Monday, September 1, 2014

Anna — 11 Months

In Marine Park.Our little Anechka is 11 months old today! She is such a delightful baby — very serious, but at the same time easily amused. She is so curious about the world around her. Anna loves picking up everything from the ground — be it twigs, stones, candy wrappers or empty water bottles and other garbage.

Anechka adores dogs. Every time she sees one, she stops whatever she is doing, and rashes towards it. She then squeals in excitement, and tries to touch a dog, although she is kind of being cautious at the same time and not really touches it. Anюta also makes high pitched “aaa-aaa” sound when she sees a dog — very similar to what Arosha did at her age. And of course the smaller the dog, the more she likes it. Big ones, even though still very interesting, are more scary. Which makes perfect sense, you know.

In Marine Park.Anechka still is very weary about strangers. She even refuses ice-cream and toys from the children on the playground which are not familiar to her. She does not like when adults other than family pick her up or touch her. I think it’s not so bad, especially for a girl. Arosha was different — more open, less cautious. He is still a conversation starter with anyone who can understand him (who speaks Russian that is).

Anechka’s vocabulary still consists of two words — mama and “dai” (give). I wonder if she’ll be an early talker like her brother was.

She can play by herself for a pretty long periods of time. Enough time for me to do things around the house oftentimes, like start cooking something, vacuum, etc. When she gets bored by herself, she likes to follow Arosha and tries to play with him. Sometimes he does, sometimes he does not. You should hear how those two laugh and/or squeal together sometimes. Their favorite place to do this is the elevator. OH MY GOD! I have to cover my ears sometimes because of how loud they get.

Ready to go.On playground people often comment on how independent she is.

Arosha is starting pre-K next week. I can’t believe it! He is such a big boy already. I hope it will go well. I am so curious to see how he’ll handle being away from me for such long periods of time. I am so curious to see how long it will take him to start speaking English. I hope he’ll get a good teacher and nice classmates.

I think we’re finally done celebrating his birthday. He was lucky this year and got 3 cakes! The first one was on his actual birthday, the 8th. Just the three of us (Anюta was asleep) celebrated. It was funny when during the birthday song he said — “enough already” (he really wanted to blow out the candles). I don’t think he realized that it was a little rude, so we just laughed and finished singing.

There is no fence we miss.The second celebration was with some of his and our friends — Alisa and her parents, Emma and her parents and Misha. Danya’s parents were away on vacation. I did not cook — just made two salads, and the rest we ordered from the Uzbek restaurant “1001 Nights”. This was definitely Arosha’s favorite party. Every time he has kids over, especially Alisa, he has a blast. He proclaimed on numerous occasions that he’ll marry her when he grows up. Alisa said that she does not mind. Those kids are too funny! By the way, when we ask Arosha why he wants to get married, he tells us that he needs a good wife to have children with.

Arosha's guests.Arosha got LEGO sets, school game and money for ice-cream (I say, we got all summer worth of ice-cream covered by the generous Misha) as gifts. Danya helped him to assemble some of the lego things already. I think you can never have too much of those.

Anюta seemed to enjoy all the birthday activities too! She ate well together with everybody and then followed children around and played with balloons and new toys (Ignat and Vika bought her a present too).

Playing.I was pretty tired by the end — Anюta got up really early that day and I did not have a chance to get any rest during the day. I even had to do laundry after putting Anюta down for the night (I wash cloth diapers every other day). Still, I was very glad how the party turned out. I honestly think that at this age celebrating at home with 1-2 friends is much more enjoyable for children than going to childrens’ gyms or a restaurant with a large group of kids for 2-3 hours.

And the last party to celebrate Arosha’s birthday was with his grandparents and aunt Lina and uncle Lenya. We also invited Misha again — he lives just a few minutes away from us and we thought that it’ll be more fun for everyone if he comes. I cooked wine-brased beef and garlic potatoes and a few salads. Danya said that he liked the food more than shish-kebabs from the restaurant that we had a week before.

Our guests.I am not sure how much fun Arosha had without children, but I liked his party still. And the cake, which we don’t have a picture of, was the best from all three. It had lots of berries and a very light cream inside the thin crust.

