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Old Dec 3rd, 2017, 14:36 PM   5861
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Hi ladies ,
Well tree is up, starting to feel festive now still got a bit to do though with presents ect.. O loves it. I got ds a train to go round the bottom so he is happy.

So went for my X-ray , put in this machine for 90 mins, was given some radioactive stuff IV, after 30 mins I had to eat a fatty snack, then then monitored it for another hour on the X-ray machine. Apparently the stuff they injected shows the bile traveling from your gall bladder to your intestines. Well top and bottom of it is mine didnít move anywhere near what it should. They sent me away for an hour then put me in machine again for another 5 mins but there was just more build up. So basically my gall bladder isnít functioning properly. There was no sign of stones on ct scans or ultra sounds b4 so donít know what will happen now. They said my consultant may want to do more tests or may decide to remove it. Iíve been googling and as itís not emptying bile to break down fats it looks like I really should be avoiding fatty foods , and I also read coffee ainít good !! So no chocolate or coffee at christmas , I read that coffee actually stimulated your gall bladder to empty but as mine canít properly and there was a clear build up in second X-ray Iím thinking I better not force it until I have spoke to my dr again. 😣what a bummer ! Iíve decided though Iíve had it this long Iím not going to chase up the dr appointment. No way do I want surgery b4 Christmas and the last couple of weeks of my mat leave . Iím due back at work end of this month. I want to wait then go off sick, not use my mat leave .. better get back to O he is not really settling tonight.
Hope all u ladies n babies are doing ok x



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2017, 16:36 PM   5862
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hi ladies, its been a while. Just catching up with posts now

apple- poor o and his constipation. Glad u had a lovely weekend at ur nans.
little o will love cuddles from his mumma, its our jobs as mums the seperation anxiety will be normal. I've not noticed it in Isa so much, but i've not really left him anywhere without me, so hes not had a chance haha.
Maybe just avoiding the fatty foods will help enough? hopefully it wont resort to surgery, that sounds quite stressful with you going back to work soon!

lit- hope V is feeling better.

vrogers- we booked up now, 2 nights in the lake district which is like 2 hour drive down south. How is L doing?

afm- ah we finally booked up a wee log cabin in the lake district which is like a 2 hour drive down south. Its over new year, so hopefully it'll be a nice quiet one with my two boys
i'v also decided to do a wee party for isa's birthday on xmas day. Well im going to do the party on the 28th when other people can make it. Animal themed! just about to order big animal onsies for me and dh for the party haha. ordered bunch of party stuff off eba, super cheap too.
Had busy day today, went into town with a friend and then went round to a friends house, but it was lovely. Isa loved it, he was raiding all her drawers and chucking stuff out of them haha.
hes still pretty unsettled at night, i can defo feel two teeth coming, hope thats all it is. I have just been putting him in bed as i dont have the patience to get up what feels like 673676 times at night.



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 16:09 PM   5863
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Apple- you seem to be handling no coffee and chocolate much better than I would be! Iím sorry the treatment plan is so up in the air right now, I donít blame you for not wanting surgery with the holidays and mat leave ending. Taking some time off sounds like a good plan. I hope you arenít in too much pain!

Ally- thank you for asking, good other than some major teething!
Glad you got the trip booked, sounds like a nice little getaway.
The party sounds so adorable, I canít wait to hear how it goes!
Ugh Iím sorry for the restless nights/teething, it really is no fun for anyone.

Afm- L has been (we assume) majorly teething, 9 times out of 10 she goes to bed just fine, gets her last bottle and then settles on her own. The past two nights we have had to rock her to sleep and then put her in the crib, otherwise she just screams. Itís sad and frustrating at the same time. Hopefully just a short phase!
Canít believe she will be 11 months this weekend!
Ally talked about a party, is anyone else planning anything fun?



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 16:35 PM   5864
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Hey ladies!!

Vroggers congrats on the girl!!!!! How exciting, and you already have most of what you need so thatís great!! Those darn teeth are hell! I hope L goes back to her normal routine soon for you. We are planning Gages first birthday now. We are doing ďWinter OnederlandĒ with snowflakes and snowman. It should be simple since itís christmas time and all of that stuff is in store right now, hoping to go the day after Christmas and get it all on clearance! It kind of looks like Frozen, but more boy lol. I found a place that sells snowballs since it never snows here and we will have a snowball fight and play pin the carrot on the snowman, with a hot chocolate bar and some snack. I have a very large family so just inviting aunts and cousins and nieces and nephews we are at a 50 person count.

