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Hi there, I have recently moved to Belconnen and have a little girl who is 3 months old. I am interested in chatting (if that is the appropriate terminology for threads) with other mothers in the Canberra and Northside areas.
Welcome to Belconnen!!!
I'm a SAHM to 2 boys (2 yo and 10 week old) also in the Belc area. It's been really quiet in here, but would be nice to get chat happening. :celebrate:
Why the move - change of scenery or job?
Hi Mamacub, thanks for the response, I agree it's great to have a busy online forum. I have been living in Canberra for a couple of years now (I am originally from Melbourne), but I was living o/seas in Norway for a large part of last year. I am currently a SAHM with a 3 month old girl called Sophie, a very attention seeking cat and my partner and slowly adapting to motherhood. Would love to chat anytime. :)
I'm mum to a 4 week old boy and live in the gungahlin area. Am on maternity leave for the next year and happy to chat.
Cuddles3 - Wow Norway - that sounds interesting! It is a bit of an adjustment to Motherhood first time around! Is that Sophie in your profile pic? She's beautiful. Congrats! (A bit belated I know)
kschoey - congrats on your little boy! How are you settling into life with a baby?
Anyone want to share what they did before motherhood? I worked in Politics until I had DS1 2 years ago but have not yet returned to work. I plan to go back to work part time when DS2 is 12 months - probably won't go back to APH as hours are too long and I don't want to travel and be away from my boys!
Well, I'm off to Belco mall to buy a toilet seat as we have started TT'ing DS1 :heywhat:
Hi Mamacub and welcome kschoey.
In response to the picture it isn't Sophie, but I think I will change it - I joined bubhub a few weeks before she was born and just downloaded something I thought was appropriate, I am still learning the forum etiquette. Your job sounds very interesting, I completed a Politics degree years ago but went into teaching (bit of a mistake in hindsight). I am really interested in studying Deliberative Democracy at ANU, but time constraints and energy levels always seem to get in the way. I went to Norway with my husband, as he was working on a project there, it is a very cold and at times introspective place, not unlike Canberra - funnily enough.
And kschoey....apologies for talking about myself, how are you finding life with a 4 month old?
Thanks mamacub and cuddles3. Must say I'm loving being a mum and it's made easier because Liam has been quite a good boy. We had some problems ttc and feel so blessed to finally be parents!
Pre motherhood I was a public servant working for DEEWR. I've been in the service for 14yrs now in various roles - its what brought me to cbr. Am glad I'm not at work currently with the leadership scuffle plus they're offering redundancies. I certainly don't miss work!
Anyone planning on heading to the show? We went today and I'm exhausted! My parents are visiting from Perth so we thought we'd check it out. They had an awesome breast feeding association area. Was a little oasis with chg tables, toys, comfy couch for feeding, free water and a massive fan to cool you down.
Hi ladies, I am a mom of an almost two year old girl, and an almost three year old boy.
We are moving to Forde this Saturday due to hubbies work and I would love to chat or meet up with some Moms.
I am currently a SAHM having resigned form my role as a pharmaceutical rep due to the move. I am hoping to "start afresh" in Canberra and maybe look at studying something (not sure what) at ANU. I am originally from Canada.
Does anyone know of any playgroups in the North area?
The show sounds great! We'll have to check it out.
How has everyone been? DH has been home sick from work for going on a week now and is driving me batty! :freakingout: Love the man to the end of the earth, but I find everyday errands/stuff (swimming lessons, grocery shopping, playgroup etc) I do during the week easier on my own :)
Speaking of playgroups - Maplewattle - I just joined one 3 weeks ago and I'm pretty happy with it, but it may be a little far away (in Kippax). If you want details pm me. People that run it are good, the Mums are friendly and non-judgey and the kids are pretty well behaved (as well behaved as kids are) :D
My DH has been working in Canberra and the kids and I are still up here. It gives me a whole new respect for single parents!!
