Tuesday, August 3, 2010

38 Недель

Daniel & Alёna. Photography by Andrey Rybalka.Нам уже 38 недель и 1 день. ) Я хотела доносить до этого рубежа, а теперь уже буду не против рожать в любое время. ) Говорят, что первородящие мамаши часто перенашивают за 40 недель. Мне бы лично хотелось родить до 16 августа (за 2 недели до Даниного Central Park. Daniel & Alёna. Photography by Andrey Rybalka.дня рождения), но тут уж как получится. Вообще интересно всё же — какой механизм контролирует начало процесса? Зависит ли это в большей степени от матери (при здоровой матери со средними физическими нагрузками), от ребенка, или еще от чего? )

Чувствую я себя тьфу-тьфу-тьфу хорошо. Даже спина болеть перестала недели 2 назад. А сейчас еще и жарень на улице чуть меньше стала, так я до метро хожу даже с удовольствием, а не потому что надо для физических нагрузок. ) Конечно, я не могу идти быстро и устаю больше, но всё же по рассказам знакомых картинка мне рисовалась в чуть более мрачных тонах. Правильно, наверное, люди говорят, что каждая женщина переносит Daniel and Alёna in Central Park. Photography by Andrey Rybalka.беременность по-своему, и даже каждая беременность может протекать по-разному (это я надеюсь не накаркать на будущеe).

В субботу Данин колега Андрей сделал нам очень приятное одолжение. Андрей увлекается фотографией — и получается у него это, на мой взгляд, очень неплохо. Так вот он провёл с нами 1.5 часа в Централ Парке делая фотографии нашей довольной пузатой семейки. Я фотографий пока не видела, но если получится хотя бы 2-3 хороших снимка, то затея себя оправдала. ) Continue Reading
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Aaron’s Birth

AlenaHello, everyone. I have very little time, but I wanted to say a couple of words. Yesterday, on August 8th, 2010, at 10:10pm Alena gave life to our beautiful son — Aaron, through a natural drug-free birth. He weights 3,410 grams.

Baby AaronI knew that it would be emotional, but I didn’t imagine close as to how emotional. For me it was an emotional roller-coaster. I was so worried for her that I could barely stand. I thought seeing Aaron’s head come out and blood would be the scary thing, but that was actually perfectly fine. But seeing in how hard it is for Alena — I was just barely holding myself together. And when we finally saw our son I burst into uncontrollable tears. I can’t tell you how proud I am of my wife and how much I love her.

Alena and Aaron right after.I must run now, but we will definitely say more in the days to come.

Right after birth.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We’re Home!

Arosha. Day 2. Very serious.Another small update — we’re back home from the hospital. They kept Alena and Ari there for 2 nights as a routine.

Arosha at home. Day 3.Alena is already up and about and Arosha sleeps most of the time waking up only to let us know that he needs his diaper changed or that he wants to eat. Alena is breastfeeding him already and they are doing well with that.

P.S. I was never under an illusion that I will be able to resist posting tons and tons of baby pictures. I just knew it was going to happen even though I always wondered why people post so many pictures of their babies. I know — very hypocritical of me. But it is what it is. Prepare for major baby picture influx. )
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Friday, August 13, 2010

My Birthing Experience

Pushing. Minutes before birth.It’s Thursday evening, and our little boy is sleeping peacefully in the bedroom, giving me an opportunity to reflect on what has been happening to us in the last couple of days.

Contractions. Close to water breaking.I have to say that giving birth was probably single most painful experience in my life (physical pain that is), but I don’t regret for a second that I chose not to use any pain meds. I can do it again — and hopefully, there will be a chance in the future. )

Arrival. Seconds after being born.My contractions have started Saturday night. Actually, I wasn’t even sure if those were real contractions or not, because I did not perceive them as contractions per say, but as a pain in my lower belly which was coming and going. The pain was very manageable in the beginning, and even though I was waking up almost every hour, I got some rest and slept through the better part of the night.

