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Welcome to Baby

Let us hear your answer in our Questionbox!: I chose to "go organic" when I became pregnant______T/F? Visit us on: http://www.welcome-to-baby.com/
Created by ginoongtomba69 at 6:19 PM, 21 Nov 2014
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Just about to start TTC and filled with anxiety.

Hello all, I have been reading the articles on this site for some time but this is my first post. I would like to reach out to this community for some perspective. I am nearing the end of my last cycle on birth control and we are about to start TTC, or at least that is the current plan. I have found that when I think about TTC I start asking myself if I am really ready endlessly. I think about all the things that aren't perfect and maybe if I wait a little longer they will be better, but at the same time I don't want to wait anymore. I feel this constant yo yo effect of 'yes I am' and 'no I'm not' and it shakes my confidence. I think about all the things I haven't done or experienced but then I wonder how important they really are when compared to becoming a mother. Then I have a calm moment when my husband and I are alone and cuddled up and the only thing I want is to start our family and then it begins again. Someone I know once told me that you hear a voice that tells you that you want to be a mother but logic and rational thinking drown it out and one day that voice is louder than reason and anything else in your life and that is the moment when you take the jump. I hear that voice loud and clear but sometimes I hedge. Is this just me? I thought I would know and leap confidently. What was this like for you? The frustrating thing is I am certain beyond a doubt that if I found out tomorrow that I was pregnant my husband and I would be fine. I am sure I would freak out a bit but I know in my heart that we would be filled with joy and that my husband and I would make it work no matter what. So I don't understand why if it was an accident then somehow that makes it easier and if its planned there is so much extra pressure? My husband while wonderful can be infuriating with his super calm exterior and it makes me wonder I am the only person that feels this way. I am relative new to the area where I live and I don't have anyone to ask if this is normal or share their experience with me. I am not ready to share the fact that this is on my agenda with my family so I thought I would reach out to all the wonderful people that make up this community. If you have the time please share your stories here. I would like to know what you were thinking and feeling when you started your journey to becoming a parent. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.
Last comment by DeeDee at 12:00 AM, 20 Nov 2014
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Who can help me.I can't buy suitable Infant milk powder for my 8months old baby.

Hi,every mum.I am a mother from China .My baby eight months old.Now I can't buy safe infant formula for him in China.People who can help me to buy some milk powder from New Zealand to send to me? I would be very grateful.I will pay you all cost and pay you additional fees.My English is very bad.Hope someone can help me.thank you My contact information: E-mail:927810070@qq.com mobile phone:+86-13731161100 My name:Ting Zhen My address:Room 1-101, 6th Building,beicheng road 8,Shijiazhuang city, hebei province China 050071
Last comment by yon365 at 4:56 PM, 19 Nov 2014
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Why Everyone Should Have Kids

Why Everyone Should Have Kids Kids change your perspective on the world Before my wife and I found out we were expecting, we were world travelers and success seekers. We spent our time and energy attempting to discover and, to an extent, defy the world. When our first child was born, we held her in our hands and became servants to something much greater. Indeed, the entire world was now in our hands. Children build your muscles Every time I pick up my daughters, I’m reminded of Stanley Yelnats’ great-great-great grandfather from the book Holes. He had to carry a pig up a mountain every day for several years and, as the pig got fatter, Stanley’s great-great-great grandfather got stronger. I carry, run, bounce, toss, tackle, tickle, hop, squat and bench press my kids 100+ times a day. In fact, I was a collegiate athlete and being a father has proven to be just as, if not more effective in my muscle retention than when i was training 6 days a week, 5 hours a day. Babies make you more flexible Between 3 a.m. wakeup calls, toddler gymnastics, weekend visits to grandma and grandpa’s house and constant birthday parties, your schedule after having children gets packed. How you find ways to give of yourself and still find time for your spouse, hobbies and work defines your physical and mental stability. Creating an effective, yet flexible schedule becomes Do-or-Die for parents and, for the most part, the majority to indeed do. In conclusion, I have no problem with a couple’s decision to not have children if they do not desire. However, I’ve come to the realization that there is no better way to get to heaven than by exercising the necessary patience, self-control, understanding and happiness that being a parent requires. I’m sure your parents would say the same. funny games for baby http://www.abc4kids.org
Created by Tina0212 at 4:48 PM, 18 Nov 2014

Pregnancy

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Just about to start TTC and filled with anxiety.

