"Edited to Add"....

This started as a pregnancy blog when I fell pregnant in May 2009 after four years of finding a donor, doing all the counselling / paperwork / tests and trying.

And now, thanks to a 4WD which skidded onto our side of the road, killing our baby daughter at 34w and injuring me, my partner and two of my stepdaughters on 27 December 2009, it has turned into something else. We didn't want this something else, but apparently it is all we've got to go on with.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I am redirecting my mail online.  The mouse hovers between "temporary" and "permanent".  The Australia Post site tells me,  "For a permanent move, you are not planning to return to your old address".  The truth is, I don't know, but at the moment I have no plans to ever return, except to pack up more fully and prepare the house and garden for sale. 

El Prima and I are separating.  It is sad, but my heart is lighter than it has been in years.  I know this is the right thing.  I spent so long closing off this possibility from myself, telling myself I couldn't follow in my parents' footsteps and have a marriage fail, subject my children to divorce.  But fear of the messiness of separation can't in itself hold a relationship together - not without centring our whole lives on fear, resignation, bitterness.  We tried really hard.  We cleaned the slate again and again but each time my heart was less willing to trust, it had to be cajoled, it grew weary and more skeptical.  And despite all the things I love about El Prima, I was not willing to live like that.  I didn't want Z's legacy in our lives to be relationship breakdown.  But I know now that none of this was her fault, and that she sings in our hearts when we are happy - she deserves more of that.  We deserve more of that. 

It feels appropriate that this is happening in winter.  I'm not sleeping very well at the moment and have been waking up early, doing quiet yoga in the dark on our friend's carpet where Ali and I are staying.  In those quiet dark hours, I meditate.  I make lists.  I remember what it is like to be myself.

We will make it amicable.  We will put the kids first.  We'll have to figure out what to do with Z's little pomegranite tree in our front yard. 


  1. I am so sorry to hear this, but I know from experience that good things wait on the other side. Thinking of you both!

    1. Thanks CJ - I think that is what helped me - getting a glimpse of the good things on the other side. Xxxh

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  3. I wish you strength. I know it already took a lot of courage to do this.

  4. I'm sorry to hear this. I wish you peace and strength in the coming weeks and months. <3 I, too, have seen the possible sweetness on the other side of the struggle. It's there.

  5. I'm so sorry. Wishing you all the best as you move through this difficult time into a new phase of your life. With both of you focused on making this amicable, you will find a balance.

  6. I just came over from LFCA to say I'm sorry for your separation, but also after reading this post to wish you more lightness and more feelings of centering and holding fast to what makes you more alive and more vibrant. Good luck with the co parenting and helping the kids through this. Hugs from Chicago:)

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