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Monday, December 27, 2004

Christmas

Everyone tells me that Christmas is all about the children. So can anyone explain the sheer joy that plastered itself all over Lee's beautiful face on Saturday morning? Could it have anything to do with the 1/1oth scale replica of the Tardis that he received from the Triffbatt tribe? It was a sight to behold.

Christmas in our household was a success and all due to my lovely fiance. Battboy was responsible for most of the presents and the good cheer as I was pretty occupied during the final countdown. I've never made any secret of the fact that I find the festive season to be rather Bah Humbuggish, but even I enjoyed the sense of family unity and happiness that Lee created over the past few days. Every present went down a treat. Cassie received a portable CD player, ear phones, two CD's she'd gone on about (hence the ear phones), her stocking and, joy of joys, a Paul Frank beach towel. She so loved this present, she wrapped it around herself and wore it like a sarong all day.

We treated the boys with Invader Zim series 1 and 2, posters, a beach towel each, their stockings and alien figurines for the B-Boy and a book of Agatha Christie short stories for Aiden.

Erin received a personalised Winnie the Pooh knife and fork set, a Winnie the Pooh video, a puzzle, a short and t-shirt outfit, her stocking and a train set. Erin spent the morning receiving her prezzie, unwrapping it and then putting it aside before saying "I want another one, please." At least she remembered her manners.

I unwrapped Connor's presents which featured a Tigger activity centre and a ball rattle. No stocking this year as he can't eat lollies.

I had taken the kids shopping earlier in the month for Lee's present. They chose a book from Dr Karl and the aforementioned Tardis. I bought him "The Name of the Rose" DVD. He seemed quite taken with his presents, hence the joy.

And now for me. Lee and the children were most generous and gave me, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (kids), candles (kids) and a beautiful candlabra (or however it's spelt and also: kids) as well as "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" by Susannah Clarke (Battboy) and the complete series of "Men Behaving Badly" on DVD (Battboy). I was one particularly happy Ms Scrooge.

Talking of which... (and I digress)

I filled in Connor's Birth Registration last week. For the first time I titled myself as Ms Triffitt. Up until then I kept to Mrs. I guess it was about time, but it was strange. Oh well, only 3 more months and I'll be a Mrs again. Lyn Battersby. I already have my signature sorted. Now for the wedding day.

And while I'm on the subject.

My best friend, Sharon, got married yesterday in New Zealand. She's confirming her vows here in Australia on the 23rd January. Unfortunately, I'll be in Queensland. Such a pity, but the plane tickets are already paid for.

Now, back to Christmas.

Anyway, between cool presents, a fantastic family brekkie of pancakes, lunch at my brothers and a quiet Christmas night, and a lovely Boxing Day with the extended Battfamily, we had a lovely day and I'm quite eager to repeat the experience next year.

Next year I'd like...

Connor to have slept through on the night before.

Another sidebar...

Connor and Christmas were not a happy match. I had a beer on Christmas Day and Connor was up crying with pain all night. Boxing Day didn't see much improvement. I made up some bottles, and had two glasses of wine. Deciding that two glasses wouldn't affect my milk too much, I gave him one bottle of formula then gave him breast milk for the rest of the day. Another pain-filled night followed and a lot of vomiting this morning. I don't know if it was the formula (both Aiden and Blake were allergic to cow's milk formula at this age) or the drinking, but I've decided to play it safe and stay away from both from now on.
Which should make my hen's night a lot of fun.

One final word...

My sister-in-law Amanda makes great trifle.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Warning: I've posted twice today, so keep going when you finish reading this bit!!!

A year in retrospect.

I took this off Martin Living's Live Journal. I love these things, so decided to answer it and managed to surprise myself with many of the answers.

