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Discussion Starter · #61 ·
Sunday 9th December 2018

P is 5 Years 9 Months Old
R is 4 Years 8.5 Months Old
J is 20 Weeks 6 Days Old

Since I last posted:

- At WW on Wed 28th Nov I was up 0.5lbs so now I have 12lbs to loose to get to goal.

- We had Js christening on Sunday 2nd December at the local church. My friend G was godmother and DHs friend DM was godfather. We had a meal out in a nice hotel afterwards. We only invited immediate family and their partners but we still had 25 adults and 7 children at it. It was a nice day out and everything went well.

- J had a check up with the respiratory team at the hospital on Monday 3rd December. It went fine. Basically he is growing and developing well so we are to continue him on the cpap at night for the next few months. He is to go back in 4 months time for next check up (1st April).

- On Wed 5th December myself and P had a girls night out. We went to see The Nutcracker Ballet. It was both of our first times going to see a proper ballet and we both really enjoyed it.  P does ballet every Tues evening and she will have her first performance on stage next May.

- On Friday 7th December I brought my mum to the Christmas concert in her local church. It has become a lovely tradition for both of us to go to it together every December. This year TF was playing.
 

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Sunday 16th December 2018

J is 5 months old today

So J is 5 months old already !!! He’s a great little fella. I’m mad about him and so is DH. It can be challenging at times having 3 children with the oldest 5 years old but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Yesterday I was sitting on the couch with J on my knee and P and R beside me and I had a ‘moment’... I looked at all 3 of them together and I had a pure love moment and I thought how incredibly lucky I am. I remember all the heartache at the start of our fertility journey when I thought I would never be a mother and now I have 3 little ones!!

The challenging part for me with having 3 of them is trying to constantly give all of them the attention they want and deserve at the same time. P and R argue a lot (as is normal for siblings) and it can be difficult to try to deal with that while looking after Js needs at the same time. Also it’s challenging sometimes to get Ps homework done, feed her and R and get them to after-school activities on time when J wants to nap or feed at the same time. P goes to ballet on Tuesdays and both P and R go to speech and drama and hip hop dancing on Wednesdays after school so those days are all go! They love going and it’s good for their confidence etc so I always make sure we get there no matter how challenging it is to organise.

P had her school nativity play on Wed 12th. Myself, DH, R, J and T went to see it and we got there early so we got seats in the front row. I was extremely proud of P ...she had the part of ‘Mary’ so she had to say a few lines into the microphone and she had to walk around the stage holding hands with ‘Joseph’ and she had to make the baby Jesus miraclorisly appear from under her chair at the right moment  :) She did it all perfectly and she looked so darn cute. I thought I would burst with pride  :) DH recorded a great video of it which I’ve looked at loads of times since and it makes me giggle and well up every time  :)

Rs pre-school nativity play is on this Wednesday 19th. He is going to be one of the 3 wise men. I can’t wait to see that too.

J was weighed by the public health nurse on Thurs 13th Dec and he weighed 7.5kg (16lbs 8.5oz). I phoned the dietician at the hospital to tell her his weight and she said they are very happy with his progress and I don’t need to get his weight checked for them again.

Our previous childminder E offered to take P and R to her house for a sleepover on Friday 14th then on Friday morning T offered to mind J overnight for us if we wanted to do something that evening so on the spur of the moment DH and I decided we would go somewhere for a rare night away together. I went online and booked us into a really nice country lodge hotel by a lake. DH took an improtu afternoon off and we set off early. It was lovely from start to finish. First of all we spent an hour or so in one of the outdoor hot tubs overlooking the lake. Later we had a cocktail by the open fire in their cosy lounge and a scrumptious dinner in the restaurant. We slept in the worlds most comfortable bed and in the morning we had a leisurely breakfast and a stroll by the lake. We got home around 2pm on Saturday. It did us both the world of good to get away together and be spoiled after the difficult year we have had. The 3 kids were absolutely fine without us so hopefully we will do it again in a few months time  :)
 

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Saturday 29th December 2018

P is 5 Years 9.5 Minths Old
R is 4 Years 9 Months Old
J is 5 1/2 Months Old

We are enjoying nice family time this Christmas season.

