Last night I dreamed that Greg and I impulsively moved to Australia. Like, right now. With me 8.5 months pregnant. Without a plan. It was both terrifying and exhilarating and probably one big metaphor for the fact that we're about to move to a brand new country in a sense anyway once this baby arrives.

We flew in over the Sydney harbor and it was so beautiful. I was so astounded that we were there, so scared and so, so excited. I kept worrying about Greg's mom and what she would think once we called to tell her that we moved to Australia. I kept imaging the phone tree that would go on with all of Greg's siblings: "Um, so Greg and Claire up and moved to AUSTRALIA."

 I also kept thinking about how fun it would be to post on my blog that we were in Australia and how I'd get to meet lots of my long-time Aussie readers and how cool that would be. (One day I swear I'll get there and I'll be sure to let you know!)

I have to say that it was relieving to wake up in our bedroom and to know that I wasn't going to have to worry about having our baby any minute in a totally foreign country.

Well, it's Sunday and I'm about to head out to yoga. It's a beautiful day here and we're having a little deck party later this afternoon. It's been a nice weekend, somehow relaxing despite all of Greg's guy friends taking over our house. 

I am ready to have this baby though. In a million ways. I just want to meet it, first of all! But second of all, I am so uncomfortable. I actually cried for a minute on the couch late last night because my whole body hurt so much, everything stretched to capacity.

When is it going to happen?? The suspense!



  • Posted May 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Moving to Australia!? You’re right, that would be such a crazy thing to do right now. How funny. The human brain reveals itself in all its madness in dreams, doesn’t it?
    That said, if you ever do swing by this part of the world, I’m sure I speak accurately for your Australian readers in saying that we’d love to know about it!

  • Maryanne
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I second Sophie’s sentiments – let us know if you ever make it down here.
    I send good vibes for a gentle birth and wish you and Greg all the very best as the next few weeks unfold to reveal the overwhelming love that’s going to change your lives forever.
    I’m feeling a little sentimental – My daughter’s 21st birthday party is this weekend. This is the child that was a 3 month foetus when I had an ovary, plus the cyst attached to it, removed. It’s a cliche, but where has the time gone? Four years at home with me, 13 years of school, 3 years of Uni and now working full-time and doing a part-time post grad degree – she grew up too quickly.
    So savour every moment that’s ahead of you – it’s easy to say but hard to do. Many days will pass by in a blur and many days will drag on and on – and then one day, you’ll turn around and your child will be 21 and you too will wonder “where did the time go?”.

  • Claire
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    I would love for you to experience Australia. I am sure that you and your family would love it!
    Good luck with all that is ahead of you.
    Claire, Perth-Australia.

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