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Edited an entire issue of a magazine. Edited issue 11 of ASIM.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Surprisingly enough, I kept many of them. I’m quite pleased with what I achieved from my list. Lee and I wrote our 2005 resolutions while we were on holiday. They include writing a novel and losing weight.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me! My fourth, Lee’s second, our first together and our fifth in total.
And my sister-in-law Donna gave birth to my niece Grace Lily Kiely. She and my brother Raymond asked if they could use Lily because they knew it was my favourite girl’s name (and that Lee didn’t want it for our daughter if our baby turned out to be a girl)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
More like country towns rather than countries.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Sleep. Erin’s not a good sleeper and Connor’s only 3 ½ weeks old. My pregnancy was awful so sleep wasn’t high on the agenda.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
26th November 2004, the day Connor James Battersby was born.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Convincing Lee to let me fall pregnant.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not making it a good pregnancy. Lee had enough worries going into pregnancy. The fact that it turned out so awful only made his stress worse and I hate that.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
An operation in February during which they found I had a severe infection in my pelvis. Nearly miscarried in April/May/June. Took a fall and fractured and twisted my pelvic bone 16 weeks into my pregnancy. Pain associated started at 22 weeks and didn’t let up until 3 days before I gave birth.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The recent trip to Albany. Lee and I both really needed the break and a few days away was just the thing.
And my laptop.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Lee’s. He was so terrified about getting me pregnant, but he put his fears aside and agreed to try because he knew how much it meant to me. I am so proud of Lee for this alone, but his subsequent behaviour during the pregnancy, labour and since has proven that my darling is a man of courage and fortitude. I am truly blessed by having him in my life.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My daughter Cassie ran away from home (she lives with her dad). It made depressed to think she was so unhappy and appalled in the knowledge that she didn’t come to me but went to a friend instead.

14. Where did most of your money go?
That’s a question I keep asking myself actually J We received money from various sources this year and managed to pay off a whole lot of debts, buy a laptop, buy the world’s biggest cubby house/fort for the kids, lots of DVD’s, a rocking chair, my wedding dress, Cassie’s bridesmaid’s dress. We bought a lot. One of the things I love about Battboy is that he’s not stingey with money. We don’t have a savings account per se (apart from the wedding account) but we have stuff which is nice.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Finding my wedding dress.
Seeing those two lines appear on the pregnancy test.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
A tough one. There have been so many good songs I’ve listened to this year, it’d be impossible to pin one down. Pretty much anything on my “We’re having a baby” compilation because I listened to it so often when pregnant. If I had to choose one it would actually be “Getting away with it (All messed up)” by James because a) I love it and b) Erin is so cute when she tries to sing along with it. (It’s quite disturbing to see a 2 year old singing a song about suicide)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
About the same but for different reasons. This time last year Lee had just moved in with me, and we were organising our engagement party. This year we have Connor.
On the flip side, this time last year, my two sons lived with me. It still distresses me that I lost them. Having a baby doesn’t change that.
ii. thinner or fatter?
Weeeeell! I’m about 5 kgs heavier than this time last year, but I’m 14 kgs lighter than I was this time last month, so I consider that pretty much an improvement.
iii. richer or poorer?
Richer, but not for much longer. Emotionally richer. Lee enriches my life in so many ways.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing and selling. Exercise.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Eating meals out. Lee and I can’t help ourselves. We love to eat out.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Sober. I’m breast-feeding. We pick the kids up Xmas Eve, wake up with them Xmas Day, prezzies then off to my brothers for a late lunch. Jon’s picking them up Xmas arvo.
Boxing Day will be here with Lee’s family.

21. What LJ users did you meet for the first time?
Ju, Splanky and Torrie.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Every time I look at Lee I fall in love with him again. I miss him hugely every time he goes out (even if it’s just to the shops) and still feel excited every time I hear the key in the lock.

23. How many one-night stands?
Does it count if we’re “affectionate” in a myriad of different ways over and over again?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Big Brother, simply because it gave me an opportunity to get to know Cheshire, Callisto, Ju, Kaneda and Kylie a lot better. They’ve ended up being my closest friends as a result.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone ever, but I did lose one of my best-friends due to her narrow-mindedness, so I lost respect for her.

26. What was the best book you read?
I only read three complete novels this year. I read a lot of short stories and of course I slushed for ASIM and Ticonderoga Online. “The Time-Travellers Wife” by Audrey Nilfenegger was my favourite novel, although I may be cheating because I received it for Xmas last year and I think I’d finished it by New Year. If that’s the case then I only read two novels, and Quentins by Maeve Binchy was my fave (and again I’m cheating because I still have a bit to go.)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing really. I’d like to say Warren Zevon, but I discovered him late last year. God, but he’s fantastic. I rediscovered a few songs this year, such as Run, Run Away by Slade and 3 Little Pigs by Green Jelly.

