Saturday, March 25
"He weighs a whopping 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms)! & measures about 14.8 inches (37.5 cms) The baby is very aware of the surroundings. We tend to think of the uterus as a dark place. The uterus actually can be light and dark depending on the mother's environment. You may be able to distinguish sleep and wake cycles in your baby. Although it usually seems as if the baby wants to sleep while you are awake and vice versa at night. This is not indicative of a sleepless newborn." - some website...
So really whats going on -- I woke up today and am easily TWICE as big as I was when I went to bed last night. For about 2-3 weeks now he has been a really good strong kicker - most active at night (bedtime) but he likes to get busy at work too... especially during meetings when we are all sitting in the conference room - he punches, kicks and rolls & makes me feel a little sea sick.
We aren't sleeping so well these days -- the belly is getting in the way, the reflux is kinda bad, we miss Emily (although I like taking over the whole bed), and I'm up 4-5 times per night. I have a nasty cough that started the day after match day... It's not getting worse, but not getting better either --- around 3 in the morning I wake up coughing so hard I give myself (& blasto) uterine cramps!! Not too much fun - but he's staying where he's supposed to be so I won't worry too much.
& hey.... big thanks to everyone who is calling & checking on me while em is out of town!!!
Monday, March 20
|The town sits on the Pacific Ocean bordered to the north by the Rio Baru, on the east by three thousand-foot high mountains and to the south by dark, coffee brown, beaches and coves. One of the most striking features of Dominical can be found while swimming in the water, the town simply disappears. All you see are the tall beach palms and mangroves surrounded by verdant green hills reaching up into the mountains.|
|Dominical has been known for many years to the international surfing community because of its consistently good waves. Only recently has it been discovered by those people attracted to its natural beauty. Not more than twenty years ago the only buildings to be found were a few dilapidated fishing huts built by local fishermen. Since then the town has grown to over 400 permanent residents with a number of small beach front restaurants, bars and cabinas. Even with the emergence and growth of the town, it is possible to walk from one end of Dominical to the other in less than ten minutes.|
The area surrounding Dominical, especially to the south, is almost completely unpopulated. Because of this, the area is full of hundreds of different species of exotic animals including; three different types of toucans, giant green and red iguanas, all four types of native monkeys, parrots of all sizes and hues, three toed sloths and various small cats such as jaguarundis and montegordos. These two types of cats are smaller versions of the spotted jaguar and black panther found to the south in the Osa Peninsula. They are extremely rare and this is one of their last natural habitats found in Central America.
There are two national preserves in the immediate area with three more (Manuel Antonio National Park, Corcovado National Park and Caño Island National Preserve) only an additional hour and a half away. North of town, on the other side of Rio Baru is Hacienda Baru, which is a private 1000 acre preserve. Stretching from the beach with its mangrove swamps filled with bright yellow beaked toucans to its primary forest crested hilltops, Hacienda Baru offers the ecological tourist the opportunity to see a wonderful diversity of tropical plants and animals. To the south is the country's only totally underwater national park, Marino Ballena. Here it is possible to see a pristine and virgin underwater world with scores of multi-colorful marine creatures, coral reefs and jagged, ash black, volcanic rocks and tide pools. In the hills directly east of town are areas of primary forest with numerous waterfalls throughout, including the county's tallest, a three level, 800 foot high mountain of cascading water.
Reaching Dominical and the surrounding area is easier than one might expect. It is a three and a half hour drive from San Jose by car through some of the most visually stunning scenery in the entire country. Traveling south down the Pan-American Highway below Cartago takes you through the country's largest cloud forest and the world's last remaining, sustainable habitat for the endangered quetzal bird. The trip by bus is only an hour more with one stop and change in San Isidro. It is only necessary to rent a four wheel drive car if you intend to do some exploring in the mountains or continue traveling further north or south. It is a one hour drive north to Quepos by car, 4x4 recommended, or an additional half hour by bus. Fitfteen minutes to the south lies Marina Ballena National Park and then an hour more drive takes you to the entrance of Drake's Bay.