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!

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”!!!

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. 🙂

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

What I’m 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 😉

Today you are ten months old.

Dear Liam,

You are an amazing kid and the last 10 months have been all that I hoped for, and so much more.

MILESTONES

You have six teeth now. The first two (bottom center) came between 5 and 6 months. Then three appeared just days before we left for Israel. And just a week ago, you got one more! They are giant and bright white and they have changed your face. When you smile you look like a child now, no longer a tiny baby. I love your beautiful little teeth but oh, how I miss that gummy smile!

You say “Abba”, “Mama” and most recently “Tata”. I have no idea what you mean by “Tata”. Do you mean “Safta”? Sara (she’s our neighbor) thinks you mean “boobs”. :/ Personally, I think you may just like the way it sounds. I see you working out new sounds sometimes. “Ta-ta. Taaaaata.” Sometimes you whisper “Ata. Ahhhhhta”. You’ve got the best thinking face.

You aren’t walking just yet (no pressure) but, you crawl lightening fast and you can pull yourself up to stand without any trouble. You also like to climb. Your favorite places in the house are the places we try to keep you away from. This includes the media stand with the glass doors and the fireplace. I think that the fireplace might be your favorite even though the screen almost fell on you twice. :-O

You still wake up in the middle of the night. You cry out some time around 2am. Usually, when I walk in you are standing against the crib with a pacifier in your mouth. Once you see me you reach your arms up to me and my heart goes mushy while I pick you up, feeling your tiny warm body against my own. You eat a bit and always fall right back to sleep. It’s not so bad. At daycare though, you fight naps like crazy and that can be quite stressful for everyone. Boy does Ruthie give me an earful some days!

PERSONALITY

Sometimes when you wake up in the morning, you sit straight up and clap. I love these mornings. I feel like you are celebrating the day and saying “OK. Let’s get started!”. You are generally a morning person. Like Abba.

You are NOT a picky eater. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you spit anything out!  The first spoonful of almost everything gets a face but, once you have tried something, you eat (a lot of) it and seem to enjoy your food. Your first solid food was avocado but, since then you’ve eaten all sorts of goodies: applesauce, sweet potato, peas, chicken, rice, chicken soup, porridge/ oatmeal, broccoli, squash, corn, carrots, turkey…even ice cream! One morning in Israel, I walked into the kitchen and Saba was spooning Ben & Jerry’s Super Fudge Chunk into your mouth! Hahaha Oh! And you really like drinking water from a cup. I think it makes you feel like a big boy.

People really love you. You are very friendly (maybe a tad nosy too hahaha) and everywhere we go people want to say hello and tell us how cute you are. When we were traveling with you, several strangers asked to hold you and during one of our flights, a woman came by and started singing nursery rhymes to you. Your temperament is generally calm. When you cry it is usually because you are very tired or very hungry. You probably got that from me. Sorry!

You LOVE music. You dance and clap along whenever we hear music and it makes Abba and me so happy. We sing a lot. Itsy Bitsy Spider is your favorite even though Abba and I sometimes use it to calm you down when we have to give you medicine or suck boogers from your nose. I sing it too when I clip your nails. You also like: wheels on the bus, the pajama-ma song, if you’re happy and you know it, ya dime ala rhosh and the Safta song that ends in tickles. Oh! And there is a song called “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. This is your favorite radio song. It’s very catchy. I love it too.

You heal so fast! One day you have a small scratch and the next it’s practically disappeared! We call you baby Wolverine lol. You also have a very strong head. Sometimes you bump me with it so hard. I say “ouch!” but you don’t react! Sidenote: Your skin is literally like butter. Smooth, silky and perfectly tanned butter that never peels or burns (don’t worry we put sunscreen on you).

I have learned so much in these last 10 months. I’ve learned to trust my new found Mommy instincts, that I can survive on much less sleep than I thought, that it’s OK to ask Abba for help (he wants to!), that dirty dishes can wait until morning, that the best smell in the world is you, fresh out of the bath, that breast milk is good for pinkeye (and a lot of other things!), that family is not limited by blood or time zones and that the Nose Frida is one of the most rewarding products I’ve ever used. Most days have been great. Some days have been hard. But every single day I am thankful for you.

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