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Titania

Happy second birthday to my sweet darling boy... :heart:

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mummy_to_b
Happy 2nd Birthday Griff


I hope that you feel better and have a great birthday

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bellemae

:DHAPPY BIRTHDAY GRIFF :D

 

Hope you're feeling better soon.

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Kay1

Happy Birthday Griff! I hope you have a lovely day even though you aren't well. I can't believe it is two years since we were all waiting to hear how you were doing. I hope you feel better soon.

 

Sigh...was all ready for a nice day with only Leo but now my desktop computer seems to have died. :( So now I have to try and get someone to help me fix it. Just hope its not the hard drive because I have backed up most stuff but not all. :unsure: Also my mum just rang to say my dad had to have their (my old) cat put down this morning. :( Dad is distraught, he was besotted with this cat. I am sad but haven't lived with her for many years so its not as upsetting for me. She was a funny scrappy little rescue kitten, just the cutest thing, that I adopted 13 years ago and she has had a pampered life. She was a very brave kitten but one day when we were out something must have scared her and she suddenly became a real scaredy cat. She seldom came inside after that, only if dad was there and then she'd sit with one paw on his arm...:wub: Well better go and do something about this computer.

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Starbuck

Happy Birthday Griff!!!!!

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bellemae

Oh, Kirsten....the moment I find a money making scheme which comes good for us, I will most certainly share :) It will happen, because I NEED it too....so I'll let you know when I have it sorted :)

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Lili-Belle

Happy Birthday Griff!

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butterflies

Hi girls

 

 

long time no speak

 

We are staying at my parents from last tues til tomorrow, was hoping for better weather to go to the beach but NO!! at least we went to Clontarf this morning and the girls got a dip, Alannah with a plastic bag on her cast LOL!!

 

We have had a crappy last month with ALL the the kids getting chicken pox, all with ear infections and Alannah with her fractured arm and Paris with a split eye brow. Paris and Zahli got the pox the worst and still have quite deep scars though none on the face.

 

Looking forward to the kids going back to school next week, the are just too energetic for me LOL!!

 

WRT what our 4 year olds can do, well Zahli has pretty much followed the other girls, can't write her name, can't write anything yet, can count to 20, can't read yet. But then again I am not teaching her, and neither does the preschool, they are a play based preschool and focus alot on social things and leave the teaching til school which suits us. Though Zahli was trying to write her name if she doesn't get the Z right and perfect she gets frustrated and leaves LOL!!

 

I hope you are all well

 

 

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bronx5

Back from a lovely week away with the kids and finally having time to properly read whats going on.

 

4yo abilities - Caleb can draw a heart and a smiley face in the sand. We learnt it on holidays. As for anything else - nope. He has a reasonable pencil grip (for a lefty) and loves to draw squiggly lines and scribble a lot. He "colours" in the usual fashion - everywhere all at once. He can't read a single thing other than his name, he can't name any letters or write anything other than a wobbly looking "C" for Caleb. He counts like this - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11, 12, 13,7,8,9 etc. He likes to listen to stories and pretend read. He's pretty much the norm for a 4yo in my book. Brienna was 2 weeks off turning 5 before she could write her name. Chiara learnt to write her name at about 4 1/2 when she started Prep. There is plenty of time. Prep is still over 12 months away for us (its different for Qld than for the southern states I believe) and I am grateful that Caleb will be one of the "older"children as it will give him time to mature so that he can deal with the social requirements as well as the academic ones.

 

Happy Birthday to Griff! Hope you had a lovely day and got spoilt with lovely presents from Mum and Dad and big brother.

 

Karina - Sounds like the holidays were awful for you all. Hopefully you've had your run of yukky stuff and you get a great Christmas break.

 

Not to rub it in but our week away was lovely. Woodgate (between Bundaberg and Childers in Qld) is a lovely untouched rural / seaside town. There are kangaroos that hop around the streets, I have heaps of photos of them in people's backyards eating the lawn - its amazing. There were wild watermelons growing in the spare blocks of the estate we were in and the kangaroos and galahs were there too. Heaps of other wildlife easily seen like lizards and rabbits, kookaburras that would come down to the patio table every morning and bush turkeys that run through the yard. The beach is just lovely (and I'm not really a beach person) with lots of lovely shells for the kids to look at and decorate interesting sandcastles with. The girls really enjoyed the water - Brienna was far better than I thought she would be and really gained a lot of confidence in the sea. Chiara was pretty good although she stayed in hip deep water at the most. It was a lovely calm beach with no currents and very safe. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves most days which was great as the boys could wander around without me panicking that I would lose them in a mass of people. No worries with the water there - Caleb is terrified and in fact it took me 3 days to actually get him onto the beach just to build sandcastles. Dominic wasn't very impressed either but we did get him to wash his hands at the edge on the last day. We went with two of my girlfriends and their children so all the kids loved having their friends to play with all day. It was a lot of work - 10 kids on a regular basis is not something I would like to do that's for sure!

