll be able to keep our house though so that's a bit of a sad side (my babies have grown up here!)...good too though, in that there are 'separation' memories here. ;) Thanks for the encouragement! I thought he'd hear today if the job was his but nope. They sometimes work Sat's though (in fact DH's interview was initially on a Sat) so hopefully we hear tomorrow. If he didn't get this job he's still chasing an apprenticeship and even went this morning and did the testing/interviewing for an apprenticeship organisation. He's pretty set on what he wants to do so that's great.

 

I've been thinking more and more about whether or not to go straight back into studying psychology (I've done a degree, just need some post-grad) or do something else. After a chat with DH tonight I think I'll see if there's a degree for primary teaching near where we end up, and do that with a view to doing psych later on, when the boys are older. Primary teaching would be fun for me/Psych probably a bit 'heavier'...primary teaching would hold great hours and holidays for being an involved mum/psych probably not. Psych is also apparently a better career for older people with more life experience?! Well that's what DH's psych told me! :lol: It's not out of the blue...I applied for primary teaching at uni when we lived in Perth but they had quotas and I was late with my application. Anyway, just something to think about. ;) I'll still keep my craft business (it's undergoing a bit of a 'facelift' atm, I registered a name change with the ABR the other day) and, hopefully soon get that 'beeping' website up and running!! Wait till you see my logo...very very cute! :)

 

Thanks also to those who have shared how much they typically spend on groceries. I guess we are also paying extra because we only have a coles here...no Aldi! I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for tips on how to spend less on food anyway. lol

 

Bec, you must be proud of Hunter being advanced with concepts and words. :) "Good manners Mummy" cracked me up :lol: Lucky Hunter, you guys are always going on fun outings for him!

 

Jodi, hope your dad get's the best possible results. I'll be thinking of you. Good luck for this cycle!

 

Best do something productive or creative! I got a lovely box of Stampin' Up! things today so am keen to get stuck into new stamps and papers and ribbons and punches and buttons! :D

 

Any interesting weekend plans? Just shopping for us...getting Gabriel a single bed mattress and linen etc! He's ready. :)

 

xx

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~Simply*Blue~

Chenoa I've applied for the bachelor of education early childhood for next year. I think it would be a rewarding job with great hours, never have to worry about school hols etc. I'm hoping to work in a preschool though.

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Chen - did DH find out yet? My parents were school teachers (Mum still is) when I was growing up. It was great, they always had holidays when we did. Lots of work though, I remember Mum being up often to midnight writing reports at certain times and lots of marking and preparation (and she only has year 3s). I always got so annoyed when people went on about school teachers and holidays as they don't get the full amount it looks like as there is heaps of preparation work in the holidays too. But it's definitely a rewarding career.

I've done psych too - only to honours level and then got into the research side. I was always going to go back and do a masters to be a psychologist but my job is too good now that I would have to sacrifice too much and I enjoy what I do so I'm not going to bother for now. Never say never though.

I shop at Coles too - no Aldi's in Adelaide

 

Jodi - ahh your poor Dad. 2 weeks is a long time to wait. I'm a little stressed about TTing...Hunter just doesn't care. And today he got excited about his new Thomas undies and said "oohhh I'm going to wee in them" Umm that's not quite the point Hunter

 

Ended up taking Hunter to the Max and milly show (new mcdonalds farm) at the shopping centre Friday. Much better than the Bob show. Hunter enjoyed it and we were back at the shops yesterday and he wanted to see it again. It was on in 1/2 hour so Mum stayed with him and I took S home as she needed a sleep and Mum walked home with Hunter. So he saw it twice :lol:

 

DH working all (long) weekend. I'm looking forward to Hunter's party (take 2) on the weekend. Looks like it will be great weather - they are saying 21 degrees...much better than the 13 that was on the day his party was suppposed to be.

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tintoela

Well best news possible on my dad. He does have lymphoma but can be treated with chemo. They thought he had another type of cancer scc which is very aggressive but luckily not. They ended up fastracking the results which was great!

 

Well gotta go get ready for the footy... Go the EELS!!!

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RosieTea

Just a quick one for me..

 

We got discharged yesterday at lunch time it was so nice to come through the door, to a nice clean house, DH and a close friend came home and cleaned the house from top to toe.. It looks amazing..

