The Middle East is, for sure, going through a violent transition. Some gulf country natives are overthrowing governments, while some are dying and battling against theirs. I’m so blessed to report that there is peace here in the UAE. I believe that some of this has to do with the fact that government here does take care of its natives. For example, each local here is given an allowance of sorts just for being Emirati. In addition to that, Emiratis that work for many private sectors get paid more than expatriates because they see hiring their people as an investment. Since last year there have been talks regarding increasing the minimum

wage in order to lure more Emiratis into the work field.  With only 20% of the population being from here, the government wants to give its people an incentive to remain here and contribute to its development. I strongly believe that the other reason there is peace here is because we are here. I really believe that God covers his children. So I am believing that the UAE will continue to be in peace for the remainder of our stay.

Baby on Board!

I’m going to practice what it must feel like to lose all of the attention. Being the oldest of four and having to share attention, I’m sure, has nothing on giving it all up to a new baby. I’m excited to see how that feels! So, in that spirit, I’ll spend my first blog sharing information about the pregnancy and health care here.

As of Tuesday, April 12, we turned 12 weeks. We haven’t had an complications and I haven’t been sick. I feel a really tired every now and again, and my when I’m hungry I have to eat right away to avoid feeling nausea. Outside of that, I feel great.

Our doctor’s office is in Dubai, which is an hour away. Our doctor insured us that the distance is nothing to be concerned about as with the first child the labor is pretty long (sigh). Our doctor is from India and she’s very knowledgeable and professional. Granted, this conclusion have been drawn from a woman that has never been pregnant before, but what she says lines up with the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and, so we feel pretty comfortable. We weren’t at all concerned regarding finding a qualified doctor. This country pays a hefty amount of money to employee the best of the best from around the world. We trust her. Our doctor appointments currently take place in Dubia Medical Center, which is located in Dubai Mall; the largest mall in the world. It’s definitely a nice, clean, up-to-date medical facility. We will deliver, however, in Dubia City Hospital. We haven’t been yet, but our expectations are high due to other experiences within the city and with our doctor.

Our due date is October 25th. We heard the baby’s heartbeat at our last doctor’s appointment; 178 BPM. Healthy. Our doctor said that everything looked great and that she would see us again at week 14, April 23rd.

I'm Here

Inspired by one of my closest friends, I have decided to pen my experiences of living in a middle eastern country. Still widely misunderstood by most, my intentions are to shed light on my husband’s and my experiences here, as well as cause a few out loud laughing moments.

Thanks Dom…