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23/10/2007 at 17:12

Lovely to hear about the 1st birthday parties! I'm sure it'll feel like no time before we have to start thinking about Eddie's - hopefully as he's an August baby we'll be able to have it in the garden - with my other children's birthdays are April and October, so it's impossible to plan outdoor parties - although it invariably ends up being sunny.

Thumb sucking's a tricky one, I've found - both my older 2 started thumb sucking as babies and it looks like Eddie is too - he's just started to settle himself by finding his thumb in the last day or so.  DD stopped thumb sucking of her own accord when she was 7 and is has affected her teeth ( but I think she would have had to have orthodontic work anyway due to the shape of her jaw) - we did try to get her to stop earlier but she wasn't having any of it - and it's hard to police the whole time, especially when they're in bed (she did stop sucking her thumb in the day about a year earlier).  DS1 is now 5 and we've started to suggest to him that he shouldn't suck his thumb - doesn't seem to be having much effect yet though. We did try incentive schemes with DD but it was only when she was ready that she stopped.  And her thumb has just about returned to normal now (she's 11!).

Eddie had a better night last night - just waking once at 4am so hopefully we're back on track. I feel a lot more human today as a result.

23/10/2007 at 17:48

Sorry  - meant to say hope you feel better soon DCM - sounds rotten.

sb x

23/10/2007 at 22:08

hi folks, another busy week on the forum!

Well we've been for our wee trip round the country - down to Chesterfield, over to Stoke for the day and then over to Liverpool.  Louise was an absolute star even though her feeds and sleeps were all over the place.  She smiled and giggled her way through the days and slept through the night just as normal. 

We had a bit of a mare though because on the way into Liverpool we were sitting in a queue of traffic at lights and some eejit in a white van ran in the back of us.  The damage wasn't major but it was a very loud bang!  I went mental at the chap and he was very apologetic about it, even saying he wouldn't blame me if I decked him but then Louise went and smiled at him!!  She's fine but the boot on the car wouldn't shut so it had to be picked up by green flag and is being transportered back to Edinburgh.  naturally this happened on Saturday afternoon and there wasn't a hire car co open and then on sunday I tried two companies at the airport being the only places open and they didn't have a car!!  We managed to hire one yesterday and got back 7pm last night.  Have spent today trying to swop the car but no one phones back even when they say they will.  We hired a fancy car as we needed an estate car to get back, what with me having taken the kitchen sink with us, and the only one available was a saab 95 aero.  very snazzy.  however am panicking that the chap's insurers would be within their rights to say I have hardly hired like for like so am trying to swop it for something closer to my skoda estate.   So far the accident has cost me £525 hire car (had to pay for 14 days upfront), £102 to increase my insurance cover for the saab as it's so much more stealable than a skoda, £85 new carseat for Louise....blooming nora!! 

 Anyway, enough of that.  We are going shopping tomorrow to buy Louise a present for being so fab.  When we were in Stoke they had an old bouncing tigger that they had had for their grandsons and she just adored it so I think something Tigger is in order. 

Went to spinning last tuesday and this and I forgot how much I adore it.  You feel properly knackered afterwards.  Got some training tomorrow too.  All the weight chat is sort of depressing yet reassuring cos I am seriously stuck at 10st5 ish.  Can't stop eating crap either which doesn't help.    Plus that's my weight in the morning, post feed, pre brekky and after a pee!!

Hope this all fits or I'll cry.  Away to dry my hair now and have a cup of options hot choccy to stop me eating again. 

MR I'll be in touch re meeting up.  Glad you seem to be getting Megan settled a bit now, such a relief to know what was wrong. 

