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    Hi there kiwigem and liv of course you guys can come too will be great to catch up! we are meeting at 12:30 at the lion for lunch I think it's in the entertainment book too ladies so bring it along

    Digby: hi there! I hear you on the sleep thing - my dh is camping out in the loungeroom In his swag cos he is sick of me reading till late and waking up 5 times a night I have been lucky to be able to catch up on some of the sleep by sleeping in till 10:30 ish on some days but it has been hard to settle down and go to sleep at night. I do hope that you get some sleep tonight dear xo

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    All!

    Happy Easter!

    Kiwi....yes please come to lunch! ! Will be great to see you and to hear more about your holiday! Yay for Sam walking more steps too!

    Liv....glad to see you back here and to hear that mini C is doing much much better!

    Waiting....Glad you and your car weren't hurt in that incident at ingle farm!

    Digby....sounds like you are going to have a senior baby (MIL) and a junior baby (new baby) very soon! hope she doesn't get too annoying when new baby comes! also, great choice in pram! that's the one we have! but, to be honest (and i did lots of umming and arring as to whether to write this or not) i dont feel it's the best for walking around the streets. I think the plastic wheels make it a little bit bumpy for baby. I've found that Charlie wont sleep in the pram when on walks, instead he likes to scream by the end of it. But, it's an absolute dream around the shops tho cos of the smooth surface. I really dont want to make you disappointed in your choice of pram cos it truly is an lovely pram and a great choice but i just dont find it very suitable for outside walking. I'm so sorry if you didn't want to know or hear that but i thought i'd let you know the honest truth. The baby joggers are awesome and i think maybe one with air tyres would be suited better to walking. does your SIL's pram have air tyres???
    If you end up coming on Friday then feel free to take it for a test run around the streets.

    We started charlie on rice cereal again on Friday and he is taking to it much much better this time! he opens his mouth for more and more! He hasnt' shown a dislike to it even tho it's bland which is great! maybe he might just be a bottomless pit like his mummy! Altho obviously we are only starting with tiny amounts. Now i just not sure when to start with more spoonfulls and when do you start with 2 meals and then when do you start with 3 meals? oh the joy!

    Now...off the topic of babies.....has anyone built a new house on a 550-560sqm block? I truly hate our house and can't wait to move later in the year. the question is do we buy established or do we build. I want to stay in the north east area but finding land at a reasonable price is becoming difficult. i was hoping for at least 700sqm land. ours is currently 550-560sqm and i thought to save quite a few $$ we could knock down our current house and build a nice bigger one (prob would have to be 2 story to give us a decent back yard still). I just dont know. i would love to buy established and just move straight in but then building would be a lot cheaper....but then we have to find the land big enough or maybe find a house to build of a decent size for our current land that will still give us a decent size back yard for kids to run around in! oh i just dont know! . Friends are going to build at blakeview grove (somewhere like that anyway, i think a slightly different name) but we dont want to go further north than we currently are. maybe the furthest we'd go would be gulfview heights.

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    Lisa - my friend just moved to blakeview and she has a lovely house with great backyard but i agree with you, too far north for my liking. we're at hillbank and thats as far north as we were willing to go. Only 5 mins from golden grove village so thats still my shopping centre. There is land at hillbank (niche at hillbank) which is closer to golden grove than we are, you could look there.... We looked for land around the n/e areas and it was soooo hard to find a decent sized block as most land is sub-divided and costs too much to buy 2 blocks and build. The next house we buy will be a build so happy to stay here till we do that in about 5 years, this place will be paid for in about 2 years so gives us 3 to save for the build then hopefully no mortgage for the build house(but we will be going eastern for that one, around magill). Where will you live if you demolish and rebuild? Anyways, just rambling, love the idea of a build but your right, getting something to fit in lots of kidlets on a small block is a challenge! Am i allowed to ask how many kids you hope to have and with what age gaps - if you were going again soon does it leave enough time to build?

