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25/09/2007 at 15:18

mrs o - i think you have answered your own question really!  5 minutes over 40-odd minutes isn't that much.  just enjoy getting out and getting some air - speed will return at some point when you least expect it!

i had a funny moment yesterday.  jacob has been poorly since last week - got sent home from nursery on thurs and was ill with high temps, not sleeping, lots of yelling, not eating, foul nappies all weekend.  by yesterday i was fed up so took him to the GP.  she asked lots of questions, including whether he had a rash.  i said 'no, no rash'.  she lifted his top to listen to his chest, and said 'Erm...!'.  his chest and back were covered in a rash!!  she must have thought i was mad.  i'm sure it wasn't there when i had dressed him in the morning.  how negligent!!  anyway, i had a good laugh about it - and so did she.  he's much better today, no temp and the rash is going.  no verdict on what it was - probably just a virus or maybe a virus and teething.

26/09/2007 at 09:23

Poor wee thing... hope hes better soon.

Mrs O - forgot to say the other day, my friends HV said that it was fine for her to give cows milk to her little one at 11 months (they were going away) as he had a good varied diet of home cooked food including red meat, so was probably getting enough iron and vitamins and therefore didnt need those added to formula.  Best check with your HV though

My gran and granpa visiting today so have been up for ages on a cleaning frenzy..... R putting up a handrail on the stairs at 10pm last night so they can get to the loo!!

26/09/2007 at 15:44

Quiet on here today, everyone being run ragged by their little darlings ?

Talked to HV and she said it was fine to try Isla with cow's milk, hopefully if she likes it i can get her off the boob !!  She is getting more used to nursery, both this morning and yesterday when i left, it all went quiet as soon as i was out the door and i had a wee peek through the window, she was happily playing with toys !!!  Obviously the tears are just for my benefit to make me feel guilty !!!

26/09/2007 at 15:56

I'm having a really boring day at work so I've been looking at the marathon schedules for FLM next year.  I'm looking at the 16 week training plan, totalling how much I'll need to spend on a babysitter and how to get hubby to agree to do some bonding with his little ones in my absence.

 Quite scary that the plan starts on Christmas Eve, can't see any training going on that week.  I'm being ambitious and looking at the 5 day plans which I know I'll not be able to follow rigorously but I think there's a better a chance I'll get more in if I have a  5 day one than a 3 day. Now all that's left is to dig out than entry form and post it!
26/09/2007 at 20:36

Hi all, thanks for your continued support with the reflux...  We're having good and bad days, seems to be worse if Ted is hungry and is gulping his food down too fast which makes sense really.

Mrs O - I teach reception aged children when I'm not on maternity leave and you find many, many children put the tears on for their parents when they are leaving and are absolutely fine within 30 seconds!  I had a delightful child last year who used to chuck up on purpose!

Tonia - I'd been looking at the 16 week programmes not really taking in the timescale.  I'm still keeping everything crossed that I get accepted!

DCM - Still trying to track down Carol Walton, having a bit of a nightmare as I was away on Monday and can't go Friday and we're away next week - aggh!

Hetty - Hope you had a good day with your grandparents.  My nanna was so proud!  He was great grandchild number 9 for her.

My run went well the other night, on the slow side but there was a killer hill in the middle.  Hadn't realised how my pace had slowed up but it was really good to be pulled along.  I hadn't realised they were changing to their on road route that night and was a bit worried about my shins but thankfully they seem to have lasted out ok.

MIL has also rung to say that she believes that Ted's reflux is also due to me doing too much exercise, hubby refused to let her speak to me about it!  Pointed out that currently I'm only doing 3 x 30 min a week and that is actually recommended by doctors.  Never mind that both hubby and I both were sicky babies... 

26/09/2007 at 21:00

JT you do have a lovely MIL don't you?!  Having said that, every single time there's anything slightly wrong here I get told it's probably cos I do too much exercise.  my labour was apparently long and arduous not cos Louise was back to back but because I do too much exercise.  Never mind that because I was fit I was able to push her out in an hour and to do it myself even though they thought she might need ventouse, oh no that didn't matter! 

Shoot, I didn't realise that about 16 week programmes either!

