This post is a day late because when I normally would have been writing it, I got caught up in work for SOLD, and then, I got a surprise call from cousins who just happened to be in town and wanted to meet for dinner.

I’m all for putting off “shoulds” and taking advantage of surprise guests. Besides, they brought me fresh fruit & flowers!

We did go to the doctor yesterday, but no, we did not find out the baby’s sex – maybe next time! However, we still got to see little fingers and toes and our baby’s face is coming into clearer view. Test results from the last visit came back, and all is well.

My doctor does keep on making a point to me that I am NOT immune to the Hep-B virus and wants me to get vaccinated after giving birth. I find this a little bizarre because…why? Hep-B is an STD acquired through unprotected sex with an infected person or by sharing needles. Since I’m not exactly the type to roam around the red light district shooting up, I’m not sure why he thinks I might be at any risk of getting it. Vaccines always make me nervous too, since the whole idea of them is that they work by injecting a tiny bit of the disease into you. But maybe it’s standard practice in Thailand to vaccinate against Hep-B? Is it standard practice in the U.S?

Anyway, we came away from the doctor’s office aglow with that happiness that seems to come every time we see our little bean on that screen. We celebrated by going to the mall, where I got an ice cream, and Toby got…a brand new camera!

This week also brought some very good news from our tax accountant, and, with some fresh new energy, I’m absorbed back into work in a way I haven’t been since getting pregnant.

It’s been a good week. Then, this morning, I read a blog post on A Kilt and a Camera, where Peg and Brian have just moved from the U.K. to Brazil and are navigating their way through setting up house in a foreign land. It reminded me so strongly of what it was like those first days and weeks here in Thailand–the whirlwind of finding a rental and getting vehicles, trying to find the grocery shops and then trying to figure out where everything was in the shops since they’re organized differently, setting up utilities, intuiting our way through social customs, making ourselves understood in a foreign language, and just generally figuring out which way was up. It was so exciting at the time, and went much more smoothly than we had thought or feared it might (primarily because Thai people are so generous and gentle and accommodating), yet now in retrospect I see just how much change we had to go through. Excitement got us through a lot of it, but so did just tackling one project at a time, stepping one foot in front of the other, until now we look back and see the miles we walked.

And now, look at us. We can welcome and entertain visitors on a moment’s notice, we’ve got our business sorted, we’re thriving at work and at play, we’ve been to 6-7 other countries in the meantime, and we have a baby on the way. It’s amazing what can happen in two and a half years. We threw caution to the wind, but little seeds were planted along the way…and now we can stand and look back, and see the burgeoning garden that is the life we’ve created together.

Nothing like seeing those first blooms.

Bigger Picture Blogs is ringing in April with the theme: PLANT. Whether we’re celebrating the arrival of spring in the evidence of plants all around us, placing something in the ground so it can grow, planting ideas, or planting ourselves, in April we will spend time ruminating on the growth of great things from small beginnings.

Live. Love. Capture. Encourage.

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6 thoughts on “Flourishing

  1. What an adventure your life has been! Thanks for sharing this glimpse of how it is all coming together and blossoming into a beautiful life. So many blessings. :)

  2. Hi again.
    I've been considering your Hepatitis B comment, and would like to add the following for your consideration.
    I have in the past received Hepatitis A & B vaccinations. I am not a medical professional , have no specialized knowledge, but do have a wealth of experience of hospitals, doctors, and travel medicine. However, most of my knowledge was gleaned over ten years ago, so things might have changed since then.
    I requested Hepatitis B vaccination in the UK (12 to 15 years ago). My request was resisted at first as I was considered “low risk”. I had to insist/persuade. I was told then that “B” is transmitted much like HIV-AIDS, by body fluids. The high risk groups are as you describe plus health care professionals and emergency service workers – i.e. doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists, paramedics, care assistants, firemen, etc due to possible contact with infected blood – even so it's my understanding that they'd need to have an open wound themselves to be at immediate risk of infection.
    The “B” vaccine (then definitely – now, I don't know for sure) was not a total protection vaccine, unlike polio vaccine for example. It gave good but not total protection – my understanding is a little over 90% at best. Also it weakened with time, sometimes fairly quickly, so it was necessary to have regular blood count (antibody checks) and top up vaccinations whenever they revealed poor immunity.
    The lifestyle that you describe would indicate that you are probably at higher risk of “A” than “B”. The last time that I was immunized against “A” was over ten years ago. In those days there were two choices – Immunoglobulin (sometimes called Gammaglobulin), a cheap short lasting (3 month) very effective vaccine, or an expensive, longer lasting, very effective vaccine (5 or 10 years – I forget now, as too I've forgotten the name of it). My doctor recommended the latter for me and provided it free on the National Health Service.
    I think that you should seek more info about this, and preferably not from companies who might have a financial interest in your eventual choice.

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with me, and I appreciate the prompting to look further at non-biased sources for information. It's interesting, Hep A does seem a more likely risk, but the doctor never mentioned anything about it. Just Hep B. The Hep A vaccine also appears to be more effective and less problematic than the Hep B vaccine. I'll look into both more after giving birth (probably not a good idea to vaccinate while pregnant, I imagine), and make sure it's safe while breastfeeding too. Right now, I remain very careful about where & what I eat – cleaning raw fruits and veggies with drinking water when possible, and eating at restaurants we trust. I do that anyway, just as a general precaution against bad bacteria and stomach bugs while pregnant. When I mentioned my aversion to vaccines, I mostly meant the ones against the flu virus…which, when I did get it, I automatically caught the flu, whereas normally it's pretty rare that I catch the flu (I'm more prone to strep throat & bronchitis). Obviously, I have no problem getting vaccinated against serious illnesses when risk factors indicate vaccination makes sense. Anyway, thank you very much for sharing!

  3. I am constantly amazed by how much company you get so far from home!
    Seems to me with my own daughters that the HepB thing is pretty standard. Don't you love the OB checks? Fingers, toes, heartbeats. Delicious stuff for the heart to take in!