28. What did you want and get?
A baby.

29. What did you want and not get?
My children to live with me. Particularly Aiden who actually wants to live with me.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
“Love, Actually.”

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I celebrated turning 35 by having lunch at Fasta Pasta with about 30 friends. It was a blast.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?Selling my second favourite story “Lily’s Song”. So many editors say they really like it, but there’s always a “but…” I just can’t seem to place it in the paying market (I did have someone ask if they could publish it in a non-paying one but I refused).

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Maternal. Generally maternity pants and tight top that showed my stomach.

34. What kept you sane?
Erin in many respects. Losing my children was the most horrendous thing to happen, but looking after Erin and her needs reminded me that I AM a brilliant mother. She really helped me cope at a time when I just wanted to close the door on the world and never open it again.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This answer never changes. Michael T Weiss of course.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Politics never stirs me. I got to vote for the first time though. Oh, I should have made that my answer to question 1!

37. Who did you miss?
My ex-best friends Terri and Karen. Terri had to stop being my friend when I left my religion. Karen and I stopped being friends when her son assaulted mine.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Adrian Bedford and his wife Michelle. These are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Lee and I love them. At least I think I met them this year. If not, then Ju. She’s fun and generous and thoughtful.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Ex-husbands don’t make for the best judge of character.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy” (I think)

Unto us a child is born

Lee and I had our first real attempt at shopping post-baby today. Next time, we'll do it without Connor. The heir-apparent decided that our pre-Christmas stress levels weren't high enough, so he decided to add his two cents worth. The crying started from the moment we entered Woolworths until 15 minutes later when I took him out for a(nother) feed. Naturally he stopped the minute I sat down. I fed him, made sure he was burped, then ventured back into Woolworths to track down the hunter in our relationship. We found him in the dairy aisle. His little Lordship found his lungs again at the same time. Valiantly we pushed on, determined to buy the multivarious items needed to make Christmas and Boxing Day a time to remember. We gave up about 7 minutes later, leaving with little more than 4 chickens, a packet of peanuts and the ubiquitous pack of nappies.

On nappies

Connors gone up a size! Is it any wonder, given the amount he drinks????? It's beginning to look like we're plumping him up for Christmas :) You know, there's a reason we used to refer to him as Nemo. He drinks like a ...

How's the serenity?

It was an Erin Free Weekend and Battboy and I decided we needed a break and Albany was just the place for it. We took off for a long weekend, leaving on Friday night and coming home last night. Connor was conceived in Albany, so we booked ourselves into the Ace Motor Inn, where we stayed last time and allowed ourselves 2 days of total relaxation. We enjoyed the spa in our room, but unfortunately not together, as Connor kept one of us busy while the other relaxed. We spent Saturday buying soft toys for the Battbrat (a sword fish) and Battbaby (a bright striped fish that he loves) and various other bits and pieces for ourselves. Sunday we spent in bed, or should I say, on the bed, both of us reading totally non-Science Fiction books with Connor between us either napping or staring at his new fish. Soccer was on in the background. It was a totally perfect day.

Outcome

Lee came home more relaxed than I've seen him in the better part of a year and I came home with 3 short story ideas that I'm going to start on the minute I find time (and a spare hand). Note to all pregnant writers out there. It's impossible to breastfeed and type at the same time. Hint: Invest in a dictaphone until the baby is 2. Both us feel ready to face the housework, although Connor makes it a bit difficult for me to actually participate. Today I've only managed to put two loads of washing in the machine and on the line, give Erin quality mummy-time before child-care, two loads of dishes in the dishwasher (Lee bought me one last week. Yay!) do a smigeon of shopping, feed the Battbaby 15 times, clean half the kitchen and unpack half the clothes from our holiday. Lee is currently cleaning the dining room and study. It looks heaps better already. We're hosting Boxing Day this year for the Battfamily and have set that day as our goal for having everything ready.

Speaking of which

I've slacked off enough now. Connor is still asleep and I should use the time to finish something! Have a great week.

Back the truck up!

