As I’ve written in an earlier blog post, 2019’s biggest surprise is the emergence of two lines in a Pregnancy Test kit in the last few days of November!
My wife and went through several days of being dazed. But once we accepted it, we started officially preparing for the coming of Rasing child no. 3!
I have matched my parents’ record! I have a sister and a brother. We are halfway thru matching the record of my wife’s parents. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters!
That’s a record we don’t really want to match. In fact, after the birth of baby no. 3, we’ll look at more permanent options of birth control.
After Caspian’s birth, her OB-GYN actually asked if we would like her to go through tubal ligation. Although we didn’t plan on having another kid, we decided against it, intending to think about it some more.
This time, after giving birth, she said that she’ll go through the tubal ligation process.
Tracking our Pregnancy and Childbirth Expenses
We have already gone through an earlier pregnancy in the USA back in 2018. I have downloaded all the statements from our insurance provider. I intend to sort through those and tally all the expenses related to childbirth in the USA. This could be helpful for anyone planning for or going through pregnancy in the USA.
I created a Google Sheet to document these expenses and share this with anyone who’s interested.
Crazy Busy Schedule!
We’re almost at the end of the first trimester. It’s been a challenging ride. Cha has always had sensitive pregnancies. The morning sickness and the vomiting could almost take her out. Her energy levels also get depleted easily.
It’s not difficult as it was with Caspian. But it’s difficult nonetheless.
Add to that the care we provide for our sons Malcolm (6 years old), and Caspian (1 year old).
Malcolm is the only one who enjoyed having a yaya back in the Philippines. Plus, he got to spend time with uncles, aunties, and grandparents there!
Here in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s just too expensive to hire a helper or a babysitter! Just one of the things we miss about the home country.
So, if you ask about my schedule, I usually wake up between 5 and 5:30 in the morning to prepare breakfast. I help Kuya Malcolm prepare for school.
We leave home at 7:40 am. I drop him off, then I go straight to office and arrive at 8:30 am: if I’m lucky with the traffic!
By 4:30 pm, I am bound for home braving the traffic of Nashville. It’s not quite as bad as Manila with the expansion of 4 lanes to 6 lanes. But it has its own craziness.
When I arrive home, I try to take the load off Cha and care for the boys. Or prepare dinner, whichever she prefers me to do. I can’t help her carry the child for 9 months, so I try to do what I can to help ease the burden.
The other evening, I told her: “2 years from now, we’ll look back fondly to these months.”
She replied, “it’ll take more than 2 years.”
It’s frenetic and busy and crazy. In the midst of all these, we pray for a “stronger back” to carry the burden of parenting and nurturing our children.