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    Welcome back, Fish! Sorry to hear you all were sick while away though. And the trip home...poor DD and poor you! That's so cool that DS is fluent in the second language! Our daycare lady was teaching Koby some mandarin -which I was really happy about. I hope she continues it.

    I'm struggling to get the motivation to train enough, but still aiming for Mooloolaba. Still fighting with intermittent fatigue, but next appt with the specialist is next week so hopefully he'll have some solutions.

    DS2 is just being an independent toddler, I guess. But he's been so calm and easy going until now, that it's come as a bit of a shock. The 'no's', the tantrums, the not listening... normal toddler behaviour, just not fun for mummy!

    DS1 has been accepted to both schools, though is still on the waiting list for the cricket program. He's undecided. The private school is close to us, excellent academically but not so strong sports wise. The school with the cricket academy is quite a distance (but there are other kids from our area going so car-pooling is a possibility), it does have an academic extension program so I guess academically they'd have to be ok, and sportwise, their program is excellent. DS1 should have got in through the tryouts but he gets so nervous, he messed up a bit. Luckily they saw his stats from two cricket seasons and put him in first place on the wait list, then asked us to enrol him anyway because they think a place will come up if not before the end of the year, then first term next year. The idea being if he's already there, there's no interruption to his education when he starts the cricket program. We'll leave it to him to decide what he wants to do.

    Where is everyone???

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    Lil, that's harsh with DS2. It really wears you down when they get rebellious. We've had a particularly wearing today, and I'm just so exhausted!

    I have to tell a bad story, it's just doing my head in. The kids which Nick plays with every afternoon, the ones I've had a whinge about before because they're a different socio-economic bracket to us, well one of the 5 y/o twins had to go to hospital to get 4 teeth pulled as she refuses to let the dentist touch them. She came out of the aneasthetic, and her mum found out it wasn't 4 that they'd pulled. it was 16!! she has 5 teeth left in her mouth. She already has severe speech delay. For one I can't believe anyone can let their kids teeth get so bad (although apparently her asthma has something to contribute? Maybe the drugs or something?) But it more does my head in that the mother didn't know prior that they were going to take all her teeth out, and that a professional could do that to a kid. She'll have a couple of years with no teeth now. What will that do to a kid with learning difficulties, already shy, and now she look decidedly unusual. It just does my head in badly.

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    Hey Fish, that's so sad about that little girl. I have a hard time understanding how parents can be so uninformed as to let teeth get that bad, too. Perhaps her medication does make it harder but I know a few kids who are asthmatic, and they still have teeth! The doctors should have informed the mother before but perhaps they just didn't know before how bad they were. The poor little thing is definitely going to have issues with her speach development now.

    DH finished his 100km run. A little bit longer than he'd hoped but I think finishing it was a monumental effort in itself. He has some impressive blisters, but other than that he's back to work today and feeling no more than a little stiff. The woman who finished first surprised me - usually female ultra runners are super slim, almost too thin. This woman didn't appear to be much slimmer than me, in fact she had a very similar build to me - in other words, she didn't look like an ultra runner at all! But she finished it in a sensational time. DH was telling me that her discipline was incredible - her watch was set to beep every 20 minutes, then 3, then 20 and so on. So she'd run 20 minutes, walk 3, run 20. He ran with her for a while and said her run pace was slower than his, as was her walk, but her discipline to stick to her 20/3/20 rule made her faster overall. Gives me a bit of hope that one day I could run one of the bigger events. It's also given DH some thoughts on a different approach. We've learnt, too, that he trains about 50% of what the others do (time constraints) so I think for him to still be able to do what they do, albeit a little slower, is just amazing.

    DS2 has another cold / ear thingy. Number 2 for the winter but I guess that's better than this time last year. Being out in the cold over the weekend didn't help. Off to the dr today to make sure it's not an ear infection / chest.

    Jules - lovely photos of DS2. Just beautiful. How is it all going?

    Deb - how much longer do you have to go? Can't be long now...?

    Shelle - how's the new pad? Has Sach settled in ok? Did you find the culprit?

