I’m starting to count down the days to when Baby arrives. Yeah, I know we’re still about 13-15 weeks away, but I was the kid who started the Christmas countdown in September.
The latest doctor appointment went well. Stevie’s blood work showed she is a little low on iron, probably due to our new diet of eating no red meat. We’ve got her on an iron supplement now and have increased non-meat high iron foods in the menu. Overall, both Mama and Baby are healthy.
I wish the same could be said for me. I’m still having epic ear battles.
I was diagnosed with Exostosis back in March. In April I had double ear surgery. The ears healed, but due to the fact that they cut through my jaw muscle during surgery, I developed an acute form of TMJ. That took several weeks to heal and required numerous muscle relaxants and a liquid diet. While getting a checkup on the jaw problem here in Huanchaco, the doctor contaminated my ears with dirty instruments and I contracted a nasty ear fungus. Now I am on a daily routine of having 2 different creams shoved into my inner ear. Oh, and it turns out I am allergic to the antibiotic they gave me and have since broken out in a full body rash.
Stevie says I’m doing all of this to steal the attention away from her “pregnancy time”.
I don’t know. She’s probably right.
In other news, I continue to learn new and valuable lessons during this pregnancy experience. Apparently, not refilling the ice cube tray before putting it back in the freezer is a Class A felony in pregnancy law. This crime is only surpassed by snapping a photo of the pre-blow up moment. I never go anywhere without my camera these days. Sigh…. oh well. I’m learning. The 5th time is a charm. (notice Mongo quickly exiting the room prior to the blow up. Smart dog).
Other than that, I’ve been busting out projects around the house, like baby-proofing the van. A big mission is to figure out how to rearrange the van so we have enough room for all the new baby stuff! I’ve sold 3 surf boards, so that’s a start.
(Don’t worry, I still have 3 left).
One big hurdle for the mechanically challenged me has been figuring out where I’m going to put the baby seat and how to safely secure it in the van. We don’t exactly have a normal car.
Where we’re living though, the safety standards have no where to go but up. Most cars down here don’t even have seat belts, yet alone baby seats. As a matter of fact, most families can’t afford cars, so they ride motor bikes or take taxis. This is not an uncommon site here in Peru…
In the end I decided that the safest place to put Baby was right between our seats. This is usually where Kiki sits, but sacrifices have to be made. (Note the sale of 3 surf boards in comment above).
I’ve devised a bomber dual point system for securing the base of the baby chair. These points will be backed up by two points of contact to the frame of each chair, and those will be backed up a third time by 2 more points of contact on the front of the base. Triple redundancy. I’m also looking into having a custom built steel grill made for the front of the van that would be mounted to the frame to absorb impact and keep the engine block from pushing forward in a collision.
Add bullet proof glass and a yellow baby-on-board triangle sticker and I think we’ll have it covered.
We’ve got a lot of driving left to do in South America, but I feel like we’re getting close to being fully road-worthy! -TREE