I am not sure how we’ll be celebrating Anюta’s birthday in a month, but I hope that we’ll contain it to just one party.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Anna — 9 Months

Anюta. 9 months old.Вот нашей малышке уже и 9 месяцев. Она уже ходит. Еще, конечно, не очень уверенно, но с каждым днём всё больше и лучше.

В последнее время я с детьми по будням часто хожу на Manhattan Beach. Идти туда примерно полторы мили в каждую сторону и занимает это у нас примерно 40 минут. Конечно, немного утомительно, но с другой стороны — это неплохое добавление к физической нагрузке. Ароша проходит такое расстояние без проблем, остановок и нытья.

Должна сказать, что они оба очень любят воду. Арошу невозможно вытащить из океана, хоть он и довольно прохладный. Анюта тоже как может быстро топает к воде и очень любит ходить по ней и шлёпать руками.

Они также хорошо играют в песке. Вообще на пляже весело — там обычно есть наши старые или новые (пляжные) знакомые. Мне можно поболтать, а для детей и компания есть, и дополнительные игрушки.

Brother and sister.Единственный не очень приятный момент, это мытьё под холодным душем. Но выхода у меня нет, потому что они под конец с ног до головы покрыты песком. Анюта плачет всегда (и трясётся от холода), а Ароша через раз. Я думаю, что от всей этой холодной воды они только здоровее будут.

Мы стараемся выходить на пляж пораньше, быть там в 9-9:30 и уходим с песка где-то в 10:30-11.

А вчера мы всем семейством ездили на Coney Island. Ароша очень любит кататься на разных каруселях и колесе обозрения. Всё прошло хорошо, хоть было и жарко. Анюта тоже прокатилась на колесе обозрения и на одних каруселях. Не могу сказать, чтобы это вызвало какой-то особый восторг, но и неудовольствия она тоже не проявила.

А на прошлых выходных мы ездили в зоопарк на Staten Island. Было неплохо. Ароше, конечно, там понравилось больше. Он стал вообще как-то больше замечать разных животных и интересоваться ими. Анюта, которая часто пищит от восторга когда видит собак или зверей на ферме, была к зверям в клетках развнодушна.

Strawberries.А еще неделю назад мы ездили собирать клубнику на ферму. Ароша набрал, наверное, фунтов 5. Он даже есть её на поле особо не хотел, а хотел собирать. Анюта тоже там ползала и пробовала ягоды. Я знала, что у неё после этого обострится диатез (что и случилось, но не в очень сильной форме), но не дать ей пожмякать и попробовать клубнику я не могла. Клубника, кстати, в этом году не очень сладкая, потому что было очень много дождей.

Анюта уже неплохо может пережёвывать пищу. Зуба у неё по-прежнему два, но это её не останавливает. Она пока не особо любит овощи и фрукты, а предпочитает хлебобулочные изделия и мясо. Еще Ароша её как правило угощает мороженым, которое он ест практически каждый день. Она, ясное дело, сьедает немного, но радости испускает на все 100 порций.

Picking strawberries.Вообще дни сейчас длинные и тёплые, так что на улице мы проводим очень много времени – 5-7 часов каждый день. Мне, конечно, тяжеловато это чисто физически выдерживать иногда, но на то оно и лето.

Книжки я Анюте читаю не так часто, как Ароше, но она слушает как я читаю ему, и, думаю, этого достаточно.

Спит она днём два раза — минут 30-40 на утренней прогулке, и часа 2-3 дома. Ночью просыпаетя 1-2 раза, но меня это не напрягает.

Анюта очень общительная, много улыбается и с удовольствием идёт на контакт и с детьми, и со взрослыми. Мнногие малыши на площадке любят её, делятся с ней игрушками и хотят покатать на качелях.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anna — 8 Months

8 months.Can you believe Anna is 8 months already? Doesn’t it seem that just yesterday she was still 3 or 4?

She is turning into such a delightful little human! Her personality shines through more and more every day. Anechka loves company, but does not need to be in the center of attention all the time. Often she can play by herself as long as we are in the same room. I don’t think I ever experienced this with Arosha — he always wanted constant interaction!

