Firstly, thanks to Char who said we should put a blog together for Bun Rabbit, particularly for when there are photos of BR to share with you all .. :) and then she found out that the bunrabbit.blogspot.com alias was available on Blogger. Too cool dude. It's also kinda funny that John put this together on the same day our friend, Brett, was in the local newspaper (Courier Mail), making comments about his company's corporate blog public later this month (OK, shameless plug - www.saucesoft.com).
I finished work last Friday, and have about 10 months off - I'm planning on going back in June 2007. To our American friends, I'm sure this seems like a really long amount of maternity leave! Depending on how long you've been with your employer, most Australian employees have a basic entitlement of up to 52 weeks leave during your preganancy and the birth of your child (and same entitlements if you adopt). Most companies don't seem to pay you for any of this time, unless you work in the Government sector, and one of my friends who worked for a bank received some kind of part pay for some period of time. I'm taking a few weeks of annual leave which I had accrued, but that's about it for me.
I had a nice morning tea with a few people at work on Friday, and when I finally made it out of the office, went to the Belgian Beer Cafe as it was social club drinks. After having a juice (really, alcohol-free Cosmopolitans are just juice and almost as good as the real thing!) and a chat with a few people, I went home, looking forward to a pretty relaxing weekend, before starting on my list of jobs this week.
I've been feeling very healthy and on the whole, fine. I'm getting a bit of fluid retention, so my normally knobbly and veiny feet occasionally look rather smooth and strange. My skin's also getting a bit itchy, but a midwife friend (and the 15 books I consulted) assures me it's just the skin stretching. I'm not too sure why the skin on my forearms is stretching, but we see the OB tomorrow, so we'll make sure that it's nothing serious. We've been very blessed that everything so far has been so straightforward, it'd be nice to continue with that theme at this stage!!
Bun Rabbit is moving lots. Daddy's hands still have the most calming influence of all. All motion stops when I try to share these wonderous sensations with John. Most of the movement is very much in the rolling/moving vein, and no so much in the kicking/punching vein. I think (like I know what I'm talking about!!).
I've compiled a list of jobs to get done before Bun Rabbit arrives, starting with getting the nursery organised. It's been my study for the past 6 years, and still looks like it for now. The main thing left to do in the room is remove the wall of (free-standing) bookshelves, and books, and put them all in another room. This will have to be a bit of a slow job for me over the next few days/week, as I probably shouldn't be lugging books downstairs (but I'm still weight training at the gym twice a week). Mum has made curtains for the room - very bright colours, with animals and ABCs on them. She just finished the curtains yesterday, and I can't wait to see how they'll look in the room. :)
I'll keep emailing updates to everyone for now, but when Bun Rabbit arrives, we'll be sharing photos with you all through this site.