Most incredible thing I have done! Fidel arrived in August 2017, healthy and happy, to bring love and light to his mom and dad’s lives!
Aside from the absolute joy of having him, I discovered gnarlier sides of being a mom in the US. I was not rehired at a job that has employed me for four years in a row, and in which I thrived and excelled (yearly contract). In short, I was laid off six months into my pregnancy. Additionally, I was offered three different spots for PhD programs, which I had to defer from, and which I was ultimately not able to afford with a family. Not working nor benefitting from paid maternity leave, unwilling to search for and start a new job with a newborn/infant at home, the three of us moved to Brazil, where we are now, closer to my husband’s family. It is warm and light here, Fidel is so happy and growing so fast. As for me: I am ready to get back to my academic and professional pursuits!