Suddenly standing.Anюtka started to crawl a while back. She can move pretty quickly around the apartment. She usually follows me wherever I go — kitchen, bathroom, bedroom. She crawls kind of funny. If Arosha looked like a giant lizard, she looks like a crab. Her arms and one leg are in the regular crawling position, but another leg she puts not on the knee, but on the foot. Not sure if my explanation makes sense, but we’ve made a video, so it’s easy to see. I call her my little crab from time to time.

Teeth proof.Anna smiles a lot. Especially if I am around and she feels safe. She is not afraid of strangers (again, if I am around), but does not like when someone other than me is holding her. She can tolerate Danya or his mom for a short periods of time, but that’s about it.

She loves to pull herself up and actually started cruising a little bit holding onto furniture. I wonder when she’ll start standing by herself.

Cruising.She can say “ma-ma-ma-ma-ma”, and I think that often she means it. When I am away and she wants to find me or is tired of crawling and wants me to pick her up, she often would do that “ma-ma-ma” chant.

Annushka loves animals and birds. When we went to the farm, she was laughing so much while looking at ducks and horses and sheep. She also was really fascinated by pigeons the first few times she saw them. Each time they flew, she laughed.

Exploring.She is still breastfed. She does not eat too often — sometimes her breaks during the day are 5 hours long. She wakes up 2-3 times during the night to eat, but I really don’t mind. We are loosely following baby lead weaning, but she barely eats any food. She likes trying what’s on our plates, but usually spits out everything. She figured that she is not a fan of quinoa, buckwheat or avocado (my morning staples at the moment).

More cruising.Anechka seem to like Arosha very much. She often will lighten up when he gets up in the morning (usually an hour or two later than her) and crawls to him. She does not like when he is pulling her down from behind though — and Arosha likes doing that. He seem to like her a lot too.

Arosha at a farm.We went to the allergist on Friday to see if he can identify anything that might be causing her eczema. The doctor did a skin test for 60 different allergens and all results were negative. I can’t tell you just how relieved I was to hear that. He prescribed a hidrocortisone cream and it helped to clear the worst things up. I don’t know how long her skin will stay more or less OK, but now I have hope that she’ll just outgrow this condition. I feel really bad for her when eczema flares up and she keeps scratching and scratching and scratching.

Early May.Just to sum it up, Anюta is such a delightful little girl. I adore her and love her with all my heart. And of course I love our son just as much!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Anna — One Month

Анюта. 1 month old.On Sunday our sweet little pea turned one month old. Time sure flies.

Anna is doing great. She is much better at breastfeeding than Arosha was at her age — partially because she did not have a tong tie, partially because my breast is easier to work with after two years of breastfeeding, partially because she did not have jaundice and therefore was stronger in the first few weeks. I was giving her a few ounces of expressed milk in a bottle here and there in the first week, but we stopped using any bottles after that since she can get what she needs herself.

Brother and sister.I have to say that as far as babies go, she is much more easygoing than her brother was at that age. She sleeps better, her stomach does not seem to bother her as much, she also sleeps well in a static stroller (it had to be moving with Arosha), and she sleeps well in the car. We don’t really give her a pacifier, except for special occasions. For example, we went to a playground yesterday, and in 2 hours she woke up hungry. It was too cold outside to breastfeed, so we had to get home first, which is a 20 minutes walk. I gave her a pacifier, and after a bit of a struggle, she sucked on it and fell asleep. I am not a big fan of pacifiers, but in situations like this they are definitely helpful.

Arosha's old gym.I bathe Anyutka almost every day. I don’t need any help doing that too! I remember with Arosha it was a two person business for months. I started washing her in the big tub in the last few days. She seem to prefer cooler water.

She is also doing well in the pooping department. Usually it’s 1-3 times a day, which is perfect. I use size one diapers of two brands — Earth’s Best and Seventh Generation.

Brother entertainment.I am also not following any diet. I remember being afraid to eat a variety of foods with Arosha, including onions, beans, cabbage. How silly. Now I try to avoid citrus fruit, strawberries, honey and nuts per my pediatrician. I eat pretty much everything else.

Anyutka sleeps pretty well at night. She usually goes to bed at around 10, wakes up at 1-2, than again at 4-5, than again at 6-7. Each day is a little different, but I get 5-7 hours of sleep a day on average.

Siblings.Also, I wanted to say that my mood is much better overall this time around. I had a bad case of baby blues with Arosha, but now after about a week of evening anxiety attacks I seem to be my usual self. Well, I am a bit more cranky than normally due to lack of sleep, but still.

