Wednesday, January 9, 2013

SWELTER



My little Pippi was born right in the middle of a heat wave almost two years ago. I vividly remember walking out of the hospital with a brand new baby girl only to be hit in the face with steamy westerly. She was dressed in a four naught sleeveless, legless romper. I was dressed in the typical I've-just-had-a-baby attire, something along the lines of the ugliest, baggiest ensemble you've ever seen.


Yesterday was similar, except my tiny little daughter is almost two. Naturally, I'm still sporting ill fitting harem pants and cankles (minus the breast pads, at least for now).

We spent the majority of the 42 degree day avoiding the heat. A morning by the ocean followed by milkshakes, lunch and afternoon naps in the air conditioned comfort of my parents place.

It wasn't until we returned home to The Beetle Shack that I realised just how hot it really was. Some small comfort was found in cool showers and a spray bottle filled with iced water.

A sleepless night was endured by all followed by a very early start, two very tired children and two grumpy parents.

Today, I excused any and all bad behaviour (even my own).

How did you hold up?

23 comments:

  1. It's been horribly hot where we are in Victoria too. For the last week I think icy poles have made up about 90% of my diet. Ha! But at least we have not had to worry about fires...

    Katie xx

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    1. oh Icy Poles- the perfect remedy.

      I agree, it's a blessing not to have to worry about the fires :)

      xo em

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  2. wasn't it just..ugh?! i waited for that sweet southerly to come through until 4.30am, and thanked my lucky stars we aren't at our old place, where the house would hold the heat for weeks and the sea breeze was far too far away. frozen watermelon was our friend yesterday :)sarah

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    1. man, it was SO hot. Thank goodness for the sea breeze!

      xo em

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  3. Your day sounds familiar minus the parents air con. We took refuge at the shops.
    My pregnant body couldn't deal with sleeping in the heat. Eugggh

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  4. That day/night two years ago is etched on my memory. It must be the same one. Something like 40 degrees at midnight, and our AC couldn't handle it. Thankfully last night I was in a very cool hotel room in the city! Highly recommended. I hope you've recovered today. xx

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    1. yes, that would be the same time- Australia day and about a week after. It almost saw me increase the mortgage to buy aircon!

      xo em

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  5. I tried to escape the heat by going to Erina Fair but someone spoiled my plans by secretly discarding all the spare nappies in my bag then deciding to the biggest poo ever. I spent the rest of the day at home in front of the fan. Hot days suck but they suck so much more when you're pregnant.

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  6. We were almost much the same.
    We headed to the beach early morning, then home for lunch and naps in the aircon.
    Unfortunately our rooms upstairs dont have air con so there was not much sleep had by us either.
    And Yes today had a lot of behaviours induced by tiredness and frustration.
    Glad of the breeze and change of weather this afternoon.

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  7. I love how this is written, Em. So casual... and with perfect imagery.

    Refreshing and real.

    Can you believe our babies are nearly 2? Sob. x

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  8. The heat just hit Brisbane today. And it is supposed to linger until next Monday. Ugh.
    And I finished all the ice blocks today! I must remember to make more!

    I am glad you managed to escape most of the heat and that things are cooler now!

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  9. ... And you still find humour in the discomfort. You rock girl. We spent the morning with the house locked up while we had an early play outside and I worked really hard at drowning the garden to get it through the heat.
    Iview was our friend, as was kids yahtzee, piles of cushions on the floor and 3D animal activity kits (thank you Christmas present pile!!!). Air con in the arvo and naps in the loungeroom, followed by dinner (Zucchini slice cooked the day before, with salad) and then we all dragged our mattresses into the loungeroom and slept there! That cool change that came through in the early morning this morning was MORE than welcome!!!

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  10. I had the best idea of doing all the laundry, I almost overheated while hanging it all on the lines, the girls did spend all the day sitting in the blow up pool.

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  11. I'm in Central Qld and it was too hot to be outside. So we went shopping in the air con and then home to sit on the deck! xo Michelle

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  12. I cant imagine how uncomfortable being pregnant is in that heat! I have only experienced first trimester in British summertime and that was bad enough, so many strong smells! Hope you sleep better xx

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  13. My little man either wanted me to hold him, (sweaty bodies not good) or to sit in the sink. If I though I could have fitted in there with him I would have joined him. We also have the strong smoke smell of the bush fires on Bribie, so it is hot and stinky. Wondering if anyone would think it odd if I went to the shops and had a nap in the aircon with Jaris. Myer allow that, don't they?

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  14. My Perth friend thinks we east coast dwellers are all sooks. I'll admit it, I turned into a huge sook at midnight when all 3 of my boys were awake, begging for another cool wet sheet and yet another drink of iced water! That kind of weather is just silly...

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  15. I found the heatwave a perfect excuse for everything. No make-up? Too hot. Can't concentrate? Too hot. No morning run? Are you kidding, waaaay too hot!

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  16. This reminds me of one day before Christmas when I had a little kindergarten class (am a casual teacher). With a week left of school it was an incredibly hot day and the kids were over it, school, the heat, each other! Their v.experienced and fantastic teacher has a little bar fridge in her classroom filled with spray bottles of icy water, which she brings out to spray their little faces during the day. You can imagine the fun involved with that! Was the best day! No fun being pregnant in the heat Em, hope it cools down for you. Take care x

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  17. hi emily!
    i cannot tell you how happy i am to *meet* you! i've been reading through your blog and find it to be so sweet, full and endearing. it's such a happy place.
    thank you for visiting me, i will definitely be checking in and visiting you often here.
    i'm absolutely loving your summer photos- there is nothing better than sandy feet and popsicle faces. :)
    have a beautiful day
    www.kendrakaypahukoa.com

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  18. We missed the whole sorry heat wave here in Sydney, as we were holidaying up on the Sunshine Coast. But I really feel for you hun, being pregnant when it's hot is quite rough. Sounds like you handled it as well as possible though xo

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em