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22 August 2013

(Paid) Work is Over

Friday was my last day at work. It is a bit bittersweet for this girl. As annoying as work can be at times, I enjoy the people I work with and I enjoy accounting. I will be back at it in time...but it will still be a transition into being a full time mom for a while. I now have less than a month before my due date. Based on statistics and the other women in my family, I'm tipping our little girl will be late. It's just as well - there's much to be done before she arrives. I am at once both in full nesting mode (time to clean the apartment from top to bottom!), and also so lethargic an entire day can pass without me giving much notice. (This is stange for me - I rejected being a housewife outright because I had no satisfactory outlets for all my energy and constant need to be productive). I imagine there is am extensive cocktail of hormones flooding my system right now that are taking my mind of my need to "do something" to being at home and getting the home ready. Being pregnant has been a challenge on many levels, but I am in constant aw of how nature has been slowly getting us ready to be parents - physically and mentally. Before I got pregnant, I wasn't really sure how I was going to be ready to handle the every beck and call of an infant. But it has happened. Nine months: not just for infact development - it also grows two fledgling parents (and I say "we" because apparently I give off pregnant lady pheremones that make my husband's testosterone levels drop and kick start his nurturing abilities. Truly amazing) This week I start my weekly visits to the ob/gyn. It's getting so real! Still have a lot of items on the list to purchase including a rocking chair (I'm insisting!). Tomorrow I will start some browsing for that. It's been a long time since I've gone to Ikea. I love that place! I'll have to stop by the cafe and contemplate a forbidden plate of Swedish meatballs... I'll probably be updating more often with shorter posts now that work is over. I'll have to dust off that expensive camera I bought last year for my photography course and take some photos. Until next time, Laurie p.s. sorry this post did not have paragraphs. Blogger is behaving badly and made me type all of this in HTML which I don't really know/remember.

23 July 2013

Spills & Thrills

Hello all!

I am making good on my promise to be at least a semi-regular blogger...so here it is!

To recap, my whirlwind Mexico-Chicago-Houston trip was great. I was so wonderful to be home and to see family and lots of great friends. It was just the re-charge I needed after having been away for so long. I especially loved showing up to see friends with my baby belly and seeing their surprised looks. It was great!

We returned home in time to get ready for the Back-to-Work Blues. I THOUGHT the return from my trip would usher in the next phase of Baby Ready-ing: the shopping! All that stuff we need: clothes, crib, stroller, etc. We didn't really buy anything in the States...I have no idea what I needed (still don't, really). And honestly, we don't have room to fully deck out this kid with everything she will need for all of childhood.

Anyway, I was getting back into my usual routine until the Thursday after I returned. There was no warning...I was walking down a step and twisted my foot. The pain was a bit more intense than other times I've twisted my foot...but I think being pregnant and desperately not wanting to be injured prevented me from accepting the seriousness of the injury right away (even as my foot began to swell).

Long story short, I hobbled around the city from one doctor to an x-ray place and on to another doctor where I got the final diagnosis: broken fifth metatarsal. And it was displaced...meaning it was not where it was supposed to be. I listened in shock as the doctor told me I would require surgery to correct the break. Surgery! I broke my ankle a few years back and all it required was for me to walk around in a boot for about six weeks. This was taking the whole broken bone experience to a new level. And to be pregnant on top of it was just too much. I pretty much cried from the time he told me that until my husband took me home.

The surgery went well. In spite of my initial concerns, the general anaesthetic required for the surgery was not bad for the baby. In fact, she was back to kicking me soon after I came out of it. She is a very active baby and pretty resilient!

