Local Talk

All Right! ::claps hands:: Gather Round!!

(160 Posts)
TeeTsarina Tue 10-Jan-12 15:53:33

I'm am determined to make the Belfast Local Boards (and Co Antrim, where I also Tsarina!) more active!

Who is up for a conversation about living in Belfast and the absolute lack of child friendly places to go?! grin

Seriously, anyone about?

scampbell84 Tue 10-Jan-12 20:39:12

Hey I'm in Belfast also, expecting baby no3 and am surprised the Belfast board is so quiet!!

TeeTsarina Tue 10-Jan-12 20:42:22

HEY! ::ridiculously excited::

There used to be a group of us who met up and everything and then it just sort of died. So I am trying to breathe some life into it!

When you are you due? Can I stalk you so I can have baby snuggles when it's born as I am done? grin

scampbell84 Wed 11-Jan-12 13:38:14

Lol, this is my last for def! Can't wait for cuddles. Due at the end of June! The antennal groups on mumsnet are massive, hard to keep track! How mny kids have you got then? I've 2 6 yr olds ( Irish twins!)

TeeTsarina Wed 11-Jan-12 14:09:41

Just one. He's nearly 2.6. But I'm old so he'll be my only.

TeeTsarina Wed 11-Jan-12 14:10:29

No. He's nearly 2.7!

emblosion Thu 12-Jan-12 14:37:16

Hello! Can I join in? I live in Downpatrick but don't think any one has posted on the Co Down board for years!

I'm from England but moved over here with my fiance a couple of years ago. Currently pregnant with baby no 1 so it would be great to meet some other mums and mums to be x

emblosion Thu 12-Jan-12 14:42:54

Ps. Baby due in June!

Fubble Thu 12-Jan-12 14:51:39

Hello folks, from Co Down too but to say it's quiet on that board is an understatement.

Like Emblosion (Hi Emblosion) I'm due in June but with my second. DD is 2.2 and great craic.

It would be lovely to get chatting with folks closer to home (as much as I love the main boards too!)

Hope everyone is having a good week!

TeeTsarina Thu 12-Jan-12 14:53:18


All Nord Ironers welcome! I don't have a car so tend to keep to the greater Belfast area.

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 12-Jan-12 15:00:42

Hello folks.

I'm in Belfast and also due in June with my first baby.

I am utterly clueless in all things child related so some local knowledge would be marvellous.

TeeTsarina Thu 12-Jan-12 15:02:50

My goodness lots due in June. My son was born in June!

Anything specific, AnEcumenical?

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 12-Jan-12 15:13:09


I have no idea about finding childcare for when I return to work. Or activities like mother and baby groups and the like. Not to mention what I need to buy and where to buy it <wibble>

TeeTsarina Thu 12-Jan-12 16:05:54

Okay, first of all, don't sweat childcare yet. You have about 6 months 'til your baby will even be here, so stop worrying about returning to work!!

Can't help you with baby groups as I avoided them like the plague!

I personally bought our things from Ikea (nursery) and Samuel Johnston's with a few bits and bobs from Mothercare. I personally wouldn't use Mothercare or Mama's and Papas for any large purchases as their customer service is horrid. We bought our pram from Samuel Johnston's and their service before, during and after has been fantastic.

As for what...go have a look around the shops! See what you like!

thefurryone Thu 12-Jan-12 16:22:08

Hello everyone,

emblosion I'm also English lured over here by DH 4 years ago.

I'm in Belfast with an 8 month old DS.

I can recommend The Baby Shop they have shops in Belfast (Newtownards Road) Lisburn and somewhere else that I can't remember off hand. The one in Belfast looks really shabby outside but they have some great stuff and the staff really know what they are talking about when it comes to stuff like car seats.

Avenged Thu 12-Jan-12 18:11:46

Hi folks

Another Norn Irn lass here. From Bangor and have 2 kids nearly 6yo DD & 7yo DS.

Tee, do you know if there's going to be a meet up at some point this year?

NeedlesCuties Thu 12-Jan-12 18:12:39

Hi, thanks Tee for linking to this from the AIBU thread, otherwise I prob wouldn't have even looked for a NI thread.

Guess what? I'm pregnant again! DC2 due in August smile You can snuggle my newborn.... or mind DS for me! He will be pretty much exactly 2 and a half when this other DC is born smile

What do you mean about the lack of child-friendly places? You mean cafes and bars which don't glare at kids? Or do you mean soft play places etc specifically for kids?

emblosion Thu 12-Jan-12 18:53:27

Hooray! Hello locals smile

Congratulations to all the pregnant ladies! Am especially Excited to meet others due in June (hi ecumenical and fubble) have you guys decided where to have your babies yet? Am going for the midwife led unit in the Downe, all being well....

And a fellow English! Waves at theFurryone good tips about the baby shops, I was going to ask about good places to go and look at baby things, especially prams, have only been in mothercare and mamas and papas so far (and I too have heard bad things about their customer service).

Tee I was wondering about getting cot/furniture from IKEA, would you recommend their stuff?