On 22nd December we went to see Santa in the CC hotel. It was very enjoyable. They had little rooms with different eleves doing different activities in each and whilst we were waiting to go in to see Santa there was an area to play snowball fights which was great fun. P was very into Santa this year. She said she had a question to ask him which was whether our elf on the shelf was a boy or a girl.

On Christmas Eve we all went to the children's mass . R was as usual the worst behaved child in the church...unable to sit down  ::)

Christmas Day the kids got up about 9am. R was really excited about Santa coming and about how much he had eaten of the cookies etc they had left out for him the night before. P woke up a bit moody but thankfully came around quickly once she had opened her Santa presents.

R got what he called  ‘jail castles with superheroes and bad guys’ off Santa i.e. two different Imaginext Batman sets and the Operation board game. He also got a farting rockstar and a stretchy gorilla as a surprise.
P got a Silvanian family ballet theatre with extra ballerinas, a light up songbird in a cage and a Barbie car with 2 Barbie dolls and two little sisters. She also got the Jenga game and a box of card games as a surprise.
Santa was very practical for J and brought him a really nice high-chair and a low seat for sitting in with activities around it.

We all played with the new toys then I made the traditional turkey and ham Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. J cooperated great by having a very long afternoon nap while the rest of us were eating dinner.

The jenga game was a big hit and we all played it together in the evening. R surprised us all by being very good at it. He can usually be quiet clumsy but he was very careful when taking out the blocks  :)

St Stephen's day we went to visit DHs family and the following day we went to visit mine. My mum then came to stay with us for a few days and she babysat for us one night whilst DH and I had drinks in our neighbours house. 
 

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Sunday 6th January 2019

P is 5 years 10 months old tomorrow
R is 4 years 9 months 1 week old
J is 5 months 3 weeks old

R finally reached a major milestone a few days ago  ^milestone^
He has started cycling a bicycle (with stabilisers) properly.  ^pompom^ We hadn’t tried with him for a while but during the summer and previous to that we had tried numerous times to teach him how to cycle but he just wasn’t one bit interested in learning how to do it. He was a lot more interested in digging in the mud etc and he was happy going around outside on his flicker. Anyhow, a few days ago DH brought P and R out the front and R got up on Ps bicycle and just started peddling properly  :) I’m absolutely delighted for him because I know he will love the freedom going around outside the front in our cul de sac on a bike like the other kids in the neighborhood. So yesterday I brought him to the local toy store and let him pick out a brand new bicycle. He needed a 16” one as he had outgrown the 2nd hand 14” one we had for him. R picked out a yellow and blue Champ bike and the shop assistant let him get up on it in the shop to try it out. R took off on the bike and wouldn’t stop..he cycled all over the shop as fast as he could with me running after him calling to him to be careful not to to knock down shelves or other customers  ;D  Thanfully its a very large store with wide aisles  ::) I eventually caught up with him and persuaded him to get off and wait until we got home to try it out again  :)
I remember P started cycling a bicycle properly when she was only 2 years 2 months old. R is stubborn and will only do things when he wants to himself  :)

J is doing great. He is growing and developing really well. He is now in size 4 nappies and is the full of 6-9 moths old clothes. He loves his spoonfeeds and has reduced his bottles of formula down to 3 or maybe 4 x 9oz bottles a day. He eats baby porridge with puréed pear for breakfast and he eats puréed carrot, broccoli and cauliflower with a savory Heinz powder for lunch. He also loves mashed up banana. When he reaches 6 months old I will be able to feed him a bigger variety of food because he will then be allowed foods containing gluten and yoghurts etc. He is now able to pick up things if they are within his reach. He is teething like mad but still no teeth. He absolutely loves P and R and spends all his time looking at them, mesmerised by their antics. They love him too. P is brilliant with him...she’s like a mini mammy looking after him and putting in his soother when he cries etc  R pulls out his soother every chance he gets just to annoy J but he is good to him too - he sings and dances for him and shares his toys with him  :)

 

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Discussion Starter · #65 ·
Friday 11th Jan 2019

J will be 6 months old in 5 days time

I braved going back to WW on Wednesday 9th January after 6 weeks of not going. The last time I was there was 28th Nov and surprisingly I am only up 1lb in the 6 weeks despite eating what I wanted over Christmas  ::) I'm very happy with that even though I don't know how on earth it is only a 1lb gain  ??? 

