Week 22 – The Chocolate Cake

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

After the festivities, the fun didn’t stop as between renovating and getting re-energized after all the food and family time, we had another appointment at the OB. Things were a bit rushed, as I suspect they had quite a few women to see after the holidays, but we did have time to take a sneak peak. Ok, it feels weird to have three adults squinting intently at the screen, trying to discern whether or not something can be seen. But, either way, we were very excited to find out that we are most probably expecting another girl! :D

According to http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1053580/predicting-your-babys-gender , it is more likely a girl if:

“You and your partner are 40 or over, you suffer badly from pregnancy sickness , you were born in a tropical climate and conceived there , your baby was conceived in the winter, Dad-to-be’s job involves pollutants or stress (such as a high performance pilot or a deep sea diver).” No to all of the above, so there you have it. Maybe we should look for both boy and girl names just to be on the safe side. :D

DD has accepted this gender change without batting an eye lash; she has always told us that there is a baby boy in my belly but now tells everyone that it’s a girl. She has also informed me that the baby is going to come out of my belly (while pointing to the correct area in question, which is sort of freaky as neither my husband nor I have ever really told her where babies do come out. Glad she figured it out on her own, this will make the birds-and-bees talk so much easier! ;) ) and then snuggle with her in bed. Alright then, glad that’s settled. :)

In other news, my sister has been able to feel the suspected baby girl kick, things are definitely picking up on the movement-front, and we do in fact think we might have a name. Will be secret though in case we change our minds. ;)

As for the 23 week-sized baby, I was baking and pondering over which vegetable to manipulate to be 25 cm long. Ha, 25 cm is the diameter of my baking pan, so there you have it. And girls DO like chocolate, so it’s perfect for this week. :D

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Week 21 – The Egg Carton

So, its the week before Christmas…( and yes, I’m late in editing pictures and publishing blog posts ;) )

My belly exploded, people that hadn’t seen me for a couple of days or even hours did double takes. Picture people walking into door frames while turning heads to see me, the new whale, stomp down the hallway. Crazy! I definitely caught my husband staring incredulously several times. My organs and such seemed to have trouble keeping up, and therefore the fun did cause me to be able to decorate the Christmas tree like this: hang ornament 1, hang orament 2, lie down for five minutes. Hang ornament 3, 4, and …no, lie down again. Tremendously painful, and I didn’t even get a picture as we were already done for that week. The belly did deflate again afterwards, which I thought was weird. I asked my OB about it during the next appointment, and she said it’s typical for this week, as this is when the uterus really moves out of the pelvis area (does this make sense?? It’s still in my pelvis, isn’t it? Maybe I am confused. ;) ) and things can look huge until everything resettles again.

Otherwise, everything is fine, looking forward to our next ultrasound after Christmas! :)

As to this week’s chosen food, we are now in head-to-toe measurement zone, meaning the proportions are a bit weird. I figured a weird choice of food would complement that, egg cartons seem to have the same size as a 21 week old fetus (at least in Germany ;) ). And yes, I know you can’t eat an egg carton, but so what. ;)

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Week 20 – The Banana

Here it is, the week where I get to decide whether to go with a 16.51 head-to-rump or 25 cm head-to-toe measurement. Difficult decisions, these are. ;) Decided to go with a banana (shorter version), an unfortunately somewhat brownish one at that. Must get higher quality fruit next time. ;)

Otherwise, again, very stressed out at work and in the frantic frenzy of realizing that there are only X days left until Christmas, and no, I am not finished with getting all presents organized. Maybe next year I will be superprepared and have lists and all ready and well under way in November. *cough*

This week, we signed a new lease, which means we are going to move in January/February. Our children will finally have their own room! :D This is exciting, but really scary because now on top of all the work I’d like to get done before Nr. 2 arrives, we also have to renovate an entire apartment including floors. But, I guess it’ll be nice and fancy for when he or she arrives! :)