27/09/2007 at 09:38

Me too! My mum and MIL!!! They are obviously just jealous and wish they had been able to look so good and keep fit when they wee younger!!! ;o)

27/09/2007 at 09:41
Janie Tri - how old is Ted now?  It's probably not much consolation, but they do actually grow out of these things to some degree - not completely, but as they get bigger, they get a bit more robust and the reflux will calm down.  Carol also firmly believes that babies learn to attach themselves properly as they get bigger - often from around 12 weeks.  Can't say that happened with Jacob but she believes it does.
27/09/2007 at 21:38

MM, we're all fine thankfully and our car insurance policy includes a courtesy car if ours is involved in an accident - even if the accident was our fault - so we now have a Nissan Micra until ours is fixed.  Only downside is it's a 3-door and trying to get the car seat in and out is a nightmare.  But hey - it's a car so can't complain.

My mum and MIL are both really supportive of my running - even during pregnancy.  Although they both admit now to being hugely relieved when I finally put my running shoes into temporary retirement at 32 weeks, as they were worried I'd fall over.  Mum even stayed an extra half-hour the other night after Kit's bath so I could get out for a run after I got a text from hubby saying he was going to be late.

I've sent off for my GFA application form for FLM.  At the moment, though, I'm just not sure how motivated I am to do all the long Sunday runs.  I'm back at work 3 days a week as of next week, and not sure I'll want to spend another 3 hours or so away from Kit on a Sunday morning.  I know I need to be 100% motivated otherwise I'll never get through the training - remember it being a struggle sometimes last time and I wasn't a mum then.  That said, I discovered last night that my competitive streak still exists.  Was running along a road that goes downhill steeply and then back uphill, equally steeply.  On the descent I was passed by a bloke running in a football shirt (i.e. not a serious runner).  As he passed he shouted out, "Come on, darlin', get those knees up!"  I didn't respond but as we hit the ascent I drew level with him then shot past.  As I ran past him I couldn't resist saying, "Anyone can run down - it takes a real runner to go back up."  To his credit he had the grace to smile!

I persevered with the chicken casserole and now Kit's eating it with absolutely no problem.  He made a big fuss the first couple of times we gave it to him, but when he started creating we just walked away until he'd calmed down then tried again.  Eventually he obviously realised he wasn't going to get something else instead and started to eat.  Now I show him the spoon and he opens his little mouth like a bird for every mouthful.  I cut out the small amount of milk I was giving him before his lunch - only a couple of ounces but it may have been taking the edge off his appetite.  So he's now on 3 meals a day and 3 bottles - feel quite pleased with myself as this is the stage I wanted to reach before going back to work. 

28/09/2007 at 10:36

Well done Minks, it really does get much easier from here. Going away this weekend and packing so much less. The boys will just eat whatever we eat, so no hassle of taking meals etc. Bliss!

Have started running again, but am still a bit coldie with bad cough. I had 5 days off though and was getting worried about doing my last few training runs. Hope I made the right decision to begin running again.

28/09/2007 at 11:37

MM, hope you have a good weekend.  See how you feel - if the running aggravates your cough or you still feel a bit below par, you can always ease back a bit or take a couple more days off.  I missed my planned 9-mile run on Sunday (did 3 instead) but I ran on Wednesday night when my cold was coming out and felt dreadful afterwards - really achey and shivery.  Probably shouldn't have pushed myself to overtake that bloke but just couldn't resist at the time!

GFA application form arrived this morning - decision time.  Really not sure about doing a marathon next year - just feel that Kit will never be this age again and I don't want to miss out, especially as I'm going to be away from him a lot more with going back to work.  Really torn about what to do ...

28/09/2007 at 12:24

Hello all

I'm jealous of you all sending applications for FLM. Might be a while before I do another marathon. I'm due baby # 2 on 4th there will be 20 months between them. Absolutely delighted.  I barely feel pregnant at all. except for the tiredness..much worse this time energy for running at all!

We're also in the process of moving to Northern Ireland..hubby got a we hope to be in Belfast within next few weeks.

Ploddingalong is it you thats from N.I? In Portsmouth we only get 1 scan at 16 wks..and am not sure what the story in Belfast is? Any ideas? I'm just afraid I might miss out on my scan with the move..

