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Monday, April 28, 2008

Did I mention...

that I am going to China in a week! Yeah, in the midst of starting a new job, learning a whole new set of skills, Chris being gone for 3 days, finding babysitters, planting a garden, and all the other every day stuff...I am going to China. I can't remember if I posted this yet or not, but my aunt won a trip to Beijing through her work. Her husband wasn't up for the long flight so I was next in line. Wheeeewwwwww! So, we leave a week from today. I will drive to Richmond on Sunday for my future sister-n-law's shower, then monday we leave for San Francisco to see my brother. We will stay 2 nights there and then leave for China. We are only staying one week, which is barely enough to get over the jet lag, but I am not complaining. It is free, and I have always wanted to see the great wall. We will actually be able to have dinner on it!! I will post pictures while I am there, so stay tuned. Mostly, I am sad about leaving India. She is going to be fine, but I am really going to miss her. Not that I won't miss everyone else, but India changes every day. I am hoping she will adjust back to nursing when I return.

these pictures were taken at a local catholic retreat center where chris goes once a month to get away from us:)

we saw dozens of deer but they were too quick to get pictures of...

In other news, I witnessed my first c-section. It was an emergency section. I was a nervous wreck. I had one great day and one not so great one last week. I hope the great days out number the other ones. I have so much to learn!! My preceptor told me that she never expects a woman who comes onto our floor to have a normal labor, because "most of the time they are not normal." I have had this in my mind all week. This myth of most women not having normal labors is the cause of the high c-section rates, the increased use of pitocin and epidurals. And leads to difficulties with recovery, breastfeeding, and mother-infant bonding. I have a long road ahead of me of biting my tongue to comments like these!! I pray that I will be able to endure it for what it is and learn as much as I can. I am so happy to have this job. I know I will have many great experiences. I am keeping a journal so that I won't forget.


At 8:28 PM, OpenID bottomland said...

Wow, Lara! I can't keep up with you! I hope your trip is absolutely fabulous. It will be hard to be away from your family, I'm sure, but so good to have some time to yourself, and having adventures at that! I think you are setting a fabulous example for your girls, and I hope that it won't impact your nursing relationship with India too much. I would imagine she'd still be delighted to nurse upon your return, even if it impacts your supply... Traveling mercies to you friend!


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