OLYMPIC CHAMPION | ENTREPRENEUR | MUM
WELCOME to my site – a place to share and reflect on the life experiences I’ve had as a professional athlete, mum, wife and business owner. A place to share my journey and the amazing people who have helped me get the best out of myself. It’s also a place for random snippets relating to food, family, travel and gear I can’t seem to do without. Enjoy!
Our bub weighs as much as a coconut!
As anticipated this week was not as difficult as the last. The stress of moving is over and now it’s all about unpacking, sorting and organising. You would think for a pregnant woman, my nesting instinct would be loving this process, but to be honest, it’s all a bit overwhelming. I spent most of the week just sorting out 14 years (and 4 Olympics) of accumulated ski/winter gear. That’s enough to send anyone batty but I’ve managed to arrange everything into labelled plastic tubs…. something I probably should have done right from the beginning. I must say, even though it took me ages, it was a cleansing exercise and I know exactly where everything is now.
Along with sorting the ski gear, I sorted my wardrobe and also all of the baby gear and linen. It’s incredible how many clothes Kai has accumulated in 3 years. Thankfully a lot of his baby clothes are quite neutral, so there will be lot’s of recycling going on for the bub on the way. The moving process seems never ending. Still to arrange is my office and the mounds of accumulated paper work, folders and files plus the challenge of fitting it all into our temporary living arrangements. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. We will get through it all one step at a time!
Our bub is the size of a cabbage!
I was pretty happy to get to the end of this week. The move took up most of the week but I also managed to get some Christmas shopping done and took Kai to see Santa and the Myer Christmas windows. This year it’s the story of Santa and the three bears which Kai loved.
We finished moving out of our house on Sunday which (as anticipated) was an absolute drainer! Now it’s a matter of sorting out the things we want to take and the things we want to store and relocating to Lorne full time. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years and whilst moving is a draining, tedious process, it’s also quite cleansing to get rid of stuff you just don’t need or use anymore as well as finding hidden treasures that have been completely forgotten about. I took a few trips to the Salvation Army this week and was ruthless with my wardrobe, parting with some old favourites, so hopefully someone else can find a better use for them. read more…
Our bub is the size of a butternut pumpkin!
It hasn’t been my favourite week and it’s been a real mixed bag of good v bad news, hormones going a tad haywire, fatigue and the drag of moving house has taken it’s toll. There were great moments- like my cousin’s wedding on the weekend and seeing my family and friends have a wonderful time together. But in general, I’ve been tired and cranky with a lot to do and not enough time to do it all. Sleeping has started to get more uncomfortable and although I start on my side, throughout the night I find I’ve been waking up on my back and feeling shortness of breath. My body feels like a furnace at the moment and I’m running hot all the time which has also made sleeping uncomfortable. BodyICE has been coming into great use, especially in the hot weather. I’ve been filling the ice bags and just resting them on my head and neck. That and a glass of chilled water has been doing the trick just nicely!
I wish moving house was as simple as moving from A to B but there have been a lot of other things to take into account and I’ve spent most of the week zipping around Melbourne in the heat and traffic doing all sorts of errands leaving me hot and bothered. It will all be over this coming week and I’m looking forward to getting settled into our new town and getting back on track with work/play!
The highlight of my week was having Jeff Hodges in town – my wonderful Sportmind coach. I haven’t seen him since Sochi as he lives in Queensland, so it was great to catch up. Kai is a big fan of the J man too, and we spent most of the night goofing around in a play ground. It’s been strange to not have had much contact with him lately. When I’m in athlete mode, we speak every week and he’s so in tune with what I’m up to and where I’m at. I miss our chats.
Our bub weighs over 1kg – like your litre water bottle!
Things went smoothly this week. I spent half my time in Lorne preparing for our move in the next couple of weeks. We’ve got a lot of packing up to do yet, but with a few helpful hands it will get done one way or another. I picked up another award this week at the annual Victorian Olympic Council gala event winning the Most Outstanding Female Athlete for 2014 with teammate David Morris taking out the mens. Such a great night with so many Olympic heroes past and present in the room, so it was nice to be recognised as one of them! We also celebrated Thanksgiving over the weekend with a delicious turkey roast prepared by my American sister-in-law. I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving in the US and Canada on many occasions over the years, so it was nice to celebrate one in Australia.
I had a new pregnancy symptom this week – hello leg cramps! The only time I get them is in bed when I do a bit of a stretch. As soon as I point my toes, my calf muscles seize in cramps. Note to self: don’t point the toes when stretching. Ouch!!! I also had my 28 week checkup, glucose test and blood test this week. I don’t mind the fizzy sugary lemonade drink you need to drink prior to the test and downed it in a flash. Guess I was thirsty:) I haven’t got the results yet, but everything else seemed to be fine. Baby is a good size, it’s heart rate is fine, my blood pressure is normal and we started discussing the approaching birth.
As the silly season approaches, I like to start thinking about gift ideas for the ones we love starting in priority order…..MUM.
Need some inspo?
Check out this list of great Christmas gift ideas for Mums from 17 Bright Ideas http://www.17brightideas.com.au/gifts-for-mums/