wan sepona time

1 Feb

Ever since the incident, I have been calling my gynecologist every couple of days to give him a full report on my progress. If you know me, you know I hate calling doctors on their cell phones. Why??? Because they are pretty much overdosed on the whole receiving freaked out-totally-unjustified-24/7-patient phone calls.

But he insisted and truth be told my situation needed to be monitored. So…I waited for the perfect timing (sometime around noon) and dialed the dreaded number every couple of days. As time passed and things started to look a bit more hopeful, I limited the calls to once a week.

Last Friday I called and begged asked him if I were allowed to drive.

‘What?? from the sound of his voice I knew I had just irritated him.

‘Well….I am off my meds, last time you saw me you were happy with how everything was going, so…I didn’t even get to finish my argument.

‘That is why I don’t want to give you ANY freedom at all. I know you. The minute I give you the OK to drive, you ll start doing things around the house, driving around the neighborhood, running all sorts of errands. So, NO. No driving, no walking up and down the stairs, no NOTHING. LAY IN BED. Or on THE COUCH. Do we understand each other???


Feeling like I have just been told off by my primary school teacher, Mrs Katy (bless her very strict soul wherever she is), I sobbed silently and agreed to continue laying it low.

The thing is, N. needed to leave on a business trip for a few days which meant that the remaining members of the family needed to find another place to crash. Since, I, once a proud mother and caretaker of all, was somehow incapable of taking care of the family from THE SOFA, we opted for the next best thing: 5 1/2 kids, 2 dogs, 3 adults: My sister’s house.

To cut the story short, come Sunday, the kids and I were picked up by my father who then drove us off to Alex.  Johnny (the canarian) and Benny (the dog) had already been transferred safely to my mom’s house the day before. An hour later we were greeted by my 3 nieces and sister with excitement and joy which helped me recover from the stressful ride as a co-driver to my dad. You see, my dad, drives a car like he drives his motorcycle. YES. At the tender age of 73, he STILL rides his motorcycle. EVERY DAY. Unless it is pouring which in Greece is rarely the case.

Five, very full days passed filled with lots of children’s giggles, sleepless nights (Iliana got sick and Yiannis was so excited to be with his cousins that he wanted to start his day at 05:00 am), homework with the girls (I will get back to that), cuddles with the dogs, movie nights with the sis and the non stop-chatting-while-trying-to-watch-the-movie-dad.

The highlight of all was definitely the moment my middle niece asked me to correct the fairy tale she had just typed up for her English class.

‘Wan sepona time…

Until next time




5 children ranging from 4 to almost 13


12 Responses to “wan sepona time”

  1. ramblingsfromamum February 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    oh sweet such a frustrating time for you 😦 When are you due? xx

    • wonderlandbytatu February 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      My normal due date is July 15, but both my kids came one month early…So if everything turns out fine, I am guessing mid to end of June.

      • ramblingsfromamum February 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

        a month early? Goodness, well I certainly hope you get to enjoy the pregnancy instead of sleeping and lying down all day. I don’t know how you can do it. Hugs. xx

      • wonderlandbytatu February 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

        Thank you my dear. Some days are better than others. I hope you are doing well…xxx

      • ramblingsfromamum February 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

        I’m ok – thank you – life is a roller coaster over here..up the top at the moment..waiting for the plunge. Hope you have more better days to come 🙂 xx

  2. expatsincebirth February 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Ha, Tatu, I hope you won’t be mad at me if I say that I understand your Gyn? 😉 I’m really glad that you have people around you who take care of you and who make you stay on the sofa. At least you could change sofa (from yours to your sisters’) and you certainly didn’t get bored at your sisters’ place. I hope Iliana is feeling better now. – Big hugs from NL xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu February 4, 2014 at 10:48 am #

      I know he is right. That is why I listen to him. It’s just easier said, than done, you know? Psychologically the stay at my sisters did wonders for me (and the kids), physically it was a bit ‘anstrengend’ but totally worth it. Yes, Iliana is fine, thank you. How are you? The kids? Big hugs to you back my friend. xxx

  3. memyselfandkids.com February 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    This down low time is really hard for you – damn just adjust. Sorry not being so sensitive here. I can understand how it could be hard especially cause you say that you used to be the one who is the caretaker.
    Well, it does sound like there was some fun with your sister and her family.

    • wonderlandbytatu February 4, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      I see you are a bit frustrated with my not coping very well with the bed rest. Am I right?
      I am trying to adjust and I succeed most of the times but there are days which are harder than others.

      • memyselfandkids.com February 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

        No, I’m not frustrated. I just hope it doesn’t drive you too crazy.

  4. meditatingmummy February 3, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    T, I’ve been out of it, been waiting to send you an email but it’s still writing itself :-)))
    I am so happy you got to visit your sister, in spite of sicknesses and everything you have had to endure these past weeks, it’s important to be surrounded by love. Lots and lots of it.
    I send you my love to add to it. It is a tough time to be restricted when you want to just get up and move. You are doing marvelously.
    Hahaa I love the Wan sepona time.

    • wonderlandbytatu February 4, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Yes, love and family and closeness is all I need right now (and always as a matter of fact).
      Thank you for your encouraging words and I am feeling that cyber love of yours!
      I know, right? (I secretly wished I could just take a photo of the short story she wrote but then I thought that would be too nasty from me so I just kept the opening phrase).

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