Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pretty Much Half

What's in this box? (Hint: Not a carseat!)
Right around now (19 and a half-ish weeks), I am at the halfway point of this pregnancy, based on my experience last time and the general medical plan right now.  Of course, I was "given" a few weeks in the beginning due to the way these things are calculated, so this half will probably feel long...

...Or maybe not.  The first half was spent being very tired, very aversive to many things, and was nausea-ville.  Not to mention, most of it was spent in triple-digit, mosquito crazy weather.  So although I'm already feeling big, kind of tired, ache-y, and still not completely back on the food wagon yet, I think better weather and the upcoming holidays will help distract me as things progress.  Cooler weather will also allow me to cover up more!!

I know I haven't been very good about documenting this pregnancy, though I don't think I documented much the first time, either.  I have some pictures, but I haven't done any direct comparisons with last time in terms of my size or anything.  I DO feel like I got bigger more quickly, and I am fairly certain I will be much bigger at the end than I was last time, as if that wasn't already big enough!

I finally was able to put on the weight expected for this point in the pregnancy after holding steady for pretty much the first 17 or 18 weeks.  I blame that on the food aversions, but the baby is measuring a few days ahead just like my last and had the same estimated weight at the anatomy scan that my older one was (and he was close to 8 lb at birth).  This just tells me that babies will suck up whatever they need, regardless of what I do or don't do.  I was slow to gain last time, too, but I caught up... and then some!

Workouts have been a challenge.  Being a working parent is challenging, and now that I am trying to sleep a bit more (in preparation!) and am drained by the evening, my windows of exercise have shrunk.  I don't have any more restrictions from a medical standpoint, but most forms of activity are off the table now because my chiropractor told me some of the things I was doing was going to undo the stuff they are trying to help me treat.  Besides general hip alignment, I am having issues that I had my last pregnancy and trying to get on top of that before it limits my mobility even more than now.  Also, I started going in hopes that it would set me up for a better birth experience.  Yes, I know it didn't guarantee that last time, but every moment is another chance, right?

For now, some prenatal workouts, walking, raising an almost three-year-old, and cleaning/errands are probably my primary forms of exercise.  I'm okay with this, mostly because all I can focus on are how busy and tired I am.  I figure that when I finally hop back onto exercise, anything will feel like a challenge, and my body will benefit from things that I thought were "nothing" before in my fitter days.  And since I'm nearly certain this is going to be my last pregnancy, I'll just enjoy it and then focus on my best self after it's all said and done.

The baby's getting a workout, too -- I've felt distinct movement since Week 17, and sometimes they are STRONG.  I don't think I got a head start feeling movement this time as I've heard can happen in a second pregnancy, so I did spend a week or two worrying.  Now that I can feel the baby daily, I am a lot more relaxed.


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This was 18 weeks. Yes, shameful work bathroom
selfie, but the main reason I took this picture
was because this mirror was just put in out
of seemingly nowhere.
I glazed over the fact that I've had the anatomy scan done already.  We opted to find out the sex of the baby this time because with my anxieties about having two kids, I just wanted one less unknown.  Of course, I was already relieved/elated that things were looking good with the baby so far.  So finding out the sex was just icing on the cake, and if for some reason the baby did not cooperate, I would take it as a sign to wait to know like last time.

I went to the scan alone since we didn't have child care arrangements for Baby Tuesday and kids aren't allowed in there for some reason.  The technician was really great and printed way more pictures than I got last time, probably because she felt sorry for me.  When she asked if I wanted to know, I said, "YES," and told me that she peeked a few times during the actual medical part of the scan.  She zoomed to the area of interest and told me matter-of-factly what she was pretty sure it is and showed me as well.  Given that I didn't have this experience last time, I am a touch paranoid about a wrong guess, but I guess would be a pretty interesting story to tell at some point!

Since I was the only one who knew besides the technician at that point, I decided to do a little reveal for "The Ukrainian" and Tuesday when I got home.  That is the picture you see at the top of this post, screen-shotted from a video I took of the moment.  This is where I annoyingly have to stop, since we have kept the news to ourselves as a family unit for a couple of weeks now and will slowly be telling family over the next couple of weeks, pretty much on an "if they ask us" basis.  I will definitely update once they know and talk about some of the preparations that are (and aren't) in the works for going from three to four.

Any guesses before I post? ;)


**Edited to add: I had to go back and edit this post a few times because "pregnancy brain" is real!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Baby's First Flight

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By "baby," I'm referring to the one that is already here, although technically, the other one got to fly, too.

But that means that this was NOT the first flight for the big "baby."  Hmmm.

