Most of you have suspected it. Some of you have seen it.
Here’s the latest reveal of our little 32 week old bun and the story behind it.
When you’re done tell me if you think it’s a boy or a girl (if you know.. don’t say it).
Right Before We Found Out
We were already planning to come back to New Zealand. No real plans of having a family, but just to enjoy a bit of grounding and just sit for awhile before traveling again.
Two months before we moved back longer term we were in the states.
We just came back from a visa run for Mike to the UK.
We went to watch our friend play in his band and I decided to be the designated driver because for some reason I didn’t feel like drinking.
He said, “What do you guys want to drink?”
I said, “I’m the designated driver.”
He looked at me and said… “You’re pregnant.”
I didn’t flinch. I didn’t know if I was, but I wasn’t freaked out.
After a minute of him saying that a few times.
I was thinking… “Hmmm, I should get checked.”
Sure enough. I was.
It’s been an interesting journey seeing the mindset difference around babies in different cultures: America and New Zealand.
America Vs. New Zealand
We renewed our travel insurance every year ever since traveling. But, obviously, that didn’t cover pregnancies.
Because I am no longer a resident of the U.S. I didn’t have local medical insurance to cover the baby.
My observations of the American reaction towards the pregnancy was really interesting.
“Go to the Dr.”, “Don’t forget to get this checked”, “what if this happens”.
It was like a panic fest in a way.
As if everyone were to say, “GO get checked or else something will go wrong.”
That’s how it seemed to me.
But, not having insurance, I was reluctant to go to an OB/GYN and pay the $500 (that’s what I was quoted at that time) to get checked and scanned.
I knew we were already coming back to NZ so I actually started doing a bit more research on how to take care of myself now and midwives in the area we wanted to move to.
The American perception of midwives for the most part is very different. Especially around the community I grew up in. It seemed so “old school” and then “new age” (oh what an interesting paradox).
I read somewhere that 97% of women in New Zealand have midwives. If I’m wrong, please correct me.
Whatever the statistic is, midwifery education is quite rigorous here.
Anyway, what I really wanted to say is that once I started contacting midwives here I got the same answer…
“Take this and this (vitamins of course). And be happy. You’ll be able to get your 12 week scan when you get here. It’s less medicalized here”
THAT I can do. 🙂
It just took so much pressure off such a new experience.
Plus… it really helps to know that everything is paid for here.
There is so much family support it’s a real nice change.
Why We Are Officially Revealing Now
Since we’ve started our online journey we’ve pretty much put ourselves out there.. A LOT!
We wanted to take the time this time around to enjoy the news privately with family and friends.
But, now as we get closer and closer to the start of a whole new life with the three of us, we wanted to share the excitement with you..
But What About All Our Travels?
Oh… we’re still traveling.
Just changing it up a bit and slowing down for now.
But, now you know why we’ve been quiet for awhile.
Thank you to those who allowed us to share with you earlier on. We appreciate and enjoyed the private moment.
Thank you for letting us share with you now. Mike and I looking forward to a new life with Courageously Free Baby.