24 Week Bump Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES



Baby size: Corn. She’s rapidly gaining weight, lung tissue and brain cells.

How far along: 24 weeks. VIABILITY! YAY!

Both hubby and I are happy to be finally hitting the viability milestone. It seems like the weeks have slowed down again, dragging along. But it’s great to think that if something unfortunate were to happen, Alexis would have a chance of survival. I don’t even want to think about it, but I do, because I know things happen. I’ve seen them happen.

On a happier note….

Total weight gain: 1 pound (152lb) this week. After gaining 2 pounds a week for the last two weeks and then seeing a strange 1.5 lbs come out of nowhere, I decided to see where my food intake was at ( I had stopped inputting all my food for a bit). And instantly I saw the problem. I was going off of my 1st trimester mentality, where regardless of how much I ate, I still needed to eat more to meet my calorie goal. So now that I am in my 2nd trimester, and food isn’t so gross to me,I get the necessary amount of calories by eating normally. However in my mind, I still think that I hadn’t had enough and want make sure I get in one last nutritious meal before bed like I did in the first trimester ( does that make sense?). And that’s exactly where that extra pound a week was coming from. I don’t want to continue gaining double each week , thank you very much, I am very happy with my 1 pound that is necessary and recommended- it’s not good for Alexis and it’s not going to be good for me.  So now that I know what’s happening, I am back in the “1 lb a week” game

Sleep: Strangely, it’s been good. I’m loving my pillows. I still get up 3-4 times a night, but I learned to keep my mind blank while I go to the bathroom, otherwise a flurry of thoughts wake me up. Alexis has been kicking a lot during the night, which isn’t normal for her. I attribute it to the fact that I am more active during the day than I was before and the night is now the only time when she gets to be awake.

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, maternity jeans, maternity tops. I have found a few maternity companies I really like and I am loving their clothes.

Food cravings : Anything fresh- fruit, vegetables, salads

Food aversions: None


Heartburn – It’s been much better. I am still not taking anything for it, but I’ve found tomatoes give me heartburn so I’ve been more careful with them.
Rash – It’s less itchy, more manageable. I really think it’s because of the detergent.
Fatigue – I swear there are days/weeks when Alexis must be growing a lot, because I’d be EXHAUSTED for no real reason and she’s pretty quiet. And then a few days later I am fine and she’s all active and kicking.

Exercise: I have been doing pregnancy ab exercises to strengthen my core, kegels and certain hip stretchers daily. We also go walking every day. So I’ve been feeling really good about it.


She has one very active day, one quieter day. She totally kicks “on command” now. All I have to do is put my hands on my belly and start talking to her, or have Andrew talk to her. She loves when daddy talks :)
This afternoon I was laying on my side and she literally LIFTED UP my belly off the couch by pushing off of it with her body. That was the freakiest feeling EVER!
Oh and her favorite pastime is, obviously, bouncing on my bladder. How fun!

Belly Button: Still  an innie but it’s totally itching to come out. If I sit in a certain position, I can almost say it becomes an outie.

Gender: GIRL!

What I’m looking forward to:
My glucose test ( is that weird?)

What I miss:
Having good hair :( I HATE my hair right now. It’s  weak and stringy and just yuck. And I can’t even highlight it until I give birth. Back before pregnancy, it would get bleached in the sun when I’d be going to the beach constantly. But that’s not happening now, so I am stuck with grubby hair.

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23 Weeks Bump Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, My Pregnancy


How far along: 23 weeks.

Had a doctor’s appointment today. Nothing new, I am measuring perfectly for 23 weeks, which is good, because I go back and forth thinking I am not showing enough or that I am too big lol
Speaking of my OB, I love him! He’s really amazing- sweet, nice, caring, funny. He takes FOREVER with us, answers all the questions, tells stories, jokes around. We never feel rushed, or like our questions are silly. Today he went and brought a medical reference to see why Tums are category C, simply because I was curious. Then paged through the whole thing, looking up benadryl and claritin. I am just soooo glad we found him!

Total weight gain: “1 pound (150lb) this week, for a total of approximately 14 pounds from the start of the pregnancy” That’s what I wrote yesterday. And today I woke up, weighed myself and was +1.5lbs at 151.5 lb. Assuming it’s water weight, since there no way I could have gained 1.5 lb of actual weight in 24 hours, while eating normally. We’ll know for sure next week.

Sleep: I think I’m starting to get uncomfortable enough that sleep is becoming more of a problem. I fall asleep no problem but wake up very sore, and toss and turn all night. For some reason, both hubby and I have been waking up at 4-5 am unable to go back to sleep.

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, maternity jeans on occasion

Best moment of the week:

Finding out my friend is pregnant again and we’ll have babies within a few months from each other

Food cravings : None really.

