Catch Up: On Leaving Bali, Moving back to the UK and The Last Trimester



It feels like an age since I last posted a blog.  Since moving from our little island paradise across the globe for another stint in the western world, life already seems like it is running away with me!

However, FINALLY things are falling into place allowing me to get my naturally chaotic self back to my keyboard and regular blog updates on here – hurray!

This last 8 weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and emotion (an awesome combination for a heavily pregnant lady, I’m sure you’ll agree) so if my accounts seem overly emotional or slightly melodramatic just take a moment and spare a thought for my poor husband who has had to deal with the tears, hormonal tantrums concerns and ever slowing waddle of what was once his level- headed, supportive and mobile wife. He’s a lucky boy.

There’s been a lot going on, as you can imagine. So I’ll try to keep it brief.

On Leaving Bali


Gosh. It’s actually difficult to know what to say about this.

Throughout our 3 years there, I’d dreaded the day we would have to leave Bali.  When it came around, packing up our room and saying goodbye to our friends and our lovely cats was a strange and surreal experience.  Thinking back, it felt both like we had been there forever and also that it had past in the blink of an eye.  Fortunately, as happens when you know you are leaving a place, when the time came, I felt ready to go.  There were a few tears, but a combination of the threat of catching the dreaded dengue fever (due to a recent widespread outbreak – very scary for a pregnant lady with a rare and apparently tasty-to-mosquitos blood type) and the need to feel like we were moving forward kept us cheery as we waved goodbye to our friends and Bali life.  We met some wonderful people (you know who you are), had some of the best experiences and learned a little something more about the world and ourselves.  It already feels like an age ago, but we made some amazing memories we will cherish forever.


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Thank you to every who took the time to drop bye and wave us off. We were given some lovely presents and beautiful letters – you guys are the best!

One of the most thoughtful gifts was a compilation of some of the photos of our time in Bali.  I’ve shared it below if you want a little insight into what we got up to.

On Being Home

As you can imagine there have been some ups and downs coming back, as well as an ongoing adjustment process!  I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see family and friends after what was a year and half long stint without being home in the UK.  There are so many little things we are appreciating; being clean, hot water, easy communication and the NHS (ok, that one is a biggie) to name a few.  The only really tricky thing was sorting our Service families house out before Jim started work.  This turned into one long headache, not least as without an address we were sofa-surfing for 2 months and unable to register with any health services (awesome at 8 months preggers, right?!) but as I don’t want this blog post to turn into a boring moan-fest I won’t go into all the details. Lets just say I’m glad its over and we are finally in our new home! Yay!

Back to Work!-2

We didn’t manage to get our house until after Jim had started work, but thanks to the help of our super parents (and best-neighbours-ever Jo and Pete), we are unpacked and on the way to being settled in.  Jim has been at work for a couple of weeks now (which to be honest he isn’t best pleased about, but I’m sure he will get used to the idea) and the only real downer is that the job he will be going to is likely to see him going away quite frequently.  Something we were used to before but is a scary prospect after spending nearly every day together for 3 years.  Hopefully we will get back into the swing of it without too much heartache and too many tears!

On The Third Trimester and Being Nearly Parents

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Is it weird that at nearly 35 years old i still feel too young to be a mum?! HELP!!  I can’t believe our little man will be coming into the world soon.  I’m both giddy excited to meet him and ridiculously petrified about everything that means. At the the same time.  All the time. Is that possible?!

I haven’t really written about my pregnancy experiences, although I may at some point if it’s something people are interested in?  But at the moment it feels like I have been pregnant FOREVER. And it’s not 9 months. It’s more like 10. And will someone pass me the wine already….you get the picture ;)

The main thing that is seriously crazy about the whole thing is that I’m growing a person (at least I hope that is what is booting me in the ribs every 5 mins). A real one. In my tummy.  WHAT?  Being human is really weird/cool/mind blowing sometimes.

Anyway.  I’ll keep you posted on this one.  We are off to learn all about *gulp* labour in the next couple of weeks and I’m sure once that has happened I’ll be having second thoughts about it – all be it a little late in the day! haha.

It’s great to be back!



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6 Responses

  1. Carole
    May 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Hola!! Welcome back to the blogsphere :) Must be a crazy time for you with all the changes but glad you are getting into the swing of things and have so many good times ahead of you!! Only a year until I start my own crazy travelling adventure so thank you for the continuing inspiration :) Take good care and wishing you all the very best xxxx Tell Jim to add a surf badge to his flying suit, he’ll feel instantly better :) xx

    • helen
      May 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Awww amazing Carole! Cant wait to hear all your plans :)

  2. Laura Schuster
    May 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    the best part of pregnancy was the inevitable moment when I realised I couldn’t quit this one- no changing one’s mind-n then I remembered that all my physical doings training preparing was really to help me through now this labor as smoothly as possible. I stayed with my breath, body , baby n midwife n Dr. I also figured that when it came time to push that there would come a moment of diminishing returns- Helen its that wVe you have to behold get on n inside it to believe it’s beauty…. Pain? Nay – n u forget immediately anyway or everyone would be an only child. You n Jim will do great n probably have an inappropriate laugh in the midst of it too… Oh an Guiness helps bring in the milk- that’s my story n it worked for me! Big hugs of happiness!

    • helen
      May 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Ahhh thank you Laura! :) Same to you back over in Singapore! We miss you! x

  3. Melissa @ Mango About Town
    May 23, 2015 at 12:12 am

    We’ve missed you! Glad to see you made it back to the UK safe and sound!

    • helen
      May 23, 2015 at 3:15 am

      Aww thanks Melissa! :)

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