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Curious things about our new home and community

A few snippets and photos from our new home and what is like to live here:

buying fresh tortillas just about across the street, 2 for a Lempira

rain that is so loud on our tin roof that we can not even talk across the table during a storm

the many smiles and greetings that we get when we take Guillermo David out and about

the crib is extra protected- a mosquito net for mosquitoes, cups of liquid on each leg for ants and strategically placed to avoid leaks in the roof

washing clothes in the washer and hanging them to dry makes us feel very fortunate and sad when we see our neighbors carrying a bucket of water 5 blocks

getting used to new sounds: chickens, dogs, gun shots, buses, a traveling circus that was nearby for 2 weeks

getting to walk to work and eating lunch together at home

having youth stop by to say hello

observing the creative systems our friends have to trap the water from the gutters

after meeting a lot of people at the assembly last Sunday, we are running into more people we know on the street

Guillermo checks out Los Pinos from our roof

Our wash area, complete with a security gate, provides fresh air for the back of the house

Guillermo David gets his daily bath with bottled water as tap water is unsanitary

Spending time with friends in the hamaca in our back hallway

Our street

Entrance to our apartment

Favorite mode of transportation as there are few places to use a stroller

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building

Guillermo is building a changing table for the baby- his first major carpentry project and a chance to use his tools.  I’ll post some pics when it is done.

We are still waiting for Guillermo David to make his appearance.  His due date is not until January 11, so not to worry.  It is hard to stay mentally prepared for “it could be today” and “it could be January 18” at the same time.  One thing that has encouraged me is this article, which I came upon.  It looks like babies need as much time in the womb as possible.  I do feel a lot of women want to be done with pregnancy at 37 weeks when babies are generally considered full term.

We have been laying low around the house this holiday season.  I basically finished work on the 23rd (minus some work via email that I am still doing).  We had traditional Honduran Christmas dinner on the 24th with Guillermo’s family and then a Christmas breakfast (my preference) on the 25th with just us.  I made homemade cinnamon rolls and they were delicious!

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counting down

I think this is what they call nesting: spending most of your day cleaning and organizing the house, getting ready for the baby, the feeling of wanting everything to be in order before he arrives….  Today I got his room all cleaned out and everything put in its place (the second didn’t take long, he doesn’t have lots of stuff).  I’ve washed and put away what clothes he does have.  I’ve made a list of things to take to the hospital for all of us.  I’ve made a list of things that we still need to get.  Tomorrow we are picking up a hand-me-down crib, I can’t wait!

Currently I’m at 33.5 weeks- only 6.5 to go!  At my 32 week appointment, he was supposedly measuring around 4.5 lbs… not too big, not too small.  We decided to have him at a small, Adventist hospital in Valle de Angeles- a small mountain community 30 min from the city.  It is very quaint and friendly, not like the big-city industrial hospitals we had previously visited.  We know the pediatrician there and I’m now seeing the OB who works there for the rest of my appointments.  The third trimester has been uneventful- backaches, heartburn, being tired, my big belly getting in the way, getting some iron supplements, peeing every 10 minutes.  We are so thankful for a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy!

Here are a few pictures we recently took:

I’m off to see if I can clean up my toe-nails, we will see if I can reach!

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postcards from the road

A few highlights from our trip…

Guillermo climbed Long’s Peak with my dad- North Face/cable route!  They had a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky

We got to see beautiful aspen trees

 

We spent time with the Kim family in San Jose, CA

We saw my Grandpa and Great Uncle, whom I hadn’t seen in quite a while.

Farmhouse where my great-great-grandfather was born in Hollister, CA

We from San Jose, down Highway 1, stayed in Morro Bay and ended up in Ventura to stay with the Hodges (no pics with them, sad)

 

 

We stayed with Guillermo’s aunt and uncle in Sierra Madre, CA

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6 down, 3 to go

6 months (in Sierra Madre, CA)

Guillermo David at 28 weeks- so cute!  I love that little nose and what looks like a little grin

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hola

Coming out from blogging absence…

We’ve been busy!  Just got back from 3 weeks in the states.  Just before that, Guillermo was traveling a lot.  He also changed jobs and is now working for Servant Partners.  We are excited, but it is a big change.  We will be working full time in the Los Pinos neighborhood.  We will move there in the first part of next year after the baby is born.

Speaking of baby-time is flying!  I already have 6 months.  We also found out it is a boy and we are naming him Guillermo David.  Now that we are back from our trip and in the 3rd trimester, I feel like my focus is changing.  At work I’m all about tying up all loose ends for smooth transition.  At home I’m all about the nesting-getting his room ready, cleaning etc.  We still have to find/choose a hospital for the birth and we want to take a birth class as well.  We go back and forth between moments of “I can’t wait, I want to meet him now!” and “Oh my gosh, we are having a baby, how will we know what to do?!”

I’ve been feeling quite well- a lot of energy the last week- I’m probably in the window of energy and nesting before I get too big and tired.  Tired/sore back and heartburn are my biggest problems right now.  I did well on the trip, considering we spent 2 weeks at 8,500 ft altitude, traveled on 5 flights, 2 metros, 2 trains, and a rental car.

I’ll post some highlights and photos from the trip soon.

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exciting news!

We are expecting our first baby in January 2011!

 

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