Well, it’s that time again - birthday time! Hurrah! I am now 41! It does, however, seem a wee bit of an anti-climax after being 40. I know some people dread milestones, but both when I turned 30 and 40, I had no such qualms. On approaching 40 I was 6 months pregnant and had just released my second book, The Dating Game.
So what was it like being 40? Amazing, magnificent, wonderful - and I’m not kidding. OK, a lot of this we can attribute to ‘life begins at 40’ and in my case literally. Antonia was dragged into the world (she was very cosy in the womb) on 22nd March and after that the world became a different place for me on many levels.
But the first two months were great, too, as I marketed my newly released book and started writing What If. Seven months into my pregnancy and I really wasn’t writing so much - turns out baby Antonia was back to back, which I can tell you is freakin’ painful, so months 7-9 were uncomfortably spent on a Swiss ball!
I spent the first few months of motherhood in a state of love and complete bewilderment and being perpetually tired, but it’s amazing how you adapt.
Then it was baby massage, Rhymetime at the library and walks with my girl. They really should extend maternity leave in the UK...
I’m an older mum at 40, but I’m glad I waited - every moment I have with Antonia is amazing and I appreciate every second. I swapped going out to dinner for bathtime with Antonia and working out for playing games with the baby - peek a boo never fails to amuse. I’m so glad I can work from home and be there to capture every smile, tentative crawl, puzzled expression as she tries to slot shapes into a sorter.
Anyway, I suppose what I’m trying to say is being 40 has been brilliant. I eventually even got around to writing another book, quite by chance, The Christmas Spirit and it has really got me in the mood for Christmas, a time of year I really love and all the more special this year, as it will my cherub’s first. I am pretty sure I will be more excited than her, but she’ll grow into that - she has my genes after all.
So, what about being 41? I just hope it’s as great as being 40, but it has a hell of a lot to live up to!
By the time you read this, if I’m lucky, I will be having a massage or a facial - my dad is babysitting for a few hours to let me have some ME time! Then I aim to read before coming home to birthday hugs from the bambina.
I thought I’d do the European thing and give you a present on my birthday - so an e-copy of my first novel, Sign of the Times and an e-copy of The Dating Game are up for grabs.
All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog telling me your best birthday in the past five years and what made it special. I’ll choose the two I like best and announce the winners on Dec 18th. Please leave your email or Twitter name, so I can contact you.
Right, off to blow out the candles on my cake
bye for now