    Hi to all - sitting on my **** today stuffing chocolate - much deserved afetr all out easter running around. Took the twins to see my nana (94) today, OMG, she loved them, wouldnt let go of ned -spent most of the morning bawling, so glad she got to see them

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    Lisa : you are so central where you live close to everything it sounds like you have a decent size block I would personally build as you will be able to build a house that suits what you want and need in it perfect solution

    Good to hear C is enjoying the farex they say to start with one table spoon and to increase it from their Mini C has two tablespoons morning noon and night as told by the dietician as what he can have is very restricted you should see how many things have milk protein in it lol it is driving me crazy and he is finally eating home made vegies with a tiny bit of rafertys in it

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    LM....I plan to stop at 2 kids! . I'd like to stay north east so basically modbury/golden grove/wynn vale/vista/greenwith/redwood park/surrey downs/fairview park/banksia park/para vista/hope valley etc. It's just such a headf*ck with everything you have to think about!
    You're going to be mortgage free in 2 years?! wow go you! did you win the lotto! ! I want us to earn what you guys must do! Sounds like you have some good plans anyway!

    Liv...yeah we are quite central which is why i want to stay north east. i just want to make sure that if we knock down and rebuild then i want enough room for kidlets to play in a decent size back yard.

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    Lisa - i wish we won the lotto. we sold a property to the govt so they could do the south rd underpass - we kicked up a big stink so they gave us a pretty big pay out to sell up - then we moved to the country where real estate is much cheaper, sold that for more than we paid, then moved in to what was our investment property, then bought here in hillbank which was pretty cheap considering. with the sale of this place and our investment property we can be mortgage free (if Dh will sell any of the houses) - we've had to make some huge changes to get mortgage free, working and saving our asses off and no o/seas travel for instance, but i HATE debt - cant wait to pay it all off! - love love love banksia/redwood pk, TTG areas - unfortunately we couldnt find anything without a steep backyard when we were looking - all of them had decks with massive drop offs - no good for backyard cricket

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    Lisa - oh it is a headf*ck the buy/build/demolish decision!!! research research research is all I can say!!!!!!!!!!! As I said to you we bought our place with the long term goal of demolishing and redeveloping, whether it be rebuilding for us or subdividing for investment we havent decided, will depend on if we stay or move from Adelaide

    Liv - Great to hear mini C is doing better poor little man. Hope youve found a solution for him and you all get a break

    LM - Great to hear you are doing well, how lovely that your Nan got to meet the twins too.

    Well unfortunately Easter hasnt been much fun here. DH is sick today, and I wont depress you all with the details but family are being family at the moment and now it looks like my dad and is partner are separating in amongst (and as a result of) everything else already happening As a result Im now have to hope and pray daycare can get A in extra days cos i start my prac next Monday and his partner was going to take A 2 days per week but thats not going to happen.... really made things tense over the weekend and it meant none of my family were at the brunch we hosted on Sunday but we still had DHs family and made it fun for A. She had her first easter egg hunt and loved it, I now have a chocoholic for a child!!!

    On the upside.... Yay how exciting getting to catch up for lunch on Fri, I cant wait!!

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    Hi there lovely ladies!

    Question for you all - what is a good portacot to get? We like the look of the baby bjorn so easy to put up and down, and lightweight for air travel (something we intend to do a bit of) but it is very expensive for something that will only last a couple of years... not sure whether to fork out the big cash for this... or for a flasho nappy bag! I have seen a gorgeous leather one i am tempted to spoil myself with!

    The nesting has gone into hyperdrive today STILL cleaning out the junk room and snagged a BARGAIN on ebay - Boori nursery robe for 285 in exc nick yee har! Now just have to get a nappy bag and a portacot and thats all the big stuff done. Junk room is nearly kinda organised (have decided to keep the gross cupboards for now we need the storage but will be checking ebay for some nice cupboards to replace them i think. DH has agreed to put SOME of the cr&p in the shed hoorah so getting there...