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    Hi Ladies

    I'm sorry I've been so slack in posting. Nice of you all to think of me. All is going well. Feel like I'm finally starting to settle down again after a crazy few weeks of adjusting to life with two. Harry is doing well. Has a bit of reflux but no where near as bad as Blake was so that is a huge relief. He's such a cuddly little thing - just love it!! Had to go into hospital on Friday at short notice as I found out I had some retained placenta. So had to have a quiet weekend recovering.

    Sam - how's the photography going? Sorry to hear about DS2 not being well again. We've had a few this year already. I'm getting over another cold again and am on antibiotics! The joys huh?

    Fish - that is just awful. That poor little girl. So unfair.

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    ARgh I feel like it's been a long time since we've been on top of things here!!! Last night was better, which means there were a couple of 2 hour sleeps... I hate sleep deprivation. grr! This weekend I think we're going to have it out and hopefully teach her to sleep again.

    Jules so good to hear from you, and to hear that you're coping. It's nice when the second one is easier than the first I think. Sorry to hear about the placenta. I had something similar (although they never decided if it was retained placenta or infection or both), and found it very traumatic.

    Lil, That's great that DH did so well and gained some tips into the bargain. Do you think you'll every try a run like that? I don't think I could bear the long term effects myself. 10km is my maximum. Was my maximum. 10m is closer these days . Poor DS2. is it bad enough to consider grommits? Is that why he was being difficult the other day do you think?

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    Hi Jules - good to hear from you. It must be so different with two little ones. My older two are almost 4 years apart so I've never had to contend with what you're all doing. I take my hats off to you all! Photography is going ok. I'm loving the tafe course, learning so much. I had hoped to get some good photos on the weekend, but being a support crew/DS2/dog took up all my energy and only got a few snaps.

    Fish - I hear you on the sleep deprivation! I hope you get it sorted quickly so you can get some rest. Yes, I'd like to think I could go that sort of distance one day, but one step at a time I guess. I need to reach 10km first, then the olympic distance tri, then look at a half marathon, then a full marathon etc. I do prefer the idea of trails rather than road, even though there are more hills.

    No one has mentioned grommets for DS2 yet but the dr said yesterday he had very small ear canals and they were an unusual shape which is causing the issues. Hopefully as he grows that will get better. No infection this time, just a normal icky cold.

    I got my bone density results last night - I already have low bone density, which is called osteopenia. So...i have no choice but to go down the HRT road, fortunately this doctor does bio-identical HRT which has less risks. I am looking forward to some relief of the other symptoms, too. I'll need increase calcitrate plus more weight sessions at the gym. If I needed more motivation to exercise, this is it I guess.

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    Hi Lil, how are you feeling about the low bone density results? I think I would be quite scared. That's great that you have found professionals that seem to know the right kind of stuff though. I hope DS2 does grow out of it. How is his eczema these days?

    Well I got an email from my brother last night. he'd asked me what to get Nick for his birthday, I'd told him (amongst a plethora of other suggestions) that we bought him a little stove and pots set, so something that goes with that would be lovely. So guess what my super interlecually intelligent brother bought... a stove and pots set... so much cooler than the one we bought too. so now I have a very nice quality stove and pots set which cost more than what you'd give to a friends kids for their birthday, and no idea what to do with it! On the upside DD only had 1 feed last night at 4:30 Although I had to stay up with her from 1 to 3 to manage that. I'll put the electric blanket on the bed tonight so it's not so damn cold when I get back to bed this time.

    All's very quiet on the Deb side of the internet... I hope it's all going ok!!!

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    Hi Fish, thanks for asking. I'm not so much scared as angry, TBH. This is reversible, with supplements, exercise and HRT. I'm just p%ssed that I have to deal with any of this. I heard a saying the other day along the lines of "if I'm over the hill, why didn't I notice when I was on the top?". That's kinda how I feel. I've been battling weight and fatigue issues for ten years. I'm finally getting somewhere with my fitness and this happens. To a certain extent it's why I've been battling with weight and fatigue but still - I've been looking forward to feeling and looking my best but apparently that is in the past. Feeling a bit ripped off, health wise. No point dwelling on it though, I'm the only who can do anything about it..so off to the gym I go.

