We are thrilled to announce that we are pregnant, and expecting baby C to join us roughly May 28th. AHHHHH!!!!! 🙂
I know, surprise, surprise. We are so thankful that God has blessed us with this little one. It is truly amazing how fast a tiny human forms inside the womb. Currently we are 9 weeks along, and already baby C has arms and legs, eyes and the most beautiful sounding heartbeat. We originally had thought in a few years would be the “ideal” time to start having kids. Get in a little more adventure, then settle down, however we also want to have a decent number of children, and wanted to be young parents so we don’t have children into our older age. So while it was a bit of a surprise, it was quite welcome.
Baby Childs, Coming May 2014!
We found out in not the most romantic of places, maybe even one of the mostUnromantic. Less than 2 weeks after arriving in Korea we took a weekend with some friends to Busan to get some beach time in. We had some idea that we MAY be preggo, but thought travel and the stress of moving to a new job, in a new country, in a new continent, in a place where we don’t speak the language was more the case. ANYWAY, we decided to find a test and take it just to be safe (hey Korea has some bomb fish, and if I WASN”T pregnant, I was going to take advantage of that tuna). My friend Alyssa and I found a pharmacy and through several acts of charades we were able to purchase some pregnancy tests, and through several more charades figure out what 1 line and 2 lines meant. It was pretty comical.
We were staying in a hostel with a group of teachers from all over the world also taking advantage of the beach. They had come in from a long night of partying just about the time I woke up to use the restroom… I had (or at least thought I had) clear instructions that the test ONLY worked the first time you go in the morning. So 5 am I crawled down my bunk bed, find my way around sleeping party goers, stumble around in the dark hostel to find the restroom, take all 3 tests, and all 3 come back a solid positive. I couldn’t really believe it, but I rinsed the tests, stumbled back to my room, tip toed around till I found Traes cot, snuck in with him. It took a few seconds of poking to finally wake him up (ok it WAS only 5 am) and all I could say was “hey….. you awake…so…. I took the test…..” then the flood of emotions came. Trae held me and told me how excited he was, prayed a little, and I started sobbing – Big silent tears as to not wake anyone up. I wasn’t sad per say. I have always wanted to have a big family, have kids young, and be a mom. It was just a lot to take in all at one moment…. Remember what I mentioned above… that we were in a world of newness. New is awesome, but new also means I had no idea if there was even an English speaking hospital in our city, if I would have to cancel my contract, if I would be sent back to the US, if I was ready to be a mom. It was a lot to take in. I didn’t even know where to buy bread and milk, and I was going to be a mom! WOAH.
(On a side note, I suddenly feel such compassion for single moms. I felt such an overwhelming amount of emotion, excitement, fear, worry, hope, all at the same moment. I was so thankful for Trae, to be there to support, and later the family we told) It would be the most terrifying thing in the world to experience all that emotion with none of the support. I’m sure the events that led those young women to the place they at most likely don’t line up with the Bible, and I’m sure those women know that, but being pregnant is intense.. it makes we want to volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center or something. Anyway. Thank you single mothers, who have your babies, even though you may be publicly ridiculed, rather than abort privately and be publicly praised. You are brave. ANYWAY…..)
The heavy emotions only lasted a short while, then research began and excitement grew. We found the Hyosung women’s hospital, and it had wonderful reviews, and as soon as I went there I felt so much more at peace. Ms. Ku was amazing and spoke perfect English, the hospital was clean, and our insurance covered SO much. From there on, things just kept getting better and better. We found that having a baby in Korea is INCREDIBLY affordable. (With our insurance it should only come to about $1000) we also found that the government gives a $300 gift card for pregnancy expenses, we told our boss and they worked out the most amazing maternity leave plane I have ever heard of, and one by on, as we’ve told our friends and family, everyone has been beyond supportive. (and seriously, everyone should come to Korea to have babies. Once you get past the part that it’s all in Korean, it is wonderful)
I’m so thankful for the support of all of our families. We are far away from all of them, and I know the distance will be just as hard on them as it will be on us, but we are blessed to have you as family.
So now, here we are, 9 weeks along with our first child. We plan on having him or her here, at Hyosung….Our very own little Korean baby. We came to Korea planning on having adventures, and we will. We’re currently planning our Christmas backpacking adventure through China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand – it’s going to be epic. But this is thus far the greatest adventure we have been on yet, and one that will be with us for the rest of our lives.
(Oh p.s. morning sickness hasn’t been that bad, only a greater sensitivity to motion, and hunger. it puts me in a mild haze of nausea, but other than that and being exhausted all the time, I’m feeling pretty good. and 2) for those who were concerned about my baby, I have almost entirely cut our caffeine from my diet. I know, miracles do happen. This baby better know it’s loved!)