Thursday, 24 January 2013
The Country Life
Looking out toward the western sky from Bairnsdale, in Victoria... we've been in the country a LOT since Baby Darling was born. My parents live there, we've had people to visit and chat with and my friends held their engagement party there.
Having Baby Darling in our lives now, we've tried to carry on life as normal now that he's over 3 months... do the things we'd normally do... and he just loves being with us, meeting people and seeing the world. Before he was born, several people (including an amazing remedial massage guy) mentioned to me how in many cultures it was common to stay at home just Mama & Newborn, often wrapped and swaddled up (both baby and adult!) and have limited visits of family and friends... for up to 3 months. Being a very energetic and happy social bunny, I surprised myself by actually wanting all this quiet time post birth. I didn't leave my house for 3 weeks, and only went a few quiet and calm places together as a family (including a lovely 2 week country stay at Mum and Dad's) until maybe 2 months after Baby Darling was born. We'll never know of course, but his slow introduction to the world (many people called it his final trimester, but out of utero), has created a friendly, happy go lucky carefree little child. He's just gorgeous! But you know, I'm incredibly biased! He's my absolute favourite!
My thoughts are (as always throughout the hotter days in Victorian summertime) in the country when there are bushfires... so thinking of everyone close by the fires, and those amazing people working to stop them for us. Stay safe if you're holidaying as well.