Friday, April 18, 2014

Little Battles

Danya at four and a half month with his dad.I just wanted to write a few words about how we’re doing in the last week or so.

Anюta’s eczema is not going anywhere unfortunately. Some days she is better, some days she is worse. I am not sure if my diet helps any. Last Saturday I ate an egg, and on Sunday she had a horrible rush on her face. Coincidence? Who knows, but I am scared to try eggs again. Today I took some probiotics, which are not dairy free, and in the evening she was screaming for half an hour and scratching her face all the time. Coincidence? Probably, but no dairy for me in the near future.

I am at my wits end with this thing, but what I am realizing is that this thing will not magically go away. At least I know that I am doing whatever I can to help her.

In the meantime, I’ve lost 3 pounds in the last two weeks. I am hungry, sometimes more, sometimes less, pretty much all the time. And how I miss my rye bread and butter! During the last few months I was finishing a package of butter (250 grams) every single week, and now even though I try to compensate with olive and coconut oils, it’s just not the same. I weight 158 lbs right now by the way, which is much better than what I had with Arosha at 6.5 months postpartum.

Alёna.On another note — my carpal tunnel syndrome has completely gone away. Took awhile, but luckily I am back to normal. No more night sweats either.

I have to confess that I absolutely hate cloth diapering at this point. The thing is that it takes so much effort on my part, and her diaper area is still red most of the time. And believe me, I’ve done stripping (by hand too!), and use things that are supposed to get rid of ammonia and mineral deposits, and I change her diaper every 2-3 hours around the clock, and I give her A LOT of diaper free time. In fact, in the last week or so, during the day she only has her diaper on while napping or when we’re out. I have so many poopy and wet towels to wash every day, but it beats her screaming in pain when I touch her diaper area. I am afraid to try disposables again since they gave her even worse allergic reaction.

On the bright note — Anюtka recognizes her name. We realized it a week or more ago. She also is mastering crawling. She can move kind of sideways, but very slowly and can’t always control where she is going.

Anюtka and her red face.She is in general a very happy and easygoing baby. Unless stupid eczema is really bothering her.

I give her some solid foods to try. I follow baby led weaning approach — no purees. My friend Volha sent me a BLW book with recipes — I think I’ll try some of those. I am eating super healthy anyhow (lots of baked vegetables and poached chicken and quinoa and such), so giving her some of the food I cook for us comes naturally. She enjoys trying things and so far I think her favorites are zucchini and chicken. She gagged a few times in the beginning, but seems to be doing better and better with each try.

Oh, and I think Anюta is starting to look more and more like Danya. A lot of people commented that she looks like him, so we looked up some of his old pictures, and I think the resemblance is obvious! I see both of us in Arosha (but I think he looks more like me), it will be interesting to see how she’ll turn up.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Cloth Diapering

Anюта.When I was pregnant with Arosha, I was seriously considering cloth diapering. The lack of washing machine at home made me swing to the disposables. We were buying one of the better brands for him (7th Generation), but they were disposables nonetheless and I felt a little bit guilty all the time.

Now when Anюtka was born I knew that washing cloth by hand or going every other day to the laundromat was not an option with a breastfed newborn and an active 3 year old, so we just bought old trusty 7th Generation and Earth’s Best diapers, which are also supposedly more eco-friendly than some other brands.

Anюта in her new cloth diapers.They worked fine for some time. And then, around the time my mom came, Anюta started to develop a diaper rash. It was a little red patch first, then it was getting larger, and larger and larger and in the course of two weeks all area under the diaper was red, covered in bumps and looked plain painful. We tried every remedy we could think of — aquaphor ointment, coconat oil, zinc cream, some severe diaper rash ointment, cornstarch based baby powder, huge changes in my diet, using only plain water to wash her (I used cloth wipes with water since birth for her in any case), daily bath and of course hours and hours of diaper free time daily. Nothing helped! Then I figured that she must have some kind of allergy to disposable diapers and ordered 5 cloth diapers to see if they will make any difference.

