Life BC (Before Carlo) was fun and full of highs!
As a busy PR girl I was always on the go, working overtime in the office, attending social events and spending time with my many friends. Drives in the convertible, long weekends at music festivals and jaunts to Sydney were just some of the regular features in my life.
And yet in the years leading up to the birth of my son something did feel empty. There was fun and there was excitement and probably ‘busyness’ would be a better way to describe my life – but in many ways it was a solitary life.
At age 26 I had been diagnosed with Endometriosis and at age 28 came another diagnosis – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
I wasn’t shocked really, we always had so much Ovarian Cancer in my family and I had always known my mother to have Endo. I tried with a long term partner to become pregnant but it didn’t work out. So I accepted that I probably wouldn’t be a mum and I tried to take it all in my stride and put motherhood in the back of my mind.
Eventually becoming pregnant was a very happy surprise and having Carlo in 2013 was such a special time.
I won’t sugar coat it – there were many many challenges I faced as a single mum and a parent in general. But those challenges didn’t take away from all the precious ‘firsts’ you experience. I will never forget watching my little guy open his icy blue eyes just moments after he was born, or taking his first steps across the room at 12 months old – unforgettable moments.
They certainly weren’t all the firsts I was expecting. Such as the first time he slept longer than 45 minutes at 6 weeks old and the first time we had to race to Starship Hospital late at night with Carlo passed out in my arms. In the end though the challenging moments become such special memories, because you do your best and you triumph – and that to me counts as a win.
BC might have been fun but AC is The Real Life!