Then comes marriage… (a between the weeks post)

Today we’re celebrating our one year wedding anniversary! It’s certainly been an eventful year and I can only imagine the adventures this next year will bring. I can honestly say there is no one on Earth I’d rather go on this journey with. One year, one house, one fetus later, he’s still my favorite person.

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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!