Standing reflex.I ordered them last Friday night. By the way, she woke up 6-7 times that night, screaming in pain. I was not sure what exactly was bothering her, but the rash was the prime suspect. We got the diapers on Saturday — thanks Diapers.com for superfast delivery! I did not have much time to do a lot of research, so I just ordered bumGenius 4.0 one size diapers. We washed them in our building’s laundromat downstairs and used them overnight. I was a little bit worried about using them for the first time at night, but it went well. The diaper leaked a little, so I had to change her clothes in the middle of the night, but the second diaper held well until morning. When I woke up, I realized that I put the diaper backwards in the evening — no wonder it did not seem very comfortable! In the darkness of the night, when I did everything without thinking, I put it on correctly. She woke up only ones that night, and we saw definite improvement in the rash after just one night.

Full set.After the second night the rash was almost gone. The skin was still in the process of healing, but switching to cloth worked like magic! Since then she had one more leak at night, so I started to use more inserts. Last night it was microfiber + bamboo + hemp/organic cotton inserts and it held from 8 to 5:30 in the morning. I hope it will continue to go well.

I ordered more diapers and inserts to see what works best for us. So far in addition to bumGenius I bought a 6 pack of Alva Baby one size pocket diapers, 1 GroVia diaper shell with two organic cotton blend soaker pads, 1 Thirsties Duo all in one diaper and 1 BabyKicks organic fitted diaper. I also got some additional Alva baby bamboo inserts, Blueberry hemp doublers and Thirsties hemp doublers. I have not tried fitted diaper yet since I don’t have a cover for it, but from the rest so far I like pocket diapers the most. All in one diaper is not as convenient to wash and it takes forever to dry. GroVia is probably nice, but I need to do a lot more washes in order to prep the pads correctly, so underperformance is kind of expected.

Standing.While my mom is here, we wash the diapers mostly by hand. It just seems easier than going to the laundromat. We dry them on the radiator cover and on a simple hanger which Danay’s mom lent us for cloth wipes drying when Anechka was born.

All in all, I am kind of excited to be switching to cloth. Diapers themselves are so much more pleasant and I feel well about using them. Of course, there is more work involved, especially in our situation of no washing machine at home. Anюta certainly likes them better — no more nasty painful rash. I hope it won’t get much harder after my mom leaves. At least we have another 1.5 months to figure everything out and to develop a good routine before she leaves.

Drying.Oh, and they make them so cute! I have to restrain myself from ordering more for the time being! I am pretty sure I will though in the future.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Anna’s Birth Story

Seconds after birth.Pretty much everybody I talked to, both men and women, told me that birthing a second child is usually faster and easier overall. I was hoping that they were right, but as with everything — you never know until it actually happens.

So based on my experience with Arosha, I was ready for birthing to start at any moment from around week 39. And it passed. And my due date passed. And then another day, and another, and another…

As I wrote before, I had cramps and back pain starting at 38-39 weeks, but they did not lead to an actual labor for a while. Then on Thursday night at around 8pm I felt what could qualify as a contraction. And then another one in 15 minutes or so. Arosha and Danya’s mom were at home with me, and soon Danya came from work too.

My contractions did not go away. They were 12-20 minutes apart for a few hours, and lasted around 30-45 seconds each, and they were getting stronger. The first thing I did? Started to boil some soup for Arosha — we just finished whatever cooked food we had, and I wanted to have something to last a few lunches for Arosha and Danya while I’ll be in the hospital.

A few hours, dinner, and a split pea soup later we decided to go to sleep. I thought that it makes sense to get as much rest as possible, and that we will probably have to go to the hospital closer to the morning.

