Archive for June, 2009

-We are down to crunch time with the 4th of July…you can be praying for Seth that he will feel like everything is in order and that it all goes off without a hitch! His stress level is high but he is handling it like a pro. He did pray last night that it would be over soon though! 5,000 people is a lot to feed and entertain! As of the 5th he will be available for any party planning needs you might have..for a fee of course!

-We have a CRV that needs a new owner! Please pray that it sells quickly and that we can get a good price so that we can buy a car in the US.

-I finished working last week which is a huge relief! It was great timing for my patients to leave for the summer. I have still had morning sickness and some days all day sickness so it was about time to stop pushing it! Pray that my morning sickness goes away so that I can keep up with our energetic boy!

-Jackson is having quite a few tantrums these days! Pray for patience and that we will be the best parents we can be! The combo of morning sickness and the terrible 2’s is tough!

-Today I had to talk to our maid about letting her go. We have had a lot of this since we arrived. Anyhow, Sonia our original maid that left for maternity leave has offered to come back for our final 2 months. I can use her for a day or 2 a week for doctors appts and basic cleaning and not have someone in our home all of the time. It is a happy thing for our family but pray that this maid finds a job quickly and that we can get transitioned for our last couple of crazy months!  I know having a maid is weird to almost all of you but it is expected here so we are actually bucking the norm by only wanting someone to help minimally. I am ready to buck the system!   It has been a luxury but truely I am someone that enjoys having my home and my space so I would rather do more and have peace!

When we announced that I am pregnant we mentioned that I have 2 hematomas.  I am continuing to try to take it easy, no exercise etc. We have had some complications with the doctor here and last week had to switch doctors. Our next appt is the 17th of July so we are  praying that between now and then we will see major improvements with the hematomas and if possible that they would be gone completely. This has added a lot of stress to this pregnancy as you can imagine. Pray for peace as we wait! On the 17th we are also hoping to find out if it is a boy or girl! I think that will help me move into the big excitement phase!!

That’s about it from here! Hope you are all well!

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I always knew Seth would be a great daddy but I don’t think I could have ever imagined what an amazing father he would be in every way! He loves Jackson beyond belief and is constantly thinking of what would be good for him!  He is incredibly patient and gentle with him even in recent days when Jackson has tested in every way possible! No matter how rough our afternoon has gone Jackson is ecstatic when Seth comes in the door. They have so much fun together! And Jackson thinks he hung the moon!

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Happy Father’s Day, Seth! Love you!

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Baby, oh, baby the places you’ll go!

The worlds you will visit!

The friends you will know!

The horn-tooting apes

From the Jungles of Jorn,

Will hoot a big toot

On the day you are born


You will find from your very

first moment in space

you’re surrounded by new friends

all over the place!!

While you are busy growing

we’re all busy counting

the days till we meet you-

excitement is mounting!

You’ll find this world’s a great place to begin,

but it could use some help-

which is where you come in.

So now, As my voice burble-urps in your ear-

with a bump-thumpy sound that is not very clear-

the words I am saying you hear in your heart,

and know that I wish you the very best start.

It’s a scrumptulous world and it’s ready to greet you,

And as for myself…


I can’t wait to meet you!

-Dr. Suess


9 weeks- facing up with head at bottom and feet upward



2 pictures above from today. measuring 11 wk 6 days

That’s right. We are expecting! I am just a couple days shy of 12 weeks. It has been a rather eventful 12 weeks with the discovery that my placenta was pulling away from the uterus and then my time in the hospital that we mentioned on our previous post. I have been on “taking it easy” status per doctors orders to avoid bed rest (by the way this isn’t possible with an almost 2 year old!). We went back today to make sure things were improving and for our 12 week appt. I still have the places of concern but the doctor thinks they have improved. I am still on restricted activity but I am not having to go on bedrest which was the next step if there was no improvement.  He looked to see if he could tell if it was a boy or girl but it wasn’t clear enough with the legs crossed so we will try to see next time!

We shared with some of you in November that we had miscarried. We decided it would be best to save our news this time until a bit further along. I think until people experience miscarriage themselves it is hard to know how difficult it is. In the future I might take more time to reflect on miscarriage but for now we are simply rejoicing that this baby is continuing to grow and thrive! Pray with us that the hematomas will resolve completely and that the doctor will reassure us that we are finally out of the woods!

We expect the baby to debut around Christmas! So, another DC baby.  The timing has worked out well in that we can still do homeleave and then we get to be settled and in a home by the time the baby comes. We will then get to be close to family and friends until the baby is about 6 months old. We are looking forward so much to this new season!

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In the jungle

I guess it’s about time that I blogged about my trip to the Amazon.  Not that I’ve been putting it off, it’s just that life seems really busy right now.

Which I guess is why the Amazon was such a great trip.  Since the advent of cell phones, I’ve never been somewhere for so long where I didn’t have access to the outside world.  But more about that in a minute.

Many months ago, I started talking to our South African friend Nicholas about going to Leticia (which is the Colombian city on the Amazon).  He was game, but it took a while to take off.  But we finally booked it.  We went over Memorial Day weekend, for 5 days.  We flew into Leticia, which was an interesting town.  It’s the only city in the department (state), which tells you something about the department.   It’s all jungle and forest, and those who live there are indigenous and don’t want to interact with city folk or the government.  I don’t even think there’s a road connecting it to the other departments.  Leticia also shares an invisible border with its Brazilian sister city.  So when we went from Leticia to Brazil, we didn’t even know we had crossed into Brazil.

