Pregnancy

Letter from Korea, October 2012

Suwon, South Korea
October, 2012

Dear Ireland,

It has been a while, but as much as I want to blame others I don’t think it would do much good. Some people are just poor at maintaining a schedule. I wish the same could be said for a woman’s womb.

As you can probably imagine the experience over the past few months has been mostly revolving around the fact that in less than a month myself and Herself are going to be parents. It has gone beyond the stage where we can feign shock at the end of youth, as there is no escaping our fate now. Not that I’m complaining.


Week 8: Kickin it up a notch!

This week was our final doc appointment in South Korea Lil. Week 7 and 8 were pretty busy times for you in there. You got some feets and hands and are about to lose that tail…sorry, but its less cool once you get out. You’re about 1.9 cm now and your super brain is now taking shape but thats not the only superness going on inside you.


Pumpin’ Strong

,mHey lil E.

Today was a very momentous day. We heard your heart beat. This is the same heartbeat that will be pumping strong for the next century! It was an unbelievable sound. What was equally as amazing was that you were like a beautiful lightening bug blinking with every beat. Your heart at only 6 weeks beats at 119 bpm.


Fast and Furious Growth

Our little “dot”

This is very cool. Daddy and I have a secret and everyday we walk around our big city trying to to burst and tell everyone you are inside!

You must be growing ALOT! During the day I am always starving and exhausted. I think it is because you are sleeping and grow more when you are asleep then awake.

You are just a little over 5 weeks but already wipe me of my energy, but it’s okay, I am loving my long naps (Eunee too)


Your first…first

Today was a very special day. It was your first trip to the doctor, even at only 4 weeks and 1 day (we think). You are the little black spot inside of that white oval near the top of the picture.

Your doctor is a nice woman named Dr. Shin. She spoke a little English and gave us a cute book to keep track of your growth (and mine)

She said you were 2mm big. She said, “That dot is your preg.”

We already love you, our Preg.

Your Dad has nicknamed you little elephant (they are for good luck).

He wants to take a picture of you everyday so we can watch you grow.

Today is Day 16 we think.


Letter from Korea, June 2012.

Suwon
South Korea
June 28, 2012

 

Dear Ireland,

Are ye well? I have been doing my best to find the time to write this month’s letter before the month is out for a very good reason. As much as I would like to write about Ireland’s disastrous showing in Euro 2012 and my efforts to watch each game at 4am, there are more important things to note in this month’s letter. The whole of my world as an Irishman in Korea has suddenly changed from its original Hemingway-in-Paris aspirations to an all too realistic situation.


It’s Official: UNDP Says Korea Now Feminist Paradise (NOT April 1 Joke!)

(Source: unknown)

If there was only one statistic that best sums up contemporary Korean society, then that would be its “Gender Empowerment Measure” (GEM). Calculated by the UNDP, it is:


Sex and the University, Part 4: A Scared 19 Year-Old’s Ob-Gyn Experience

( Source: Dramabeans )

With thanks to Marilyn for translating it, allow me to present the fourth and final article in the Sex and the University series:

겁많은 스무살 기자의 산부인과 검진 체험기 / A scared 20 year-old reporter’s ob-gyn exam experience (19 in Western age)


Resisting the Criminalization of Abortion in South Korea

( Source )

Like Lindsay Lohan says, some stories do indeed keep on growing. And the more I’ve learned about abortion in recent weeks, the more certain I am that if it doesn’t become a hot political issue for Lee Myung-bak in the remaining years of his presidency, then it certainly will be if not addressed by his successor.


Energizer Night Race 2010

When I was a boy, our old man used to take us out jogging. Along with other compulsory components of being a Farrand, which included weeding the garden, learning German and picking up the dog poop, jogging was invariably un-looked-forward to in our younger years.
Kids being kids, we had overflowing energy for everything, except anything that was good for us.

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