I’m sitting here this morning, up a bit earlier than Alexander mainly cuz I was so exhausted last night that I went to bed quite a bit earlier than him. It’s been a big week organising everything for our small wedding for this afternoon but I think everything is finally done. I only have some regrets that some of this has been left so late but it couldn’t be helped with the volume of other stuff I had to do with moving house last week.
It’s been awesome to be with Alexander again, to have the support and have someone there to do the little things that are getting hard for me now is just incredible. This week we’ve managed to arrange a grass pit for my dog (so that I’m allowed to have my dog Tali at my new rental house), clothes for Alexander cuz there’s no way he could bring 3 months worth of clothing with him, rings for the wedding, a formal maternity dress for me to wear, obstetrician appointments, various other appointments for me, food shopping and we even managed a combat class!
I was exhausted on Wednesday night, but Alexander was hanging out to do combat so I agreed to go along as well and see how I’d go just pottering along doing the baby options of the options. I actually felt quite good and it was quite easy to do. Fitness wise was no problem but I couldn’t do the shuffles and the impact stuff only cuz of the weight of my belly. My fill in that I have for me at the moment for my class though happened to do “Lights Out” for track 4 which just happens to be impossible to do any options for. I ended up kinda doing a baby jump kick and the ginga and it worked out fine.
Alexander has also started practising driving here on the other side of the road and it doing remarkably well. I’ve been coaching him and adjusting him to the Australian way of driving cuz you can’t really drive here the same way they do in the Netherlands. I feel pretty safe and relaxed with him most of the time so that’s great cuz I’ll need him to drive me to the hospital when I go into labour.
It hasn’t gone by without being eventful though, so far in just a couple of days we’ve had someone hit us gently from behind and also been pulled over by the cops…….both in separate events! When we got hit, there was a car accident up ahead and so everyone had to merge into 1 lane and Alexander shifted across, merging slowly going about 10 km an hour. The car behind somehow was concentrating on the car behind him and hit the back of us, leaving a massive scratch down the bumper of the back of my car and took off the mud flap. It wasn’t a hard hit, hence the scratch only (although his car was a little bit worse) and was the other guys fault entirely. We swapped insurance details and whatever, but with the excesses to pay I’m not sure if it’ll end up being worth putting a claim in for it or not.
Then yesterday we were driving to South of the city to a maternity store and with huge roadworks on the corner of ANZAC Highway and South Road I was concentrating hard on talking Alex through what to do, when we got pulled over by the cops. We were apparently doing 61 km/hr in a 40km zone (cuz of the roadworks). Looking back now I’m a bit bewildered about the signs and where we must have been speeding, but I’ve been very careful in making Alex slow down all the time and obey the speed limits and stressing to him about how expensive our speeding fines are here. Traffic in Adelaide is much slower than Europe so it’s a different culture. So when the cop pulled us over I explained to him that it wasn’t intentional and we have no idea how we missed it, and I explained how I was coaching him through driving around here etc.
After the policeman checked out Alexander’s international licence and filled out the form, he gave us just a “caution” with no fine attached. It was such a relief and I don’t know if he just didn’t know how to deal with a foreigner or whether he took pity on me being so heavily pregnant or maybe it was a combination of both…….but I’m very thankful cuz 21km’s over is about $250 fine I think or maybe more.
After that I took over driving so I didn’t have to concentrate so hard on the road anymore……lol.
So it’s been a big week so far and now a big day ahead of me. I hope to begin to relax a bit more next week and chill out for the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy……..god knows I need it and people tell me I need the rest to get the energy for going through labour.