I'm also totally clueless about what I actually need to buy..... Moses baskets, cot, carry cot, travel cot, cot bed - head explodes-

TeeTsarina Thu 12-Jan-12 19:54:15

Whoot! It worked! People are talking! ::wipes brow::

Avenged I would love to start having meet ups! As I've said, I don't have a car so somewhere I can get to by bus is preferable to me. If with kids, it will have to be Tues or Thurs as my son is in day care on M,W F so I can work. If without kids, I'm pretty flexible since I work for myself!

needles I thought you might be based on something you said somewhere else! Congratulations! I'm already to snuggle whenever necessary!!! And I do mean places to take children. There is no soft play within Belfast that I know of now that the one at Connswater closed. So all there really is is W5, which is expensive and Ulster Museum. Oh and the zoo. Am I missing any?

Emblosion I got my son's cot at Ikea and a tall storage cupboard thing. The cot has now been sold but it was just as solid and lovely as anything at Mamas and Papas or Mothercare for 3x the price. The tall storage cupboard is still in use. Unfortunately they don't make it any more so I can't link to it.

Okay...need to buy...less than you think to start. Car seat, moses basket, some onsies, nappies, wipes, basic baby first aide (i.e. snot sucker envy, ear thermometer), some towels and flannels. Jumpers/cardis. Blankets. That's really about it! Muslins!! Lots and lots of those! I still use them around my son's room for wiping up spills and such.

NeedlesCuties Thu 12-Jan-12 20:14:49

With regards to muslins it really is subjective. I bought a stack of them when DS was born... and never ever used them. In the end I gave them away to a friend. Some things people see as essentials other people will be happy to do without.

Tee there is a soft play place beside Abbeycentre (in Newtownabbey) which is really good, but it could be a bit of bus trek for some people. There are 2 more I know of in Glengormley, but I wouldn't expect people to drive or bus it over to there if it was far from them.

Ulster Museum is good with one or two kids, but don't know if I'd have the stamina for walking round it with my DS and lots of other toddler. Could result in broken things!

W5 is good fun though and designed for having kids running around it.

The zoo is one mile away from my house.... so I really recommend we have a meet up there in the good weather smile

emblosion if you're happy to use second hand things you could try the Gumtree Belfast site (do a Google search for it). I got some good bargains there when DS was a baby.

scampbell84 Thu 12-Jan-12 20:23:02

Wow can't believe how much this board has grown, well done tee tsarina!.

I think there myst b a baby boom at the minute, i know so many people who r pregnant!! In terms of baby stuff, i got my pram in the baby shop on the newtownards road, 7 years ago! yes it does look like a dump from the outside but they have loads of prams, especially, inside! Aparently there's a place in Bangor that is really gd, but not sure what its called, any suggestions??

emblosion the Moses basket is great for lettin baby sleep downstairs and bringing upstairs at night without disturbing baby! Baby will prob only get about 8 wks out of it tho! You will get longer out of a cotbed as opposed to the cot, as obviously the baby grows wit it and it converts into a bed. We found baby monitors useful also, saves running up end downstairs all night (altho paranoid we did so anyway!!)

Tee there are actually a fewcplaces in and around Belfast to take the kids- indianaland and mookie world (dundonald ice bowl direction). Also there's a place opened at abbey centre, can't remember the name of it tho!

Wo, this post is massive!

TeeTsarina Thu 12-Jan-12 20:55:23

Those places are pretty far out, scampbell. I want something near me!!! (Again, no car. grin)

NeedlesCuties Thu 12-Jan-12 21:14:13

Scampbell that place near Abbeycentre is called Funky Monkeys, I take DS there quite a bit and he loves it.

Here is a link to Funky Monkey's for you all to see. There are quite a few scattered around NI, and before Easter there is a new one opening at Yorkgate, which is near to Belfast centre. Funky Monkeys

scampbell84 Thu 12-Jan-12 21:23:53

Needles I just thought about lunar land at yorkgate! Is it being done up or is this a different place?? I'm always stuck for ideas of where to take my 6 and 7 year old! Any suggestions welcome!

Munson to be, where are you having our babies?? I had my boys at the royal but this time I'm goin to the ulster. Sort of panicking now tho as hearing mixed reports! The ulster is handier for me tho!

TeeTsarina Thu 12-Jan-12 21:36:20

See, now Yorkgate is doable. I assume they are taking some of the Big W's old space!

We could do a meet up there.

What's everyone else's availability in terms of days of the week?

Although I like the sound of the zoo on a nice day. I've been meaning to take my son there anyway and a bus goes right past.

emblosion Thu 12-Jan-12 23:24:56

tee that's what I was hoping to hear about IKEA cots, was shocked at the price of some of the ones I've seen so far (ha ha, now I sound like a total skinflint, I promise I'm not!) - will sec check out gumtree too!

I wondered if I got a pram with a good carry cot and suitable mattress that might do instead of a moses basket and then baby could go into a cot at night?

scampbell I know a couple of girls that have had babies at the Ulster recently and both gave good reports (well to me anyway!)it's hard to know what to go on when deciding isn't it?

I love the zoo! Id definitely be up for going when weather better (i am a big child, ha ha)...

