Sunday, November 28, 2010

While my frittata gently warms...

Ok, so I have exactly seven minutes before my frittata is ready.

And don't think the irony has escaped me that I am about to blog about my body "image", for wont of a better phrase, while I am starvingly waiting for my lunch to cook. (Not sure how many grammatical/spelling rules I broke back there, but anyway.)

We had our last session w the counsellor last Wednesday. Well, last as in last for 2010 and last until we most likely call her again next year when we get pregnant again. (Not sure if I should have used "if" back there...told you my optimism had been dented by this whole experience of losing a baby.)

Anyways, it was a good session. Both T and I cried however. And there's nothing like therapy to make you realise how far and how not far you have come in one short hour.

Crying always takes us by surprise in those sessions. I know that sounds silly, but here is why. It's been two months since we lost the baby, and we do not regularly collapse as crying, heaving, sobbing messes into each other's arms while we are at home, during the normal course of a day.

The fact is there is just not the time for that. And I know that sounds weird. But there's Jay, there's work, there's the summer seedlings for the veggie garden to plant, there's that thing from that shop that I must pick up, there are deadlines, there's the Christmas ham to book, there's Medicare, there are Christmas cards, Christmas parties, oh, my, god, do, I, have, to, go, on?

But for one short hour or so each fortnight, we have been ushered into a small office out the back of the very hospital where, in Room 13 on September 23, I gave birth to our lifeless 16 week and four day old baby.

My grandma is looking after Jay when we go to the counsellor, I have left work at work and it's just us two and the counsellor in that room talking about one single experience and how it's affected us.

It's the only time we get to stop. To think hard about what it's done to us. Is it any wonder we cry.

This week it was more heartbreak for T as we talked about how deserted she has been by her parents (who don't condone our relationship - like I said, that's a whole other blog right there.) Tears, naturally.

Then there was me talking about how I had approached exercise in the preceeding eight days with the fervour of a Nazi Luftwaffe squadron leader: pretty intensely.

Problem was I had been sick with a head cold from hell at the same time - but I still went nuts bike riding, running, doing cardio exercise tapes any chance I could get.


The reason suddenly leapt out at me during our counselling session. I am desperate to get my pre-baby body back.

Now, normally you would associate that statement with someone who had gone full-term and given birth to a healthy baby. You'd purse your lips, turn them down into a mock frown and tilt your head to the side as you read something like that...sympathising that such a feat can be hard. Tough, naw.

But this is not some superficial Hollywood tabloid-type desire. It's simply about being a healthy weight.

Ok, so I am not obese. I get that. But my usual hover weight has been blown out of the water by this pregnancy cut short.

I am sure my own body is freaking itself out. I can imagine it going " I'm sure last time I looked we had a baby in here. Where the hell is it? What in tarnation did I do with it?"

I am also not known for my patience, and so I expected to regain that magical hover weight after eight ridiculous days of exercise when I should have been resting my head coldy head.

The reason I was so hell-bent on getting it back is because I want to physically erase what has happened. I want all the cells in my body to forget, to go back to the way they were. That way, we can start again...back at the same diving board we leapt from all those months ago.

Slightly unrealistic, granted, but can you blame me. A deep part of me feels let down by my body, the body that was pregnant for not long enough. I want to get rid of any trace of that body and start again.

I have since mellowed a little bit about the exercise, and have actually noticed old clothes fitting almost as well as they did...before.

They do feel different though. Perhaps they always will. I cannot ever deny being changed irreversably by this. Inside and out.


  1. After Blobby died I immediately wanted to get in shape - I wanted a healthy body so I could make another sibling for him. The first few days I could barely walk because I was still in pain but felt incredibly compelled to eat right and exercise. I had a massive fear of people seeing me and couldn't drive because my brain was too distracted, but I'd make my dog go for long walks up and down the hills where we live. (She was pretty annoyed with me because she's more reasonable it it was the middle of summer.) But all I think it did was put my body into more shock and make my physical recovery more difficult.

    Obviously I'm not you, but I do hope you can not be too hard on yourself. You're doing such positive stuff for your mind - make certain you're kind to your body too.

    On a totally different topic, is your veggie garden going as insane as mine?! It's like aliens are taking over my garden - they grow before my eyes!

  2. hells yes! but what is your trick? i have a gorgeous sub tropical climate to help my garden grow...which is helpful as i have no idea what i'm doing.
    i'm so happy to have found a fellow veggie gardener! i'll email you soon and we can swap notes - fun!
    sorry too tired for punctuation. thanks for commenting X