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    Default My 35+ PG Buddies #10

    Jfb - I know the basic principles are to give food in biggish pieces they can easily manage.
    Archie like steamed green beans.
    Other veg people do are batons of steamed carrot, potato. Bake some potato for her in wedges.
    Broccoli or cauliflower are good steamed and have little handles.
    I haven't done a heap of veg yet, silly me.
    I cook up meatballs and Archie will eat those. Zucchini slice. Little sandwiches. Today I made sandwiches with chopped up chicken and mayo. He loved them.

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    JFB basically what MG said. I steamed all the kids veggies and gave them to them cool so they picked them up and ate them. I also give fruit like very ripe pear, peeled grapes.

    MG I started grilling pork chops and lamb cutlets for Marc from around 6 months and he'd just happily chomp on the meat and hold the bone. I remember clearly on Christmas Day the first year him eating an entire pork chop and he was around 9 months. I make a little gravy so it's not too dry.

    Also grain bread is good for smearing avocado or cream cheese onto and cutting into little pieces.

    With Marc we went out a lot more and I found finger food far easier to take with us than purées.

    Strictly BLW is they eat what's on your plate and you let them choose, the idea being it's up to them what they eat. It also forces everyone else to choose healthier food as the baby has free reign to choose.

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    Default My 35+ PG Buddies #10

    Sonja - do you routinely give them a bash prior to grilling or just cook the chops "as is" when the kidlets are young?

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    As is. I've never bashed them. Being vegetarian myself I know nothing about meat so god knows what it tastes like but he hoovers them.

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    Hi All,

    Have been a sickie and slack not getting online to post. Have been feeling a little unmotivated (probably a combination of sickness and bit of depression). Anyway, I'd been watching part time jobs on SEEK for a while and one came up locally at a Private School which had very appealing hours, so I bit the bullet and applied. I went to interview and then ended up getting a call to say I had the job if I wanted. Finding child care has been a nightmare and trying to assess all the pros and cons of me working and Amberly being in care 5 days a week (only half days 7.30am to 1..30pm) has been been a real head spin. Not sure I'm making the right decision (opinions welcome ), but I think I will tell them tomorrow I will take the job. I riddled with guilt and fear putting Amberly into a family daycare environment, but hoping the school's daycare facility will eventually have a spot for me. Just think it will do me the world of good not to be focussing on IVF all the time and have something with a little bit of adult stimulation to fill my mornings and then I still have the afternoons and evenings with Amberly. Could be a good thing I think, but I guess I won't know until I try. What do you think?

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    Hi Alittle. I work 3 days a week (ruby is in child care 3 days, Hwirh MIL) and personally I love the variety. I look forward to the child free days where I can use my brain and deal with adults, and have lunch on my own etc, then I look forward to the days I am home with the kids and can plan things to do on those days ie, swimming, play centres, visits etc. it is busy, and things like housework definitely get a back seat but for me I wouldn't like to be at home 7 days a week, I find my work days are my break, and of course we need the money, but even if we didn't I think I would choose to work. I think that Ruby has really benefitted from the socialisation and structure of child are too. After a rocky start she loves it now. She's great with other kids and is the first one to approach other children and talk to them ( she never used to be like that). She also gets to do things there that I don't do at home like pasting, crafty things and painting. They also have a musical class called hey de ho come in once a week. All round I am really happy with the situation.

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    Alittle

    I share your pain. I went back to work a few months ago after being at home for 2 years and it was a really difficult decision. I only work 2 days a week and only school hours, so it doesn't really impact on Scarlett or Lucy as they are still going to preschool and school which they would do anyway. Marc however is with a nanny that day. He was greta initially but recently is showing signs that he's over it as is grumpy in the afternoons after his sleep until we all get home. It's hard to keep going knowing he's not his usual very happy self.

    5 days a week is a big change after being at home with you full time - are you able to start her gradually at childcare or would it be 5 days a week from the beginning?

    I guess as she's the same age as Marc I can only compare it to how I think he'd adapt, and I think it would take some time.

    For me, having worked on and off since having kids, I've always found that if I love the work and the working environment, it makes the whole struggle to get them settled and to put up with things not being in balance while everyone gets used to the new routine worth it. If I hate work though I resent every minute being away from them.

    The job sounds great, and opportunities in schools don't come up all the time. For me, personally, and this is just me, I couldn't stay home 7 days a week with one child - I wouldn't find it very satisfying. I also think (again this is just my opinion) only children can benefit from the right kind of childcare. Marc doesn't go and I'm hoping to start him one day a week next year as I think he needs more structure and as the youngest he bosses everyone around a lot and he needs more balance in his life.

