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Posted on 08-13-17 01:45:20 AM (last edited by Tarale at 08-13-17 02:17:17 AM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Foxhack
... I'm very happy to hear you're both doing okay. I... kinda felt awful after making my last post here and reading about your complications so I just ran away for a bit.

Ahhh, sorry, I didn't mean to do that. Sorry, I should have realised it might be a bit upsetting to read. Well, if it helps, you know this story had a happy ending. Like I said on the night, the midwives and doctors were amazing. They knew shit was going wrong and it's because of them that everything turned out fine.

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Posted on 08-14-17 01:41:59 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
Originally posted by Foxhack
... I'm very happy to hear you're both doing okay. I... kinda felt awful after making my last post here and reading about your complications so I just ran away for a bit.

Ahhh, sorry, I didn't mean to do that. Sorry, I should have realised it might be a bit upsetting to read. Well, if it helps, you know this story had a happy ending. Like I said on the night, the midwives and doctors were amazing. They knew shit was going wrong and it's because of them that everything turned out fine.




Okay, no. You did nothing wrong. You had a child, and you had complications which you thankfully managed to get through. You didn't upset me. I just... tend to say stuff to people, and then things go badly for them.

You didn't do anything wrong. You just had a baby! There's nothing wrong with that! I'm just an idiot who doesn't know how to deal with screwing up. So don't worry. Just look after your kid.
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Posted on 08-14-17 07:11:22 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Foxhack
Okay, no. You did nothing wrong. You had a child, and you had complications which you thankfully managed to get through. You didn't upset me. I just... tend to say stuff to people, and then things go badly for them.

You didn't do anything wrong. You just had a baby! There's nothing wrong with that! I'm just an idiot who doesn't know how to deal with screwing up. So don't worry. Just look after your kid.

Dude, there's no way anything you said had anything to do with it. Before you even said anything there were risk factors, like my age, that led to the complications. And again, it worked out fine because the midwives and doctors are very well trained and knew exactly what to do. And even though it was pretty scary at the time, we're both doing well now. You didn't screw anything up.

On another note, baby and I left the house for our first big outing on our own. We've been cooped up here for six weeks… more than that if you count being cooped up before his birthday. I'd been to the supermarket, which is within walking distance, but today we caught the bus into the city and went to my work. I got to see adult people! And have conversations! And buy a decent lunch! And baby got to have a bus ride! And see new people! And get lots of hugs! It went very well, but by the end he was very tired and got a little overtired and cranky. It was a good day!
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Posted on 08-15-17 04:00:10 PM Link | Quote
It's great that everything's going well now, and I can't imagine being totally cooped up at home for weeks like that. It was bad enough when I had a nasty cold and was stuck on the couch for a week
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Posted on 08-17-17 01:19:10 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
It's great that everything's going well now, and I can't imagine being totally cooped up at home for weeks like that. It was bad enough when I had a nasty cold and was stuck on the couch for a week

Yeah, it's… been pretty boring and isolating. The kid's cute and everything, but he's not much of a conversationalist. It's getting better now he doesn't need to nurse so often and for so long… there are gaps in the day I could do other things!
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Posted on 08-17-17 02:53:48 AM Link | Quote
Probably a lot like having a normal job, then
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Posted on 08-17-17 04:18:46 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Probably a lot like having a normal job, then

LOL hell no. Not a full-time job, anyway. Perhaps something with long hours and on call. Maybe like being a junior doctor… I hear they have long hours, no sleep, and can be on call.

Just nursing can be 8 hours of the day. Then there are other things like changing, settling him to sleep, developmental play activities, preparing and sterilising bottles, and taking care of yourself (and stuff around the house, like baby's laundry) somewhere in there.

But the nursing eventually stops being a full time job. It's starting to ease off now, except for when he has a mental development leap.
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Posted on 08-18-17 06:24:55 PM Link | Quote
Okay, so it sounds like... way too much work


It's been weird seeing this place fairly active again; I know it's probably temporary until we collectively lose interest again, but in the mean time it's been nice seeing everyone around.

Hopefully we can keep it up for a while and explore new topics.