    That's great about DD, I hope you find that it'll take much less time to settle her tonight. That's how it went with DS2. His excema is pretty much non-existent these days, though if he gets hot he scratches in his sleep so I must remember to keep up the moisturiser. at your brother! That is such a male thing to do! Frustrating though! Could you put one of them on ebay, or return it?

    Yep, Deb sure is being quiet. I hope all is ok. How long does she have to go?

    ETA: I just checked Deb's fb page- only 3 weeks to go, so the new one must be due very close to DS2's b'day. How exciting, not long now!!
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    hello hello hello

    yes i'm still here. just busy doing the usual.
    my sister has inconveniently decided to move back to nz next weekend so i've had to organise people to look after isaac when i go into labour. my mum arrives on the 2nd and jess is due on the 1st so hopefully she stays in there. it would be much easier on isaac staying with nan, since he is so scared of other kids. i don't really want to pass him over to anyone else because i feel bad putting such a demanding child on someone else that has children already. although he'd probably be a little angel without his mum.

    so...we'll have a few weeks of grandparents and then no support until christmas. not looking forward to it but she can't be as bad as isaac right?!! we are hopefully moving back to nz ourselves in dec/jan but still unresolved with DH's work. will be good when we are all sorted and we have a date to work towards.

    i had an extra ultrasound today because i'm measuring 33 weeks but i'm 37 weeks. i was actually secretly excited about having a small baby but alas she is just turned sideways. i could feel her out both sides which is why my uterus was measuring small but the doctor wanted to check anyway and we were happy to have another scan.

    Fish, hope you have a good night tonight. i can't seem to sleep for longer than an hour in a row. between isaac, 2 cats and a new baby i'll be a mess in a month! i'm with lilium, you should put one pot set on ebay.

    jules, great to hear you are surviving with two! bummer about the placenta. luckily all good now. hows the feeding going? hopefully jess is more settled than isaac. i think a lot of his problem was my huge milk supply but i had no idea what was normal. the poor boy was gulping it all down and then vomiting it all up again. i'll be more on to it this time.

    lilium, sorry you have to go through all this health stuff. sometimes it takes so long to find the problem...and then the solution. glad to hear you're enjoying your photography. your photos look great on FB. isaac is into "no" as well. he says "how about soon?". at least he's still talking to you...my sisters 3.5 year old completely ignores you, very selective hearing and so much more frustrating than a straight out no!

    think that's about enough rambling for tonight!
    have a good long weekend.

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    Hi Ladies

    Deb - great to hear from you. Moving back to NZ? It will be great for you to have family around to support you with having two. I don't know how I'd cope with my Mum here. Although tonight she came over to help me put the kids to bed as DH is working, and Blake had been at childcare today so was very tired, and got a bit over tired and excited with Grandma here, so was even harder to put to bed than Harry. After she left Blake kept whinging and getting up, and then waking Harry, so I spent another half an hour running up the stairs getting dummies and running from one room to the other. I hope it's over now. If only I could have a strong drink!! I sure feel like I need it. I seem to have an over supply aswell, and we found that Harry was getting a bit of lactose overload as a result (google it - causes bum explosions and bright green poo). So we ended up just feeding him from one breast per ever three to four hours (that's what the ABA suggest) and also if you try and lean back when you are feeding they don't have to gulp so much, which causes wind and vomiting as you mentioned. I've also got Harry into a bit of a feeding routine now that he's seven weeks (started today) and it seems to help spacing his feeds out a bit and just make sure he has as much sleep as possible between feeds. I think I often used to mistaken overtiredness for hunger. Anyway, I'm rambling.

    Lil - I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues!! I hope you get on top of it all soon.

    Fish - yeah perhaps ebay the extra set. What a pain. I remember when we were weaning Blake off night feeds that it only took two or three nights - hang in there! It's worth persisting. Good luck. I can't believe Nick is going to be 3!!


 

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