16 weeks and counting …

Today, I finally had my first appointment with my Ob-gyn, the one who will most likely deliver baby, at the hospital where I shall deliver. It was a nice first visit. She seemed very nice, and enthusiastic.

We talked about routine stuff like health history and my previous pregnancy. I got to hear baby’s heartbeat yay. It is always so nice and so touching.

So, she asked me if I wanted to do a blood test that identifies genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome. I agreed to it and did it right away. I understand some people choose not to find out beforehand because they feel like it will not make any difference to them, and they will love their baby just the same. This is wonderful.

I will love my child just the same too, but I think having the opportunity to know about it beforehand is a great opportunity that I choose to take advantage of. Being emotionally prepared ahead of time would be great. Hopefully, everything will be ok. I have been taking my vitamins since prior to getting pregnant, so I feel good about our odds. But, once again, regardless of the outcome, this baby is a blessing and we could not be more excited about his/her arrival!

She also booked an ultrasound for January 22 – which is when we can find out the gender. But, omg, I am so anxious and curious now. Don’t know if I can wait that long.

I am seriously considering going to a private place to try and find it out a couple of weeks earlier.IMG_5880

Unfortunately, my mom did not arrive yesterday, as planned. Due to health issues, she had to be hospitalized and is unable to fly for another couple of weeks. So, now she is supposed to arrive january 11. I really hope it will work out this time. I was looking forward to her visit, her help.

For this reason, Dan could not come with me to the appointment, which sucks. I really wish he had, but we agreed it was best for Helena to stay home. She has been a handful and it would only make the hospital visit hard on everybody.

Last Thursday, Christmas Day, I experienced the very first Braxton Hicks of this pregnancy. I was not sure, at first, because I thought it was a bit early for that, but then I was sure about it.

If I were any farther along in this pregnancy, I would have thought I was in labor, ready to go to the hospital. It was a great rehearsal and reminder of what is to come in about 6 months haha

I am 100% sure my belly grew a bit that day. I believe my two new stretch marks are evidence of the fact.

I use bio oil on my belly, but I think I am just naturally prone to get tons of those. Regardless, it does not bother me that much anymore. They tell the story of my kids coming to this world, and makes me proud!

Other than that, everything else is the same. Still 0 appetite, still lots of nausea.  I have lost 7lbs. I really, really hope I start feeling better soon so I can eat better. Right now, all I care about is getting something in my tummy, I don’t care what as long as it stays in there.

Getting nervous and anxious about Mexico. Helena has been so, so hyper that I am really dreading having to fly with her for over 5 hours !!! Hopefully the 3 of us can take turns and entertain her that long. It is too bad it is not a night flight tho, so she won’t be tired. It will right in the morning, around 10 am. She will be so, so energetic.

It really makes me think that maybe we should not fly with the two kids for a while. At least until one of them, Helena, can be ok on her own. I really wanted to fly to Brazil next year in order for my family to meet baby, but I really think it will be hell.

No matter how prepared a parent can be, a long flight is a long flight. Even us, adults, get uneasy, but we learn to put up with it.

I am going to start planning and preparing for that!

Second Trimester

No words to describe how fast this pregnancy is going!!! As of last Wednesday, Dec 10, we have entered our second trimester  (already!!!).

So, I re-did my due date calculation. I did it just like I did it last time with Helena. Funny, last pregnancy, when my doctor calculated my due date, she did it the standard way that takes into account a 28-day cycle which is not my case.  According to her, my due date was May 3rd… but according to myself, it was April 29. Ditto. Helena was born April 29.

This time, they calculated it the same way again, as a 28-day cycle. So my due date to them is June 15, but according to my calculation it is June 11. I had mistakenly entered 26-day cycle instead of 25, and this is why I had been using June 12 as my due date. But I will stick to June 11 as I was spot-on last time! Maybe I will get it right again this time haha Using June 11, 2015 as my due date brings me to 14w5d today. Another 5 weeks or so and we can find out the baby’s gender. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to find out, but now I kinda am looking forward to it!

Now, what are the odds? One of Dan’s brothers and his girlfriend are expecting too and she is due June 15. I am so happy for them, but I really don’t want the babies to share the same birthday.  I have recently learned she feels the same way too. No kidding!! There are so many important dates shared in this family already like my birthday and our anniversary !!!! So, I’m guessing that because this is our second and this is their first, ours might be a bit early and theirs a bit overdue. We’ll see.

These last few weeks have been busy, and the ones to come will be busy too, which will certainly make time go by faster and faster.  We had  family and friends over for an early xmas celebration this last Sunday. Prepping for that got us busy, busy. Then, next week, hubby will come home for xmas and stay over for 2 weeks YAY. True Xmas gift to Helena and I.

Then, on December 28 my mom arrives. I am really looking forward to that because I can SO use a break before LO 2 arrives. I also want to enjoy some date nights with hubby. I will do anything I possibly can to make this visit works. She will be staying for 2 months. The very next day, I have my very first appointment with my o.b at the hospital where I shall deliver.

I am also really looking forward to our little family vacation coming up in January. Dan, I, Helena and my mom are heading to Los Cabos in the end of the month. Once again, it will be so nice to have my mom with us so she can stay with Helena for a bit, allowing Dan and I to spend some quality time together.

