I've been home in NB and PEI since November 18th, and I'm still answering questions about how this came to be, soooo here's the deal:
There are no doctors in the community where I live. There IS a robot doctor (seriously. Google it.) but that's of no help if someone decides to go into preterm labor...because the robot doctor has no hands with which to deliver a baby. Or at least, that's what I feel the biggest issue would be :) So the nurses in Nain (who, coincidentally, I'm quite confident could do everything from a triple-bypass to building a ship made of matchsticks) decided I should fly out to the nearest hospital, in Goose Bay, just for some checkups. Believing that I was going to be gone for 24-48 hours, I packed a bag holding enough clothes for about 3 days.
After a full five days of appointments in Goose Bay, my (very awesome) doctor recommended I NOT go back to Nain, but that she'd like to see me head right to NB/PEI (you know...places with hospitals!) So about 30 minutes after leaving her office, I was at the airport purchasing a last minute plane ticket to Fredericton (that cost more, I'm sure, than an all-inclusive week in the Caribbean) and saying bye to Hubs, and crying over the fact that I was I was heading home without my camera gear (the lack of clothes, for some reason, didn't bother me as much!)
And somehow, through all this, the thing I was MOST upset about was that my weekly striped dress picture mural was now being ruined, as I was going to be in the Maritimes for 4 weeks with no camera gear, and no striped dress. A little sad, after how much work I had put into it (and by, "work", I'm of course referring to the fact that exactly once a week I would put blow-dry my hair, put on makeup, and temporarily change into something other than sweatpants...).
Good things about being home? Being near my family (including my brand-new niece!) having a hospital within driving (not flying) distance, and being able to drive in a car again. Wandering the produce aisles at Superstore is also proving to be a favorite pastime...and I'm having a hard time not buying all the cheese and orange juice, because a) They're not past their expiration dates, and b) They now seems so cheaply priced!!
So all in all being here is very nice, and calming. I have an appointment in Summerside today where I'll meet yet ANOTHER new doctor (it absolutely blows my mind that some women get to go from positive pregnancy test, to birth, all with the same doctor!!) who hopefully will be the last new one I have to meet before this little Bambino arrives!
5 weeks to go....everyone cross your fingers and toes that Baby Girl N stays put until her Daddy arrives from NFLD :)