 

Gumnut (yes still no name sorry) is doing well, actually was so tired last night I forgot to set my mobile to wake me up to feed him after 4 hours.. He went from 10 to 4am... It was a nice sleep but OMG I was so sore and full he had problems latching on. Dh had to work last night from 5pm till 2am but it was nice to wake up with him this morning Lachlan is still adapting to having a baby.. He will get there I know, we spent the morning up at the emergency ward with him today, put him in the bath this morning and was washing him and he slipped and cut his head open on the soap holder. grrrr.

 

 

I'll make up on personals later if you don't mind.. But Happy Birthday to any of our 3 yr olds I've missed.

 

Paula

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Pinkbug

Hi everyone, hope you're enjoying your weekends!

 

Well, still no news on that Canberra job for DH. I'm not sure if that's a bad sign...they told him they should know by the end of the week but, because he is so familiar with them now, surely they'd let him know either way. I don't know...waiting patiently for some news, either way. DH is now pretty positive about getting an apprenticeship anywhere now anyway, he's not thinking that he HAS to get this Canberra one, so it's not the end of the world if he doesn't get it.

 

I bought Gabriel's new mattress and bedding yesterday (see pics on fb) and I think all the talk of Gabriel being such a big boy has given Jasper renewed interest in TT!! Lol I guess he wants to be the bigger boy so asked for undies on when we got him dressed today, and has gone to the potty flawlessly since! :dance: Who knows what he'll do from here but it's given him a bit of attention to balance out the attention for Gabriel going into a big boy bed, so everyone's happy.

 

Rebecca, good on you! When will you hear if you've been accepted? Exciting! I've been thinking more about primary teaching and it's looking like something I really might do...only we might not know where we're settling until after applications close, so I might have to wait another year to apply. Let us know when you hear! :)

 

Bec, that's great that you have mostly good memories for having teacher parents. :) I remember my friends who had teacher parents...I always thought they had it good (they could hang out in the playground while their parent finished up etc etc...just had a nice 'club' kind of feel about it...all the teachers' kids... iykwim). I can only imagine how much extra work there is but I think I have the personality that would enjoy that kind of extra work...marking/lesson plans/making little awards for the kids etc. Anyway, like I said, I could have a bit of a wait if DH doesn't get a job quick enough for uni application for next year. If we're near a uni that offers it that would be great. I'll have a look at whether you can study externally for it (although I know the Canberra uni offering primary teaching is face-to-face only). Wow, another psych friend! How did I not know you'd studies that? :) Yes, never say never but if you enjoy your current job good idea to stick with it. How's the book party business going? LOL at Hunter saying he's going to wee in his new undies!!! That's really funny! Max and Milly show? There you go again doing some fun outing! Lucky Hunter and Savannah!! :) Hope the weather is correctly predicted for Hunter's party!

 

Jodi, great news!!

 

Paula, welcome home! :) Oh, poor Lachlan cutting his head open! Did he get stitches or glue? Good little bub letting you sleep! We need some more pics!

 

Got to run, I hear dinner boiling over!

 

xx

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~*troops*~

jodi im sorry to hear about your dad i hope all goes well

 

dons :( sorry mate i had no credit when you text i hope your all good x x x

 

chen hope dh hears soon about the job

 

paula welcome home cant wait to hear lil gumnuts name.

 

dam becca hunter is seeing some shows! bella is jealous

 

my lil lamby is 1 tomorrow has gone so quick. the kids had their party on saturday some pics on FB will pop back again soon x x x x

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chen sorry i think it was you who asked what id been up to??? not much just working and with the kids and stuff. one of the triplets has a heart condition so im trying to spend alot of time down in nsw with them

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Hi Girls

 

We spent a w/end away with some friends of ours - it was so good to get country air......the girls loved it.

 

Whilst we were coming home, they are doing road works on the Westgate Freeway and Dh and I got confused (as did our gps) and it sent us on a detour - to the Westgate Bridge. I haven't been near the bridge since January and had been putting it off as I wasn't ready. So I was ok going over it but when we then had to get back on it to return to Melb I felt like my heart had stopped. At a certain point ontop of it my chest felt so heavy and the tears welled up. But it's all fenced up so it did deter me from seeing how small the fence height originally was.

Sorry Troops to txt you, none of my g/friends irl let me talk about it so I kind of bottle it up abit!

Is the triplet ok? Whats happened to it's little heart ?

