impending parenthood


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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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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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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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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Things I’d like to do in the States

October 23, 2012

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I will be in the States for three months. I’m a bit hesitant to plan anything about my time back in the states, considering it will be two difficult and entirely unknown stages of my life; hugely-pregnant and caring-for-a-new-newborn. I have no idea what it will be like […]

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Things to do before leaving Kyrgyzstan

October 4, 2012

I bought my tickets, I’m leaving Kyrgyzstan (temporarily) on November 1st. I won’t get back until January 24, meaning I’ll be in the states for nearly three months. That’s practically a whole life chapter, an entire season in a different location. I’ve got about four weeks until I fly back and… you know, give birth […]

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Song-Kul belly

September 17, 2012

Happy third trimester to me! (27 weeks!) I spent the weekend at Song-Kul, a high-altitude lake in Naryn. Part of me wanted nothing more than to keep my ever-growing stomach inside my house all weekend, limiting my activities to things like eating pancakes, experimenting with homemade pumpkin spice lattes, and sleeping in my own bed. […]

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Am I showing yet?

August 23, 2012

Well, there it is, I’m finally fattening up. And I have only 16 more weeks to go! (That’s all sarcasm, this pregnancy thing takes soooo long.) Some things that are happening with this pregnancy: -People are now asking me how far along I am and how the baby is doing, which is a whole lot […]

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July 10, 2012

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 […]

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