The New World Order

Ha! Gotcha! From the title of this blog, you probably were expecting my personal in-depth thoughts on the Saudi autocracy’s recent regime changes and new royal family appointments. Or maybe even discussion about the Saudi military leadership in the Yemen situation. Noooope!

This entry is to announce I have my own little prince or princess currently residing in my uterus. As expected (though I am still mostly in denial), this is resulting in an interesting new world order for us, just as we were getting pretty well adjusted and adapting to our new expat life. What can I say…we always look for ways to make the adventure more fun and interesting, and it has definitely been both over these last three months.

Future Family breakfast (Dad and his cereal, Mama and her yogurt, and Baby and his/her bottle)

Future Family breakfast (Dad and his cereal, Mama and her yogurt, and Baby and his/her bottle)

Saudi Themed Announcement (I painted it myself!)

Saudi Themed Announcement (I painted it myself!)

Obligatory Human Fetus In Utero Photo

Obligatory Human Fetus In Utero Photo

This is our first child and I’m sure there will be some unique situations as we plan to rely on the Saudi medical system to handle the pregnancy. My first few visits to the hospital and the doctors have been fun to see how the Saudi culture, insurance, and hospital processes work to handle medical situations. I can’t wait to share some of my observations. For example, the hospital we have chosen is used by the royal families who live in the area and looks like an elegant opera house and includes a salon/spa. Everything has been great so far and as most things here just requires patience. Maternity shopping will also be interesting. We stepped into a Babies-R-Us just to see what they have. The female-image censorship with black Sharpie makes me giggle (see example below). I had to go online to see what a maternity belt is really supposed to look like.

Saudi censorship makes this look like a VERY “supportive” maternity belt. Saudi censored on left. Original product image (from online sources) on right.

Saudi censorship makes this look like a VERY “supportive” maternity belt. Saudi censored on left. Original product image (from online sources) on right.

Part of our family planning decision was based on the experiences of about eight different awesome ladies in our similar situation (i.e. HR dept, compound, insurance, drivers, etc). They have used the Saudi medical system for most of their pregnancy and/or childbirth over this past year. It has been a good mix of first time and experienced moms. So, even though it is WAY out of my comfort zone, I hope to leverage their vast mommy knowledge, ask “girlie” questions, and get their advice on medical & logistical stuff. Wish me luck (and Josh too) we’re definitely gonna need it!! 🙂

Do you have any questions about having babies in Saudi?! Maybe I will need to answer some of them over the next several months anyways so let’s hear ’em.

P.S. Don’t expect the little nugget to cramp my world traveling too much. Assuming my body cooperates, we still have a Spain trip planned in May/June and I have a much needed hugging session scheduled in the USA this July/August.