On the not-so-bright side, my pregnancy related carpal tunnel syndrome is not gone yet. It got a little bit better — I don’t have to use a splint for sleep anymore, but my fingers are still numb on both hands (right hand is worse). I also have a nasty thing which I don’t remember having with Arosha — night sweats. Ugh! I wake up drenched in sweat, but I don’t have much time to change because I have to feed Anyutka, so I just put a bathrobe on in order not to freeze.

Playing.Arosha has been pretty great. He was excited when Anyutka got home from the hospital. He likes touching her head, and he tells us that he loves his little sister and that she is a good and pretty baby. He also helps me to entertain her sometimes by showing her different toys and talking to her. He was telling her about his dream the other day, which I think is very cute.

Arosha also keeps asking why was she born (“А почему у нас Анютка родилась?”) every day. I am not sure I understand what he means by that, but the question definitely does not have any negative connotation. I think he is just very curious about they way things work and interact in this world. I usually tell him that it was time for her to come out from my belly.

Arosha.People keep asking me if he is jealous. So far it does not look like. Of course, we try to pay a lot of attention to him. Every morning Danya’s dad comes for an hour to help with his entertainment while I pack for a walk. Every evening Danya’s mom spends a few hours with him (just as before). We go for walks daily — nothing has changed in this regard. Danya also plays with him when he has time and we go someplace fun every weekend. I don’t know if it will stay this way when she grows older, but I sure hope so.

I don’t have much time for myself, but I am able to do some shopping, to cook a little, to clean and partially do laundry (with Danya’s mom help). I remember being completely dependent on outside help for all of these things when Arosha was born.

Anna. Two and a half weeks.We went to pediatrician on October 30th, and Anyutka is growing well. She measured 22.75 inches, 10 lbs.

My mom has gotten her visa, so she will come visit for a few months, probably starting in mid December. I am looking forward to this!

I also wanted to say that I love our little girl with all my heart already. To be honest, this newborn stage is not my favorite one, and I know that Anyutka be so much more fun even in a few months, but I still enjoy her. Often I think to myself — how did we get so lucky to get these two little souls? And I feel blessed.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Anna’s First Bath

First bath.Сегодня наша Анюта первый раз в жизни купалась. Пуповинка у неё отвалилась еще в среду, и к сегодняшнему дню (воскресенье) пупок достаточно хорошо зажил.

Купание прошло очень хорошо. Ей понравилось — она спокойно лежала, глазела на нас, шевелила ножками и ручками. Я её придерживала, а Даня с Арошкой мыли. Ароша, кстати, с большим удовольствием нам помогал. Он смотрел мультики, когда мы пошли её купать, но ради такого дела мультики были заброшены.

Всё-таки опыт — великая вещь. Когда мы первый раз купали Арошку, то, во-первых, заморозили ребёнка в зале, а во-вторых, дергались и нервничали по поводу и без. С ним мы измеряли температуру воды термометрами (у нас их было два), с Анютой же температуру воды определяли “на глаз”, а вернее на локоть. Я боялась придерживать Арошкину голову, особенно поначалу (это делала бабуля), с Анютой такого страха не было.

Arosha did most of the washing and did it pretty well at that.Вобщем, искуали мы её легко и без плача. Бабушка тоже присутствовала при первом купании, но в этот раз у неё была более пассивная роль.

Еще хочу сказать, что грудное вскармливание у нас налаживается, тьфу-тьфу-тьфу. Учитывая, что ей и полутора недель еще нет, она очень неплохо научилась сосать. Первые дни в госпитале, да и дома, у неё совсем плохо получалось — она всё время соскакивала с груди, и надо было её бесконечно поправлять.

Последние два дня я даю ей сцеженное молоко (дополнительно к тому, что она сама сьедает из груди) только ночью. Конечно, ест она пока очень долго — по часу, а то и больше, но и спит тоже неплохо, во всяком случае пока. Будем надеяться, что и в будущем со сном проблем не будет.
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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, September 27, 2013

Anna’s Birth

Baby Anna in her mom's loving arms.Hello, everyone! I just wanted to leave a couple of words before I run off back to the hospital. Today — September 27, 2013 — early morning Alena gave life to our beautiful little daughter Anna. She was born at 3:30am, weights 7lb and 10oz and is 20 inches long. The birth was so quick that they didn’t even have time to connect an IV, not to mention any other drugs. We actually barely made it to the hospital.

