Photo pretties + Preggo Question

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in photo, Q of the week

I feel this blog doesn’t get enough photography, which is understandable, since this is a pregnancy blog ( for now).

But I am and always have been obsessed with photos and if  I didn’t have a dedicated photo blog, you’d see an overwhelming amount of photos here.

Sometimes, though, I feel that this blog doesn’t get enough prettiness. I personally like reading blogs with photos, or some illustrations, even if it’s a bit unrelated- I’m a very visual person. Once there is an actual baby to photograph, you’ll see a lot of goodness here, but right now the weekly belly photos are the only thing that makes sense.

So maybe I’ll be adding just a few photos to some posts, random ones…

And right now I wanted to share this photo ( as I am editing our Universal photos that I posted here and will be posting more a bit later as well)

Also, Jessica from Welch Grape Juice blog asked me to post this question, since many of you seem to be knowledgable and experienced about all things baby.

What are some really fun ways of telling family about your pregnancy?

 Personal experiences? Things you always wanted to do- every answer is welcome!

And maybe I’ll use those for our next baby…

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Pregnancy Skin

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

I was going through some older pictures putting together a post I want to write about outfits and clothes, and I came across this picture, completely unedited, iPhone shot they almost made me cry.

I WANT MY SKIN BACK!

I am one of those unlucky preggo women  whose skin went to shit the second I conceived. Actually it started a bit earlier….

All through my teens and early 20s I would have occasional breakouts, which were annoying but went away quickly, only to be replaced by other break outs. When I got into modeling and changed the way I eat COMPLETELY, I was shocked to discover that my skin started behaving. I had a glowy beautiful clear complexion. I was loving it! It continued as I kept learning and improving my nutrition. I had been on the pill for 8 years and this was also about the time when my doctor gave me the go-ahead to skip periods, so that I wouldn’t be bothered by them when modelling and travelling. I spent 2 years without a period and my skin was THANKING ME. {which kind of makes me think that it was skipping periods and not only the nutrition per se that made my skin so awesome?}

When Novemember 2010 came and it was time for me to get off the pill to let my body adjust to my natural rhythm before we start trying in February ( that was the original plan until maternity insurance screwed it up and forced us to wait till May). And that’s when it started slowly. I went back to breaking out .

After two years of really good skin with only very rare breakouts ( usually at the most important moments lol), I was once again seeing pimple after pimple.
But maaaaaan, I had NO IDEA what was waiting for me when i get pregnant.

Whoa! It’s a nightmare!

I try to use  Belli Acne Wash (pregnancy safe and tested) when I am not too sick or too tired to do that, but something tells me no product in the world will be able to battle the hormones of a pregnant chick…

Luckily, since I’m taking it super easy during this pregnancy, only few people are unfortunate enough to see me…

But going through my older pictures and seeing clear skin just made me sooooo sad.

I WANT MY SKIN BACK!

{For those of you that had the same problem during pregnancy, did your skin normalize once you gave birth?}

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Corkscrew Sanctuary

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

 

So like, I mentioned before, we finally bought the membership to the local nature sanctuary to take walks in, rather than traipse through our golf course and possibly inhale all kinds of insecticides and pesticides. The membership gives all direct family members access to the Sanctuary, which means when my mom comes to help us with the baby, she’ll be able to take the baby there for walks. She just got her drivers license ( it’s a huge deal for a 60 year old woman in Russia), so she’ll be able to be more autonomous this time.

For us, the sanctuary has a perfect 2.5 mile trail, which is easy enough to walk, even in a nauseous pregnant state, but also works up a sweat  (or maybe it’s the Florida heat) and gets my heart rate up, which is all I can ask from a pregnancy exercising routine. We’ll be walking there every other day, with me doing pregnancy exercises on days off – that’s the plan. I’ve been feeling very lazy and working out is the last thing I want to do, but I can’t justify not doing it , considering the benefits and lack of risks ( unless you overdo it).