All done.When we finally got to bed, it was after midnight, and I realized that there was just no way I could sleep through these contractions. They were 10-12 minutes apart at that point, and lasted 30-60 seconds each. So instead we went and watched an episode of the silly vampire show. By the end of it contractions were still 8-10 minutes apart, and lasted around 45-60 seconds each. They were pretty painful, but nothing a tough Belarusian woman could not handle, he-he. I told Danya to go to sleep, and he said — sure, wake me up when you think is time to go to the hospital. In about a minute or two I’ve changed my mind, because I had a feeling that maybe it’s not such a bad idea to get there right away.

We called Danya’s parents — his dad was staying with Arosha, and mom was coming with us to the hospital. My contractions started to be closer together — anywhere from 4 to 7 minutes apart, so we called the number our doctor told us to call when they are 5 minutes apart. We got transferred to the operator, who said that we just need to go to the hospital, and that the hospital’s stuff will contact the doctor. It was a little bit frustrating that we did not know if our doctor is in the hospital and we could not even let him know that we’re coming. But whatever — I knew that if worse comes to worst, there is always someone out there to assist a delivery.

In around 20 minutes we were in our car, and drove to NY Methodist. It was a relatively short ride — we left at 2:50am and arrived at around 3:15-ish (Danya said that he parked the car right away and stepped out of it at 3:19). While in the car, we kept timing my contractions and they were still 3-4 minutes apart on average.

Grandma with her brand new granddaughter.Danya’s mom and I went to the hospital while Danya was parking. The contractions suddenly started to follow one another very quickly, so I had to lean on Danya’s mom to even make it to the elevator. The L&D department was on the 4th floor. There was one receptionist, and she took her time to even acknowledge we were there. She was typing something in her computer, and I was standing there panting heavily since at that point my contractions were long, strong and on top of each other. I was sweating, in pain, and it was even hard to stand upright.

I think I got her attention when I said that I was about ready to push. She took my insurance card and told us to to to the triage room and change. The pain got even worse at that point and could not finish undressing myself (Danya’s mom helped). None of the medical personnel was there, I yelled something along the lines “Where is the f***ing doctor?” I know, not the smartest thing to say, but seriously — I had a strong urge to push, and there was no-one. Danya’s mom went looking for help.

This all was happening very quickly. Luckily, some doctor came soon, and she checked me, and I was fully dilated. Right about then my water broke. I kept saying that I need to push, so they put me on some kind of table and started running to the delivery room. They kept telling me not to push, since they wanted to get me to the delivery room first, but I think I pushed ones along the way.

So in the delivery room they helped me to roll to the delivery table, and finally let me push. I think I had to do it twice, and our beautiful baby girl was born. It was 3:30am. Luckily, Danya made it in time for the delivery.

Took me another half hour to deliver placenta. I also had a first degree tear (the least worst you can get), so they had to put in two stitches. For some reason I kept shaking, but I was happy that the pain was mainly over and that everything went kind of easy. They gave me a pitocin shot in the thigh to help the uterus contract after the birth (normally they give it through IV).

Oh, by the way. At some point (not sure when), they called my doctor. There were actually two of them, Mark and Andrew, earlier in the hospital that night, and if the operator wold let me speak to them, they would have probably waited (they left half an hour before we came). So the nurse told my doctor:
– You patient is here. She is fully dialated.
– OK, I’ll get there as soon as I can.
– Oops, she just delivered. There are no complications, just a first degree tear.
– Never mind. I’ll come see her in the morning.

And the next morning another brother, Greg, came to see me. “Well, hello, Speedy Gonzales!” were the first words out of his mouth.

That’s pretty much it. Very fast. A bit painful, but again — nothing I could not handle.

Anna Leah got 9/9 as her Apgar score, which is pretty good I think. We stayed in the hospital for the next few days. I shared a room with a Haitian woman named Kathia. She delivered a son through an emergency c-section after she was induced at 37 weeks due to per-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. If I was up and about in about 1-2 hours after birth and did not need any medication, she had much tougher time recovering. Kind of made me appreciate the ease of my birthing experience even more.

