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How do you get going again after pregnancy?

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12/09/2013 at 22:11

Due date now. And thereafter, when I can start running again!

pushing - dunno really, I guess just say no as Caro says and emphasise that it's not nice, might hurt people etc? E is a bit the opposite to be honest. If another child as much as bumps him, he sobs like he's been mortally wounded! Even if said child is much younger than him! should I be trying to toughen him up?! 

12/09/2013 at 22:26

Brookie - the Shelter here says if they're good with kids or not, although the majority are not.  A cat is quite likely to not like a new baby, and you have to be really careful and not leave them alone together.  We had 2 when we had Sophie, one old cat who couldn't care less and used to sleep on the floor next to her moses basket in the living room, and the other younger one who legged it as soon as she cried!  Older one has now died but younger one will let the kids stroke him but doesn't hesitate to leg it out of the cat flap if they're too noisy!

Maybe I'm biased after our recent experience!  We are thinking we'll wait at least a year before thinking about adopting one again, and Nicky is 3 already...

Pushing and other bad behaviour - it's hard when they're young but all you can do is watch them the whole time they're around other children and reinforce sharing and model how to ask for something/take turns etc.  I'm sure it will just be a phase!

Nicky is being awful with Sophie at the moment, hitting and pushing her, usually when I'm not looking, so I'm really trying now to watch them closely and dump him on the step if he does it, as he is old enough to understand it now.  It's also interesting to see how much Sophie winds him up before he gets to that point though...!

Had a dull day at home today as both kids have had diarrhoea since yesterday, so have to take 2 days off nursery/school.  Weird as they are absolutely fine apart from a bit of tummyache occasionally, but they are wanting to eat normally although Nicky has definitely been off his normal portions!  Typical that Nicky has just mastered the potty, although he has made it every time so far at least... It means we've stayed at home though as I do NOT want that kind of disaster in a public place !

JT - class sounds awful , is it a tough catchment area?  

Got a wedding on Sat (and my birthday ) so we're staying over in a hotel nearby and grandparents are having the kids for the first time.  Just hope they're all better by then!  I'm thinking of going for a birthday Parkrun but will see how I feel .

12/09/2013 at 23:51

Just had a long chat with my friend who lost her baby - more touh news for them. She has to have a laproscophy (Sp?) and then full IVF now. Also the coroners office was in touch to finalise their report on Fletchers death and it turns out the GP surgery who should have suggested a blood test when he was taken in twice with jaundice at 8 weeks and said he was fine have lied and said that they offered a blood test but it was declined. My friend is furious and devastated as you can imagine. She had written a letter to them after he died saying that they should have offered him a blood test and they had written back and said that they had since changed their policies as a result. But then went and lied on their statement - they had obviously forgotten about the letters which have now been handed over to the coroner. I am just so mad that now they have to deal with all of this on top of everything else. LIFE IS JUST NOT FAIR!!!


13/09/2013 at 10:39

No life is definitely not fair. Wonderful loving parents lose 

children and abusive, neglectful parents get to keep theirs 

and cause untold damage to them and ultimately society.


My running buddy is a head teacher and she has had her fair share 

of kids in her care with behaviour problems due to Mum/Dad/StepDad's violence, sexual abuse, alcohol/drug abuse, mental health problems (usually due to horrific abuse/neglect they suffered as a child), it's heartbreaking. It's horrendous for 

teachers who have to work with these kids, u want to help them and protect 

them but u have to send them home at 3 everyday to God knows what. 

That's why schools in bad areas have high turnover of staff. 

Too stressful being faced with that everyday, u eventually have to put 

ur own health and family 1st and get out and move to nicer school with less 

damaged kids.

13/09/2013 at 11:32

Oh Hoggle, that is just awful. As if they haven't been through enough already. Hugs x

Great news on the scan, JT

Hope everyone is better for the weekend, JG. 

Brookie, I would wait until baby is a little bit older - having a new cat can be like having a new baby (even if you get an older one!). we had two when JP was born and they didn't bat an eyelid, but I guess every cat is different. The two cats we have adopted since then are pretty chilled out and had a new baby in their previous home, so I am not too worried. Will just keep an eye out!

I am now officially a lady of leisure!  It feels a bit odd yet, but I am sure I will get used to it

13/09/2013 at 15:16

How many days til due date then Brookie?

Woo hoo lady of leisure TattyB.

Hope the kids are better today JG.

I am a lady of  leisure today too. Was about to cut the grass but waiting for a phone call back about ordering medals for our club athletics competition.  Lovely day here.  20 miles on the road bike and then a 16 mile run. Geez running feels tough after being on the bike. I did them a couple of hours apart but still. Mind you I did do my hilliest running route today which involves a 2 mile steep uphill and then a good yeeha down the other side!

Good luck CC. Enjoy the weekend, can't wait to hear all about it.


13/09/2013 at 16:29

Good luck CC!

13/09/2013 at 16:32

Good Luck CC!  Don't drown or get blown away.

13/09/2013 at 19:04

Good luck CC!  Well said TT, I certainly felt like that when I was teaching, and people can't understand why I left...

Woo hoo to ladies of leisure!

