Sunday, January 27, 2013

Being pregnant overseas...


There are a lot of things that are the same of course but a lot that is different. One thing I love is getting an ultrasound every visit to the OB. I get to see how baby girl is growing each month and hear her precious heartbeat. That's an awesome difference!

Last time when I was pregnant with Judah I really got into baby blogs and reading up about nursery ideas and shower themes. That is SO different this time. Last time we had our house in Wake Forest so it was fun to nest and plan out a nursery. This time we're in a furnished apartment that's temporary so we don't have a lot of our "homey" things. There won't be a nursery with a theme and all the comforts from home. And that's okay. A lot has changed this time around and with number two you realize how much less you actually "need" to take care of a newborn. Does it matter if you have a crib with a $300 mattress and special crib sheets? Not so much. As long as she's fed, changed and comfortable, she'll be fine.

As far as a shower goes, that won't be the same either. Last time it was really special to go back home and be surrounded by people that loved us and knew us well to support us with things we'd need. I'd be lying if I didn't say it was hard to be away from those people during such a special time in my life. I miss being able to share this experience with my mom and my friends from back home. Thankfully there is a good community here of other expat believers and everyone who has a baby is well supported, so that's a major blessing!

I can't believe I'm over half way through this pregnancy now at 24 weeks! At my last visit to the doctor I asked AGAIN about the sex and he said, definitely a girl! We finally decided on a name, Sofia Grace. We went with the "f" instead of "ph" because it's more common here to use an "f". There's actually an Arab name, Safia, which is really similar and means pure or sincere friend. We also talked about calling her Sofie for short. So excited.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Something to remember...

Playing with the iPad

The other night I was putting Judah down to bed and had just given him a good night kiss.

Me: Good night Judah.
Judah: Good night mom, you're perfect. Love you.

Sweetest. Thing. Ever.
If only you could stay this way forever.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Highlights from 2012

2012 was a crazy busy year for us. We moved 5 times in 3 different countries and 2 continents, Judah hit many milestones in his second year of life, we had good times with friends and family and we finally landed in the Middle East! A friend of mine did this and I thought it was a great idea, so here's my version of our family's 2012 highlights!

Friends

The year started off great with my high school girlfriends for a weekend in the mountains of NC. I love these girls and always have a great time when we get together.

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My dad took Judah for his first haircut at a local NC barber shop.

Saying goodbye to his car

Thomas said goodbye to his first and only car and we moved to Virginia for 2 months.

First day at Preschool

Judah was nervous about his first day at preschool!

Swinging

But he settled in quickly and had tons of fun on the playground!

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It snowed while we were there and he had lots of fun playing in the snow.

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We visited Washington, D.C. 

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In March we went to Cherryville for a week to pack up the rest of our things and spent some time with family. We even got to meet our nephew Christian for the first time!

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Then we moved to Vancouver for 3 months. It was an amazing city to live in
and we loved getting out and exploring all it had to offer. 

Judah around Vancouver
Playing in the parks

We enjoyed lots of yummy food!

Vancouver Food!

My parents came to visit us in May and we went whale watching. It was so much fun!

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We explored other sites in Vancouver.

Lynn Canyon

It was sad saying goodbye because we weren't sure when we'd see each other again!

Blowing out the candles

We celebrated Judah's 2nd birthday with friends at a park.

city

In July we finally moved to the Middle East!

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We started Arabic language school and the months just flew by! 

Arabic

Thomas's mom came to visit and we had a blast!

Visit with Renee 1

We found out we're having a baby girl due May 19, 2013!

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My mom and Thomas's dad came to visit and we celebrated Thanksgiving
and my 33rd birthday with a trip to the Dead Sea!

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Lastly we hit December with a visit to the Gulf for Christmas. Judah had a
great time this year and was really into opening his presents from Santa. 

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Looking forward to 2013! Happy New Year!

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