I wanted to go home on Saturday, but my blood pressure reading in the morning was a bit high, so they kept us there for an extra day (originally we were supposed to be discharged on Sunday anyhow). The only sad thing was that Arosha could not visit us in the hospital due to his sickness, but we could not risk giving this tiny baby a flu.

So here it is. I think we’re all set in the offspring department, but if I ever decide to birth another baby, I better get to the hospital as soon as my labor starts. Seriously!
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Annushka’s First Five Days

Annushka. 4 days old.Only five days have passed since Anechka’s birth, yet so many things have already happened. First of all we’re doing a lot better than we did with Arosha since we just know everything by now and are not easily scared anymore. She also appears to be a much calmer baby. She eats, she sleeps with really small doses of crying.

Tiny foot.Alena is breast feeding exclusively and is doing it on demand as opposed to our previous time when she had to wake Arosha up every 2 hours to feed him. Anya is doing pretty well with it at this point, although she still has a lot to learn about eating. The reason for not having to do the scheduled feeding is the lack of apparent jaundice. It is still there, but it appears to be much milder than what Arosha had. Also she has no tongue-tie so it’s easier for her to eat.

Accidental smile. 5 days old.Today we had our second doctor visit. At birth she was 7lb 10oz. On Monday doctor visit she was at 6lb 13oz. Today she is at 7lb 6oz which is great. Doctor also said that she is not as yellow, which is also great. We did do the blood test to make sure it’s going down and should get results later today. She regularly has wet diapers and I think the count for today (since midnight) is 7. She seems to prefer to poop once a day, but in large volumes — sorry for so much details.

Curiosity.Today she slept for five hours straight during the night. Arosha still sleeps at grandparents although he comes to visit every day. Alena went for a walk with both of them today. It took her nearly a month to be brave enough with Arosha. Also her umbilical cord fell off today — much quicker than it took with Arosha.

Sleeping.And in the end I want to say that I’m still not settled on what form of the name to use, but I think Alena did. Not all of the forms transliterate well, but here are some: Anyuta — Alena’s favorite, Annushka, Anechka, Anya, Anna — too official. I keep trying all of them, but not sure which one works the best for me. Anya, Anechka, Anyuta.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Another Secret

Sonogram.Alena and I have been keeping another secret. After our previous heartbreaking experience we really wanted to make sure everything was good before saying a word to anybody. And as we found out today we’re on course to having a completely healthy baby girl that is due to arrive somewhere around September 20th, 2013.

Alena has done all the tests, we patiently waited for the results and it’s such a relief to know that all the genetic tests confirmed that there are no problems. Without getting into much details I’ll just say that this time was a little bit less stressful than the previous one, because we already knew what to expect, what to do and how long to wait.

One of the first sonograms.Now we just have to hope that it will keep going well for Alena and for the baby. We’re very very happy. We really wanted to have a little sister (or a brother) for Arosha and now we just have to wait. I also opened a post Alena made a while ago just when we found out that we’re pregnant again.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby Memorabilia

Ovulation calendar.Just an interesting piece of baby making memorabilia that I dug up in my phone. This is the calendar we used while making Aroshka. )

As the chart shows the best days fall right in the middle of the week which we spent on Hawaii on Big Island. We left home on November 19th and came back on November 28th.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Giant Baby

First one take on August 30th. Second on on November 29th.Alena takes photos of Arosha from time to time with her iPhone to email them to my mom. Yesterday she took a photo a remembered that she had a similar one before. Looked it up and — WOW! When I saw it I was shocked. I thought he was pretty much the same size, maybe a bit fatter, but did he grow or what?!

The first photo is taken on August 30th, the second on November 29th. Too bad we probably don’t have him in this chair on day when he got home from the hospital.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Two Month Anniversary

Aroshka in his awesome hat.Arosha is getting older. Today he has reached yet another milestone — two months. He had a full day today.