Up to the end of November I was doing great getting out for walks with the buggy most days and watching what I was eating then I somehow got into a rut for the month of December and stopped going for my walks and let my healthy eating slide. I think it was hormones or something making me feel a bit down in the dumps but thankfully I feel much more positive now. I know I feel much better mentally if I make the effort to get out and about and get exercise so my New Years resolution is to get out of the house every day  ::)

Anyhow I'm now 13lbs over my WW goal and full of renewed enthusiasm to try to get to goal asap :) I am 7.5lbs over what I was before I became pregnant with J so my first big personal goal is to get rid of that 7.5lbs  :)

I started a couch to 5km program at our local athletics club on Tuesday 8th Jan and I will be going to that every Tues and Thurs evening. The aim is to be able to jog continuously for 5km in a 5km fun run on St Patrick's weekend.

I brought J to the doctor this morning because he has a bad head cold/chesty cough and the doctor said he has viral bronchiolitis. He didn’t get antibiotics..we just have to give him nasal drops and Calpol as needed. Poor little mite is very cranky with it.
 

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Wednesday 16th January 2019

J is 6 months old today

Wow J is 6 months old already! He marked the occasion by practicing his new found skill of blowing raspberries all day :) He is just adorable. I love him  :-*

I got on great at WW this morning. I was down 2.5 lbs  ^pompom^ I now only have 10.5 lbs to loose to get to my goal weight.  So all my healthy eating and exercise for the week paid off  :) I did my couch to 5km program three times last week, did long walks with the buggy the other days, tracked everything I ate and stuck to my WW points allowance.....Now I just have to repeat the same for the coming week  ::)

I’m due back to work next Monday 21st January ...my 26 weeks paid maternity leave finishes this week  :( There is no way I am ready to go back to work yet....I feel like I am only just starting to really enjoy my time off after everything that happened with the complications during the pregnancy and my heart problems after Js birth and then with J being so ill in hospital for 5 weeks when he was tiny  :(

Anyways,  I have decided to take an extra 4 weeks off to bring me to w/c 18th February and when I go back then I am only going to work 2 days a week until at least September. I will take a mixture of unpaid parental leave and paid annual leave for the other 3 days a week. I sent my application for parental leave to my manager two weeks ago and she approved it. I have an appointment to see my gp tomorrow to see if I can get some or all of the next 4 weeks as paid sick leave.

Before I went on early maternity leave last year I had participated in a couple of competitions in work for promotion to a senior management role but now I’ve done a complete u-turn in my ambition and I’ve decided I am not going to apply for promotion again and I am going to cut my hours down as much as possible. There is nothing like the experience of being a patient in a coronary intensive care unit and having your newborn incarcerated a children’s hospital to make you realise where your priorities lie  :)
 

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Thurs 24th January 2019

P is 5 Years 10.5 Months Old

I'm typing this diary entry in the waiting area of the paediatrics department of our local hospital. I'm here with P. Poor little thing hasn't been feeling well the last few days and was saying her tummy was sore. I was putting it down to something viral and hoping it would just run its course. Yesterday afternoon she seemed worse and last night she had a very high temperature of 39.7c. Her temperature came down when I gave her Calpol but spiked again this morning to 39.2c . I got an appointment for her at the gp at 11am this morning. The gp said she does have a viral chest infection and her ears and throat were clear. She said she was going to refer P to the hospital because when she listened to her heart with a stethoscope she could hear an irregular heartbeat :eek:

Here at the hospital P was given an ecg on a portable machine then sent to the cardiology department for another one. The doctor said it showed irregularities and they wanted to do some blood tests. Poor little P had to have a cannula put into the back of her little hand. It was awful because it really hurt her despite them numbing her hand with cream and spray. All I could do was try to comfort her :(
Her temperature spiked again to 39c and she was given Calpol.

Update:
After 6 hours of waiting from when we got to the hospital P was admitted as an inpatient for overnight observation and put in an isolation room because she has slight diarrhea. DH arrived after work and we decided he would stay overnight with her and I would go home to look after R and J. Luckily I had arranged for T to mind them while I brought P to the gp so she minded them all day while I was at the hospital. I am going back to the hospital in the morning after I drop R to preschool at 9am and T will mind J.

