in the thick of it

We are in the midst of a heat wave here, apparently the hottest temperatures ever for us in March, since temperatures began being recorded in the 1800s. I used to enjoy the heat, and look forward to summer, but since having babies, I’m not so much of a fan. Gone are the days that we could chuck a towel on the backseat and a dog in the boot and head down to the beach to soak up what the ocean, sun and earth had to offer. Well, we can, but only at sun-safe times of day and with a hell of a lot more preparation. And more towels. And beach paraphernalia.

On the radio this morning the presenter said to the weatherman: “There are a lot of sleep deprived, hot and grumpy people out there this morning.” The weatherman’s response was “Yes, but it’s probably those people who will be the first to complain as soon as the cold weather hits.” Hmmm. He probably has a point. I for one though, cannot¬†wait for the cold weather. My autumnal post a few weeks ago, written in the few cool morning hours before the heat hit again seems like a cruel joke in the face of this weather.¬†

So here we are, in the thick of it, drinking black coffee to see if it’s soy that the pixie has an aversion to in my breastmilk, trying to think of things to eat for meals that do not require us to turn on the oven or the stove, taking cool baths and dipping our feet in the paddling pool. Pushing Pixie’s bassinet around to different corners of the house trying to find a cooler spot in the hope she might sleep a wink so that I can sleep a wink. Drinking a bit more coffee. Explaining to Birdie why we can’t go to the park. Having nightmares about our electricity bill. I don’t think we have ever used our air conditioner as much as we have the last month and I dread to think how much each cool minute is costing us.

Trying to ride out the hot, hot, hot weather in any way we can.

So. Is this insanely hot summer weather in autumn going to be a thing of our future? Or is this just a fluke slash joke?


  1. theveggiemama March 12, 2013

    sleeeep. oh sleeeep come back to meeeeee!
    I also did an elimination diet with abby. it was awful. and it turned up nothing – she just had wind she needed to grow out of. Having pepper made me realise it was just the luck of the draw and I agonised over it for ages…. because of the sleeeeep.
    I hope you find out what it is soon, it’s the pits xx

    • motherwho March 13, 2013

      Thanks Stacey! At least the second time round you do know that things pass so quickly – even if you have to constantly remind yourself that! It must have been really hard for you the first time. I’m glad your Pepper hasn’t put you through the ringer a second time.

  2. Lila Wolff March 12, 2013

    I understand, we’re hovering around 38 again today with no cold break yet. Autumn is always a little later here but this is insane. I’m not actually sure if it’s how things always were and I just forgot when we moved back.

    • motherwho March 13, 2013

      Hope you got a cool break today Lila!!


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