Yesterday was a pretty relaxed day. I overslept so I didn’t make it to church. Instead I went back to sleep and we only woke up around 11:45. For us, that’s super late! Somehow we end up waking up early on weekends as well. We hate it.
We went to a Portuguese pub called Guzzlers yesterday. An old colleague and friend of my grandfather’s plays in a band and they were performing. I must say, for a bunch of old guys they are really good! They play a lot of old music, mostly by a band called ‘The Shadows’ and some Elvis stuff. After that we went to Uncle Dan and Auntie Mona and had some tea and cake.
The weekend slipped past me. I barely noticed that I was off. I can’t wait to get some time off again. I’ve applied for some leave in January, but it hasn’t been approved yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend those few days with Rudi while he is on leave, although by that time we’ll probably be completely broke!
Rudi went to purchase my vitamins for me yesterday. He bought a pregnancy vitamin, folic acid and an omega 3 & 6 supplement. It all cost only R130.00 which is really not bad. Medicine and vitamins can be really expensive. I’m already taking the pregnancy vitamin and folic acid to build up my store for when I fall pregnant again so that the next baby will have everything it needs from conception.
I wish I knew what was going on in my body now. I have strange pains and I’m not quite sure whether my body is still recovering from the previous pregnancy, or whether it’s something else. I’m sure it still is. In four days it will be a month since we lost the baby. I’m not sure how long it takes for a uterus to migrate back down into the pelvis. The pain isn’t unbearable or anything, it’s just there and makes me conscious of those parts of me. I don’t think it’s necessary to see a doctor or anything. I wonder when I can expect my next cycle to start. Perhaps I should just give my doctor a call and ask him…although I hate doing that. I also need to call my insurance because I need to claim, but I keep putting it off.
I’ve been thinking about it and I think I know one of the reasons I’ve gone through what I’ve gone through. I never used to like children very much. I didn’t mind them, but I wasn’t overly fond of them and wasn’t even sure if I wanted one. Since everything that has happened I have developed an immense compassion for children and the desire for one (or two). It used to tug at my heart strings when I saw children in need or in hospital, now it affects me. The other day on the news they showed a baby who was orphaned. His mother carried him over the border to South Africa (probably in search of a better life), but shortly after that died of cholera and the government was talking about sending the baby back to where it came from. It brought me to tears that the poor child had nobody to care for it or love it and was left all alone in the world. Before that story would just have been another story, now it is heartbreaking for me. Perhaps God wanted to soften my heart towards these defenseless children and wanted me to desire one so that I could appreciate the next one he sends me to the fullest.
My grandfather told me yesterday that he is very excited that we are trying again. He said he was afraid I would be put off after everything that happened. He promised me that he would look after the baby when I had to go back to work. I told him I really hope that we have the baby before him or my grandmother lose their marbles. He thought that was very funny (he has a strange sense of humour that one). We also spoke about other things. One of our retired District Apostles died recently. Everybody was saying how sad it was and my grandfather said he was happy for him. It seems slightly shocking, but he was 96 years old and really couldn’t take care of himself. My grandfather said if he ever got to a stage where he could not live a full life anymore he would rather die. He said that if he was on life support he would want us to switch the machines off. Of course the thought of this devastates me because I so dearly love him and my grandmother and I really hope that if that time comes I will have the strength to honour his wishes and not be selfish about it.