Ally, I donít blame you for just putting him in bed with you until this phase passes. Just makes life easier, and you have to have sleep! Itís all about survival with a baby! How fun about the cabin trip!

Apple Iím sorry youíre in limbo still, but at least they are getting to the bottom of it! I wouldnít want to use my mat leave for surgery either, or even think about having it before Christmas. Itís Os first, so itís a big one! I hope you can sort with your employer the time after you get back.



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 16:46 PM   5865
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Lit thatís great you got so much shopping done! I used to love Black Friday shopping, didnít really have the money to get the big ticket items this year to make it worth while though, so I just stayed in. I do like to go out on Friday evening though and go through the movies at Walmart, they have a great selection for cheap! I hope violet is feeling better, poor thing! What sort of baracade did you use around your tree?

Ali, I hope T is feeling better! I canít believe he is already taking steps, so crazy! It sounds like all of your work with O is paying off. It just doesnít snap right away for some kids, he will get there.

Afm, I got all of Gages Christmas done, and bought new tree decorations, a stand and a topper, but still havenít gotten a tree yet ha!! Our plan is to get it on Wednesday. Gage is standing unassisted for long periods of time but wonít take a step. He walks behind his walker though, and is getting pretty good at it. He stands at the patio door and turns the handle so we def have to get a top lock installed on there because it wonít be long before he can figure out how to unlock it! Iím having so much fun plannning his birthday party. Itís going to be a big one but only because we have a big family. Iím doing it so far in advance because we are having it in Texas so a 7 hour drive. I want to be as prepared as I can when we pull in there. He still wakes about twice in the night but settles back when rocked and doesnít need a bottle anymore. I do wish he would learn how to soothe himself back to sleep but oh well!



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 14:34 PM   5866
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Apple - that is really too bad about your gall bladder, but itís good they at least know what it is now. That sounds terrible about no coffee or chocolate at Christmas! I would feel the same as you not wanting a surgery or anything before the end of your maternity leave. No need to rush it. I do hope you can start feeling better soon and put this whole ordeal behind you.

Ally - that time at the cabin sounds very nice! I bet you canít wait. Animal-themed Party sounds great as well! Woohoo!

VRogers - that is really too bad L isnít settling on her own the last couple nights. I hope she gets back to her normal self soon. Teething is so crappy when it makes them seem like a whole different baby! Violet has been the same.

Froggy - that does sound like a really big party! Should be a lot of fun! I havenít even started thinking of Violetís first birthday party yet, but she is also the youngest one on here.

The barricade we used is just a baby fence type thing. We borrowed it from a friend, so I donít know the exact name of it. It is pretty expensive to buy, I think!


AFM - well, Violet was completely miserable all last week, to the point of seeming like an entirely different baby. I thought she was just teething, but was starting to consider taking her to the dr because she was so NOT herself. However, on Sunday morning she seemed back to her cheerful self, so I was quite relieved. She was good again Monday, but today she has been rather grouchy again. This time it isnít to the extent it was last week, but still quite draining because she was never content to sit on the floor and play at all. I couldnít get a speck done all day, and she didnít take her first nap until 1 pm (she normally takes it about 11 am). These babies are always going through something - teething, wonder weeks, and sleep regression. It drives me a bit crazy. I hope Violet is okay, though.
Oh, great, dd1 of course is pooping on the potty while Violet is napping (in my arms, as always), so I get to try to wipe her while holding Violet and keeping her asleep still. Argh!!!!! My dd1ís timing is so frustrating!!!



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 17:43 PM   5867
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Froggy/ Gages party sounds like itís going to be really good fun. he sounds like he is doing really well himself. I bet he is walking in no time now.

Lit/ glad V is finally starting to pick up. Itís so horrible when they are poorly..and thatís so typical that dd1 is on the potty whilst V sleeps😣..they always pick their moments donít they haha..my ds is the same.

Well just been Christmas shopping really last 2 days, got loads though , just a few things to buy now. Iíve bought lots of new light up things this year for in the house so looks nice and cosy and festive 🎄trying to make an effort as ds really Into it this yr. I got him the bell from polar express from eBay and he sits ringing it all the time lol.. quite funny my teenager got this app on his phone where Santa calls u back and he set it to call my four yr old.. he was really cute talking back ha.. O is doing ok. Still getting really upset when I take him to nursery. I hate it. Still only leaving him a couple of hours at a time. I see the other little ones there and they all look so happy and settled. Im happy that itís a really good set up and not too big or busy so Iím sure once he gets past this initial stage he will have a really good time there. I just hope that time comes soon..