And to all those who say (said) that I shouldn't have had surgery while pregnant, my response is: how the heck can I take care of an infant if I can't walk??? The doctors all pretty much said I had no other options in the matter so I went ahead with it. I think Mom being disabled would be worse for the kiddo long term than the 45 minutes it took to stick a couple pins in my foot. This was my first experience with being a mom: people are very free with their opinions when it comes to your unborn child! But I have a hunch most of the people offering their opinions have never been in such a situation. [shakes head disapprovingly]

I have been off my foot for over five weeks now. The healing has been the hardest part. The pain was minimal all things considered but my mobility has been significantly impaired. I have a really DORKY scooter that I use around the house and at work (trust me, the embarrassment is totally worth it to not have to use crutches), but it's not great for going long distances. When you build your life around not having a car and using public transport, not being able to walk is a major obstacle to living a normal life. I have pretty much been at home most of the time when I am not at work. (That's right: no BABY shopping!)

I go in on Tuesday for my final x-ray (don't worry, they cover me with heaps of lead to protect Bubs). They will check to make sure everything has healed okay and, God willing, I can ditch the stupid scooter and walk around again. I am losing my patience with the whole situation. It could be worse, and I'm glad I was the one who got injured and not Baby Girl...but I HAVE to get out of this apartment!!! I'll probably need physical therapy and I'll also probably have to wear my boot for a while, but as long as I can be up and around again I will be so happy!! I really want to get ready for the baby's big debut.

My goal is to be back to normal in time for the birth. It's time to get on with life, and in spite of it all, I am getting so excited about our new arrival!

That's my story...it's a bit of a sookfest (i.e. complaining), but it has been kind of a big deal in my life. It's good to have a forum to express oneself!

Thanks for reading! Fingers crossed that it will be smooth sailing for the remaining two months of pregnancy!

Cheers mates!
Laurie

23 May 2013

Welcome Back, Kotter!

Well, hello there, strangers!

I know, I know - I have been the stranger to my own blog! Many apologies, readers. Life has been...interesting for the past few months. Work, life changes...it seems that somewhere along the way our lives morphed from the "Expat Experience" to just being the human experience. I can't speak for Mr. TexStralian, but I feel like the adventurous, exploration phase of our life in Melbourne has come to an end and we are now in a period of settling and getting back to a normal/pre-move life. How long this 'normal' will last is anyone's guess, but it is temporary as we will be moving back to the US at some point (or moving somewhere else to begin the whole process again - this has not been revealed to me and if it is to be revealed, probably wouldn't be until a month before the expected move date. Such is the way of things!)

Right now I am in Mexico visiting my parents (and my North American tour also includes a stop in Chicago to visit the in-laws, and a stop in Houston to see my big sister get married). It is good to have a break from Australia and to re-connect with my family. It has been 18 months since my last trip home and that is way too long. I would say at least a yearly trip back to the Motherland is necessary to maintain sanity and to have a break from being an "outsider". Living away from America has given me a great perspective and I am so thankful for the experience, but I do get to the point of having expat fatigue. I just need to be in familiar surroundings for a bit of a recharge.

Anyway, since the end of November, things have been pretty busy/stressful. I haven't had many urges to write on the blog (even though we did take another trip to New Zealand, and have a few visitors that we had some great times with). I want to return to the blog, though. I'm not sure that this blog will focus on the all the weird, new things we find in Australia and vacations etc., as we have been in Oz for nearly 2 and a half years now. The blog will have to evolve as our experience here evolves.

We have some big things coming up. Well, one big thing that will change everything. I haven't really announced it on the Internets yet, but maybe you can guess? (look at the new wallpaper!) Matt and I are both a little slow to adapt to change so we are still getting used to the idea of being parents. We both wanted this to happen... but the speed with which our wish for a child was granted was a little surprising ;-)

I'll be leaving work mid-August and I will not be returning for the foreseeable future. No doubt this blog will be a creative outlet for me. I really want to also start taking photos again so expect to see some practice shots on here again.

I'll try and post some shots from our last trip to New Zealand (that are over seven months old by now). I'll try to also do some more regular posting on what's happening in our lives because I know I have at least one faithful reader who deserves some new content (Hi, Kimberly!)

Until then, I bid you good day!

Cheers,
Laurie