Thursday, 14 June 2007

jam, jerusalem and perineal massage

I am struggling to parent myself this week. B's away until Friday and I have been thrown on my own quite low mental resources a bit.

Yesterday though, I met up with four other chicken-keeping types (and pigs! and sheep! and ducks!) for our monthly-ish lunch-that-extends-in-to-the-afternoon. This time, the discussion ranged from how to get jam to set if you can't add Certo (Country Market Regs, apparently), via perineal massage (don't click if you are of a sensitive nature) to how long hens can retain active sperm inside themselves (about four weeks).

It was fun.

The Ladies Who Lunch have also worked out a chicken-and-cat sitting rota for me, which means that I can join B for the last week of June at the Cork Festival; so I have booked my flight with Ryan Air and just need to work out how many trees to plant to offset it.

Kate is coming for lunch today, so I need to get myself up and about before she arrives at 11.30-ish. And the man from the rescue centre is coming to collect the stray cat tomorrow afternoon, which will be good - she's not much bother, but cleaning her out twice a day and paying her the attention she needs is just another thing to do at the moment.

I am definitely going through another down patch - I don't want to be pregnant, I don't want to have the baby, I just want to curl up in a ball and cry and if I start I don't think I'll be able to stop; so I'm desperately trying to keep it together. The babe is lying horizontally across my belly at the moment and it's sore and uncomfortable and kicking me in tender places. I am fed up.

Self pity, so attractive. Sorry.

See me pull myself together and go and look for some clean socks! See! Here I go!

For today, that is all.

12 comments:

  1. With 3 massive babies and not a single stitch, I am a firm believer in the power of perineal massage. Get massaging, baby. Make it fun!

    The pelvic floor tightening exercises post birth are a bitch though.

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  2. With 3 massive babies and not a single stitch, I am a firm believer in the power of perineal massage. Get massaging, baby. Make it fun!

    The pelvic floor tightening exercises post birth are a bitch though.

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  3. *squeezes Ally's hand*

    You'll be okay, hon. You can do this.

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  4. *squeezes Ally's hand*

    You'll be okay, hon. You can do this.

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  5. That was when I shamed myself at the po-faced pre-natal classes. I was the only man in the room and doing fine until the conversation got onto perineal massage. At first it was OK, I just looked at the floor and tried not to meet anybody's eye but of course it was hopeless and eventually a stifled giggled slipped out. I got lots of cold looks and I didn't return.

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  6. That was when I shamed myself at the po-faced pre-natal classes. I was the only man in the room and doing fine until the conversation got onto perineal massage. At first it was OK, I just looked at the floor and tried not to meet anybody's eye but of course it was hopeless and eventually a stifled giggled slipped out. I got lots of cold looks and I didn't return.

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  7. "See me pull myself together and go and look for some clean socks! See! Here I go!" Heh. Sometimes I forget I'm not the only one who considers that an accomplishment, some days. Hope you feel better soon.

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  8. "See me pull myself together and go and look for some clean socks! See! Here I go!" Heh. Sometimes I forget I'm not the only one who considers that an accomplishment, some days. Hope you feel better soon.

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  9. Hey Chez, just found your blog and its sooooo impressive. We had a smashing day on Wednesday didn't we, its so nice to meet you and be invited to join the Ladies wot lunch. I'm a newbie blogger and have a loooooong way to go to produce something as impressive as this!
    Jules x

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  10. Hey Chez, just found your blog and its sooooo impressive. We had a smashing day on Wednesday didn't we, its so nice to meet you and be invited to join the Ladies wot lunch. I'm a newbie blogger and have a loooooong way to go to produce something as impressive as this!
    Jules x

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  11. Oh god. HOW do you make it fun, Ms Mac? How? Although on second thoughts, is that appropriate to post on a public forum?

    Chelsea - Hello and welcome! *passes clean socks* :).

    LL - I'll pop a link up to you next time I update myself - I *love* your blog layout!

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  12. Oh god. HOW do you make it fun, Ms Mac? How? Although on second thoughts, is that appropriate to post on a public forum?

    Chelsea - Hello and welcome! *passes clean socks* :).

    LL - I'll pop a link up to you next time I update myself - I *love* your blog layout!

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