The Bump Goes International (14 weeks)

Updating the blog this week from Israel while “resting” which is one of my approved pregnant Daughter-In-Law activities. In case you are wondering, other allowed activities include eating, sitting, eating, walking (slowly of course) and oh yes, eating :). This is one well fed bump!

Asaf and I like to sometimes take “side trips” when we go on vacation and this time we decided on a 8 hour stop in London. Upon arrival we took the Tube to Piccadilly Circus which by the way, isn’t a circus at all! 😉 We walked around Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, St. James Park and The National Gallery. Then, like good little tourists, we ate fish and chips and chicken pie in a local pub. One dead camera battery later, we took the Tube back to Heathrow and were on our way to Israel.

In front of the gates at Buckingham Palace.

In front of the gates at Buckingham Palace.

We’ve been here 4 days and aside from eating, we’ve mainly been relaxing and catching up with friends. So far week 14’s main topic is Baby’s gender. Most agree with Asaf’s theory which is that Baby is a boy but, I’ve still got a few stragglers with me who say we are expecting a girl. Only time will tell and we all agree that our only true hope is for a healthy, happy baby (and it would be awesome if they liked to sleep through the night too!)

This week marks 14 weeks with a bun (now the size of a lemon) in the oven. This week our little bun is starting to make faces (funny ones I’m sure), suck his/her thumb and (this one is kinda gross) pee!



Here’s my 14 week update:

Total weight gain so far: I have no idea. I haven’t been on a scale in daaaays!

Cravings: Hard to say. As previously mentioned, no one let’s me go hungry here and everything is delicious.

What I miss: My skin! I don’t know what all this talk is about “glowing skin”. My face is so dry and I’ve got pimples for the first time in years!

What I’m excited about: Brother-in-law’s wedding this coming week. Really looking forward to seeing people we haven’t seen since our own wedding here last June.

What I’m nervous about: Getting back on a 10 hour flight next Saturday.

Note to Baby: Hope you’re enjoying all the hummus! Daddy says he’s sure you are!


Our Big Announcement!

Last night we celebrated the end of our first trimester by posting our news on Facebook and Instagram. It’s been really hard for me to keep quiet about such an exciting time so, I’m thrilled to finally announce! Asaf and I are truly overwhelmed by the level of response we’ve received so far. Thank you all for your love and support. It means the world to us.

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Also, for those of you following along, I had to cancel this week’s appointment with my regular OBGYN. He wanted to wait until they had the results from Tuesday’s blood work so, I’ll be seeing him once I get back from Israel.


First Trimester Screening – Check!

Yesterday was our First Trimester Screening at Cedars Sinai. Hands down, it was our best appointment yet, and I’m not saying that just because they had snacks in the waiting room (but let’s face it, that was a plus). Everyone was so friendly and the Tech really took the time to point out different things to us such as the placenta, Baby’s spine, brain, bladder, etc. We heard Baby’s heartbeat too! 166 bpm strong and steady! Also, we learned we have a wiggly worm on our hands! Our Baby did NOT want to stay still for measurements and pictures. He/She was moving and kicking and stretching all over the place! We even caught what we think to be a little yawn! 🙂

Afterwards, the Doctor came by and reviewed each image with us. She explained the rest of the screening process and what would happen next (wait 7 days for blood results/come back at 18 weeks). Since we didn’t have any questions, she sent the nurse in to take some blood.

I always have a REALLY hard time giving blood because I have small veins. There are times I end up with arms like a heroin addict, 4 or 5 bruises up and down my arms. So I always go in with my standard warning: “I have small veins. I bruise easy. I drank some water, hopefully that helps. You may need to draw from my hand. Good luck (to us both)”. Well, this Phlebotomist had no problem at all! Instead of looking for a vein she felt around for one (gently! Read: She didn’t have to smack my arm a bunch of times!). Needless to say I thanked her profusely and then proceeded to reward myself with a Ritz cracker pack (the peanut butter kind) on the way out.

And now, without further adieu – meet our Baby! A real cutie if I do say so myself! 😛



12 weeks down! 28 to go!

Thursday marked 12 weeks of preggohood! Yipee! I can see the light at the end of the “First Trimester Tunnel”!

We have two Doctor appointments coming up this week which is exciting/terrifying. Tomorrow is our 1st Trimester Screening and Wednesday is a visit with the OBGYN. Hoping Tuesday’s appointment will result in some super cute photos to share 🙂 Speaking of photos, I’ve added a page to this blog – Bump Pics! Go see how ginormous I’m getting!

I read that Baby is developing reflexes this week! Baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his/her toes will curl, his/her eye muscles will clench, and his/her mouth will make sucking movements. How cute!

Here’s my 12 week update:

Total weight gain so far: I think we’ve officially hit the 2 lb mark people (honestly it feels like a lot more).

Cravings: I’ve been eating like a squirrel lately. Lots of nuts and fruits (fresh and dried) and granola bars throughout the day. I can never decide what sounds good for dinner so Asaf has been doing most of the cooking/decision making. Yay Asaf!

What I miss: My favorite pair of jeans! I tried to wear those bad boys on Tuesday and it was NOT a pretty sight. 😦

What I’m excited about: Our upcoming pregnancy announcement! We’ve decided to announce Friday!

What I’m nervous about: Not being able to fit into the dress I bought (pre-pregnancy) for Asaf’s brother’s wedding. I tried it on yesterday and it still fit BUT there isn’t much room in there for a growing belly!

Note to Baby: Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!


Puppy Love

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As many of you know, Asaf and I already have a baby (kinda) — our nine year old diabetic Shih Tzu, Pebbles (nicknamed Klevster). Here’s something you may not know (I definitely didn’t know this 3 months ago) dogs sense pregnancy! Geez! Think about all the money I could have saved on pregnancy tests! Anyways, as this little barnacle was attached to my side, I managed to Google this phenomenon and found this quote which pretty much describes our current household dynamics (though thankfully she isn’t big on barking). You can find the whole article here: Baby Center Link

It’s common for dogs to go on alert and become overprotective of their expecting owner from the very beginning of her pregnancy. I’ve worked with dogs that growled, barked, or blocked doors with their bodies to prevent other family members — even the baby’s father — from coming into the same room as the mom-to-be.

Nikole Gipps, Animal Behavioralist

When the baby arrives, I’ll probably lose my little furry shadow and she’ll go back to being best friends with whomever is most likely to drop their food. In the meantime, I am really enjoying the constant company. After all, Klevster never complains about my questionable television show selections ::cough cough Honey Boo Boo:: and she doesn’t shoot me a sideways glance when I accidentally finish off all the peach sorbet. What more can a prego girl ask for?