Food aversions: None


Heartburn – Dang it! It’s stubborn and I am stubborn. I don’t like the idea of taking anything for it. It’s very strange really. After talking to my doc, I am a bit more inclined to take Tums, but something keep stopping me. Silly me!
Rash – Ugh! It’s itchy, it’s everywhere, it annoys me. I continue trying to ignore it- the less I scratch, the better it gets. Still haven’t figured out why I have it.  Doc says could be PUPPS, could be contact dermatitis, which is what I think too. Hoping it’s not really PUPPS, since it looks different from everyone’s description and pictures. Going to try to wash all my clothes and sheets again with hypoallergenic detergent and switch to a different soap.
Bladder- need to pee all the freaking time, especially when Alexis is dancing on my bladder. Oh, boy I can see this being “a lot of fun” once she gets really strong.


All the time, and she’s strong. She definitely interacts with us and our voices. AND I WAS SHOCKED to see that she really likes Blink 182. She kicks every time I play it.

Gender: GIRL!

What I’m looking forward to:
My glucose test at my next appointment. I want it done and over with.
Hitting the 3rd trimester mark next week
Viability next week.

What I miss:
Having energy. It seems my 2nd trimester energy spurt is over a few weeks after it began. :( I spent the first trimester feeling sick and tired. The nausea went away around week 16 and it took me till week 18 to feel more or less normal. 5 weeks later I am more tired than before.  That’s not a very long run, I gotta tell you.

Next appt: October 28th

22 Week Bump Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, My Pregnancy

All my bump update photos are always taken on the exact day I hit the next week ( Thursday, according to conception date set by me, not the doctors). So on Thursday morning I woke up and felt happy and felt like having fun ( I usually dread taking these photos- too much work- gotta put clothes on, do something with hair, hopefully put some make up on). I still didn’t put make up on, or wash my hair ( I know gross), but this outfit made me happy, so I figured I’d take goofier photos than usual. And also just FYI for those who wondered, I never ever edit anything on these bump photos (what would be the point?), except for the pimples on my face ( because it’s so bad right now) and most of the time I have no make up on ( unless it’s obvious that I do). Normally I don’t get out of the house without at least some make up on.


How far along: 22 weeks.

How big is baby: The size of a papaya and almost a pound.

Total weight gain: 2 pounds again (149lb) this week, for a total of approximately 13 pounds from the start of the pregnancy.

Yeah, as you can see the cookies didn’t stop last week :) lol I am now done with whatever we had at home and if we don’t buy any more, I should be just fine. Still eating really well otherwise.

Sleep: I have been going to bed later than I should, so the sleep hasn’t been very restful, but I am changing it this week.

Maternity Clothes: Lots of leggings, some maternity work out pants, maternity jeans on occasion when I feel like it, but mostly pre-pregnancy dresses and skirts.

Best moment of the week:

Alexis playing patty-cakes with Andrew. ( read below)

Food cravings : Soft cookies and lots of fruit

Food aversions: none


Heartburn – oh I had it bad for a few days this week. Like my throat is ON FIRE!!!!!
Rash – I can’t tell if it’s getting better or not. I don’t think it’s getting worse so that’s good. It did spread to the rest of my body in certain spots, but very manageable so far.
Acne – it has not gotten better at all. So i figured I am stuck with it for a while now.


Alexis is very active when I am sitting or lying down. These are my favorite times of the day.

So the other day, we were hanging out on the couch talking… Alexis had been super active all day. She was moving and kicking, so my husband put his hand on my belly and pushed softly. She responded with a kick. He waited a few seconds and pushed back again, she kicked his hand again. They went on exchanging pushes for quite a long time, until he stopped pushing back. It was so much fun – it was obviously random- she was actually responding to his pushes. So amazing! Andrew kept gushing over it for the next two days which was so cute “I had my first game with our daughter!”

She’s already such a daddy’s girl!

Also, one day this week, she moved in a way where i could tell it was her head pushing into my side, so we gently pet her on the head- you could actually feel a big hard area. I didn’t think those things were possible until much later in the pregnancy, so it was very cool.

Gender: Girly girl!

What I’m looking forward to:
This weekend and more nursery work. Husband will be working on the casings and assembling the crib. YAY!
It’s probably time to start interviewing pediatricians, too!

What I miss:
Nothing! I love our little baby girl so much, I refuse to miss anything at the moment!

Next appt: October 6th

Posts I am currently working on:
Nursery Update
Pre-conception Fitness Check
Maternity Brands Reviews and Giveaways
Cloth Diaper Reviews

21 Week Bump Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, My Pregnancy

Is it me or do I look significantly bigger this week than I did last week? I can’t tell if it’s the leggings or a different closer lens I used…


How far along: 21 weeks.

How big is baby: The size of a carrot. She’s kicking a lot now and has grown eyebrows.

Total weight gain: 2 pounds (147lb) this week, for a total of  approximately 11 pounds from the start of the pregnancy.

I have something to say about this whole pregnancy weight gain. I now see how women gain 50-60 pounds during pregnancy ( considering the actual baby/pregnancy weight gain is about 25lbs). It must be that a pregnant woman’s body hangs onto every calorie, because the ONE week that I let myself have more sweets than I normally do was the week I gained more than normal. I had hubby buy frozen white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for me, but instead of making just 2 of them at a time like I asked, he would make a batch of 6. Well, those things are INSANELY good ( but ridiculously bad for you), so being right in front of my face, I’d slowly eat all six in a matter of a few hours. And then he’d make more the next day. It is hard to resist something so “comforting” when you feel crappy ( and let’s admit something here, pregnancy is no walk in the park and “crappy” describes most days) and when you have the excuse (albeit, a wrong one) of “eating for two”….