Hello all, I have been reading the articles on this site for some time but this is my first post. I would like to reach out to this community for some perspective. I am nearing the end of my last cycle on birth control and we are about to start TTC, or at least that is the current plan. I have found that when I think about TTC I start asking myself if I am really ready endlessly. I think about all the things that aren't perfect and maybe if I wait a little longer they will be better, but at the same time I don't want to wait anymore. I feel this constant yo yo effect of 'yes I am' and 'no I'm not' and it shakes my confidence. I think about all the things I haven't done or experienced but then I wonder how important they really are when compared to becoming a mother. Then I have a calm moment when my husband and I are alone and cuddled up and the only thing I want is to start our family and then it begins again. Someone I know once told me that you hear a voice that tells you that you want to be a mother but logic and rational thinking drown it out and one day that voice is louder than reason and anything else in your life and that is the moment when you take the jump. I hear that voice loud and clear but sometimes I hedge. Is this just me? I thought I would know and leap confidently. What was this like for you? The frustrating thing is I am certain beyond a doubt that if I found out tomorrow that I was pregnant my husband and I would be fine. I am sure I would freak out a bit but I know in my heart that we would be filled with joy and that my husband and I would make it work no matter what. So I don't understand why if it was an accident then somehow that makes it easier and if its planned there is so much extra pressure? My husband while wonderful can be infuriating with his super calm exterior and it makes me wonder I am the only person that feels this way. I am relative new to the area where I live and I don't have anyone to ask if this is normal or share their experience with me. I am not ready to share the fact that this is on my agenda with my family so I thought I would reach out to all the wonderful people that make up this community. If you have the time please share your stories here. I would like to know what you were thinking and feeling when you started your journey to becoming a parent. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.
Last comment by DeeDee at 12:00 AM, 20 Nov 2014
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Devasted every month / need some encouragement

Hi all, I have been TTC for about 9 months with no luck. Just took a pregnancy test this morning and it was negative. I was distraught. Every month I become convinced I am pregnant, and finding out I am not is so heart breaking. I really don't know what is wrong. I have had regular periods from day 1, and my husband got a sperm test and his count was way above average. My sisters both got pregnant with not much trying and my mum had six kids without even knowing about ovulation or anything. My cousins are so fertile, and most of them have had lots of kids, so I come from a family of great breeders. I have only been on the pill for about 1 month in my life, and that was years ago. I am pretty healthy (don't excersis enough, but eat well). Don't smoke and have all over good health. I just don't know what to do next or where to get help or advice. I went to the doc and she ordered and blood test to see if I had ovulated and I had. I do wonder if my sex drive is hindering us conceiving, it is very low and I struggle with having sex every 2nd day for the whole cycle. I am turning 31 in less than a week and I am losing hope this is going to happen for us naturally. Has anyone had a similar experience that could give me some advice and/or encouragement?
Last comment by Leonard Wilson at 11:43 AM, 17 Nov 2014

Baby

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Welcome to Baby

Let us hear your answer in our Questionbox!: I chose to "go organic" when I became pregnant______T/F? Visit us on: http://www.welcome-to-baby.com/
Created by ginoongtomba69 at 6:19 PM, 21 Nov 2014
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Who can help me.I can't buy suitable Infant milk powder for my 8months old baby.