Mrs O..bananas did terrible things to Conor..poor thing..but he seems to have gotten over it now.

DCM good to see you back on the forum. 

Minks I found that Conor would not tolerate chicken at all...until recently..he would only eat fish and veg.... He loves his chicken now though.

OK back to packing! the joys !

 Happy runnings all!

28/09/2007 at 21:10

Well I think I've heard it all...  Went to see the breastfeeding counsellor for the NHS today (who was fab) and she told me that she had one lady who went back running five days after having the baby having had a section!!!!!!!!!!!!!  She must be mad, I was still negotiating the stairs after five days let alone running!  She put the kybosh on MIL's theory which is fab, so yaa boo sucks to her!  (And yes EF she is JUST LOVELY...)

Good to hear that everyone seems to be ok.  Minks you've got a real dilemma on your hands, it's such a difficult one to call.  Is it worth entering and seeing how your training goes?  I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to spend hours away from Kit, I must admit I'm starting to wonder how I'll do that training for a half. 

DCM - had a similar conversation with my HV about Ted growing out of it all today and it IS a consolation!  Carol took one look at Ted thinking about latching on (he wasn't hungry so was not terribly interested) asked a few questions and trouble shooted straight away.  Think I prefer her approach to Katrina, she's much more direct which is what I need.  Ted is eleven weeks on Monday so fingers crossed he might be a twelve weeker!  Carol did say the problem won't alleviate over night but she was horrified about the lack of support that I'd had from the Gwent SCBU and has asked me to put a complaint in writing.  Eeek!

Mrs T hope the move goes well and congrats again.

MM - Lol!!!

Had chicken pox jab today and feeling a bit nauseous.  Hubby is out tonight and has left his door keys at home.  He rang saying the only solution he could come up with was to sleep on his friends floor after I'd offered to stay up until 11.30pm.  Was fairly peed off as he went out at 6.30p - how much does he need to drink?????  He's allegedly coming home for 11.30pm, I'll believe it when I see the whites of his eyes, think it's more likely to be midnight.  Going to pick up the bargain baby jogger I won on ebay tomorrow from Cirencester so really don't want him strolling in at midday.  Guess I'll be doing the driving...

29/09/2007 at 17:18

Janie, GRRRRR!!!  My hubby is going out with my brother and his mates on Friday - am dreading it.  My brother and his lot are real drinkers and hubby isn't, but he does his level best to keep up ... Every time he goes out with them he comes home at silly o'clock in the morning, completely hammered, and no use to me or anyone else for most of the next day.  I always wake up with a jump sometime in the small hours and realise he's not in bed beside me, and go into panic mode.  Then I get no sleep until he's in safely AND I have to get up and deal with Kit for most of the next day as hubby is in no fit state.  Thankfully they don't have these get-togethers that often.

Still wondering what to do about my FLM entry.  Not sure if I can defer as my GFA qualifying time is from 2006 and they are only valid for two years.  I know that if I want it badly enough I'll find a way to fit in all the training - the problem is I'm not sure I DO want it badly enough.  The thought of the race itself is one thing - I can still feel the euphoria as I raced down the Embankment last time - but all those three-hour training runs on cold, dark winter days are quite another matter.  Especially when it will be time away from my baby boy ...

Kit was 7 months on Thursday - can't believe it.  If we want more than one we'll probably have to think about trying again next year!  Not at all sure I'm ready yet - have only just got my body back in a (more or less) acceptable state and the memory of my C-section and the recovery from it is still quite fresh in my mind.  While it wasn't bad at all I'm not sure I'm keen to repeat the experience and while I lost the baby weight quite quickly and got back in shape fairly easily it might not be the same story next time around.  Is there anything wrong with having an only child?

29/09/2007 at 20:49

Hi everyone

Haven't been on here for absolutely ages, seems that Oliver has taken up so much of my time.  I can't believe he is 11 weeks old now, it has gone unbelievably fast.

How is everyone?

I have completed one rather short 25 minute run so far, I am finding it very hard to fit a run in between feeding, even though I do express a bit for weekends so that Oliver knows how to take a bottle.  Any tips from anyone?  I enjoyed my short run, it was nice to get out on the streets again (so to speak) but I am unsure of how to progress further.

