Monday, July 22, 2013


Well, here I am. I am one week shy of entering my third trimester and no, I will NEVER post photos of my pregnant belly because that's just not me. Time is flying by so fast. I am still working from home and I will continue to do so until I give birth in November. I'm due in mid-November - around the 13th - but I won't be going on maternity leave until I am huffing and puffing and having about-to-deliver contractions. I mean, that's the plan, at least.

I delivered Kaelana eight years ago by finishing training (I was still a trainer that time) for my last class on a Friday, then giving birth on a Wednesday the week immediately after. The timing was impeccable. I only had to wait for five days. I shudder at stories of other women going on maternity leave too early and having to wait for weeks until they actually give birth. The time wastage is heartbreaking, especially in this country where maternity leaves only last for two months. Those precious weeks of waiting for D-Day (delivery day) could have been spent with your precious newborn. Since I work from home, I'll try my best to stick to the plan.

Another item we had to agree on is our stay arrangements. In our home, there's just the Husband, me, and Kaelana. That's why, as we're nearing my due date, we'll start staying over at my folks'. Their house is much nearer the hospital where I want to give birth - the same facility where I gave birth to Kaelana. It would be much safer for me, in general. I mean, what will I do when I get contractions while the Husband is at work and I'm alone in the house? I'd feel much safer with my family with me. Even if Cyrus is at work, I'll have my brothers, my mom and my sister to take me there, when push comes to shove (no pun intended). I guess what's left for me to do are: take care of what to bring to the hospital, settle giving-birth paper work (insurance stuff and government forms), and be in the best shape and state possible so we can welcome this little bundle of joy into the outside world with flying colors!

Three more months, Kalila Francine. We're ready when you are.