23/10/2007 at 22:11
I forgot the outrageous thing about the accident - on Monday I got a call on my mobile to ask if I had suffered any personal injury and could they help me claim???  (a) there was no inury and (b) how the hell did they get my mobile number, I didn't give it to anyone except my insurance co and I have legal expenses insurance so they shouldn't be handing it on cos they'd be doing my claim if there was one.  In fact they will be doing my claim for uninsured losses.  If they did hand it on though I am seriously peeved and am sure it is a major breach of the date protection act. 
24/10/2007 at 09:08

oh EF.  that sounds horrendous.  so glad no one was injured but what a right nightmare for you all.  i hope it's sorted soon but it really isn't the sort of hassle you need.  i don't think they can really quibble about the car you hired to be honest, as you didn't have any options and you needed an estate.

hope you find a lovely tigger for louise.  jacob was a fan of tigger as a wee baby but has lost interest now! upsydaisy (from the night garden on cbeebies) is his favourite.  he tried to steal one off a little girl at the park on saturday.  i would buy him one but my husband won't let him have a doll.  how cruel is that?!

JT - i know what you mean about cafe junior.  i'd be up for creating one with you in newport!  my dream is to own a coffee shop (don't know why!), and now that i have a little one, a coffee shop where tinies can play appeals so much!  cafe junior is great but i think the drinks and food are a bit overpriced for what they are, given that you have to pay to get in in the first place. mind you, quality is much better than eeeezzzeeeeeplay. talking of which, i plan to join you on monday pm.  won't get there for 2 because jacob still sleeps after lunch, but should be there by 2.30-ish.  jacob will be the little blond chap running around shrieking and waving his arms in the air going 'yeahyeahyeahyeahyeah'! i'll be the one going 'oi, monkey, come here.  i need to take your shoes off first'.

how was last night?  hopefully you got a bit more sleep!

still not much improvement in the virus.  mouth ulcers and cold sores have now gone but throat is still lumpy and sore (but not tonsillitis sore, so i don't think it's that).  i think it's the glands which are swollen so when i swallow sometimes it's really painful.  i did a short walk yesterday just to get some air.  think i will do the same again today.  husband is now on 2nd week of no training due to virus (this is unheard of - even when he tore knee cartlidge he was still training!); i'm on 3rd...

24/10/2007 at 16:43

Wow - MM and Mrs O, can't believe your little ones have celebrated their first birthdays!  MM, very brave to have such a big party!  Sounds as though it went really well.

Kit's a February baby so outdoor parties are - unfortunately! - not going to be an option.  I have hideous visions of marauding 4-year-old boys tearing around our house, high on sugar overload, wrecking the place!  Will have to think of places to hold birthday parties I think!  Am also dreading the whole party thing once he reaches school age and it all gets horribly competitive: apparently these days every child is expected to invite the whole class; hope that's not really true!

EF, what an absolute nightmare.  Not what you need.  Having recently been through the whole prang experience it's a major pain in the neck.  Our accident was very minor, and was entirely hubby's fault - but I was horrified to discover when we got the mechanic's assessment that it has cost over £4,000 of repairs including parts, labour and VAT.  There were a couple of dodgy days during which the assessors debated whether or not to write the car off, but fortunately its low mileage placed its value at higher than the market value for that make and model so the repair was agreed.  Finally got it back last week after 4 weeks without it.  In the interim the insurance company arranged for a courtesy car but it was a 3-door Nissan Micra - very awkward with a car seat!

Sorry to hear you're still below par, DCM.  It really does seem to be lingering.  Not sure what to suggest really - probably another course of antibiotics wouldn't be a good idea.

I think I'm probably still a few pounds heavier than pre-pregnancy, although don't own any scales so can't confirm this.  If I am, it looks as though it's here to stay but was very tiny before so  can probably get away with it.  It only seems to be my waist that's slightly bigger which is no bad thing as all my trousers used to fall down!

