Many moons between blog posts!
So much has happened in the last 5 weeks and I’ve definitely let blogging slip by the wayside, dedicating more energy in to real-world activities like nursery preparations and traveling. It feels like we’ve hardly been home! We have had quite a break between visits to Brisbane (5 weeks felt like eternity!), but going back last week makes me realise that even with time between visits, we seem to pick up right where we left off, and slip right back in to the same fun bubbly energy and enjoyment of being in the same room.
Rachel is 29 weeks pregnant! Far out!!
She couldn’t wait to show me how big bear has gotten – and she wasn’t lying! Our clever tummy mummy has been building an olympic sized swimming pool for the little one (which I have affectionately nicknamed “the mansion”), which can’t be at all comfortable. In her own words “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly”. This also means that Bear is quite mobile in there, and sometimes causing a world of discomfort for Rachel. I’d like to be able to give Bear a stern talking to about this sometimes, but at the end of the day I have to accept that this is not in my control. This has been my focus for learning this week 🙂
Rachel always seeks to take it in her stride, but sometimes I wish that just for a few minutes I could take on her discomfort and give her the break she so deserves. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully comprehend the magnitude of sacrifice that Rachel and her family have gone through, and continue to go through for us. I always thought that the pointy end of labour was the worst bit; but Rachel really put it all in perspective for me last week when she said “labour is the easy part!”.
I feel as though we are approaching a time where our ability to work together and communicate as a team is really important. There are increased risks associated with how things are progressing, so we all have our fingers crossed that Bear starts swallowing some more fluid to lighten the load on poor Rach. Having no control over how things will play out just comes with the territory I guess – it’s a really weird feeling not being able to do anything apart from wait it out and see what happens. I think we’re all still coming to terms with what all this might mean in terms of risks over the next few months, and mode of delivery. We’ll have to wait and see what happens 🙂
So our dear love will be having fortnightly scans now to keep an eye on things and take it from there. The whole interstate thing is a bummer with increased appointments – my heart wants to be at everything, especially now that even more are being added, but logistically living interstate is a challenge. Luckily though, we are only a few hours away by plane and consider ourselves to be “on call” at all times, and would never consider jumping on said plane a challenge if the pregnancy deals us those cards.
Roll on September I say! We’ll be up in Brisbane for an extended stay, which I am so so SO looking forward to. Rachel and I will both be on maternity leave together, and our list of plans grows longer by the day. It’s nice to have something to focus on 🙂 It’ll be nice to be able to relax in to things before the whirling tsunami of new parenthood hits.
Well, that’s the plan at least. I hear babies don’t often go to plan, so watch this space!
Our other exciting news is that the whole team will be together in Adelaide this weekend! Up until now it’s just been Rach visiting us or us visiting the family. I can’t wait to have everyone here!
We plan on celebrating bear’s arrival with a morning tea and some commemorative photographs 🙂 I can’t wait!! 🙂
P.S. here’s our little bear!!