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.Alёna 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. Alёna 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 Alёna did. Not all of the forms transliterate well, but here are some: Anyuta — Alёna’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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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Arosha — 10 Months

Arosha rolling in the bed, playing peek-a-boo with his mommy.Arosha has turned 10 months today! Our big boy weighted 21lb 11oz and measured 31¼ inches at the doctor. He also had his blood taken to test for hemoglobin and lead — we’ll know the results in a few days. We dress Arosha in both 12 and 18 months clothes — the latter ones are still a bit too large, but some of the 12 months stuff is getting too snug.

On the bench in the park. Even though he can sit just fine by himself, he also has a big tendency to fall off things.The biggest thing that happened this months is that he learned a word — KRYA! He says it all the time now. I can’t get mama or papa out of him — only Krya, Ka, occasional Ko, Ga and Ba. But Krya definitely rules. It’s funny how kids will surprise you with little things — there is no way I would have guessed that he’ll start his verbal communication with the sound that the duck makes.

Five out of our six teeth are showing.He also started to recognize some other words. For example, he has a book about butterflies, a book about lambs, and a book about a bear (“Мишка Косолапый”). So every night Danya’s mom is asking him to show her each book, and more often that not he does it! He also definitely knows who papa is and who Shublik is (when I ask him where is papa or where is Shublik, he almost always looks at the correct person/cat). I am not sure if he knows mama, but oh well, he will at some point!

"I require this remote control. It must be checked for tastiness."He also stood unassisted — whole one time! Well, it was multiple times really, but on one occasion only (during our visit to Flushing Meadows park). I read somewhere that smaller, lighter babies have easier time balancing themselves — maybe there is some truth to it. He still LOVES to stand holding onto furniture though, as well as to cruise around using furniture for support. He also figured out how to open the doors of our bookshelves, and spends a lot of time doing it, as well as trying to chew on books (I don’t allow him to chew on books obviously, but sometimes he manages to start before I notice).

Sitting on papa's shoulders.He is still not very good at eating solids. There is definitely an improvement compared to the previous month, but breast milk is still his favorite. Can’t blame him I guess. As far as my breastfeeding plans go, I hope to be able to continue until Aroshka is at least 1 year old, and then have at least a morning and an evening feedings for hopefully another half year. We’ll see how it goes, but for now I am happy that my body is able to produce enough. I try to introduce some water as well, but he is not very interested in it.The thing is that he is not used to drinking from anything other than his mommy, so getting him to understand the concept of drinking from a sippy cup or a glass is a challenge of its own (although it seems that yesterday he figured out how to use a sippy cup with a straw).

Sometimes we cry. Especially when we visit the doctor for our check-ups.He also cut another 2 teeth this month — both upper lateral incisors. They are not fully out yet, but the tips could be seen really well. To Aroshka’s credit — he does not bite me while drinking milk (knock on wood). He does sometimes bite my clothes or any part of the body he can get to when he is hungry, but not the breast. I hope it will continue this way.

Backpack kid carrier. First ride.Being around Arosha is getting more and more fun! One of my favorite activities is playing a variety of peek-a-boo (which involves my hiding on the floor and his rolling around laughing in the crib) with him — both of us have so much fun! I love holding him, hugging him, kissing him, smelling his big blonde head. I love it when he smiles, and even more when he laughs. I love that when he needs comfort I am able to provide it.

Arosha in mama's lap.They say babies grow too fast — they do indeed. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be a little baby with dimples on his arms and chubby legs forever, and that there will be a time when he would not want to always be around us, that he will have his opinion, his hopes, his friends… Sometimes it seems that he will always be our little boy. But I know that he’ll become a man one day! So I am trying to enjoy this brief time of his babyhood as much as I can.

Happy Ten Months Birthday, Aroshka! We love you.
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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, October 8, 2010

Days of The Present

Alёna and Aroshka.I haven’t really posted anything in a while now — it’s an interesting time — there is really nothing going on yet there is so much going on.

Aroshka is growing. He’s clearly gaining weight — our biggest worry from the first month. We have a scale which is not very precise, the with each day arrow keeps climbing further and further away from 0. For the most part I stopped worrying.

Alёna and Aroshka.These days I worry more for Alёna — the whole thing is really hard on her. I’m trying to help with what I can and hope that I’m at least slightly useful. I know that when I’m at work, at home or anywhere else — I don’t have to be nervous about anything. I just know that she’s been a mother for only 2 months, but she’s already really great at it. I know that as long as Arosha is with her all is and will be well. Continue Reading
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Monday, August 16, 2010

First Week

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

Arosha. Same day.I’m a worrying type in general, and do I worry or what? Alёna 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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Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Doctor

Yesterday I went to see my new OBGYN, a Russian lady named Lana Selitsky. It might seem strange when a woman is changing her doctor at 5 months pregnancy, but I had no choice. The thing is that my previous doctor, whom Danya and I like very much, had a Alёna and her belly. 23 weeks.surgery with complications and has to move from obstetrics for at least 6 moths. What a bummer! He recommended Lana and assured us that she is a good doctor, plus she also works at Beth Israel Hospital where I was planning to deliver. Lana seemed nice and friendly, although I liked the office staff less than that of Dr. Argov. Oh well. Chances of her actually helping me to deliver are only 20% since she works in a group of 5 doctors, and whoever will be on call the day or night the baby will decide to come out, will be taking care of us.

I can’t say that I am extremely happy about this whole situation, but on the other hand it looks like I’ll be in good hands in any case. ) So whatever — as long as the little one is healthy. )

I also had some stress on Monday after I received a letter from my insurance company stating that they have terminated a hospital agreement with Beth Israel. It also stated that since I am in my second trimester I can stay with them as long as my doctor signs Belly with 23 week old boy. Cooking.some form. I was worried that a doctor switching thing will negate the fact that I am considered to be treated by Beth Israel as of now. Apparently, Aetna (insurer) doesn’t care about this; moreover, a customer service representative told me that they are trying to negotiate something and chances are they will sign a new contract soon (and if not, all I need is transition of care form signed by the doctor; it will let me use Beth Israel regardless). So on Friday Dr. Selitsky signed the form, and I have already faxed it to Aetna.

So these are the news on my pregnancy front. ) I am going for a glucose screening test in 3 weeks — hopefully, everything will be normal. By the way, by now I’ve gained around 17 pounds. People offered me their seats in the subway a few times, which is really sweet (I only accepted once, and only because the train was very full). I get a feeling, however, that some people still perceive me as just being fat rather than pregnant. Oh well. )
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