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Wow so it’s been a while since I last posted, thought I’d better get another post in before the end of the month
Firstly, happy Pagan New Year to all my Northern Hemispherean friends who are today celebrating Samhain, and to my fellow Southern Hemisphereans, Blessed Beltane! Can’t believe we’re back here again!
And speaking of being back here again, we have some special news – Michael and I are expecting our second child in May 2014! It’s a little sooner than we originally anticipated – we were planning on trying for our second late next year, when Lily was about to hit her 2-year mark, but this one decided s/he must exist now (!) so I’m currently 11 weeks in, making me due on the 18th May 2014.
I can’t lie – I’m SUPER anxious about this pregnancy. I think because of all the stuff we went through when I was pregnant with Lily (read here and here), I am frightened that the same thing will happen again, even though rationally I know that every pregnancy is completely different. I’ve had awful dreams that I’ve lost the baby, that we went for a scan and couldn’t find a heartbeat, and all these scary thoughts even though I’ve had no reason to believe anything is wrong – and all was confirmed as just fine when we went for a scan today; little heart flickering on the screen, and growing well. It was so reassuring to see that little heartbeat, and to see little bubba wriggling around – I nearly cried out of relief.
I know what I went through with Lily is the least of it – and that others have been through much, much worse – but it was a scary time for me and with nothing worse to compare it to, those moments were some of the most frightening I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. I spent nearly 3 weeks of last year not knowing if Lily was going to be born premature, or if she’d even make it at all.
And I know that every thing turned out perfectly in the end, and we now have a super healthy 11-month old who is growing and developing in leaps and bounds (started walking in the last week!), but I think between scans, until I can feel baby moving, that fear is always going to be there. You can’t shake it when you’ve been through difficult times in similar circumstances before – it’s human.
That being said, we’re SUPER excited to be adding another little kiddo to our household – our little ones will be 18 months apart almost exactly – and I think that’s a great age gap to have. They’ll hopefully grow up really loving each other and getting along well and sharing their fun moments (not without arguments of course, but that’s part of being a brother or sister!).
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I don’t normally like to talk politics, but as today Tony Abbott was sworn in as our new Prime Minister, I had to talk a bit about it.
Basically, for those of you who don’t know, Tony Abbott is what I refer to as Australia’s George W. Bush. He’s a conservative Christian with the usual 1950′s patriarchal traits: doesn’t believe in marriage equality for homosexuals (including his own sister who is gay), nor believes that women are capable of holding equal standing with men (I quote, “I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons”), and has indeed objectified women, namely fellow Liberal candidate Fiona Scott (“I think I can probably say [she] has a bit of sex appeal” and “… [she's] not just a pretty face”). He seems against progression and rather focuses on fixing Labor’s “mistakes”.
As you can probably tell, I despise this man. I don’t think he’s going to help Australia move forward as a nation.
Countries worldwide are approving and legalising gay marriage, including our neighbours in New Zealand – yet under Tony Abbott, our country will not obtain that, because he is dead against it. He feels threatened by marriage equality (he’s stated that himself). I simply don’t understand that mentality – what exactly is there to be threatened by?! If Bob and Rob or Mary and Jane down the street marry one-another, that doesn’t affect my marriage with my husband in the slightest! I’d much prefer two people who love each other to get married than two people who are going to end up cheating on one-another, or are only marrying for the purpose of gaining citizenship.
I also don’t feel that politicians should have a say in the matter – it’s a human rights matter, not a political one.
I am also scared for my family as a now-one income household. I am anxious that Abbott in power will affect us negatively because I’m not able to work full-time while I have a nearly-10 month old at home. I should feel that my family is secure, and not have to fear cuts to our incomes while I’m not working (and this is not by choice, mind you — I’ve applied for probably 20-30 jobs in the last 3 months). I’ve worked hard for the last 6+ years paying my taxes – it’s only fair that when I make my legal and human right to start a family that I am able to gain something back. I’m not talking about being on the dole or receiving my payments for the rest of my parenting life; I’m talking about income support while I’m not able to work due to the lack of employment opportunities around my area (and thanks to my ex-boss who laid me off).
I also find it amusing that the Liberal parties is claiming that they’ll create more jobs; yet one politician in particular made it clear that it’s not a government’s position to create jobs. Why make promises that you can’t even possibly do, let alone follow through on if you could?
I’m just over the whole thing. I know things could be a lot worse, but from my point of view as a caregiver to my family, it’s important to me to know where we stand — and right now, things are very up in the air, uncertain and unclear.Read More
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Wow, am I a failure at this whole blogging thing or what?! Nearly two months without so much as a ‘Hello’ – bad me!
Well things have been pretty exciting and hectic and busy all at once. I’ve been pampering and partying with my new business with The Body Shop @ Home, and it’s been awesome! I’ve met so many new, amazing women and made friends along the way, it’s been great fun. I’m currently aiming for one of the incentives – to go in the draw, you need to have at least $4,000 in sales from the 20th July to 15th September, and for every extra $500 in sales you make, you get an additional entry. Well, after my orders go in this week, I’ll have over $4,200 in sales with still another 2-3 pampers before 15th September, so I’m stoked that I’ll even qualify!
So what could I win? The draw is on the 22nd September at the Christmas Catalogue Launch, and if my name is drawn out of the hat, I could be jetted off to Melbourne, chaufferred to the Chadstone Shopping Centre, have my ‘colours done’ (i.e. what colours suit my complexion) and my style all worked out for my body shape, then given a $500 voucher to spend using my new-found knowledge. After that, I’d have my hair styled and makeup done to suit, and then off to dinner with the Big Wigs from Body Shop @ Home!
To win this would be completely and utterly amazing to me – what an experience to have! So I’m aiming high for that
I still haven’t got anyone to join my team, which is a little disappointing but I did say from the beginning that I wanted to do pampers for a while before team-building. Now I’m finding that I’d really love a little team with me, and it would mean extras for them and myself – a win-win! So I’m working on the team-building
In other news, Lily is growing like a mushroom – she’s now just over 10kg and 75cm tall; off the charts in both height and weight for her age. She’s trying desperately to walk – she can stand up and hold onto her play pen or my leg with one hand, so she’s a strong little girl. Just very keen to get moving.
I’ve also been working part-time at my old job, earning a bit of extra money while a staff member is on leave, which has been interesting. I’ve been kind of missing work and to get back into it is kind of nice
Hopefully my next update won’t be months away – I kept meaning to blog but whenever I sat down to do it, nothing came to me as to what to write about. I guess this has solved that, then!Read More