21 August 2009


Some milestones along the way, easing my post-caesarean body and psyche ever closer towards normality:

- getting out of bed the next morning

- showering and going to the loo without the 'assistance' they said one would need

- getting back into normal clothes and shoes

- going home, having walked from Maternity to the carpark without keeling over

- doing small things around the house, sometimes so small as to render no actual assistance with the actual running of the house, but important for one's sense of worth

- driving, which you're not actually not allowed to do for the dreaded six weeks after all!

- getting some groceries

- dropping a four year old off at kindy, then doing it with a newborn and a two year old. And surviving.

- watering one's garden again

- disciplining one's kids again

- getting back into Normal Undies! ...instead of the giant super-high-waisted post-caesar granny pants, which, I'm embarrassed to admit, were super-comfy with the waistband well away from the yowchy part but super-uncomfy with corresponding lack of fabric down lower. Let's just say it's a good thing that in this case, retrieving lost fabric does not incur a deduction of 0.5 of a point.

Wow! When it's all written out like that, it sounds like I'm powering around changing the world and overdoing things in general. I'm not. I'm taking things extremely easy and enjoying seeing a milestone like watering the garden happen when it does.

Each day I only have one or two goals. For example, my goals for a day might be: (1) get Nat to kindy, and (2) get Nat home from kindy.

This is why some nights, dinner doesn't exactly ... exist.

It's not just me though. I was relieved to hear a fellow kindy mum say that one night when her baby was small, she called her husband and demanded, "Ask me what's for dinner!"

When he hesitatingly asked, "What's for dinner?" she snapped, "A CARROT!" and hung up.

I loved that story, and I really appreciated that she told me about it. Because it reminds me of me.


Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

a carrot is a completely legitimate dinner!

I am pleased you are progressing through your milestones. go you good thing :)

Swift Jan said...

I am seriously chuckling at the carrot for dinner!!

Good to hear that things are slowly but surely returning to some form of normality... I will understand fully in 6 sleeps!!

Crazy Sister said...

Laughing very hard at the carrot!

That husband better have come home with pizza!

Heather said...

Given that (a) I've never had a Caesarian, (b) I only have one child to manage and (c) I'm a SAHM, you would think I'd never have a problem with managing to get dinner on the table.

You'd be wrong.

So, huzzah to you, my dear! You're making me look positively pathetic with your garden-watering and dropping kids off at kindy with newborn and toddler in tow etc...

Glad you're feeling more yourself again!

Ann said...

Okay, well, my "baby" will be 12 next week, and I still don't want to hear "what's for dinner?"!! Carrots would be good.... Congrats on your baby!! What a little doll. (I haven't been here in awhile!) I love reading about your recent relocation, because we've just done the same - I feel sorry for myself, but feel better knowing I'm not alone in the craziness!

Sassy Britches said...

I'm singing to you a song from The Muppet Movie: "Movin' right along (doog-a-doon doog-a-doon), footloose and fancy free, getting there is half the fun, come share it with me!"

Jen said...

That's an awesome story.

I am glad that you are progressing to normal. Soon this whole thing will be a memory and lets hope that you never have to go through it again.

Tracy P. said...

That's hilarious!

I'm glad they never told me not to drive. It would have really bothered me to be out there driving around, you know, knowing I was breaking the rules. Which obviously, I would have.

I was so bummed the morning after my first when they took my catheter out. I may have made it to the toilet, but I didn't go willingly. ;-)

You are doing great!

Hairline Fracture said...

I love that about the carrot. We kind of had a couple of nights like that last week. Thankfully, my husband knew not to complain. ;-)

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Vitamin A is very good for the eyes! Three cheers for carrots!

Femina said...

LOVE the carrot story!

If everyone is fed and most of you are clean I reckon you've achieved a lot. Anything beyond that is a bonus.

Dee from Downunder said...

I can't believe I have missed all that has been happening! I will have to go back and read it all. congratulations on little Joseph, so beautiful.