Also, FINALLY DH has felt the baby kick. Phew. I was somewhat anxiously anticipating this, as during my first pregnancy this already happened much earlier. Let’s blame the Christmas frenzy. ;)

As there is not much else to report, can you guess how the following google search ended up on this page: “girl about to fall off ledge drunk” ? I can’t. Of all the possible google searches, THIS is what ends up on my blog? :D “Girl hitting belly” is also a favorite. Very related to a pregancy blog…

As to the pictures, the weather currently sucks, no sun for weeks on end, and by the time we usually head outdoors, what little light is left has disappeared. Ugh. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find changing settings, this is in our bed, and talk about a toddler gone wild. ;) There are few pictures with her not jumping up and down, and in most, she’s trying to eat the banana. :D

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A first collage

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Just for the fun of it, a first overview of how this belly is growing! I always think the pictures aren’t that telling, but I sure see some growth happening there. ;)

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Week 19 – The Savoy Cabbage

Oooooh, doesn’t that sound fancy? Savoy cabbage…never heard the name before, but again, its plus-or-minus 15.2ish cm arrived in the organic veggie box we receive, so there we go. ;) Just in case you wondered, we like to eat it with a creamy sauce and pasta, sometimes with shrimp. In case you didn’t wonder, now you know anyway. ;)
Otherwise, work has kept us both super-busy, which is why I’m behind in posting the pictures, and why this text is a bit on the short side. Also, there’s not much to write about as this pregnancy so far has been largely uneventful – I am so thankful for that! A bunch of my also-pregnant friends are suffering from hyperemesis (and I’m not even friends with THE Kate ;) ), and just trying to imagine how they must feel day in, day out leaves me feeling very grateful for my mild three weeks of nauseau in the beginning. Still, hoping that I won’t have to pay my dues during the second half. Although, putting on socks and bending over to put on my shoes is becoming a bit difficult, so maybe I shouldn’t loudmouth so much about how easy going this is.

Again, I can’t believe how much bigger my belly is than first time around! :) Granted, this week’s big ‘n round vegetable in comparison to last week’s rather skinny St. Nick looks as though the baby has fattened up quite a bit, but after it arrived in the food box, I was not going to go search for more food of the right size.

I already peeked ahead at next week, and seems that things get a bit wild. Baby is then no longer measured from head-to-rump, but from head-to-toe, which almost instantly adds on 9 cm. Never noticed that before, but this will open up a whole wide variety of foods to go bellypicturing with! :D

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Week 18 – The Chocolate St. Nick

This week has been quite busy with both a midwife and an OB appointment this week, plus lead testing because there may be a very slim chance that the water line at my office is contaminated with lead. Don’t think it will be an issue, but as I’m pregnant, we thought it best to have the blood work done.

The baby is much more active than last week, and it was so great to be able to see him/her for a couple of minutes today! :) Much more active than DD was, at least I don’t remember such vivid activity from the ultrasounds. DD always seemed to be sleeping or at least comfortably chillaxing in my belly, while this one is quite the little gymnast. Not that I mind. ;)

No exciting news on the gender question though, just as I was about to excitedly cry out “Oh, it’s a ..:” my OB stopped me and said, “No, might as well be a girl if you look from this angle.” Oh. Well then. :D I guess we’ll have to wait for the next appointment.

DD is already earning high marks on the big sister score card. The other day she had a chocolate cupcake that I really wasn’t against sharing. ;) I asked her if I could share with her, and she nodded, smiled, and handed me this 0.5 mm sized chocolate morsel. Of course, grown-up that I am, I smiled and thanked her, and just as I was about to turn away, she calls me back so the baby can have some. About 3 cm worth of chocolate cupcake! Ha! That’s sisterly love. I made sure it enters my body through my mouth, as she sometimes tends to feed the baby by squishing food into my bellybutton. Yummy. :)

Speaking of yummy, food-of-the-week is a chocolate St. Nick (no, not a Santa – we ARE in Germany, and in a very Roman Catholic part at that :D ), who is only short by about 1 mm of the suggested 14 cm the baby has this week!

