Meeting baby sister

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

It was a much-anticipated day. He talked about his baby sister often and was so very eager to meet her.

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The week before we went out shopping for a special gift he could bring to his baby sister. He picked out a set of nesting cups. It could not have been a better gift. I know Nina girl will be getting her hands in those in no time.

Mom and dad kept O that morning. And around 2 o’clock, when I was feeling more like myself, daddy went to pick them up. Mom made sure he wore his nice hat and scarf because she wanted him to look cute for pictures. It was a cold and dreary Tuesday, the day Nina was born.

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I was so happy to see that sweet face of his.  And even happier to see how well he reacted to meeting his baby sister.

He was shy at first, like he is with anybody. He didn’t really want to hold her. He was happy to just look at her.

One of his first questions was about me and my stitches. This sweet boy of mine, he is always looking out for me. And now, he is always looking out for his little sister.

Nina “had gotten” a little gift for big brother too. So he quickly got busy with his new games and seemingly forgot about sister for a while. We didn’t push him or anything. When he was ready, he looked away from iPad for a while and asked to hold her. It was a sweet moment indeed. And I think right then he fell in love with her.

He has exceeded my expectations of how well he’s adjusted to life as a big brother. Sure he had his moments. His growing pains, if you will. But so did I. Change, even when it happens because of a blessing like Nina, can be a little bumpy sometimes. In fact, I think he adjusted quicker than I did. 😉

I’m so glad my O now has somebody to share life with now. My sisters are my best friends and I am thrilled  that now O has a sister too.

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Nina, 2 months old

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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At 2 months, Nina was starting to show the beginnings of her precious smile and friendly personality.

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She was also just getting over a hospital stay for RSV. It was a scary time, but she was a trooper and a fighter.

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She kept nursing well throughout her sickness, so she kept her weight up and her plump little cheeks.

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This girl has so.many.folds. Her brother was way heavier at the point. But she’s definitely plumper. 😉

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Nina adapted well into a schedule. Feeding every three hours or so and being a good sleeper. At 2 months, she was only waking up once a night. She’s great at napping on the go when mommy needs to teach or pick up brother, but she also naps well at home. Around this age mommy found out how to swaddle her well and this helped baby girl fall asleep on her own without much trouble. If you knew the battles I fought with my firstborn so he could learn to self-soothe, you know how grateful I am this girl can fall asleep on her own!

Nina’s stats at 2 months:

Weight: 5.120 kg/ 11.2  lbs

Height: 54 cm/ 21.2 in

Nina’s birth story

March 2, 2014 § 1 Comment

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This is the story of how Nina Nicole came into the world.

I was up before the sun came up that Tuesday. Partly anxious, partly hungry, I just couldn’t sleep but six. That Tuesday, January 28, was going to forever change my life and the life of our family! I was schedule for a c-section at 10:30 am.

I had spent the evening before repacking our hospital bags with my mom and making hair bows for our sweet girl. That morning, all was left to do was get myself ready and go to the hospital. No breakfast needed, which was incredibly hard for this hypoglycemic mama. No make up, no nail polish, no jewelry either. So at least I got my hair fixed.

We left O at home with my parents and arrived at the hospital at 9 am. We quickly signed all the paperwork and they checked us into our room.  My nurse for the day came in and asked all the questions in the world and prepped me for surgery. The OR was having an incredibly busy day. It was break week, so everyone had schedule their surgical procedures for the day of my c-section. It was 11 o’clock before I got in.

This part was the easy part. I knew what to expect, how things were going to feel. How to epidural procedure was going to be. It doesn’t make the anxiety and anticipation any easier though. Knowing you are going into major surgery just makes it all a little more nerve wrecking. My blood pressure dropped quite quickly and I began to feel whoozy. As I’m quite experienced with the feeling of fainting, I was well aware I was about to blackout. I immediately told my wonderful doctor and she just coached me through some deep breathing exercises until the adrenaline shot the nurses gave me kicked in. After this, it was all very quickly until we heard that beautiful cry. The husband was sitting right next to me, smiling from ear to ear. We exchange a knowing look: She looks just like her brother, only smaller! They took her to the pediatric nurse to get all cleaned up and then brought her over to us. We took pictures, I kissed her. She even nursed for a few minutes before they whisked her away and proceeded to stitch me up.
My nurse took me back to my room and the husband was already there, waiting for me.

