Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Greatest of All Adventures Down Under

Since beginning this blog over three ago, there have been more 'Adventures Down Under' than I could have possibly imagined when I first gave my shiny new blog its name. Moving to Australia, doing a masters degree with a great group of people, two terrific jobs, some amazing friends, family visits, travels around Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Alice Springs, the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Center, cycling Tasmania and international journeys to India, Fiji, New Zealand and the US. What a privilege I have had since receiving that phone call saying I'd been selected as a Rotary Scholar!

Yet for all of those incredible experiences, I get the feeling that I am about to begin what will surely be the greatest of all Adventures Down Under (and beyond). Many of you will have heard this news already, but I'd like to announce that Brian and I are expecting!

The little peanut is scheduled to join us sometime around the first of November and we are both thrilled about the news. We are planning to have the baby here in Canberra as there is an excellent medical system in Australia and we have been fortunate enough to get a spot in a birth center run by midwives that is part of the Canberra Hospital system. All through the pregnancy you are cared for by your midwife and she is on call for labor and delivery so that you are assisted by someone you have built up a relationship with. She even comes to your home to evaluate you once you go into labor and tells you whether to stay put or get a move on!

I'm currently 16 weeks and all in all, I have been feeling terrific with no morning sickness whatsoever thank goodness! I've been very tired lately but it seems that as I move into the second trimester, I've been regaining at least some of my energy levels.

More to come as this new adventure unfolds but for now, the first belly photo at 16 weeks

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