Tangy - you'll get there, sounds like you're doing all the right things, and your running is clearly going great guns at the moment. No way I could consider a 30 mule run!
Turbo - aim for August 2nd - it's a great date to be born love the look of the tower - I can't wait to see what it looks like finished, our very own running mums grand designs! There's no way we could ever buil out own house - the decisions just on putting in one new bathroom caused enough anxiety to last a lifetime. I really should learn to just let my husband choose - he's got pretty good taste really and usually makes decent decisions! Hope you got a good sleep.
Turbo - your house looks amazing, and it must be so exciting to see it go up so fast! When do you think you'll be in it? I imagine the interior stuff must take a bit longer and I know I'd be incredibly impatient after watching the outside built so quickly! I've lost track of when your baby is due too - and whether you know yet whether you're on track for 3 boys!
My littlest 'baby' isn't saying anything yet and I think she's getting quite frustrated by it (we certainly are!). I think she's ok as she's very interactive, can follow commands (when she wants to) and can clearly hear what we're saying, but I'm pretty sure the others were at least saying a few words by this stage - she's 16 months on Monday. Maybe she just doesn't get a chance with so much going on all the time!
Tangy - your running seems to be going well, I'm impressed with your distances! You might see a difference if you gave up all booze until the race? I think it's surprising how many calories it's easy to consume through drink, and then it makes you more likely to snack. Also, maybe just ignore the calories you think you burn through exercise and focus on what you're eating - choose a calorie amount to aim for daily and stick to that, and try not to vary too much from day to day. I don't think the body works by averaging over a week, so if you have a 'bad' day I think you have to ignore it and move on, and focus on the next day getting back to 1800 calories or whatever you're aiming for. What you're doing though is clearly working, and is impressive, but you might see results a bit more quickly if you try things a bit differently?
Lovely weekend here so far, just pottering around and enjoying some time seeing friends and some time at home. I have even run twice!! I think we're going to have way too much chocolate in the house tomorrow - I've bought my husband an egg (don't normally) and I know he's bought me one, and the children have one each too, as well as some small eggs to do a hunt with, and some small hollow bunnies! Luckily the children seem to forget about it once it's out of sight so I'll put it away and we'll quietly eat it in the evenings when they're in bed - to save their teeth...obviously! Oh and I nearly forgot the enormous chocolate fish my brother sent us which some of you might have seen on fb - it's so impressive it will be hard to break into I think!
Caro - your holiday sounds lovely. Will look up your cottage as we like those sorts of breaks.
MM - all the Isla bikes have brakes, even the balance bikes. I think the huge advantage of them is that they're lightweight so much easier for children to ride. You could look at the cnoc 16 which has 16" wheels so would hopefully last her a bit longer. Good news on the running, hope it continues!
Caro - we've stuck with islabikes on the basis that they'll be able to be handed down to both the others. Isabelle got a Beinn 20 small for her 5th birthday. Depending on how tall M is you might be able to get away with the 20 large which might last a bit longer, but would possibly mean that E wouldn't be big enough for it as quickly as he would if you got the small - does that make any sense?!!
No idea RF, but a silk liner can add a couple of degrees warmth and packs up tiny, with the added advantage of being easily washable to preserve the inside of your sleeping bag! We took them when we went to Patagonia and they were great.
RF & CC - hope you both have good trips, I'm jealous!
JG - fingers crossed for your job!
Caro - I would say 9 flat miles on one of those little bikes is probably possible, but is a pretty long way on small wheels. Isabelle did 12 miles a couple of months ago, but it wasn't all in one go, and she's got the bigger geared bike with 20" wheels. 14" wheels will mean an awful lot of turning for M's poor legs! Have you got a trail gator? Might be a worthwhile investment for when E's bigger and is perfect for what you want to do. When E starts riding the bike M's on now, she'll be able to go much further so it will mean you can all ride together without worrying as much about how far E can go. We used ours loads with Isabelle and I'm sure it will be in use again soon for our E.