Violet_Lotus, your up!!
:) Have fun!!
Oh goodness! I am just now catching up with email/mothering and didn't realize it's my spotlight week. I was enjoying reading Segolilly's spotlight and just happened to scroll down some discussions and notice mine. Apologies for the delay and hopefully my response isn't too late!
Ok, here goes...
My name is Saadia and my family consists of my daughter (8) husband, his 5 children, and my parents. I currently live in the Washington DC metro area in Prince George's County, Maryland with my daughter and parents. My husband and his children live in New York City. My daughter and I will be relocating there in January, soon after the baby is born, so until then we commute and visit each other every few weeks. It hasn't been easy but our relationship started off long distance and at least now the end is in sight.
Hmm, what else? My parents immigrated to the US from Eritrea before I was born and my brother and I were born and raised in Nevada, although I attended college in the SF Bay Area and lived there for some years. They planned to move back a few times but due to the long civil war with Ethiopia, it just wasn't feasible. Currently, I work part time as a graduate teaching assistant and am working towards a PhD in African Studies (Public Policy and Development) and have previously worked as an elementary school teacher, and for an international development NGO. My husband does video production work and is working on a documentary which is kind of how we met.
We're planning to deliver this little one with a midwife at a birth center and hopefully homeschool our children in the future. Also, we're Muslim and part of a Sufi group (tariqa). Although Ramadan started last week, I am not fasting this year as pregnant women are exempt from fasting (as are nursing mothers too). I'm a vegetarian and always happy to see recipes being shared. Please feel free to ask anything!
I was actually going to ask if your parents are moving with you and/or if you're going to stay with them for a specific period of time after the birth--which sort of ties in with your previous response about traditions.
Also, what religion and ethnicity is your husband, and if different from yours, how do you (and your family) deal with that?
(not really a question for your spotlight (or a question at all), but my husband is Muslim, though he is 5th generation via converted great-great grandparents in Philadelphia during the 1910's Back to Africa movement...not an immigrant by choice. I have most of a Master's education in community development, myself. Your brief bio sounds pretty darn amazing--and familiar--to me. :) ) /tangent
Oh, what style of baby carrier is traditional to Eritrea?
I would love to see a picture of that! Does it have an official name? Maybe I could try to Google it to get an idea of what it looks like!
How old are your husband's children, and will you all be living together full time when you move there? Are there other parents involved?
On the tangent note, I used to live in PG County, and then for a long time in Charles County. Which birth center are you using (you don't have to answer that if you don't want to!)?
What names are you considering for the baby? Are there naming traditions you feel a desire to follow (or not follow) in your family or your husband's family?
this isn't a question, but i live in prince george's county MD too! and spent a semester in ethiopia doing relief work in 2006, and fell in love with east africa. small world! if you ever want to get together - well, at least till i move in october - let me know :).
is your husband eritrean as well? how long have you been married?