Update: Yes we are still alive!

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I just realized how long it’s been since we updated the blog (two months?!) so I’m going to drop a couple of shorter updates in here to keep all y’all apprised of what’s been happening in our lives lately. 🙂

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First up: Thailand! We went to Chiang Mai, Thailand, again in late January/early February for our annual conference. Instead of going straight there, we took a brief detour through South Korea. Surprisingly, Incheon/Seoul felt way colder than UB even though it was significantly warmer. That’s the difference between a high desert climate and a marine climate, I guess! We made a local friend at the guesthouse where we were staying who showed us around and gave us some pretty great insights into Korean culture.

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Thailand was good for rest and professional development at the conference. We also were able to reconnect with a bunch of the teachers who went through training and orientation with us prior to moving overseas, and that was fun and encouraging. One of the highlights of the trip involved all of the fresh fruit and veggies that we could eat while there, which leads to the next update (a long time coming)…

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We are expecting! We found out at the beginning of October that we were expecting again, but considering how our first pregnancy had gone, we were hesitant to announce until we were 20 weeks along. We certainly intended to post something about this here sooner than now (29 weeks), but sometimes good intentions just fall by the wayside. The baby is due at the end of May, and the plan is to deliver locally at Intermed Hospital. My mom and Eric’s folks will be coming to visit us this summer (my mom flies in on the actual due date), and we are looking forward to seeing them and introducing them to both the new grandkid and to the city and country that we love.

 

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We have a few things coming up with our school, so we will post again when those happen. Next week, we will head out to the countryside with our school to go to camp so look for pics and such in the next couple of weeks!

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Great Expectations…Delayed

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Back in the first week of December, we found out that we were expecting our first child, which caught me a little by surprise as my family medical history does not speak to easy conception. We began to tell very close friends and immediate family around the eighth week of our pregnancy and began to tell more friends closer to the end of the first trimester.

When we were in Thailand, a friend volunteered to take pregnancy announcement photos for us. Not long after we returned from Thailand, we shared these photos and our news with the rest of our friends and family on Facebook. Our school found out as well since many of our students and coworkers are connected with us online. Everyone was so excited, and we were thrilled at the positive support and love.

We had already been planning on staying in Mongolia through the summer–rather than go back to the US for a visit–and with the baby’s due date in early August, we assumed that it would be best for everyone involved to deliver in UB. We had been going to a great hospital and had been planning how next year would look compared to this year, and then everything changed in matter of seconds.

At our last prenatal checkup (March 4), the ultrasound technician could not find a heartbeat. Our normally active and wriggling baby lay unmoving. My doctor declared it a miscarriage, and it felt like how you would expect this news to feel like–like the air had been sucked from our lungs, like we were in a waking nightmare, like we were pitching headlong down a dark ravine with no parachutes to save us.

While in the hospital and back at home recovering, I wrote several posts on FB that go into detail on all that we’ve been through in the last week and a half. I will post those in chronological order to this blog, but we also wanted to share some of our favorite pictures from when we were looking forward to having a baby.

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