TeeTsarina Fri 13-Jan-12 07:28:11

emblosion that's pretty much what we did. Although we had an Amby Hammock that my son slept in until he was nearly a year and then we moved him into a cot. Well, we tried. He never really took to it and we wound up co-sleeping for about a year. He's just finally started sleeping through the night on his own about 3 months ago. He's 2.7. Sorry everyone for that disheartening story!

topsyturner Fri 13-Jan-12 08:54:30

Morning All

I am an English Woman in Belfast .
Been living here since 1994 though , so am almost a local !
DH is a Belfast Boy , and we have 2 DC . DS aged 12 and DD aged almost 9 , so maybe just a little bit past the soft play age .

dingdong3 Fri 13-Jan-12 13:23:34

Hello all....thanks Tee for getting things going again. I'm from down South, living up here since 1995. Have DS aged almost 8 and DTD's aged 3.
Could meet on Mondays or Tuesdays - pretty much anywhere as I do have a car. DTD's are in playgroup the rest of the week.

Couple of good soft play ares in Lisburn. I can bring Tee with me grin

Defo recommend Belfast gumtree for all things baby. I sold a lot of my stuff there. Also Weecycle in Finaghy is good for gently used baby stuff - great small business run by a local girl whose kids go to my DS's school.

scampbell84 Fri 13-Jan-12 13:34:59

Dingdong, that shop looks great!! Brung my third child and knowing how expensive baby stuff can be I'm not fussed about gettin second hand stuff. At least wen u gave a specific shop like that u Can go and have a look. Much better than gumtree! Thats a brilliant idea!

NeedlesCuties Fri 13-Jan-12 13:49:56

I think the Yorkgate Funky Monkeys is in where Lunar Land used to be. According to their website anyway. Will open in next few months.

As for days of the week, most days suit me smile

emblosion Fri 13-Jan-12 14:31:09

Weecycle looks great! I will definitely check it out, and I also like the idea of being able to look at stuff before buying...

DizzyCow63 Fri 13-Jan-12 21:02:52

Hello everyone! I'm in Belfast too, and have DS1 (8mths) and DSD (14) lives with us too.

I would love a meet up! I'm back to work after may leave on Wednesday sad and will be working Mon, Wed, Thurs. Can't believe the last nine months have gone so quickly. Must admit am a little envy of all those pg and getting squishy newborns soon! DS is fab but definitely not a tiny baby anymore!

TeeTsarina Fri 13-Jan-12 21:04:56

Whoot! (Do I keep saying that?) Hi Dizzy!!!

Hi everyone! I'm local too.

The baby shop in Bangor is called McCulloughs. here I've not been in in many a year (DS is 10) but they are very knowledgable and it's well stocked. Iirc they ordered me in something I really needed but it was so important I can't remember what it was now.

There's lots of soft play places near me, and kid friendly. Wacky wizards and captn jacks in ards, kids zone, snakes and ladders and that cafe place in Bangor that I can't think of the name of.

Brianstorm Fri 13-Jan-12 21:40:10

Hi I'm from just outside Belfast, with 2 girls (3 and 1) and can do with or without children. Not that a child-free glass of wine isn't completely up my street...

Squirted, it's Jumping Javas - and very good for short bits of child-free time while you grab a coffee with your friends wink Although think that might be too far for the Belfast girls!

As for child-friendly, Belfast is pretty poor in the City Centre, it makes me despair of making a day out with the DCs there. I've even been in some restaurants that don't even have a high chair. I don't think it's much to ask for people!!! On a brighter note, if anybody's got some spare capital we may have a niche for a soft play in the City Centre - I'm up for it wink

My baby buys were rrom The Baby Shop, McCulloughs and Samuel Johnston - local is definitely better than the chains, particularly for discounts!!

Brian, yes jumping java, that's it.

NeedlesCuties Sat 14-Jan-12 09:05:28

Brainstorm I also look like hmm confused by some restaurants in Belfast lacking high chairs and a baby change area. DS is 2 but has refused to use a high chair for the past few months, which is lucky for me I guess!

Some people here have been mentioning Samuel Johnston's - just wanted to mention it as I'm at Abbeycentre quite a lot and noticed it while driving past. It's closed down, but don't know if it's permanently shut forever, or if it's just closed until they bulldoze the unit next to it... might be worth ringing the number on their website before you drive up to buy something.

TeeTsarina Sat 14-Jan-12 09:30:59

The one at city centre is definitely still open, Needles!

NeedlesCuties Sat 14-Jan-12 16:14:45

Is there a Samuel Johnston's in the city centre? Wow, I never knew that!! Where is it? Is that the shop down near the Wicker Man, heading towards the Albert Clock?

TeeTsarina Sat 14-Jan-12 16:44:48

That's the one Needles, down from the main Post Office.

TeeTsarina Sat 14-Jan-12 16:45:37

And I just looked at their website, nothing about them closing the Newtownabbey site.

emblosion Sat 14-Jan-12 19:03:07

Quick update- had a trip to weecycle today 'just for a look' and ended up coming away with an icandy Apple plus accessories (oops) wasn't planning to buy anything yet but thought it was too good to pass up!

All these baby shop suggestions are dangerous smile

dingdong3 Mon 16-Jan-12 09:12:57

Glad you got sorted in Weecycle emblosion - I had the iCandy pear for my twins. Was a great pram. I sold it on gumtree for not a lot less than I paid for it. They seem to hold their value well because they can be used as a single or a double. You know, you can convert the apple to a pear if you decide to have another baby soon wink

emblosion Mon 16-Jan-12 16:28:35

I've already been looking into the converter online, ha ha!

The icandy's do seem to get good reviews, and they seem to last well-the one we got is as good as new really...

I wondered if anyone could recommend a good pregnancy yoga class? There's nothing near me as far as I know but I could quite easily get to Belfast or Lisburn....

