Our unexpected arrival
This one is personal update; it’s been quite a while since we’ve written a blog post but if you follow us on Facebook you’ll probably have a good idea why!
Five weeks ago our baby daughter arrived very unexpectedly a shocking 7 weeks early. After my water broke the doctors spent several days holding off the labour to give baby’s lungs a chance to get up to speed. After 4 days she had had enough of waiting. Despite being in hospital already the nursing staff didn’t actually realise I was in labour until the baby was nearly here! There was mild panic as I was whisked up to the delivery ward and Chris was frantically phoned. Luckily he was already en route as, unusually, he hadn’t heard from me all day (the only time I’ve ever been too preoccupied to reply to emails!) So Chris was there to support me wonderfully as I brought Eve Florence into the world.
Learning to accept for once!
Our local hospital had been maxed out so we’d had to be transferred across county by ambulance for two hours to ensure Eve would have access to an incubator. The distance from home wasn’t too bad for me (I’m used to it!) although not great for Chris who was travelling 3 hours every day to visit. For someone who has built a life around being able to go where I like when I like, I was in a curious situation. I knew I was in the best place for all of us, and although I probably didn’t have the capacity to be anywhere else, I really didn’t want to be there. We had no control over outcomes or decisions- we simply had to wait see. I was surprised at my own acceptance, after all, it’s the opposite of this which has helped us created a location Independent lifestyle. Gradually it began to feel strangely comforting to be in someone else’s hands.
Dreaming of her first international trip…
Passports for 3
Now we are home we are settling into being a 3 and loving the beginnings of our new family life. Although I hadn’t planned to, I’m taking maternity leave and Chris is holding the business fort. Not everything has changed though; last week we travelled back to Eve’s place of birth so we could get her birth certificate more quickly so we can get her passport underway! We are toying with the idea of taking a trip somewhere next month and she has already been to London for a weekend.
Everything offers learning
As for me, I’m excited about what I can learn from Eve as we figure things out together. Giving birth taught me that just because you don’t think you can do something doesn’t make it true. It also taught me a lot about trust- that sometimes all you can do is believe that it will all be ok. For us, with our strong, healthy, tiny girl, it couldn’t have worked out better.
and get to swim with turtles!
Our Location Independent future
And what about our location independence? Well, as much as I am loving my new role, I doubt work will be off my radar for long. I was finishing a project while I was in early labour and I’m pretty sure not many other ladies can say they had their laptop with them in the delivery room! As for travel destinations, let’s just say that now I’m feeling more myself again I’m keeping an open mind- after all, summer in the UK won’t last forever…
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