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Baby 2018: Pregnancy Week 12

I’ve officially started my second trimester now, and I’m well aware that this is only my second update so far on the matter. It’s not neglect, and it’s not a lack of enthusiasm or anything like that. I’m purposely trying to keep my anxiety at bay, while trying to remain as laid back and relaxed about it as possible. It’s not easy. Fears and worries tend to surface quite easily. I found that keeping myself busy with other things is the best remedy. Appointments still cause a lot of stress, and I can feel my heart beating really fast before the ultrasound starts. I imagine we’ll find no heartbeat, or that the baby will be way behind in terms of growth, or that they’ll find something wrong with the heart, or brain, or any other major organ.

Our last appointment to date was this past Tuesday, August 29th. We had a very detailed ultrasound, which kind of dragged on for a little longer than I would have liked. They kept trying to remeasure things. At one point, a professor joined in and redid the entire ultrasound. They weren’t saying much, except for the occasional “that looks fine”. I believed them at first, but as it dragged on and on, I started to wonder what the freaking problem was. At the end, they basically confirmed that everything seemed normal. We clearly saw a little something between the legs … lol The doctor said that both genders have this at 12 weeks, but it looked so much like Sam and Emery at that exact same stage that I’m thinking we might be having a boy, again. Haha! We’ll see. I’m cool either way. I was thinking a girl at the very beginning of this pregnancy, but it was by no means a preference. Just a hunch. If it’s a boy, I’ll be just as happy. Besides, we’ll get to reuse all of Emery’s clothes, which will save money.

We’ll know for sure next week when the blood test results come back. They didn’t do that before. It was different with Emery, less than 2 years ago. But the system has changed, and so now they do a much more thorough blood test to check for any potential issue. Accessorily, the gender is also included, but only revealed if we want to, of course. Which we absolutely do! Hah! If finding a name for this one turns out to be as big of a headache as it was with Emery, we’ll need all the extra time we can get. One thing I’m very much set on is to not recycle any names we had in mind for either Sam or Emery. Before Emery was born, any names that were on our idea list for Sam were discarded and we came up with a bunch of other new options. I’m planning to do the same with this one.

So anyway, here are the adorable profile shots we got to take home:

I really love 12 week ultrasounds. The baby is still small enough to get beautiful shots from any possible angle. It gets more difficult later on in pregnancy to see the face as clearly. Baby was moving really gently and beautifully. There was something very soft about it. It kind of reminded me of Sam. Nothing like Emery, who was an absolute firecracker. The little hands moved around the face, then they crossed in front of its chest. That baby looked so sweet and peaceful in there.

As for the stats: the little heart was beating at 171 BPM, and Baby measured 6cm. Emery was 5.9cm and Sam was 6.6cm. Interesting, right?

I’m not planning to post weekly updates about this pregnancy, because it’s a little too much and I’d rather focus on other things for now, while (hopefully) Baby keeps growing well in there. But, who knows, maybe at some point I’ll change my mind and start updating more frequently. We’ll see. I’ve become less strict about my blogging regimen, and it’s been a nice break, to be honest. Even though I have to admit it is nice to have all the old blog posts to look back on and reminisce. It is less of a priority once there’s a live baby to take care of at home. That’s a good thing! 🙂

More later!

Another year, another pregnancy

Oh boy, here we go again!

I really wanted to make a first blog post about this back in early July when we found out (July 5th, to be precise). But, after all the loss, I didn’t feel like tempting fate, and decided to put it off until our first appointment at the hospital; which was today. Part of me was optimistic about this one from the start, but I’ve learned that my gut feeling isn’t always necessarily right, so doubts started to creep through. And then came a point where I decided not to be fussed about it and to remain neutral until our first ultrasound. I was quite nervous when we arrived there. And having Emery with us was an extra concern, as we had to keep him entertained so he would behave and not bother the doctors during our consultation. Luckily, plenty of cookies did the trick. Parenting at its finest. 👌 😂

It was a big relief to see the little blob on the screen with a tiny flickering heart. Yes, a heart! It was beating nice and fast! Hooray! No bad news today! Everything looked fine, even though Baby basically looked like long blob instead of a recognizable human shape. I think he or she was positioned at an awkward angle. I mean, I know it’s still very early, but, at 9 weeks, my previous babies had a recognizable head and body, with little bitty stumps where the limbs would grow. Anyway, our peanut measured 2.7cm at 9 weeks + 4 days. The estimated due date is March 11th 2018. Almost my dad’s birthday (March 10th). This little one will most likely be induced a bit earlier, just like Emery was. So we’re either looking at the end of February or very early March. Gert joked that he or she should be born on my birthday, March 4th, so we’ll have 3 generations in a row born on that day: my mom, me, and little one. I doubt it will happen though. March 4th 2018 happens to be on a Sunday, and there’s no way they’re going to induce on a weekend. I’m really not fussed about the exact day. As long as all goes well and we end up with another healthy baby!

Next appointment: August 29th. I will already be 12 weeks! Can’t believe this will be the start of my second trimester already. I can tell the timing of this pregnancy will make it seem like it’s going to fly by. What a difference with Sam. I carried him from January to September, and it felt like an elephant pregnancy. Boy, there was just no end in sight. I think it seems shorter when it’s spread over 2 different calendar years, with Christmas and New Year in between. Because that was the case with Emery too, and it didn’t feel quite as slow as it did with Sam.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Obviously, I’m keeping this blog post private at the moment, and will make it public later on. I’ve been keeping a low profile for months now. There’s no specific reason, really. I’ve just been busy and was focused on a million different things. Suddenly the blog didn’t seem like a priority anymore. But it’s nice to document my babies’ early stages. So perhaps this is a good excuse to get back into the swing of things.