So pictures below is from our walk on Saturday. Most of the pics on the first collage is just me snapping away by our house waiting for hubby ( he always takes forever).

Also, we received the doppler. I guess it was in our mailbox all weekend, but we were so bummed when we realized doppler and ultrasound is the same that I didn’t even think to check the mail like I always do when expecting something. So we’re not really sure what to do with it.  First, we decided that we don’t want it, because, admit it, it’s more of a toy for us. So if it does ANYTHING to our baby, shouldn’t we NOT use it?  On the other hand, like any prospective parents, we’re DYING to hear our baby’s heartbeat again.

Yesterday, I came up with the idea of using it once, when it comes, for a very short period of time ( and videotaping it so that we can re-listen to it). And then just stowing it away (not returning it) for a time when there’s possibly an issue, or when we’re really worried, basically for “emergency use only”.  For example, once the baby starts kicking ( btw, when does that usually happen?), and then for some reason the kicks disappear, if we feel really worried, it’d be nice to have it around so that we had an option of using it.

I was also recommended a fetoscope by one of the readers. We’ll definitely be buying one and using it regularly from week 20, since it’s a simple fetal stethoscope.

So what do you guys think about the whole Doppler mess? Knowing how careful we’re trying to be, do you think using it once and then keeping it for emergencies is the optimal choice?  I can’t come up with a better one other than simply returning it….

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Just a quick note for Father’s Day

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, photo

This morning I realized that if everything goes good, today is the first FATHER’S DAY for my hubby.

When I mentioned it to him, he was still half asleep, but he did manage to say: “That’s amazing!”

And I could tell he meant it.

Often, he’d be doing things and break into one of those “parenting conversations”… I love that! I love that he thinks of how he wants to bring up our kids.

He’s been wonderful so far throughout the 8 weeks. Taking care of me, cooking, cleaning, working. It’s starting to get to him, I can tell- it’s a lot. But thankfully, my nausea is slowly easing up and I am not so helpless anymore.

So I just wanted to say that I cannot wait until I see him with our baby in his hands- I think that will change my whole world and I’ll fall in love with him even more…once again…

{ I took the photos above when I was about 4 weeks pregnant }

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELOON!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, FUN Times, photo

Today is a special day!
It’s my best friend’s birthday!

We met in college back and in Russia and became inseparable friends. After I moved to US, we stayed in touch and missed each other greatly. Later Elena (our nickname for each other is Heloon) moved to Italy where she got married to a great guy Max. I still miss her terribly and want so desperately for her to move to US, a desire which we both share!

So today is her brithday and I’d like to yell out to the whole blogging world:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELLOOOOOOON!!!!

I love you and I miss you and I really hope that SOMEHOW eventually we WILL live next door to each other, have babies at the same time and sip virgin pina coladas by the pool in the eternal sunshine of Florida!

Happy Birthday Heloon!

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RAW OR COOKED? – GET FIT GET HEALTHY GET CONFIDENT WEEK 16

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Cooking, GET FIT, HEALTH, Msc, photo

RULES:

1. If you haven’t yet, join the challenge here: GET FIT and GET HEALTHY
2. Every Saturday come back to The Art of Making a Baby and ShutterMama to read the tips on how to be fitter, healthier and more confident.
3. Weekly write a post about your progress, following the questionnaire below, take a self-portrait (optional) and link up with us.
4. Don’t forget to grab the GET FIT challenge button on the sidebar and display it proudly on your blog or GET FIT post.
5. Link your post with
Selfie Saturdays if you took your week’s self-portrait.

RAW OR COOKED?

I’d like to share something I recently found out about nutrients of certain vegetables. I was always under the impression that if you cook vegetables, you basically effectively eliminating all the good nutrients and vitamins from them, so it’s best to eat msot vegetables raw or lightly sauteed. However, it turns out it’s not true for all the vegetables, actually quite the opposite for some of them.