We had our monthly doctor visit. First of all we’re gaining weight quickly now. He clocked in at 12 pounds and 10 ounces. If at the end of the first month we were in 10-25% range with regards to our weight this time around we’re at 50-75% — a big improvement. Our height of 24¾ inches puts us at 95%, as the previous months.

Surprised.He also got his first round of vaccinations today. We’re hoping he’s not going to be feeling too bad from them. Doctor gave him 3 today and we need to get 3 more in 3 weeks.

After that he want for a walk with his mommy, had a couple of photo-shoots and even had a good day nap, which still is a rare thing. All in all it was a good day and our son is growing!

Am I smiling?
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Arosha — Week 6

Sleeping Arosha.Арошка, усыплённый бабушкой, спит в своей кроватке, а я хочу записать пару слов о том, как проходят наши дни.

Пока что особо легче не стало. Ароша плохо спит, особенно днём и особенно в кроватке. На руках ему гораздо больше нравится — тут я его, конечно, понимаю. ) Вообще природа должна была как-то так сделать, чтобы хотя бы первые несколько месяцев после рождения ребёнка женщинам не нужен был бы сон; ну, или, чтобы отрастали две дополнительные руки, в которых можно было бы всё время держать младенца.

Arosha stretching.По поводу дополнительных рук — люди на самом деле придумали разные штуки, чтобы как-то компенсировать недостаточность конечностей — например, слинги. Я заказала два — Ergo baby carrier with infant insert и, после долгих раздумий, Moby wrap. Не знаю в чём дело — растут ли мои руки не из того места или Ароша у нас слишком длинненький, или еще что, но ни эрго бэби, ни моби у нас не приживаются. Я думаю, что когда Ароша подрастёт, то эрго бэби нам еще пригодится. На данном же этапе он плачет и там, и там, да и я, к сожалению, не чувствую себя комфортно с этими приспособлениями. Continue Reading
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Aaron — One Month Old

Вот уже и месяц прошёл с тех пор как на свет появился наш маленький горошек. С одной стороны не верится — время быстро пролетело, с другой — кажется, что наши проблемы с желтушкой, например, были уже очень давно. ) В пятницу мы идём к Getting some extra milk that Alena stored for super hungry moments.педиатру — проверять наш рост и вес. Я очень жду этого визита и надеюсь, что мы прибавляем как положено. Вообще грудное вскармливание до сих пор у нас не отлажено, но Ароша однозначно стал лучше сосать по сравнению с первыми неделями. Никакими смесями мы его не доркармливаем — опять же, надеюсь, что прибавка в весе будет в норме и что я каким-то образом не заставляю ребёнка голодать.

Вобще у нас день на день (и ночь на ночь соответственно) не приходится. Иногда мы хорошо спим, иногда плохо. Ароша часто плачет минут через 20-30 после еды. Наверное, мучают бедного ребёнка боли в животике. Я стараюсь немного придерживаться диеты, хотя и не уверена есть ли от этого какой-то эфект.

Купаться Ароша теперь любит. Он всегда притихает в ванночке, выпучивает глазки и плавает там как маленький лягушонок. Ванночка, правда, у нас не очень удачная — он слишком длинный для неё и слишком торчит над поверхностью воды. Может, Done eating. Taking a short break before performing the next "musical".надо заказать другую. Зато вытираться/одеваться Ароша не любит и всегда заходится плачем в процессе. Сегодня Даня купался вместе с Арошей в большой ванной — по-моему, им обоим понравилось! )

Нам очень помогют Данины родители. Мама готовит, гуляет с Арошей когда у неё есть возможность (по 2 раза в день на выходных), почти каждый вечер помогает искупать нашего малышика; папа занимается продуктовым шоппингом. Для меня каждые сутки похожи на другие и я жду маленьких событий — вот нам 4 недельки, а вот месяц, а вот к врачу пойдём… До сих пор не верится, что буквально через год Ароша будет гораздо взрослее и больше. ) Пока что мне особо ни на что времени не хватает. Все говорят, что постепенно станет легче. Надеюсь, так и будет. ) Мне уже хочется, чтобы Ароша стал более интерактивным. Очень интересно узнать какой у него будет характер, душа — я верю в то, что мы не рождаемся чистыми листами, а в нас уже много заложено до рождения.