Before we head on to this week’s pictures, I have to apologize for the quality – we are entering a very busy stage (who isn’t, with Christmas coming up), and had about 4.3 minutes to take these pictures. Let’s hope next week we’ll have more time. ;)

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Week 17 – The Pear

12.7 cm, oh my! :D I think this is pretty crazy, but just like last week, I open our organic food box, and find two gigantonormous pears. One of them sized exactly 12.7 cm! During the past weeks they were tiny and more bite-sized, but I guess someone decided this was meant to be the food for the week. :)

This week has been mostly uneventful. Although, I do have this incredible urge to nest, and am driving DH insane with my need to organize stuff around the house (crazy pregnancy hormones do that to you ;) ). The fact that he is a lark while I am an owl only makes things worse, as I start thinking up fun projects such as “Why don’t we get the ladder from the basement so we can finally change the batteries in the smoke detectors?”preferably at 10:30 pm. This translates to 1:30 am on my time, and yes, I understand why I get these flat-eyed blank stares rather than excited shouts of “Oh yay, let’s go do that right now!” Luckily, the ladder is not very heavy, and I’m not very pregnant yet, so I can still do stuff like that myself. ;) He did climb up the ladder, so brownie points for that! :D

Skin-tight jeans are becoming more difficult, so I’ll really need to check out some maternity wear for short people. Tipps, anyone?

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Week 16 – The Potato

Fall is coming to an end, and I was really hoping for some nice colored leaves against which to backdrop this week’s food-n-belly shoot. We lucked out, although the sun has gone missing for a few days. I have to admit that finding an 11.5 cm object that looks somewhat attractive draped over my belly is proving difficult, and at the time of writing this post I haven’t gotten any further. We mostly get our fruit and veggies delivered to our door step from a regional organic farm, and since we are wayyyy past the brussel sprout stage, but not yet at the winter squash stage, I may have to hit the supermarket tomorrow armed with a ruler to freak out some other shoppers on my 11.5-cm-food-hunting-quest. ;)
Work and life has us pretty busy, as well as the awesome freakfest of germs DD brings home from kindergarten, but I try to squeeze in a few minutes each day to say hi to Baby Nr. 2. We were thinking we might want to be surprised by the boy-or-girl question at birth, but I don’t think I’ll last til May. ;) Since our gut feeling was totally off last time, we are putting our money on different horses this time around. I’m going for boy, DH is going for girl. That way, at least one of us is right and gets to rub it in the other’s face. ;) DD firmly and confidently announces it will be a “baby boy” when we ask her, but that could be biased because all the small babies she knows are boys. :D

I can still button up my jeans, so I have absolutely no idea what was going on in Week 10 were I was freaking out because I had to close my pants with a rubber band so early. Hoping I’ll make it through the winter season without having to buy too much stuff. Also, we had our first midwife appointment this week. We absolutely love her, and are thrilled to be able to experience another birth with her (keeping our fingers crossed that all goes well). Plus, having your check-ups done at the birthing centre with almost no waiting time in a comfy atmosphere beats hanging out for 2 hours in the waiting room on really pretty but incredibly uncomfortable chairs at the OB’s office. Oh, and add a toddler for the fun of it. We are nevertheless very happy with our OB, so will alternate the check-ups back and forth between the two. Best of both worlds, and I’d really miss those antique chairs! ;)

Conveniently enough, the first thing that fell out of this week’s vegetable delivery was a potato. A 11.5 cm potato, to be exact. Admittedly, it’s rather boring-looking, but that’s what yellow fall leaves are for, right? ;) Plus, this is a tribute to the partly German genes, and as I can neither see myself balancing a bottle of beer on my belly nor 11.5 cm worth of sauerkraut, potato it is. ;)

