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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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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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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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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Monday, February 11, 2013

Pregnant

A few weeks ago we found out that I am pregnant again. We planned to get pregnant next month or later, and we thought that this particular month we were past my ovulation cycle. Apparently, it shifted by a few days, so here we are.

I am happy, but worried at the same time. After what happened last time, I fear to be fully excited. I put my emotions on back burner and just try to take it one day at a time without worrying too much. We don’t even know what the due date is yet (since my ovulation has shifted a bit) — we’ll find out this Friday, but it should be sometime around the end of September. So I am around 7-7.5 weeks pregnant right now.

For some reason I am sure that there is a little boy growing inside of me this time around. I guess, we’ll find out soon enough.

This pregnancy so far reminds me of my pregnancy with Aroshka. No morning sickness, no strange cravings. I am more tired than usual, but that’s expected. I try to nap every day while Arosha is napping, and it really gives me a big energy boost. Plus, I rarely sleep for 8 hours during the night, and right now I need at least 8 hours per 24 hour period to feel like a human being. The only strange thing that I can think of is that chocolate has change its smell to me. I love chocolate, but now it smells pretty disgusting, and I don’t even want to try it to see if the taste changed as well.

We went to see a new doctor a week ago. A girl on a playground recommended him to me, and I thought, why not. He seems to be OK. He has offices in Brooklyn and Staten Island and shares practice with his father and brother. We saw heartbeat during the ultrasound, and my heart melted just a little bit. I really really really hope that our little pea is healthy and that this pregnancy will have a happy ending.
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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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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Photos From Andrey

Даня и Алёна. Неделя до родов.Andrey has sent us a couple of shots that he processed from the photo shoot that he did for us at Central Park at the very end of July.

Даня и АлёнаAs it turned out later this was really the very last weekend that this kind of pictures could be taken. The very next weekend we were in the hospital birthing Aroshka. )

Даня и АлёнаWe are really happy to have these in the family archive and are extremely thankful to Andrey for not only taking the time to shoot us, but to also process them all and giving them that special look.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

38 Недель

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

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

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