Huge news. We're off to Queensland in January and we're taking the tribe. Lee's up for an Aurealis so we decided, why not? We can't wait. I'm so proud of Lee. Win or not, he works so hard on his writing and it's nice he's being recognised for it. His story, Tales of Nireym, is up for Best Fantasy story.

Congrats...

To Adrian Bedford. His novel Orbital Burn is up for Best Science Fiction Novel.
To Stephen Dedman. His Twilight of the Idols has been nominated for Best Horror Short Story and Desiree for Best Science Fiction Short Story.
And to everyone else listed on the Aurealis Awards page. Well done!

Just a reminder...

My fave short story (that I've written) The Memory of Breathing is appearing in ASIM 17 (edited by Sally Beasley) which is due out in February.

Okay, now I really must go. Take care.

Friday, December 10, 2004

There's life, Jim, but not as we know it

It's hot, we're running around all over the shop in preparation for Christmas and Connor has thrush in his mouth. All this adds up to one thing in his 25cm wide universe. Lots of feeding. Feeds have gone from 3 hourly to 2, to one and a half.

Am I tired? Hell, yes. And sore. That thrush has been transferred to me as well through the act of feeding. Feeding has become quite painful and we both have to be treated.

Lee took a go of feeding my expressed milk to the crown prince a few nights ago so I could get some rest. I'd expressed about 60 mls, which is supposedly twice as much as a newborn needs. Not so. He drained that in quick time, then set up for some more. I had to get up anyway to finish him off and he still took half an hour. I very nearly gave up breast feeding that night, especially as he demanded another feed 2 1/2 hours later.
The next day I bought some formula, figuring one night of bottle feeds wouldn't kill him. I got up, gave him the formula and waited to see if he slept any better. Nope, he still woke up 2 1/2 hours after the first one and refused the second bottle of formula. Obviously my milk is not only good enough for him, but he actively prefers it.

So I'm tired and sore, but still happy in my role as Connor's mummy. I do enjoy the act of feeding him, even if it does hurt. The only thing that annoys me is that I became aware of the thrush on Saturday night. I was just starting to get sore and I noticed the white bits on Connor's tongue. I showed the visiting mid-wife on Sunday morning when she came for our check up. She dismissed my claim of thrush and told me I obviously had a latching problem at night. I was doubtful but remained quiet. After all, it's been 10 years since my last breastfeeding experience. Maybe I wasn't doing it properly.

Two days later the doctor confirmed the thrush and gave me Nilstat for Connor and Canesten for myself. If the midwife had listened to me, I could have started treatment two days earlier. It also acts as a reminder to me to have faith in myself and my knowledge/instincts.

No longer such a weighty problem

I developed an eating disorder when I was eighteen. As a result, I still tend to view myself as fat and spend a lot of time exercising and dieting. Pregnancy is hell for me as I cringe every time I see the scales tip up and my clothes become tight. Being an intelligent and sensible woman, I'm able to get past this little problem by reminding myself that I'm carrying a baby, not fat, and that it's normal to put weight on.
I put 14 kilos on with this pregnancy, which is totally normal. With the wedding happening in 3 and a half months, I figured I'd be able to get rid of about 10 of those kilos by eating sensibly, breastfeeding, and walking.
So imagine my surprise (and joy) when I weighed myself on day 12 and found I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight. Yay! Now, if I still follow my plan and lose the 10 kilos I'll be back to my pre-engagement weight too.

THAT time of the year

As an ex-Jehovah's Witness, there's still a strong part of me that says "Bah, humbug" every time the subject of Christmas comes up. I still feel guilty for wondering what to buy, whose house we're going to when, and for enjoying the tinny strains of "The Little Drummer Boy" as they wend their way through Carousel shopping centre.

This year Christmas Day will be spent with the kids at my brother's. That's somewhat cool. We did the same thing last year. This year, however we're taking the whole thing up a notch. We're hosting the Battersby Christmas experience on Boxing Day. Yes, I'm post-natal, I'm tired and I don't even like the day in question. I have made it known however that I'm doing nothing (apart from stuffing and roasting several chickens) towards the day except sit on my banana lounge and feed the baby.
And to top it all off, we're on the look out for a store-Santa so Connor can have his first Christmas memorialised.

