Birthing For Dummies [The Spanish Edition]

Penned by Meredith Rob and I began our birthing classes last week. We were referred to a wonderful woman named Jenny, who runs a birthing studio called Previda. When I first contacted Jenny, I told her that I wanted a natural birth and she was ecstatic to hear this news. As I’ve said before, cesarean sections are prevalent in Costa Rica. She explained to us how the classes worked, but I knew immediately that our biggest obstacle would be that three of the classes were taught in Spanish. While Rob and I understand a great deal of Spanish… it was not ideal to learn about going into labor, the actual delivery and many more aspects of childbirth in a language that is not our first. So, we decided...
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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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30 Weeks

Penned by Meredith Well here we are… heading down the home stretch! Our last appointment (at 29 weeks) went very good. Dr.Nisman had just returned from an ultrasound conference in Prague and I was his first patient so he was overly excited to test out some new techniques on me. It was actually rather funny to see him so excited over giving an ultrasound. Apparently when I first entered the ultrasound room, he was a bit concerned about the size of my stomach. I’m telling you, I don’t even think I look seven months pregnant! He voiced this to us, but his fears quickly subsided when he saw how big Lola was. At that point she was over 2.5 pounds and she was over 15 inches long. Again...
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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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