{Impending} Arrival

It is two weeks left till 'A' day (That's expected arrival day to the rest of you).

It feels a bit like ground hog day around this house since I finished full time work. I only leave the house to go to mid wife appointments and pick up the wee child from school. The house work and the laundry is on repeat. It is a never ending battle between tiredness and completing chores.

Any changes in routine are subtle but important.

This week something in the laundry changed. I made my first pile of washed clothes for the new arrival. Three piles turned into four.

Miss six announced she was old enough to walk herself into the classroom. The next day not only was she old enough to walk in by herself she also didn't want to kiss me goodbye. It will be useful when I have a newborn to get out of the car but it still does not make me feel any better about the arrival of new independence. I treated myself to breakfast and a nice coffee at my favorite cafe. It helped a little.

The winter has been pleasant thanks to my internal heating system. Tasmania has had huge dumps of snow but the weather has been mostly mild and blue skied. The shadows have shifted, they are becoming shorter, and I can feel spring has begun.

Outside the wattles are in full flower and the bulbs are popping up through the ground. We had a chicken pass away after a short illness and a couple of new lady additions to increase our egg yields.

Outside activities include bike riding, skipping, swinging, bouncing, cow feeding, shed building between the showers of rain. I don't participate in too many outside activities as I prefer to watch or be inside doing something a bit calmer. I sew, knit and try not to wear myself out. The most energetic activity was painting some frames and changing my feature wall around, doing a bit of weeding and completing housework on top of house work. 
These small activities are enough to put me to bed early, I'm tired and I forget to it is OK to be nice to myself right now. My gall bladder is hanging in there but aches regularly. I think it's more about where the baby is sitting than the food I am eating. However I feel that sugar drastically effects it, rather than fat, since the glucose test pushed its boundaries. The scare of heartburn effects what I am eating rather than my gall bladder. I am so looking forward to eating - just eating - without fear in the future. I'm also looking forward to bending again and sleeping without my hips aching.

We emptied out and sorted a spare room. It has a lot of baby things in it already. I feel we wont start the painting of the room till after the baby arrives. I am petrified of giving birth again. I have looked into 'calm birth' techniques and various other ideas but to be honest I just can't take it seriously. What will be will be and I can't change or control any of it.

I have been making the new arrival its own 'Graeme' doll. It is a 'must' kids toy in our household. I am also packing him in my hospital bag in hope that Graeme will become the babies favorite 'ted'. It is hard to pick my favorite Graeme but I can't keep them all. The rest will go into an online store I am currently building (to be launched soon).

This post has been my last 'themed' post for my loan of the Olympus OM-D E-M10. I wont say I wont do more with this camera and posting (I am still yet to explore the in-camera Art Filter functions) but I couldn't risk that my little bundle wouldn't arrive before I had time to do the last of my three themed posts.

I have enjoyed trialling this camera and learning new skills. I am grateful that I have had the experience of this new technology and I have found it really easy to keep on me and take 'proper' camera photos on the run without lugging around my more bulky personal DSLR.

You can follow the other bloggers trialing this camera by searching out the hashtags #myfamilylens and #VoicesOf2014.


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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.