Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Dear Baby,

Friday I missed the call from our Doctor. I was so upset about it! To make matters worse, she closes early on Friday and so I had to wait allllllllll weekend to find out the results of the blood tests I did the week before. It was agonizing and last night I had so much trouble sleeping.

But it was totally worth the wait! This morning I called the Doctor myself as soon as the office opened and she confirmed that all the tests came back low risk (whew!) and that you are a healthy little GIRL! The only thing she did mention was that my iron counts are a little low. This has happened before – just before I found out I was pregnant with L. She called in a prescription for an iron supplement and in addition, I’ll be adding more spinach and liver into the mix. No biggie. Abba and I just bought this super cool new blender so I’ll be using that to sneak in spinach (will not be using it for the liver lol)

When I called Abba to tell him the good news he thought that I was joking. First I told him that all the tests came back low risk. He was so relieved. Then I told him that you’re a girl and he was so happy! His exact words were “I didn’t think I could do that!” Hahaha He wanted to call Safta and Saba right away. They were happy too! I also called Grandma – today is her birthday! She was surprised but very excited.

It’s so funny, I felt that this pregnancy was so different from my last, but, I didn’t want to say it out loud. This is so unexpected. We’ve been referring to you as a “he” all along! Sorry about that! Gee, I just feel so lucky. Now we’ll have the best of both worlds. ūüôā

12 weeks

Last Friday, I had 11 vials of blood drawn (!!!). My¬†Doctor wanted to run a full panel of tests to screen for any chromosomal abnormalities. As a bonus, we’ll get to find out if Baby 2.0 is¬†a girl or a boy in just under a week! I am supposed to go to a different hospital to have our first trimester ultrasound done by a¬†Perinatologist, but, it looks like the referral is taking longer than it’s supposed to. Here’s the trouble, we have to have this done prior to 13 weeks 5 days. Since¬†we’re all flying to Hawaii next Thursday, I won’t be available to see the Doctor Thursday or Friday. That leaves us with¬†only 4 days to have the ultrasound done. I’m getting quite nervous and well, I’ll be honest…everyone I’ve talked to is¬†a complete idiot¬† I’m not getting much assistance from the Doctors’ offices.

In better¬†news, this week Baby 2 is¬†developing reflexes. His or her¬†fingers are opening and closing and their tiny¬†little toes are curling! Baby is now¬†roughly the size of a lime. I can’t believe that we’re already so close to the end of first trimester! It seems like things are moving really fast this time around. We still haven’t publicly revealed that we’re expecting yet. Although I can be a bit of a loudmouth, I really enjoy this early time, having this secret all to ourselves.

Week 12 update:

Total weight gain so far:¬†5 lbs according to the scale at the Doctor’s office.

Cravings: Breakfast food – Eggs and cheese! Come to Mama!

What I’m excited about: Finding out if you are a girl or a boy. Our trip next week to Hawaii.

What I’m nervous about: A few days ago I felt so dizzy in the shower and I had to sit down. That was scary!

New this week: Officially in maternity pants Рand loving it!

Note to Baby: Spent a lot of time this week thinking about how much your brother will love you. He has so much love to give. I can’t wait for¬†you to meet him.

10 weeks

Baby is 10 weeks today! This week it is the size of a kumquat! While we’re all out here enjoying this unseasonable “Fall” weather, he or she is inside, forming tiny finger and toenails this week! I’m sure this baby will come out with long claws, just like Liam. I had to cut his nails the day after he was born!

At my last doctor’s appointment, we were able to check out Baby #2 on the ultrasound machine. And the most incredible thing happened! It waved at us! We were so surprised and only slightly weirded out! Asaf and I looked at each other, unsure of what we saw but, even the Doctor said “Hey! Baby is saying “Hi, Mom and Dad!” We discussed a tentative c-section date of April 21st but, it’s likely things will progress a little sooner. We’ll just have to wait and see!

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This coming week I am going back to the doctor to listen to Baby’s heartbeat and also have some blood tests done. Then, in just a few weeks, we’ll be in second trimester territory! Woo hoo! That’s when we’re planning to tell all our family and friends the news. I am sure everyone will be so excited!

I am mostly feeling good although there are times when I feel something best described as motion sickness – a little nauseous and slightly dizzy. It’s kind of ironic since, unfortunately, I’ve been a bit of a lazy bones lately. It seems there is so much to get done and what I want to do most is take a nap! Asaf has been picking up the slack by cooking more, taking over dish duty some days and taking L to daycare in the mornings.

I am most hungry in the mornings and not very hungry in the evenings although I’ve been forcing myself to eat something anyways. The thing that sounds the most appealing now is gummy bears! Other than that, trying to remember to drink lots of water and take my daily vitamin. I’m gaining weight – maybe three pounds so far – mostly around my mid-section but, I had forgotten how awkward this first stage can be. I definitely don’t look pregnant yet but I wouldn’t be the least surprised if some are wondering if I’ve begun to “let myself go”. hahahah

10 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 2-3 lbs? This is an estimate since we haven’t replaced our busted scale yet.

Cravings: Aforementioned gummy bears

What I‚Äôm excited about: Second trimester is just around the corner. I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is moving along.

What I‚Äôm nervous about: The dizziness is no fun. Hope this doesn’t last.

New this week: It’s just about time to start moving into maternity clothes!

Note to Baby: Nice wave! I see you’re an overachiever ūüėČ

8 weeks

This week I was¬†unwillingly granted a superpower – an incredible¬†sense of smell! I can smell a dirty diaper from a mile away! And it doesn’t stop there! A full trashcan, a co-worker heating up fish downstairs, Daddy’s breath from the garlic ramen he had earlier for lunch…nothing escapes this nose! Sadly, even good smells – like my favorite scented lotion has become overwhelming!

Baby is the size of a¬†raspberry this week and developing webbed fingers and toes! Quack quack! (Just kidding). Also, his (or her)¬†eyelids just about cover your eyeballs now. I bet that’s a relief. Hey Baby, maybe now you can get some shut eye (har har har – these Mom jokes just keep on acomin’)!

I’m We’re (but let’s be honest…Abba’s got no stomach for the crying) sleep training Liam¬†this week and little by little,¬†seeing some progress. I hope he’ll be sleeping through the night by the weekend! Sorry new kid, you’re getting sleep trained at 6 months. I totally regret not doing this sooner.

8 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 0 Рstill fitting into my jeans (for now!)

Cravings:¬†This is a bit embarrassing buuuuut – McDonald’s Egg McMuffins (served all day at the McD’s by my work, praise baby Jesus) and Haribo gummy bears.

What I’m excited about: No morning sickness!

What I’m nervous about: How will we handle two kids under two? How will Liam adjust? Are we crazy? (and other like-minded rants)

New this week: Cut down caffeine. Just a half a cup (or can) of coffee/Coke every other day. Hey, gotta start somewhere!

Note to Baby: You picked a crazy family to join but, I really think you’re gonna like it here! Love you already!