Hope all u other ladies and babies are doing ok x



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2017, 08:22 AM   5868
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Taking a break from work to finally post here, 'cause I miss you guys so much. I can't even keep up on reading most of the time, but I think I am mostly caught up now.

vrogers - Congrats on another girl! When are you due again?

Apple - exciting about private practice. Sorry to hear about your gallbladder, but I'm glad they've found what's wrong at least.

Ally - two nights away in a cabin sounds nice! I hope Isa's teeth come through and he settles at night soon.

Literati - sorry V has been so tough lately. And so funny about DD1 pooping while V was napping on you. I feel like my DD did the same thing for me so much.

Ali - happy belated bday!

Froggy - sounds like quite the bday party for Gage! You're lucky to have such a big, involved family.

AFM - I haven't been on in ages because we had a pretty miserable stretch of illness here. I think I last posted right when the kids were diagnosed with Hand Foot and Mouth... Thankfully they both took it really well. DD never even complained about a sore throat or anything and ate like normal. Jack was a little sad I think more from his ear infections than anything else, but not really fussy as long as we kept his fever down.

Sadly I got the HFM too, and OMG it was so horrendous! Sores all over my mouth and tongue. I couldn't eat solid food for 4-5 days, and only slowly for a few days after. The pain in my mouth was excruciating. I was living on meal replacement drinks and Slurpees. I am SO GLAD the kids didn't get it that bad, because I can't imagine either of them being in that much pain. TMI alert, but I even got vaginal sores from it!!! Wretched! So basically, pray y'all never get it!

Then the night before Thanksgiving Jack went to bed fine, woke at 11 fine, woke at 1am with what turned out to be croup. Neither DH nor I knew what it was, so I was freaking out that he was gasping and wheezing and didn't know what to do. DH called 911 and the EMTs didn't know what it was either, so Jack and I went to the hospital in the ambulance, and DH came shortly after with DD (had to wake her in the middle of the night, but she was cheerful about it). Of course as soon as we got in the ambulance Jack seemed to sound better, and as soon as the doctor saw him and heard his cough, he was like "Oh yeah, that's croup". He got an oral steroid and cleared up pretty quick. If I had known what it was I might have tried things like a steamy shower or taking him outside, since those can help, but I didn't know. I feel bad for calling 911, but without knowing what was wrong with him I was too scared to try driving him to the hospital myself in case he stopped breathing or something!

So, we didn't want to take Jack to my family thanksgiving, but DD had been excited about going, so she and I went and Jack stayed home with DH. We all had a fine day that way. DH picked up a thanksgiving dinner from a restaurant for himself and brought it home to share with Jack. I was sad to not have him there for the dinner with my family because he is so into food and I wanted to give him all the good stuff! DD has never been into eating a proper tgiving dinner! She ate a bit of a roll....and....not much else! Of course I brought snacks for her because I knew she'd be like that. She didn't even want to eat the delicious pavlova she and DH had made together, because she didn't want "the white stuff on her fruit" (whipped cream!). Ridiculous.

So anyway Jack had a cold and then I got it, and I think we are finally feeling better this week at last! I am really hoping we can have a stretch of everyone being healthy now for a while.

We got a tree the weekend after tgiving and put it up. We have a giant inflatable snowman up as well and a LED projector that shines lights on the house.

No Christmas shopping done! I did buy a walkie-talkie set for DD when I went out with a friend last weekend, but I left it in the back of the van to keep her from seeing it, and then she and DH went grocery shopping and she spotted it while putting the groceries in the car, ugh, lol. So I had to just give it to her then.

Like I said, Jack is great at eating food! Completely unlike his sister. He will eat almost anything you give him, and is eating proper solid things where DD ate puree pouches for sooooo long. He basically doesn't want anything you need to spoon feed him. Just chunks of stuff.

7ish weeks of pumping left and I am really looking forward to stopping! It's getting a little harder to make up four bottles for him. I have to pump in the evening as well, and the whole process of prepping bags of milk and cleaning bottles and pump parts is a thing I will be glad to put behind me! Will still nurse him of course. We transitioned DD to whole cow's milk at a year and she took to it fine...mixed BM and whole milk for maybe a week or so and then just milk from then on. Hopefully Jack goes as easy.