The doctors have said that Ps irregular heartbeat is most likely caused by the viral infection/fever but they need to monitor it. Please God it will go back to normal very quickly ^pray^ Thankfully her blood tests didn't show up anything. One of the doctors let me listen to Ps heartbeat myself with a stethoscope and I could clearly hear a pause in it. It went bump bump pause, bump bump pause... :eek:
 

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Friday 25th January 2019

I could cry ...if I wasn't holding it together for Ps sake  :(

The consultant came around earlier and she said that Ps irregular heartbeat is not being caused by her viral infection. She said it is something that would have been there before and it is just coincidence that it came to light now  :-\  :( She said a viral infection could cause the heart rate to speed up but it wouldn't cause the heart to skip beats or pause like Ps is  ???

She said they have sent the ecg results to the cardiologists in the children's hospital in Dublin (same one J was in) and they will review it and come back to them with a plan. She said they probably won't have any news for us until about 5pm because the Dublin cardiologists don't review the cases until the afternoon.

In other news J has his first tooth since Tues  ^milestone^
He is doing great and developing well.

R had tonsillitis last week and he has a bad cough now but besides that he is doing great too.
 

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Tues 29th January 2019

P is 5 years 10.5 months old
R is 4 years 10 months old
J is 6.5 months old

P was discharged from hospital on Saturday after 2 nights there. After waiting anxiously all day Friday for news from the Dublin hospital cardiologists the consultant didn’t come around to see P again until Saturday morning.
It was a different consultant than the one I had spoken on Friday.  He said that the Dublin cardiologists said she could be discharged from our local hospital but they need to see her in the Dublin hospital cardiology unit as an outpatient. We will get an appointment in the post.

DH stayed in the hospital with P on Friday night so I wasn’t there when she was discharged to ask questions so I don’t know how long we will have to wait for an appointment. A quick google tells me that they triage requests for appointments and if we get a letter with a date for an appointment then Ps case is considered urgent and if we get a letter just acknowledging the request for an appointment then her case hasn’t been considered urgent  ??? Google also tells me there are huge waiting lists even for children’s cardiology appointments  :eek: So we will just have to wait and see when we get our appointment for. If it is going to be a long way off we will use some of our savings to get her seen privately.

P seemed fine when she got home albeit a bit tired so I allowed her to go to a birthday party she had been invited to because it was one of her two best friends from school and she had been really looking forward to it.

She went back to school yesterday and seems totally back to normal. Fingers crossed this is all nothing to worry too much about but of course I am worried  ??? The consultant said if it was anything serious then the Dublin hospital would have had her admitted there immediately.

I had to keep R off school and bring him to the gp again yesterday because he is still not fully recovered since his tonsillitis bout. He has a terrible cough for over a week and has been getting sick in bed every night from coughing so much. Anyhow, the gp put him on another antibiotic and told me to up his use of the blue inhaler for his asthma. He is on the brown inhaler all year round.


 

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Monday 4th February 2019

P will be 5 years 11 months old in 3 days time
R is 4 years 10 months old
J is 6.5 months old

We got a letter from the Dublin hospital on Friday giving P an appointment with a cardiologist on 26th April which would be 12 weeks time. I’d rather not wait that long to have her seen so I phoned the private clinic this morning and asked to have her seen there instead. It will cost €200 for her to see the consultant privately but I can claim it back on the Hospital Saturday Fund I am paying into so it’s a no brainer. We will get an appointment in the post for her for some time in February once the private clinic receives our referral letter which I have organised to be sent there. She is doing great so my gut thinks there is nothing to worry about but I still want her seen ASAP for peace of mind.

P brought home her first ever school report today. She did brilliantly on it. All the pupils in her class were assessed on what they have learned so far regarding reading and writing. P got 14 out of 14 for letter names, 14 out of 14 for letter sounds and 25 out of 25 for sight words! So she got top marks in everything  :) I am not one bit surprised because I know from doing her homework with her etc that she is very very clever. The teacher wrote on it that her letter formations are great but she needs a little bit more practice writing ‘n’ and ‘m’ to perfect them. Under ‘Social Skillls’ she has written - P mixes well with other children, she is considerate and tolerant of others. She works well independently and thrives on praise. She also wrote on the end that P is doing super!  :)
I am extremely proud of her  :) :) :) :)