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Week 15 – The Bell Pepper

This past week has been pretty crazy for all of us as DD started kindergarden, so there’s not much to report. We do get asked a lot how our daughter deals with my growing belly (which has started to blow up again in a ballon-like fashion as the week progresses), so maybe I’ll take the time in this otherwise uneventful week to write about that. ;)

She does seem to realize that there is, in fact, a baby in my belly. Maybe this is because a lot of our friends have had kids in the past weeks, so we’ve definitely had to explain some huge bellies popping up, suddenly to be exchanged for little squirmish but cute babies. Our daughter is in  ♥ with babies, and always makes us go up to strangers’ car seats and strollers and babies snuggled in wraps to ask if she can touch it. Not embarrassing at ALL! ;) Regarding our baby, she’s explained to us in a very serious tone of voice that the baby will be tiny. And it will need bebo to drink from. And Daddy will have to hold it, but very carefully. And when it’s sleeping, we will need to be quiet. She also makes sure that I take my prenatal vitamins, and occasionally will share chocolate treats, milk, or breakfast, lunch and dinner with the baby, feeding it either through my bellybutton, or through my mouth (“No sneaking, mommy!“). The other day we were shopping and she ran to the little tiny baby clothes section and chose a jacket. I bought it, she practically made me. ;-) So I guess there you have it, we already bought something for the baby, which we didn’t do for ages during the first pregnancy.

Sizewise, baby is now at 10 cm, which is the size of a small, not genetically manipulated organic yellow bell pepper. Unfortunately, weather has been drab and gray, so we did the shots inside…and a hint, don’t take the veggies out of the fridge 30 seconds before taking the pictures. COLD! Baby started kicking up a storm. :-D

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Week 14 – The Yes Törtchen

Second trimester, yay! ♥

I can’t believe it, but I am absolutely positive that I can feel the little one. I think I may have already felt it last week, but I’ve decided it only counts when I’m actually sure it’s not just bubbles floating around in my belly. What a great feeling though, like a little fish flitting around inside, or a butterfly fluttering its wings, or a little kick by a 8.5 cm ninja. :D I read that baby’s first movements are called “quickening” in English, which is awesome if you ask me. Germans don’t even have a word for this sensation. What Germany does have is Yes Törtchen (read: “Yes Cakes” in English. Seriously, that sounds ridiculous. Oh well.). They were around when my husband and I were little, and always held a tremendous amount of excitement when eating them because they were a) really sweet, b) largely made of chocolate, and -most importantly- c) contained a tiny bit of alcohol which made buying it as an 8-year old ever so thrilling. Yes, I remember some pretending to be drunk after eating two of these. No names named here. ;)
Anyway, a while back the Yes Törtchen disappeared from the shelves with no explanation, leaving a rectangular hole about 8.5 cm long in many a life, which just happens to be the size of a baby in Week 14. At least, the size of my baby in Week 14, seeing as how we got to take a quick peek inside at my check-up just now. A while ago, the Yes Törtchen came back, setting bloggers buzzing and friends in real life storming the stores to hoard loads and loads of these while supplies lasted. At least, my friends did. ;) So, why was the Yes Törtchen chosen for this week as opposed to the suggested lemon?
Weeeeeeell, a while ago – and I swear this story is true – I came back from putting DD to bed. My husband was telling me about this new commercial where a woman tells her husband that she is pregnant by sticking a paper stork into…can you guess? ;) Yes, a Yes Törtchen! So, while waiting at the doctor’s office on the very same day of shock-testing positive, I decided this would be the way to go. Walked to the only store that carries these, unwrapped it after dinner, had DD carry it over on a little plate, watched him munch it down. He didn’t get it. That’s because – and he swears this is true ;) – he has NO IDEA what commercial I am talking about. Well. At least they tasted yummy. :D
Wow, a long rambling post about Yes Törtchen. ;) On to pictures!

I have to say, I think my belly actually shrunk again. I can button my jeans just fine, and it also looks a lot smaller. Then again, if you saw me at midnight you’d probably ask if I’m due in three weeks. :D

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