It felt like forever before they brought Nina back to us. They were getting her cleaned up, giving her shots, etc. Husband and I just sat there, anxiously waiting to see and hold our baby girl again. Meanwhile, the nurses helped me get ready. The hospitals here don’t provide gowns, so I came prepared with some cute and comfy nursing PJs this time. Last time, I only took regular clothes and I just wasn’t comfortable at all. I wore like this one and like one. In fact, they are so comfy I still wear them every night.

Finally, our sweet girl arrived, all decked out in pink and we got to really see her for the first time. Needless to say, we thought she was beautiful. Our sweet, beautiful girl.

As I began to nurse her, I couldn’t help but think about how her big brother would react once he met her. But that’s a story for another post.

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Maternity Style – Instagram update

March 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m not even going to apologize for the iPhone pics… It’s all I have managed these days! But I wanted to document some of my favorite outfits I wore towards the end of this pregnancy. So baby girl can see that mommy tried her best to stay stylish while feeling like a beluga whale. 🙂

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{33 weeks}

Zara turtleneck (non-maternity)/ amazon.com maternity boyfriend jeans

35 weeks. Wearing my favorite maternity jeans. I got them on Amazon for 20 bucks and I love them! The only downside is that I have to wear a belly band because I got them a size too big. If I lived  in the States, I would have exchanged for a size smaller. Mommy was thinking she was going to get as big as she did with your big brother!

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thrifted Ralph Lauren blazer/ Mango cargo pants (worn with a bella band)/ Gap striped shirt

{34 weeks}

Our winter has been so mild, I’ve gotten away with wearing flats and no socks! Something you will know about your mommy is that she LOVES flats and she despises socks.

P.s.: styling my hair does wonders for my ever rounding face!

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Mango raincoat/ H&M plaid shirt/ Gap tee/ Pink leggings/Accessorize scarf

{36 weeks}

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Target sweater/ Yargici tee

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Red lips and dark nails are my beauty favorites. And somedays are just hat days. Even if it is not that cold out.

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Mango raincoat/ Gap maternity  tee/ Accesorize scarf/ amazon.com boyfriend jeans/ Deichman booties

{38 weeks}

I am trying my best to keep my hair long after I have you… I got a haircut soon after I had O and deeply regretted it. But I am itching for a change! Also these booties and raincoat are in my top ten best purchases ever. I will wear these two items until they are threadbare. They are the basic pillars of  my mommy every day style!

O’s 4th birthday

February 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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A sweet end to a sweet day. Hopefully I’ll have pictures to post soon.

 

It was a great day celebrating the most special 4-year-old I know!
I just simply can’t wrap my mind around the fact that my sweet title newborn is now this energetic, eloquent, smart, speed-loving little boy.
I have so many things to write to him, in the hopes that someday he will read them. Unfortunately these days my time is short.
I am so thankful for “my sweet precious gift” as I tell him before he goes to bed every night. I am so blessed by this little boy who made me a mommy.
God knew what he was doing when he gave me Oliver as my firstborn. He stretched my heart in ways I never thought possible. Just like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes (or a thousand), this day, four years ago. Nina should be forever grateful to Oliver, he’s the one that “broke in” my mommy heart for her. He already is such a fantastic big brother.
Happy birthday, my sweet boy. Mama loves you more than you will ever know.

38 (and a half) weeks

January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

This will most likely be my last pregnancy update before baby girl arrives. Yikes. This pregnancy went by fast, I have to say.

How far along: 38 weeks (and a half…)

How big is baby: the size of a pumpkin

Weight gain: I gained another kilo this week. But overall I think I did ok on this department. This week though, I could tell Nina was packing on the pounds. I’ve been hungry around the clock!

Sleeping: It’s one of those things I just don’t get about pregnancy, right she you’re supposed to be “hibernating” in preparation for the sleepless nights, sleep just eludes me. It was the same with O. But, with the wonderful help of the husband, I’ve tried to get sleep when I can…

Food cravings: I still crave fish and things I can’t get here like good Mexican food or a heart-of-palm salad.

Food aversions: I still can’t even stand the smell of  “iskender”. O’s pregnancy scarred me for good.

