Monday, January 27, 2014

Thoughts on the Second Pregnancy

I'm not sure if anyone has ever told you this, but the second pregnancy is DIFFERENT!

Oh, everyone says that? Ok, nevermind.

But REALLY, it is different.

I'm not just talking about the whole showing quicker, different cravings, I am talking about how I feel about this pregnancy... and how everyone else feels I suppose.

With my first pregnancy I was so obsessed with knowing every second what was going on in there. "Today it has fingernails, hooray! baby has no more tail... today it might be sucking its thumb" etc. etc. This time is more... "Oh yeah, I'm pregnant! I forgot again." Understandably I am a bit more distracted this time chasing a crazy toddler who occupies my every waking (and sometimes sleeping) thought. 

Lastly, the reactions from everyone else are a bit different. Our families are super excited for this baby, just as excited as they were for Sienna, but some of the shiny-newness wears off when it isn't the first time.  Also, I don't plan to have a shower for this one, because I already have all the stuff (and believe me, I don't need any more THINGS), but it feels kind of sad. Why shouldn't this baby have a celebration, you know?

All this boils down to is POOR BABY #2! Why doesn't mommy remember that you are in there!? 

But seriously, I am just looking forward to things feeling a little more real.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Interview with Sienna

Most of my days are spent laughing at the silly things Sienna says, I wanted to capture some of them so I made a little "interview " video with her.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

8 weeks with baby #2

How far along? 8 Weeks.  Baby is the size of a raspberry
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep:  yes please! super exhausted most of the time but my little alarm clock named Sienna doesnt allow for sleeping in
Best moment this week: seeing baby for the first time on ultrasound
Miss Anything? sushi
Food cravings: salty stuff galore, lox bagels are my current addiction
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Gender: Unknown. Everyone says boy, I'm saying girl..but I dont have a strong intuition either way
Symptoms: constant metallic taste in mouth yuck!
Weight gain: none so far
Mood: excited!
Looking forward to: a growing belly

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

12 weeks with baby #2

Little thumb sucker :)

How far along? 12 Weeks.  Baby is the size of a peach.
Maternity clothes? No, just stocking up on larger size clothing
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep:  crazy and vivid dreams starting early on...usually strangely violent. I get so shaken up I cant fall back asleep after, not as frequent as before. My first "baby" one was that we found out it was a boy, extremely midwife was there and all.
Best moment this week: Feeling movement!! little flutters, first started while we were in NY and even kept me up one night....(we've got a wild one in there).
Miss Anything? that glass of wine or beer that Daddy and I used to have once Big Sis goes down for the night. Most of the time, it was well-deserved...
Movement: not kicks...but what I can describe as bubbles and no its def not gas, I'm certain its baby!
Food cravings: Sushi, go figure. Anything salty, chips and salsa.
Anything making you queasy or sick: leftovers, the smell of something I ate the day before makes me super nauseous. ( I usually love leftovers)
Gender: Unknown. We got a little sneak peak during the nuchal translucency screen, but it's still too early to tell for sure. 
Symptoms: Just your average early-pregnancy loveliness... Sore tatas...exhaustion.
Weight gain: 3lbs
Mood: well if you ask my husband, I'm sure he'd say that I'm moody. Thankfully hes being a sport about it and does his best to steer clear of my crabbiness and handle Sienna when I'm feeling blah
Looking forward to: Feeling those first kicks... and finding out whether Sienna will have a little sister or brother! :)
Pregnancy Comparison:

12 weeks with Sienna vs 12 weeks with baby #2

home sweet home

One of the best parts about vacation is getting a chance to have a break from "the everyday" but I find it just as refreshing to return home back to normal life. We are slowing getting back into the swing of things after two and half long weeks away. Nothing better than floating off to sleep in your own bed after some time away.

Mostly, I'm just thankful to be done with planes and airports for a while. We had such a horrible experience coming back mostly due to the snow, and to think I begged for it to snow while we were there.

So our flight was scheduled for early morning Saturday, which meant we had to be up and out the door at 5AM. We checked the flight status before bed and it was on time....later in the night they posted a 5 hour delay, luckily my sister checked for us so we didn't have to wake up so darn early. We got to the airport and it was pure and utter chaos....everyone honking, swarms of people...lines and just madness. After a deep breath I got Sienna in the carrier and we attempted to find a line to check in...everyone was cutting & pushing through. So we said screw it, we cut too...not that it helped it still took 3.5 hours.

The plane got even more delayed because its tires were stuck in the snow so they had to dig it up...then they changed the gates on us, which meant we had to gather our belongings and take a bus across the airport to a new gate. 

We finally got on the plane, boarding first along with the other families with children....before we even sat down a child 3 rows behind us threw up. Awesome, just what I wanted to smell the whole flight. 

We sat at the gate for two hours without anyone informing us why we werent taking off, finally the pilot got on the loudspeaker and informed us that since we had to remain on the plane for so long their allowed time by law was up and they needed to find new pilots. Well great, not like there are pilots just waiting to get switched out. So we waited another 2 hours for new pilots. We gave Sienna all things we had for entertainment and the flight hasnt even taken off....I was ready to cry. Well I actually did.

We finally pull away from the gate and the plane is sliding everywhere....they get a truck to pull us on to the runway which was clear of snow thankfully....but wait, it doesnt end we are getting pulled we hear screaming and cursing several rows behind us....a very annoyed & apparently starving passenger was giving the flight attendant a piece of his mind asking to be let out of the plane....other passengers  started yelling at him asking him to "shut up" so we can finally "get the F out of here" I thought a big brawl was about to break out. He shut up and we finally took off

Our total time on the plane was 9 hours with a toddler who doesn't like to nap anywhere but her crib or carseat & no other food than snacks. Can you say nightmare??? 


Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas in NY

Despite our rough return home (post about that coming soon), I'm so very glad we decided to be brave fly home for Christmas this travel is no joke especially with a snowstorm, toddler, pregnancy and crowds in the mix.

For now, lets talk about Christmas Eve.

The familiar smell of my moms traditional Christmas cooking invaded the house, just like I remembered every year growing up. Polish Christmas music was blasting and we all sang along throughout the day. Sienna patiently waited for Santa, peaking in the window every so often as we told her that he was coming when she woke up.

Since Santa had to be with his family on Christmas, he came early in the day...pretty sure that was the highlight of Siennas day. I expected her to be a little frightened of him but she she was not scared at all...gave him hugs, kisses and said thank you for her gifts.

After dinner it began to snow! we quickly dressed Sienna and went outside to show her, it was barely enough to stick but she still loved it.

Being with my family was all I ever wanted and needed for Christmas, seeing Sienna loving on them was better than any present in the world.

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking :)

Auntie showing Sienna snow!