 

Paula - Yay for being home and having such a clean house!! Hope gumnut is giving continues to sleep well!

 

Jodi - Sorry again to hear about your dad - am glad they could fast track results and start treatment for him. Goodluck with ttc next mth.

 

Gem still isn't tt yet - we are having terrible trouble with her bowels she hasn't been since Thurs and Dh and I are possibly looking at me leaving work or taking aleave of absence for a period of time as we are both stressed about it. The worst thing was at 1.30am they wanted to admit Gem (last Tue night) and I was so worried what work thought if I took another day off which is ridicoulous to worry about it she's more important atm

Jassy is wild - always bumping her head but has such a funny personality!

 

Rebecca - Well done on being accepted! It's a great course. Just make sure when you do graduate you get a job that complies with the Meca award. Kinders comply with it but most childcare centre Kinder Teachers are on the Interim Award which doesn't have school holidays so make sure you get employed under Meca and all it's provisions! Our KT is on Meca at my centre.

 

Becca - Hope Hunters party goes well :) I took Gem to the McDonalds Farm show last year she loved it

 

Chen - Goodluck with news from Dh's job :) It can take awhile to get an answer which is annoying isn't it?!

 

 

 

Anyway better fly - got tons of washing to do!

 

Hello to all I missed

 

 

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Bubsies

ok ladies - hope you are all well!!!

 

Welcome home Paula and bubby :)

 

Just a quick question re cars again (lol) - trying to find a car and get everything sorted so i can roll over my insurance rather than loose the $500 odd and probably get a refund rather than have to pay out more -I have till the 26th Oct so its fast approaching.....

 

What I want to know now is does anyone drive a Honda CRV (earlier models 1998 - 2001 ish) either the base model or sport etc and if so what is your opinion of them? I have heard some people say they are underpowered but I am not concerned about that - as long as they are fuel efficient, practical in design for kids and comfy to drive then I think we will get one of those - just a better height for me and more useful storage space. Also a few going cheapish at the moment...

 

Any advice much appreciated ladies.

 

xx

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Banana Pancakes

Good morning :)

 

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! Our school Holidays start today! Wish me luck :8

 

Chen, Im so sorry to hear that you have some concerns with ds. Ive always had concerns for my ds so I really feel for you. It sounds like you are doing a great job with him!! From what Ive seen at work, early invention is the key and your back ground in psych is perfect! He sounds like a delightful little boy, you should really be proud xx

Good luck with the career change, Im not sure if you know but Sonja is a psych but this year she is back at uni doing primary school teaching. From what Ive read on fb she is loving it!

 

Bec, I was also sorry to hear about Talon. My ds also had alot of speech delays but he also had a social delay so I held him back from school as long as I could. His speech has almost full caught up now and thankfully so has his social delay. Its just his concentration thats lacking now, lol!

Good luck on getting into your course!How exciting! Im also an early childhood teacher but I did the 0-5 course so I can only work in before school settings. Its a great job and being a Mum is the best experience for it! What uni did you apply to?

 

Dons, how is Gem feeling now? The poor little poppet, it must be so painful for her. Do the dr's have any ideas why its happening? Like your Jazzy my Gemma is crazy! So much more feisty than the other two!

 

Paula, Im so glad that you and baby Gumnutt are home. How did last night go?

P.s what about these name suggestions? Owen, Hamish, Patrick, Angus, Max :wub:

 

Troops, how have you been? I hope the the triplet is doing well. I'll be thinking of him.

 

Bec, how did Hunters party go?

 

Jodi, thats great news about your Dad!

 

Gina, I cant help you with the car questions. Ive never owned a 4wd. But they do look good!

 

Ciao!

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p.s sorry about all the '!" marks! :blush:

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lol nadine, I've applied at Southern Cross uni in Lismore. I find out the day I get back from Sydney after Coopers appointment, so hopefully 2 lots of good news that week.

 

Thanks for that info Dons, always good to know someone who knows 'stuff'.

 

Jodi thats great news that they can treat your dad!

 

Gina sorry can't help, we have a carnival, which has heaps of room for all the kiddies but no bootspace.

 

Cooper's kept me up the last few nights, I think it's from the rota virus vaccine he had on thursday, it gave miller a reaction too. Totally sucks, I'm so sleep deprived. Dh is going away tomorrow for two nights, then home for one and gone again for another night as well.

 

 

 

 

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