26 weeks – The Many Adventures of Liam the Kid

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have postponed Liam’s transition back to daycare. It’s been difficult for me to think about spending all day away from him (hmm, NOW who has separation anxiety?!), even though I know that he will enjoy the socialization. I guess I’ve been getting used to this stay at home Mom gig (and yes, I’m rockin’ that Mom bun every chance I get!). Every week I plan out our activities and it’s actually become quite fun for me. Library storytime, play dates, free museum days, free trial music classes – I mark them all down and try to cross as many off as possible. It’s a rush – like those people that go absolutely crazy clipping coupons all week and then get unbelievably giddy standing in the checkout line.

A few of our recent adventures:

He is totally questioning my parenting skills in that last picture. I think he was a little freaked out by the performers. To be honest, I wasn’t prepared for the singing clowns myself.

I like to think that these outings are beneficial for 2.0 too. 🙂 Yes, I imagine my little cucumber is getting used to constant noise and movement (from all the Liam chasing) which I can’t help but see as a good thing. Here’s what else she’s been up to this week:

At 26 weeks, your baby’s lungs start to develop surfactant. This substance helps keep the lungs inflated after birth, and now that it’s being produced, your little one has a better chance of survival if she were born now. Her fat stores are steadily increasing, and she’s also continuing to grow bone material. Your growing baby now weighs in at close to 800 grams (two pounds). She’s about 14 inches long, or roughly as long as a cucumber.

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Week 26 update:

Total weight gain so far: 20 lbs

Cravings: While in line at Trader Joe’s I asked Asaf if he’d like to split a dark chocolate truffle bar. The next night I ate 1/4… and then over the course of the next few days, I somehow managed to eat the whole thing! I’d like to buy him another one but I’m pretty sure we all know how that will go. I love chocolate and dark chocolate is my favorite by far!

What I’m excited about: Next week I’ll hit the 7 month/3rd trimester mark! Woo Hoo!

What I’m nervous about: I am going in for my glucose test next week. I think I’ll pass but it’s still quite nerve wracking.

New this week: I have been having a few lightheaded moments which I attribute to my poor iron levels (darn genetics!). I am currently on an iron supplement in addition to my regular prenatal vitamins but, depending on how I feel this week – I may need to up the dosage. I will definitely be talking to my OB about it at my next appointment.

Note to Baby: Hello, Sweet Girl! You certainly are an active little thing! Especially at night! Sorry that Liam has been prodding at you a bit lately – I think he is wondering what you are doing inside there!

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24/25 weeks – Mom Guilt

Thank goodness for those annoying  informative BabyCenter/What To Expect emails or I’d never know how many weeks have passed! I was just telling Asaf, “you know, she’s the size of an eggplant now.” and he said “Eggplant?! What happened to mango?”. “We missed it, Sweetheart.” We missed it. I literally don’t know where the last weeks have gone. At times I wonder, am I missing out on my entire 2nd pregnancy experience? That leads me to today’s topic: Mom guilt.

There are many days I find myself thinking that I’m just not prepared for Baby Girl. And I can’t help feeling like that’s because I haven’t taken the time to really focus on my pregnancy this go around. Don’t get me wrong -I feel the (constant) kicks, I frequently browse the girl section of Baby Gap and I text possible names to Asaf practically every other day, and yet – I can’t help but feel like I’m cheating her somehow.

And speaking of getting cheated, what about my little Liam? I’ve been wondering more and more, will he resent our newest addition for stealing his parents? (I know you must be thinking “It’s a little late for that now.” You’re  absolutely right.) I figure this kind of thinking must be the equivalent to getting cold feet before your wedding day. Of course, I’ve talked to Asaf about all of this (mostly at night when he’s trying to sleep). He says a sibling is the best gift you can give a child. However, it should be noted that this is coming from a guy who was literally born as part of a set (he’s a twin) so he’s never known any other way. This came up on my Instagram feed yesterday and made me feel a little better.