 

Anyway enough rambling on from me - better go and pick up the potatoes that Alannah has ever so thoughtfully deposited all over the house for me again. She is walking now and finding lots of interesting things to do with emptying the bottom of the pantry out on a regular basis.

 

 

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Kay1

LOL at the potatoes Bron! :) Glad you had a good holiday, sounds great! Did DHs go too or just mums and kids.

 

Karina - Gee you guys have been in the wars lately!!

 

Yikes I hope you guys don't think that I was bragging or comparing with my proud mummy post :blush: . It just amazed me how my little baby can now do these things, not that he can do them at his age. I actually think he's pretty bog standard, especially given all kids develop so differently. Nate is only just now starting to remember the names of the kids at preschool, he's got a lot to learn socially.

 

Having said that it has been great to read what all the kids are up to, as I said, it amazes me our babies are these clever little people all of a sudden! :)

 

 

 

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butterflies

hey Bron that's where my parents are now, my counsin isgetting married on saturday, they are hillbillies from Gaynda and that's their holiday place, it's lovely wewere upthere 5 years ago. we were meant to be going but DH had a big job starting (always happens in school hols) and was too expensive for just me to go, so I took the opurtunity to look after my parnets place, feed tghe animals plus their students.

 

Kay asyou said it's lovely to hear what the kids are all upto and it's lovely to hear how well Nate is going, he was so gorgous at Zahli's party

 

 

scuse they typing amtyping on mum tiny puter and i have fat fingers

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~*Sharon*~

Happy Birthday for yesterday, Griff (Sorry - I thought I posted!)

 

Toby gave me a shock last night... we were in the car on the way to the shops, and I was showing Stuart that he had picked up how to count to 5 (with help). He had been doing 2, 4 and 5 if I did the middle numbers.

 

So I started at one, he did two, I did 3, he did 4... then waited, so I did 5, he did 6... so I kept going... up to 16!! No idea WHO has taught him to do this, but Hannah was miles ahead of him at this age for most things developmental, and even she was barely able to count to 10! Today I did it again and he got to 20.

 

Now I just need to teach him the numbers in between! lol. I am starting to think that if he can pick that up, I really have been underestimating what he can do... so now I have the guilts for not spending more time encouraging that side of his development.

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~~Lynny~~

:waves:

 

didnt see the new thread :doh: why can't we get a notification when the old one closes and the new one is there :/

 

nothing new here - quite busy with DH's work, same problems as always tho - getting paid! :annoyed:

 

Seeing the doctor on wednesday :thumbs: I'm so excited and scared at the same time :unsure: m/s has been good - only seem to get sick in the afternoons and night - it is so much worse than with the other kids tho - no m/s with Damo, a bit with Em and with this one :wacko: and the tiredness.. :yawn: completely forgot how tired you are in the beginning

 

kids are good. Damo is a little bum at times - starting to wonder if he is picking up bad habits from preschool or something. I have to remind him to show a bit of respect when he talks to people.. please, thank you etc.. Em is a little cutie - growing up way too fast, and such a little princess - likes to wear dresses and high heels, caught her checking her bum out in the mirror the other day after she had a shower :lol: no idea where she gets it from cos I'm such a tomboy :p:blush:

 

Anywho.. just thought I'd pop in and say hi :) Hope you're all keeping well :)

 

PS. and a big Belated Birthday to all the kiddies - Griff, hope you're feeling better little man :wub:

 

 

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Kay1

Hi everyone,

 

Its been a big weekend.

 

I had a meeting with Nate's preschool on Friday and it didn't go as well as I hoped. He's been so good and sweet lately but they basically still have some real concerns about him which has given us a lot to think about and consider. Its all a bit sad really and quite confusing so hopefully we can find someone to help us find our way through this all.

