“You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.” ― John Irving Now that Christmas is over I'm stuck in this weird phase where all the days till New years seem to just mush together. Tell me I'm not the only one that feels like that? If I'm honest I've felt like that for the last few months.
"The worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work, and how they don’t work.” - Michelle Obama I am 3 months post-partum since delivering my son via emergency caesarean section (c-section) and I still don’t feel like my complete self yet. There's a lot about the recovery process that not a lot of people talk about.
“Childbirth is a time when a woman’s power and strength emerge full force, but it is also a vulnerable time.” - Annemarie Van Oplo On September 17th after 41 weeks and 5 days of being pregnant, I welcomed the most adorable little boy named Matthew. I had such a healthy pregnancy (despite the emotional roller-coaster) , so for the delivery to be so traumatic was a shock to me and my family. Was it the ignorance of being a first-time mum or a failure on the NHS? I’m not sure. A part of me thinks it’s both and here’s why.
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr This is baby number 1 and I can’t tell you how many videos, websites and apps I looked at to ensure I had the hospital bag essentials I needed for the labour and delivery. Any advice people gave me I made a note of because I wanted to be as ready as possible. My pregnancy was unplanned and filled with a lot of emotional ups and down and I wanted to be everything I could to ensure that my labour and delivery was a lot more smoother and that I was as prepared as possible. But, can one ever be fully prepared for the delivery of their first baby?
“Enjoy the moment while waiting.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita. There’s an app for everything these days and pregnancy is no exception. Finding out I was pregnant was a very nerve racking experience which I rambled about here. It wasn’t planned and I certainly never imagined it happening the way that it did. But it did and after the initial shock of it all I was ready to continue on the journey into motherhood. However, as a first-time mum I knew I would need a lot of help. Lucky for me I had an amazing support system around me but the App store played a significant role too.
“You never understand life until it grows inside of you.” ― Sandra Chami Kassis Before I found out I was pregnant I always thought my pregnancy would be associated with three things: 1) Eating for two, 2) Craving a random and slightly questionable meal at 3am and; 3) Asking my husband to prepare me said meal in the middle of the night in our newly refurbished home. Spoiler alert. None of these things happened to me. None. Life has a funny way of doing the complete opposite of what you think it should do, right?
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realise that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” Eckhart Tolle It’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted anything new on here but after a much needed break I’m back doing what I love. To mark my return I thought I'd share a little little life update on what's been going on and what I have in store for my little corner of the internet.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not...” ~ Epicurus We all have a bucket list, right? Whether mentally or somewhere on a piece of paper, we’ve all sat down and thought about the things we’d like to achieve in our life time. But sometimes this list can leave us feeling a little overwhelmed and often becomes a reminder of all the things I haven’t done.
“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Roy T. Bennett If you’ve been keeping up with my latest posts then you may know I’ve been going through something. I’m still going through it and I’ve not quite figured out how to share it on here. I will at some point. But for now, I’m focusing my energy of getting out of it. I’ve cried over it, I’ve prayed about it and now I’m ready to step out of it.
“Don't live the same day over and over again and call that a life.” ~ Germany Kent I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that allows me to work from home when I want and as often as I want. This luxury has been a God send for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been able to deal with a lot lately and my only comfort was locking myself in my room hoping it will somehow sort itself out. But we all know life doesn’t work like that.