Wednesday, September 10, 2014

22 July 2014 {Sentrain}

This morning Natasha, Tarna, Elda, and I went to the market (marche a madi) to grab some groceries for the week.  It was a little overwhelming with EVERYONE staring at Tarna and I, but it was a good experience to learn how to get ripe crops at the right places at the right prices- Carol Ann is really talented when it comes to shopping in Haiti.  It's also sort of funny because little kids and adults alike constantly yell "blan" (white) wherever we go- especially in the market place.  So, Tarna and I have resorted to saying "nwa" (black) back at the greeting.  It's hilarious to watch their faces as they process our response.  It almost always ends in lots of giggles and intriguing touches to our skin.  Then the question comes up of how we really should greet each other, so we meet new faces and learn their names as they learn ours.  Welcome to making friends in Haiti 101.

As soon as we got home, we were told that we were needed in the clinic.  A delivery!  My first delivery to be a part of in Haiti!  The mother was a young 21 year old girl who was definitely a fighter.  This was her first child and she quite literally started punching the nurses when they tried to prepare to help the baby out.  So, I became in charge of restraining and encouraging her throughout the childbirth, afterbirth, and stitching.  I got a good workout and I'm oft with nail marks and bruises, but it is totally worth it to experience the miracle of this baby girl.  She came out healthy and weighed 5 lbs 9 oz.  I am so, so thankful to have been a part of it, and I loved getting to hold the baby while her mom was recovering (for 30 minutes).  Beautiful little girl!

After the short delivery, we ate lunch and then headed to the guest house to do some more hand-washed laundry.  Then Tasha and I made pies and a molasses cake for tomorrow.  Then Elda made corn for all of us and we sat around playing "Jimel, a konbyen gren?"- so fun.  Then Austin took our crew to the family land past Mawouj.  It was absolutely breathtaking looking over the mountains and valleys.  God did such an amazing job with creation- He said it was good.  And think about His little girl born today- He said that she was very good.
 Yo pare pou marche a.
Nou te bezwen pote sa yo nan tet nou paske nou se ayiysen. 

*** Sorry- no pictures of clinic babies allowed at this point.

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