Looking at the world.I left Alena and my mom near the entrance to the hospital at 3:10am or 3:15am and went looking for parking, which took about 10 minutes. By the time I got back to Labor and Delivery the doctors were rushing Alena from Triage into the Delivery room on a bed. And right after we arrived Anna was out in 2 pushes!

First seconds of life.But as with Arosha even though everything was so fast it still gave me ample time to become a nervous wreck. Now my dad and I are going to go back to visit them. Sadly Arosha can’t come with us since he came down with a bit of a virus 2 days ago.
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

40 Weeks

On the "due date" at exactly 40 weeks.So my due date is somewhere around today. I still think it might be a few days off based on our lack of protection dates.

Our little daughter is pretty content in my uterus, and does not show any signs of trying to get out. Whatever you want, sweet pea! Although your daddy and I are getting a little bit anxious to see you.

We went for another routine visit to my OBGYN this morning. Just as last week, I was about 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced. He checked the fluid, which was good, and the heart rate, which was also good.

Just in case we scheduled an induction on October 2nd. I hope she’ll come out on her own before that.

40 weeks.My fingers still hurt, but last weekend after especially bad night (after 3 hours of pain I was wailing loudly in the living room, and Danya woke up all scared that something bad had happened) we bought a wrist slit, and I sleep much better ever since. I still wake up a lot, and my fingers still hurt 24 hours a day, but they pain is not that bad, and I can fall asleep pretty fast.

I am also gaining pounds. 192 and counting, or around 25 pounds extra so far. I often have back pain and cramping in the evening, and every time I think — the labor is starting. And then after a while it stops. I think if I did not know how labor starts, I would just dismiss all this stuff, but experience makes it harder to ignore.

40 weeks.Danya’s parents gave us another day off today, so I am just doing nothing and enjoying it. We stopped at Trader Joe’s after the OBGYN and got some frozen food and organic meat for when the times will become tougher for me in the kitchen department. I really hope I will find more time to cook this time around. Ha-ha, and the breastfeeding hunger is coming soon (I remember eating at night in the first few months with Arosha).

Anyhow, we’ll see our baby girl soon enough. I have a feeling she might be smaller than Arosha, despite the fact that he was born at 39 weeks gestational age. But we’ll see. Also, I’m not sure who’ll be assisting the delivery — our doctor, Mark, or one of his brothers. They say that whoever is the least busy or on call will go to the hospital. Again, we’ll find out soon enough.
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Friday, September 13, 2013

39 Weeks

Baby closet.Roughly a week is left until my due date. It’s getting harder and harder physically — my lower back hurts, I have cramps in my stomach, especially at the end of the day, and two fingers on my right hand hurt day and night (a few nights ago I even cried for a bit at 5 in the morning, because they hurt so bad and I could not fall asleep).

But it’s not my body’s state I want to write about, but rather the emotions that are running on high waves inside me.

I remember feeling anxious and excited before Arosha’s arrival. First time parents. Clueless. Now I think I have much greater anxiety building up.

I know all the babies are different, but the first few months with Arosha were just so hard, that I am worried about being able to adequately take care of two children at the same time.

How will the breastfeeding go? Is she going to want to spend hours and hours on my breast as Arosha did? Will she sleep OK or I am going to have to constantly hold her and not sleep for hours at night trying to make her fall asleep? How will Arosha react to the sharp decrease of attention that I can give him? He is such a mommy’s boy, and it will break my heart if he will become one unhappy toddler because of the new situation.

Danya’s mom helped us a lot, but she is not getting any younger, and I think her job has become more stressful and her commute is longer now. I know she’ll do what she can, but with Arosha in the picture, there is more to do this time around, so it makes things even harder.

I know Danya will help, but he works full time, and drives a lot, so he will need his sleep just as he did last time.

Danya’s dad will help too. I know he could not do much with a newborn, but now any time he’ll be able to spend with Arosha will help tremendously. I am so happy that he does not mind driving Arosha to gymnastics class every Tuesday. Arosha seems to enjoy this activity, and was asking me when he’ll go back a few times already.
My mom might come sometime in November, but we don’t even know if she’ll get a visa, so nothing is certain at this point.