And has anyone done the nct antenatal classes? Was thinking of signing up for the course at end April - we've been offered a good discount as I am a student (allegedly mature!) but wondered if it was worth it?

dingdong3 Mon 16-Jan-12 17:07:31

I went to pregnancy yoga classes at the Morton Community Centre on the Lisburn Road - behind Tesco...here's the link for Yoga with Gill
It was good and I liked the girl who took it. I'm not a big yoga fan though so switched to pilates after I had the kids. It's great to get the strength back into your core after baby wrecks your stomach muscles! Still do it now in Finaghy and find it brilliant.
Can't comment on the NCT antenatal classes as I just did the ones at the hospital. Am a little bit scared of the NCT ladies I've met....way too pushy on the breast feeding side of things. <dons hard hat>

TeeTsarina Mon 16-Jan-12 17:25:36

ding where do you do pilates? I'm trying to get motivated to find some classes!

(NB ding and I don't live that far from each other. grin)

NeedlesCuties Mon 16-Jan-12 18:34:30

emblosion I went to Kathryn Bryson's pregnancy class in Glengormley, Co. Antrim. It was held in her house, which was handy to where I live. Did a search online for her and can't find her website anymore.... not sure if that means that she has given it up or if she's changed her URL details.
I did the classes with her back in the winter of 2009-early 2010 so things might have changed since then.

dingdong3 Mon 16-Jan-12 22:23:46

Tee I go to the Core Pilates studio down at Orpen Shops. Opposite Weecycle and up a bit, has a little car park in front. There's a studio in the corner of this group of shops, between the indian and the kebab place. The girl is very good tho at the upper end of the price scale - £54 for 6 classes! But she's excellent - really pushes you so it's a tough workout and if I don't do it, I get a bad back. Here is the link to her website and she has a FB page also.

thefurryone Tue 17-Jan-12 10:24:45

emblosion I went to this class www.yogabelfast.com/pregnancy.html
although it might not be a great location for you, but Julie the woman who runs it is brilliant.

BTW where are you a student?

emblosion Tue 17-Jan-12 16:07:35

Thanks all, will check those links out smile

furry I'm a student nurse at queens, in my final year. Baby is due before I finish but luckily I can take maternity leave and go back next year so its all working out ok!

TeeTsarina Wed 18-Jan-12 11:45:28

How is everyone this week?

::shameless bump of thread. I have no pride. grin::

TeeTsarina Fri 20-Jan-12 08:19:44


blondie80 Fri 20-Jan-12 13:53:49

All good here Tee, Friday again grin.

How are you this week?

scampbell84 Fri 20-Jan-12 15:24:24

Went awfully quiet in here again lol!! Anyone selling a Doppler?? Or know where I can get one at a reasonable price??

TeeTsarina Fri 20-Jan-12 21:04:03

Sorry scamp no clue on a Doppler. I refused to get one because I would have made myself insane listening for Adam's heartbeat! Now that he's 2.7, I listen to it whenever I want. grin

So sad about those babies at the Royal. Adam was in their SCBU for 9 days. Those poor poor parents.

therumoursaretrue Mon 23-Jan-12 18:28:00

Hi ladies,

Just discovering local boards. I am in Co. Antrim, fairly handy to Belfast. First baby due in august...I am terrified!

TeeTsarina Thu 26-Jan-12 08:14:52

Hi rumour and congratulations! Can you talk about what has you so scared? Maybe the rest of us can help!

NeedlesCuties Thu 26-Jan-12 08:25:19

Sorry, I fell off this thread and sort of, umm, forgot about it blush I am sorry!

I spent my weekend in hospital being treated and rehydrated after suffering from a bad bout of hyperemesis gravidarum very not nice! But I'm glad to be home and back in the bosom of MN as I didn't have access to it in hospital.

rumour you're on my Due in August thread. I can PM you and we can chat if you like, share our experiences and worries. This is my DC2 but I remember clearly how I felt when I was pregnant for the first time... as it was only 2 years ago wink

TeeTsarina Thu 26-Jan-12 08:28:15

So glad you're feeling better needles!

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 26-Jan-12 11:00:07

Hello folks.

Sorry I disappeared early on in the thread. DP and I were having a last holiday before our lives change forever in June. Now we're back to reality, we'll have to start properly getting organised. Need to rearrange the sleeping arrangements upstairs, redecorate and start shopping for essentials. 20 week scan in 2 weeks time so I think after that we can start to do the practical stuff.

Suddenly June doesn't seem so far away!

Hello im from bangor

TeeTsarina Thu 26-Jan-12 15:51:58

Hi Grodders, and welcome!

Ecumincal June is ages and ages away! Otherwise my baby will be 3 much too soon. wink

Hard enough I've put in his pre-school app....

emblosion Thu 26-Jan-12 20:56:33

Hello all! I've not been on much this week either, been busy doing plenty of DIY this week. Trying to get all the dusty decorating done before baby arrived In June....

ecumenical I know what you mean about June fast approaching (sorry tee!), my scan is in two weeks too, 8th Feb. Can't wait!

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 26-Jan-12 21:06:25

My scan is 10th Feb, emblosion. What's your due date?

