July 10, 2012 · 8 comments

in impending parenthood

The title says exactly what I want it to say. I’m pregnant!

I’ve been trying to hold off on announcing anything on the blog until I had more visual proof. This will have to do, because I’m nearly 18 weeks and my belly is taking forever to show up.

This photo was even taken on a day I was feeling particularly round. (Although, compared to Farrell’s beach ball belly, my slight pudge is completely eclipsed.)

Preemptive answers to questions you might have: Yes, I have a good doctor here. I’m due in mid-December and I’ll fly back to the US to give birth (I do believe that there are perfectly adequate private hospitals in Bishkek, but there’s a language barrier I’d like to avoid, plus it’s a nice excuse to be home for the holidays). Baby and I will make the trip back to Bishkek around January/February (either Farrell or my dad will accompany us, how exciting that my parents will finally have an excuse to come visit me!). We’ll find out the gender, but won’t tell anybody else (until he or she is born, of course).

And in other news, happy 2nd anniversary to Farrell and me! As both of us are getting over a bout of watermelon-induced food poisoning (apparently everybody in the world except us knows not to eat watermelon until late-July/August), we’re celebrating with a quiet evening at home, eating plain rice and broth. (Last year, we weren’t even in the same country. Just a couple of romantics, aren’t we?)

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1 Vicki July 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

OMG!!! Congrats and mabruk!!

I mean, of course, what a great announcement (because you know you’re not supposed to say congrats in Central Asian/Russian culture until the baby is born..preferably you should wait until they are 18 ;). So, so excited.


2 Naomi July 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm



3 maximus July 13, 2012 at 3:37 am

i’ve been following your blog now and then, but i wish you and your happy family all the best.

greetings from Brussels (and in two weeks from Bishkek as well :))


4 Kirstin July 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

Thank you everybody!


5 lesley graham July 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

congrats kirsten! this picture made me laugh. so cute! your life is so fascinating. seriously. i love kimchi too. it’s one of my favorite things. here’s to keepin things spicy!


6 kate July 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

hey lesley — did you find kirsten through me/my blog or is this seriously the smallest world ever?!


7 kate July 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

so exciting! I saw your comment on our blog and ran over here right away. congrats!!!


8 Julia August 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

Congratulations. Get some sleep, you will need it :)


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