Welcome to your lodge! Look at that belly, so cute and Wow the bowling proposal is so cute!
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
What a great introduction. I love that you live & travel internationally, what a great experience! I can't wait to share your journey to birthing Kong. (Great nickname!) OK, I just used the word "great" three times so I'm going to hush up now & let the caffeine wear off...
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Love your intro! Very cool that you guys have traveled/lived all over, so neat for the kids too. Also loving how your LOs got their nicknames, very special. Thank you for sharing DD's birth story. I'm excited for you to be home this time. Is DD excited about the baby yet? How is she doing with all the traveling, temporary move, & DH being away?
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
So, as for where we choose to live... we have thought about Australia. We even bought a house there a couple years ago...but, unfortunately, we can't afford the mortgage on what we're making now (we could before), so we're in the process of selling it. DH likes the States, and there is actually an international school about 3 hours from where my parents live- in the city that my dad is from, so I have family there as well- that we're looking at. They would be able to hire DH more easily I think than just a regular school.
The thing about moving here or there is this... my parents are poor and poorly motivated. Well, my mom and her husband just got guardianship of their three granddaughters (7, 11 and 13) because their mom (my step-sister) is in and out of jail and a drug addict... so they have their hands full literally and financially, and my mom is retired and well... they just don't have any money. My dad... I don't know... I suppose he would come visit if we moved to Australia...but he owns his own business, and is a hunter... which means that he works all the time, and when he does take time off it's mostly to go hunting. DH's parents on the other hand are much better off financially, and are quite used to traveling (DH has three brothers and two of them live outside Oz)- in fact, from what I understand, they live off my FIL's salary, and they travel off my MIL's income (she's a dressmaker- she made my wedding dress). my family is more likely to say "gee, we miss you... hope you can come home soon for a visit" whereas DH's family is much more likely to say, "We miss you... we're coming to visit!" So... although it might seem like a kind of crazy reason to choose one place over another, DH and I both know that if we moved to Oz, we would never see my family... whereas if we moved here, his fam would come visit.
And ultimately, I think I just have that slightly stronger wanting to be near my mom now that I'm a mom thing going on...whereas my DH likes to see his parents... but, doesn't feel the same pull. There is also the possibility that we stay in Laos if DH can get into the PE dept there, and there is the chance that he applies to other international schools and we move somewhere else totally crazy. At this point, he has REALLY given/sacrificed A LOT to make my dreams of being a SAHM come true... so, it's really up to him what we do next... so we would only come back to the States if he was REALLY up for it. But the plus is that if we did come back here, I could probably figure out some way to earn some income as a WAHM of some sort... whereas that isn't as likely when we live abroad.
Leigh, I'm glad I'm not the only one with the reading. I recently finished a novel my mom passed on to me, and then I was instantly wanting more, which was such a nice change of pace! So then I read Jodi Picoult's latest (Lone Wolf), and then I picked up something out of the bargain bin at B&N, and I'm reading that now. I'm more of a novel reader in general, don't do too much non-fiction unless its kid/parenting related...but I can't even seem to read about birth lately... it's just fiction or nothing. Oh well. At least I'm back to using my brain in some manner.
As for the passport... I don't think the passport itself will be the hard part. I'm pretty sure for a fee you can rush it in like 3 days. What will take a longer time is the birth certificate because of having the home birth and having the CPM do the newborn exam. The State doesn't treat a newborn exam report submitted by a CPM the same as they treat one submitted by a doc at the hospital. So... hopefully it won't be an issue, but that is the part I am worried about in any case.
As for DD... she seems to be very interested in the IDEA of a baby- we have three books "Waiting for Baby", "Our New Baby" and "What Baby Needs" that she wants to read ALL THE TIME which is good. I make a big deal out of her being the big sister and helping with the baby and doing all kinds of things that baby can't do (walking, playing, eating food, using the potty- though she is still in diapers)...but we'll see. I think it's still going to be a big shock. She does know that the baby is in my tummy... but, I really think it's quite an abstract thing for her.
She is really enjoying living with my dad/stepmom (probably more than me!). She has adjusted to her new surroundings well and feels at home here etc... but she definitely misses her dad. I think at first she was kind of angry at him that he wasn't here- she would refuse to talk to him on skype (which we do every day almost without exception)... but in the last couple of weeks she asks for him a lot, asks to call him, and will randomly just say, "I want my daddy." It kills me a bit... it's been 7 weeks since we left...2 to go... I'm glad that she talks about him though, as I think it'll make for a great reunion. Last time we were apart was a year ago at this time for about 6 weeks, and when DH came back, it took her a while (a few hours) to warm up to him again- but I don't think that will be the case this time. I'm hoping she rushes right into his arms.
Mara & Joel, 2009
SCORE! My old MW just called... I'm meeting her at the office after hours (in about 45 mins) so she can do the quick ultrasound for me! She even said she ran it past one of her partners, and they said, "Why wouldn't you help her out?" So I don't have to feel too bad about her doing something "bad" or anything. YAY! Now, I gotta get some food in DD before we go! I'll let you know!!!!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Best of luck, Mara
We have a head down baby!!! I saw it with my own two eyes!!!!!
NOW, STAY, KONG, STAY!!!!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Oh, also... what do I send that midwife as a thank you??? She just saved me lots of worry and at least $300... I can't spend that much on a thank you... but she totally deserves something!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I say, if you're up for it, bake her something
for the head down baby! What a huge relief!