Fitting it all in…..

Despite only seven (yes!!!!!! only seven!!!!) weeks to go until I can lift this enormous boulder that is my stomach off my spine, and cradle a light little lump of loveliness in my arms instead.. this title does not actually refer to the fact that my lungs and stomach are now so squashed I can only breath standing up, and only eat one marshmallow size of food before my aesophagous fires up in anger and burns a hole in my chest while belching loudly in riotous outrage.

No – ‘fitting it all in’ now refers to my near frantic frenzy of to-do-lists I have to tick off before I get too fat to waddle and then too tired to bother.

I have emerged from my sloth-like caterpillar stage, through some imaginary hormone happy chrysalis, into some energetic, creatively juicy, albeit rather heavy and un-graceful butterfly, fluttering and muttering to myself as I prepare our household for the onslaught of a new baby. How could something so small, require so much preparation? Thinking, list-making, knitting, shopping, cooking, decorating, did I mention shoppng?, preparing bedrooms, making childcare plans…. never mind preparing our two girls for their little steps into the big worlds of school and montessori.

Between the sickness and tiredness of early and mid pregnancy I had to abandon many of my regular activities and focus on the essential…. like feeding my children. But now – resplendent in bulbous blooming bountiful energy – I have finished my novel. It is done. It is printed and I even posted it to an editor for some feedback. It may of course spend the next thirty years in my desk drawer, but it is done. But that’s not all! I’ve made the curtains for the baby room, bought the beds for the girls, moved the cot into place, bought the buggy, and I’ve even made the To do list for Daisy’s birthday party in October and bought her presents (yes I know, but it’s only 3 weeks after the birth so I need to have it done!). I still have a list that hangs down to my feet (though thankfully I can see neither the end of the list or my feet). I have finished articles for Christmas deadlines, and bought 20 pie dishes for my culinary challenge of filling the freezer with nutritious food so nobody starves in the first few weeks. Daisy’s school uniform is bought (though not labelled – add to list!), I’ve been reading Poppy books on starting Montessori, I have even – yes, may I stand proud and non-apologetic – bought some Christmas presents. And I’ve even returned to my blogging world and caught up with some old friends….. if you are still with me – I’ve missed reading your stories and am loving catching up with your hurly burly lives once more.
It feels good to be alive again, and now as I tick, tick, tick my lists, I count the days until the sleep sloth of sweet surrender mists over me again as the sweet smell of my new baby’s head renders all my lists meaningless.
But for now, I am leading the charge on those lists like a demented dragon. No wonder then Daisy looked confused the other day when hubby told her she couldn’t have something because he was the boss and said so. She looked at him, genuinely baffled, before replying, ” But daddy, that’s not true. Mummy is the boss.”
I’m back!

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 Fitting it all in…..

  1. cath c says:

    wow! congratulations on finishing the novel and accomplishing so much! i couldn't do that when i was pregnant.

    can yu send some of that bouancy here, please? i could really use some about now…


  2. Claire says:

    Wowza! You are in the zone 🙂 Hope everything goes smoothly for you!


  3. Wow lady – send some of that energy my way would you. Did I really hear you mention Christmas? Twice? Yikes. You're a truly formidable force – bloody good on ya.


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