If you’d asked me where I’d be at 26-weeks pregnant at the beginning of this pregnancy… I wouldn’t have said “Calgary!” But, here we are, settled into our fully-furnished temporary apartment (NO complaints!) and I’m more than halfway to the finish line.
One of my big heartbreaks about leaving Montreal was that I would have to leave the care of my midwife and the prospect of delivering in a beautiful Birth Centre. I still can’t get over how fortunate I am to have secured a midwife here in Calgary, and even though it’s not covered by provincial health, we will foot the bill to deliver at a private Birth Centre in our new city. There are only two birth centres in all of Alberta, so I’m counting my lucky stars! I have had one appointment so far with my new midwife, and while her approach and personality are naturally different than my first midwife, this is by no means a bad thing! She’s a mother and grandmother and the current president of the Alberta Association of Midwives… no big deal! Baby is growing well and I’m all set up for my delicious diabetes screening test this week.
As far as enjoying our new home, I have to say, we are really, really loving it here in Calgary! Although we are living downtown right now, it’s a very tranquil downtown compared to what I’m used to in Montreal or Vancouver. Things tend to shut down after business hours, so to my surprise there was no nearby Starbucks open to quench my thirst for a decaf latte on Saturday night! Our apartment is right by Prince’s Island Park, so we have been for walks and to the playground every day. We’ve also discovered the indoor garden and playground at the CORE Shopping Centre (the Devonian Gardens), become members of the Calgary Zoo and visited the downtown library.
For just about a year on the nose, Cub had been attending day care three to four days a week, so we both have some adjusting to do now that I’m a SAHM for the second time around. I’m going to work on keeping us on a decent routine, since I noticed he thrived on the predictability and stability of his day care home. I’ve made myself a list of daily activities to get us out of the apartment, but don’t you worry, there will be room for TV shows and iPad while I get my blog business done! He’s getting much better at independent play, which is also a huge relief.
Have you ever transitioned yourself back into being a SAHM? Have you given birth in a Birth Centre?