And while I never fooled myself with the whole “eating for two” notion, it was still a lot harder to resist those cookies that it would be in a non-pregnant state ( or at least I felt worse about eating them, than I would if I wasn’t pregnant). So the point I am trying to make is that for 8 weeks of my 2nd trimester I have been gaining the appropriate pound a week, and the one week I “let myself go” ( by my definition), was the week where I gained 2(!!!) pounds. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

It is way more important to me to make sure my baby girl gets the right nutrition (and cookies aint it) and I stay in shape than  to have a minute long enjoyment of some  over-processed cookie. Before pregnancy, I loved the phrase “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!“, now it has taken on a different meaning for me. It’s about my unborn child’s health and also about realizing that while I might not see the benefit of NOT eating the cookies RIGHT NOW, since I am getting bigger every day, but that delayed gratification of losing the baby weight fast and with no problems is worth a lot more to me than the sweetness of an extra cookie.

Sleep: Lots of bathroom breaks but good overall.

Maternity Clothes: Maternity jeans because they’re comfy and cover up my legs when I am too lazy to shave them haha. It’s way too hot for jeans though, so I only wear them when I know I’ll be inside most of the time. Otherwise, my old larger shorts and capris + leggings and all of my tops still fit.

Best moment of the week:

This week has been pretty much full of work. I try to stay away from the stressful part of it, but this evening it really got to me. That’s another reason to take it easy and do something mundane and non-stressful: taxes, marketing, etc.  Once you get involved, you can’t just pull away. So I had a really bad afternoon with some work stress and  then I go on the my Facebook page and there’s this sweetest message from Mitch! It sooooo brightened up my day!

Food cravings : Those damned macadamia nut cookies. Though, to be honest, I couldn’t have resisted them, but oh no, I had to learn my lesson.

Food aversions: I think I am back to normal self as far as eating goes. At least I am working really hard on my past aversions mentally.


Heartburn – mild and occasional
Round Ligament Pains – I finally felt real round ligament pains. What I thought might have been them was really just gas pains or whatever else. The suckers hurt when you get up, but they feel exactly like little muscle cramps/pulls
Rash –  Oh goodie! I got my first non-standard wonderful symptom, a rash. How wonderful! So far it’s all over my boobies, and slowly spending onto my back and itches like hell (doesn’t appear to be PUPPS though). I am doing some Jedi mind control to prevent myself from scratching it and am trying to completely ignore it in hopes of it going away. My skin has always been very eager to release histamine at any scratch and this isn’t an exception. So the less I scratch it, the more benign it seems to be. I am really really hoping, it’ll go away soon and isn’t one of those things “only cured by delivery”. Anyone had something similar?


This girl is a kicker and mover. She has a specific pattern now and is very active during those times.
The other day, Andrew put his ear onto my stomach to see if he can hear her heartbeat without a doppler, and Alexis KICKED him in the cheek! I laughed soooo hard, because the kick literally came out of nowhere. She also can definitely hear us and reacts when we try to talk/sing to her. If she’s moving around and kicking and hears her daddy’s voice, or me singing to her, she stops immediately, and doesn’t resume until we stop singing/talking.

Gender: Girly girl!

What I’m looking forward to:
So since last weekend was a bust ( hubby forgot to pick up the paint from the store), this weekend we’re loaded with barely violet paint and ready to go. I am really excited about the color and how toned down it is and should have photos posted next week.

What I miss:
Sushi! It doesn’t help that all my facebook and instagram friends decided it is sushi week and proceeded to have sushi daily and post pictures of that. Ugh!

Next appt: October 6th




20 WEEKS BUMP UPDATE – Half way there!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, My Pregnancy

Are you digging my red leggings? I bought a few leggings on clearance  in bright colors just for fun and I’m just loving the red right now.
I find it interesting how you almost can’t see my belly from the front, while it’s really popping out from the side. It’s definitely more than previous weeks though, so I think I’ll start taking a front picture too. I really love seeing our pregnant ladies’ front shots- they look adorable!


How far along: 20 weeks.

How big is baby: The size of a banana. She’s producing meconium that she will hopefully wait to pass until she’s safety out of the womb.

Total weight gain: 1 pound (145lb) this week, for a total of  approximately 9 pounds from the start of the pregnancy.

Sleep: I’m managing. Still using 5 pillows which is working pretty well. I still get up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom. I think it’s because I drink a lot of water all day long and before bed, as well as when I get up to pee ( a bit counterproductive, don’t you think?), but the frequent bathroom trips don’t seem to disturb my sleep too much. I go back to sleep with no problems.

