Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lots of Life Changes

So a lot has happened in the past few months since I've updated this blog.  Life change #1: I'm pregnant!!  I announced it on Facebook using this photo:

We're really excited/nervous/have no idea what we've gotten ourselves into.  Yes, we will be taking a baby to a developing country.  Don't judge.  And if you have experience with raising a baby in developing country, please comment on this post--let's exchange e-mails.  

I know I'm extremely fortunate that I had the easiest first trimester imaginable.  I had no morning sickness and wasn't even that tired.  I threw up once, but I think that was because I was carsick.  When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped drinking coffee cold turkey.  Friends, I hadn't gone a day without coffee in 12 years.  You can tell on my face how thrilled I am (here is documented evidence of the day I stopped drinking coffee):

One of my New Year's resolutions was to go on a detox, and I believe this counts: no caffeine or alcohol, tons healthy food, and prenatal vitamins.  Unlike in the taco bell commercials, I haven't had many weird pregnancy cravings.  In Tel Aviv, once I had a hankering for that fake icing that you buy in the grocery store, but I had no idea where to get any and the feeling passed.  One week I only had eyes for Subway, and thankfully there was one next to my office complex.  Besides that, I have been craving copious amounts of fruit, mostly peaches and tomatoes.   

Life change #2: We're back in DC--at least temporarily.  I'm still in denial about the fact that I've left Tel Aviv.  I loved my job and my coworkers, I made some awesome friends, and I loved living by the Mediterranean Sea.  I'm so lucky that I got to work on some really exciting projects towards the end of my tour.  It broke my heart that it had to come to an end.  It has eased the pain a little that we've been able to catch up with some of our close friends from Tel Aviv here in DC.  

On the bright side, we adore DC.  It is such a cool city and we have amazing friends here.  We're close to my husband's family, which is great.  Last time we lived here we were both students and we were living in a basement and pinching pennies.  So we're looking forward to spending as much time as possible with friends and family and living it up for the next few months as we study French!

I'm beginning to show signs of being prenant.  I no longer fit into my clothes.  I brought some of my baggier clothes with me from Tel Aviv in hopes that I could get some mileage out of them, but now I realize how foolish that was.  Also, we found out from the doctor that we're having a boy!!    

(Middle photo credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv


  1. HOW WONDERFUL!!! I missed it on Facebook! Congrats!!!

  2. Congrats! And in response to wanting to connect w/ folks raising kids in developing countries…check out this blog of some friends of mine from college raising their daughter in Mtwara, Tanzania. I'm sure they'd be more than happy to share some tips and pointers and their blog alone is a great resource.

  3. Congrats and very nice to meet you in person last night!