Morning after birth.I decided to time the intervals between the contractions in the morning, since if they were more or less regular, that meant that I was experiencing the onset of a real labor, and not a false one. They were about 10 minutes apart on average. I called the hospital and found out that my doctor, Lana Selitsky, was not on call, so if we were to come, Dr. Pastore would help us. I met doctor Pastore during one of my prenatal visits, and I liked her. She told me that judging by my voice I am not in too much of a discomfort, and that I should come to the hospital either if the pain gets much worse, or if the water breaks.

In the hospital. Day after.After Danya woke up, we got some breakfast and watched TV. Meanwhile, my contractions started to get stronger and intervals between them got shorter. We still weren’t sure, however, if I was in labor. Well, d. Borya came to the rescue. He checked my belly and confirmed that I was having a real thing. We weren’t sure when to go to the hospital, because I didn’t know how strong the pain should be to indicate the right dilation. D. Borya helped again by checking my cervix later in the day, which was 6 cm dilated and almost effaced at that point.

Monday evening.To the hospital we went, and at around 6:30pm I got admitted. I got transferred to the delivery room soon after admission, at around 9:15pm my water broke (I was 9 cm dilated at that time). I started pushing in another 15 minutes or so, and at 10:10pm our son was born.

Going home. Tuesday morning.Danya and his mom were in the delivery room with me (his dad had to stay outside since they only allowed 2 visitors to be present) during the final stage. T. Oksana held one of my legs and Danya was on the other side watching and giving me his support. It meant a lot to me that I wasn’t there by myself.

Home. Looking at a toy.The funny thing is that we were in room #8 on 08/08 and there were 7 people in the room… that is before Aroshka made his grand appearance. He was put on my chest right away, and I felt a sense of relief that he got through without complications (doctors had to cut me a little and I got a couple of minor tears, but that’s nothing). I have to say that I was happy to see our little boy at last, but it took some time for me to really bond with him.

I am feeling overwhelming love for him right now and it grows stronger and stronger with each minute we have him. I truly did not understand what it is the mother feels for her child before we got our own baby (I am writing this and I can’t stop crying for some reason — I know that my hormones are messed up right now). ) Continue Reading
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Monday, August 16, 2010

First Week

Arosha. Day 3. Changing. Not quite in control of our eyes yet.We’re though our first week of parenthood and I must tell you that it’s quite a bit more overwhelming than I imagined. I always thought that it’s just very physically tiring. It very much is, but that’s nothing compared to the emotional part.

Arosha. Same day.I’m a worrying type in general, and do I worry or what? Alena seems to be just like me with that respect. First of all we have jaundice — too much bilirubin that causes the yellowing of skin and eyes. About 60% of infants have it, but we were worried that our case is worse than usual. So far we’ve had a number of appointments with our pediatrician and she’s monitoring his condition.

Little foot. So tiny.Last blood test showed that it’s going down. I’ve read a lot about it and maybe it’s not as bad as we originally imagined, but it still is worrisome. Hopefully the trend will continue and won’t have to worry about that for much longer.

The best way to treat jaundice is for the baby to eat a lot and therefore poop a lot. In the hospital we were told that Aaron has a tongue-tie. It’s when the membrane under the tongue is too short and as a result he can’t lift his tongue much up. They told us that we didn’t really have to do anything since he seemed to be sucking well. Continue Reading
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Generations

Daniel & Arosha. Arosha is 11 days old. 2010.A couple of words about five generations of our family with some history and the selection of the name Aaron. Or from Aron to Aaron.

Selecting The Name


We had a name picked out for a girl for a long time now, but we never could pick something for a boy. So when on March 5th we found out that we’re having a boy we got together with my parents for a family meeting and ended up walking away with a decision to name our son Aaron.

Our criteria was very simple — the name should sound good in English, have a Russian form, because that’s what we’re going to use and having Jewish roots would be a nice bonus.

We went through a good number of names and even though we had Aaron in mind before when we were hypothetically thinking of names (way before we even wanted to get pregnant) we never really stopped on it or any other name.