Maternity Clothes: Let’s see… I did buy a few pieces of actual maternity clothes, just for fun, however I haven’t had a chance to wear any yet. Mostly I wear bottoms that used to be really loose on me pre-pregnancy and all of my tops still fit.  Otherwise, I’ve been buying non-maternity outfits that I could possibly wear during pregnancy, at least until I am really big. Speaking of purchases, I am getting ready to write an outfit post with my latest clothing purchases (some maternity and some non-maternity), I already took all the pictures, so I just have to put it together. Is it something you’d be interested in reading? I’ve been trying to buy pregnancy friendly items, in 1 size up from my pre-pregnancy size, hoping that I can still wear them post-partum.

Best moment of the week:

Wow! I don’t think I even remember what I did this week, besides work, and lots of baby/nursery planning.

I guess the best parts of my week were:
1. Buying our first set of clothes for Alexis- I couldn’t resist ( Zulily is evil, I am telling you! You cannot walk away unscathed if you’re pregnant or a mom. That being said, *whispering*  “Go sign up, it’s awesome!”). Oh and I will definitely be doing a post about the stuff we’re buying for Alexis. So cute!
2. Receiving some of our first baby gifts from friends ALL over the world! (Thank you, Olesya, Eric, Iris, Olga, Zoltan and Barbara!) So much fun and makes it sooo real!

Food cravings : I’m good here. No strong cravings, just trying to eat as healthy as possible. I did switch my one daily indulgence from pistachio ice-cream cone to a chocolate cone ( that’s considering I’m not a huge fan of anything chocolate)

Food aversions: Nothing here either. I still don’t necessarily LIKE food, but nothing particular that makes me want to vomit.


Being out of breath, occasional heartburn, insane HUNGER, break outs, lots of movement, Braxton Hicks.
I somehow thought it was too early for BH, but after having occasional cramping for 3 days, I called my OB and the nurse reassured me that it’s fine, as long as I don’t have more than 6 an hour in a lying position ( mine are always when I’m on my feet for 15 minutes or more). Also, i thought BH were supposed to be painless. They feel like pre-menstrual cramping to me.


Alexis getting more and more active! She’s been kicking regularly since the first time we felt her, but this past week it REALLY picked up. That little girl is so strong that she startles me all the time. It’s so much fun watching my belly move, though. I can’t imagine her getting bigger and stronger, to be honest – it feels like a little bit more  growth and she’ll poke through my skin.

Gender: Adorable healthy girl

What I’m looking forward to:
Going to the fabric store to figure out what type of fabric I want for Alexis’s bedding. My sister from Russia will be sewing it and, like with everything, I want to order the fabric online, however I honestly don’t have a very good idea of what satin or silk or other types of fabric look like (lol).
Hubby painting the nursery this weekend ( if we can somehow un-bury ourselves from the backlog of work things to be done)

What I miss:
Sushi again
Getting my hair highlighted (ugh! I hate my roots. And it’d be fine if i was going to the beach more often and doing my usual things, because my hair gets bleached in the sun almost to the point where i don’t even need to do highlights, but having limited sun exposure (good for skin, bad for hair))

Next appt: October 6th




19 Week Bump Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, My Pregnancy

First of all, I’d like to say how UNBELIEVABLY TOUCHED I am by all the response we received on our gender reveal. It is absolutely humbling and mind-boggling how many people care and were anxious to see it. I want you to know that I love and appreciate every single one of you. All your comments were read and RE-read multiple times with a huge smile. Thank you so much! I will try to respond to most of them over the next week!

And hey, we all crashed my server! Isn’t it just the best way to celebrate our baby’s “coming out”?



How far along: 19 weeks.

How big is baby: The size of a large heirloom tomato. Her sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch.

Total weight gain: 1 pound (144lb) this week, for a total of  approximately 8 pounds from the start of the pregnancy.

Sleep: It’s been pretty good if you don’t count the day I stayed up till 4:30am editing the gender reveal video.

Best moment of the week:
Finding out the  health and sex (see under Gender) of our baby:

It was one of the long awaited days for us. I was really nervous about the anatomy scan and anxious to hear whether our little baby is a boy or a girl.
The anatomy scan was excellent, the baby measured perfectly, so did my cervix ( I can breathe easier about my unfounded fear of incompetent cervix). I wasn’t given the specifics just that the baby is measuring about 4 days ahead (and they’re going by my LMP which I know is 2 days off, so by conception date, she is measuring 6 days ahead), so today I went over the ultrasound images and measurements and found some numbers and statistics on the Internet.  The baby’s head diameter (BPD)  is in the 88th percentile, the Femur Length (FL, the longest bone in our body) is in the 93rd percentile ( which probably means our baby is going to pretty tall like her parents), the Abdominal circumference (AC) is in the 35th percentile. The last number sort of concerned me, even though it’s considered to be in the normal range, but the doctor assured me that considering how naturally thin and tall I am, my baby is displaying the same characteristics. My amniotic fluid levels are perfect, and everything else looks great!

Food cravings :
No cravings whatsoever. At some point I wanted chocolate ice-cream, and after half a cup that came to an end.

