Mamatography Week 50: Holidays And Cooling Off

We went away for a week – it was great just to get away, and see something new. I must admit this week went a long way to endearing Western Australia to me… and probably me to her.

343/366 – Big Girl Play Time

My sister does pole dancing for exercise, but while in Australia she obviously hasn’t – until we came to this park and she started doing some moves. The kids loved it and thought she was ‘showing us some tricks’.

344/366 – Luxury Kisses

My parents came to visit us for the day in Mandurah, and we spent most of it in one of the various pools, jacuzzis and sauna. Here my dad and sister are sharing kisses with Ameli in the jacuzzi.

345/366 – Christmas Lights

We went on the Mandurah Cruises Christmas Lights Cruise – it takes you up and down canals lined with million dollar homes decorated for Christmas. It was really beautiful and something I’d highly recommend if you’re in the area and like Christmas lights – apparently it runs till early January, and last year their charity well raised over $10,000.00 for local charities. It really was spectacular. As you can see, Ameli loved it.

346/366 – Swimming. Swimming,  Swimming. Swimming

It’s hot and we have been laying low and taking it easy. We all needed a break from everything going on in our temporary lives in Perth. 

347/366 – Tourist Day

A bit of a break from doing nothing, we went on a driving tour today. We stopped in Pinjarra and had a walk around the historic centre, and across the hanging bridge (last picture), had a look at Lake Clifton, we also happened across something I didn’t think we’d have a chance to see, but ‘accidentally’ did: Thrombolites – living rocks. It was pretty amazing! The girls and my sister were asleep in the car, so my gran and I took a walk out on the bridge. It was lovely.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – Pauper to Princess (or Duchess)

I awoke this morning to the news that Kate Middleton is pregnant and has been admitted to hospital with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. I have felt nauseas since I heard the news and I’ve been actively avoiding reading any of the comments surrounding the press, because honestly, people are cold hearted and mean, especially when they are lucky enough to have no idea what they are talking about.

I’m not one that’s swayed by celebrities, in any which way, but as a first time mother, I too faced HG and I want to stand up in defence of the Duchess of Cambridge and say IT IS NOT JUST MORNING SICKNESS.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is debilitating. It is like being so hungover you can’t even keep water in your body. And it’s like that 24/7 for however long it lasts. For Ameli that was my life for 18 weeks. With Aviya it was 26 weeks.  

My advice to anyone who says ‘it’s just morning sickness’ is this: go out tonight. Get VERY drunk. So drunk you throw up all day tomorrow. Then imagine that day after day after day after day. Then imagine doing it with the world watching. Then feel free to comment on what the Duchess is experiencing right now. If you just had morning sickness, count your blessing, hug your child, and keep your comments to yourself. 

Like all diseases, Hyperemesis Gravidarum picks you, no matter who you are.

P.S. If you want to know more about Hyperemesis Gravidarum you can find out more on that link. I’ve written about what its like living with Hyperemesis Gravidarum and the general journey of life for an HG sufferer, including mourning the loss of a joyous pregnancy.

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