The reasons for that probably were two fold. First of all since the name is rather uncommon in the part of the world where we come from I didn’t really know any other forms of it. My dad though said My dad after graduation as a medical doctor. 1962.that a short form would be Ronya or Ronechka and we liked that there were variations beside Aron. But what probably really pushed us over was the fact that my dad’s grandfather and my great grandfather was named Aron.

And a while later we had two other forms of the name. First was Ari from Entourage — Ari Gold. Even though he is technically Ariel (another name that I liked, but it had no Russian form and The Little Mermaid has ruined it for boys), Ari works for Aaron too. And a day after Aaron was born — my dad remembered that his grandmother used to call his grandfather Arosha.

Arosha ended up being our favorite form of the name. We used to call him Ari most of the time during the pregnancy, but now it’s pretty much Arosha or variations of it.

Also I’m fairly sure that if we were still living in the old country there is a little chance that I’d risk naming my son Aaron or Aron. In U.S. it’s fairly common and back there it’s very Jewish — and in that country that would make things harder for him, which is sad, but true.

And a quote from the name dictionary:
The boy’s name Aaron \a(a)-ron\ is pronounced AIR-an, AHR-an. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Aaron is “mountain of strength”.

Family History


I mentioned above that we had the name in the family. My dad’s grandfather, my great grandfather Leonid Aronovich (Levi Yitzhak). My grandfather. He's 17 years old here. 1929.and Aaron’s great great grandfather was named Aron. In Russian the name is spelled with one A.

The strange thing is that during all of this we never thought that August 8th would be the birthday. The date had no significance in my mind until the day when we already went to the hospital and my dad told me that he wanted Alena to give birth today (the 8th) because the date was significant.

Turns out that grandfather Aron has passed away on August 8th, 1943. And our Aaron being born and named after him on this date would be a symbol of continuation of life. It happened as a complete coincidence, but I’m still quite amazed by how it all came together.

I asked my dad to scan an old photograph from our family archive. It was taken in 1906, the year Aron and Hava Meira (my great grandmother) were married. He’s only 28 on it, but to me looks quite a bit older than I look, to myself at least, in my 29.

Middle Name


Thing were much simpler with the middle name selection. In line with Russian tradition we used my Aron and Hava Meira. My great grandparents in 1906.name for Aaron’s middle name — Daniel. In Russia he would be Daniilovich and here it’s just Daniel.

When we came to this country we all wanted our names to become more Americanized so we ended up dropping our middle names.

Some time ago I came to regret that decision. Instead of dropping it I should’ve just changed it to my dad’s name — Borisovich to Boris. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing lately on all my documents.

I think it’s a good tradition and I’m proud to have my dad’s name as my middle name.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

First Bath

First time bathing.Сегодня Ароша первый раз в жизни принимал ванну. ) Дело это ему совсем не понравилось, и он громко плакал во время процесса. Похоже, вода была слишком холодной (у нас нет термометра) — ванночка стояла в зале на журнальном столике, и вода остыла очень быстро. Завтра надо будет погорячее сделать.

Вообще мне было страшно купать сыночка, и пока что уверенности еще не появилось. Сегодня купаться нам помогала бабушка (завтра тоже поможет), но вообще надо как-то приспосабливаться и делать это самим.

Funny lip maneuver. А в целом у нас до сиих пор идёт сложный период адаптации. Я сильно устаю и всё время нервничаю (в основном без особых причин). Самая главная цель сейчас — это хорошо наладить процесс кормёжки. Я всё время боюсь, что он недоедает, иногда сцеживаю молочко и даю ему бутылочку, но в таком случае я боюсь что он перестанет сосать из груди и что производство молока как-то собьётся. Вобщем, большинство моих мыслей крутится вокруг этой темы, и это не делает меня сейчас самым лёгким человеком для общения.

А еще вчера мы ходили первый раз гулять. Мне как всегда было страшно (что проснётся и будет плакать на улице, а я не буду знать что делать), но всё прошло хорошо — Ароша продрых все 25 минут прогулки. )
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