Sunday, May 31, 2009

Eye Spy... A Morning Ritual

The self-financed maternity leave, about to have the first baby version....

I felt like I needed to specify that as my mornings at the moment are definitely not like they were when I was working, and certainly not what they'll be like in a couple of months. For now, they are lovely, self-indulgent and lazy.

I first wake up anytime between 4.45 and 6am to say goodbye to and get a kiss from DH as he leaves for work. After a broken night's sleep, I stretch out and take over the whole bed and it's in the next few hours that I get my best quality dozing done.

I let my body wake up naturally anytime between 8 and 9.30am. Breakfast is almost always a banana, a glass of diluted apple and pear juice and either toast or cereal while I check my email. Sometimes I'll sit on the back deck and read a magazine.

For the next hour, I potter around the house and do a little housework while I wait for breakfast to settle. If DH is home from his morning clients, I take the car and go to the pool. As I enter the warm hydrotherapy pool, I sigh with relief as the baby bump weight is taken off my spine. While walking through the water and doing exercises prescribed by my physio (no actual swimming for the rest of the pregnancy as I aggravated an old martial arts injury) I watch the baby swimming lessons. I smile and relax and hope that by the end of the year, that they will become part of my morning ritual.

Feeling relaxed and refreshed, I come home to shower and start my day. Knowing that life is going to dramatically change soon, I'm enjoying the peace and quiet.

Thank you to 3 Red Buttons for this week's theme and to Bug and Pop, the hostess with the mostess.


Allie said...

Sounds absolutely lovely to me. Now is definitely the time to pamper yourself. Enjoy it!

Michelle said...

Wise move. Make the most of this time as your life will change so dramatically soon. You need to pamper yourself now because it's going to be a while before you can again!!! Take care.

Lauren said...

Sounds wonderful! Enjoy it :-)

yuka said...

I didn't know I can leave a message
So this time I wrote a message
for the first time!
I hope you will have a cute baby!

satsuki design said...

Your morning ritual sounds just lovely - I'm sure little bub is enjoying it too! :)

Jade said...

Bliss! Sounds like my post-working starting maternity leave morning to a tee! I miss those peaceful times - enjoy it while you can!! the change is great obviously afterward but it was so nice to really enjoy the time to yourself beforehand :)

Jetta's Nest said...

Oh Melanie, you're morning sounds exactly how mine were in the last couple of weeks before my biggest boy was born. Absolute bliss!

Soon you'll be getting tiny little morning cuddles all of your very own (and maybe some in te middle of the night too ;))

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

It sounds like a wonderful way to start the day. I look forward to a time when my days are more my own and I can have a routine that feels more natural to me. (Instead of getting up to go and work for someone else)

flossy-p said...

I does sound lovely. What a nice time to honour the peace and relax yourself in preparation of what's to come. Very nice.

Jenny said...

Sounds so lovely-enjoy!

Péitseoga said...

enjoy it! i had about two weeks off before my little one arrived and it was a strange and quiet time, i was taking it easy, doing all my exercises and relaxing and looking forward to my baby! believe me, once she arrived i was so glad that i was rested, the first few weeks can be hard!


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