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Posted on 08-19-17 01:40:18 AM (last edited by sofi at 08-19-17 12:02:50 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Okay, so it sounds like... way too much work


It's been weird seeing this place fairly active again; I know it's probably temporary until we collectively lose interest again, but in the mean time it's been nice seeing everyone around.

Hopefully we can keep it up for a while and explore new topics.



for the record, there are a few reasons i'm back:
  1. got a fairly retro style laptop that made me nostalgic for the retro Internet things i'd do

  2. bored/frustrated w/ FB

  3. i miss my dear, old friends on this site!
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Posted on 08-19-17 06:35:15 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Okay, so it sounds like... way too much work


It's been weird seeing this place fairly active again; I know it's probably temporary until we collectively lose interest again, but in the mean time it's been nice seeing everyone around.

Hopefully we can keep it up for a while and explore new topics.



Kids are so much work. I'm glad I only have one!

I saw one of your posts on Twitter about forums and got curious. I'm also slightly exasperated by the relentless depressing shit on social media, and am enjoying a change.
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Posted on 08-19-17 12:13:13 PM Link | Quote
social media is definitely, more or less, on the fritz rn

but also i've honestly just preferred the format of an AcmlmBoard. i wish i could get all of them on a board w/ me. sometimes i fantasize about how my non-Jul friends would design their layout if they hung out here.
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Posted on 08-19-17 03:46:53 PM Link | Quote
You could always encourage them.


And one of many nice things about this place is that it's not a constant feed of crap you have to scroll through. Everything's broken into topics and I can ignore the awful news threads if I want, I don't have to scroll past them or mute whatever's going on.

(The speed of discussions is also a lot slower )
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Posted on 08-19-17 07:10:07 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
You could always encourage them.


And one of many nice things about this place is that it's not a constant feed of crap you have to scroll through. Everything's broken into topics and I can ignore the awful news threads if I want, I don't have to scroll past them or mute whatever's going on.

(The speed of discussions is also a lot slower )

slower is better. message boards are #liveauthentic.

i did, i told one friend to join but he hasn't posted yet!
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Posted on 08-21-17 06:25:28 AM Link | Quote
I got my Paid Parental Leave moneys!! I didn't even have to phone Centrelink again or anything!

Now I feel less bad about my spending. I haven't been going nuts, but I have enough that I don't feel guilty that I bought myself some chocolate either.
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Posted on 08-24-17 06:58:27 PM Link | Quote
Looks like things are quieting down a bit again, but that's to be expected.

I'm just trying to hang on for another 6 workdays until I get a week off. I'm so tired of work
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Posted on 08-25-17 12:43:02 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Looks like things are quieting down a bit again, but that's to be expected.

I'm just trying to hang on for another 6 workdays until I get a week off. I'm so tired of work

Yay, upcoming leave! The last bit before leave is always the worst. Well… that and the bit where you go back. Hopefully the time will fly for you!

Well, the midwife was just here, and she's weighed and measured the kid. He's growing really fast. Thriving. The only thing that isn't going so well is sleep, and that's normal.
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Posted on 08-25-17 10:22:32 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Looks like things are quieting down a bit again, but that's to be expected.

I'm just trying to hang on for another 6 workdays until I get a week off. I'm so tired of work

i've been on vacation, so i haven't logged in as much. i'm usually most active when i'm doing editing work & am stuck in front of my computer for hours. i'm still checking every day, though!
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Posted on 08-28-17 08:17:36 AM Link | Quote
I had a friend around and they cuddled the baby while I did some housework and cackled. It had been a while since I'd been able to vacuum or mop, so it was intensely satisfying, and everything looks so much nicer now.
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Posted on 08-28-17 04:28:59 PM Link | Quote
Wait, you enjoy chores?
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Posted on 08-30-17 05:34:10 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Wait, you enjoy chores?

Not really. I enjoy the effect once the chores are done. The house is much more calming when it's clean.

I'd been managing to keep the house tidy, but the floor had been getting dusty and dirty. Because the baby takes up so much time, I had just been watching it get messy without being able to do anything about it. When I finally did get a chance, every swish of the vacuum was just… oh so good.

The house has felt magical since.
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