Camlo    pirate
13/09/2013 at 19:56

GOOD LUCK CC xxxxxxx 

Hoggle that is terrible when people  shift the blame just to cover themselves. As if the parents need extra grief. So sorry to hear they will also need IVF. With regards to pushing, yep Archie is a monkey. Generally when we are in public (like the dentist earlier) and he is nervous he resorts to hopping about, throwing his coat at me or pushing me or Tom. I give him a firm NO! and then he carries on regardless.... 

Loving the ladies of leisure.... not my idea of kicking back if you are a) growing a baby or b) cycling 20m and running 16m on the same day! 

Went to the Dr earlier as feeling carp but chest is clear so I was told to get some proper rest and not rush back to schedule.... not good when I had a sea swim planned for tomorrow.

13/09/2013 at 22:27

3.5 weeks to c section date Lotte. Not long. And 2 wks to our house move!

GOOD LUCK CC!!! can't wait for race report! Totally agree with all comments above regarding your friend Hoggle. Just awful. I bet she is glad she has you for support though. 

Take it easy Camlo! But good that your chest is clear at least? Maybe a pool swim rather than the sea tomorrow? 

Ta for cat advice. Probably will wait a bit. Think I've enough on my plate for a while yet! Yay to maternity leave Tatty! 

boy oh boy the RAIN tonight! It is just hammering down! 

14/09/2013 at 07:58

Hope the weather isn't too bad CC!

Hoggle, that is horrid.  i hope your friend has some good news soon and less of this to deal with.


14/09/2013 at 08:52

LOL Camlo, it did strike me that my leisurely days are likely to be a tad more sedate than Lotte's   Good that the chest is clear - take it easy though!

Good luck CC. I really hope the weather doesn't turn out to be as bad as the forecast. 

3.5 weeks to go, yay Brookie! Are you feeling ready? 

Plans for a lie-in were rudely denied this morning. Why is it that I have to get JP up at 7.30 on school mornings and then rush like mad, but he is only too happy to rise at 6 on Saturdays and Sundays?  Still, at least he is good about going in his playroom and amusing himself for a while so that Mummy can have a little doze...Someone else is keeping me awake too. Hope it isn't a sign of things to come, but this is one lively baby I am growing!

Camlo    pirate
14/09/2013 at 20:25

ooh quiet.... is everyone else getting to swim lessons, ignoring a child in a toy shop, doing washing, cooking crumble, doing an order with approved foods (yep the short dated stuff), putting plasters on bloody elbow, putting plasters on a bloody finger, putting plaster on a scratched toe, changing wet pants.... or just me? 

TB - your leisurely days won't last .

Hope CC has managed to make a good indent into her race before weather becomes too dreadful. 

Brookie good luck packing with a bump, make sure you know where emergency supplies are for quick unpacking (bottle opener). 

Realised last night that snowdon mara is getting near and I have a trI between now and then so not much opportunity for training as such, especially with my awful chest. oops.

ADVICE WANTED - for my nan and grandads diamond anniv we have all been given a  cotton square to decorate (all to be stitched together into cushions). Now I don't have any fabric pens so what can I do (can't sew and don't have any sequins). I have to do 4 (me plus 3 boys) and have black marker pen, 1 gold paint pen, nail varnish? 

14/09/2013 at 20:38

I made crumble, went to gymnastics, had my hair cut, went to a kids party, made lamb tagine, went on a cable museum and went to a museum.....

no advice on anything artistic from me I'm afraid camlo!

14/09/2013 at 20:56

Is there not a thing u can buy for printing out photos that can b ironed onto cotton?

14/09/2013 at 21:00

14/09/2013 at 21:55

I took child to ballet, decorated cake, took both kids to art class, went for a run, stopped for chips for lunch, had a shower, went to friend's birthday party, came home and gave kids spaghetti on toast for tea (yup chips for lunch; party food pm then more rubbish for tea - will make up for it tomorrow with homemade butternut squash soup for lunch and casserole for tea), listening to reading, read stories, put kids to bed. Flopped

blimey I would struggle decorating cotton squares. If it is never going to be washed I would get boys to draw on it with pens. Or do tie dye with food colouring! Alternatively use emulsion and just get them to flick / paint!

14/09/2013 at 22:11

Ditto re cotton squares. Great idea but a nightmare if you aren't skilled in that area (I am not.... I use the iron on sticky stuff to hem trouser and that is the extent of my sewing ability!). TT idea about iron on photo thing is good. A photo of each boy with nan and graNdand? 

My Saturday was a lot less exciting/busy - a lovely hair appointment with my much loved hairdresser in the morning and some grocery shopping in the afternoon. And that was pretty much it. Thinking of going to Hyde park tomorrow to see the triathlon but slightly put off by prospect of torrential rain and winds,...,. But might be fun anyway. 


14/09/2013 at 22:20

Ooh, this is fun. I sorted out the chickens, hoovered everywhere, put washing on, walked to newsagent, made child cry in newsagent when I said he couldn't have a comic (he had been a pain in the ar** prior), cooked lunch, drove to shopping village, treated child (now good) to ice-cream, medicated the cat, did face painting, cooked tea, did bath (whilst ironing school shirts for the week), put chickens to bed, put child to bed. then watched TV and did some knitting

I like CM's paint idea - would be lovely for the boys to put their mark on it. 

Ben is now in Berlin (only overnight). I am very jealous - happy memories of my year abroad! 

Snowdonia marathon - definitely want to do someday.

don't get all the fuss about carrier bags. I have been using my own for years and thought everyone else had too?! 



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