Food aversions: I think I am finally getting over all the left-over aversions. Many of them were just mental, left from morning sickness days. I am happy to be back eating Romaine and making my daily home-made ceasar salads.


Pregnancy brain – Now that I am aware that I forget things, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to it and remembering more things. Still I really hope it’s a temporary state.

Being out of breath – pretty much after any activity.

Stretchmarks – none.

Heartburn –  Oh I’ve been doing really really good with it ( or might I say without it). I’m really hoping it won’t come back (oh hell, who am I kidding?)

Skin – Still there, still broken out.

Cramping – I’ve been feeling occasional mild cramping. I don’t like it, but I assume it’s either round ligament pain or like the doc said, braxton hicks.

I feel her all the time. Her favorite time of the day is when I’m sitting at my computer around 12-1pm. Oh, she has such a blast and once in a while kicks long enough and strongly enough for me to call hubby over and have him feel it. He loves feeling her kick and he loves talking to her. He doesn’t know any lullabies except for Rockabye Baby and we don’t like that one so he sings “Free Falling” and that’s just so adorable to watch.


Finding out the sex of our baby

This was a lot more emotional than I ever imagined it to be.
I was almost ok waiting to hear the sex of our baby until we get the paint and film everything. I was nervous and anxious but it wasn’t too hard to wait. We were also both thinking that there is a good possibility it is a boy ( even though we’ve always thought it was a girl), based on the ultrasound tech’s comment that she’s 100% sure of the result, which usually means she saw a penis.
So we were going home, really not knowing at that point whether it’s a boy or a girl.

I gotta tell you though, I didn’t expect to cry BEFORE opening that can of paint. I thought I’d get teary when I find out, but I didn’t think it’d hit me SO HARD before. The reason why I did break down before finding out the sex was because at that moment I  realized that when I open the can, our unknown, almost hypothetical baby will turn into a PERSON with a NAME and a SEX, our baby, our little girl, who I can finally try to picture and imagine our life with. That realization hit me so hard, with all the love that I’ve been storing for this baby- it was like there’s no turning back- I am in love and putting a face and a name on that hypothetical love made it SSSOOOOO REAL and made it HURT SO GOOD. And everytime I’d think about opening that can and finding out there is a little boy or a little girl inside of me, I’d just start crying.

I have to say that both me and my husband are SOOOO in love with Alexis at this point. It’s funny how that happens: you plan a pregnancy, you get pregnant, you see the baby on the ultrasound and you think you love that baby. But for me it wasn’t until I could put a name and a sex to that baby that I understood how MUCH she really means to me. I can only imagine what it is going to be like at birth!
Speaking of birth, I am actually looking forward to it. Somehow I have no fear of pain, I have no fear things not going the way I want them to. All I care about is getting that baby into this world safely and quickly.  I am completely mentally prepared for any favorable outcome: natural birth, epidural, pitocin, C-section  ( though I would really like to avoid the last two as much as possible, I realize sometimes things happen that are outside of your control).

What I’m looking forward to:
Starting to work on the nursery. I’ve been planning it for a few weeks, with the assumption that it’s a girl, but of course haven’t bought anything gender specific, in case it was going to be a boy. Now I can start putting things together more seriously. Can’t wait to have Andrew paint the room!
Getting more organized. I’ve been putting baby items I found interesting into my private amazon wish list. I’d like to finish that and make decisions, and maybe a few purchases.
Getting our first baby items ( that will make it a lot more real)
I am absolutely shocked by how generous our friends have been. Even the ones that aren’t the closest friends or live far away from us have been buying baby stuff from the registry ( and expensive stuff I might add). It makes me feel soooo loved! Most of our friends live far enough away that even if we decided that we want to do a baby party ( our version of baby shower, co-ed and much more fun), they wouldn’t be able to attend and yet they keep buying us gifts. I cannot wait to thank them all!

What I miss:
Nothing at the moment! I feel happy and complete.

Next appt: October 6th


Question: Would you enjoy seeing the progress of the nursery as we’re working on it or one grand reveal once we are completely done?


Oh and I almost forgot to mention:

7x7xmommy, who I followed through her whole pregnancy, is holding an awesome giveaway of Tea Collection. It’s my favorite kids’ brand and you should definitely go over to her blog and enter it.




Gender Reveal Video

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, My Pregnancy, PHOTO, VIDEO

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So here it is guys!

You’ve been bugging me for 2 days  (in the cutest way possible) to post the sex of our baby.

Yesterday we spent the whole day filming and going to the doctor’s appointment and then I stayed up till 4:30 am editing the gender reveal video ( not the smartest idea! lol).

So now it’s ready. It’s far from perfect, but to make it perfect, I would need a lot more time.

18 Week Bump update + First Movements ( that we both felt!)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, My Pregnancy, PREGNANCY


How far along: 18 weeks.

How big is baby: The length of a bell pepper, he/she can hear ( so all those songs I sing and books I read are not going to waste), flex those tiny muscles, and show off its gender specific genitalia.

