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Well, it's been a couple weeks since we got back from our trip to Johannesburg, but after much urging, cajoling, etc (as usual- I'm no blogger) from Raoul I'm only blogging about it now. Read more about Our Trip to Joburg...

I was admitted to the hospital wednesday night. I've had a bad case of gastric flu since Sunday, and haven't been able to get or keep fluids down. Being 5 months pregnant it's very important for the baby that I keep hydrated.We went to the doctor last night to see what I should do, and he suggested I go to hospital and be admitted with an IV drip, so that's what we did. I had an elevated heartrate (110 bpm compared to 79 bpm when I was released thursday), ketones in urine, and was showing other signs of dehydration. Read more about A night in the hospital...

This past Tuesday I had my first appointment with the midwife. I was very excited for the appointment, as it makes things feel a bit more real to get antenatal care started and start planning for the birth and everything. I was also really happy to meet Susan and Ciska, the midwives. This appointment was with Susan, but my next appointment should be with Ciska, who I've had phone contact with since my pregnancy test in December. Both of them should be at the birth unless something comes up (like another woman being in labour at the same time). Read more about Latest pregnancy news...

A few weeks ago Raoul and I were given the awesome opportunity to have a free weekend at Buttonquail Nature Reserve in exchange for doing a review for IOL Travel. We had an absolutely awesome time (despite getting sunburned), and were really thankful for the opportunity. It was something we definitely couldn't have afforded right now otherwise. Read more about A weekend at Buttonquail Nature Reserve...

Very exciting news! Raoul and I got to see the baby for the first time this morning when I went for my ultrasound. Baby looks great! The little one has a strong heartbeat, which we got to hear (and see!). We also got to see the baby move (looks like they're already a better dancer than Raoul or I), and see their little arms and legs waving at us. The baby measured to be 10 weeks and 2 days old, which fit with our estimate. The doctor says everything looks great- healthy and normal. Read more about Baby's first pictures!...

So here I am, writing one of my rare and much anticipated (by whom I don't know, but it makes me feel better to say that) blog posts, and today's topic is...burritos! Yep, that's right, this reluctant blogger has come out of her shell to talk about food. I can't help it. It was the first time I had a burrito since I left the states in May 2007, and it was AMAZING. Read more about Blog-worthy burritos...

On facebook recently, I've seen a number of people (from various countries, including South Africa, but mostly Americans) set their statuses giving their opinions on the election, who they will be voting for, who they hope to win, etc. I haven't said anything in my status about the matter, but I do have strong opinions about it. Today one of my friends posted their status to say that they hope Obama will win the election.

Well, normally I don't blog until Raoul has begged, pleaded, and lectured for at least a couple weeks and has finally ended up chaining me to the computer, but I decided to break my pattern just this once because I'm so excited! Read more about Stylin' and Profilin'!...

Well, it may not compare to hurricane's elsewhere in the world, but it's certainly been a big storm that just hit South Africa. One of IOL's articles on the storm calls it "the worst storm to hit South Africa since 2001". I wasn't here in 2001, so I really wouldn't know, but this storm has been quite impressive. Read more about Hurricane's a-comin'!...

Well, Raoul and I had quite a bit of fun earlier today. Raoul is currently reviewing the Epson Stylus CX8300 printer so he can write a review for IOL Technologies. Last night Raoul brought the printer home from work, and this morning he opened it up to get everything going. Inside the box we discovered some more goodies with the printer- 50 pieces of small, normal size pieces of photo paper, and several pieces of A4 size photo paper, as well as an extra set of ink cartridges. Now we REALLY got ready to have some fun. Read more about Photo Printing...