Over the last nine months of pregnancy, I have enjoyed watching other friends and family have babies back in the States. It has been fun to witness the creativity of nurseries, the growing baby bumps and the absolute beauty of newborn life. As the months have passed it has made me increasingly eager to meet Caleb!
I thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse into the preparations we have made.
Medical Care? My doctor is from the Philippines. Jacob calls her a little ball of filipino goodness. We have felt very comfortable with her -- she takes a thorough but overall low maintenance approach to having a baby. Her philosophy? Women have been having babies for a long time and our bodies know what to do. I like that. I usually take a tuk tuk to my doctors appointments...that's pretty cool!
Preparing for Baby? We quickly realized that we would need to let go of some of our mental pictures of preparing for a newborn. We decided that Caleb will room with us which ruled out a nursery. Instead of a crib, we opted for a pack n' play. At first, it was a bit hard for me to mentally adapt but I now see the wisdom in it. Plus it's really cute!
I have loved shopping for baby clothes in the market though it is a bit hotter and more time-consuming than swinging by Target. The cool part? I remember where I bought each item and what price I bargained for.
I also love that we aren't tempted to have all the latest gadgets...simply because they aren't available and it isn't worth getting them over here. Cambodians live very simply in this way and, I believe, there is something valuable to be learned there. Caleb will be clothed, fed, safe and loved.
Having the baby? We are headed to Thailand in just over a week. Wow! We considered having the baby here which would have been easier on so many levels but with my miscarriage last time I felt more comfortable with Bangkok. We have the same doctor I saw while there a little over a year ago. Ginny, one of our directors and friends, will be coming over to help for a few days which is wonderful. Who knows? Maybe we will stay in Cambodia for the next one. =)
A few challenges? They are pretty minor really. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed with my internal raging inferno. The smell of dog poop in the streets. Stairs. Navigating the market with a growing baby bump.
My fav baby item? The Moses basket. This is one thing that I dreamt about and was able to make a reality. I am so looking forward to bringing Caleb with me to Sak Saum, meetings, and Saang. I can't wait to use it!
My fav part of being pregnant in Cambodia? Our family here. We have felt so loved and cared for. We are so thankful we have a Cambodian and international community who can't wait to meet Caleb. I LOVE that our baby is most active in my womb when Khmai is being spoken. He seems to already love outreaches, church service, staff meetings, worship times. I am grateful to my tuk tuk driver friends who have taken extra care to drive slowly over bumpy roads and to Sak Saum for making this journey so special. We love walking through life with the IHSC and international staff. Certainly I get some attention as the white lady with the big belly who walks like a penguin but we are grateful to be here and wouldn't change it for the world!
I also want to give a big thank you to my husband who has listened to my constant dialogue of body changes, rubbed my swollen ankles, figured out ways to satisfy my cravings and overall been an incredible best friend. I love you.
With that said, enjoy a few pics that give a snapshot of our pregnancy.