Total weight gain: 2 pounds (143lb) this week, for a total of  approximately 7 pounds from the start of the pregnancy. So at this point I am caught up with my first and second trimester (4 weeks) requirement.

Sleep: I decided to hold off buying a body pillow until I feel that surrounding myself with 5 separate pillows just doesn’t do it anymore. At this point I have 2 pillows behind me, two in front and one at my head and it works well. I have no trouble turning around to either side and am actually starting to enjoy sleep a lot ( aside from 3 bathroom trips). It’s funny that they say that your bathroom trips are supposed to decrease in the 2nd trimester, because for me, there has been no change at all.


Best moment of the week:
Read below in the movement section
Seeing friends on Wednesday ( I have a few photos to share that I hope to post next week here and on Selfie Magic)

Food cravings :
Nothing really this week. I’ve mellowed out with my peaches, though I still eat a lot of them . I started been able to eat Romaine again and made my favorite delicious ceasar salad with a home made ceasar dressing. I did ask my friend Elena to make me crepes, which I stuffed with Romaine, tomatoes and pickles and vegan ranch dressing (yum).

Food aversions: Veggie burgers. One of my most favorite things to eat now grosses me out. Being pregnant is really funny- it’s like your body is truly taken over by someone/something else. I can’t even stand my husband’s breath after he eats one :)


I have some new players here this week:

Pregnancy brain – It always  made me smirk whenever I read about pregnancy brain. Not that I was skeptical, but I wondered if it was something that not-so-smart women invented as an excuse – haha! Well, I can tell you – it’s definitely NOT an excuse. On a normal non-pregnant day, I am sharp, on the ball, with excellent memory, multitasking like crazy, get work done and manage some of my husband’s work activities. Everyone who knows me can rely on me remembering what they asked me to do and never has to remind me of important things or push me along.
NOW- whether it’s pregnancy brain or just me being pre-occupied with feeding myself right and nursery thoughts or whatnot, but I have been LITERALLY forgetting the most simple things: I forget to email people back, to call clients, to check on things, I forget what I am talking about and lose my train of thought often. Then I remember that I had to do something and one second later I forget again. Seriously, it’s that bad.  I am usually reminding hubby about work things, but this week I had to tell him: “Listen, there’s something going on with me and I simply cannot trust myself to remember certain things, so if I tell you I need to do something, please understand that most likely I’ll forget, so it’ll be your responsibility to remind me.” I basically told him to start riding my ass (lol), which is something I always have to do to him and never the opposite.

Being out of breath – pretty much after any activity.

Stretchmarks – none so far. My skin looks nice and glossy.

Hunger – Very very hungry all the time. My taste for sweets (other than ice cream which came back earlier) has returned, but I am keeping it in check, of course.

Heartburn –  Very mild, at the end of the day, depending on what I ate that day. By the way, heartburn is supposed to subside in 2nd and return in 3rd trimester, right? Is that how it works?

Skin – Still suffering. It went from a  million little breakouts to more defined inflamed spots.

So that little kick I wrote about last week was, in fact, our first movement ( hubby’s loving being right). I didn’t want to ascribe to much to it until I felt more and knew it was a movement. This past week I’ve been feeling a lot of dancing in “ma belleh”. It started early in the week with a few weird rolls, which were, like the first, so faint that I’d ask myself whether I even felt them afterwards. On Wednesday or Tuesday, I felt a few little rolls that made me realize without a doubt in my mind that those were actual movements. They were still very faint but there were a few more of them. And right on the day I turn 18 weeks ( Thursday) something amazing happened. I was lying in bed in the morning chatting with my husband. I felt a few rolls and some movement, that was more definite that other times. I brought it to his attention and we both lay there watching my stomach and talking to the baby while I told him when it kicked. The baby might been liking the attention because it continued moving. After some time, Andrew left to go to the bathroom and I kept feeling the movements. At some point, it kicked so hard it startled me. So I lay there looking down and enjoying the first real movement, when I could SWEAR I saw my skin move! I called Andrew back and he tried to put his hand on my stomach. I kept telling him “You won’t feel anything until the baby gets stronger at about 23 weeks or so”, so after a while he took his hand away. After a few minutes, we BOTH saw my belly skin move a bit  ( so I WASN’T imagining it the first time). Hubby put his hand back there waiting for the baby to kick. I felt a few rolls and he looks up at me and says “I felt that!”.
“Yeah, right!” -I answer.” You could not have possibly felt that”. And right at that moment, as if to prove me and the medical books WRONG, the baby kicked so hard ( it felt like a little tiny foot jab) right under Andrew’s hand, that BOTH ME AND MY HUSBAND GASPED at the SAME TIME! That’s when I knew he DID feel it!

The first several hours I was just shocked. I was so set on the fact that Andrew won’t be able to feel what I feel for quite a few weeks that this event baffled me! I am not sure if we were just lucky to have his hand be in the right place and time, or our baby is a “Hercules” like my mom says, but I am very grateful that he got to experience the kicks this early on. Needless to say, he has since been trying to feel the baby everytime I let him know it’s kicking ( which is really adorable to watch). But it hasn’t kicked this hard ( except for a few occasional singular kicks) or this consistently since. One time I was skyping with my mom and gasped from a strong kick while talking :) but it’s always a single event and the baby stops moving shortly after that.

