When all’s quiet in my sector of the blogosphere, it usually means life is far from quiet. And so it has been a full, almost overflowing past few months. I’ll start with July.
My mom, sister and 2 nephews arrived here in Singapore the second week of July for a two-week visit. It was a wild ride having four boys in the house and me being (a rather cranky) 9 months pregnant and trying to be a good host. We had a lot of extra outings during those 2 weeks including: the Singapore Science Center, Ft Canning Battle Box, Jurong SAFRA Kids Amaze indoor playground, Sentosa (I gave that one a miss), the Singapore Zoo, shopping in Chinatown and Orchard Road, the Chinatown Heritage Center and many many restaurants. And of course we made several trip downstairs to the pool. During this two-week period, my doctor also asked me to come for weekly check-ups and our Friday Science Group was still going on (I was to be doing lessons for the younger kids…but had to get help).
When it came to the end of July, I was exhausted…thankfully, my mom was still here and was taking care of most of the laundry and cooking. I had some other minor health issues toward the end of the month which meant more trips to clinics and more rest needed. That all passed after some time and I was able to focus on getting things ready for the baby.
August was mostly baby preparation and baby-waiting. I’d had plenty of Braxton-Hicks contractions but no real signs of labour. My mom was running out of books to read and things to clean, I was so heavy and had such swollen feet that I dreaded walking much and only wanted to be in air conditioned places where I could put up my feet. We continued with homeschooling for most of the month, until *finally* the Girl-child was born on her exact due date. We nicknamed her “Miss Punctuality.”
I’ll save the birth story for another post, but here I will say that it has been an adventure already. My parents were both here for the first 2 1/2 weeks of her life–which was a priceless opportunity for all of us and a great help to me. Now nearly a month has zoomed by, she’s put on a kilogram, and I’ve lost a few. The boys adore their sister and her dad is already feeling protective (when he can stay awake).
We’re on our own now, and my husband has been carrying a huge load of the chores and boy-minding for the past few days. I’ve been trying to get around and do a few things, although it’s never as much as I hope to get done in a single day. But this is a time to put aside things that aren’t urgent, and stop in the middle of some things that are important and remember that it is the souls of people that are eternal. My blog is way out of date, my laundry isn’t folded and my potted plants aren’t happy, but human beings come first around here–and I’m going to try to keep it that way.