Slow it down!
"If somebody has the magic answers to balance it all, please send them my way"
The countdown has really begun now, and not just for Christmas. It's less than 10 weeks to go until we meet our little baby.
My head is telling me to enjoy these last weeks as much as possible and soak it up but my body is saying it's hard, I'm tired, I'm fat and I can't wait for the time to pass. Hate wishing my life away though.
I've never had any problems in any of my pregnancies so it gave us both a real scare when I had a bleed last week. Everything with the baby and I is absolutely fine now, but it was a real wake up call that I need to slow things down and realise I'm now in the eighth month of pregnancy - as if this giant Christmas pudding sized bump wasn't enough of a reminder! Slowing down and taking things easy are not really phrases that I use in my hectic life, where everything tends to be full speed ahead. How can it be any other way with two active little ones and working! I even felt bad for L this week as I haven't managed the housework! Not that she cares - it's just me being an idiot. If somebody has the magic answers to balance it all, please send them my way.
Meanwhile, we are fully immersed in festive events with the girls, who are super excited for Christmas. This is the first year when they have shown any interest in this season and it makes it so magical. We've been doing something Christmassy every weekend. I think that's probably why the time is going so fast. Isn't it great using the elf and Santa as an extra bribing tool We got G to eat shepherds pie the other night playing on the fear that Jupiter the elf would tell Santa if she didn't. Who knows what we will do in January.
Last weekend the girls had festive face paints, a trip to see Santa and then put the Christmas trees up. Obviously we've designated a kid tree and a good tree (for in the good room) so that we don't get antsy about how it's decorated. We also made Christmas cards with their hand and footprints to give out to family and my work as I was hosting an afternoon tea for the elderly this week and I wanted it to have a really personal touch. The girls loved doing them and I think I handled the mess of the paint all over our lovely kitchen quite well. Not neurotic at all. Little chaotic one was so cute trying to clean G's foot. It was a real warming memory swiftly followed by a bold reminder never to leave them unattended with some bright green paint on our new wooden floor. Not even for 30 seconds.
The afternoon tea at work was really wonderful and one of the reasons I love my job so much. We had 30 elderly folk over at the station for a ridiculous amount of cake and tea followed by a Carol service. They all seemed to enjoy themselves and it felt so good to give something back to the community especially at this time of year when some people feel very lonely and isolated. Although I totally overdid it and I'm feeling it today, I'm still beaming from them telling me I only looked 25 and was too young to have 3 children. Might need to recommend they get their eyes tested.
I was actually 35 last week. 35! I don't know where time is going. I hope I make it to 99 like one of the men I met at the tea party. L really struggled with my birthday as she felt really limited on what we could do. It was the weekend I had been in hospital so since I was meant to be resting she cancelled the sky diving and cocktails! I think she was more disappointed about it than me as I really enjoyed the day beginning with the girls opening my presents and then a special meal out just the two of us. Supposedly she has BIG plans for next year when she is excited that she "will have her Katy back". What she is referring to is me being pregnant at my 31st and 32nd birthday, breastfeeding on my 33rd and pregnant again on my 35th. It's been a few years dedicated to child-rearing but it has absolutely flown by. Excited to see what she has planned but got a pretty busy year before now and then!!!
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