Also, I’d like to mention that to me the movement felt nothing like butterflies. Some people compare it to gas bubbles, but after I finally felt it, I realized that I’d never had “gas bubbles” before ( just gas pains), so what I was feeling couldn’t be gas. I guess, if I didn’t know I had an actual baby inside of me and I felt a movement like that, the only plausible explanation would have been gas. But being pregnant, there was little doubt that it was movement, except for the fact that the first ones were so faint, I wasn’t sure I even felt anything.

Gender: 5 MORE DAYS! I guess this is as good time as any to let you know how we’re doing the gender thing. I will not be announcing the results immediately. In fact, I won’t even tell my mom or know it myself for the first few hours. We’ll be doing a video with a “grand” reveal that I will post on Friday or Saturday ( depends on how fast I can get it edited). Until that video is ready, noone will know the sex :) ( thanks to Lauren for this great idea!) This will be very hard for me, since I simply cannot keep secrets when they are my own. But I am very excited about it!

To be honest, I don’t have a feeling about our baby’s sex anymore. I have absolutely no idea if it’s a boy or a girl. But I’d like to open a poll for you guys to start guessing (see the sidebar)

What I’m looking forward to:
Finding out the sex and making our gender reveal video
Making sure everything is ok with our baby at the  anatomy scan next week.

What I miss:
Looking good. Having my skin and hair back. OMG-getting my hair done! I want highlights so bad :) Good old sushi.

Next appt: September 1st, the big one

17 Weeks Bump Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, My Pregnancy


How far along: 17 weeks.

How big is baby: It’s a Turnip. The baby can probably hear now so we’ve been singing him/her songs and reading books. Its cartilage is turning into bone, which probably means I should concentrate on getting more calcium, so that it wasn’t drained from my teeth and bones. It’s also gaining fat which is very important and soon I will be feeling the kicks which should be one of the most exciting part of pregnancy.

Total weight gain: 4 pounds (141lb) YAY! While, I was never afraid of pregnancy weight gain, I’ve never thought that I’d be ACTUALLY happy watching the numbers on scale climb, but I am. It’s been relatively difficult/slow for me to gain weight. Every pregnant woman worries about the well-being of her unborn baby and the only way for us to track the growth is through our weight gain.

Sleep: Figuring it out, getting used to sleeping on my sides. Still haven’t bought the body pillow, I am using 3 pillows currently. I still do wake up twice or three times a night to go pee, and dealing with pillows, so it’s tough but manageable.

Best moment of the week:
Getting started on cleaning out the nursery. I haven’t been working on the design, because I want the nursery to be gender specific.

Food cravings { again, these are not real cravings (i.e. I can easily resist them), but here are things I’ve been “enjoying” more than other foods I eat}:
PEACHES! OMG I’ve been eating 6 peaches a day! Love anything fresh and juicy. Out of junk stuff, I only eat 1/4 of a cup of Haggen Daaz pistachio ice cream twice a day, but man do I enjoy that 1/4 of a cup.

Food aversions: Bread

Nausea – Pretty much gone, unless you count the unpleasant feeling in your stomach that fullness and heartburn bring on.

Hunger – Need to eat once an hour, preferably something fresh, like a fruit or cucumbers

Heartburn – Mild to medium heartburn all week. Due to a tip from one of the readers, I looked up papaya enzyme pills, and while I wouldn’t take them while pregnant due to some other ingredients, I found out that papayas themselves have the same effect. So I’ve been eating papaya when heartburn strikes and it seems to help.

Skin – Still pretty bad.

Movement: I felt something that seemed like a gas bubble or movement, but there’s no way to know whether it’s one or the other, so I choose to discount it, since it didn’t continue. Hubby keeps saying “You felt your first kick!” which is kinda annoying :)

Gender: At our 20 week ultrasound on September 1st.

What I’m looking forward to:
Finding the time to sit down and plan the nursery.
Working on my pregnancy photo book. I’ve been periodically taking themed pregnancy self-portraits for a pregnancy book. Basically it will be a book with my thoughts, feelings and photos that would portray the whole pregnancy experience. I am not too far along due to pregnancy symptoms and general laziness but today I was able to take another planned shot- our daily morning walk, a part of whatever meger exercises I get to do these days ( I do some light strength training and cardio as well). And yes, I totally look fat here and not pregnant :) lol

What I miss:
Feeling not pregnant.

Next appt: September 1st, the big one

16 Weeks BUMP UPDATE and Names

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BUMP UPDATES, My Pregnancy

The next two weeks will be funky. My laptop died and Dell is sending me a new replacement ( and a much better laptop, since they don’t make mine but have to at least match or exceed all the components), so for the next two weeks it’ll be difficult to blog. I still have my work desktop and my hubby’s laptop that I am using but none have my pictures or editing software.
So that being said, this week’s pic was edited without my usual tools. I meant to do a bump progression but can’t do that until i get my data back ( or stop being lazy/busy and pull out the hard drives and hook ’em up as externals).