We got word today that R has been accepted into the same primary school that P is in. He will be starting at the end of August  :) Both myself and DH are delighted because it is a really good school and it can be difficult to get a place in it  :)
J reached another milestone today...He started saying “Dada” for the first time  :)  ^milestone^
I know he is not (yet) deliberately calling DH when he says it but it is adorable to hear all the same and it is his first step towards learning to talk  :)
He was very cranky today with his teeth. He has one tooth fully up and another just about to break through the gums. He also has a head cold and is coughing a lot at night so I’d say he feels miserable  :(

Thankfully Rs cough is cleared up now - the antibiotics and inhalers did the trick and P is fine so it’s only J sick at the moment. When you have 3 kids the odds are that at least one of them will be sick at this time of the year  ???
 

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Thursday 7th February 2019

P is 5 years 11 Months Old Today

Ps appointment to see the cardiologist is now Tues 19th February so less than 2 weeks to wait for that. If you’re prepared to pay privately you can magically knock ten weeks off the waiting list. It doesn’t seem fair but that’s the way it is.

At WW on Wednesday I was down 0.5 lbs. The two previous weeks I stayed the same weight so I now have 10 lbs to loose to get to goal. As always the way I loose or gain weight is one of life’s greatest mysteries.... I have been sticking rigidly to my WW points for the last few weeks and exercising as much as possible and I seem to be stuck at the same weight, whereas for 6 weeks over Xmas I ate and drank what I wanted and I only gained 1 lb ...how does that happen ?? ???  ???

I’m on week 5 of the couch to 5km program. I’ve been doing it 3 times a week since I started and I’m really enjoying it. I can feel myself getting fitter and my clothes are starting to fit me better so I’m going to stick with it.

 

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Thursday 14th February 2019

J will be 7 months old in 2 days time

At WW yesterday I was down 1.5lbs so I now have 8.5 lbs to loose to get to my goal weight  ^pompom^
I’m not sure how I lost 1.5lbs this week because I didn’t stick to WW points allowance as rigidly as the previous few weeks  ??? I had a few beers and nibbles at home Friday night and I had a few glasses of wine at a concert I brought my mum to on Sunday night (JM). I did however do my couch to 5km program 3 times in the week so I think that’s what helped. I now only have 4lbs to loose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight  :)

I’m back to work today  :eek:  I had planned to go back next week but I got a letter from my HR department last Thursday telling me that they are putting me on half pay from this week because I have reached my sick leave limit so I have to go back now :mad: I thought pregnancy related illness wasn’t counted for half pay purposes but apparently it is. Before my car accident last March I had no sick leave at all but between that and being signed off on maternity leave in May because of the bleeds I had in Js pregnancy I am now at the limit of the amount of sick leave for which I am entitled to full pay. Anyways, it is what it is....I’ve been off work on full pay since last May so I can’t complain too much.

I’m in a well paid, permanent job so I knew I would be going back to work even with 3 children to care for. I wouldn’t put all of the burden of having to financially support our family on DH. I am happy to contribute too so that the kids will have secure futures and we can enjoy the here and now without financial worries.

I will miss J like anything while I am away from him but I’m only going to work on Thursdays and Fridays until at least September and I will probably take extra time off during the summer so I will have the best of both worlds. I will get plenty of time with the kids when I’m at home and I will get to use my brain and have adult interaction when I’m at work. The first few weeks getting used to being back in work and away from the kids will be difficult but I will survive! Thankfully T, the brilliant childminder we have for the last 2.5 years is going to mind them so I don’t have to worry about how well they are being cared for.

J has 2 teeth fully up now on his bottom gum and his face has put on weight from eating solids and it has made him extremely cute looking. I think he is getting more gorgeous looking by the day. He has big chocolate brown eyes and his hair is all spiky looking because it is just starting to grow  :) He was definitely top of the queue when God was giving out cuteness  :) He is developing really well too thank God. He loves eating solids and makes squawking noises to tell me when he wants more food  :) He interacts great with P and R and they adore him  :) He is able to pick things up and put his own soother back in. He gets very excited to see me when I have been away from him for a bit.

Anyways ...have to get up and get ready for work!
 