I am hoping the week before the trip we might be able to find out the gender !!!

I gotta say, this is exciting. I feel so blessed. Sure, some days are tough and I get grumpy, but overall I can’t ever forget how blessed we have been. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped us one way or another, and espcially to God.

A 6-Month Vacation

I am so glad to say we are officially DONE nursing!

My goal was to get Helena off nursing before baby number 2 would come around as I really wanted a break between the two.

It is a relief to know I will have about 6 months free from nursing. It will certainly help me recharged my batteries before I start nursing again.

I am so proud of myself. Nursing is certainly not an easy task, and I could never imagine I would come this far.

When I started to wean her off it wasn’t actually hard. I believe I made it harder because I was so used to using nursing at times of difficulty to soothe her, to get her to sleep. At times I should have stick to no nursing, I gave in and nursed just to make my life easier.

Then I realized it wasn’t fair to Helena when she wanted to nurse  and I would deny her, but then nurse her when it was convenient for me. So, I finally managed to stick to the plan.

I know some people look up online ways to wean baby off, but we really didn’t do that. There were specific times and places that would trigger Helena’s want to nurse, so, knowing ahead of time WHEN she would want to nurse helped us figure things out. The sippy cup was the most important tool in this process. Whenever she would want to nurse, we’d have a sippy cup ready for her. For about a week or so, Helena would cry because she really wanted to nurse.

Then, I would give her a cup to be with her all day. I would always make sure it had something in it like juice or milk. I noticed she transferred the attachment she had towards nursing to the sippy cup. She would carry it with her throughout the house and drink from it whenever she wanted. Slowly, she forgot about nursing.

But there was still one thing to overcome. During the mornings, when Helena’d wake up, I would bring her to our bed just to buy me another half hour of laziness in bed. At this time, there is no sippy cup or juice or milk that would replace mommy. She wanted to nurse and that is all she would take. I started to hug her really tight and rub her back when she was freaking out because she wanted to nurse and couldn’t . Eventually, she would try to nurse and when she would realize she wasn’t gonna get any, she herself would take the initiative to hug me and ask me to rub her back.

I thought it was very interesting how cuddling replaced nursing in the morning. I guess it goes to show nursing is really a lot about bonding and affection. Lately, I have just been skipping bringing her to bed at all. I figured a change in our routine would help this big change in her little world. After all, she has known nursing since the very first minutes of her life.

With next baby, however, I want to start the weaning process a bit earlier. I really want to be done by the time baby is about 14 months or so. Their little teeth make nursing so much more uncomfortable, at least for myself.

I hope this experience of mine can help someone out there who might be struggling with weaning baby off .

Cheers.

12 weeks AND counting

Ah!! I can finally post again !!!

I did not mean to be gone for so long, but my computer broke down and it had to be shipped out to be repaired.

It was gone for nearly 4 weeks!!

During this time, I got to see my baby yay!! I actually saw baby 3 times.

The first time was a routine dating ultrasound which confirmed I was 7 weeks at the time.1507900_10203013148109925_2029658766427588307_n-1

I got to see and hear the heartbeat which is always so moving and exciting. Baby looked like a peanut still, which was expected. Everything seemed ok, but the doctor did tell me later at my appointment that there were signs of some bleeding. It must have been internal because at the time I had not had any bleeding.

A few days later, I started having some heavy bleeding. It was a period-like flow. I freaked out because I had never experienced that much bleeding in my previous pregnancy. I ended up going to the emergency. They couldn’t find out what was causing the bleeding and told me to get a lot of rest. That day at the emerg I got to see the baby for the second time, but, obviously, they did not give me any pics.

So, I came home and tried to rest as much as it is possible to rest when you have to care for a 18-month-old baby girl. The bleeding decreased throughout time, but I kept spotting for a few days.

Now it is totally gone, thank God. I was so stressed!!!

Then, last week I got to see baby one more time. It was the Nuchal Translucency ultrasound, the one that tries to detect issues like drown syndrome. This time Dan got to join me and, finally, saw our baby for the first time. I think baby knew daddy was there because he/she was so hyper. The baby would not stop moving, spinning, jumping. It was so funny. This time baby looked less like a peanut and more like a human. 10606264_10203155546269790_5278820385723258768_n

I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going by. Being busy with Helena, the house, hubby and everything else makes me forget about counting time, which is good.

If it wasn’t for the constant nausea, the  lack of appetite, and the endless exhaustion, I would probably forget I am pregnant.

In about 7 weeks we will be able to find out the gender. In the beginning, I was really looking forward to it, but now I am not so sure. This will be the last baby, so, maybe having that big a surprise at the delivery room would be a nice way to wrap it up. But I do not know how long I can wait without knowing.

I find that knowing the gender of the baby helped me bond with baby when I was pregnant with Helena. Being able to decor the room, and buy things with the baby in mind was really nice. Be able to call it by its name rather than “baby”, it”, or “he/she”.

So, let’s see how that will turn out.

I feel like we are having another girl. Most of my relatives think it is a boy. We have already pretty much picked out a name for a boy. No clue what we will name the baby if it is another girl.

Anyways, this it for now.