and still pregnant? Me, naturally. I realized recently that I haven’t blogged in a while. I do have several updates nonetheless. Where should I begin:
Baby Lorick, Mommy, and Daddy
- We’re full term now! Not only are we full term, we found out today that I’ve dilated 1.5 centimeters. The time is drawing near..
- We were told today that our baby weighs 6.61 pounds. At our last appointment our doctor told us, as nicely as she could, that our baby’s head may be on the large end. I smiled and thanked my husband for his wonderful genes 😉
- We’ve painted the nursery white. Prior to being white, the room was bright orange as that room was originally our dining room. We have decided to delay decorating the nursery until after the baby is born. I wasn’t a fan of the Easter-colored, gender neutral bedding sets. Since the baby will room in with us for, at least, the first 3 months we have plenty of time to decorate his or her room. I actually feel better about doing it this way. It’s something freeing about waiting to meet him or her before decorating his or her room and picking out colors.
- Our baby’s bag is packed and ready go! We also recently purchased the car seat, stroller, carry cot, pack and play, wardrobe, and changing table. Daddy has serious baby fever now as he tries to assemble everything!
- I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. I wear a wrist/hand brace and it helps, but I am looking forward to gaining the feeling back in my hands and fingers. My doctor stated that the condition is due to fluid retention in my wrists.
- Goodbye Braxton Hicks, hello real contractions! I experienced my first real contractions last night. After telling my husband after the third one he responded, “Really?!?! Oh wait, is our bag packed?!?!”
- We now work in the city where we live, Al Ain. Terrence works 15 minutes away from our house and I work 30 minutes. Our schools are in the same direction so we are still able to ride together.
- We both teach 1st grade boys. I’m at an all boys school this year and it’s definitely different from working with all girls. I actually miss my old students a lot. My boys are OK though and I’m sure that I’ll bond with a couple of them before the end of the school year.
- I get 60 calendar days for maternity leave starting the day that I go into labor. It’s truly a blessing that our winter break is so close; after my 60 days are up I get an extra 3 weeks to be at home with our baby due to the holiday.
- Upon returning to work the law mandates that I be allowed to leave work 2 hours early in order to nurse for the first 6 months. My work days will only be 5 hours long but I will still be paid for a full work day.
- We are so blessed! While here we have become friends with a family from the states. Terrence works with the husband and the wife has agreed to watch our child while we are at work as she is a stay home mom. It’s so wonderful not having to look for a nanny or search childcare facilities. A friend and a believer will be caring for our child and we are grateful for it! Their children are pretty excited about the baby spending time with them also.