25/10/2007 at 09:44

JT - yes, i did think about it being half term as well.  oh well - we'll just have to hope it's a nice day and all the big kids are taken to the park instead! we went on sunday afternoon and there was hardly anyone there because it was a nice day.

lol at hubby putting ted's nappy on wrong.  we have such a battle getting j's nappy on after his bath now.  he's in reusables during the day, but i always put a pampers baby-dry on him overnight.  he wees so much overnight it's ridiculous - and i am sure he'd wake up wet through in a reusable.  but he hates getting out of the bath and screams / rolls / goes rigid etc when you try to dress him, so his nappy usually ends up being a bit of a thong effort! i'm thinking of trying some pull-ups for overnight because at least that way he doesn't need to be laid on his back for his nappy to be put on.  he HATES being on his back so much!

i'm working from home this week (hurrah!) and have got guys in replacing soffits / fascias / gutterings on our house.  we're in a dormer bungalow with a single story extension and great big eaves, so have 130m of fascias (most houses have around 15 apparently!), so it's a 3 man job for a week!  they are great guys but yesterday i made 36 cups of tea and coffee!!! today isn't looking like it's going to be any different...

25/10/2007 at 09:54
JT - are you running with a running club?  if so, which one is it? i went out once or twice with the lliswerry runners (wrong side of town for you i guess).  they aren't particularly fast (in fact, i was the fastest woman and i am NOT fast!), but they were friendly.  i think they run on a weds night from the tennis centre at spytty.
25/10/2007 at 22:52
just a quick post...
Its good to se the old group!

Does anyone look back at the pregnant runners and think... if only I was there... again?
Or have I lost the plot?

Also, as a reminder, did anyone else have pethidine, and if so, do they have a numb leg...?
or it could be any other injection given...

Finally, have been suffereing from a really bad back... along the bra strap region. Can't bend over, lift up etc... and wondered if this was due to the baby, or going runninf too soon.

If anyone has any suggestions/advice, I would be very appreciative.

thank you
26/10/2007 at 09:59

We have the same battle, trying to bath two of them and get them both nappied and dressed for bed is a nightmare. Its like trying to dress an octopus!! And they crawl everywhere causing chaos, I hate doing the bath by myself!

My two wear their washables over night with a booster, but J has often leaked. We have tried a pampers overnight but that was worse not sure which one, and tesco superdry is sometimes OK but does leak, so we've stuck with the washables. He was dry last night. Like Jacob a big wetter I think. H is never wet in the morning.

Not wanting to be back there yet Mitts, and maybe never will be as better half doesn't want anymore so he says just now. Although I would like a little girl. I had an epidural so had a sore back for about a week, but only pains I had in my leg was from steroid injections, but that passed pretty quick. I started running at 4 weeks after a natural twin delivery, but walked a lot before that.

26/10/2007 at 11:35

Has anyone else's baby started refusing a bottle at about 8 months?  Kit turns 8 months tomorrow (can't believe it!) and over the past week has suddenly started to completely refuse his bottle after about 5oz.  Previously he was having 7-8oz per bottle - he now has three bottles per day.  I could maybe understand him cutting down on the mid-afternoon one since he has a decent amount of solids for his lunch, but this morning he wouldn't take more than 5oz from his bottle, which is the only one that (until today) he's been having OK.  Once he's made his mind up that he's not having any more, there is absolutely nothing we can do about it!  I know at this stage that they're supposed to have about 18-20oz a day, which he's probably getting inclusive of milk in his cereal, baby rice and in cheese sauces etc, but am finding it quite distressing/frustrating and also worrying about what I'll do if he cuts down any more.  Also surprised he wasn't starving this morning as he only took 5oz from his bedtime bottle last night, so thought he'd have a good feed this morning.

He's cut 4 teeth in the last couple of weeks but I'd have thought that once they're through the gums they shouldn't be giving him any pain?  He's eating his solids fine - loving them, actually! - so should I be concerned?  Do they naturally want to cut down their milk at around this age?  He is perfectly happy in himself and still sleeping well - am just worried that if he cuts down too much on his milk he'll start waking again in the night.  Plus obviously concerned that he's getting enough nutrients etc. - maybe I should swap to the follow-on milk which is richer in iron and vitamins?  (Still using Aptamil First at the moment).

