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

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It’s a Boy! (Plus, a talk with my son)

So folks, Daddy was right. We’re having a boy!

Our Facebook/Instagram announcement

Our Facebook/Instagram announcement

Straight talk: I freaked out a little. I come from a family of hilarious, crazy, strong willed, independent women¬†and at first I was terrified¬†at the idea¬†of having a little boy. I felt lost and unprepared. Now what? What do boys like? Sure, he’s got a Dad to teach him about sports and peeing straight, what about me? I started to consider¬†what our relationship would be like. So, Friday on my way to work, I had a little¬†heart to heart (the first of many I’m sure) with my¬†boy. And this is how it went:

I love you. I love you more than either of us can even begin to imagine. But I’m scared. This motherhood business is awfully daunting¬†and the world of “boydom” feels so foreign. I promise to do my very best. I promise to dress you in colors other than blue. I will try not scream when you hand me your new “friend” who happens to be a snail, spider or frog. I¬†know that you will probably¬†want to make your Legos into guns which you will then use to shoot me. I will shoot you back instead of having hurt feelings. You will jump off of the furniture and you will get hurt. I will try to keep my yelling to a minimum when we have to take you to the emergency room. After all, you are your Father’s son! I will raise you to be gentle¬†and respectful while embracing your need to run wild and play in the¬†mud. We will laugh together and¬†cry together. I will kiss your boo-boos.¬†And since we’re on the topic of¬†kissing, we will hug and kiss often because even though you’re a boy, you’re still my baby.

This is going to be a great adventure. I can’t wait.

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We’re going going, back back, to Cali Cali (15 weeks)

Yes. I wrote that title.

After a really wonderful and relaxing trip, we’re back in California! (In case you were wondering, my first meal back was taquitos and they were delicious!) Israel was great! As mentioned in my last update,¬†our main priority this time around¬†was¬†spending time with family and friends and most importantly, celebrating Asaf’s brother, Eyal’s marriage to his new wife Jenya! I am truly thankful¬†to have married into such a unique and loving family and I’m excited¬†to welcome another member into the mix!

Post updated to include family photo. (Photo credit to http://www.photographing-life.com) Surprisingly, I fit into my original dress choice! Yippee!

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This week¬†we have two doctor appointments! One for follow-up blood work and one for an¬†elective “gender peek” 3D ultrasound. We went back and forth about whether or not we should wait until our 20 week anatomy scan to find out the gender, but in the end,¬†our impatience won out. If all goes well, we’ll know if we’re expecting a baby girl or a baby boy (now the size of a navel orange) by Thursday afternoon!PhotoEditor_.1396404430258

Although I don’t have the reassurance of baby kicks yet (I MAY¬†have felt “flutters” Sunday night ¬†but I can’t say with certainty that it wasn’t just gas), I definitely look (and feel)¬†pregnant now. In the past few weeks my bump has “popped” which has resulted in a lot of¬†belly touching¬†by friends, family and even strangers! I fear stretch marks so I am¬†constantly¬†rubbing cocoa butter and all sorts of other potions, lotions and oils on my rapidly expanding body. At this point, it¬†would probably be easier to dip my entire body into a tub of Palmers.

Baby has started to practice breathing, sucking and swallowing this week. By now, the ears are positioned on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck!) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face. I find myself dreaming about what this little face will look like!

Here’s my 15 week update:

Total weight gain so far: (((drumroll))) 7 lbs! Wow! When did that happen?!

Cravings: Cold fruit with lemon, salt and chili. Edamame.

What I miss: Spicy tuna sushi rolls. Smoked salmon and cream cheese on a toasted bagel. 10152747_10203671937986094_1864216738_n

What I’m excited about: Long, strong nails! Avocado and tempura sweet potato rolls which make missing REAL sushi a little less sad.

What I‚Äôm nervous about:¬†Having blood drawn this week. I hope they don’t have to poke me too many times. ūüė¶

Note to Baby: Please cooperate so we can see you Thursday! Now is not the time to be shy! Mommy wants to start shopping!