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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:12 am 
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5 days into this parenting malarky and it's going ok so far. Haven't had a breakdown apart from when the birth was happening (emergency c-section) but both mum and the little on are doing well. He was a big lad, 8lb 5oz, 53.5cm long and 36.5cm head circumference.


Congratulations - it's a truly brilliant time in your life. They don't do much at 1st, other than eat, sleep and cry but his character will soon start to show through, and each day he will amaze you.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:15 am 
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Just found out one of my close friends and his new wife had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. They found out yesterday after their first scan. Pretty sad to hear it myself, not really sure what to say to them.

Tell them how sorry you were to hear their news and tell them they are in your thoughts. Don’t avoid them as you feel awkward!!


Sound advice. We lost our first two then had our baby girl and lost our 4th. The hardest part is no one talks about it. I have learned as you face it and talk about it you find out others have had it or known people. There is a weird shame attached to it and TV and media make it seem like you get pregnant and she has the kid bam! It is much more complicated than that and having someone that understands that is important. Allow them to be able to speak freely about it.


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ElementFreak wrote:
5 days into this parenting malarky and it's going ok so far. Haven't had a breakdown apart from when the birth was happening (emergency c-section) but both mum and the little on are doing well. He was a big lad, 8lb 5oz, 53.5cm long and 36.5cm head circumference.


It'll only get easier. You've pretty much got it nailed by now! :nod:


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ElementFreak wrote:
5 days into this parenting malarky and it's going ok so far. Haven't had a breakdown apart from when the birth was happening (emergency c-section) but both mum and the little on are doing well. He was a big lad, 8lb 5oz, 53.5cm long and 36.5cm head circumference.


It'll only get easier. You've pretty much got it nailed by now! :nod:


Cheers, been a steep learning curve and not quite where I would like to be with the household etc. but he's doing great and putting on weight and is getting everything he needs to get.

Would love to have a spare 2 hours to get on top of the housework and washing though.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:05 am 
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Just found out one of my close friends and his new wife had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. They found out yesterday after their first scan. Pretty sad to hear it myself, not really sure what to say to them.

Tell them how sorry you were to hear their news and tell them they are in your thoughts. Don’t avoid them as you feel awkward!!


Sound advice. We lost our first two then had our baby girl and lost our 4th. The hardest part is no one talks about it. I have learned as you face it and talk about it you find out others have had it or known people. There is a weird shame attached to it and TV and media make it seem like you get pregnant and she has the kid bam! It is much more complicated than that and having someone that understands that is important. Allow them to be able to speak freely about it.


Sucks bro. We went through one before my son was born. My wife's good friend at work has also lost 3, but they are expecting again and she recently had a checkup that went well. Props for staying strong.


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ElementFreak wrote:
5 days into this parenting malarky and it's going ok so far. Haven't had a breakdown apart from when the birth was happening (emergency c-section) but both mum and the little on are doing well. He was a big lad, 8lb 5oz, 53.5cm long and 36.5cm head circumference.


Saw it on your FB feed. Congrats buddy!! So is her gonna Australia's next great lock or ref?


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Just found out one of my close friends and his new wife had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. They found out yesterday after their first scan. Pretty sad to hear it myself, not really sure what to say to them.

Tell them how sorry you were to hear their news and tell them they are in your thoughts. Don’t avoid them as you feel awkward!!


Sound advice. We lost our first two then had our baby girl and lost our 4th. The hardest part is no one talks about it. I have learned as you face it and talk about it you find out others have had it or known people. There is a weird shame attached to it and TV and media make it seem like you get pregnant and she has the kid bam! It is much more complicated than that and having someone that understands that is important. Allow them to be able to speak freely about it.


Sucks bro. We went through one before my son was born. My wife's good friend at work has also lost 3, but they are expecting again and she recently had a checkup that went well. Props for staying strong.


Thanks bro!! I appreciate it. Please feel free to share my story with your friend. It is important that people know they are not alone.


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So my lad has managed to fracture his leg in a completely innocuous fall. Less than 4 months after breaking his arm.

Will laugh about it one day, but I'm gutted for the kid. Cannot believe it's happened again (albeit thankfully Social Services are no where to be seen this time). Not a bad break and will heal quickly by all accounts, but he'll be incredibly frustrated at the loss of mobility with a full leg cast.


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So my lad has managed to fracture his leg in a completely innocuous fall. Less than 4 months after breaking his arm.

Will laugh about it one day, but I'm gutted for the kid. Cannot believe it's happened again (albeit thankfully Social Services are no where to be seen this time). Not a bad break and will heal quickly by all accounts, but he'll be incredibly frustrated at the loss of mobility with a full leg cast.


How old? That's awful luck!


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So my lad has managed to fracture his leg in a completely innocuous fall. Less than 4 months after breaking his arm.

