2012

Introducing…

December 30, 2012

Just a quick post to say that I’m finally not pregnant anymore! Darwin Elliott was born on December 29th at 2:55am, 10 lbs 2 oz (4.6 kg), 21 inches (53.3 cm), and a (giant) head of dark hair. He decided to wait 16 days past his due date, giving him plenty of time to grow […]

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All I want for Christmas

December 21, 2012

I’m still pregnant. By my nerdy husband’s estimates, I’m nearly outside the range of normal gestation, so I’m getting pretty anxious to get this thing out. I mean, really? This kid is screwing itself over the closer its birthday gets to Christmas. Dear child, just know that if you had come out on time, you […]

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not yet

December 17, 2012

Still pregnant. ugh. If you need me, I’ll be on my mom’s treadmill, simultaneously walking and eating pineapple and whatever other weird foods are supposed to induce labor.

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a no-baby-yet update

November 29, 2012

True to my word, I have not been doing much worthy of writing about in the past few weeks, so the blog has remained mostly silent except for a bunch of wonderful comments and emails I’ve been getting (thank you all!). A general update: no baby yet, though I’m having serious daily conversations to let […]

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questions I’ve been asked

November 16, 2012

(not to be confused with the FAQ section) This is the first time I’ve been back in Pennsylvania since June, and then August 2011 before that. Usually I’m only around for a week or less, so I don’t usually hang out with too many people other than my close friends and immediate family. This time […]

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Kyrgyz Music Friday

November 10, 2012

Kyrgyz Music Friday is a weekly feature in which I post a pop music video from an artist in Kyrgyzstan. It could be catchy, annoying, funny, insightful, brilliant, awful, or anything in between. It’s what’s playing on the radio, what all the cool kids are listening to these days. Kyrgyz Music Friday is not trying […]

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the cost of being pregnant in Kyrgyzstan

November 9, 2012

When I was back in the states in June, I had a check-up at my mom’s doctor’s office. A few weeks later, my mom emailed me to tell me that the bill from the appointment had arrived, and it was nearly $3000. Three thousand dollars. Not anywhere close to what I was expecting. Being the […]

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Apple Festival

November 6, 2012

At this moment, I’m eating a mango, drinking coffee with eggnog, uploading videos to Youtube at the speed of light and catching up on my favorite Korean soap opera on Hulu (it’s blocked in Kyrgyzstan). I’m positively glowing in the wonders of America. And I’m making fantastic progress on the list of things I wanted […]

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Kyrgyz Music Friday

November 3, 2012

Kyrgyz Music Friday is a weekly feature in which I post a pop music video from an artist in Kyrgyzstan. It could be catchy, annoying, funny, insightful, brilliant, awful, or anything in between. It’s what’s playing on the radio, what all the cool kids are listening to these days. Kyrgyz Music Friday is not trying […]

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maybe leaving? definitely leaving?

November 1, 2012

(Update: I made it back with no problems whatsoever, it’s almost comical that we worried so much about it. And, even better, Timati was on my Bishkek-Moscow flight, although at first I assumed he and his blinged-out, tatted-up posse were obnoxious Americans who work at the transit center. He’s much shorter than I thought he […]

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