Pregnancy – Week 12

On Monday (19-Nov-2012 @ 3:15 pm) we had our first OBGYN pregnancy appointment. Sergey came with me to be a part of this exciting experience. :-) I love my hubby!

Wow! We saw the baby on the monitor for the first time. :-) :-) :-) Smiles all over the place! Because I am so lucky that I don’t have much of pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness, fatigue, sore breasts… Seeing our little baby was invigorating and made me believe that I was truly carrying a little human inside of me. Until that very moment it all felt more like an illusion. But now I know our little one is in there! :-)

Both Sergey and I were thrilled to see our baby and hear its strong heartbeat. We even got our baby on video. It looks like baby was waving at us and then jumping up and down, as if saying: “Hi mommy! Hi daddy! I’m doing great over here!” :-) :-) :-) So adorable that even the doctor and nurse were mesmerized.

The doctor agreed with me that baby was 11 weeks and 2 days. So our planned due date has been set, as expected, for June 9, 2013. Let’s see when baby will really decide to come out. :-)

Sergey had this beautiful glow about him the whole night after our first ultrasound. I think the ability to see what we’ve created together was very empowering for him. I love seeing my husband so happy! I am very happy to be married to him!

On Thursday 22-Nov-2012 we flew to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with Grandma Floy Hopple. She is 87 and has been using oxygen for a while now. However, she’s been a trouper for both days with us! We played a lot of board games, talked and simply enjoyed company with each other. It was a wonderful couple of days spent with family.

Baby and I did great on the plane both ways. Then on Saturday, our amazing next door neighbors (Lena and Sergey Magonovy) invited us over for a feast! The food was delicious! I could not move for at least an hour after this awesome meal. :-) Yum!

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Pregnancy – Week 11

This week was a bit easier at work, than the past 2 weeks. I am proud of how I’ve handled the situation with a poorly performing employee. I have one more layer between us and I had an informative discussion with his manager, where we came up with ways to handle the situation. Teamwork prevailed. We already see improvement in performance and behavior.

Friday I got a day off for working so hard the past several weeks. I still had to log in for a while to help move projects along, but at least I was at home. Then we went to a Russian store and stocked up with salads, pelmeni and other items. I was brave enough to try a cabbage pirozhok, which didn’t taste so good, and drink ryazhenka (baked yogurt). Second half of the day I spent on the toilet with diarrhea :-( , then I took a nap and stayed in bed until the morning.

On Saturday I woke up with a lot of energy. Sergey and I cleaned the house in a record time. Then as I was taking a shower, Sergey decided to turn off the softener, which was undergoing some self-cleaning. LOL. So I had salty water coming from the shower head. It felt like I was bathing in sea water. :-)

Later that day we hosted a pelmeni making party. It was a wonderful and delicious experience with a bunch of our friends. I believe we made about 500 pelmeni that night. Enough to last us and our guests for a while.

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Pregnancy – Week 10

Breasts look fuller, but the bra-size still feels fine. Hubby likey! :-) They also don’t feel tender as they did earlier in pregnancy.

I am using Organic mascara. Although it doesn’t give my eye lashes the same full look as regular mascara, it also has its benefits. I don’t need to use any special solutions to take it off. It comes out with water.

Sex is fantastic! I love loving my husband. :-) He is amazing!

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Pregnancy – Week 9

I had 2 dreams about the baby. One was a while before I even got pregnant. In the dream I was pregnant. I was enjoying every moment of my dream pregnancy up until the delivery, where I got scared and “didn’t want to play anymore!” But none the less, I delivered a beautiful baby girl and we named her Anna, as many influential and loving friends in my life.

My second dream was during this week. I dreamt that I had a gorgeous baby girl. No name specifics in this dream, but I clearly remember that she was very peaceful and happy, as opposed to some other girl’s baby in the dream. I was really proud of my baby girl! :-)

My mother also had a dream a few weeks ago about a happy baby girl. So many coincidences! I guess we’ll have to see in a few weeks if that is true. :-) But even if we will have a baby boy we will love him just as much!

Another busy week at work. Lots of shoots. The positive side – catering! This week we had awesome breakfasts, lunches and snacks. I am sure baby was happy. :-)

On Thursday we had guests over. At the dinner table we had Dima Sherman, Alex Borshch and us. Dima inquired about approved diet for pregnant women and I’ve observed the following behavior of men at the table. As I was talking about my pregnancy experience, all 3 men at the table were very quiet and listened to me with so much interest, as if I was going to test them on this material later! :-) My only guess is, because men never have or will ever go through pregnancy, this unknown territory is very exciting and interesting to them. It’s an honor for me as a woman to be a man’s guide to this unknown.

Outside temperature dropped significantly on Saturday. Right about +18C. Not super cold, but not hot either. I woke up around 9:30 am and thought I’d read a bit outside, while covered with a blanket. The comfort of this temperature, a light breeze and the light tingle on my cheeks – all made me think of the baby. I imagined how wonderful it would be for my little one to nap in this gorgeous weather. I may have had a memory from my childhood crossing my mind. :-) It’s very likely I napped in similar conditions and had a blast. As I day-dreamt about it, I fell asleep and had the most amazing nap in the fresh air. :-) Soon our baby will enjoy it too!

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