More blog posts soon! 😊

Happy Easter 2017

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Happy Easter! And if you’re not religious, a little bit of chocolate never hurt anyone. 😆

My Easter Sunday was basically spent cleaning and tidying up, because that’s my usual Sunday routine. And today, all the shops are closed and it’s forbidden to mow the lawn, AND the weather is utter crap … So I guess Gert and I will just be lazy today and sit in front of the TV like two couch potatoes. It’s actually been a long time since we both enjoyed a lazy TV afternoon together. Here’s hoping Emery will take a nice long nap so we can watch a movie from start to finish without interruption. lol

Yessica C&A floral crop pants Spring Summer 2017 ss17

Yessica C&A floral crop pants Spring Summer 2017 ss17
floral pants by C&A

Gert surprised me yesterday with these chocolate mousse filled eggs. Because, you know, I just so happen to be married to the greatest husband in the world! 😍 He’s always so thoughtful and sweet. Every woman deserves a Gert, I’m telling you.

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Most of you probably have a day off today, so enjoy it! 🐣 🐰 🍫

Emery’s First Shoes

Shoo Pom baby boy first step shoes bouba new scratch ss17 spring summer 2017 french brand hook and loop fasteners blue navy velcro real leather

At 9 months old, Emery masters the art of pulling himself up, and is now walking around while holding on to furniture. We felt the time was right to have him start practicing with proper shoes on. Especially when we take him to places and the floor isn’t necessarily as clean as it is here at home.

So, we headed to a local shoe store yesterday and tried on several pairs. I quickly realized that shoelaces were not a good idea when you’re dealing with little feet moving all over the place. So, I narrowed down my search to velcro fastening, and eventually settled for this pair by “Shoo Pom“. It’s a French brand, which is always a plus in my book. 💙

As shown on their website, these shoes are packed with neat little features:

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Shoo Pom baby boy first step shoes bouba new scratch ss17 spring summer 2017 french brand hook and loop fasteners blue navy velcro real leather

Shoo Pom baby boy first step shoes bouba new scratch ss17 spring summer 2017 french brand hook and loop fasteners blue navy velcro real leather

Shoo Pom baby boy first step shoes bouba new scratch ss17 spring summer 2017 french brand hook and loop fasteners blue navy velcro real leather

Shoo Pom baby boy first step shoes bouba new scratch ss17 spring summer 2017 french brand hook and loop fasteners blue navy velcro real leather

Shoo Pom baby boy first step shoes bouba new scratch ss17 spring summer 2017 french brand hook and loop fasteners blue navy velcro real leather

This particular pair is called “Bouba New Scratch” and is available here. The exact color is named “Paris navy grey orange”. As long as there’s “Paris” in it, I’m good. 😊 Emery had a blast trying them on. He stood up quite easily, sat down, crawled around, then suddenly got fascinated with the white soles. Hehe. My first impression is that the shoes definitely offer good support and don’t seem to bother him while moving around. I can’t wait for him to try them on again this afternoon!

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Shopping mission accomplished! I’m not gonna lie; getting his very first pair of proper walking shoes does feel slightly emotional. And you can bet we will keep these shoes forever, for memory’s sake. 💕

Poor Little Wolfie

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male chihuahua smooth coat short hair tan brown beige pearls necklace swarovski blue bow rhinestones jewel dog

Barely two weeks shy of his 6th birthday, and we have to get Wolfie started on heart medication. 😢 I knew soon after we got him that he had a weak heart, which would require lifelong medication at some point. He wasn’t showing any symptoms yet, so I was hopeful we’d be able to go without meds for many years. But alas, the first signs appeared last week.

At first, I wasn’t actually sure what was going on. It seemed like he had choked on a piece of carrot (his favorite treat) and was trying to cough it up. This happened in the morning, and by the evening it still hadn’t gotten better, so I was already suspecting something else. Solid tears were flowing down his face. I was wondering if it could be some kind of pollen allergy, since everything is in bloom at the moment. But on the second day, we decided to have it checked out.

The vet said right away that it was most probably his heart. I felt really bummed, although not entirely surprised. They took an x-ray of his chest, and we could clearly see that his heart was significantly enlarged, pushing against his windpipe and basically causing the whole air passage to his longs to be crooked. Needless to say his breathing is affected by this; which explains the constant coughing.

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He’s now on two different types of pills. One to soothe his crooked trachea; which is only temporary. And Fortekor, for his heart, which I’ll have to give him every single day for the rest of his life. We’ll be going back to the vet in a month to see whether his heart has improved. We’re hoping that for now, the Fortekor pills will be enough. But the vet already said that we may very well end up giving him several different heart pills. He’s practically not allowed to go on walks anymore, unless it’s a short distance at a slow pace, and only if the temperature is ideal (around 20°C); not too hot and not too cold. That really sucks. 😞

Right now, he seems okay though. If it wasn’t for the occasional cough, you wouldn’t even know there’s anything wrong with him. His eyes no longer tear, so I’m hopeful the medication is slowly doing its job. Fingers crossed for better news at our next appointment. 🙏