Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns around the globe

You may remember me telling you that I was involved in the writing of the fantastic book Knocked Up Abroad, well I’m really excited to tell you that there is a follow up book that has just been released!  I thought I’d share a little about the book.  I’m not in this one but there are some fantastic people with some amazing stories involved!

Read on to hear about Knocked Up Abroad Again, the contributors and how you can get your hands on a copy!

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What is Knocked Up Abroad Again about?

Knocked Up Abroad Again is the second anthology in the Knocked Up Abroad series, and features stories from 25 different countries as written from the diverse perspectives of 26 women. Each mother, with her unique voice and from her perspective, describes the highs and lows of motherhood as she straddles the distance between what was once familiar with the reality of the challenges posed by her foreign environment.

This heartwarming, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking collection of stories illustrates that the more we see, the more we learn about ourselves as human beings.
The adventuresome spirit of someone who leaves their home country is carried into how they end up expanding their family. Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns around the globe will take readers on an exciting journey and will keep both experienced travelers and those who prefer to explore from the comfort of their couch entertained and wanting more.

Knocked Up Abroad Again provides a glimpse of the wide range of experiences women face when giving birth and raising their children in a foreign culture, language, and environment. Regardless of the cultural or medical approach, parents everywhere in the world worry about the same thing: the health of their unborn baby. In each of the unique stories in Knocked Up Abroad Again, the concepts of family and love translate into every language and are uniquely celebrated around the world.

Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns is currently available only on Kickstarter in paperback and ebook formats.

About The Contributors

knocked up abroad again book contributors

The contributors of Knocked Up Abroad Again are all talented writers whose essays can be found on The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Babble, Scary Mommy, ParentCo, Salon, BLUNTMoms, Mamalode, and more. They have tapped into emotional depths to bring readers their personal pregnancy, miscarriage, birth, and parenting stories while living in a foreign country.

About The Editor And Contributing Author

knocked up abroad again editor and contributor lisa ferland

Lisa Ferland is a US citizen who has lived abroad in Sweden since 2012, working as a writer, editor, publisher, and public health consultant. She is currently raising a Lego lover and a Pippi Longstocking fanatic who enjoy behaving like Swedish children with the added bonus of American Thanksgiving holidays.

The Launch

Available only on Kickstarter: http://bit.ly/knockedupabroadagain
Dates: September 19—October 19, 2016
Website: knockedupabroad.eu

 

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Knocked Up Abroad Again Book Trailer

 

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Hospital Diary part 1

I wrote a little diary while I was in hospital having Freddie, so I thought I’d share it on the blog!!

I’ll start off with part one, my admission into hospital the day before my Caesarian.
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Hospital Diary part 1:
10/08/15
This morning at 10am I came to hospital for admission.
The maternity ward has been moved up a floor since when I had Arthur.  It’s not perfect by any means but it’s a lot better.  There is air con, and the walls are A LOT fresher.

I was taken to a little room with Mark and had the monitor strapped to me for around half an hour.   The view from the window was lovely, we were looking right out onto the botanical gardens!
Mahe botanical gardens, view from admission room Victoria hospital
The nurse didn’t really look at the graph when it was finished, anyway it was pretty unreadable as the machine was pretty much just chewing up the paper!!
I was asked a few questions about my health and then came the question on religion!  I said I had none, the nurse seemed ok with this but then pointed at me and said “but you believe in God right!?”  Cue me feeling very awkward “ummmm no……sorry”  He didn’t say anything.  We’ve been here before, everyone is religious in the Seychelles, mostly catholic, and no one can understand that we are not.
The nurse disappeared off for a little while and I was then taken to what I can only describe as a waiting room for women waiting to have their babies.
I remember how bored I was last time on this day when I had Arthur.
I’m sure it’s dragged even more this time, I passed the time by doing a cross stitch I’ve been meaning to do forever!  My plan was that I would really make the most of this time alone and prep lots of blog posts (no internet!!) as its a rarity and soon it will be even more so, but I’m feeling nervous and anxious and not very motivated to do anything.  Writing this is helping my nerves though!

Last time I was in a room by myself all day, this time the room has been full on and off all day.  There’s three other women who have been here since I have and two other women have come and gone, not sure where they certainly weren’t in final stages of labour and weren’t prepped for surgery or anything!
I remember that it was hot in the room last time but I am so relieved there is air con now!!   There’s no nice view in this room, we are looking out on the back of the building and onto another hospital building, the space between the two frankly looks like a bit of a dumping ground!
I’ve been told I can eat and drink until midnight.  I’ve also been told that the anaesthetist will be round to see me at some point this evening.
Mark, his Mum and Arthur came to visit for a couple hours this afternoon.  Apparently Arthur had been as good as gold all day but it was lovely to see how excited he was to see me when he got here!   We gave him his Pirate Pete I’m a new big brother
book to read while I’m in hospital! He read it at bed time with daddy and loved it.
The rest of the day was very dull!  I was told the  anaesthetist would come and see me at some point, that never happened!
Midwives came to do their last checks at about 11 so got to sleep sometime after that.  My sleep, unsurprisingly was very broken after all the next day I’d be having our second baby!!!

I’ve had a lot of pregnancy ‘guilt’ this time around, fueled entirely by my worry for how Arthur would cope, firstly being away from me for a few days which he never has been before and secondly how he would deal with the huge change becoming a brother would entail.

I realise that it sounds sort of ridiculous to worry so much about how Arthur will ‘cope’ without me. I’ll be honest, I think it’s just as much a sadness for me to be away from him!!

Soon I’ll share my hospital diary part 2 aka Freddie’s birth story!!

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How I know my son is an island baby!

How I know my son is an island baby! How I know my son is an island baby We are lucky enough to be raising Arthur in the Seychelles. Since he was born here this life is all he knows, but we know just how lucky he is!! I think if we had to move back to the UK tomorrow, there would be some fairly big differences in Arthur compared to other kids his age! So I thought I’d put together a little list on how I know my son is an island baby!

  • Amongst his first words are: Bat, beach, boat, fish, as well as his own special version of the word swimming.  If this doesn’t make him an island baby I don’t know what does!?
  • He is a little fish.  We’ve taken him swimming since he was 6 weeks old, at least once a week but usually more!  He is so confident and happy in the water.  Apart from when we took him to the UK to visit the grandparents he has only ever swam outside!
  • He walks around all day in just a nappy…..frankly anything more is too hot!!  Hell, if I could get away with walking around like that all day I would too!!
  • The closest he’s ever got to being cold was British summer time!
  • His hair is sun kissed and he has a perpetual tan despite my best efforts with the sun cream.  In fact his tan is better than mine!
  • He’s never been to any special baby class, there aren’t any!
  • His best friend is our neighbours cat!
  • Rain is a novelty to him and he’s very excited by it!
  • He hardly ever gets bitten by Mosquitos, when he does it doesn’t bother him at all!!  Everyone we know (including us) when they come to the Seychelles for the first time gets munched on by Mosquitos and the bites itch too!!
  • He’s happiest when he’s outside, preferably at the beach!!  Playing in the sand is the best!  We took him to the beach for the first time when he was 1 week old!!
  • Toys aren’t really that interesting to him….give him some stones, sticks or water to play with and he’s made up!!!
  • Arthur thinks his grandparents live in my iPad!  Thanks to the wonder that is Skype!!
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