It has definitely been an adventure to have had a baby in another country. Some adventures we loved some made us wish he was born on US soil.
When your pregnant or have a baby in your hand in this country:
- you get bumped up in lines (awesome b/c sometimes you have to wait for hrs.)
- people are very helpful (normally everyone minds their own business and does their own thing)
- people move out of the way in the side walk (usually they just bump into you not thinking twice about it, it's not meant to be rude).
- your rude apt manager forgets they hate you (Yes!)
- everyone including little kids feel the need to give you advice & comment on your body
- To get his birth cert. was a huge headache:
- hours (not exaggerating) of waiting in line to then be told we needed another document that's not on the requirements list they gave us hours ago.
- it took 3 wks w/the same thing mentioned above happening every time
- insisted on putting me down as a single mother. Their arguement was your not considered married when your in another country.
- advised to get married in this country
It's been fabulous to receive baby packages from so many friends & family!
Mari gets 3 months of maternity leave and returning only 80% of her scheduled hours.