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Terrorist attack(s)

ETA: There have been at least two more attacks since I posted this entry this morning. :-<  Will be staying home.

A car bomb went off this morning outside the Cairo Security Directorate, about 5.5 miles from our house, as the crow flies.  I heard the explosion, even with my earplugs in. At least 2 dead and 40 wounded. :(  We had an appointment with our doctor at the clinic* where we'll be giving birth; I think today is not the day to do it.

* a few miles away from the police HQ that was bombed.


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Jan. 24th, 2014 06:47 am (UTC)
Oh boy. That is just terrible. I'm so sorry for everyone who was hurt and for the two who died, and I'm so relieved you were at home--but how frightening, to hear the explosion. I'm mad, too, that I haven't listened to the news and heard this.

… When is your due date? Any chance of your going back to France to give birth? … Any chance of your going back to France to stay?
Jan. 24th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
Aw, don't be mad at yourself
I had just let the cat out onto the balcony to eat and use her litter box and had climbed back into bed, which is why I heard it, I think. We had a lot (for us) of rain and some thunderstorms mid-December (when you asked about the snow), so I thought, "Thunder?" But the rumble went on a bit long and was, I don't know, heavier(?). I lay there for a moment and then went outside to make sure the laundry I had left out overnight was not going to get soaked. The sky was cloudless, though, and I saw another lady standing out on her balcony, trying to figure out what was going on. :(

I'm due on or around 23 Feb. I don't think any airlines would let me fly at this point--unless there was an emergency--but no, I'm not planning on going back. Just reading up on what to do if a baby is born at home/in a car. :P

It is the anniversary of the first revolution this weekend, hence the trouble, but word is that it will last until the 11 of February, at least. :-
Jan. 24th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Aw, don't be mad at yourself
I'll keep praying for you. And Egypt.

I knew a woman who had her baby in the car. They got stuck in traffic on a bridge!

How was your first delivery? (I should go back and check.) Was it uneventful? In general, subsequent ones are easier...
Jan. 26th, 2014 09:23 am (UTC)
Pretty fast
With Sprout, I had mild and well-spaced out contractions starting around 4 p.m. They got stronger and closer together at 8 p.m. but didn't seem enough for me to call the hospital. And my mil said, "Oh, it's not coming." ;) My water broke at 22:22 and Sprout was born 5h50m later. So, pretty fast. And I went from a 4 to an 8 in 30 minutes. My current ob-gyn said that I had a fast labor and used a term for it (meaning it wasn't really good), but it wasn't "precipitous" I don't think. I've heard that subsequent ones can be faster (true for you?), so she wants me to call her as soon as I start having contractions.

It was fairly uneventful, except that I threw up with every. single. contraction for three and a half hours straight. (I didn't have an epidural and all my research says that an epidural this time won't help either with the nausea.) They had to put me on oxygen at the end because Sprout was suffering from fetal distress and was born with the cord wrapped twice around her neck.
So this time, I'm thinking I'll probably puke again, but a) it will be over quicker, and b) I will know that even though I feel like I'm dying*, it will pass and I'll survive.

* I think I'm dying even when I have a severe migraine. :P
Jan. 26th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Pretty fast
Ouf, the puking with every contraction -_- Like the contractions themselves aren't bad enough.

My first subsequent birth (i.e., second birth!) was *very* fast, but I think that's because it came only 19 months after the first and so the system was all geared up. I was thinking I had lots of time (I lived within walking distance of the hospital), then all of a sudden I sort of felt that I'd gone into transition. We got a lift from friends to the hospital and the ninja girl was born before they could finish the intake (like, 30 minutes later).

The next came two-and-a-half years later, and the labor was long but very easy (and for all that it was long, it wasn't as long as the first birth). This was in Japan. The nurses were *really* good with the breathing directions, and Little Springtime was born really peacefully. Then it was four-and-a-half years later that the healing angel was born. For him, the doctor gave me a shot to start labor, and, as is often the case w/induced birth, it proceeded along pretty quickly after that, but not unbearably so.

I had an epidural for the first birth--against my will but they pressed it on me--and it was a bad experience. The subsequent births were all without one, and I was always so HAPPY and so HIGH with how well I felt directly after the baby was out of me. So yeah--I know it's a very personal thing and people's experiences and situations vary tremendously, but I am completely with you on not having an epidural.
Jan. 24th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
Stay safe!!!
Jan. 26th, 2014 09:37 am (UTC)
We'll do our best. I stay pretty close to home, but J is still going out and about (to his jiujitsu training, etc).
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Jan. 26th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
Thanks. Think of you as well.
Jan. 24th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about the troubles in that part of the world! Stay safe! I'll be thinking of you every time I check up on the news.
Jan. 24th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts.
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Jan. 26th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
::hugs:: back at ya.
Jan. 24th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yup, no doubts any more about whether to go or not. Stay safe.
Jan. 26th, 2014 09:56 am (UTC)
Hehe, especially since you posted around 8 p.m. and our appt was at noon. ;)
Jan. 26th, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
LOL... we'll we HAD talked together before that.
Jan. 24th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Keeping you all in my thoughts. Stay safe, be well.
Jan. 26th, 2014 09:59 am (UTC)
We appreciate it.
Jan. 25th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
worry about the 3 and 8/9 of you but God is watching and will keep you safe. Katie says Feb 15 is a good b day haha. hugs to all from oklahoma
Jan. 26th, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
Don't know which day of Feb, but it should be Feb, at least. :P
Jan. 26th, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
Hope you stay safe!
Jan. 26th, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
Will do!
Feb. 6th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
OMG. So glad you're safe.
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