TeeTsarina Thu 26-Jan-12 21:50:36

I am wondering if any of you June ladies are married to the man I was talking to yesterday at my client's site. I won't say any more, but if anyone is married to someone who has an office at a park like place, do PM me! grin

therumoursaretrue Thu 26-Jan-12 22:14:57

Thanks Tee I think I am just naturally anxious but also baby wasn't planned and although we are over the moon I feel like there is so much to get my head around! I am studying at the moment so trying to work out wether I should take a year out or not and find a get-rich-quick scheme before LO arrives!

needles that would be great, thanks. I hope you are feeling much better now btw!

TeeTsarina Fri 27-Jan-12 12:31:37

Afternoon all!

I can now highly recommend Institute of Beauty on Upper Lisburn Road (Finaghy) if anyone is looking for nails or other things! Got my fingers and toes done and various bits of hair waxed off. grin

rumour I can understand anxiety, I have 2 of anxiety disorders myself! If it would help, be happy to discuss everything about having a baby, except labour because I never had that (scheduled CS).

therumoursaretrue Sat 28-Jan-12 15:21:58

I will have to check them out, quite handy for me, not far from where I work.

Yes I think it's just a fear of the unknown so expect lots of questions from me!

wigglesrock Sat 28-Jan-12 21:00:30

Hiya grin, nearly died when I saw this thread. I have 3 dds (6,4 and 11 months). Live in Co.Antrim, should I be worried that I feel a tad broody at all this talk of new babies? grin

TeeTsarina Sat 28-Jan-12 21:13:59

Hi Wiggles! Glad to see ya. grin

Rumour, ask away. I am an expert. My one child is 2.7. grin

Everyone having a nice weekend? I have wine if anyone would like a glass?

emblosion Sun 29-Jan-12 10:46:07

Oops ecumenical I missed your post, sorry! My due date is 21st June, how about you? Do you know where you are going to have the baby yet?

We have booked nct classes, start at the end of April, hoping it will be a good way to get to know people more than anything else!

Hello to everyone else smile hope you are all having a good weekend!

AnEcumenicalMatter Sun 29-Jan-12 11:59:50

I'm due on 23rd, emblosion. Booked in at the Ulster. I looked at the NCT classed but haven't got around to booking yet. Must get a move on!

OhBrotherWhereArtThou Sun 29-Jan-12 15:26:31

Hi all,

Another due-in-June here! This is number 3 for me, I have DD(4) and DS(2 next month).

I'm sure SamuelJohnstons at abbey centre was just moving rather than closing down, I'm fairly sure I remember seeing a sign with a new address. That's as useful as I can be though, as I forget where they were moving to!

Scamp, I got a Doppler from eBay. It's great! I got an angelsounds one for £20, I didn't want to spend too much because (in theory) this is my last baby.

Great to see so much activity here smile

OhBrotherWhereArtThou Sun 29-Jan-12 15:27:22

Oh! And I'm also at the ulster, should we all arrange to wear a red rose or something grin

AnEcumenicalMatter Sun 29-Jan-12 17:50:54

Wow! Is there something of a NI baby boom happening in June?

Well this is Mumsnet, so perhaps we should be arranging to wear something Boden grin

TeeTsarina Sun 29-Jan-12 17:55:21

Wow! Lots and lots of June babies! My son was a June baby, as mentioned up thread. Of course, he's going to be 3.

It's an excellent time to be born. grin

wigglesrock Sun 29-Jan-12 20:46:02

My dd1 is a June baby, but she's going to be 7 shock

emblosion Mon 30-Jan-12 18:37:07

grin loving the image of a bunch of us with red roses pinned to our Boden nighties in the Ulster in June!

Haven't quite decided between the Ulster and the Midwifery led unit at the Downe yet. Would love midwifery led, but it just bothers me that there are no Doctors on hand if something were to go wrong.....

AnEcumenicalMatter Mon 30-Jan-12 19:47:43

That would bother me too, emblosion. And I know it put my friend of the midwife unit at Lagan Valley for the same reason...and as it happens she needed and emcs in the end.

The Ulster is my closest hospital so it was an easy choice for me but I think it's got the benefit of being mostly midwife led, has the 'home from home' set-up etc. but with the back up of surgeons/consultants if needed.

emblosion Mon 30-Jan-12 21:01:18

Yep, its totally the thought of the 45 minute journey up the road in the ambulance to the Ulster in an emergency that bothers me.... On the other hand, the care in the Downe has been brilliant so far, and everything might be fine. Am going to talk it over with the midwives at my next appointment I reckon and take it from there.

emblosion Mon 30-Jan-12 23:48:03

Ps. Tee and wiggles I was chatting to my gran this evening and she strongly agrees that June is the best time to have a baby/birthday, ha ha!

AnEcumenicalMatter Tue 31-Jan-12 17:09:30

Everyone says how it'll be lovely to have a June baby as it's summer and I'll be able to get out and about with baby...they seem to forget that this is NI and, if we're lucky, 'summer' will be a nice long weekend in April or May followed by unrelenting pishing rain until October!

OhBrotherWhereArtThou Thu 02-Feb-12 20:30:36

DC1 was born in August in the middle of a heat-wave. I spent nearly a week on the ward, melting. It was horrible. Was quite happy to have number two in February!

