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A Guest Post by Jacko.

G'day again from Sunny Queensland. Does anyone else get annoyed waiting for a baby to be born into this big wide world? The wait for Baby Jacko has been excruciating for us. It has, at times, seemed to drag on and on for years!

As we have experienced 2 devastating losses, we decided not to tell anyone about Lizzy's Pregnancy until she was at the 20 week mark. Most people get to tell their relatives and friends pretty much straight away or at the very least at 12 weeks, which is supposed the "Safe Level". We learnt the hard way that there is no "Safe Time" in a pregnancy and therefore waited for the Major Ultrasound at the 18 – 20 week mark to announce it to friends and family.

This 20 week wait felt as if it was about 12 months. It dragged and dragged, however once we got there and made the announcement, it the seemed to go a lot quicker. The first person we told was our 5 year old daughter here at home. As soon as we told Rabbit, she burst into tears, but they were happy tears, as if she knew what we had been through in the past 3 ½ years or so. It is amazing how smart young children really are sometimes. Watching Rabbits reaction made me choke up quite a bit, but enough about that, because blokes DON'T CRY!!

The next time period of this pregnancy was from 20 weeks to about 31 weeks which seem to fly by at a rapid rate, which was awesome. I was very busy at work averaging 60 – 70 hours a week as we tried to complete a very large promotional job for one of our clients. This was great, it was keeping my mind active and I didn't really worry too much about Lizzy whilst at work, I simply didn't have the time to do so. At home however, it was the complete opposite, once I went to bed I would lay there for hours worrying and stressing, which wasn't healthy.

For some reason once Lizzy got to about 31 – 32 weeks it seemed to slow right down again. It was like someone had put in an extra 6 hours per day, or an extra 2 days per week. The weeks weren't just rolling past like they were during the middle of the pregnancy. With the 2 losses we suffered, the Mater Mothers Hospital were keeping an extra eye on Lizzy, with regular Obstetrician Appointments and an Ultrasound every 3 – 4 weeks just to keep us sane. This regular appointments were great, but the wait until the next ultrasound was almost unbearable. It was only 3 or 4 weeks but it seemed like 3 months.

Well it is now the middle of September and Baby Jacko is due on October 3. I know its only 2 weeks, but its going to feel like a life time. I really do appreciate what the "Mrs" has to go through. If it's a long wait for us blokes, it can only seem longer for the so called "Better Halves". Anyway, only a fortnight to go until Lizzy starts washing the car again! It is Filthy!

Some interesting facts on the time it takes for a little bun in the Oven:

(a) 40 Weeks of "Nursery Designs".
(b) 280 Days of Nesting – In Lizzy's case, it's been compressed into the last month.
(c) 6,720 Hours of Whining and Complaining.
(d) 403,220 Minutes of Shopping for Baby Jacko.
(e) 24,192,000 Seconds of "Do I look big in this skirt"? – "No darling, you look Pregnant"!
(f) And Approx 30 trips to the shops for chocolate cravings.

Well, Cowboys are out, thanks to Manly paying off the referees and Hawks will have to brush aside the Crows in the twilight game this Saturday to make it to the Grand Final. Go Hawks!

Still no rain up here either.



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