38 Weeks

Wow – it is amazing to think that I could go into labor at any moment. I have been counting down weeks for months and now that it is here it is almost surreal. I don’t feel too uncomfortable so it is hard for me to say that I want Lola to come out like right now. I’m really in no rush. Granted I can’t wait to meet the little being, but I know she’ll come when she is ready and I’m OK with that. How am I feeling these days? Well to be honest, my job has me incredibly stressed out. While I still have a ton of energy, I am getting emotionally burned out which in part is taking a toll on my body. I wish...
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Penned by Meredith Well, it’s official… we have broken up with Dr. Nisman. It may sound silly, but it truly was a hard thing to do. He has been there for Rob, Lola and me from day one. He was the one that eased our worried minds when we thought we were losing Lola to an ectopic pregnancy. He was the one that went through every minute detail on her precious little body and explained things in terms that we could understand. He also has answered every email, returned every phone call and to be honest, he has just been a damn good doctor. Last night I had nightmares about telling Dr. Nisman that we had found a new doctor. Absurd I know, but this is who we...
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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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Baby: 100% Naturally Delivered

Penned by Meredith Cesarean sections are the norm down here in Costa Rica. Perhaps because it can be a planned event, perhaps it is easier on the doctors schedule or perhaps because the soon-to-be mom feels it is what is safer for her baby. Regardless of their reasons, I am choosing to be the minority down here. I want to have a natural, drug-free birth. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was sure I would get the epidural and have the baby in the least painful way possible. As my pregnancy progressed and I began to educate myself about the birthing process, I soon realized that maybe I needed to reevaluate this decision. I remember when I first told Rob about my plan to have...
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