А еще мне очень жалко Арошу когда он плачет и не может обьяснить что же его беспокоит. Я пробую как-то его утешить, но в плохие дни дитёнок не спит часами и я ничем не могу его засыпить. Надеюсь, этот период скоро пройдёт и Ароша будет спать спокойнее и больше.
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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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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 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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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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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Baby Stuff

Results of our little shopping spree.Now we’re at a point where there is less than a month left until our official due date — we’re going to become parents during the next several weeks. Alena made a lot of post with regards to what’s going through our or mostly her mind and it’s probably not a bad idea to leave some of my own thoughts and feelings as well.

First of all I’m probably still not realizing the full impact of this. I thought that when Alena grows a big belly the reality will settle in. She does have a huge belly, I can see it moving, I can feel the kicks and the hiccups, but it’s still hard to believe. I do have short moments of “what did we get ourselves into”, but they pass quickly. The rest of the time I’m quite excited and I really can’t wait to see him.

It's not washed and ironed yet, but this is the future bed of our son.There are a lot of problems that we have to deal with, mostly with doctors and medical insurances, but these are not very important things in the long run. The main thing is for the baby to be healthy and for Alena to have an easy (as “easy” as that can be) birth.

Alena is doing a great job. She eats very healthy (she did eat healthy before this as well, though), she doesn’t eat or drink anything that she isn’t supposed. Also from what I hear we’ve been lucky. She had no morning sickness and no other horrible things that you hear women go through. It’s 36 weeks tomorrow and yet just last week we went touring the town for the whole weekend. I’m really proud of her. Continue Reading
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

18 Недель

Потихоньку приходит весна. Хотя последние 3 дня было очень пасмурно, дождливо и ветренно, всё равно чувствуется свежее дыхание нового сезона. У меня уже начал появляться животик, который для людей посторонних выглядит скорее как плотный ужин, чем развивающийся дитёнок. ) Поправилась я за эти 18 недель почти на 5 кг. Не знаю много это или мало, но уж что есть — всё мое. ) Чувствую я себя по прежнему тьфу-тьфу хорошо. Изредка появляется лёгкая тянущая боль внизу живота — врач сказал что это нормально, и что неудобства мне причиняют растягивающиеся сухожилия.

Я очень рада, что Даня ходил со мной на предудущее узи когда нам сообщили что скорее всего у нас будет мальчик. Как я уже писала, мне было всё равно кто у нас будет, и в моей голове проигрывались фантазии на тему младенцев разного пола. Даня же лёгкое предпочтение отдавал сыну, поэтому я рада, что кого заказывали — того и получили. ) Теперь вот выбираем имя. Пока что на месте #1 укрепился Aaron. Continue Reading
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Our Little Secret

Our future child. Sonogram taken at the end of the 12th week.The image above should be enough to guess what is going on. If it’s still not clear — we’re going to be parents! mrgreen It sounds really weird, I know, and we both find it hard to believe just yet.

On the other hand we were planning it for a while now, and everything worked out almost as planned. During the Spring of 2009 we made a decision. We went to see a doctor to make sure everything is OK and Alena stopped taking birth-control pills and started taking vitamins.

First ever picture.Even though doctors said that there is no need to wait, we decided to make sure birth-control clears out of the system and waited 3 more month, before actually trying. Plus Alena has a list of signs that are preferable. ) First month was October (with due date to be in mid-July). At the end of the month she had a week delay, and we thought that we’re there. But she had her period after all and we were very disappointed. Continue Reading
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