Bun in the Oven

Well just in case we didn’t have enough change during this season of our lives, we thought we’d add another little Whitcombe into the mix!  Yes folks, we are pregnant!  We are very excited to announce the latest addition to our family will be arriving in March 2014.

Here’s what our family Canada looked like when we told them our exciting news 🙂

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I am 15 weeks and feeling pretty good at the moment.  The first trimester was very difficult, lots of throwing up and the usual exhaustion that comes with the first few months of pregnancy.  I was only sick with Jacob three or four times in total, and sometimes I was throwing up that many times in a day.  Not fun.  Thankfully I’m coming out of that and feeling much better and have a lot more energy then I did.

We hope to have the baby here in Zambia.  I have my first doctor’s appointment this week.  We’ll make a definite decision in the next couple of months as we ask questions and find out more about the midwives/doctors in the local area.  There is a very good clinic that many internationals go to and it’s here that we hope to have the baby.  It would be so much easier to stay here rather than travel back to the UK to have the baby.  I know things would work out but the thought of going back to the UK for three months, finding somewhere to live, a car to drive, a toddler to transition to another series of new environments and then a new sibling, giving birth and having newborn and somehow staying sane in the midst of all this seems like a bit much.  If we feel comfortable with the medical care given here, we feel it would be much more peaceful to have the baby in Zambia.

We’d greatly appreciate your prayers for good health for me and the baby during this time.  In general though, we’d love your prayers for good health.  Jacob still puts random things in his mouth that he really shouldn’t, he often picks up rubbish and just gets so dirty here while playing outside it’s hard not to worry at times of the germs that may be making their way into his body.  There are a fair amount of mosquitos at the moment and would ask that you join us in praying we don’t get malaria and in general stay fit and well.  Thanks!

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We’ve arrived in Zambia!

We’ve arrived in Zambia!  We are so happy to be here, to have the long journey over with and especially to have a home again!

The journey went really well on the whole.  Jacob was an absolute star and slept most of the flights and was content and lovely the rest of the time.  We were given one of those cots/cribs for our long haul flight, which Jacob surprisingly still fit into.  He probably slept about 5 hours in there, which was great because that meant we were able to get some sleep as well.  Unfortunately Dan came down with a really high fever during the first flight and felt really rough during the remainder of our journey.  He’s had a sore throat for a while now but it really flared up on the way and he was in rough shape.  Other than that, all was going well until we arrived in Ndola.  We were taxi-ing down the runway and I guess because of a lot of turbulence on the way down, Jacob threw up all over himself.  It was epic.  Thankfully we had randomly been given a seat for Jacob so he wasn’t on our laps and we could strip him off and throw his clothes in a garbage bag, wipe him down (with half a package of wipes), and the air hostesses told us to leave them with the rest of the mess.  We got through immigration without any issues however when we got through to pick up our luggage we saw that two of our bags were missing and our buggy/stroller.  Thankfully the important bags with Jacob’s bed and nappies and our toiletries and clothes were there so it’s not too bad.  We hope to be reunited with the AWOL luggage tomorrow but we’re not holding our breath – this is Africa!   😉

Our home is really lovely.  Last year when we were here it was still being built and was only a shell of concrete blocks.  It is now a house and we are making it a home.  It’s much bigger than we remember which is a welcomed surprise.  I keep saying to Dan, everything is perfect, even though there are totally things I don’t really think are perfect if I stop to think about it, I think I am just so happy to have a home!  We’ll post pictures in the next few weeks when we’re a bit more settled.

For now, here’s Jacob in his new bathtub.

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