Monday, January 7, 2013

No longer Paid in China

I have taken quite a long break from blogging I'm afraid. BUT, I do have a pretty good excuse. In mid October, I had my first ever positive pregnancy test. As I may have mentioned before, I chart my cycles and when I noticed that my period was later than ever I started wondering...I decided not to jump the gun though and give it two more days. I bought a test and after 15 days post-ovulation, Will woke me up at 6am (thanks babe) to take the test before he went to work. I lit up with two bright blue lines the second it hit the counter need to wait 5 minutes. I nearly stopped breathing. I walked out a little stunned and told Will that it was positive.
6 weeks
We had always said that we were in China for 3 years unless I got pregnant. Do people have babies in Beijing? Of course. Was I going to? No. The bad air, the expensive Western healthcare (that is very c-section friendly), the distance from home and we decided that it was time for a change. We already had our round trip tickets home for Christmas and we ended up making those one way tickets. Turns out we saved about 1000 dollars by buying them round trip...makes tons of sense to me too.
14 weeks
So, after the United Airlines trip from hell...delayed 5 hours, missed our connection to Atlanta, no more flights for 2 days, renting a car and driving 13 hours (after a 13 hour trip on the airplane) back home...we were finally home. The day after Christmas I had my first prenatal appointment with a wonderful midwife practice and heart the heartbeat for the first time. As soon as she found the heartbeat I wanted her to stop to save myself from bursting into tears on the examination table. I was 14 weeks at that point and although I had morning sickness, I wasn't 100% sure it was real. What if we moved home and I wasn't even pregnant? But, alas, I was and I have never been happier. We will be in Atlanta until right after the baby's due date, June 27th, and then moving to Charleston, Greenville or maybe Charlotte. We are keeping our options open.
Atlantis, Nassau
So we are back in the US with our first baby on the way. We had a wonderful Bahamas cruise before New Years and now we are back to real life, saving money and getting ready for the baby and then moving to a new city, again. So Paid in China is going away. Not sure if I will be starting another blog in the future but this one was fun while it lasted! I will definitely keep reading blogs, just not writing one for a while.
Happy 2013!
Water Park at Atlantis


  1. CONGRATULATIONS! Please let me know if you do decide to start up another blog - would be fun to follow your adventures as a returning expat :-) Completely understand your desire to not have a baby in China. I hope that all goes well for you three!

  2. Congrats! And I also want to know if/when you start another blog! Good luck with your pregnancy and enjoy every second!

  3. Aww, congrats! How exciting! I'm a little jealous that you're back in the States. I miss home. =) Let me know if you start another blog...I'd love to keep up with the little bebe!

  4. How exciting. I was a wreck before my first appointment too. I'm assuming you meant Greenville, SC. I lived there for a while and I LOVED it. That is where I call "home", and where we will hopefully end up after France.

  5. YAYYYY! I am so excited for you! And I'm sorry for being such a craptastic friend that I'm a MONTH BEHIND on your news!! I am SO SO happy for you!!!

    1. PS - Welcome back to the US :) If you're ever up in DC, you better hit me up!!