So we're celebrating Christmas Day twice. With this in mind, and knowing his family's view on Christmas (it must be celebrated on the 25th) I offered my ex-husband (who has the children Boxing Day this year) the opportunity of having the kids on the day instead as I don't mind which day I have them this year. They love my brother and he has a pool, and they love Lee's brother and he has a son of their age, so either day suited me fine. I made the offer and received a rather terse "Obviously my family have organised months ago to meet on Boxing Day this year." As if we hadn't. Despite suffering the pregnancy from hell and having a baby close to the season, I was so together, I organised both days!

Christmas Shopping has been fun though. Cassie and Erin are ridiculously easy to buy for, Aiden and Blake terribly difficult. Connor's also easy as he won't be casting his eye over everyone else's present and working out who got the better deal.

Lee and I have decided that after a year of giving each other everything we want (including a real, live, in the flesh baby), we're going to treat ourselves to a Christmas holiday rather than presents, which we'll be taking next weekend. I don't have the kids and Erin is away, so we're packing the Battbaby up and heading off to Albany for a long weekend. We love Albany and seriously considered the prospect of moving there the last time we visited. Last time we stayed at the Ace Motor Inn. The service and room was excellent. We had a spa and the hotel let us take our cheese board and bottle of wine back to our room to be enjoyed in said spa. We've decided to stay there again. I phoned the other day to make the booking.
"Have you stayed here before?" the lovely receptionist asked.
"Yes, nine months ago, in early March."
"You have a good memory for dates."
"Not really. I know it was nine months ago, because we brought the resulting baby home from hospital last week."
The already exemplary service went up even further.

Okay, that's enough. Have a fun weekend. We're off to the zoo and Calli's birthday party and we have the kids, so I know we will. Take care.



Monday, December 06, 2004

Quick post (Or: I'm A Sucker For Jumping On a Band Wagon)

I've done one of those quiz thinggies (because sleeping is too logical a thing to do while the baby's asleep). http://www.quizyourfriends.com/yourquiz.php?quizname=041205085555-504692

Try it out.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Finally, a minute to myself

Lee's watching the soccer, the youngest two are sleeping, and the older three are colouring in, so I finally have a bit of time to blog.

Yes, I'm home, I'm bump-free, pain-free, my family are all around me and I'm happy.

I've decided to write a list of twos about the events leading up to and arising from Connor's birth. Two things for each heading, two against.

Pregnancy.
For.
1. The man I love was finally able to overcome his fears in order to get me pregnant.
2. It didn't take long to fall once the decision was made. I had an operation, went off to Albany to recuperate, and hey Presto! conception.

Against.
1. If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know the answer to this. The pelvis. Always the pelvis.
2. Lee and I had only just had a discussion that went:
"I still don't feel totally well at the moment. The operation took a lot out of me. I'm tired and nauseous and my tummy still aches. Maybe we should postpone pregnancy for a few months."
"I agree. Your health is too important to jeopardise."
"Okay."

But not really an against because two days later:
"I'm pregnant."
"That's wonderful!!!!!"
"I know!!!!!!"

Induction
For.
1. It helped my body go into labour. Breaking my waters wasn't enough.
2. It made the contractions stronger, quicker.

Against.
1. I couldn't use hot water as pain relief as I was strapped to machines.
2. It made the contractions stronger, quicker.

Labour.
For.
1. It was short. 3 1/2 hours made it my shortest yet. In all, I've gone through 17 1/2 hours between the four births.
2. No more pain. (Even though I'd been told by three different doctors that my pelvis would be bad for another 3-18 months) I love my chiropractor

Against.
1. It hurt. A lot. Excrutiating in fact. I took morphine about 20 minutes before Connor was born.
2. I became afraid at one stage and stopped pushing. This bruised Connor's eyes and the blue bits are ringed with red.

Giving birth.
For.
1. Connor. He's perfect and he's ours and no one can ever take him away from me. I love him to pieces.
2. The look on Lee's face as I gave birth. He watched the whole thing and was amazed. He just kept telling me how proud he was of me and how much he loved me. Lee was wonderful during labour. He said and did all the right things. I had Sharon along as a back-up support person, to be there for Lee if he found it too hard. Lee was perfect. Sharon nearly fainted.