 

Anyway. And then just to top it off he's been really trying this weekend, just back to being negative and argumentative and whingey etc. Sigh, parenting is hard!

 

Hope everyone else is doing ok. :)

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butterflies

So sorry Lynny but I haven't said Congratulations yet!! well done and hoping that the MS doesn't hang around long.

 

Kay take what the preschool says lightly, yes they are professionals but they aren't doctors/specialists etc. I know it was heart breaking when I had meetings with the preschool re Paris and her behaviour. We saw a behaviour paed that well really didn't help all that well, just wanted to label but couldn't label til school age.

 

hang in there, Nate is a gorgeous boy!

 

 

lately I have been soooo tired, have been going to bed around 8.30pm and then waking roughly at 7am (though some nights there are interuptions) but all day I am yawning and wishing I was in bed. I am over being so worn out and tired.

 

ok rant over

 

night

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mhjemma

A quick one as I haven't absorbed anything I've read so have to limit myself to the last few posts!!!

 

Kay - What exactly are they saying about Nate that is worrying you? There are a million reasons why child care and kinders will comment on concerns, but there are very few that need to be actually worried about (bear with me, I know I am not making sense)...... What i am trying to say is that you know your child, they know the system. It really depends on WHAT they are concerned about to worry about if it really is going to be an issue.

 

Karina - Considering how little I look after myself (hence being up now when I should be in bed), the one saving grace for me is an iron supplement called 'Florodix'. I get it from Coles in the health food section. I get it for a while and then stop ($23 a bottle, I am tight!). Whenever I start taking it aging, I am amazed at how much more energy I have!

 

I really have to get to bed!! See you on the flip side :D

 

 

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Titania

Kay - I think Karina and Mardi's posts on Nate and preschool have some really good advice. But it would definitely be good to talk to a professional and see what they say. Bit hard to comment further without knowing what the issues are. As Karina said - hang in there Nate is a gorgeous boy!

 

Still crap here. Pneumonia is not very pleasant - at least my chest doesn't hurt so much today, but I'm thinking the sinus infection might be worse.

Lorcan getting better - Griff still pretty bad.

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butterflies

just cleaned my desk ready for the bookwork.......mmmm 3 month of not doing a thing has finally caught up with me :cry:

 

 

we went for a drive yesterday (we do this alot look at properties for sale in the areas we like, plus gets us out and find new parks etc) we found this gorgeous house for sale on a massive 5 acres block. Get home look it up $3.8m is JUST a bit out of our budget

 

have a look at it

 

http://www.techfx.com.au/Joomla/index.php?...5&Itemid=26

 

the kids could go wild there!!!

 

 

 

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Kay1

Thanks everyone. There's a lot to say and I don't have time to say it all now but basically it seems he's a very different child at preschool than at home. He has real trouble with transitions still and they basically have to cajole him from each activity onto the next and he very often melts down and becomes distressed. Still, after 9 months of going there. He is reluctant to join in any group activity, will mostly not sit on the mat at group time, will be disruptive and even a small thing can make him lose it, get distressed and lash out at other kids (although this is much less of a problem than it used to be). He's super sensitive and inflexible too. We never see this, we had 12 kids here and their mums last weekend and he hadn't seen any of them for 2 years so they were strangers to him. NO problems at all, he wasn't shy, shared toys, had a good time, no clashes the whole day. At Zahli's party with a more structured activity (moving from one room to the next, all sitting together, lining up etc, he was fine). So they think maybe the problem is that it is when he is on his own without recourse to me that he behaves this way. I actually wonder if its because he knows I won't stand for it. Not sure. Anyway I have some ideas for things to try there that have worked for some of his rule making and routine reliance at home. We are seeing the child psych again next week and hopefully we'll get some direction from there. I know he's not an easy child, he is extremely stubborn and sensitive but we just don't see this behaviour they talk about.

 

I should say I trust the preschool director and teachers, they really go out of their way to help him and are extremely patient. I requested the meeting and put them on the spot about how "normal" his behaviour is. They didn't just come out and tell me there's a 'problem', but rather phrased it as things we have an opportunity to improve before he goes to school. However they did say that none of the other kids behave this way and that made me feel :( . Anyway we'll see how we go.

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bronx5

Kay - Sounds like you have a great pre-school. I wish you all the best with the child psych and hope you can find ways to help Nate adjust better.

