We discovered we were pregnant whist we were camping in Stirling Range National Park back in September…
Naturally being in a quite remote location it was initially speculation and so we spent our last 4 days talking about the “what if’s” and pondering the future of what it could look like for us as a mum and dad. It was a really nice segue into learning we were about to start a new journey together.
In all honesty – I was not ready! Mike had mapped everything out in his mind and I was definitely in denial until we saw the actual results.
We laughed together when we discovered the news, and then I totally freaked in my mind and lay on the floor (half hyperventilating) for the first few minutes. The overwhelming voice in my head said loud and clear “Holly – life is not going to revolve around you anymore!”.
When the dust settled in my thoughts, I realised I was really happy and perhaps this was how I would finally phase myself into some form of adulthood.
This surprised me… I’d always been very unsure of how I felt about reproducing, and have been vocal about not being sure if I was really into it. Suddenly I felt very ok with starting a family with Mike. We had talked about it the past few years – but it always came down to (yes – lets try next year). Suddenly it was right now. Next year was always my buffer haha and lately Mike has been reminding me of my age (which I’ve also been in slight denial about). I’ll be nearly 32 when the baby is born. It feels like everything has fallen in to place right when it was meant to. Sometimes I sort of forget how old I am.
The news comes at a really great time for us, as we can also share with you the news that we are moving to New Zealand in early February.
I was granted my visa a few weeks after we learned we are due to be parents. This comes after a year of planning and paperwork. I actually cried I was so happy when we got the news.
We’ve just been to Eneabba and Coorow this past weekend to say our farewells. After our country tour we brought Tess back with us to the city. She’s back with us, finally! We will be getting her ready for her flight over in the next few weeks. She has literally fused herself into my side of the bed and has taken up any space that I unwillingly relinquish…like a cunning thief. It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable she makes herself.
I’m too soft. I’m just happy she’s cozy.
It has been bitter sweet – knowing our time in Australia is winding down…we’re both going to miss our friends here. We have met some incredible people, but there are some equally awesome people waiting for us in New Zealand and I’m truly looking forward to the adventure of starting our family and placing down some roots.
I was really hoping to show you a photo of our 4 month bump – but it will have to wait until Mike is back on his next swing in two weeks. I’ll try to set up a super tacky family portrait.
In the mean time here is a photo I took during a particularly rough bout of morning sickness…(which has thankfully only recently lifted).
Of course – this blog will always feature the beauty of local flora and fauna, and I cannot wait to capture what treasures await us in New Zealand.
I hope I’ll see you here soon.
Holly, Mike & Tess
ps. I just want to acknowledge my amazing dad. He has sent me the biggest care package of junk food ever – and a hilarious doodle of what looks like I’m the size of a hippopotamus carrying a wee little baby in my belly. I laughed pretty hard when I saw the proportions. And then panicked a little ahah.