    As you can tell, I'm not sure any decision is the "right" one. Basically it's like jumping off a cliff hoping there's a ledge to land on. You've just got to trust your instincts. Is the childcare centre nice and can they manage her allergies? do you like the staff? Do you like the rooms? Is your DH 100% onboard with you working? If A gets sick will it always fall on you to take a day off work (a lot of kids get sick when they first start). Is that ok if it is always you?

    these are the sort of questions I ask myself each time.

    Good luck

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    I wonder whether yes she can have a little while in settle in.....? Is this an option. Say starting the job part time for month etc nd building up to 5 days?

    I love working , even tho I gripe bout when I get there...bottom line is I actually do enjoy it .... I dont really like the Housewife and doing that whole thing...in fact I'm pretty dud at it.... It's just sooooooo boring...my house is abysmal, I hate housework....I like being with the kids but I do look forward to the break when h goes to daycare.....bubby will go 2 days a week when she is 12 months and one day with my dad and step mum....personally i would prefer it if we could wait til she was 18 months but need the money...anyway I think it's personal and if u can benefit form the work and enjoy it and little A can cope with the change all good...it might take her a while to get used to it but that's the case for all kids.

    anyway there was that recent research that said mums who return to work actually spend more quality time with there kids....I now that is general but I know I get crankier with h after I've had him for about 3 days in a row....

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    Fiona - It sounds pretty good for that age to me, I was told bubs don't usually start sleeping through (if they are going to) until about 6 mths, but they are all different and will do it in their own time, I know of some from 3 mths & quite alot much later. Evie started to sleep through from 16 weeks when I was still bfing her and what I mean by that is her feeds were originally 8, 11, 2 and 5 (3 hrly feeds) so I started dreamfeeding her at 10pm as a top up & she dropped the 11pm feed but it was only giving me an extra hr sleep in theory as she still woke at 2am, I kept it up for awhile then thought what was the point if it only gave us an extra hour & it was more exhausting for me bcs I was staying up until 10pm to do it, so I gave up the dreamfeed and that's when she changed on her own and her 2am feed became later & later until eventually she was waking at either 4 or 5am then progressed to 6am. The 6 am feed was normal for ages and she also would go back to sleep for just an hour, I did however use a dummy and tried to resettle her when she was waking from 4am which would stretch her out sometimes but not always, I started solids at 5 months because she was still feeding every 3 hrs through the day and then this changed to 4 hrs then this is when she stopped waking in the early hrs altogether, I introduced it slowly with baby rice first. I didn't know much about BLW and thought she was a bit young for that and she liked the purees anyway particularly pear, sweet potato and carrot. From about 6 mths I gave her toast fingers and chicken breast strips etc to suck on & other foods as the others have mentioned. Sonja mentioned some pretty good ideas, I never thought about potato wedges at that age. I think it was this stage she started sleeping until 7am but not regularly, I figured 6am was still pretty good.
    At 6 mths I also weaned to formula because my boobs became such a mess with engorgement from the missed night feeds, I had enough of that and also was starting Evie at daycare 1 day a week and I could not manage expressing, so whether that helped her sleep better I have no idea. She didn't really take to the formula that well to begin with so I was mix feeding until she lost interest in boob. I do remember at one stage she regressed to night waking again, I initially thought it was teething however I tried giving her sips of cooled boiled water and this seemed to do the trick & she went back to sleeping through again.
    All said, Evie has always been a pretty good night sleeper (day was a different story) so I count myself lucky. I tried all the SOS stuff as a guide but it didn't seem to fit in with us as I couldn't get Evie past 3 hrly feeds, once I got Evie to sleep through the night I eventually could get her into a roughly 7pm-7am sleep routine.

    Alittle - having the same dilemma at the moment with what to do about work. I only want part-time but it's difficult to organise the daycare for next year when I don't know what days I would be working if I were to find a job, I've had to just pick 2 days a week at this stage and see if I can change them if and when I find work. I'm mainly doing it to get back into the workforce as I don't think it's a good idea to be out of it for too long and also to boost my finances. I'm quite happy being a SAHM, I honestly believe I'm more busier now than when I was working fulltime! I do sometimes get a little bored so 2 or maybe 3 days a week at the most would be good for me. I'm also not sure how Evie would go even though I think it would be good for her because lately I have had to leave her with someone quite a bit and she's not liking it. I do think you are right that it would give you something else to focus on and have some normalsy going on in your life away from the stress of ivf, it's just a matter of getting your head around a new routine, once you have it organised it might not seem so stressful.

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