 

Titania - sorry to hear you are still very unwell. You must be very overdue some good health vibes. Hope you are all feeling better soon.

 

Lynny - Congratulations. June is a lovely time of year to have a baby. :D Hope the morning sickness doesn't get too extreme and that you have an easy and enjoyable pregnancy.

 

Mardi - I think I must need some of that supplement too. Is it gentle on the tummy as I've had problems with iron supplements before and for that reason tend to not take them.

 

We've got a pile of sick kids here atm - 3 down and 2 to go I'm sure. We've managed to pick up a gastro bug from somewhere and so far Alannah, Dominic and Brienna have gone down with it - Dominic seems okay now but Alannah and Brienna are still pretty sick and have temperatures as well. Alannah was very legarthic this morning and I was quite stuck as to what to do as to take her to the doctor would have meant loading up 5 kids, 2 who would have, without a doubt, ended up vomiting in the car so I just had keep trying to give her water and watch her carefully. She seemed a bit better this afternoon, has eaten a bit of toast and had a couple of cups of water. So fingers crossed she will be better by morning.

 

I hate gastro - its so messy and creates so much extra work.

 

Right, better go get everyone into bed - I'm completely over today!

 

 

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butterflies

WWYD if you found a toy in your 4 year olds preschool bag that obviously wasn't their's?

 

I have questioned Zahli where it came from, it took a bit to get it out of her that it is the preschool's toy.

 

She was sent to the naughty step to think about telling the truth which she did, now she has been sent to her bedroom.

 

what else would you do, I have never really been stuck like this before re parenting/discipline.

 

I was thinking that she was to take the toy back and apologise to the teachers. I am going in on friday to help set up for our bunning bbq so then would be the perfect oppurtunity.

 

gosh this child is such hard work.

 

 

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butterflies

and now Zahli and the dog have fallen asleep in her bed!!!!

 

I thought it was getting a bit quite up there

 

 

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Kay1

Karina, I think I would do exactly the same re discipline. I know its unnaceptable but also I think their concept of ownership is pretty elastic at this age so I wouldn't worry about it too much apart from using it as a learning experience IYKWIM?

 

Had a fun day today. MIL still hadn't seen Nate for his birthday so we went to Kids Central and told Nate he could pick out a Thomas train. MIL is v generous and he ended up with 3! He's been in a much better mood today thank goodness, he hasn't been on the naughty step once, touch wood. After the toyshop we went to Kmart and MIL bought a bike for Nate for christmas, lucky boy! I don't think he realised what we were doing thankfully. Leo had a funny turn though. :unsure: He started screaming as if in real pain and I got him out of the pram and it took a few minutes to get him to stop screaming and then he just leaned against my chest for about 10 minutes whimpering. Extremely unlike him! Then he let me put him back in the pram (again extremely unlike him) and sat there all floppy and looking really out of it. Then after about 5 minutes of that he suddenly 'woke up' and was fine again. Very odd.

 

Apart from that he is fine although I think his ear's still a bit sore.

 

Better go, feeding time at the zoo.

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~crackajac~

WOW no posts in 3 days. Hope everyone is OK and just to busy to sit in front of computer.

 

Nothing interesting to say as nothing much has changed but wanted to say hi.

 

Kay- OMG how is Leo, has his "episode happened again. Must have been scary

 

Karina- I agree with Kay I don't think kids know that much about ownership and stealing at this age. I would assume she saw something she wanted so took it. I would have disciplined KAtie the same though mainly for the not telling the truth rather than the stealing aspect.

 

T- Hope you are all feeling better

 

Bron- Hope all your kids are feeling better also. I saw your post about kids dancing schools in your area. I didn't get a chance to reply but a girl I used to work with lives at Caboolture and she sends her 4 year old to Fame dance academy, she seems to love it. Don't know much about it though. If you were closer to me they could have come where KAtie goes but that is near Chermside.

 

What is happening with us- KAtie has her first ballet concert in 4 weeks she is Wendy out of Peter Pan and she keeps telling everyone she is Windy. DH is ridiculously busy but what's new. He was so pee'd off this morning 4/5 registrars called in sick and as he is the senior reg and in charge of all rosters and the unit the crap lands on him. He hasn't been home before 10 pm for 2 weeks and he is doing two 16 hours over the weekend. Poor guys is doing the work of 10 people and also trying to stud for final exams.

 

Oh times up....

 

Catch you all later

 

Edited by ~crackajac~

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