    Ladysnit: DH and I have been tossing up over the same issue over the past few years... if we have another child we will definately need to build on, move, or demolish and rebuild. We
    will prob just do a reno in a couple of years, as to smash down and rebuild is still about twice the cost of the reno we plan to do... Also, apparently if you buy a whole new house off the plan to build you need to add at least 100 grand to the advertised price... but then we would get just what we want... its a tricky decision!! Also to move you immediately lose about 30 grand or more on stamp duty that you could be putting into a build or a reno, which turned us off the move option. We went looking and discovered that everywhere in the area we are interested in seems to be subdivided or not quite what we want anyway... so for us it will prob be a reno when we can afford it as we like our area and have a decent size backyard near the sea and now DH has his manland shed out the back he will be very hard to drag away!)

    LM: Wow mortgage free that is amazing! I cant see that happening for us for a very long time. Good on you for doing the investment property thing very clever.

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    Sorry didnt get to finish personal on my last post, A decided enough was enough!!

    Yeah LM good work on the mortgage free!! If I sold my rental property we would be pretty close to mortgage free too but Im getting a good return on it at the moment and its maintenance free as its only a few years old so gonna hold on to it a bit longer. Its the "money up our sleeve" to do whatever whatever we decide to do in the future re-development/move wise. I have to say its a nice feeling though but as you said, worked hard no overseas trips (oh ok Ive had a couple ) but the hard work pays off eventually!

    Kiwi - hope you've had a great trip, look forward to catching up on Fri

    Digby - enjoy being spoilt by work, hope you can make it to the catch up

    MG - Hows S doing? Is he better? Poor little man. Hope little emby is doing well too

    Winzy - Sorry Im not much help on the portacot issue, we dont own one!! Im lucky both my Dad and DHs parents went out and bought one each when A was born so they can babysit so we just borrow when needed. I remember though that the one MIL bought is really nice but probably not worth the money she paid. Its one of the ones with the changetable and bassinette accessories. We never used the basinette (just had the base in the raised position when she was little though I dont think all of them have that option) and the changetable mat was useful but shes never used it actually on the portacot cos once they start pulling themselves up its probably not very safe!!! Its also got a music and night light option. Again, never used!!! (actually she didnt even know it was there till I pointed it out about a month ago ) Oh and it was b*tch to put up and down at first too so she just leaves it up a lot of the time! She has said with hindsight she would go a cheaper one. (hers is the LoveNCare Playland 3 in 1). It would be useful if camping etc I guess, but if just travelling and staying in accomodation/motels a lot of places have portacots available for a small fee so another thing to consider. Just a few thoughts! I would recommend seeing if you can put one up/pack it up in the store and check out the weight and storage bag it comes with. Some are IMPOSSIBLE to put back in the bag so its worth practicing first!!!! (ok so maybe I knew a little more than I thought... )

    Right, off to eat some Easter Eggs now the little chocaholic has gone to bed... hehehe oh man that Easter Bunny has some explaining to do, that or I need to swim a LOT of laps!!!
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    Winzy - we have an el-cheapo portacot, just a babyclub one (target brand) - it has all the features waiting just listed in her above post but we got ours on sale for about $80 - easy as to put up and take down - really i wouldnt bother splashing $ around on a portacot, JMO though of course. i was going to spend up big time on a nappy bag this time (last babies and all) - however, i picked up a leather one that i had my eye on and it was sooooooooooo freakin heavy with nothing in it, imagine the weight of it with enough junk for twins. I ended up buying a huge ryco one from target on special for about $30 and it is brilliant, even got spewed on yesterday and didnt leave a mark. Max was using a kiddies backpack from 12 months for his nappies and stuff anyways so in this house nappy bags have a fairly small window of use, so not really worth the expense.

    waiting - Brett has the next 4 weeks off still so if you need some help with lexi please let me know - we would love to have her, max especially could do with the company -and its really not a stretch to look after one more


 

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