Having a baby just a few weeks before my Dan Grading is certainly proving to be something of a double edged sword. On the downside, getting to the training sessions three times a week is difficult; Edward keeps us very busy, especially at night, and a continued lack of sleep isn’t a recipe for feeling fit and alert on the mat. On the upside, with the grading only two weeks away, I’m a lot less worried about it than I expected to be at this point.
Edward is a much bigger concern at the moment, and keeps my attention firmly away aikido most of the time. This is helping me stay a lot more relaxed about the grading, as I have less time to think and fret about it. That said, I doubt this effect will continue right up to the grading. In fact I hope it won’t, as hopefully Edward will become less of a source of worry and fatigue as the weeks go by and we all settle down to a more relaxed routine.