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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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Passing tests

For about a week now I’ve been waking up with intense pains in the middle of the night. I was recently told my iron levels are low so I’ve been taking a high dosage of iron and folic acid supplements daily. I started to worry that they might be doing more harm then good ( I had actually self diagnosed myself with kidney stones with the assistance of Dr. Google) so I called to schedule another appointment with my Doctor. The earliest appointment was over a week away so in the meantime I let work and my social calendar distract me.

Last night I met up with my fake cousin Gaby for sushi. I stuffed my face with spicy tuna and all sorts of other deliciousness over girl talk. It was fab. When I got home late that night, I chatted with Asaf a bit and then, on a whim, I decided to take a pregnancy test. At first I couldn’t tell if there was a second line in the test window so I asked Asaf to come take a look. Matter of factly he said “I see two lines. What does that mean?” As I stood there feeling guilty about all the sushi I had just consumed, his face revealed the biggest grin I’d ever seen…and then he made me take another test. The second test was digital and it practically shouted at us “Pregnant”! Ahh!1781385_10203364627423522_1881842515_n

Note to Baby: Sorry for the sushi!