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Wednesday 20th February 2019

P is 5 years 11.5 months old

P got on fine at her cardiology appointment yesterday. The consultant did a heart echo scan and said she does have an extra beat in the top chambers of her heart but he thinks it is nothing to be overly concerned about because it is not causing her any physical problems such as fainting or chest discomfort etc. He said he wanted to have her fitted with a holter monitor for 24 hours to get an accurate picture of how often the extra beats happen. He also sent her for a ecg.

So P came home from the appointment wired up to the holter monitor which was set to record for 24 hours. I am to send the monitor back to them by registered post and the consultant will review the findings from that and the ecg and let me know if P needs to see him again. He said even if nothing shows up on the holter monitor and ecg P would need to be seen by a cardiologist once a year to ensure that the irregularity does not affect her as her heart grows. He made it sound as if there is nothing to worry about so fingers crossed there isn't  ^pray^

There was a very funny moment when P was getting the heart echo scan done. She had to lie on a trolley bed and the consultant did the scan with gel on a wand and we could see what was happening on a screen. He scanned her tummy because I think they do that to look upwards at the heart and he also scanned her chest. When he was finished P said very seriously to him "Am I going to have a baby?"  ;D  ;D
In fairness to her it was the very same as a pregnancy ultrasound  ::) I couldn't stop laughing but of course I reassured her she is most definitely not having a baby  :)

I did really well at my WW weigh in this morning I was down 2lbs this week  :)  :) So I now have 6.5 lbs to get to goal.... I’m happy with that. I did have a Thai takeaway and a few drinks Friday night but I burned off the extra calories by doing my couch to 5km training three times again this week  :) I even went out training in the pouring rain yesterday evening so I deserved a good weigh in this morning  ::)

Work went fine last week. It was a novelty to be able to sit down on my behind all day coz when I’m at home with the kids I never get a minute to sit down. I also got to go on tea break where I got to drink a full mug of hot tea while chatting to my work pals and nobody asked me to wipe their bum or get them something  ;D I did miss the kids especially J but I think I will have a nice balance now of being a good mum and having a little bit of life for myself  :) I’m back in work tomorrow and Friday....hopefully it will go as well as last week.
 

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Wednesday 6th March 2019

P is 6 years old tomorrow!
R is 4 years 11 months old
J is 7 months 3 weeks old

I can't believe P will be 6 years old tomorrow! ... That was a very quick 6 years! DH said to me earlier that this day 6 years ago we had no children and now we are lucky enough to have 3 of them and our lives are completely different :)

I absolutely love P and I couldn't imagine life without her. I am so glad we went down the donor route and I became her mum. She is very beautiful, highly intelligent, caring and feisty and I get to be her mum forever. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow and learn different things and develop her talents more as she gets older :)

I got on great at WW this morning. I am down 1.5 lbs since last week. I was up 0.5lbs last week so now I only have 5.5lbs to loose to get to my goal weight. According to my home scales I am back to the weight I was before I became pregnant with J so i am delighted with that  ^banana^ ^banana^
I had gained 25lbs during his pregnancy!

I'm on week 9 of the couch to 5km program and I'm now able to jog/run for 25 minutes continuously without keeling over :) I feel so much fitter than I did before I started doing the program and thanks to it and WW most of the clothes in my wardrobe are fitting me again. I even bought a new size 10 blouse yesterday and it fits me well  :)

On Monday I got the results of the smear test I had done in November and thankfully it shows no abnormalities  :)  :) The results 'only' took 14 or 15 weeks to come back. I was very nervous opening the envelope when I saw the 'Cervical Check' logo. I was terrified it would show something amiss because it was 4 years since I had done the last one.
 

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Sunday 10th March 2019

P is 6 years 3 days old

We had Ps birthday party at home yesterday. It went great. I tried to keep the guest list as small as possible and in the end there was 15 children including P and R. I only invited 4 girls from her class at school, the rest were friends of Ps from pre-school, 2 neighbours and a few cousins. It was a unicorn themed party and I got a gorgeous birthday cake made for her with a unicorn and rainbow on top. We played old school type games like ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, pass the parcel, musical statues, hide and go seek and dancing games. I gave out prizes and made sure everyone got something. I organized for a lady to come in to do glitter face painting and tattoos for all the kids. Everyone enjoyed themselves  :)
 

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Monday 18th March 2019

J is 8 Months 2 Days Old

I did it !!! Yesterday on St Patrick's Day I completed my first ever official chip timed 5km race.
I jogged all the way and finished in 31.10 minutes ^pompom^ Not bad for a 46 year old with an 8 month old baby. And not bad considering I only started the couch to 5km program 10 weeks ago :) I'm very proud that I set a goal for myself and I achieved it. I'm hoping to keep it up now and take part in another 5km race soon.

