Saturday, November 21, 2015

Life as of late

About a year before this move I decided that I would grow out my super short pixie hair cut. I didn’t want to be getting haircuts every 5 weeks while living here.  We were looking for simplification for heavens sake!

I had my last haircut/shape up with my amazing stylist of 9 years the week before we left for Guatemala. She did a fantastic job of making the growing out phase as painless as possible…keeping that mullet at bay. It had been 3 months since the last haircut and the mullet had returned!

Our midwife’s son’s girlfriend is a stylist here and so yesterday I had got my first haircut in Guatemala. After tip the total came to $14.00. No color; just cut at this point. I’m hoping I can hang with the grey hairs for a while…fresh haircut always feels great and I think I am out of pixie stage and entering bob stage.

On our boat ride back to our house after our Costa Rica trip we met Chris. He, his wife, and their 2 year-old son had just arrived at the lake. They, like us, left their life behind in the states and are in the process of making Lake Atitlan their home for the next year. They have been staying about a 2-minute walk from our place.

They invited us to their place for dinner last week and we had a really nice time. They ended up finding a place to stay long term about a 25-minute walk from us and they are moving there this Sunday. We decided to invite them over for dinner before their move…our very first dinner party. 

Friday nights have become pizza night here (inspired by pizza party Fridays that I attended with Larson, Annie, and Guse) so that is what we had. It was a nice night. It was bit nerve racking as baking/cooking is still a bit challenging for us here (altitude makes a real difference people!) but we pulled it off. We make the dough and the sauce from scratch…pretty impressive we know!

LindaBlue (our midwife) returned to Guatemala from the states last week and we had our second pre-natal visit with her! She came to our home this time. I made brunch and we sat around and chatted about the upcoming birth of our son. She then did a physical exam. I am measuring right on track (good news to me because I thought I was massive!), my blood pressure is great, he was in the head down position and had a strong heartbeat.  I love that reassurance and I really needed it!

We had not seen Linda for 6 weeks due to her being out of the country and the last week or so had been emotionally rough for me. Fears about birth were beginning to creep in, I wasn’t sleeping well, my exercise had slowed down, and I also wasn’t communicating very well with my one friend here, Brandon. 

The day before Linda came, Brandon and I had a heart-to-heart about everything that was going on in my head. We decided that I needed to get back on the exercise wagon as that really helps my mood and we thought it would also help my sleep.  This along with having Linda back has really helped me to feel less fearful and more excited about the birth of this baby!

Dressed in my hiking clothes...34 weeks 3 days. Everyday counts people!

And in case you were wondering, I do still brush my teeth. 

Check out the lamp that we created for our living room! We picked up the lampshade (basket) at the market in Panajachel and Brandon created that stand out of bamboo. The lightening situation is really shaping up in this cozy home!

The pace is slow and life is good.  Come on down and experience some Guatemala life with us!

Katie and Brandon

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