26/10/2007 at 13:46

Another milk question... I have been using expressed milk for James' cereal and suddenly I can not express (having previously expressed for a bottle feed as well as for breakfast).  Now there is not enough for a cornflake never mind a bowl of them.  Have not used cows milk or formula due to hubbie and I having dairy allergy/intolerance and am waiting until he is a year.  He does have soya yoghurts - can I give him soya milk (yuk!) on his breakfast or any ideas why I can no longer express.  He is still having 2-3 feeds a day, so I am still producing milk.  James was 11 months on Wed.

Mitts - I would love to have another but Mr PA is happy with just one (although we have saved everything.........) and there is no way I would want to be pregnant whilst still breastfeeding James.  Guess he will stop the feeding completely soon into the new year.  Have to confess I occasionally have looked back at the other site, but there are no names I recognise really now

26/10/2007 at 15:06

Sorry, just lurking from the pregnant runners forum to catch any tips from all you experienced mums, and caught Mitts question about the numb leg.

Mitts - It sounds as if they gave the pethidine injection into the muscle, and this can sometimes cause an area of numbness around the area where the injection was given.  It's probably caused by a bit of local irritation to the nerve, and may gradually get better, but you may be left with a little numb patch.  Since this is on your thigh it probably won't cause any problems, but just make sure you don't get any cuts or do any damage to that area without noticing!  Hope that's some help!

26/10/2007 at 17:02

Minks, babes do cut down naturally. I also find it really goes in waves which coincide with growth spurts I think. My two roughly have 4-6 oz first thing, plus milk on cereal. Then they have 2-5oz in the afternoon, and 5-7oz before bed. Harry is the lower amounts. I give them lots of cheese and yoghurt. One mum told me that a fromage frais is times three to equal milk, so 50g pot = 150ml milk. Don't worry, am sure he is doing fine. Give him lots of cheesey pasta sauces, chunks of cheese to nibble, yoghurts etc. He'll be fine.

No idea about soya milk PA. My two are refusing cows milk, so have had to mix it this week, now down to 3/4 cows milk, 1/4 formula so getting there. Otherwise its all go, they can have everything which is great. They really do have what we have for dinner, I just chop it up with scissors. Well we eat what they are going have to be more honest. Although they have had a mild thai curry now, and lots of pasta with garlic, herbs and tiny amounts of chilli.

26/10/2007 at 18:43

All fine here - Megan is loving being a bottle-fed baby and has taken to formula like a duck to water. I did have a low couple of days earlier in the week with guilt about stopping breastfeeding, and was investigating relactating, but am glad didn't actually do it as Megan just seems so settled now. Although there is no evidence to suggest this is down to formula, it very well may just be down to both her and us beginning to find our feet somewhat - but if I had relactated I think it would have been quite stressful for us all so am glad I didn't!

Have had a mad couple of days with decorators in doing the nursery and our hall. My mum came up to stay a couple of nights and lend a hand and the star that she is, she got up to do Megan's 1am and 5am feeds both nights she was here to let hubby and I get some sleep (my mum is an ex-midwife and recently retired staff nurse so had no qualms about this at all). However, the more sleep you have the more tired you feel I think! But still, it was nice to know that somebody else was looking after Megan's needs during the night.

So this weekend will see us finally sorting out the nursery, building the cot, etc - all of which should have been done before Megan was born, but well...

Mitts, JT - funny to hear you talk about a 2nd baby. Not something I'm sure I want at all, although everyone assures me I will. It scares the beejesus out of me that I'm responsible for one small person, never mind a second so not sure we'll be back for No. 2 if our nerves continue to get the better of us. But I'm 34, so I guess if we do want another we shouldn't hang about

Hope everyone is well, have a nice weekend all

27/10/2007 at 19:05

Another question - apologies regarding the topic before I start!

