The week that was…

What I really mean to say is ‘the weeks that were’ but ‘the week that was’ sounds better so I’ll go with that.

You may remember me telling you about my plan to walk everyday. Yes, everyday!

I had very good intentions and was off to a good start.

I walked while Little Chop ran.

I walked while Little Chop slept.

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It rained so we took shelter and warmed up with hot milky delights.

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All was going well…until the friday before last.

We went to the supermarket, I unpacked the car, and on bringing in the final load was struck with an excruciating pain in my hip, like nothing I have ever felt before. I began limping with every step. My leg felt like it was going to go out from under me. What the…?

Sciatica.

So, it looks like I’ll be wearing a back support and doing weekly pilates for the remainder of my pregnancy.

Can’t wait…

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Mum’s treat – self saucing chocolate pudding for one

Little Chop’s asleep, hubby’s away, Masterchef is on and this Mama’s got a craving for chocolate pudding!

For my single serve choccy pud, you’ll need:

1 large mug

1 1/2 tbs milk

2 tsp butter

1 tbs castor sugar

2 1/2 tbs self raising flour

1/2 tbs cocoa powder

1 tbs brown sugar

2 1/2 tbs boiling water

Place the butter and milk in the mug and microwave for 30 seconds or until butter is mostly melted. Stir in the castor sugar, self raising flour and half the cocoa powder. Sprinkle the remaining cocoa powder and the brown sugar over the top of the batter. Gently pour over the boiling water. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then let stand for 1 minute. Top with thick cream or ice-cream and devour.

*You can add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon, or 1/4 tsp of instant coffee if you like to spice things up.

Go on, you know you want one!

It’s Friday…

Friday

Today is Friday.

Sixteen months ago I would have been counting down the hours until the end of my work week…

…but I’m a mum now.

As a stay at home, co-sleeping mum, I’m lucky to get an hour or two off each week. This loss of downtime and essentially ME time, is something I’ve thought about a lot since becoming a mum – and resented at times.

I know other mums who’ve struggled with it too, so why is the twenty-four-hourness of being a mum something that we don’t really talk about? We discuss breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, relationships and post-baby body woes at length, but rarely are we prepared to acknowledge that we’d like some time off.

Perhaps we fear judgement, because after all, isn’t being a mum the most joyful and rewarding career possible? Well…YES, being a mum IS amazing and arguably the best job in the world, BUT, and this is a big but, it is not the totality of my identity, nor that of any other mum.

Tomorrow I’d like to read a book, nap, see a movie, visit a gallery, go shopping, get a wax, have my hair done – but I can’t.

Today is Friday and I have to work tomorrow.

 

To be continued…

The Beautiful Mama Blog Award

Gifted by the lovely Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three

Gifted by the lovely Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three

I have been nominated for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award by my new friend, Valerie from alantamomofthree.wordpress.com/. Here is a little about how we came to know each other.

When I began this blog just one short week ago, I was having a bad day. It had rained incessantly, my 15 month old daughter was going stir crazy, my partner was at work despite it being Sunday, and I needed a break – badly. So, I sat Little Chop down in front of her favourite DVD with a snack and crept away to the dining table to escape for a little while. A cup of decaf and a Tim Tam later, melbournemummy was born.

I didn’t think anyone would be able to find my blog in the great vastness of the world wide web, let alone comment or subscribe but the next morning I was delighted to find that someone had found my blog through our mutual love of Downton Abbey – and commented – and subscribed! It was Valerie, and her comments made my day.

I have been blown away by the friendliness and camaraderie amongst fellow mummy bloggers and I am so glad to have found this wonderful, supportive community.

So, in the spirit of the Beautiful Mama Award, here are three things I love about motherhood:

1. My daughter lets me see the world through her eyes. Everyday things that had long lost their wonder are new again – especially things in nature like animals, shadows, flowers.

2. My daughter needs me and that makes me feel good. Being needed by someone you love who loves you equally in return in extremely rewarding and makes you feel like you have value as an individual. Which leads me to my next point…

3. My daughter gives me reason for being. Before I had her, I wasn’t sure of my place in the world, but as soon as she came into my life, I knew that if nothing else, I am here for her – to love her, comfort her, teach her and protect her – until my days are over.

And now I’m blubbering…

I’m still new to the blogging world, so I will be passing this award on to other Beautiful Mamas once I’ve had a chance to get to know some of you a little better.

Mums are like rockstars

This popped up in my Facebook feed yesterday and while it made me feel quite cool and glamorous for a moment it also got me thinking about other ways that mums are like rockstars.

I came to the shock realisation that I may have more in common with Courtney Love than previously thought…

8. You’ve been known to get your boobs out in public.

9. There was a time when you often had vomit on your top.

10. You can’t remember when you last shaved your legs.

It’s true, we may not always be glamorous, cool and sexy, but mums are definitely like rockstars!