Hi,every mum.I am a mother from China .My baby eight months old.Now I can't buy safe infant formula for him in China.People who can help me to buy some milk powder from New Zealand to send to me? I would be very grateful.I will pay you all cost and pay you additional fees.My English is very bad.Hope someone can help me.thank you My contact information: E-mail:927810070@qq.com mobile phone:+86-13731161100 My name:Ting Zhen My address:Room 1-101, 6th Building,beicheng road 8,Shijiazhuang city, hebei province China 050071
Last comment by yon365 at 4:56 PM, 19 Nov 2014

Little kids

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Why Everyone Should Have Kids

Why Everyone Should Have Kids Kids change your perspective on the world Before my wife and I found out we were expecting, we were world travelers and success seekers. We spent our time and energy attempting to discover and, to an extent, defy the world. When our first child was born, we held her in our hands and became servants to something much greater. Indeed, the entire world was now in our hands. Children build your muscles Every time I pick up my daughters, I’m reminded of Stanley Yelnats’ great-great-great grandfather from the book Holes. He had to carry a pig up a mountain every day for several years and, as the pig got fatter, Stanley’s great-great-great grandfather got stronger. I carry, run, bounce, toss, tackle, tickle, hop, squat and bench press my kids 100+ times a day. In fact, I was a collegiate athlete and being a father has proven to be just as, if not more effective in my muscle retention than when i was training 6 days a week, 5 hours a day. Babies make you more flexible Between 3 a.m. wakeup calls, toddler gymnastics, weekend visits to grandma and grandpa’s house and constant birthday parties, your schedule after having children gets packed. How you find ways to give of yourself and still find time for your spouse, hobbies and work defines your physical and mental stability. Creating an effective, yet flexible schedule becomes Do-or-Die for parents and, for the most part, the majority to indeed do. In conclusion, I have no problem with a couple’s decision to not have children if they do not desire. However, I’ve come to the realization that there is no better way to get to heaven than by exercising the necessary patience, self-control, understanding and happiness that being a parent requires. I’m sure your parents would say the same. funny games for baby http://www.abc4kids.org
Created by Tina0212 at 4:48 PM, 18 Nov 2014
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What do you do for childcare?

I'd be really interested to know what you mums do for childcare - when you first go back to work (assuming you do), when they are in school etc. Creche, au pairs, nannies? What's common in NZ? :)
Last comment by Dee-Attwood at 2:50 PM, 27 Oct 2014

Big kids

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Bible Studies and Opting Out

I read the article about Jeff McClintock objecting to the Bibles in Schools programme reducing teaching/learning time with interest. This issue resonates with me as we are currently living in a small rural community and my son is the only child in our local school to be opted out of the programme. As such, there is one morning a week where he starts the school day at 9.30am as the school have no provision for children not in the programme. He struggles to understand why he is different to the rest of the class as kids being kids, a number of them tease him for being late. He is a very quiet child and uncomfortable with attention so it makes it all the more difficult to try and slip into the class with the minimum of fuss. My personal view is that State run schools should be secular and I am staunchly opposed to the Bibles in Schools programme but with my older child the experience of opting out was seamless and easy. He was at a Primary School where the programme was run after lunch, was actively promoted to parents as being entirely voluntary and the kids who didn't participate were allowed to visit the library for half an hour. There was never an issue and my son was never made to feel different or weird. But all this being said, it is our choice to opt out and clearly we have to accept the consequences, but where is this teaching time made up? During Term 1 alone we have had a couple of half days due to Parent Teacher Interviews, School Athletics and at least two Teachers Only Days (apparently Easter Tuesday is now an official school holiday??!!). I am fortunate in that I have been able to shuffle my work days around to suit but I really do question how we would have been able to manage had my hubby and I both still been working full time. And most importantly, the pupils are still missing out on 20 hours teaching a year so I'm right behind you on this Jeff - I struggle to understand how and why we are just expected to accept this without question?
Last comment by hillbillygirl at 2:07 PM, 23 Mar 2014
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What's the Tooth Fairy's going rate these days?

The son of a friend of mine lost his first tooth while staying at his grandparents. The tooth fairy there decided to give him $20 (!!!) for the tooth. Not a great precedent, and now he's got a second tooth loose, his parents want to know what a more realistic price might be. Any suggestions?
Last comment by AnKi at 4:30 PM, 10 Mar 2014

Family life

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Are fathers important in their childrens lives?