Against.
1. Lee had to leave about an hour after the birth to pick the kids up. I hated that, especially as he didn't end up picking them up after all.
2. I went into shock and couldn't stop shaking. This frightened Lee, but some warm blankets eventually helped.

Breastfeeding.
For.
1. I get to do something with my son that nobody else can.
2. Just looking at him makes me let-down.

Against.
1. Dolly Parton's breasts spent three days vacationing on my chest (Lee couldn't see the problem with this).
2. Letting down while out shopping and having no spare breast pads.

The children's reactions.
For.
1. Aiden and Blake. Aiden's so maternal. He really loves Connor and is beautiful to watch. Both boys constantly ask to hold their brother.
2. The look on Erin's face when a doctor took Connor to check his jaundice. "Where you go my Connor?" she demanded. This broke the two days of anti-Connor behaviour that Erin had subjected us to. Things have improved somewhat since then.

Against.
1. Casi walking in and asking "You're still fat. When will it go?"
2. Erin saying "I don't like my new Connor" whenever she doesn't get her own way.

Coming home.
For.
1. Lee visibly relaxed on the drive home. He was bringing me and our son home and I could see how this was affecting him. Day Four saw him relax further. I was home and I was well, and for the first time he stopped worrying about me.
2. No one poking my stomach to see how high my fundus is.

Against.
Nothing. Being home is fantastic. Lee is very much a hands-on dad and is happy to do anything for Connor and Erin (and Casi, Aiden and Blake when they're here.)

Going out in public.
For.
1. Casi had a dance performance last night. Due to car-space constraints Lee dropped Connor and me off at Burswood so he could pick up the kids from school, drop Erin off with the sitter before dropping the kids at Burswood so Jon could pick them up. I found a nice soft sofa and sat down with Connor and a good book to wait. A retirement show was going on close by. Eventually the doors opened and about 300 pensioners shuffled out. They pretty much broke into groups before approaching me with the requisite "oohs" and "aahs" of the elderly. Each and every one of them stopped for a look, then declared him perfect, beautiful, an absolute angel. I was in Mummy heaven.
2. Lee and I went out for dinner before the performance. More positive comments ensued.

Against.
1. I wanted to buy a new top yesterday, one that flattered me instead of highlighting my post-baby tummy. I saw the perfect one at Susanne Grae's. Holding tight to my bundle of joy, I wandered in, grabbed the shirt and tripped off to find a change room. An old woman stopped me, grabbed my arm and asked, "How are you going to try that shirt on if you're holding the baby?"
"I have a padded change mat and a blanket in my back-pack," I replied (to which Lee says his reply would have been "%$#@ off and mind your own business.")
I found a change room, set Connor up and took my top off. Connor cried. Suddenly the curtain was whisked open and the old crow stood there, exposing me, topless to the entire shop. "Let me hold the baby," she demanded.
"Not likely," I yelled and pulled the curtains closed.
An assistant called out; "Can I take your baby?"
"No, you can not. I don't hand my children over to strangers and besides, I've finished."
I picked Connor up, opened the curtain and handed the top to assistant. "I'll be taking that."
She rang up the sale. "Is this your first?" (thereby implying I'm an inexperienced and thereby negligent mother)
"No, my fifth!" I snapped.
About four pairs of eyes swung in my direction. "Oh. I just assumed..."
"That because my baby was crying I didn't know what I was doing?"
"Ummm, no, I..."
"I know exactly what I'm doing. My oldest child is thirteen, so I've been doing it for a long time."
The eyes grew wide. "You don't look old enough."
"And yet I am."
I took my parcel and left.
The top looked great by the way.

2. I breastfed my baby in front of my ex-husband on Thursday. Not comfortable for me and I felt sorry for him. I know it isn't easy for Jon to see me in a domestic situation, but that would have been awful.

3. I'm adding an extra one. Casi was brilliant, her dancing wonderful, I was very proud. BUT. The music was extra loud, we had to move from the front to the back because we were worried about Connor's hearing and left as soon as Casi's bit was over. We missed the finale.

So, that's that. I'm happy now that pregnancy is over and Lee and I can move forward with our family.

Take care and have a great week

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