My son Heath turns 9 tomorrow. His school phoned up and said he wasn't feeling well, so I got him at 11 this morning. Normally I'm pretty tough on this, but he had complained of a headache on route to school, and I thought he seemed a bit out of sorts.
Let's just wind back the clock nine years. I was a v. pregnant gal by the end of the spring carnival. 37 weeks actually, come Cox Plate weekend, and I was giving all my friends (who admittedly were mostly blokes) kittens that I'd have the baby on the track at the Valley.
In this pregnancy, I insisted on keeping riding until I was 6 months along, which was about when it all a bit too hard and uncomfortable. I like to say that I did keep cleaning her stable, and stabling her, up until 2 days before Heath was born. Nice and strong! Those abdominal muscles were pretty tough! And photographing right up until the Cox Plate. I thought Sunline would win her third successive Cox Plate. I wasn't going to miss it! I have to say that the photographs from Caulfield Guineas day were a little bit forgettable. I blame very bad light, but also a somewhat shaky state of mind having given myself and Heath a huge shock by accidentally touching the electric fence in Freelance's paddock.
Anyway, today Heath and I (yes, with Jessica helping - or hindering, as only a 5yo little sister can do, I should know, I was a little sister!) baked some cupcakes and a cake. Bloody not bad. I may not be able to do Domestic Goddess (I never said I was good at that stuff!!!), but I can do Baking Queen! Hurrah!
And I thought I'd share some of the photographs that Heath and I took together. Not bad for a pregnant gal, and the little guy!
|Sunline. 2001 Apollo. First race meeting I knew I was pregnant. No morning sickness though yet...|
|Northerly. 2001 Australian Cup. Yep. Morning Sickness!!!! Loving it!!!!|
|Ethereal. 2001 Cox Plate. 36 weeks pregnant. Good shooting Heath!|