Also excuse my blurry face, hubby isn’t so good with the focus and I really don’t have the energy to do the usual self-portrait set-up. ( and yes, I am cupping my butt- it comforts me lol jk)


How far along: 16 weeks.

How big is baby: It’s a Avocado.

Total weight gain: +2-4 pounds (138.8-140lb) After two days of not inputting everything I eat into my software, I lost about 1.5 lbs, which made me realize that I really do have to track nutrition and make sure I eat at least 2000 calories. So the last two days have been better and I hope to get back to 140 lb and continue onto my 141 lb to be on track with 1lb a week gain. I am also paying more attention to protein  and making sure I have enough, which has never been a problem, but right now is the time to watch it.,

Sleep: Ok, I am finally at the point where it sucks to sleep and I wake up sore and tired. After a few days of messing with the pillows and finding out that my big tempur-pedic pillow needs to be supporting my back, I am doing better. But I really need to order a body pillow. I found one I think I like for $100 (YIKES!), but something keeps me from ordering it ( how about that insane price?). So if you, guys, used a body pillow, let me know which ones worked for you, ok?

Best moment of the week:
OB’s appointment and being told that if he had to pick a person to deliver a 9 pound baby today, he’d pick me ( to my question about my pelvic size). He also said that he doesn’t think I’ll get stretchmarks ( will see), and that I should totally go for an epidural, because “why go through all the pain” (lol). I also asked him if he’d touch my boobies, to which he laughed out loud and wondered why (to look for breast cancer of course :) lol ). Then we realized that hubby does my OB’s job daily while moisturizing me and my boobies before going to bed ( bonus for me, bonus for OB, and bonus for hubby- it’s a win-win)
Going over new friend’s house for some pool time ( there are two people I am making an exception for this pregnancy, partially because I can’t say no to them, and partially because I really want to see them- just know you’re either very special or, now that I feel better, I want some company lol ) .

Food cravings { again, these are not real cravings (i.e. I can easily resist them), but here are things I’ve been “enjoying” more than other foods I eat}:
Pistachio ice cream ( more of a real craving ), peaches, popcorn, salad

Food aversions: Slowly disappearing

Nausea – Gone, except for…. I kept getting a weird feeling, like an unsettled stomach or something. I can’t pinpoint whether it’s a type of nausea, or maybe heartburn. It’s unpleasant, and feels like I ate something bad, it comes and goes. One day on- one day off. Seems to be worse after diary products. Any clue?

Hunger – There it is! I wake up hungry, I am hungry every half an hour. Luckily, a peach satisfies me, and I don’t eat junk, otherwise, oh boy, I’d be in big trouble.

Heartburn – Cross my fingers, but it seemed to have tapered off. If i get it, it’s usually for a really short time, or late at night.

Skin – OMG, it’s horrible. I have constelations on my face! I keep telling hubby that for every breakout I have, it’s that much more that I love him  (just to freak him out, because you should see his face when I say that :)) It’s these small ( and some big) breakouts ALL over my forehead and neck and some on my chin. I didn’t have anything even approaching this during puberty.

Movement: I keep waiting for some movement and nothing so far. We even tried singing to the baby and poking around a bit :) But I can’t feel anything. Can’t wait though.

Gender: At our 20 week ultrasound on September 1st.

What I’m looking forward to: Gender, gender, gender, of course- I’d like to get started on planning the nursery! Also, hubby’s birthday next week, which we’ll spend at a friend’s beautiful mansion, with those two select friends we decided to “allow” me to see haha ( this is the first time I am glad that we recently moved here and been too busy working rather than making friends, and most my friends are now far away and that 90% of population here are twice our age- that means I have only a handful of people who I have to see during my pregnancy and break our intentions of “no exposure to germs” ( still thinking about how to deal with baby showers and the coming up flu season- I’ll talk about that whole “plan”  more and how it’s been working out)

What I miss:
Ok I am totally done recounting what I miss… What’s the point? I can’t do anything about it until I give birth, so I miss nothing-  I’m living in the moment ( maybe sushi…well and going to parties… but that’s it)

Next appt: September 1st, the big one

Do you guys think I am not showing enough? I keep seeing photos of 17-18 week ladies ( and yes I know things can change in 2 weeks) and they have big big bellies, or at least a baby bump. Mine just looks like…. I don’t know… a beer gut? I don’t think I’m showing enough? Shouldn’t I be bigger at this point? Shouldn’t I be popping now? It’s all kind of just buddah belly-ish, it doesn’t help that the top part of it, my stomach, is always extended with all the food I am consuming to make sure I am at 2000 calories.

NAMES: I never wrote about the names we picked out!
We’ve had these names picked out fo a while now. We had quite a few favorites, but not all names go with our last name and we will be doing NO middle names ( our kids can pick them if they’d like when they are a few years older).

So finally we’ve decided on Alexis and Greyson

So that’s it for now, see you in a few days. I gotta go to sleep…zzzzzz…