Funny that there are so many of us due in June, I've been wondering what was on TV back in September, can't have been any good grin

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 02-Feb-12 20:32:25

It was more like a lack of TV in my case, OhBrother...and access to way too much booze on an all-inclusive holiday blush

Lilyni Thu 02-Feb-12 21:31:24

hi everyone ... i am also due in june ... with twins! we already have 3 ds so twins was a bit oé a surprise. had the boys in lagan valley but goin to craigavon this time! hope everyone is well!

therumoursaretrue Thu 02-Feb-12 21:34:25

First scan yesterday! I was panicking right up to the minute LO appeared on the monitor but there is really nothing like seeing the baby for the first time grin Amazing!

All seems to be fine and there is only one in there...BF has been panicking about twins so think that was a relief for him!

He/she was having a little party in there, I had no idea they would be so active already!

Has definitely put my mind at rest and its all feeling more real now.

Hope everyone else is having a good week.

OhBrotherWhereArtThou Fri 03-Feb-12 00:48:51

AEM, my story isn't much better - DP had taken to buying a bottle of wine because getting me tipsy was the only way to get some!

Lily wow! Hope you're feeling well! You'll be a busy woman! I think I'd be hiding in a corner rocking!

Rumours I had my 20 week scan last week. Just as I was getting settled, the sonographer decided to tell me that she had had a case the week before where twins had been missed at 12 weeks. Nerves just jumped into my throat, instantly imagining I would end up one of those cases, but not this time! One of the first two pregnancies, yes fine, but on no. 3, not so keen! Definitely not no. 4 ^^

AnEcumenicalMatter Fri 03-Feb-12 04:43:38

My friend didnt find out she was having twins until 20 weeks! She already had a DC who was just 2 when the twins were born. So I'm in mild panic about my 20 week scan next week!!

TeeTsarina Fri 03-Feb-12 07:02:38

I still remember my 20 week scan. The sonographer had the personality of a wet noodle. Barely told me what I was seeing.

Of course I was scanned more or less every other week as I'm diabetic and at the Endo Clinic at the Royal. They have sonograms in every room so you get scanned all the time! So lovely.

I wouldn't recommend the diabetic part, though. grin

Bellatrix99 Fri 03-Feb-12 12:17:57

Can I join in this thread? In work so don't have time to read all the messages. But I'm in Craigavon and would love to meet up with other mums. I had to go back to work very early after having DS so never made it to mum and baby groups. sad DS is 18 months and I can meet anyone anywhere at the weekend smile

I'm also in Belfast.

As for baby friendly places, I just discovered that the Odeon Cinema has a mum/dad and baby showing everyday at noon and it's only 3 pounds! I went with a friend today and it was brilliant. About 15 mums & dads with their babies (most seemed about 3 months to a year old). I highly recommend it!

NeedlesCuties Wed 08-Feb-12 15:04:51

Just popping back onto this thread as I'd fallen off due to not posting for a while.

Drove past the Abbeycentre yesterday and they have demolished the Samuel Johnston unit, so yeah, it's well and truly closed or moved!

In better news: DH and I have booked a holiday for ourselves and DS to go to Portugal in April for some sun, sea and sand before DC2 comes in August. Woohoo!!!

TeeTsarina Wed 08-Feb-12 15:46:38

It's moved. I was at the city centre store last week asked! I can't remember where to, though!

Welcome all!

Weather might actually get better soon...who wants to do a meet up?!?!?

NeedlesCuties Wed 08-Feb-12 17:17:30

I'm up for a meet-up smile

With kids or without?

AnEcumenicalMatter Wed 08-Feb-12 18:46:48

Samuel Johnston's Abbeycentre store has relocated to Mallusk. Map is on their website.

therumoursaretrue Wed 08-Feb-12 21:09:57

Oh needles that sounds lovely! I was in Lagos last year and loved it. DP and I would love to get away but don't know if we will have time so maybe a long weekend somewhere.

Watching one born every minute tonight, does anyone else watch it?

NeedlesCuties Thu 09-Feb-12 08:35:01

ecumenical thanks for that info re Jonhston's, I do like them a bit more than Mothercare so must call up sometime.

I LOVE One Born Every Minute, have watched all 3 series. 1st was on when I was pregnant with DS, 2nd series was on when I was still bfing DS and now this 3rd series is on when I'm pregnant with DC2!!

Didn't see it last night, was out at a friend's, but have Sky+ it to watch later.

rumours some of the women on the August Pregnancy thread were talking about it last night though, you should swing past that thread again.

therumoursaretrue Thu 09-Feb-12 19:51:09

I also would be up for a meet-up!

Yes I'll have to re-acquaint myself with the august thread needles I'm usually on my phone and always too lazy to scroll to the last post as there are so many pages on it so will pop in when I'm on my laptop!

BlackLashes Thu 09-Feb-12 20:58:02

Another N.I. girl here. From Holywood. 6 year old twins. Don't know if any of you live in East Belfast? Isn't there a soft play place in Ballyhackamore, near M&S?

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 09-Feb-12 21:07:50

I'm in East Belfast, very near Ballyhack. Not aware of a soft play place...there is a cafe beside M&S which is family friendly and maybe has a separate play area? Called Jellybean I think but I've never been in it.

BlackLashes Thu 09-Feb-12 22:35:50

Yes that's it. Jellybean! Opps! thought it was soft play. Heard alot about it being child friendly too.

On the subject of baby 'stuff', I used McCullough's in Bangor for my Pram,cot etc. However, if Ikea had been here then, I would prob have bought there.

Lilyni congrats and welcome to the Twins Club!

