Enter Stage

I’m approaching a funny stage – forget the 7 ages of (wo)man [although with my pregnancy hormones taking centre stage, I play all different stages in one day] – I’m in the midst of the three ages of childhood. Jury is still out as to whether this will be a thriller or a tragedy.

I am increasingly becoming an (albeit suntanned) beached whale as my baby cooks nicely in my tummy, and I cook beautifully in the sun-shine. I’m slowing down, being forced to watch a bit more from the side-lines rather than centre stage as the girls play and posture in summer silliness. They are funny little mites, and I settle down in my front row seat at the most amusing, amazing show on earth. And I need my rest, because it all kicks off in September. Usually I’m a mess at times like these (Daisy just finishing Monetessori for good) unable to let go. But this time I know September is going to be full of new beginnings.

Daisy starts school – a seismic shift in my parenting experience, mother to a schoolgirl.
Poppy starts Montessori – after three years of being home with me this is a huge step for us both.
And my new baby arrives – a unique show beginning all over again.

Three stages, each with its own challenges and triumphs, each mesmerising and unmissable. Three little people embarking on three huge steps of their lives – and I not only get to watch, I get to clap and cheer and hold their hands. Pass the popcorn and show me the emergency exits – I suspect come September I’ll be too stressed, sleep-deprived, hyper, emotional and exhausted to appreciate any of it!

About Grin & Tonic by Alana Kirk

Bouncing into middle age armed with courage, ambition and a pair of tweezers (chin hairs for anyone over the age of 45 reading this) I am a writer with a mission: to redefine this midway point in my life when the last thing I want to do is hang up my high heels and become invisible. This is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. A single mum to 3 fabulous girls, an author, and a fundraising consultant, both ends of my candle are on fire. As I enter this new stage of my life, I want to explore what it means for 'mid-aged' women today, who were promised they could have it all, ended up doing it all, and just do not identify with the traditional image of middle age.
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3 Responses to Enter Stage

  1. Brittany says:

    How exciting! I've been so wrapped up in our move I didn't remember you were pregnant. So glad it's going well and looking forward to reading about your further adventures. 🙂


  2. Foodie Mummy says:

    I was so emotional on Marie's first day at school, I cried nearly all day! It is such a milestone. For the time being, enjoy your girls and the sunshine! X


  3. cath c says:

    yay! and don't bother with the stress…your blossoms will bloom and grow, and you'll be too busy with the earliest aspects of wee one to get too caught up with their negotiations in the world. just enjoy them all, however they move through their worlds.


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