It's amazing how diarrhea and puke make morning sickness twice as intense! "Thank you, Jesus, for every sign and symptom of pregnancy!" I say this hourly. :)
Poor Toby. Dark circles around the eyes, moaning and whimpering laps around the kitchen table, high fever, and lethargy.....it's enough to make an overly hormonal mommy cry in anguish for her baby boy.
On a very positive note, Tim, Promise, Toby and I got to meet with our midwives this week! We are so thankful for the handpicked midwives God gave us....all Christians and beautiful people.
It's amazing the change in care here in Canada versus the Philippines. In the Phils, if you need a dating ultrasound, you just go and sit for an hour in a waiting room in one of the 10,000 ultrasound shacks (literally shacks) or hospitals in the city and VIOLA! You got an ultrasound in a day.....and you DON'T have to have a full bladder in order to get one done. :)
Enter Canada: next available appointment in any of the 6 we called....two months. Too late. OH! Found an appointment at the end of March....almost too late.....but it'll work....oh, and drink at least 4 glasses of water before arriving, but arrive 15 minutes early as any late-comers will be rescheduled....
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING! WE PREGGO LADIES ARE PEEING EVERY 30 MINUTES WITHOUT FILLING OUR BLADDER! They want 4 GLASSES BEFORE COMING and then WAITING well over an HOUR with a FULL BLADDER and then they are going to PUSH ON THAT FULL BLADDER with their MAGIC WAND!??? I am asking for an adult diaper. I wonder if any ladies have peed the bed....? Toby kinda ruined my abilities to hold large quantities of liquid with his large head.....Mmmm. ADVENTURE!
Okay, I know that those of you who are reading this are going, "Well, Bethany, I did it....it's not THAT big a deal." This is true....however, having two children in the Phils without even a blood test in my pregnancies and then coming to the West where birth and pregnancy seem to involve many long hours planning, waiting and then waiting some more for labs, appointments, and the like...this is all VERY new to me....and I am a certified midwife! Ha ha ha! What irony.
Perhaps having children in the Phils IS easier....maybe that's why the Filipino population is doubling at an incredible rate! I got an idea!.....The Philippines should adopt Canadian medical policies and they will decrease the population! Just kidding.....but perhaps that is one of the reasons Canadians aren't having babies? I dunno. Pregnancy makes me ramble.
Seems a vast majority of the women in my church (of childbearing capability) are pregnant. Don't drink Northview water. :)
It's encouraging to be pregnant along with so many women, though. It's not as lonely....even though I worked among the pregnant in the Philippines, it was very lonely....and I was looked at as a bit of a freak...being a massive white chick with a massive white belly and a 9 pound baby. It's nice to "appear" normal....even if I DO have to get a whole bunch of lab tests to find out if this truly is the case. Ha ha ha ha....what an adventure! I am loving it.
Sorry for the rambles.....I had to stay home from church this morning while Tim went with the Lady Bird cuz Toby is still pretty sicko.....writing a blog seemed somewhat therapeutic for us both.