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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’m nervous about: Having blood drawn this week. I hope they don’t have to poke me too many times. 😦

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

 

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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!

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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!