I dunno about a birthday party for Jack. Haven't thought about it at all really!



 
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Old Dec 7th, 2017, 10:35 AM   5869
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Froggy- thank you! Oh my goodness what a cute party idea! If you want/remember I would love to see pictures of the decor, it sounds perfect for this time of year.
Thatís crazy that Gage is learning how to open doors! L stands and doesnít walk yet either.
Sometimes we still have to rock L, and I always tell dh ďsurely she wonít go to college having to be rocked to sleepĒ to remind myself it wonít last forever haha.

Literati- thankfully the past couple nights have been better, sheíll just cry for a couple min and then be out. Hopefully it stays like that.
Ugh that sounds rough for both of you, I hope sheís feeling better and back to normal now. Itís crazy how they seem like completely diff babies with teething. I read they go through a growth spurt around 10 months and sleep regression can come along with that, yay.

Slammer- itís good to hear from you, I always wonder about you and our other ladies who arenít able to get on as much!
Thank you, due april 27. I still keep thinking itís 6+ months away haha.
Wow, HFM sounds absolutely awful. It is good the kids didnít get it like you did, glad youíre feeling better!
I think you guys handled the croup really well! I wouldnít have known what it was either and just been a mess. You guys really have been through it with the sickness!
Iím jealous of the LED projector, those have been getting more popular and I havenít been able to talk dh into getting one.
I bet youíll be sooo glad to stop pumping! It really is a pain and makes you feel chained to the couch. Itís great youíve been keeping at it for so long!

afm- I just found out this morning that my bff is pregnant! Sheís been trying since before dh and I were trying for L, so Iím thrilled for her and canít believe we get to be pregnant together! She has crazy cycles so she doesnít know how far along for anything, but it came up on a digital.
L has been a little better in the teething at least for now. She has the 2 teeth up top and then one on each side of those teeth almost completely out, and I thought I saw a 5th. She doesnít really let me look.
Itís gotten cold here finally so Iíve been havjng to bundle L up to take her to her swing outside but she still loves it.
Dhís mom is coming by Saturday (the one who weíve had drama with who didnít come by for thanksgiving) and we are both dreading it, but just planning on being nice and getting by for an hour.
We are also wanting to bring L to the farm (the one I talked about awhile back that has animals and now Christmas trees) so we may do that this weekend.
Other than that, not much else going on!



 
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Old Dec 7th, 2017, 13:54 PM   5870
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VRogers - I hope the visit from your dhís Mom goes well even though youíre dreading it. That would be fun to take L to the farm. Iím glad she hasnít been as bad at night lately.
I canít believe youíre having a baby in 4.5 months! Thatís so soon! Thatís incredibly exciting that your bff is pregnant too! It is so much fun to go through pregnancy/kids at the same time as a close friend. Be sure to get baby bump pics with her...that is, if sheís even showing by the time youíre done! Hehe.

Slammer - oh my goodness! The HFM you got sounds absolutely horrendous! Iím so sorry you had to go through that! Hugs! It sounds like youíve had way too much sickness in your house lately. I really hope you get a nice, long reprieve from illness now!

That will be amazing when you can stop pumping! You are a total trooper to be pumping so faithfully! Good for you! I hate pumping so donít blame you at all for being excited to quit. I also transitioned my dd1 to whole milk after she was a year for when she was daycare (but continued nursing when at home). It worked out quite well. I hope Violet is willing to do the same, as I have no desire to pump either.

AFM - Violet continues to be so unpredictable with her naps and itís driving me a bit batty. We often end up staying in all day because I think we will go out after violetís nap, but then sheíll randomly not nap until way later than usual. It gets frustrating. Oh, and once again, dd1 needs help wiping after the potty when I JUST got Violet to sleep. I know I sound like a broken record, but she has the worst timing!!! I find it so frustrating. Iím glad (but sorry!) some of you have gone through the same frustration.

In other news, we are basically done our Christmas shopping. I might still pick a couple more things for my DH, but we are done for our families and whatnot. Unfortunately, we stupidly did all our shopping before the credit card cut-off, so now we have to pay the whole bill next week and itís going to be REALLY tight. Yay for being broke around Christmas. We probably went a bit overboard - oops!



 
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