Will laugh about it one day, but I'm gutted for the kid. Cannot believe it's happened again (albeit thankfully Social Services are no where to be seen this time). Not a bad break and will heal quickly by all accounts, but he'll be incredibly frustrated at the loss of mobility with a full leg cast.


How old? That's awful luck!


Just coming up to 17 months now.


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So my lad has managed to fracture his leg in a completely innocuous fall. Less than 4 months after breaking his arm.

Will laugh about it one day, but I'm gutted for the kid. Cannot believe it's happened again (albeit thankfully Social Services are no where to be seen this time). Not a bad break and will heal quickly by all accounts, but he'll be incredibly frustrated at the loss of mobility with a full leg cast.


How old? That's awful luck!


Just coming up to 17 months now.


Wow! It's tough to break bones at that age too! Christ that's unlucky!


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Yep, going to keep asking whether there could be any underlying weakness in his bones, as I just can't fathom how easily it seems to have happened this time.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:42 pm 
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Yep, going to keep asking whether there could be any underlying weakness in his bones, as I just can't fathom how easily it seems to have happened this time.


I'd say that twice in such a short period is worth checking into.


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Christ, that must be horrible. I can't imagine how much of a ball of anger my little'un would've been at that age in a cast.

Give the kid more milk :nod:


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Margin_Walker wrote:
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So my lad has managed to fracture his leg in a completely innocuous fall. Less than 4 months after breaking his arm.

Will laugh about it one day, but I'm gutted for the kid. Cannot believe it's happened again (albeit thankfully Social Services are no where to be seen this time). Not a bad break and will heal quickly by all accounts, but he'll be incredibly frustrated at the loss of mobility with a full leg cast.


How old? That's awful luck!


Just coming up to 17 months now.


EEK! Our boy is 17 months, he would be going mental if he couldn't fly around, that's such a shame, poor lad.


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So just as I think we are getting better at this parenting thing and getting on top of the housework etc the little man decides he doesn't want to eat every 3-4 hours but instead every 2-3 hours and not as much as he used to. But on the plus side the wife's milk has fully come in now so no more formula top ups for us.


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The little guy is a month old, or was a couple of days ago, I can't ever remember a month going quicker. Been working on a few things to get into a good routine and it's been working to an extent, however over the past week or so he's having a lot more awake time as I've gone back to work the wife is getting swamped with it all. She'd been counting on using his asleep time to get stuff done, but he's very clingy this week and it's a bit difficult to.

On the plus side she's almost 100% recovered from her surgery which is great.


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ElementFreak wrote:
The little guy is a month old, or was a couple of days ago, I can't ever remember a month going quicker. Been working on a few things to get into a good routine and it's been working to an extent, however over the past week or so he's having a lot more awake time as I've gone back to work the wife is getting swamped with it all. She'd been counting on using his asleep time to get stuff done, but he's very clingy this week and it's a bit difficult to.

On the plus side she's almost 100% recovered from her surgery which is great.


Good news on the recovery! Baby is obviously most important, almost anything else can wait, we'll not judge you if you aren't changing the bedsheets quite so often!


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It's amazing at how quickly stuff piles up.


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It's amazing at how quickly stuff piles up.


It'll get easi... different after a while. Enjoy every moment. Just think back on good times in your life, and how you wish you'd done more of it etc, and realise that right now you are creating exactly those memories for the future, may as well try and make more of them!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:27 am 
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I reckon babies up to 6 months are fairly cruisey if the baby is not colicky or difficult. They just sit there and get fed with the usual moan or two in the evening, at least it has been for us.

2 year olds on the other hand. What a pain in the hole. I couldn't imagine having twins and dealing with two of those bastards at the same time.


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ElementFreak wrote:
The little guy is a month old, or was a couple of days ago, I can't ever remember a month going quicker. Been working on a few things to get into a good routine and it's been working to an extent, however over the past week or so he's having a lot more awake time as I've gone back to work the wife is getting swamped with it all. She'd been counting on using his asleep time to get stuff done, but he's very clingy this week and it's a bit difficult to.

On the plus side she's almost 100% recovered from her surgery which is great.


Does your wife have a sling/baby carrier? Not suitable for every task obviously but you can still get a lot done with one. Of course just as I said it, I realised it might not be suitable given the surgery but if she's over it, it might be OK.

6 weeks is one of the first milestones in terms of everything getting a little easier, not giving a guarantee there but it is something we've mostly found.


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And either way, I'd recommend a carrier for anyone on their first. Makes you incredibly mobile not having to bring the buggy everywhere.


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Don’t let them get too clingy. They’ll get used to mum/dad coming running anytime they throw a tantrum.


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Don’t let them get too clingy. They’ll get used to mum/dad coming running anytime they throw a tantrum.


Don't disagree at all but it's a fine line between deciding what requires comfort and what is them just wanting a bit of attention. And I don't think the latter starts before around 3 months.


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