I am also worried about feeling blue after giving birth. It was the case with Arosha, and I so don’t want to experience the hormonal and sleep deprivation induced downs. I am a pretty happy person over all, and feeling sad and anxious and guilty and angry is something I am not looking forward to. Maybe it’ll be different this time around, who knows.

So here I am. Waiting for our little girl’s arrival with hope and excitement, but also with a lot of worry. I know everything comes in stages and eventually I’ll get a hold on being a mother of two, but for now I can honestly say that I am a bit scared. I guess that’s normal though.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekend

Throgs Neck Bridge.We’re trying to use our last pre-baby weekends to their full potential. Yesterday Alena and I spent our full day alone without Aroshka. Aroshka was with his grandparents while we did our now weekly OBGYN visit, did some errands that we won’t be able to do when the baby comes and finished the day off with a nice dinner at our favorite Thai place in Park Slope.

38 weeks and 2 days.Today I had an urge to explore a new place — the park under and around Throgs Neck Bridge. I drive by this place every day when I go to work and somehow never stopped there before. So we got into our car and drove there along with my dad. I spent some time taking long exposure shots, while Arosha spent all this time throwing stones into the water.

Throgs Neck.We also installed a new infant car seat base into our car and a car seat that we use for travel into my dad’s car. He’s going to be taking Aroshka to gymnastics every Tuesday now — first class is in two days. Meanwhile Alena is into her 39th week which means that we can have a new arrival any day now.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

37 Weeks

Us at Brooklyn Botanical Garden.I am 37 weeks into my pregnancy today. The baby is considered to be full term now, although I would prefer it to stay in for at least another two weeks.

By Botanical Garden.All is going well. I feel fine and don’t have any major issues. I am not sure if my varicose veins are getting worse, but if they are, it’s a slow process. I do feel more tired, but it’s only natural, so no complaints here. When humidity is high, it gets a little harder to breathe, but luckily this summer is relatively nice. I think when I was pregnant with Arosha, average temperature and humidity were higher. Of course, I did not have to spend as much time outside as I do now, so the last few weeks of pregnancy were easier to handle.

Unit #1.I still think I’ll gain less weight this time around. So far I am up around 20-22 lbs, and with Arosha I gained 35 lbs. I hope it’ll be a little easier to loose them after birth.

37 weeks.I did not really had any cravings in the beginning of the pregnancy, but now for some unknown reason I am tempted to eat something sweet every day. I try not to give in, but often eat a small ice-cream or a few candies on a daily basis. Makes me feel a bit guilty, but the craving is so strong, and I don’t think my diet should be as strict as in the first two trimesters, so…

Botanical Garden.I can feel the baby hiccuping every day now. I think this started a week or two ago. It’s cute. She also is quite an active baby, and I feel her moving pretty often, especially at night. Her movements feel a bit different than Arosha’s. I guess, a lot depends on the position of placenta, of the baby, etc, etc. By the way, when I went for a sonogram at around 35 weeks, her weight estimate placed her in the 32nd percentile. I remember that with Arosha he was always around 50th. Wonder if she’ll indeed be smaller.

Us.We are still not 100% set on the name. Maybe when we’ll actually see her, it’ll become more clear.

Favorite past-time — book reading.Arosha still sleeps in the room with us, and he really likes it. We have decided that when the baby will arrive, we’ll keep this arrangement, and instead of the crib, she’ll sleep in the portable play yard, which we bought a while ago for travel purposes. I don’t know how well this will work — I guess, a lot will depend on the amount of newborn crying and Arosha’s tolerance for it — but hopefully everyone will be happy. As I mentioned, part of the reason is that Arosha really loves sleeping in the same room with us, and I don’t want him to feel that his little sister took his place; another part of it is that Arosha sleeps better when he is with us. I am actually getting more sleep ever since he moved in — instead of 7 a.m. he usually gets up after 8.

Running.So I am pretty sure that in a few weeks we’ll see our little girl. I am in no rush, since the first few months with Arosha were probably the hardest time in my life, but it’ll be nice to stop being pregnant if for no other reason than getting back superior bladder control.

