Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Freeze Time - The Nowness



Each morning as we rise before the sun, the Autumn air is fresh and crisp while it's breeze rustles the leaves of the camellia that's in bloom right outside our bedroom window, but not so much as to disturb the pair of lorikeets that snuggle in it's branches. Inside, there is anticipation on our breath, it's everywhere. In our eyes, our hearts, our words and our steps. The children ask me if the baby is coming yet, has it grown? Is it moving? Maybe it's a baby possum, or a puppy? Maybe it's a baby boy or a baby girl?

There is so much to discover, so much to learn and uncover in the coming weeks. Everything will be new again. New life.

A brand new human being that has never felt the prickle of cool air on pink skin or experienced a belly full of warm milk. Never taken a breath or cried a single tear. But it's coming, little human - soon.

For now though, I'm savouring every moment while it's just the four of us.

We have a young man who is maturing right before our very eyes. He is gentle and kind and thoughtful and I know he will truly thrive with the responsibility of being the biggest brother. He can change a nappy and dress himself. He can sit still for significant periods of time (major achievement) and with a little training, he will find pleasure in NOT verbalising every single thought that runs through his active mind. He makes Dave and I abundantly proud - once he is all tucked up in bed we discuss his hilarious antics and inquiring mind long after slumber has enveloped him.

Little Pippi is the most delicious 'terrible two' imaginable. Her attempts at tantrums are predictable and tame at best. A fun loving nature and an insatiable urge to be just like her big brother guide her through the days- that and the need to change her clothing every twenty minutes. Boys clothes only, thanks. She lavishes kisses on my tummy and snuggles in for the longest time when she wakes from her day time nap. For her, being a sister is a completely new role and one that she will have to warm to. I can hear myself saying 'gentle hands' and know we will have to guide her as she discovers what it means to share the attention and affection of her parents. She will thrive and blossom and grow with each day and every new opportunity. She will love this little sibling as much as she loves her big one and she will find her place as the kid in the middle, knowing that she is cherished as much as the others.

Then there is Dave, that dinner cooking, laundry washing, chicken farming, vegetable growing, garden tending, child raising, bread baking husband of mine. He is quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. He is patient beyond all measure (except at 4am, then he's just plain g.r.u.m.p.y.) and cares for his family in the most practical of ways. He lives an inspiring kind of selflessness and one day, when the babies are raised and grown, I'll pay him back with endless long surfs, unlimited hours in the garden and maybe, just maybe i'll get a job and earn some money or something.

Together the four of us are a family. In a week or two, our family of four will become a family of five. We'll be good at being five- it will be hard work and there is growing to be done- but five we shall be.

Over the coming days I'll continue to make an effort to pause and be grateful for the abundance of good things in our life right now.




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34 comments:

  1. You are all sorts of lovely Em! This ride will be magnificent, bumpy, colourful and so meant to be. I adore how you reflect on all the wonders in your world. Enjoy this amazing new chapter lovely soul :) x

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    1. thanks Steph, you're the sweetest. Seriously.

      xo em

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  2. I'm excited for you dear Em. The magic a little life brings into the world is special indeed. A lot of change ahead for you all, a lot of learning and a lot of LOVE!

    Sophie xo

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    1. thanks Sophie! We are all so excited about what lies ahead :)

      xx

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  3. Beautifully written, magnificent really, true insight into your family right now. I enjoyed reading this so much and wish you all the very best in the next week or so with the birth of your new baby.

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  4. Em your writing takes me away to a happy place. I love reading about the love & emotion your family exude. Wishing you every happiness as you prepare for a time of overwhelming joy. xo

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    1. oh thank you so much. What a seriously lovely thing for you to say, very grateful indeed :)

      xx

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  5. This just made my hormonal pregnant self cry. This is beautiful Em! Can't wait to hear the big news...xx

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    1. ooohhhh you're crying! NOOOOO not hormonal pregnant tears, they NEVER END!! Sorry lady!

      Can't wait to hear your news either!

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  6. Exciting times are just ahead, beautiful lady. Enjoy these 'four' days - & anticipate the 'fives'. You're all going to be extraordinary!

    Sar xx

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  7. I'm part of a 'five'. Five is good. You'll be awesome at it.

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  8. So lovely Em. You sound very ready for it all to happen now, there is almost a sense of calm in your words. Lucky little bubba about to be born into such a wonderful family. Take care over the coming days/weeks, I will be eagerly looking out for the beautiful news, thinking of you xo

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  9. Oh yes, freeze it, freeze it quick! And then freeze it again when the new little one arrives, and breathe in every moment. xx

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  10. A truly beautiful post Em and a story in which you will be adding a new chapter real soon.
    Xx

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  11. You and your family...pure awesomeness.

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  12. Completely perfect post ... As always x

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  13. Anticipating a new little one is one of the best feelings ever. You will love seeing your 'big' kids doting on the newest little family member. The challenges grow with each child you add, but the amazingness and blessings increase even more. Woo hoo babies!

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  14. You write so beautifully. I can almost see your lovely family, each one so wonderful and unique. Five is a lovely number!

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  15. I hope one day a publisher reads your blog and gives you a book deal. Such lovely words. Not long now!

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  16. Beautiful. What a lovely glimpse into your family. I especially loved hearing about your Zeph maturing, maybe, one day my Oscar will learn to sit still too.

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  17. Thanks Em, I needed a good weep! Right - on with the day then :) x

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  18. Oh Em, what precious, gentle, gracious words. My pregnancy hormones cannot take such loveliness. What a special time in each of your lives. And everyone has such important roles to play in welcome the newest addition x

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  19. Just beautifully said em, take the time to snuggle your babies xx

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  20. Such an exciting time for you all. One of my dear friends is going to become a family of five, too, in, like you - a week or two. It is wonderful to see the amazing extent of emotions an expectant Mum goes through in the brink of new life, new family dynamics and new love. All the best for this last little bit.
    xo

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  21. A truly lovely post. I remember waiting for Louis and wondering how Stella would be as a big sister. Of course she was/is wonderful at it. I hope she always will be. xxx

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  22. you are so delicious, Em.
    just lovely.
    X

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  23. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف

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

xo em