And honestly, our Freja is nothing short of perfect and she has been thriving along for the last 5 days, demonstrating a healthy if not ravenous appetite and an ability to melt everyone's heart without even trying. Zoe and Ben also appear to have taken to parenthood like ducks to water, tag teaming like pros and ensuring that everyone gets enough rest and tap out time. They are certainly giving it their best efforts, but I didn't think that they wouldn't at any stage anyway, they've been dying for Freja to arrive and couldn't wait to get their hands on her to shower her with love and attention.
And how quickly you remember all of the highs and lows, the joys and the challenges of parenthood when you look into the eyes of your grandchild. It's a strangely emotional time, with lots of big feelings and concerns as the memories of your own experiences flood back into your mind. It's almost like you strap in right besides the new parents for a brand new ride. And you don't want to do too much or too little, and you don't want to crowd or be too impassive but you do want to know what's going on and how things are progressing every step of the way. And that's because there is someone new to love in the world now, someone that represents a new branch on your family tree and now there will be a million new experiences and opportunities for you to share your life with them. Words can't explain it really, it's just really joyful in the most intensely emotional way.
Unfortunately, I landed a bloody head cold this weekend which meant that I couldn't enjoy another Freja visit this weekend, which nearly broke my heart really, but you can't go and see a new born baby when you are under the weather, so I have to wait until I am 100% before I can some get more of those delightful baby snuggles.
What a weekend of illness did afford me was a chance to binge watch some TV and unwind, which probably wasn't a bad thing to be honest. The return to work has stretched me greatly over the last fortnight, and I have been feeling like I have transitioned from the hammock to the frying pan in one fell swoop. And that on top of all of the new 'Bibi' feels, worry for my daughter and new grand-daughter and my ever plummeting menopausal hormones, I have been left me feeling kind of emotional and a bit vulnerable. I mean I cried for pretty much n reason at all the other day and struggled to stop myself once I got going, it was ridiculous and I felt like such a ding-a-ling. I hate it when my emotions run away from me, but I suppose that its bound to happen at this stage of my life.
Anyway, onward and upward this week as I settle down and refocus my sights to brighter, healthier and happier days ahead. And there is no denying that Elton John knew what he was doing when he wrote the beautiful song - Your Song, because dear Freja, it's true: how wonderful life is, while you're in the world.
Release Date: 1997
Running Time: 116 mins
A period tragicomic drama directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who shot to fame after he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards.
Set in the 1930's, Life is Beautiful tells the story of a playful Jewish Italian book shop owner named Guido that has his life turned upside down when he and his son become victims of the Holocaust. With his own blend of humour and imagination, Guido attempts to protect his son from the real horrors of the Nazi Concentration Camp.
Part of the idea for the movie came from Benigni's own family history, as his own father survived a three year term at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, so this was a very personal body of work. Benigni himself is just fabulous as Guido, bringing charisma and ingenuity to his character that translates beautifully. I adored this film, it made it me laugh and it also made me cry. I didn't think that it was an insensitive holocaust movie, as some people believed it to be, but rather a hopeful and endearing piece that speaks volumes about endurance and creativity.
FINAL SAY: Buon Giorno, Principessa!
4 Chilli Peppers