My personal opinion is that yes they are very important. Which is why I was surprised to find this "parenting" site so PINK! I looked up pink to see what it meant and found this on the web : "pink is associated with sexuality, and purity. That is, a girl who is a virgin in heart and body." We, why are we going with a parenting sites designed for virgin's?? How about a more neutral colour and making a few dads feel welcome here. Maybe a change in name too like the posts in the Essential Dads thread that got shut down for some reason. Just my opinion. Was interested to know how other dads and mum felt about it?
Last comment by lanes at 1:28 PM, 28 Aug 2014
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I want another baby - husband doesn't...

I am after a little advice. I am 36 and so definately fall in the older mum category... I met my husband 4 years ago and we discussed having children. He already had an 8yo from a previous relationship that is with us 50/50. I told him that I really wanted 4 kids, but would settle for 3 considering 'we' already had one. He told me that I could have as many as I wanted. Once we got engaged we talked about it again. I told him I wanted 3 biological and he said he wanted 1 more only. I told him that I did not want my child to be growing up alone (as their half sister would be over 10 years older so almost another parent, plus only with us half the time) and so I compromised again and said that I would agree to having 2 as a minimum and I wouldn't compromise again as I wanted 2 close together in age so they could play together. He agreed. We then got married and I now have a 21month old. I am wanting to TTC next year and had the discussion and was told that he had changed his mind, and doesnt' want any more, and I can't force someone to have a child when they don't want one. When I told him that he agreed prior to us getting married he told me that everyone can change their minds and he would prefer to pay the mortgage off faster than have another child. I am devestated. I feel like my family is incomplete, and I have no options as my husband says that he won't budge and will seriously have to look at our marriage if I push the issue... I only want my husband's children and I have no time to find another Mr right at my age anyway... I never wanted an only child which is pretty much what I have... and I don't want to 'accidentally' fall pregnant... anyone else been through this????
Last comment by at 10:28 PM, 15 Aug 2014

Mum's life

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work/children balance

Hi everyone, I am a 25 y.o. my partner and I are planning to conceive during the last leg of writing my ph.d. I will be finished sometime during 2014. I would like to take a year or two out to raise baby, then perhaps look into beginning a career in my field on a part-time basis. What are other Mums experiences with juggling career and children and how did you decide to manage the two? Do you have any opinions on whether you should have stable career before beginning a family, or should it be the other way around? I'd love to know what other people are doing/ have done!
Last comment by Miyuki Su at 2:40 PM, 7 Oct 2013
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Book Club - Sisters of Mercy

Hi everyone, We'll be holding the first online meeting for the Essential Mums bookclub tonight at about 7.30. Just come back to this thread then. We'll be talking about Sisters of Mercy by Caroline Overington. If you haven't read the book here's a sneak peek of the first 30 or so pages from the publisher's website. www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/caroline-overington/sisters-of-mercy-9781742750422.aspx If you haven't read this book then join the chat anyway and tell us what you have been reading.
Last comment by NatalieJames at 8:55 PM, 13 Mar 2013

General

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Anyone looked into cloth nappies?

I bought my first set of cloth nappies from a stand at a Parent & Child Expo. It was great becuase I could look, touch and try them, and ask questions. It was just one brand though, and there are so many different brands and styles and things to think about. Looking online just doesn't cut it becuase you can't compare and play with them. In the end I spent quite a chunk of money buying a variety from TradeMe before I settled on the system I was going to use. I wondered if this dificulty was a factor for other parents. Disposables aren't just convenient to use, they take absolutely no time at all to work out. And the cost benefits of cloth aren't that great if you go through the process I followed. What has your experience been? Did you consider cloth at all? If you use cloth, which ones do you use? If not, why did you choose disposables - just convenience, or were their other reasons too? NB people make the decisions that sit their own families, so disposables and cloth are just as good as each other in my opinion.
Last comment by MamaScamps at 10:00 PM, 28 Nov 2013
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Essential Dads?

So, even though I'm a stay at home dad of a 9 month old baby, I guess I can't engage here. Because this is a site for mums only... or have I missed something?
Last comment by simoragn at 10:07 AM, 29 Oct 2012
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