DizzyCow63 Thu 09-Feb-12 22:37:14

Oh Ecumenical, I'm in east Belfast and very near Ballyhackamore too! Jellybean tray bakes are yum!

Any of yous in Bangor leisure centre this evening wearing a mumsnet scarf?

AnEcumenicalMatter Thu 09-Feb-12 22:49:51

Not me...but I do own a Mumsnet scarf. Although I bought it before it became famous on Mumsnet <sucker for leopard print>

Dizzy, oooh...we're practically neighbours! And how did I not know about amazing tray bakes on my doorstep? Tray bakes would be my Mastermind chosen specialised subject!

BlackLashes Fri 10-Feb-12 19:36:15

Oh I do love my MN scarf, brown leopard, if you please...

AnEcumenicalMatter Fri 10-Feb-12 19:59:02

Brown leopard is the one I have smile

I wear it to death. My work colleagues must be sick of the sight of it.

BlackLashes Fri 10-Feb-12 20:33:34

Feeling the need to have another one in my life. Possibly the blue?

sighnomore Fri 10-Feb-12 20:58:21

Ooh I'm in Belfast too :waves frantically: i have a dd 7 and ds 2. Excited for a norn iron thread!

BlackLashes Fri 10-Feb-12 21:36:43

Think we should all meet up in Belfast and go out on the lash!

scampbell84 Sat 11-Feb-12 20:12:26

Wow can't believe so many from east Belfast.. I am too!! 'ecumenical' when's your 20 wk scan?? I'm looking forward to mine on Monday!! Good to see a Belfast threat, it seems when u comment on the larger threads... Ie, antenatal, you are only graced with a reply if your a regular poster!!

BlackLashes Sat 11-Feb-12 20:14:50

Oh sorry, forgot so many of you are pregnant!

AnEcumenicalMatter Sat 11-Feb-12 20:27:25

BlackLashes...I'm up for going out on the lash when I'm able to drink again.

scampbell...another eastie! I actually had my scan yesterday but have to go back again in 2 weeks as they couldn't get all the measurements that they needed. A little disappointing but at least I get to see the little one again smile Good luck for Monday! Hope yours is more co-operative and less camera shy than mine.

scampbell84 Sat 11-Feb-12 20:32:52

Ecumenical I hope so and being a bit optimistic that they will tel us the sex but with it being the ulster I'm not holding out much hope!

AnEcumenicalMatter Sat 11-Feb-12 20:55:26

Don't get your hopes up...my SiL has had all 3 of her kids in the Ulster and wasn't once told the sex.

TeeTsarina Sat 11-Feb-12 20:58:53

Hi all

Sorry not been around, have a horrid cold and very busy with work.

Maybe not a lash but maybe we can do something with kids? I'm open for ideas!

BulstrodeTheApatosaurus Sat 11-Feb-12 22:10:28

Ooo i am in East Belfast too! 2 small boys. Soft play place near Connswater closed down last year. Best local bet is Mookie world or Ikea if over 3 years old.

BlackLashes Sat 11-Feb-12 22:52:26

Maybe we should all meet in Ikea and put the little'uns in the free creche!

Ecumenical love to go out on the lash after baby's born.

TeeTsarina Wed 15-Feb-12 13:42:52

Dropped off my list again...

Does everyone want to list what days they are free and we'll try to find a place and a time and everything?

With kids; Tuesday or Thursday.
Without kids; Friday. I usually work Monday and Wednesday but have been known to do other things instead. grin Advantage to being a freelancer!

lynnehan51 Wed 15-Feb-12 16:49:02

im in east belfast too near ballyhack as well have 4kids 3 at school and a lb who is 8mths, work 1 massive day a week and really need to get out and about. did try mookie world last week it had little tyke walkies for lo's and obviuosly soft play area for toddlers/younger children also lush food

TeeTsarina Wed 15-Feb-12 17:28:20

Hi Lynne!

Where's Mookie World?

AnEcumenicalMatter Wed 15-Feb-12 17:47:49

Where is this Mookie World if which you speak?

Lynne! Another (almost) Ballyhack dweller!! Who knew there were so many Easties on Mumsnet?

lynnehan51 Wed 15-Feb-12 18:28:23

hey girls mookie world is at the omniplex, dundonald, has toddler section with small slide and another section for bigger kids, very friendly and nothing like indianna land which i cant stand, they have a small coffee area which sells lots of differnt foods for adults/kids, i loved the fact they had those little tykes for babies my lb luved it

TeeTsarina Mon 20-Feb-12 18:07:05

Conversation seems to have died again!

How are all of our pregnant ladies? grin

Husband just sent me a text...WH Smiths in Belfast City Centre is closing and already has a sign sending people to Eason for books and newspapers.

Brianstorm Mon 27-Feb-12 11:16:12

Hi again - this fell off my 'threads you're on' list, and just remembered to look for it this morning. My, my, you've all been very busy - and I am definitely up for a meet-up smile

Hope all the pregnant ladies are still enjoying the nicest bit with all the energy, and none of the massive weight gain yet wink

And Black Lashes - Ikea sounds like a brill idea. I often sometimes use their crèche as free childcare so I can get a quiet cup of coffee. Maybe we could all meet downstairs with the Mumsnet scarf...

therumoursaretrue Mon 27-Feb-12 11:48:04

Fell off my list...oops.

