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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Mission Accomplished!...well kind of

Yes, I know it's been 16 days since my last Blog but it's tough work being a Supermum! Lucky for me, I haven't been one! Yes, you heard right... for a change I was just me! So cudos to me and mission accomplished!

I've thought of many a topic to write about on here during the two weeks and now I get the chance, I can't remember for the life of me what they were... so I'll just give you an update of life at the moment.
  • It's been an emotionally charged 2 weeks with the deaths of 2 of my friends fathers followed by the news that 2 (one of the aforementioned) of my nearest girlfriends and expecting their 2nd and 3rd children.
  • Today is the first day of being antiobiotic free for god knows how long (6 - 8 weeks, I lost count after course 3!)
  • School holidays are over and back to work but I am very much looking forward to getting the household back into some form of routine.
  • We've become more obsessed with cardmaking and scrapbooking than ever before... we're even having dreams about it!
  • Only 5 weeks until our family holiday!!!
During the school holidays, on my mission to NOT be Supermum, I read a fantastic book called Baby Proofing your Marriage (; for those of you with children, you'll understand the changes that happen to you and your relationship after you have a baby and for those of you without children, this is a MUST read before you do! I would even go as far as recommending the book to anyone in a relationship. Now, I must say I was a little hesitant about purchasing the book; it was discounted to $4.99 at my local newsagency (not the best marketing tool!) but I thought for $4.99 I can't go wrong! If it's a total disaster, I haven't spent precious crafting $$ on a stupid book. Anyhow, I bought the book and then proceeded to go back and sit in the Drs. waiting room and ponder what loser buys a book about baby-proofing there marriage when their "baby" just turned 3!

The book spent a few weeks in my office and stashed in my beside drawer (as I was still coming to terms with being "that loser") until I became so bored with daytime TV, that I thought it couldn't hurt to start reading. Well, I can tell you right now, after the first few pages, you would have been lucky to pry it out of my hands! I was hooked! I was hooked on this book that cost be less than a Triple Cheeseburger meal but would allow me to understand myself, my husband and our relationship, the best I have in the past 3 years!

The honesty of the authors; Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill and Julie Stone who wrote this book and the real life comments from those who shared their stories was the key to this book. If you're a bloke reading my blog (which I highly doubt but anyhow) you're thinking, yes of course it's a great book... it's written by 3 women so of course you like it... but as a matter of fact young man, this book is written from both sides of the stories and for that I will be forever grateful as I'm sure, actually I know for a fact I'm not the only woman on the planet who struggles to understanding the processing of the male brain!  There is even a whole chapter dedicated to you titled The 'Sex Life" of New Parents AKA Couitus Non-Existus which gives us women an insight into your 'obsession' or your need to give us the 'Ten O'Clock Shoulder Tap'!

So you don't have a baby, so this book isn't for you... well.... Over the weekend, I had a discussion with a girlfriend who has been in a relationship for about 7 months (not married, no children) and she was discussing some issues she was having with her partner... needless to say, I recommended this book to her! The issues she was experiencing where no different to those that were explored in this book for 'married' people....which made me wonder; maybe Baby-Proofing Your Marriage isn't the best title for this book...maybe it should just be... Understanding and Making the Most of your Relationship.. as it seems, no matter what type of relationship your in; whether it be married, de facto, casual, we all face the same challenges about understanding the way in which the opposite sex's brain ticks and why the do the things the do! I'm not saying this book will give you a 'perfect' relationship as I believe there is no such thing but I will just say if you read this book, you'll have a new appreciation and respect for your partner, I know I certainly do! (Even if he doesn't clean the bathroom the way I do!)

Until next time, I hope you're able to take a deep breathe and laugh next time your partner does something that drives you crazy... no matter how many times you may have asked him on previous occassions not to do it!


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