I've fallen off the wagon a bit with my weight loss. Last week I was up 0.5lbs (6lbs to loose) because I ate too much birthday cake etc the weekend of Ps birthday and last night I had too many alcoholic drinks and naughty nibbles in our friends house so I expect to be up weight again this week but I will try to reign it in before this Wednesday's weigh in.

J turned 8 months old on Saturday. He's starting to get a lot better at sitting up on his own. He can sit now for a minute or two without toppling over. He doesn't have much interest in drinking his bottles anymore but he is great to eat solids. He has a really good appetite and eats loads. I moved him in 9-12 month old clothes a few days ago as he was getting way too big for the 6-9 month old ones.

J is a great little fella and I love him and P and R to bits but I finally have absolutely no desire to have another baby. I finally feel that my family is totally complete and I will never do another IVF cycle again. It's a relief to be out the other side of the infertility journey and I am never going back to it. We do have frozen embryos so we need to decide what we are going to do with them. At the moment I am leaning towards donating them to science ???

Update:
I meant to say J has being saying "Ma" and "Mama" for the last few days :) It is magical to hear :)

Also I heard from the cardiologist who saw P a few weeks ago and he said the holter monitor showed some extra beats in the upper chambers of heart but it is relatively common for children to have that so he is not at all concerned and P doesn't need to see him again :)
 

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Thursday 28th March 2019

P is 6 years, 2 Weeks Old
R is 5 years, 1 Day Old
J is 8.5 Months Old

It was Rs birthday yesterday. He’s 5 years old now  :eek: I can’t believe he is 5 already. It only seems like yesterday he was born. Years are going by so quickly... I think it’s because I’m so busy all the time.

Anyways, so it was Rs birthday and I bought a dinosaur cake to send into his preschool with him. I asked his teacher to take photos of him getting the cake and blowing out the candles and she sent me some adorable photos of R with his best friend L (a 3.5 year old girl who lives right next door to us). She had her arm around Rs shoulder in every photo and she was looking adoringly at him ...so cute  :)

As part of the birthday celebrations the 5 of us i.e. me, DH, P, R and J went to Eddie Rockets last night for something to eat and I am organising a birthday party for him at home on Saturday 6th April.

I didn’t go to WW last week and this week at yesterday’s weigh in I’m the same weight as I was 2 weeks ago. I still have 6lbs to loose to get to goal. Last Saturday morning I did a 5km parkrun in 31.14 minutes and I did 4km myself twice in the week. My weight seems to have hit a plateau despite all the exercise and being good with my food most of the time but I know from experience that’s what happens to me so I just have to stick at it and I should see results on the scales in a few weeks.
 

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Sunday 31st March 2019 - Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day and as a treat I am having a lovely lie-in while DH looks after our 3 munchkins down stairs. He has promised to bring me breakfast in bed so I’m lying here waiting for that  :)
Earlier this morning the minute P woke up she ran into our room threw her arms around me and gave me a big hug and a kiss (She said her teacher Miss G told all the kids to do that to their mums on Mother’s Day  :) ) She told me to close my eyes because she had a surprise for me and she went off to get a card and a bunch of paper flowers that she had made me at school  :) I shed a few tears of happiness when she gave them to me :) She said she had kept them hidden in her bedroom since Friday so that I would have a nice surprise today.

R also made me a card in school and he gave me a big kiss this morning when I asked him to. I haven’t seen J yet coz DH got up to him earlier  :) DH also gave me a card and wrote in it that he appreciates all the things that I do for him and the kids every day.

I did another 5km parkrun yesterday morning and this time I pushed myself a bit more than usual and I managed to reach my goal of completing it in less than 30 minutes. I got a new personal best of 29.08 minutes  :)  :) I’m delighted with myself but my legs are still aching today and I was wrecked tired last night.

