No news yet.

Not much blogging going on in these parts. I’m just sort of out of things to say I think. I mean, I can only say “no baby yet” so many times before it’s not interesting. And really, when we’re on “vacation” there’s really not much excitement, just us hanging out and enjoying being together.

Yesterday was Olivia’s school end of the year party. That was something fun. And chaotic. Normally there are about 10 kids that come, though it may be different ones on any given day. Because it was an end of the year thing there were about 25 that showed up, with parents. Fun, but a bit of a preschool zoo. We love Miss Brandy, Olivia’s teacher. She just has this amazing way of handling the kids. We know that this has been such a rare opportunity for us as a family and it makes me a bit sad to know that future holidays won’t coincide with the school year, so this is probably it, though we know we can find Miss Brandy at the local library to say hi when we’re around. It’s just been so good for Olivia to have the opportunity to be in this environment.

And no, no baby yet. Though, I’m not due until Wednesday, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining. I will tell you that we got a call this morning, on a Saturday no less, from our doctor. She was working at the hospital and wanted me to meet with a specialist OB who is very familiar with large baby births (that’s all I’m givin’ ya!). Her big concern was that if Junior gets really big I might have a hard time delivering his shoulders. After the consult we were all comfortable with me going ahead as planned and waiting to see what happens. If the baby is a certain weight they consider a scheduled c-section, but we’re not there yet and we’re grateful for that.

We got to be right up in the maternity ward today which was great. We got a tour and had  a wonderful nurse helping with my assessment. Everything that we’re aiming for with the birth (natural etc) is exactly what they encourage and try to help accomplish. We’ve done a fair bit of reading and it’s obvious to us that there are vast differences between the Canadian system (this hospital I would even say) and the US system. Not saying that to offend at all, I just think it has to do with the difference in medical systems. In a lot of the stuff we’ve read it was written in the US and directed to a US audience and very much sent the message that we would have to fight and advocate for certain things. Today as we were going through everything we were hearing all the right answers to our questions and being told that our priorities were the same as the priorities of the hospital – without fighting or advocating. That really put us at ease. It was very much a feeling of them coming along side us to make sure things went well and that we brought our child into the world in a place of support and with a lot of expertise. We were actually blown away at how much time was spent with us today. Like I said, it was Saturday, and we ended up being there for about 4 hours with the various things that needed to be checked. We never felt like we were a burden, that we were just being squeezed in, that we were being rushed etc. The fact that they called us in to take advantage of an opportunity was amazing. We felt really blessed.

And now we wait.

I’m hoping it won’t be long. I’m ready to be able to bend over again :) Not looking forward to the sleepless nights, but at least regular sleepless nights are more manageable than waking up every hour to go to the bathroom or because I’m uncomfortable.

Okay, time to go tuck myself in bed. Happy weekend!

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

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