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Anywho, onto baby updates! During the past two weeks, Baby has been growing lots of hair! She now has a full set of eyelashes and eyebrows and of course, hair atop her head!  Her nostrils have begun to open up which allows her to practice “breathing” even though she won’t take her first breath for another 3 months. She weighs just less than two pounds now but, boy does she know how to make her presence known!

Earlier this week I was called back in for some additional scans of Baby’s heart which was a little scary. But luckily, they were able to get the angles they were missing this time and it didn’t take nearly as long. We even got an additional shot of her face! She’s a cutie that’s for sure!

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Week 25 update:

Total weight gain so far: 19 lbs

Cravings: Nothing too exciting to report unfortunately. I’ve officially reached the point of pregnancy where there is a LOT less room for food which can sometimes make eating a chore.

What I’m excited about: As we approach third trimester we are getting much closer to choosing a name!!!. Also, baby received a sweet gift in the mail from my long distance friend Gaby yesterday.

What I’m nervous about: I’ve postponed Liam’s return to daycare for a few more weeks. I blamed it on his recent illness (croup again! This time with a tonsil infection!) But really, I think I’m just being selfish! 🙁

New this week: I’m fairly certain that Baby Girl is no longer breech. I feel her low in my belly whereas I felt Liam’s head up and under my rib cage from this point on. As a result of her location, my belly button has “popped”!!!

Weeks 17-23 Because I Suck At Blogging

Over the last few weeks, I thought about blogging several times. I also thought (a lot) about abandoning the whole project. But, I feel like I must keep on, no matter how behind I’ve gotten. Not for me, for her. I want our daughter to have these entries — to know that she was just as important, just as loved as her big brother. But, as you can see, it hasn’t been easy! We’ve been pretty busy! Let me fill you in…

We went to Israel again! This visit was especially nice because we got to celebrate Hannukah and Asaf’s Dad’s birthday. Also, we have a lot of friends there with kids around Liam’s age and we really got a kick out of watching them play and interact together for the first time. The trip itself was a lot of fun and in case you’re wondering Liam slept during 90% of the flights (score!!!). BUT, I do have to admit that we did have our challenges. It took Liam 10 days (out of 13) to adjust to the time change…and a week to adjust back. Heavy sigh.

Christmas came and went. Asaf got sick and then Liam got sick. For Christmas Santa brought me a superb immune system, which I’m crediting to prenatals, and stuffed A&L’s stockings with plenty of Kleenex.

Second trimester anatomy scan went well. Our little Ladybug measured 14oz with a strong, steady heartbeat of 145bpm.  During the last few weeks she has been doing so much growing and by the end of this month, she will have doubled in size! It’s strange to think that her skin is still translucent but on the ultrasounds, she looks great! At our last appointment, we even caught her  yawning (awwww)!

Liam is also going through a growth spurt! He’s pretty much eating us out of house and home lately but, I’m so thankful that he isn’t a picky eater. Last night we had sushi and he ate eel, seaweed salad and shrimp tempura! He’s also sleeping well and has finally adjusted to one long daily nap. Every day I am shocked at how big my little boy is getting and how much he is starting to resemble his Aba!

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I just love this face!

Week 23 update:

Total weight gain so far: I’m up 17 pounds now which is 4 more than I gained at this point with Liam. To be honest, I’m shocked it isn’t more! 😛

Cravings: This girl is a bad influence! Over the last few weeks I’ve craved rice krispy treats, bean burritos and french fries! With Liam I was dreaming about french toast and nectarines!

What I’m excited about: Baby girl is kicking all the time and I just love it! Asaf has been able to feel her and thinks she might be a future soccer player!

What I’m nervous about: Soon Liam will be transitioning back to part-time daycare. I’m hopeful it will go smoothly but, always find myself preparing for the worst.

New this week: Scouting out diaper deals. Time to start stocking up!

Note to Baby: We love you so much and are constantly thinking/talking about your upcoming arrival. Please know that my lapse in entries does not reflect lack of thought. Xoxo Baby Girl!