Back in the US

May 20, 2009

Well, a lot has happened in the last few months. We have moved back to the US as of about three weeks ago. When we originally moved to Mexico it was with the plan to stay one year. After a year and a half, we decided that we needed to move back to the US, though the decision was not an easy one to come by.

Reasons why we had to come back

  1. I'm pregnant (due end of October) and we wanted to take advantage of free childcare in the form of grandparents. Plus, hubby grew up with his grandparents in another country and he was only able to see them during his visits to Europe in the summer. He wanted his kid to live closer to his grandparents and see them often so they would have a closer relationship than he had with his.
  2. Because I have friends with kids in the US, I started to realize that the tests and medical care that I was receiving as a pregnant lady in Mexico were not the same as the tests and care my friends in the US were receiving and I guess I sort of panicked and wanted to be sure that everything was being checked. Also- hubby was tired of me having to translate everything the doctor said and was terrified that something would happen to me and he wouldn't be able to understand what was happening. (I had a girlfriend on standby to help with translation during labor and stuff, but he just felt more comfortable being in an English-speaking country).
  3. Though we were able to run our business from Mexico, we were not able to make the kind of income we were making in the States and so we were not saving as much. We didn't dip into savings, but we didn't create any additional savings either. This could be because we weren't working as much (by choice) or because it's harder to land small bread and butter jobs when you can't meet with people face to face. It's odd, a company is happy to spend $40k without seeing you, but if they're going to spend $5k they want to see you 15 times.
  4. The Swine Flu was making lots of news and though Quintana Roo claims not to have any cases of it, there are lots of Americans who contracted it on trips to QR, so someone isn't telling the truth. It's very bad for pregnant women to have any fever, let alone a severe one, and once you have symptoms they don't want to let you back in the US. We decided it would be better to have swine flu in the US.
So basically, it was time to leave. Our friends in Playa have bet that we will only make it one winter here, and they may be right. We certainly loved living in Mexico. I finally got fluent in Spanish and had a dream in Spanish and Hans got involved in mapping some of the cave systems. We've already decided that if they kid is an "easy" kid we'll be back some time in the near future.

I won't be updating this blog anymore, since it's about living in Mexico, not New Jersey. I haven't decided if I'll do another blog right now. I'm enjoying connecting over Facebook, which is alot easier than coming up with something interesting to write! So, thanks for reading and good luck in your travels and your life.


Steve Cotton said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy. I thought something must be up. Your blog name was languishing at the bottom of my list.

It was great following your adventures. After all, they helped get me where I am now. If you decide to return to Mexico, please start blogging again.

Nancy said...

Good luck to you, parenthood has been one of the main joys of my life, and I'm sure it will be for you two.

My Way said...

Congrats to you and congrats on making a tough decision to move back. I totally think you made the right choice.

It was nice meeting you and hope you transition is smooth. :)

Mamacita Chilena said...

Congratulations! I totally understand wanting to have your baby in the U.S. Makes sense. Even after four years in Chile and this feeling more like home, than home home, I would still never have a baby here if I had the choice.

Good luck!!!! And let us know if you start a new blog :)

On Mexican Time said...

Felicidades y buena suerte!!!

Fned said...

Wow!!! Congrats on the happy news! I think your time in Mexico was well spent and am so glad you enjoyed your time in Playa. Now a new phase is beginning and I wish Hans and you a all the happiness in the years to come.


P.S. Can I still use the DINKs motto? =)

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

Congrats on the baby. I thin that you made a right decision for this part of your lives. At least for the reasons that you listed.

I moved here when my kids where 4 and 5 and that was perfect timing. You can always come back.

guaya said...

Hola, felicidades por el bebe por llegar!!! que emocion, que lastima que tuviste que regresar a estados unidos, esta es una buena zona para criar a un bebe, pero tambien entiendo que las cuestiones medicas son mejores en Estados Unidos.

Mucha Suerte, fue divertido leer tu blog.

Ilene Springer said...

All the best to you and your new family. Sounds like you made a very difficult but logical choice. Thanks for visiting my blog

Michele in Playa said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I'm sure you will be back one day soon. ;) Mexico is a wonderful place to raise children should you choose to make it your home. Best of luck and happiness to you both!

Anna said...

I am missing you both terribly already but happy that you are settling in in New Jersey. Back for a long weekend for Michele's wedding on Aug 20-25 so we'll definitely catch up. Looking forward to seeing you looking very pregnant - I bet you can't wait. Julio and I are looking into buying a house and there will always be a spare room in it for you guys when you visit Cozumel:)

jillian said...

very cool. congratulations!

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Ikal Living - Playa del Carmen said...

Congrats! when is your next trip and post?

Francesca Maggi said...

I guess that changes your DINK status! Although a lot of people prefer being abroad due to free health&childcare (nursery schools).


Francesca Maggi
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