Celebrating at Pirates Beach – Three Years ago I had a baby in Costa Rica

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Happy Birthday to my Minnie Mouse.  Celebrating at Pirates Beach

 

Happy Birthday to my Minnie Mouse

Happy Birthday to my Minnie Mouse

Three Years Ago I Had a Baby in Costa RicaThis morning my husband and I were reminiscing about the birth of our daughter three years ago. It was a wonderful experience. My obstetrician, Dr. Adam Paer, is located in Escazu, San Jose. It was important for me to have someone bilingual. My Spanish is good, but when it comes to medical terms I didn’t know that much. He is also the only doctor in Costa Rica that will perform a water birth, which was my original birthing plan.Since we live about four hours away from San Jose, we rented a condo in Escazu two weeks before my due date, just to be on the safe side. I went into labor past my due date, of course. We drove to Hospital La Catolica in the middle of the night; I was impressed that my husband didn’t get us lost. After laboring for hours without drugs, then an epidural, I finally gave birth via cesarean on Thursday, April 15, 2010 to my beautiful daughter, Eden Joy. The nursing staff and doctors at the hospital were amazing.Because my daughter was born in Costa Rica, she has dual citizenship and my husband and I have automatic Costa Rican residency. That means we receive a cedula and do not have to leave the country every 90 days for 72 hours. Plus, we get to legally work in Costa Rica without having a work visa. Not a bad deal!This past Saturday I celebrated my daughter’s third birthday with a Minnie Mouse beach party. It was at her favorite playa in Costa Rica, Pirates Beach (in Spanish it is called Bahia de los Piratas), which is several minutes walking distance from Punta Playa Vistas. I bought a huge piñata and filled it with confites (candy), hired a coppero – someone who makes snow cones with different flavors of fruit juice and evaporated milk and had my neighbor cook delicious local food. It was so much fun and most importantly Eden had a blast. I really love raising my daughter here!

Eden giving the Minnie Mouse pinata a whack.  Pinatas are a Costa Rican birthday tradition.  They are filled with candies and little toys.  Once the pinata is broken thecandy spills out and the children run and fill up their goody bags with treats.

Eden giving the Minnie Mouse pinata a whack. Pinatas are a Costa Rican birthday tradition. They are filled with candies and little toys. Once the pinata is broken the candy spills out and the children run and fill up their goody bags with treats.

Eden all snuggled up at Hospital La Catolica.  Don't you just want to pinch her cheeks?

Eden all snuggled up at Hospital La Catolica. Don’t you just want to pinch her cheeks?

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