Coming from India, where medical profession is not so regulated, Canada is a huge change. We didn’t have a family doctor yet, but with the pregnancy, things get into a fast forward mode for us.
We haven’t had to experience the infamous wait times etc in Canada yet (fingers and toes crossed that we don’t). We did have to wait for 2 -3 weeks for our first appointment with the family doctor. But once that happened, things fell into place quite easily. Our family doctor referred us to a great ob-gyn and she works right across from my office!!
By this time, I have made a few acquaintances at work. Haven’t announced my pregnancy yet, waiting for the first trimester to get over as they say the chances of miscarriage are pretty high then. I am still on probation and mulling to myself if I should tell the manager about the pregnancy before probation is over. I decide not to, because of the first trimester thing again.
Trying to go for a walk everyday. Work is new and I am learning and doing a lot ; really enjoying my work but three words play constantly in my head – I am pregnant.
You can tell how much having a baby was on our minds, or how naive we were, when we signed a lease for a tiny 1 bedroom apartment for our first year in Toronto.
Our first night in the new house, we find out about the pregnancy. It was all too sudden for me and to be honest, I was kind of in a denial. I could never imagine myself having kids and yet here I was. Was I ready for a baby, or is it possible to ever be ready? I guess not. You take baby steps (pun intended).
And what better time or place for a brand new phase of life – new country, new job, new everything. People say their lives change a lot after a baby, but our new lives were already in a flux. When we have a baby after a few months, it would be a part of our quest to find the new normal.
I see people with a few days old babies, doing their grocery shopping at Walmart or traveling to offbeat places and slowly, I am getting used to the idea that having a baby can be a manageable experience.
Maybe right now, you have a smirk on your face with a thought in your head – let’s see about that. So you know what – yes, let’s see about that.
2016… A year like no other for me.
The year of moving to a new country
The year of leaving a job without knowing if I will get another where I was going
The year of landing in Canada and within 2 weeks, getting several job offers. Oh the high of knowing you are valued!
The year of living in a cramped basement for the first time in my life and then moving into a tiny 1 bedroom apartment
The year of learning to do everything by myself.
The year of feeling uprooted
The year of feeling free like I hadn’t in a long time
The year when I became pregnant. Oh my, can anything come close to the memories of the time when your life changes irreversibly.
More on this last change in the next few blogs, oh I have got so much to say. 😊
Not being a partygoer, or even much of a drinker, my new years’ eves have always been somewhat boring. This year was still no party, but it was certainly not boring. An impromptu trip to a nearby town with family … Continue reading