I have to bring J to the children’s hospital in Dublin tomorrow for a check-up with the respiratory team. It’s 4 months since his last check-up. He still wears the CPAP mask every night but he pulls it off himself during the night so I don’t know how many hours a night he is getting on it. He is growing and developing well so hopefully he is getting enough.
 

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Wednesday 3rd April 2019

J is 8.5 months old

J got on fine at his check-up on Monday. He was weighed and measured by a nurse and he weighs 8.7kg and he is 72cm long. We saw the consultant PMN and he was very pleased with J's progress i.e how well he is growing and developing. The morning of the appointment I downloaded the computer chip from his CPAP machine so the consultant could see how much of it he is getting now. He said it is very hit and miss. Some nights he gets loads of hours on it and some nights he gets only a couple of hours. I explained that J is able to pull the mask off and he is sleeping in a different room to us now so we don't always know when he pulls it off. I asked should we try to put it back on him in the middle of the night and he said there is no need to.

PMN is going to organise for a sleep study to be done on J at home so he will organise for him to be connected to a device to measure his oxygen levels at night over 3 nights...2 nights on CPAP and 1 night without it and they will then decide whether or not he needs to continue with the CPAP. I will hear from them when they are able to organise it and in the meantime we are to continue as we have been.

J is doing great. In the last few days he has started to imitate sounds that I make with my mouth. If I make a lol lol sound by moving my tounge from side to side J does the same. If I make a kind of Indian noise with my hand and my mouth then J does the same thing. He also blows raspberries if I do. It is sooo cute. P and R are having great fun playing the imitation game with him too. It's great to see them interacting and having fun together. J is able to say Dada, Mama and Baba and he ‘talks’ in his own language a lot. The last few days  I am trying to teach him how to clap his hands and he hasn’t got the hang of it yet but when I say clap, clap he says something that sounds like ‘clap’  :)

As J is really good at sitting up now I got him a walker yesterday and he loves it. He is already getting the hang of moving around in it and he is already pulling clothes off the clothes horse and opening the washing machine door  :)

I got on great in WW this morning. I am down 3lbs this week  ^banana^ ^banana^ ^banana^
So now I only have 3lbs left to get to my goal weight  :) I have lost 14.5 lbs since I rejoined WW at the beginning of October... it has been slow progress but definitely worth the effort  :)
 

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Wednesday 10th April 2019

P is 6 years, 1 month old
R is 5 years, 2 weeks old
J is 8 months, 3 weeks old

We had Rs birthday party last Saturday 6th April. We had it at our house and it went great. For it we had a 36 foot long bouncy castle obstacle course in the shape of a red lizard in our back garden  :) Luckily our back garden is quiet large for a housing estate (as we are living in a corner house) because the lizard was huge...much bigger looking than I imagined it would be. It was delivered on Friday evening and not collected until Monday evening so the kids had 3 full days of fun in it. R had a brilliant time. DH spent a lot of time chasing him through it which he absolutely loved  :)

I deliberately kept the number of kids invited to the party as low as possible and we had 15 kids at it including P and R. I invited only 3 from Rs class at preschool and the rest were neighborhood kids that R plays with and cousins. We were lucky with the weather so I was able to feed them all pizza and chips outside in the garden at the picnic bench. I got a cake made in the shape of a Minnion because that was what R wanted.

P was a bit off form on the morning of the party and I suspected she was coming down with something but she joined in the fun during the day and even went on a sleepover to her friend Ms house two doors down from us that night. The next morning when N dropped her back she seemed really unwell and she was saying her tummy hurt so I checked her temperature and it was 39c. I gave her Calpol and she lay on the couch unable to do anything. A while later her temperature spiked to 40.3c so I got her an appointment with the out of hours doctor. He checked her pee sample and said it showed something and he suspected a uti or kidney infection so he started her on Augmentin antibiotics which she is to take for a week. Her pee sample was sent to the lab and I am supposed to hear from my usual gp to let me know if there is an infection there. I kept her off school Monday and she insisted on going back yesterday.

At WW this morning I weighed in the same as last week so I still have 3 lbs to loose to get to goal. I’m happy with that this week because I went totally off plan food wise at the weekend and I didn’t do my usual run at the weekend either. I had takeaway two nights in a row, a few glasses of wine, birthday cake and Easter egg amongst other ‘naughty’ stuff so how I didn’t gain weight is a mystery  :)
 
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