Anyway, we had wanted to go on a family trip for a while.  For his age (at least compared to me when I was his age), Tuesday has been to many places.  We've done road trips to San Diego several times, once to Solvang, and all the way up to Stanford more than a year ago.  I think that last trip was so exhausting that we shied away from trying that again.  However, I'm always glad in retrospect to make the effort.

Traveling with Tuesday shouldn't be such a big deal.  I remember his first trip down to San Diego was when he was five months old, with me still pumping in the back seat while he napped.  That trip was easy, but as he got older, he started exhibiting motion sickness.  It didn't matter if the ride was 20 minutes or longer, and it happened often, though not every time.  This pretty much eliminated all possible forms of in-car entertainment.  We tried snacks, Sea Bands, timing meals, naps, pacifiers, lollipops, and finally, we decided to flip his car seat forward after he turned two after asking his pediatrician who shrugged and said it might help.  Nope.

So when we finally decided to try a short flight (~50 min from LA to San Francisco), I knew we were essentially playing with fire, but oh well... easier with one kid than two while we can, right?

Right?

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Botched selfie before takeoff.
 
So we bought a fairly cheap car seat that would fit on a plane (Cosco Scenera for anyone interested) and held our breath.  We decided to use a car seat because I'm a paranoid person and also because we had taken an Uber to the airport (which he threw a tantrum on.. sorry, Uber driver).  I knew something was amiss when he started to cry mid-flight and wanted to get out of the seat.  Unfortunately, they were saying there was turbulence and all had to remain seated.  They even stopped drink service.  Strangely, I didn't feel anything, and I'm very sensitive to that stuff, so who knows.  I pretty much just undid all my precaution and picked him up onto my lap anyway since no attendants would be walking around to tell me otherwise.
 
A while later came my lapful of puke, all over my baby bump and down my pants.  A young lady across the way was looking on with disgust, but all we could really do was just swiftly change him with the spare outfit I had in my backpack and then take off my shirt.  Luckily, I had been wearing an open flannel that didn't get that dirty, so my wonderful husband held it up as a modesty shield while I quickly changed and then put it back on, buttoned.  I would be walking around with half-puke through the train ride and walk to our hotel, which was like two hours later.  Fun times.
 
Other than that, we did not have any more incidents like that on the trip.  He fell asleep on the plane ride home, which was immensely helpful and made me believe that the extra trouble of bringing a car seat was worth it.  We had a lot of fun taking our time to explore San Francisco like a tourist, since all the times before I had pretty much rushed in and out of there.  All the forms of transit were so fun for him, and he did very well with regards to using the bathroom in many random places. 
 
Some random pictures:
 




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Every place where a train can be played with, it will be played with (Ghirardelli Square). 
 
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Tourist trap: cable car ride.  He loved it, but I did not love the slow wait to get onboard.
 
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Breakfast at the Embarcadero.

Boudin = bread, bread, and more bread. 



P.S. I love LA.  Every time I visit another major city, I am reminded of how used to LA I am, but it's great to see other places. :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Taking it Easy on Yourself - Commercial Silk Review

It has been a tough couple of months.  Work has been very busy, we had a several-week long heat wave (with temps 100+), and I have not been feeling so well.

I am hoping that since it's almost Fall (late September), that things will get better.  I'm definitely less nauseous, and today, the temperature was under 80 degrees!!

I've been pretty hard on myself recently because I would do things like not eat the healthiest, skip workouts because I'm too tired/it's too hot, or oversleep and then miss another workout opportunity.  If I miss mornings, I'm pretty done for the day since I tire out from working and the day.  However, I know I need to be kinder to myself and slow down sometimes.

We're finally taking a family trip soon, which is exciting!!  I haven't been anywhere in a good while, and we get to take the boy on his first plane ride.

Another enjoyable thing is that I received a lovely addition to my home from Commercial Silk (http://www.commercialsilk.com/artificial-plants).

 
 
I was immediately drawn to this mini cherry blossom bonsai tree.  I think it adds a nice touch to the mantle and reminds me of my trip to Japan almost four years ago.




 
 
Since I'm fairly incompetent when it comes to gardening, I really appreciate having a silk-based, realistic-looking plant in the house that requires no care and brightens my day every time I see it.  Even the dirt looks real... and no bugs!!

 
 
If you are looking for something like this for either yourself or as a gift, I definitely recommend checking out Commercial Silk.  They have larger and smaller trees and other topiaries for indoor and outdoor applications.  With the need to conserve water here in California, it is nice to have this realistic and sturdy option.
 
 



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