Vika and Ignat.P.S. The pictures here are from the last week. We went to Botanical Garden with Vika, Ignat and Alisa, and had such a great time!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

31 and a Half Weeks

Our little baby will be 32 weeks in a day. Less than two months to go before my due date.

It got a bit harder for me in the last two weeks. I feel more tired again, just like in the first trimester. Also, I often experience shortness of breath. It’s not too bad, but this experience is new to me. My knee hurt really badly yesterday, but luckily it was much better today.

31 and a half weeks.Still, I think as far as pregnancies go, I got a pretty easy one. I think with Arosha I felt better, but on the other hand, I spent most of my days just sitting inside an air-conditioned office, while now I have to go out in the heat and spend hours chasing Arosha around.

By the way, I passed my three hour glucose test, although just barely. There were four blood draws, and one of them was abnormal. If two sugar levels were high, I would have failed. I found my one hour test results of Arosha’s pregnancy, and they were significantly lower than this time around. I think I eat even less sugar now than before (and mostly healthy kind of carbs), so it’s just my body reacting to the pregnancy differently. But again — I’m lucky not to have gestational diabetes, so no complains here.

I think we are fairly sure how we’ll name our daughter. Anything can happen, but I’m happy that we have a name which all of us like, or at least are OK with.

I feel excited and a little worried when I think of the times ahead. I hope for an uncomplicated delivery, and I also hope that the first few months will be easier, at least in regards to taking care of the little one, than they were with Arosha. I am worried that it will be hard for Arosha to adjust to the decreased amount of attention from me, and I just hope that he won’t be too jealous. I think it’ll be fun for him to have a playmate when she’ll grow a little older, but I understand how infants could be quite boring for 3 year olds.

We have most of the stuff that we need. Danya’s mom ordered a whole bunch of baby clothes and blankets. We have a good crib, stroller, changing pad, scale, etc, etc. We even have bottles, although I plan to breastfeed this baby as well. What we need to buy is a car seat. Ours was hand-me-down, and would have expired this August. I passed it down to an acquaintance when Arosha outgrew it, so at least it got more use and we did not just throw it out. I think they discontinued the one that we had, so I have to do a little research before buying. We also decided not to get a bassinet this time around. It was only useful for about two months, and I think that we can leave without (I passed down our old one).
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Twenty and a Half Weeks

Currently I am 20 and a half weeks pregnant.

I feel good. I still get more tired than pre-pregnancy, but other than that, I barely notice that my body is actively assisting in creating a little human being among other things. I still fit into majority of my clothes, although many pants won’t zip anymore. I told a few people on a playground today that I’m pregnant, and they sounded genuinely surprised, which means that to majority of the population I still don’t look all that pregnant. I am not exactly sure how much weight I gained, since I forgot how much I weighted 20.5 weeks ago, but it is somewhere around 7-10 pounds.

I started to feel some movement, although very faintly and very rarely, in the last few days. My OBGYN told me that my placenta is on top, so it cushions the baby’s kicks, and therefore impedes my feeling the baby. I don’t mind.

Twenty and a half weeks pregnant.We are somewhat confused about the name. I always thought that if I ever have a daughter, I’ll name after my grandma. But last week my sister told me that my grandmother was actually not too fond of her own name, so now I am not sure if we should use it anymore. I can’t think of a name that I like more though, so for now it is still our number one option.

Danya and I went to the ultrasound last Friday. Everything looks good, although they were not able to get very good images of her heart due to her position. We even walked around for half and hour, and I drank some coffee and a mango smoothie, but that did not help. We decided not to come back, since I think that if something was seriously wrong, they would have seen it regardless. We did not get any 3D pictures as was the case with Aroshka, but since they are far from reality anyhow, I am not even upset about it.

Looking ahead, I am a little worried about Aroshka adjusting to our family’s new addition. He is spoiled by my attention, and naturally, it will sharply decrease. I just hope he’ll handle it well and won’t be too stressed out. I actually think that a bit less attention will do him good, but I guess only time will tell how well it will go. We were thinking about enrolling him in some daycare, but he starts crying and tells us that he does not want to go when we offer him to try. I know he is very attached to me, and I just don’t want to hurt him by forcing him to do something that he is not ready for.
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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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