Deciding to have a baby wasn't hard.... now the decision of WHERE to have him has been the tough part. At first we thought to have him around family in Guayaquil, where I (Monica) would be comfortable and in trusted hands. But after going through the 10 hour trip from the coast to the jungle, largely pregnant, we scratched that option off.
The second option was to have him in the hospital in Tena or in the Jungle. Just 45 minutes away from home, this seemed like a no brainier. Until I heard the maternity ward is just what it sounds like... a WARD! All kinds of expecting mothers in pain in the same area together. Therefore, no men allowed. This means i would have to face childbirth all alone without the only person i would want there anyway, Kelvin. No way, not for me! i know i need all the support i can get.
Ok, option number three. What if we have the baby in Quito? Quito is only 4 hours away and has great hospitals. Here is the deal breaker, we would have to rent an apartment for a month plus the cost of the birth would have been too much for us to handle.
So last minute, we opted for something that hadn't crossed our minds, but makes so much sense, to have the baby back in the States. It works so great since we were already planning to head back to MN in the summer.
Yes, we had to change our plans around once again, but we trust that God's timing is always right, and there are reasons why things turned out the way they did.
So we are heading back home as we speak! (we are a little late on posting this entry). We are excited to see everyone again and of course, to give birth to our little bundle of joy back with our families in MN.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!