Hope everyone is well. Was in WHSmith a couple of weeks ago Tee and noticed they seemed to have a lot less stock than normal. Did wonder if they were closing.

Nothing strange or unusual here, hope everyone else is keeping well!

mumcha Mon 09-Apr-12 22:19:05

hi i just found this thread smile im from east belfast too.Ihave 3 older boys in school and a boy at 16mths would lover to meet people for a playdate ,shopping anything lol.

DioneTheDiabolist Wed 11-Apr-12 00:28:43

Here folks, yis probably don't know this, but this week is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Isnt it an awful shame that no one seems to be doing anything to mark the occasion?grin

TeeTsarina Wed 11-Apr-12 07:58:27

Is it Dione? I hadn't noticed. grin

My biggest client is actually located here: Titanic's Dock and Pump-House and run the attraction so I've been forced into Titanic crap for years!!!

To quote my husband "Come to Belfast. Celebrate the deaths of 1,500 people".

Anyway, weathers turning..meet up?!?!

DioneTheDiabolist Wed 11-Apr-12 13:41:53

Would love to Tee. However I'm in the final push to the end of this course. Can do weekends if children are involved, otherwise I'm tied up until mid May.

Then I will be FREE. Free I tells you.

Belfast mums! Hello! I went along to a couple of the meet ups when DS was teeny tiny - he's going to be 2 this summer, where did all the time go??

Anyway, if meet ups are happening again...count me in and let's get the ball rolling??? wink

ANyone out there??

Lemonademade Tue 01-Jan-13 12:19:25

Hi I used to live in Belfast but now live near Lurgan. Just popped my head in to say hi.

emjae Mon 14-Jan-13 12:11:41

Hi all

Im looking for classes held on saturdays for toddlers. My littleone is 19 months and loves the interaction of classes. I work full time, Mon to Fri, so Saturday is our only option.
Anyone any ideas?
(Gymnastics is on my mind as she's obsessed with bouncing and jumping but i imagine she's way too young at the moment).

justupthebend Thu 17-Jan-13 21:10:32

There are toddler gymnastics classes/play sessions, but I can't find any on a Saturday for 19 months. I've used Salto in the past, they have 3 sessions but all during the week. Where are you? I've also taken toddlers to the Lazy River sessions in Lisburn Leisureplex on Sat/Sun mornings - there are no classes as such but there's lots of kids that age, its noisy a lot of fun. What about a swimming class?

Tee2072a Mon 28-Jan-13 14:15:48

All right, the holidays are over, HQ is promoting local and it's time to get serious!

Who would love to get great discounts and write reviews and do meet ups and be a Local Ambassador?

I need 5, East, South, West, North and City Centre!

Who's with me?



jordanstownmum Tue 29-Jan-13 21:40:08

Tee2072a Id be in I think, have time to do something for me so fancy this wee job. what do you need me to do?

Tee2072a Wed 30-Jan-13 09:20:39

WHOOT! Please email HQ at contactus@mumsnet.com and tell them!


Tee2072a Wed 30-Jan-13 09:23:45

Sorry wrong address: local@mumsnet.com

Also, there is a thread in Site Stuff with more information. I'm on my phone but I'll be back in a minute with a link.

Tee2072a Wed 30-Jan-13 09:24:41
jordanstownmum Wed 30-Jan-13 22:20:40

ok. i will read it properly tomo and get moving. cheers duckie.

jordanstownmum Thu 31-Jan-13 09:35:53

ok I emailed HQ. watch this space. Maybe we could meet tee2072a and you can fill me in on whats required.

Tee2072a Thu 31-Jan-13 15:16:20

We sure could, Jordanstown. I assume you'd LA for North Belfast? Based on your name?

I live in South Belfast, so we could meet at City Centre, maybe? I don't have a car so somewhere easy by bus would be really great for me.

Tee2072a Mon 18-Feb-13 13:33:25

Here I am again...anyone? Bueller?

Meet up? Online chat? Something you want to post or review?

HELP ME!!!!!! grin

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Tee2072a Mon 18-Feb-13 15:38:12

Fixed! Hi fish! How are you?

fishfelreed Mon 18-Feb-13 15:51:06

How utterly bizarre - they must have hotfixed that, because a few minutes ago it was still broken.

I'm fine thanks grin

Tee2072a Mon 18-Feb-13 16:01:02

The site did go down for about 2 minutes but that was after it fixed!

Having a nice half term?

fishfelreed Mon 18-Feb-13 16:05:55

Well...not the easiest thing in the world with 3 littlies, one with SN...but took them out this morning and they're playing in our car at the moment while DH fixes it - they're apparently going for a day trip wink

What about you?

Tee2072a Mon 18-Feb-13 16:09:04

So far okay, I only have one small boy, though. Today we went to City Centre to buy a new toy as our reward for getting 50 stars on our board and tomorrow we're going to the Ulster Museum.

Then he's back to school on Wednesday. We only have the two days.

fishfelreed Mon 18-Feb-13 16:10:01

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debbiemeep Tue 26-Feb-13 15:48:13

Just joined today and thought I'd say hi. I've 3 kids (boy, girl, boy) ages 6, 4 and 2 and I live in Newtownabbey.

Tee2072a Tue 26-Feb-13 16:32:41

Hi debbiemeep and welcome.

If you Twitter, we're having a chat tonight, #MNLocal. grin

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