Friday, 29 January 2016

Updates and Stuff

I have been thinking about writing an update for a while, but I just never sit down to actually do it. I still check my blog roll multiple times a day to see if one of my favourite bloggers have updated, though. I was super crazy busy for a while and used that as an excuse not to write, but now I feel like life is pretty manageable... so here I am. I will just jump right into the major updates, bullet point style.

I went to Honduras in November for 10 days. (Let's not talk about the fact that I was in Central America during my first trimester and the Zika virus stuff...) It was the first time I was ever away from Paloma for a night (even an evening!) but I was confident her and Andino would be fine, and they were. I was still breastfeeding right up until I left and I thought it would be difficult for Andino to get her to sleep at night, since I had ALWAYS nursed her to sleep, but she did fine. We skyped once, but seeing & hearing me while not having me home made her quite upset, so after that Andino and I only communicated through email. I planned to not breastfeed anymore once I returned, but in the end I couldn't say no and make her cry after missing her so much while I was gone, so I continued to nurse her over the holidays. I officially weaned her on January 1st and it was quite a bit easier than I thought it would be.

The actual trip to Honduras was tough. My travelling companion wasn't allowed to check in at the airport as she has a Ugandan passport and didn't realize she needed a transit visa for our layover in Texas, so I went alone. I've travelled alone before, but it still would have been nice to have her there. The organization I worked with in Honduras didn't allow me to take many pictures or write about my experience, as she was afraid of losing privileges at the hospital for exposing what was going on (not to mention afraid for her own safety if that were to happen.) but it was a big disappointment for me as I was really hoping to document the experience on my website for all the donors to see. There were other aspects of the trip that were tough too, but it was a great learning experience too.

I'm 19 weeks and until the last week or so, I've been exhausted. Andino has taken on the meal prep duties over the last few weeks and it has made my life a million times more manageable. I found it so hard to balance spending time with Paloma, working full time and cooking all those healthy meals. Andino has been cooking 4 meals on the weekend to get us through the week's lunches and suppers. Thankfully, his meals are delicious but I'd eat them even if they weren't if it meant that I didn't have to deal with the stress of organizing and cooking all those meals.

I got a call a few weeks ago from my midwife saying I screened positive for carrying a baby with down syndrome with a risk of 1:117. A person my age should have a 1:800ish risk so Andino and I opted to take the Harmony test for a more definitive answer, even though it wasn't covered under Canadian health care and it cost over $500. We actually did the test at my fertility clinic as we were able to get an appointment the following day as opposed to waiting a week and a half for the hospital here. We were super stressed, but thankfully we got the call within a week that it was a false alarm.

We aren't finding out the sex of the baby this time. I think it will be cool to have that moment when the baby comes out and they say "it's a .... !!!" We could have found out with the Harmony test but opted out. My ultrasound is coming up and I plan to resist then too. The only thing we have purchased for the new baby is a package of socks. Aren't newborn socks the cutest?

I'm sure I have more updates but that's all I can think of for now. I hope to be back again soon... not sure if there is anyone out there still reading anymore!

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