Congrats cuddles3 and kschoey on your new little ones. It's so exciting (and so crazy) all at the same! I remember the early months as a bit hazy, trying to cope with sleep deprivation!
How is TT going mamacub? I think we may end up doing DS and DD at the same time due to "hecticness" in moving etc.
Hi Canberra mums :)
I'm not new to Canberra, I've been here all my life, but I feel new as all my friends have up and left :(:(:( So I'd love to meet up- I am a south sider, but happy to travel :)
Maplewattle - TT is in the beginning stages right now - I'm sitting him on the toilet when he wakes up, before lunch, before afternoon nap, before dinner and before bed also whenever he asks to go. Nothing has happened yet, but I'm hoping we get lucky and fluke a wee while he's on the loo - I think once that happens it may start clicking. We haven't progressed to undies yet. I feel a little lost with the TT'ing - don't really know where it go next or when to do it, I'm just kind of going with the flow and taking cues from DS1! If anyone has any advice/tips I'm all ears! :) He's only just turned 2 in January so we are not stressed that he's not TT'ed. We started trying to TT last year when he started showing signs of being ready, but then there was all the drama surrounding DS2's birth so we didn't push it as his world was turned upside down.
Hi Lachysmama - I have a Lachlan as well! A catch up sounds good, I think there is a mix of North & South siders here - does anyone have any suggestions about a central meeting place that is kid friendly?
Hi there sorry I haven't replied for a while my internet and phone connection have been down for the past 2 weeks due to flooded lines in our street.
Welcome to Lachysmama and Maplewattle. :)
Also welcome to Canberra Maplewattle, it must seem like a big change from Canada.
Mamacub hope you are recovering from your husband being home sick. My husband is working from home at the moment and it does do your head in sometimes putting up with their little quirks. Then again I probably drive him around the bend as well .... so its a bit like pass the parcel.
Hello again to kschoey, the Canberra show sounded interesting, I didn't make it this year but will definitely try to go next year when Sophie is a little bigger.
Sophie is teething at the moment and fairly fractious so I am not getting much sleep. Just waiting for the tooth to come through and hoping for a quiet period - this is probably wishful thinking on my part.
I would also be happy to meet up with other mums as I am fairly housebound and don't know that many people in Canberra either. In relation to a central meeting place for north and southsiders, there is a really nice cafe in Phillip called the Chocolate Olive (funny name I know) which is very friendly and has nice food and coffee, otherwise there is Tilleys in Lyneham.
Welcome. Congratulations on your new son. I have a DD who is 4 months+ and one fur child as well - a naughty cat. I am also a teacher (although I have been working in other areas for a few years) I am thinking about returning later this year or next year depending on how long the registration process takes.
I am still interested in meeting up with other mums for a coffee if people are interested (see earlier thread).
I've recently moved to Canberra and begun life as a stay at home mum, having resigned from 11 years in the public service. I have a 10 month old daughter. I am British but have spent the last 3 years in India for work, so finding Canberra pretty quiet! I only know a couple of people so would love to get out and meet some more.
Did the mums on this thread ever meet up? If not would anyone like to, we can arrange a coffee, walk or playcentre??
I would be happy to catch up for a coffee. I haven't tried any of the play groups yet, but a meeting at a play group or paint and play could also be another option, I am happy to meet north or southside.
Cheers Mandy :)
That's great, would love to catch up! I've recently started going to a playgroup in AInslie which is really nice, if that's any good for you. Also happy to meet you for coffee somewhere first, and anyone else out there who fancies getting out the house...
Why don't you email me and we'll arrange something: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to hearing from you
Where is the group in kippax as I live in holt & u have a 9 week old baby girl..what kind if things do ye do
Sorry I meant I have a 9week old girl.
Has anyone started to meet up yet?im living in canberra a year now due to my partners work situation. only know a few people but would be keen to meet other mamas :)
Hi Tappyboo - will pm you with the details. :wave:
Thank you 😄
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