I hate blogging without photos, I even hate it when other people blog without photos. So, when I forgot to take my camera to our posh Sebel dinner, I didn’t blog about it. When my shitbox camera batteries died when I was trying to take a cute photo of Alice and I in our fluffy robes during our facial on Wednesday, I didn’t blog about it. I enjoy posting my photos, my view of the world, something I just can’t seem to sum up in my posts without a photo… but today I will try.
Money. Financial strain was eased last week and I’ve slept better ever since. I paid our huge Obstetrician bill, bought LM’s nappies, finally bought Steve’s birthday present a month late (ipod & docking station), bought my birthday present in advance (my wedding perfume refill, on sale), put 2 new tyres on the car, put away money for Rego in July, bought more maternity bras (Triumph), got my hair done and put away money for our trip to Darwin. It feels so good to be ahead of the punch.
Darwin. While Steve and I couldn’t be more estatic about Little Mez we didn’t really have much notice and time to prepare financially. Thankfully we already had all the insurances we’d need and great doctors to help us out but we also had prior commitments, mostly involving travel. We’d budgeted for 2.5 weeks in Darwin, Cairns & Townsville as a couple, not as a couple expecting a baby. Especially a baby that needed a lot of expensive care and monitoring so early on. We reassed our plans and decided 5 days in Darwin would have to be enough. Steve and I have booked our flights, sorted our outfits, planned the wedding cake (yep, I’m making it) and I got clearance from my Ob to fly.
Little Mez. He really has been a brilliant baby the last couple of weeks. Doing lots of lovely tumbles and kicks to remind me he’s there. It doesn’t hurt, it feels really wonderful. We know that with my family history, my pre eclampsia symptoms and cervix, anytime from now it could happen. Going to Darwin and being so far away from home is a risk but only a small one from what the Ob could see. I just have to remember not to try and do too much, thankfully Steve will be with me at all times.
Dogs. Toby has been so adorable. He’s obsessed with my belly. I tell him to “sit”, he sits and then I tell him to “say hello to baby” and he puts his nose on my belly and sniffs. He’s very gentle and I’m waiting for the day LM kicks and he feels it. Charlie on the otherhand is starting to get middle child sydrome I think. He’s barking at night for no reason. Thankfully I think I have it under control now but I make sure Steve and I spend a bit more time outside in the afternoon even though it’s freezing. Steve also just remade thier doggy castle (shed) and constructed two trampoline beds, got extra mattresses and blankies… they love it in there.
LM’s stuff. We still have his carseat, stroller and mattress on laybuy, slowly paying it off. Steve bought himself a GroBag Egg last weekend, that man is obsessed with the weather. He’s already plugged it in and goes in LM’s room to check out how cold it is. If we lived anywhere north of Brisbane I wouldn’t buy one but I think it’s really quite handy, especially for 2 new stresspot parents. His room is almost complete, it has all the ‘bones’ it just needs the smaller details like lotions, cotton balls and nappies… and his wall decal. I’m really looking forward to the baby shower on Saturday (will NOT forget camera) as Alice was filling me in on some of the details over lunch after our facial.
Bedroom Makeover. It’s currently at a standstill until next payday, I’m trying my best to draw this project out as long as possible to keep myself entertained. Curtains are my next step, I’m going to check out Spotlight and if I have no luck there I’ll save the curtains and rug for my next trip to Ikea. I know it’s a bit weird to be focusing funds (albeit limited) on a bedroom makeover when we have a baby on the way and we had to trim back our holiday but I’ll try my best to explain…
Sex. It’s all going to change and it scares the crap out of me. I know there will be an adjustment period and I know I’ll have recovery time and I’ll be too tired and blah blah blah… but it’s such a big part of our life and I’m afraid of it going from a buring flame to a few glowing embers. I’m more scared of that than I am of the birth! So, my rational thought is to recreate our bedroom into tranquil, sophisticated and sexy environment so the “mood” is already set without having to feel like I’d have to make any additional effort to get into that frame of mind… do you get me? It’s been just me and Steve for 6.5 years and I know there are changes ahead, I’d just like the transition to be as smooth as possible. I’m a new mother, I’m allowed some denial if it helps me sleep at night.
End of Rambling: I’ve been going for daily walks and both LM and I seem to be enjoying it. We just trundle around the neighbourhood, saying hello to old people while rubbing my belly. I went to the Op Shop today and bought 2 cute outfits, some singlets and another baby hat for $5. I’m going to BigW in a minute to print out more of my Bump Pix to add to my album and start filling it in with stories before I forget them. Tomorrow will probably be spent fussing about the house before Mum & Dad’s arrival on Saturday and I might even make Steve a lamb roast for a treat… he really has been an awesome hubby.