Map of Leticia and Colombia

View from Boat

River Boat

We then took a boat ride, which lasted about 5 hours.  We were only about half way there when the sun set.  And we had to stop at some river town for a pit stop.  It was really interesting to see the way the locals lived.  As we went along in the boat, we saw the tops of huts/houses which were flooded by the Amazon and other tributaries.  From what our guide said, the owners let it flood, and then when it’s low season, they move back in.  I can’t imagine living on a river.  Not like today’s Mississippi.  Like 500 years ago Mississippi.  Living off the river commerce.  Being affected so much by the high and low seasons.  For example, when the river is in high season, it’s harder to fish, because the fish have more areas to spread out to.  But when it’s low season, they are confined to their little river.  What a strange life!!

River Huts

Sunset 1

Our jungle lodge was neat.  It was all earthy and organic.  They only had electricity for about 2 hours a day, and the only light we had during those times was 3 flourescents in a large mess hall.  The light was dim enough that you could barely read.  Which meant we went to bed at around 8 or so, because there wasn’t much else to do.  Of course, the sun rose at around 5:30, along with the rest of the jungle.  Even before the sun rose, birds and animals and insects woke you up.  We slept in little cabins that had wire netting for walls.  And then we slept underneath mosquito netting.



The weather wasn’t quite what I expected.  There were less bugs, less heat, and less rain.  None of which I am complaining about.

It was definitely hard to be so far away, communication-wise, from Kristen and Jackson.  There was no cell phone, internet, landline, TV, etc where we were.  Which was a nice break.  But was also hard not getting to see how their trip in Cartagena was going.

I definitely got to see a lot of wildlife, but not as much as I had expected.  That was partly because we went out in groups, and weren’t the quietest bunch.  But we did see monkeys, caymans, pink river dolphins, grey river dolphins, birds, and pirranahs.



Pink River Dolphin

Overall it was a great and memorable trip.  I’m really glad I went.  But Kristen and I have decided we’re not the kind of couple that enjoys taking separate vacations.  Maybe one day, but not today.

Sunset 2

On the River

Longitude and Latitude

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A couple of weeks ago my parents flew in for a quick visit the day that Seth flew out for his Amazon trip. I will let him post about his adventures. But we had our fair share. Jackson, myself and my parents along with a friend and her baby flew to the coast to spend 4 days in the sun and warmth!

I had done tons of research on where to stay and since hotels at the coast are so expensive we decided to look into a business here owned by an American that rents out people’s apt’s for them during seasons when they aren’t using it. We found a good place in our price range, asked tons of questions and then signed the paperwork. When we arrived in Cartagena it was HOT. We got out of the airport quickly and made it to our apt smoothly. The only problem was that the A/C in 2 out of the 3 rooms didn’t work….there was no hot water…one of the rooms had a toilet that didn’t work…and it was scortching hot. We had paid good money to have at least A/C.  It was hot enough that cold showers might not have been too bad. In addition we were told it was on the first floor and right in front of the pool and beach. turns out it was all false advertizing!  So, after going back and forth with our agent we got her to agree to move us to another of her properties. The second was amazing! It had a view of the bay and working A/C and hot water! It was a place that cost far more than the one we originally rented but we got the original price because of all of the problems. So, we re-packed and moved across town. Luckily, we were all too overwhelmed to take pictures of the first disaster place so years from now we might be able to just remember the good stuff!

Once we were settled in it was great! We enjoyed our view and each other’s company. Jackson was a bit too excited to have his grandparents along so woke up at 5 or before each morning looking for his friends. Naps were sparse because of all of the fun to be had!  Here are some pictures…




Jackson’s early morning “attempting to stay quiet at 5AM” activity



Jackson loved it when Ben out “get him”


Ben just chillin’





The pigoen whisperer


The toucan at the Santa Clara hotel where we stopped in to cool off with some lemonade. This was the absolute highlight of Jackson’s trip! If only he could have brought the toucan home with him!




We arrived back home Wed afternoon a few hours before Seth was going to land. I felt kind of quesy on the ride home but figured I was just reacclamating to the altitude. Within a few hours I was the sickest I have ever been in my whole life. By the time Seth walked in from the airport he was home for about an hour before he had to take me to the hospital. We called the doctor and he recommended taking an anti-vomiting med but when I couldn’t keep that down or even water we were on our way. We spent the night there for me to get an IV as I was so dehydrated. They had a hard time getting in the IV. I have bruising all over my arms from them pressing! By the middle of the night they decided they would have to keep me and would not be able to put me in a private room because I was needing nursing care every 5-10 mins. I was so sick I didn’t care where I was! I got to come home mid-day the next day.


My dad felt under the weather as well but luckily we think his was altitude sickness and his never progressed like mine. We spent another day and half together before they had to head back to Texas.  The night they flew out we made a fancy dinner. Beef is so good and  reasonably priced that we went to the butcher and bought a huge beef tenderloin. We had it with melted blue cheese on top! After our feast they headed to the airport! It was so nice to have them around! And such a blessing to have them here when I was in the hospital!

So, our getaway was more of an adventure than I anticipated and it will be a LONG time before I travel without Seth along but it was good to get out of Bogota for a few days and have a nice view!

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