Now that we’re finally settled in Lima we’ve begun a flurry of baby preparation. This includes buying all the stuff we’re gonna need, you know, like diapers and stuff that babies use. ????? Needless to say, I’m learning a lot.
We’ve also started our Lamaze classes, which are great. As you may remember from the Sprinter Life Birthing Plan post, we found a Doula to help us with this whole adventure.
I’m learning all about the birthing process and how to be the best coach possible for Stevie. I’m not going to lie to you… some of this stuff is freaky.
Finally I learned the difference between polenta and placenta. Wow, these lamaze classes are really paying off.
Anyway, I’m getting this on lock down. When the day arrives, I’ll have my A-game.
We also decided to go doctor shopping again. I know, you probably thought we had found our guy, (remember that appointment here), but neither one of us was very stoked with him. So we decided to try one more time.
This would make 8 different doctors since the pregnancy adventure began. Is that a record?
It ended up being a good call. We are definitely going with Dr. Del Riego. He practiced in the US for 20+ years and speaks great english. This is a huge bonus. It’s not that we can’t survive on spanish, but I imagine there are some things that Stevie will say during labor that will probably not translate well.
Hey bud, you’re lucky you’re wearing a stethoscope.
Our new doctor gave Stevie the most complete exam we’ve had to date, which actually made us feel great. It’s amazing what the other doctors failed to ask, perform, or test for.
The one thing we weren’t totally stoked for was a 4D ultrasound. We’ve heard mixed reviews on these. We did a bunch of research online and couldn’t find anything conclusive, but found just enough to make us concerned. The new Doc wanted one though, so we went.
I’m thinking my kid would be a prime candidate for MTV Cribs. I’m expecting a call any day.
How dope is her pad?
We also decided to go do a hospital tour. We’re not completely blown away by the place, but it’s a lot nicer than anywhere else we’ve been in Peru. The people are great, it has all the modern equipment to deal with emergencies, and it’s clean.
The downside… it’s expensive, and we’re probably going to have to pay out of pocket. We’re in the middle of a huge fight with Kaiser Insurance. Those bastards are refusing to cover the birth since we’re out of the country. This despite the fact that Stevie has been paying them for maternity coverage for 6 years and technically the birth should be covered as an emergency procedure under her policy, even though it is international. Did I mention it’s going to be a fraction of the cost in Peru vs. if we gave birth in the USA?
F#ck insurance companies.
Moving right along, here is the room we’ll be in.
Ok, full disclosure. I’ve always thought that parents continually posting photos of their kids was a bit much. Enough already. Am I right?
Yet here I am about ready to post two photos of my daughter who hasn’t even been born yet.
Clearly I’m going to be “that guy”. Here she is!
That’s the update from Lima. Still haven’t seen the sun, but life is good.