Check out the nutrition breakdown:

Broccoli and spinach , if eaten raw your body will absorb less than 5% of the nutrition for which you are eating them . With the exception of lettuce all the green leafy veggies must be heated. This is the only way to release the vitamin E and the Iron for your body to get at it . If eaten raw your body will get neither of those and only a small portion of the flavonoids . The calcium can be retrieved without heating .
Tomatoes if eaten raw your body can only acquire the vitamin C . The main nutrition you eat a tomato for is the lycopene! This is the enzyme in the tomato that gives it the red color.”

So green leafy vegetables? HEAT! Kale, spinach, collard greens. have an amazing spicy kale stew recipe that I really need to share with you guys.

 My entry for week 15

1. Height: 5’11″, weight: 136 lb

2. Your fitness challenge(s) for this week: Special exercises designed for pregnancy to increase flexibility (daily) + Kegels (twice daily). An hour of walking/running + 20 situps every hour of the day 

3. Your health challenge(s) for this week: Continue eating whole grains, veggies and fruits only with a few servings of kefir and sardines daily (sardines are low in dioxins and mercury)

4. How well did it go:

  • Fitness: Did really good. I am feeling good and motivated, taking my time to do exercises rather than rush through them
  • Water: Drinking 64 oz a day
  • Food: I have this strange sweets aversion this week. I didn’t have ANYTHING sweet AT ALL. Eating really well otherwise: lots of beans, salads and vegetables with fruits.
     

5. Failures and slip-ups: Nothing really. I am very happy with this week6. Weekly challenge wisdom: Sometimes we get caught up and want to do things other than working out, but I found if you let yourself know that this hour is for exercising and that’s how it’s going to be, you take your time and actually enjoy it, rather than rush through it to be done for the day.

7. Advice to fellow GET FIT members
: Is your partner helping you and supporting you in your quest to be healthier and fitter? If not, you need to get him to be on the same page with you. it’s so much more fun to eat well and exercise when you don’t have to accomodate someone else in their eating or couch habits.

8. Self Portrait: This week Selfie challenge was  Collaborations. We were to hook up with one of our bloggy friends and do a photo together, even though we might be 3000 miles away from each other. Here’s what Teagan and I came up with. I think the tagline is really fitting :)


 





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My mood in Flowers

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

As I was going through my thousands of photos of flowers I have stored in Lightroom, I came across a few that precisely described my mood at the moment:

CALM SOFT PEACEFUL KIND

I couldn’t help but share with you. I hope that the softness of the nature will bring you happiness and inner peace.
They were all taken in different parts of Disney, some during the Epcot Flower and Garden festival, others just while passing by on one of our numerous trips there.

 

 PhotobucketSweet Shot Day

Relax and Make Friends Blog HopPhotobucketThe Paper Mama

Wordish WednesdayShibley Smiles reviews and giveaways

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Wouldn’t this be nice?

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

Wouldn’t it be nice if this room could be turned into a nursery?
It’s already painted a kid friendly color and makes me so  happy when I walk into it.

But it’s the guest room, and it’s downstairs- as far away from our bedroom as possible, which won’t work.

So we will have to clean out our smallest room designed to be a nursery and will have to make it one.

We’re so bad about decorating rooms in our house. There’re always other things that are more important. But I cannot wait to do the nursery, it’s going to be so much fun! One of my girlfriends already volunteered to help :)

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Me then, me now!

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

I hope that when we have a little girl, I’ll be able to recreate this photo once again, this time with my own daughter.

Me then me now

One of the times when my mom was visiting ( she lives 3000 miles away), we re-created one of our favorite old photos of the two of us. I think we did a good job finding matching clothes and tying my hair in a way that it looks short. I look so young there.

It’s funny how life is, there I was a cute 4 year old, and now I am happily married and trying to start our own family so that soon we have our own 4 year old sitting just at cutely at my knee. I love my mom!

BTW, in three week I’ll be holding a Selfie Saturday challenge with the  same theme: ME THEN, ME NOW. This way all of us will get a chance to recreate our favorite moments.

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