Three and Four’s a Charm

Penned by Meredith I can’t believe that we’ve had this blog up for so long without doing a post about our life in Costa Rica with dogs. Up until we moved to Costa Rica, I had always been a cat person. It wasn’t because I didn’t like dogs, it was simply because I had always been raised around cats. Since I can remember, my parent’s always had cats. Also since I can remember, I’ve always been allergic to cats. That sounds like an oxymoron, does it not? So, when we moved here it was like an enormous breath of fresh air for me… literally. No more allergy medicine, no more inhalers, no more sinus infections. It’s been a fantastic transition (I mean physically of course!) and even though...
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Like a Porcupine…on a WirePart One

Our victim Looking for a way to get down The fire dept shows up Then the electric company Because the power line must be shut off Pondering what to do next So our little guy isn’t hurt The preparation begins Like a Porcupine…on a WirePart One The true story of courage, bravery and the death defying rescue of a porcupine that was stuck… yep you guessed it… on a wire. OK, OK, it wasn’t really any of the adjectives I used above, but given the dramatic feel in the air that Monday morning, you would have thought we were rescuing a person out of a burning building. Man, I love Costa Rica!...
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The Bottom Line

Penned by Meredith So many of you have asked about the pricing for our pre-natal care down here in Costa Rica. I am here to tell you… it is beyond reasonable. Here is a mini-breakdown thus far: OB-GYN Appointments with Dr. Daniel Nisman: $120 per monthly visit (this will soon be bi-weekly as I have entered the third trimester). Includes a nurse check-up, a 45 – 60 minute visit with the doctor, ultrasound with 3D and 4D images, generally about 5 – 6 photos and a DVD with the entire ultrasound on it. Pre-Natal Vitamins: $13 for a monthly supply of 30 pills. Initial Blood Work: $80 for my very first blood work exam. Hemoglobin Blood Exam: $8 for the occasional hemoglobin exam Dr. Nisman orders. Urinalysis: $6...
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28 Weeks

Penned by Meredith It is hard to believe that in twelve weeks or less we will be parents to a little baby girl. I feel like just yesterday, I was beginning to write about this experience and now it is truly becoming a reality. I won’t lie… I’m scared. We’re scared. What do we know about being parents? Nothing. Our maternal/paternal instincts will just kick in right? I ask myself this question daily yet I still don’t feel like I know the answers. Perhaps it will just take the moment that she physically enters our exterior world that we will know… yes, we do have those instincts. What we do know at this point is that we already love this little being as if she has always been...
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