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    It looks like i am behind on posts. Good to hear all went well with scan and MS is settling down with hydration @Minib! Regarding the new CC rebate, even if it drops down below 50%, there is no cap, isn't that getting more back in the long run? i mean it would benefit people who work more than half time a week. Like mine ran out a month ago and it is all OOP now. $7500 doesn't go very far. I havent checked which percentage i fall onto for the rebate just yet.
    @Gelati and @Minib: we had child health nurse appt today. DH and I had a bit disagreement on DS language development. Well, DS is still not speaking as many words as he should be. DH isn't concerned. To be honest, i find it quite frustrating with DS for not using his words. He understands a LOT what we say but he just hasn't spoken much. Not even mom or mama if he wants me. Same to DH. He just whines and fusses to draw our attention or gesture for what he wants. Most of the time, we have to ask him if he wants this or that. He just nods for yes or shakes his head for no. Always a guessing game.

    As for giving puree food, we still do it every so often. Homemade is usually mashed. Pouch food on the go is puree. We gave up family meal long time ago. ie, DS doesn't eat the same food as us. Well, DH doesn't even eat the same food as me in general! We retry a few times with the same food for all of us without any success for DS. He is a fussy eater now. He ate everything in the past! We continue the mashed food because DS just wants his free hand for toys! I hate to say that we allow this bad habit when he started walking. It is a way to keep him sitting down for meals. Also, mashed food allow me to hide veges. He didn't even taste the food but to decide he didn't want to eat it. To avoid frustration,
    @Gelati: i can't get DS to stop scratching our nice dining table or stop throwing his toys! We gave DS an angry look, told him why he shouldn't do that and he thought that's hilarious. AND continue doing it. Sigh.

    BTW, are you ladies doing any classes with DS/DD? I wanted to sign DS up for swimming lesson but DH is too lazy. I am not comfortable with water. Now i am thinking kid soccer which i can go without DH. It says 18 months and above. DS seems too young mentally for it though. Do you reckon? he certainly has a lot of energy!

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    Well the Powerade didn't last long haha. After two days of sipping diluted Powerade, I can't drink it anymore. I can't even look at it. Haha. I'm going to try sipping on water and see how I go.

    Is there no cap with he new cc rebate? I thought there is. Because we go 3 days a week and our cc is not for profit, the current $7500 rebate will last most of the year for us. But it would be good to not have it capped as I know most people that need full time cc won't have rebate that last the whole year. They run out pretty quickly.

    I don't think you should be overly concerned about his speech yet. He's probably just taking his time to put sounds together but he can understand things so that's a good sign. If you are really worried you could always see a speech pathologist? I can understand your frustration as it is hard looking after someone who can't communicate. I think he will start saying more words soon.

    I'm reading the book what to expect in toddler year. It's quite common for them to start refusing certain food. They know what they want now. We just need to keep offering them the food. Do what works. Don't worry if you have to put a toy in his hand or put the TV on. Whatever works I say. Some people offer iPad or iPhone to distract them during meal time.

    We aren't doing any classes. We will do swimming at the end of this year I think. Right now we take her to the pool once a month maybe. We went more when it was hot. It's a bit cold now and neither of us can be bothered lol. Kid soccer is great. If we are to do a class, I would go to mini sports or music class like mini maestro. Why don't you take him for a trial? You will be surprised. My daughter loves to kick a ball. We bought her a soccer ball and a footy ball. We go to the park almost weekly and she will kick the ball. She also loves the idea of basketball. There's a piano at my mums so she gets exposed to piano.

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    Got the NIPT result back today. All came back awesome. Low risk for everything. And it's a boy

    I wanted a girl a few weeks ago. I have a sister and love the idea of my daughter has a sister she can be best friend with. But DH and my family all want a boy so I've warmed up to the idea of a boy. And today i couldn't be happier when I found out it was a boy. We wouldn't have cared about boy or girl anyway. DH and I are just too happy that everything is going well

    Mum told me now that we will have one each we don't need to go for a third haha. Never wanted a third anyway.

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    Congrats @Minib! Fantastic news! One of each. Perfect. I have two friends (natural pregnancy) always so serious about having the gender they want. One wanted a boy for the first and she got it. When she was preg with the second, she said that she so wanted a gal. She wouldn't know how to feel if it was another boy. Maybe a third....luckily she got a gal. My other friend is currently preg with the second. Same as you. She wants a gal. Her DH wants a boy. Now she is having another gal. When i asked, she didn't even seem excited saying that and mentioned that they would probably have the third. I didn't know what to say because I would just be happy if the IVF works and we are having a baby! The decision of having another one doesn't come down to what gender of baby i don't have. I don't know if it is just because of IVF or just me. I just go through a bit more mind thought about it late.....

    Oh...DS doesn't really like to kick ball just yet. He loves to throw balls. Yes, i manage to get a free trial session from them so wil bring DS there this weekend. My friend with an age 2.5 yrs boy didn't like it because she didn't think they teach him "real" soccer. I'm OK with it because I just want DS to have fun and join some activities with ME. There are music classes as well. I haven't looked into it much.

    As for CC rebate, I have to look at the rules carefully. I just heard from other moms on the forum. It actually benefits us if no cap as ours ran out two months ago with 4x a week care. Our centre is quite expensive. Yours is non-profit. If you don't mind me asking, how much do they charge per day?