Nice to be back on here though,



30/09/2007 at 19:21

Hi girls,

Really enjoy reading your posts and feeling inspired by you all. Some of you know me from the pregnant runners forum but I have popped on here before (always been a bit impatient!) I already have two children and am expecting number 3 in 6 weeks. I can't wait to be out the door again running and it helps reading what you gals are up to.  Anyone brave enough to tell me what it is running and breastfeeding at the same time?? Do you knock yourselves out??! Planning to wear 2 bras but just wonder if anyone can help....

Don't think I will be running 5 days after a section JT - madness!

Happy Running Mummies - great to Paula out there again today at GNR wasn't it.



30/09/2007 at 19:23
Te he - just read it back - I didn't mean running and breastfeeding at exactly the same time but it is a very funny image!!! Sorry.
30/09/2007 at 20:39

Hi Sequin - good luck for a few weeks time! I'm running and breastfeeding (LOL!) - I wear 2 bras and try to go out straight after a feed and so far it's OK - been running again for 3 weeks now (Eddie nearly 7 weeks) and longest run 45 mins.  Luckily my top half isn't enormous despite breastfeeding so it's not uncomfortable. (currently feeding and typing 1-handed - excuse the typos!)

Smitch - good to hear from you - I'm managing to get out 3 times a week for 30 mins -ish at the moment - as I said above, running straight after a feed works best for me - I often go out as soon as DH gets in from work.

Janie - glad t hear you've been getting some good advice - the NHS lady sounds great. And I'm not sure if this tops your 5-days after a section runner, but I know someone who did a marathon this year 8 weeks after  a section - I'm approachng 7 weeks post-op now and couldn't contnplate running more than 4 miles at the moment.

Eddie's being a little star at the moment - he's done a couple of 8 hr sleeps this week, and hasn't done less than 5 for a while (Ibet I've jinxed tonight now!) so I'm feeling a bit more human.  got to get up early tomorrow though as DH is out at around 5am so I've got to get all 3 ready in the morning - best go to bed in a minute! Eddie's also being jolly for most of the day - still grumbly for a few hours in the evening, but as long as he keeps sleeping OK I don't mind too much.

Geat to see Paula Radcliffe running today - pretty impressive comeback for 1st race for 21 months!

30/09/2007 at 22:07

Hi all, good to see some familiar faces around

Sequin I use a shock absorber impact 4 bra which seems to support me enough.  I'm one of those mad people who tries on a bra and jumps up and down to see how far they go, for me (currently a 36E) it seems to work.  Not so easy to do an emergency feed when you get in though!

Smitch - I run about three times a week, once at the weekend and twice during the week.  I feed Ted and then leave pretty much immediately.  Allows me to clean up afterwards!  I'm still only running 2-3 miles so it fits in fairly well.  Ted is eleven weeks too and it seems ok.

SB - I think I've heard it all now!!!  The idea of a marathon now is enough!!!

Minks I completely relate to the whole not going to sleep thing.  What really gets me is hubby then usually snores so I get no sleep!

Friday night got worse unfortunately.  Hubby got back at 11.40, to be fair I was expecting him to start trying to get a taxi at 11.30 (it's 20 minute journey) so he did listen bless him.  BUT he'd had his wallet stolen...  We're going away tomorrow to Center Parcs for the week so it's a complete nightmare...  Thankfully I still have some money left!

I am currently loving the NHS breastfeeding lady!  We've had a sick free day!  Ted is also feeding for much longer periods so I'm guessing he must have been gulping a lot of wind.  Really hoping that it continues.  DCM thank-you so much for reminding to chase Carol up as I real feel that we could be turning a corner.  It was only small things in position but they seem to be making a BIG difference. 

Well off to pack, it's like a military operation!!!

01/10/2007 at 09:44

spent so long reading this and the preg forum that Louise just woken so a quick post to say running and breastfeeding - level 4 shock absorbers are the way to go as Janie says.  however there are two styles at least and personally I find the B109 far superior.  cannot run in the other one, too uncomfortable. 

Off to try out baby sling as going to visit friend.  Rather expect to turn up with Louise in one arm and sling in other as it looks far too complicated!  Fortunately she's only about 4 doors away!!

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