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. 😀
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. 😉
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. 😀
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. 😀 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. 😀
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. 😀