Previously I have noticed something like small sugar crystals on James' skin as I change his nappy.  It was usually after he was in a disposible after a night without being changed.  this morning it was quite a lot and now this evening (in a disposible again) my husband has commented on it (not having worn the nappy for that long).  has anyone else found this?  Is it the nappy or is it him? 

27/10/2007 at 20:32

Hello everyone, hope we're all well! Hope you're feeling a bit brighter soon DCM. I suffered with tonsilitis a lot as a teenager and evetually had them removed. Use it as an excuse to eat lots of ice-cream (as if one is needed!)!

Mitts - would echo what Vixo said about the pethidine. I had a similar problem when I had a shot of morphine last year (in the bottom!). For ages afterwards I had a sore rear end whenever I ran - very irritating. But it did go away after about 2 months, I think.

MR - glad it's working out with the formula. I'm doing mixed feeding, as I just didn't have the milk to keep up with my huge boy! I give him whatever I have and then top him up with formula. I did feel bad about it for a while (made to feel guilty by breastfeeding police...), until I realised how much happier we both were! I don't know about you, but I love the freedom and convenience that formula gives you. If I know I'm going out (or going somewhere I don't want to breastfeed - i.e. FIL's house!), then I take formula with me.

PA - not sure about this one, but I seem to remember a midwife in an antenatal class saying something about it being the uric acid in the pee reacting with something in the nappy?? Think it's harmless though.

 Right, off to watch X-Factor results - how sad am I???

28/10/2007 at 20:54

Oh, forgot to say yesterday that I laughed very loudly when reading your post about weighing yourself, EF. I do exactly the same!!! But this morning it didn't seem to make any difference, as I have gained half a pound this week.  Never mind, I'm sure I'll lose some next week! I have a theory that I have gained a bit due to starting running again (have done 11 miles this week, hooray!), as I have been trying really hard with my food. Have got 11lbs to lose to get to pre-preg weight, but I always lose weight REALLY slowly, so I'm thinking it'll probably be well after Xmas when I'm back to that.

Also forgot to say glad the foot is feeling better, JT!

29/10/2007 at 08:29

Hello Mums

Just said goodbye to my big ones who are off to school (phew!). Baby number three due in two weeks. Can't wait!

Hope you and your families all had a good weekend/half term.

A quick question that I hope a few of you could help with - is a TENS machine worth hiring/buying do you think? It is six years since my daughter was born and I can't remember that far back!! Don't want to spend the extra money if it isn't worth it and yet any relief from the pain whilst at home is surely not to be turned away...I know it depend very much on the kind of labour I have/baby's position etc but hope a few of you might clarify things for me. I need to get a move on if I want to hire one.

Many thanks. Happy Runningx


29/10/2007 at 10:25

Sequin, I used a TENS machine and definitely found it worthwhile.  I just hired mine from Mama Tens (I think - ordered it online).  I didn't actually use any other pain relief at all except the TENS and was doing fine on it until they discovered Kit was breech and whisked me off to theatre.  Not sure I'd have managed the entire labour on it if I'd had a natural birth but got to 5cm without even having it up very high.  It's a weird sensation: not sure it exactly relieves the pain, but for me it was more about having a distraction each time I had a contraction.

MM, thanks for giving me the amounts of milk your two have.  Think Kit's probably fine - he usually has 6-7oz first thing, then about 5oz mid-afternoon and about 6oz before bed.  Not to mention all the extra he has on cereal, in baby rice and the cheesy sauces, fromage frais etc.  That was reassuring to read - thank you.

He's had a cold over the weekend but has been generally OK with it, just a bit grizzly the day it started.  Hubby and I went out for dinner for our 3rd wedding anniversary on Saturday - it was such a treat to have an evening out together.  My mum babysat for us.  So great having her so nearby; not sure what we'd do otherwise!

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