Symptoms: All the same stuff (pressure, sciatic, heartburn) plus a new old friend, the Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Miss Anything?: I miss wearing good jeans with a zipper. 😉 And tucking in shirts. I miss being able to play with my O and not having to sit down every so often because of pain. I promised him that he first thing we will do when my stitches healed is wrestle. 😉

Doctor’s appointment: Baby girl was measuring about 7 lbs today. She’s sitting super low. Her face looked different from O’s today too. We will find out soon how she looks like!

Wedding Rings: Still on.

Clothes: It’s been a VERY mild winter so far, so I’ve been able to wear my regular coats unbuttoned. It is nice, because it gives me a nice variety from the two maternity coats I own. Leggings and a dress/tunic have been my go-to outfits lately.

Movement: Well, she must be getting those muscles ready, because she’s been keeping me up at night with all those moves!

What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to meeting baby girl in a just a few days!!! I’m even ready for the sleepless nights! I went on a nostalgic journey through old home videos the other day. O’s first steps, O crawling around… Made me so sentimental and so happy. I feel so blessed I get to experience all of that with another little human being again. Also, it made me cry: how did my baby get so big? He was the sweetest like chunkiest baby, he was always so happy. Funny to see his little personality coming out even then. Excited to live through this stuff again and now with a big brother to add to the fun!

 

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Week 36

January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Trying hard to keep track of this pregnancy. It is flying by!

How far along: 36 weeks (and a half…)

How big is baby: the size of a head of romaine lettuce

Weight gain: I have done better this time than when I was pregnant with O. Of course it helps that Nina is a little smaller than her big brother. I have two weeks left, so hopefully I will gain just what baby Nina needs to come out healthy and strong!

Sleeping: It’s been hard to sleep. The aches and pains of pregnancy have kicked in full gear. But if I do my yoga, stay off my feet (impossible task), I can have a pretty decent night of sleep. Of course I still wake up at least 2-3 times at night because of Nina pushing on my bladder. 😉 I also sometimes get woken up by hunger pains, usually early morning like 5 or 6. So I have first breakfast, go back and rest a little longer and have real breakfast later in the morning. 🙂

Food cravings: I keep on craving fish often. Fish and chips to be exact. Strawberries too. And even though it is out of season, I’ve been able to find some strawberries at the store. Not the best, but it does the trick. Oh and water with lemon.

Food aversions: Nothing really. I have specific cravings, but no aversions. Except for oatmeal still. I may never be able to eat oatmeal again. Just like I can’t eat iskender since O’s pregnancy.

Symptoms: The last couple of weeks have brought a lot of pelvic pressure and sciatic nerve pain. A little heartburn but nothing like O’s pregnancy. The pelvic pressure has made me think on more than one occasion that labor was imminent. It turns out, that is just something that comes with second pregnancy territory.

Miss Anything?: I miss being able to do a very vigorous workout. Like go on a nice run, or an Insanity workout.

Doctor’s appointment: I am down to the last couple of weeks before my c-section is scheduled. Last appointment baby girl was looking good, head down and measuring about 6 lbs. Like I said, she’s considerably smaller than O. At this point O was way past 7 lbs. 🙂

Wedding Rings: Still on.

Clothes: I am ready to go shopping for normal clothes. Lots of good sales now but I have shown restraint. I hope to go shopping with my mom after Nina comes! I’ll probably need a pair of “in-between-jeans” anyway…

Movement: Nina moves quite differently than O. O’s kicks were strong, consistent and energetic. Nina’s moves are more like butterfly flutters with the occasional strong kick. She mainly moves at night, or after I do some yoga. I think Oliver ran out of space long before Nina, hence the stronger kicks. The past couple of nights her moves have kept me awake a considerable part of the night… Here’s to hoping she’s not a night owl!

What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to my parents getting here, seeing Nina’s face for the first time and seeing O’s reaction to his baby sister. I am ready for her to be here, for sweet baby snuggles.

What I did / Got for baby: I have my hospital bag almost packed. Her room is basically ready and I even sewed a car seat cover. Hoping to get some ribbons and make some bows and headbands this week!

Prayer requests: Praying for energy, health and a safe delivery. Praying she will stay cooking up in here until it is time for her to come out!

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Picture taken at the shower my sweet friends gave for me and Nina!. We had a great time. 🙂

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The fantastic hostesses!