Paleo, GAPS, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free.
It’s been a hard few weeks. It’s the middle of a hot, hot summer and I’m 39 weeks pregnant with our fourth child today. To top it off my other three young kids are on 6 weeks of school holidays – eek!
Two weeks ago, I was worried if I could truly make it through the next few weeks…
I haven’t had any major complications but this tummy is so BIG that I get asked everyday if I’m having twins. (Thank goodness we’re not :-).
My kids have to put my shoes on for me. I get out of breath walking to the kitchen and I have been having so many full-on contractions everyday that by 3pm I’m horizontal on the couch. We’ve already done one premature trip to hospital.
To be honest, I began to get a little down with the unfairness of the timing and wondering why I had to be this pregnant, in this heat, at this time of the year.
Why was the universe making this all so HARD? But in the last week I’ve had the most beautiful experience of “letting go” – and it’s allowed me to feel more LOVED than ever before.
How awesome is that!
I’ve never been great at letting others do things for me and was pretty certain the house couldn’t run without me. But as my body became more and more uncomfortable til I was literally waddling just a few metres at a time – I realised that it was time to rest whether I wanted to or not.
My beautiful husband has happily cooked dinners, done the grocery shopping, run his business from home and somehow pulled off long hours of “daddy day-care”. (And he’s still smiling?) My kids have folded washing, done oodles of dishes and happily made their own breakfast creations and even lunches. They’ve realised that this holiday our family isn’t going far from home – and they’ve bonded incredibly and spent weeks making up their own games and fun.
My beautiful community has taken my kids for playdates and sleepovers, and off on exciting excursions to give them a break from each other and stop us going insane. (Thank you!) I’ve had other people’s kids here for playdates and enjoyed the gorgeousness of watching my children’s friendships bloom.
My parents drove three hours to come and stay with us while my husband escaped to work meetings. They happily made dinners, read stories and did endless craft projects.
Amazingly, I’ve become more skilled at making my kids happy without having to take them anywhere or buy them anything. Cuddles, giggles, talking about the world – it’s all happening on couch central here.
The rest of the day they’re happily on scooters, skateboards and rollerblades out the front of the house. Today we’ve also had shops and zoos and hospitals and hairdressers happening in the playroom. They’ve made up dance routines and bashed out some noise in dad’s music studio.
Vacation swimming lessons have been a welcome break in the middle of the day. Our family feels full and happy and bonded. Perhaps all this time I just needed to get out of my own way?? Or perhaps I just needed this fourth child after all.
Thank you to everyone who has made these last few weeks easier for our family. I’ll let you know when bub arrives.
Much love, Jess xx
PS. Here’s my easiest, fail-proof summer dinner that kids, parents and guests will love. It’s a much-requested recipe here. x
Honey Lemon Baked Chicken
- 6-8 large chicken thighs skin off
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup honey
- juice of half a large lemon
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon real salt
- Preheat oven to 175C.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and toss to coat chicken well. (Or place all ingredients in a plastic bag and shake well to coat chicken evenly. Remove).
- Place everything in a medium-sized baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until golden.