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    @Minib: there seems to be conflict of info on the web. i can't find the childcare reform on the gov website. Here are two links. It is certainly a benefit for us as there is no cap (or $10k cap? not sure).

    http://www.*******.com.au/parenting/...FQokvQodvI8MgA

    http://theconversation.com/policyche...are-plan-75046

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    @bbhope I thought there was a cap at $10k. That's what I read. My cc is $90 a day. So cheap yeah. It's $14k a year before rebate. If dd goes full time it still won't cover full year rebate though. She only goes 3 days so we are good in current arrangement. If the new rule passes, I'm not sure we will benefit from the higher limit of $10k anyway. The means tested will put us in the reduced benefit.So I think we will end up losing out.

    I think if people never struggle to conceive, they won't understand the feeling of just wanting a child regardless of gender. Quite a few friends have preference also on gender. One friend commented she will do ivf so she can choose gender. She was disappointed when I told her that's illegal in Victoria unless she has medical condition to warrant gender selection. But I get it. If they never struggle they won't necessarily understand how lucky they are. I couldn't care less what gender my kids are. My preference is 2 of the same gender because in my mind they can be best friends. But now I am so excited to have one of each. I have been saying my son quite a bit haha. Love it!

    Maybe your ds can also do basketball. Lol your friend has high expectations re real soccer at 2.5 years old. It's more just for fun.

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    Sorry haven't had time to write but congratulations @Minib! A boy! How exciting now you guys will have one of each. Aw your son, sounds good to be able to say that hey! Hehe

    Yeh I also don't know why people get so caught up with gender. As long as they're healthy I say. I guess if you haven't been through infertility you just don't get it. And as for doing ivf to pick a gender, so wrong! It's the same as picking eye colour etc. I just can't believe ppl put so much value on superficial things like that.

    And as for being best friends, I don't think that has anything to do with gender. I think it's all to do with parenting. Two boys or two girls could hate each other or a boy and girl could be the best of friends. The one thing to keep in mind when the boy is the younger sibling to a girl is that because boys mature later there is a bit of a maturity gap there. Different dynamics to if the boy was say the older sibling. But then again it all comes down to personality as well.

    Oh didn't realise the childcare rebate had a cap. If that's the case then we would be worse off. $90/day is so cheap @Minib! We pay $128/day.

    @bbhope I know what you mean about wanting ds to speak. Do you read to him? They said about 5 books a day and sometimes to just read out loud in the background like if you're reading the newspaper or book. My son won't speak either *sigh*. We read to him all the time and he does love books and points to pictures when we say the word but he won't say the word. Maybe we'll need to go to speech therapy but I'm not worried just yet. They do say boys tend to speak later than girls. He does call us when he wants our attention but he just doesn't talk. Just points when he wants something or says more. Now he starts munching when he wants us to feed him lol. And lately he's added 'roar' to his vocabulary when he sees a lion or dinosaur. But nope, still no real talking. He's more into hand gestures. Should have taught him sign language!

    Ds has been going to swimming and shichida classes since just before 1yo. Those soccer / sporting classes sound like lots of fun. And music classes too! Soo much to do for the kiddies. I wouldn't worry about ds being too young I'm sure they structure the classes based on age. Ds loves kicking or throwing a ball around. Recently he's started going down the slide by himself. @Minib we have a piano at home too so ds plays on that sometimes. Pretty sure he's not a child prodigy tho. Hahah.
    Ds is going through a second tantrum phase now. He's a bit more difficult to console so I'm prepping myself for terrible twos! He's also gone off his food this week. But I'm not sure he's fussy as he won't even eat strawberries which are his favourite. I think he's just going through a low appetite week.

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    A quick one on travel with this mild fever won't go away. Ds us going through second phase of tantrum as well. All good for a week or two and then boom. This week has been horrible and we both ignored him yesterday after trying to please him and didn't go anywhere.

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    Hey girls! Almost the end of the week. Woohoo! Been a long week at work so can't wait for the weekend. Only one more day of work to go. How are you girls going? And the boys?
    @Gelati how do you and ds like Shichida? I heard it's really good but it's quite expensive.

    We've had a good week with dd. she's very funny this week. Keep telling us where she wants us to sit. She has her favourite spot on the couch and wants mummy on one side whilst daddy on the other side.

    Second dose of bexsero tomorrow so fingers crossed no side effect just like the first dose.

    Hope the tantrums have ease off and the boys are happy again.

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    @Minib - tell me about it. I've had a long week too! Soo over work. But just gotta push through - gotta pay the bills! Are you working full time now?

    Aww so cute. They are getting super funny aren't they? Ds can't talk much so he pats the seat instead for me to sit down. They are getting a bit bossy aren't they? Haha. When he wants me to get out of the chair he gets behind me and pushes me off. Bossy boots!

    Tantrums are better this week so it's been a good week is dd throwing tantrums too? How is her appetite? Ds's appetite is back this week. In fact he was so hungry he kept running to the kitchen and smacking his lips. He does that now when he wants to eat lol. Wish he would talk soon!

    How are you feeling? Has ms reduced a bit?

    Shichida is ok. Not sure it's doing much to be honest lol. But it does teach me what I can do with ds. Think it's teaching me more than him! Yeh it's expensive - $60/ class. That's like a day in childcare!


 

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