Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Preoccupancy

As the rays of sunshine peak through the gray clouds on what has been a drizzly Auckland day I find myself calculating how many hours of line drying the swaddling cloths would need. I've already spent the last hour and a half assembling the 8 perfectly washed/dried nappies (that I had diligently soaked in water for 24 hours to enable the fibres to relax for maximum absorbency), and a good majority of that time was consumed by an expectation of how well they were going to fit a newborn, and how cute they will look on the wearer.

OK, who is this person I have become? Even six months ago I would not have predicted my thought processes would be invaded by an over zealous preoccupation regarding babies! And yet here I am, in countdown mode, intoxicated by the excitement of the indefinite time yet to come.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

First video

Gone are the days of waiting it out for 9 months before seeing what the baby looks like. Here is our first glimpse at 28 weeks.

video

Journey thus far

What a blast this journey has been so far! T minus 5 weeks & 1 day to go....that is of course if the baby arrives on the EDD of 28th December 2009. I have been informed the first time babies are invariably unpredictable, but then again (unless one is booked in for an elective caesarean) aren't all births indeterminable anyway?

I have had the easiest pregnancy thus far; no sickness, strange cravings or any other common conditionally associated symptoms. My only ailment has been back pain, which has recently intensified. Up until last week I was walking 6-8km 4 days a week, and I've had to park the exercise for now.

As I tap on my laptop at 3:30am most nights/mornings now I have realised that from here on in the lack of sleep will become a permanent fixture for the foreseeable future.

I have been fortunate with having 7 weeks off work in preparation for the new arrival, and am looking forward to 1 whole year at home harnessing my nurturing skills. Perhaps I will be climbing the walls after 6 months, and desperate for some other form of interaction ;-P

These are exciting times for us, and I am savouring each day, and each kick.

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