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!

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like so much has happened. Very scary about Zika and the potential Down's diagnosis. I'm glad that everything is okay. Congratulations on hitting the midway point.

    It's a bummer about not being able to document your trip, but it sounds like there a lots of danger involved. Hopefully one day that will change. In the meantime, your work sounds like it's helping many. Would love to hear an update about all you've been doing.

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  2. I'm still reading, and soooo happy to hear from you! I've been thinking a lot about you and wondering how things have been going. That's too bad about not being able to document your trip, but it sounds like Andino and Paloma did well while you were gone. Sorry about the stresses of the Zika virus and the Down syndrome. Glad it was a false alarm! So, so very happy to hear that your pregnancy is progressing well though!!!

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  3. I was just thinking about you and wondering how the pregnancy was going. I haven't been keeping up with blogs very well lately so I thought maybe I just missed an update. So glad everything is going well despite some stressful moments.

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  4. Still reading! Glad for the update. I'm sure it was super stressful with the Zika virus!

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  5. Erin!! Thanks for updating! So very glad you are doing well and the pregnancy is going smoothly. I wish you were able to write about your experience in Honduras because it is something I would love to read about. Maybe you can find a way to write about it without naming names or specific places?? It is such important work you have done and are so proud of, you deserve to be able to put some details about it out there!!

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  6. Still reading! Glad to hear you are doing well, those were a couple scary updates, but I am happy to hear the good news. and wow 19 weeks already, you are almost halfway yikes!
    Yu is also officially weaned sine 7 January (last time she nursed). It also went easier than I thought, at the same time it feels like the hardest thing I have done as a parent.
    I hope the last part of pregnancy will be easy on you. So, so exciting.
    Also, the work you are doing is so noble and impressive.

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    1. I still miss nursing her, it just made things so much easier! Glad to hear weaning wasn't too hard on you two.

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  7. Wow almost halfway through your pregnancy!! Glad everything turned out okay with the potential Downs diagnosis. The whole Zika thing is insane but now they are thinking that because Zika has been around for 40+ years it has to be something else + Zika that is causing all of these issues for pregnant women. I hope they figure out what it is soon!

    I was so emotional when Izzy decided that she was done with nursing- I can't imagine how that would have been if I was pregnant at the same time too! Glad that went well for both of you.

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  8. You have been in my thoughts with all the news we've been hearing about the Zika scares, so I'm glad to see an update and know that all is going well.

    As for the DS screening, I am happy for you that you got the results you hoped for, but can also assure you firsthand, that sometimes, if we're very lucky, the things we are most afraid of can wind up being the most unimaginable gifts we never knew we asked for :)

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