Saturday, January 2, 2016

Модница

Lipstick.Недавно мы с Арошей читали книгу, когда вдруг подошла Анюта и сообщила что-то вроде следующего (только не так чётко всё было выговорено):

– Мама, я накрасила губы красной помадой. Чтобы быть красивой как мама.

Я чуть не упала. Потом выяснилось, что она принесла из зала свой розовый стул, встала на него и тихонечко стащила с комода мою новую помаду. Потом она её сама открыла, попробовала накрасить губы, при этом хорошенько измазав и руки, ну и пошла красоваться нам. Я попросила Даню сделать фото на память. На нём она еще в обруче, который достала и надела сама.

А еще одним из новогодних подарков от бабушки были розовые босоножки. Я понимаю, что подростки и взрослые женщины будут очень довольны такому подарку, но Анюта от них тоже не отстаёт. Она запищала от радости, быстренько натянула босоножки, которые пока ей велики, на ноги, и пошла демонстрировать всем красоту.
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Anna — 5 Months

Standing.Anюtka turned 5 months this week. Amazing how time flies!

She is such a sweet girl. She smiles a lot, she even laughs sometimes. And what a laugh she’s got — we caught it on video the other day, here it is.

She sleeps pretty well at night. Goes to bed at around 8, wakes up for the day at around 6:30. She only gets up ones or twice during the night to eat, and it usually takes me 10-15 minutes to feed her and put her back to bed.

She naps 3 times a day. One of the best things is that she falls asleep either nursing (for the first morning nap and before bed at night) or while sucking on her thumb. I know some people would say that I create a bad habit with the thumb, but she does not take a pacifier, and she only takes breast when she is hungry. Since I don’t think that there is much I can do about her thumb-sucking, there really is no reason be get stressed out about it. Right? Right?!

Plumb Beach walk.She is still exclusively breastfed. She eats every 2-4 hours during the day, but there really is no set schedule. She does not even cry when she is hungry. She just gets more grumpy and starts sucking on her hands more vigorously. If she does not want to eat, she just screams at the breast. There is no such thing as comfort sucking with her. So unlike Arosha!

She loves to jump in the jumperoo. She can roll both ways, although rolling from stomach to back is still somewhat of a challenge. She loves sitting with assistance and standing, also with assistance. She often sleeps on her side and sometimes on her belly.

Brother and sister.She gets scared easily. Loud notices, unfamiliar people, sudden moves can make her cry. I think she recognizes me.

We go out every day, usually for one to one and a half hours. It is quite cold outside, and there is still some snow on the playground. Good thing my mom is here to help.

Анюта.Anna likes taking baths with Arosha. He pours water from different bath toys and she laughs and makes excited sounds while watching him. I often sit her in the bath tub and support her with one hand. When she is especially excited she kind of jumps to her feet and I keep sitting her so she would not get cold.

I really love her very much. She is a precious gift, and I love watching her grow and become more and more sentient.
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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, 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 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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Friday, July 26, 2013

Arosha’s Room

Arosha's new room.When Arosha was one year and three months old we discovered a secret to him sleeping through the night — we stopped sleeping in our bed in the same room with him and moved onto a futon in our office. Eventually we replaced the futon with a queen sized mattress that we borrowed from our bed and so we lived. Until last Saturday.

Another wall.Two weeks before Arosha’s 3rd birthday he finally gets his own room. We ordered a custom cut carpet with a pattern and a padding to go under it. We also ordered a custom built bed for his room. Most beds just wouldn’t fit into the space that we wanted to put it in, but in the end we found a store that did it exactly to our dimensions with Arosha’s favorite colors.

Tree right after the completion.We also moved two paintings into his room that he likes — one is a print that I won on a cruise another is an actual original painting by a successful artist who my dad is friends with painted specifically for Arosha. Originally we were thinking to get some kind of wallpaper for the room, but later on gave up on the idea and decided to go with cool looking decals instead. I think it came out looking really nice.

Almost ready state.We plan to replace the ceiling lamp, probably will add some curtains and a couple of other things later on. In a year or year and a half Arosha’s sister will join him in this new kids’ room of ours. As for us — we moved back onto our own bed and my office desk had to move to our living room. Huge huge thanks to Misha and Lenny for basically doing the whole move for us. Took them five hours of hard work.
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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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Thursday, July 4, 2013

29 Weeks Now and 2010

29 weeks in 2013.Three years ago Alena has hit a milestone of being pregnant for 29 weeks. With Arosha. We posted a set of pictures on our blog that we took specifically for that occasion. We decided that it would be fun to recreate those pictures for this pregnancy as well. And since tomorrow will mark 29 weeks here they are.

29 weeks in 2013.The first pair of pictures was taken today and the second pair was taken 3 years ago.

29 weeks in 2010.I can’t tell if her belly is bigger, smaller or the same this time around, however I can say one thing for certain — she managed to get from beautiful to even more beautiful in these 3 years.

29 weeks in 2010.
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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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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Wife

Hot WifeFirst of all I just want to say that I’ve got a very beautiful wife, whom I love with all my heart.

Second is that I think that I finally managed to take a portrait which is worth posting.

Granted, it’s easier to end up with a good one when you have a subject like Alёna. )

Having said all of the above I’m clearly a very biased “viewer”, so the comments on the photo will be appreciated. teeth
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