Thursday, October 29, 2009

Making Baby A, Week 20: The Anatomy Scan

This past Monday, I had my 20 week ultrasound examination, sometimes called the anatomy scan.

The main purpose of this scan is to check the baby’s anatomy for normality. A thorough examination of the baby’s brain, heart, spine, kidneys, organs and limbs will be undertaken. The placenta is checked for its position and measurements of the baby will be performed to ensure he/she is growing normally.

And you can find out the sex of the baby.

Although finding out about the sex was beyond exciting, I was primary interested in the health of the baby.

Everything about my pregnancy has been going smoothly (sans the slight morning sickness that I AM STILL HAVING!), but since becoming pregnant, I worry about everything. Will the baby have 10 fingers and toes? Two eyes? Two legs?

When it was finally my turn, I lay on the examination table while the sonographer did her thing. The exam took about 30 minutes, my back was KILLING me.

She made some polite chit chat, and then gave a commentary on what she was doing, what parts of the baby she was checking, head circumference, length of legs, heart beat, lips, and nostrils.

It was great seeing Baby A again, we saw her yawn.

All is well.

Baby A is perfect and measuring just right.

Sometime during the exam, she exclaimed, "A girl! See, there is nothing here, I am pretty sure it's a girl!"

I was shocked. All these time, I thought I was growing a boy!

Regardless, we left the appointment happy and giddy.

That night, over burgers and fries, we imagined what our little baby girl will be like.

She will be brainy and pretty, naturally. She will be sassy.

She will be a tomboy.

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Making Baby A, Week 19: She's a Girl!

Here’s a big happy grin from our little girl!

I am going to have two boys and a girl!


[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Shopping For Maternity Wear

When it came to maternity clothes, I tried to spend as little as possible.

Unfortunately, I didn't receive any hand-me-downs from friends or family. So as an alternative, I scoured diligently on Craigslist, but fuzzy photos and bad descriptions made my search fruitless.

Around Week 15, my pants started to feel tight and I used the rubber-band technique to last me through the week. Some pregnant women use BellaBand to help them wear regular clothing all the way until 19 or 20 weeks, but at $16 a pop, I skipped it. Instead, my mom and I went shopping and I got two pairs of maternity pants (suitable for work) at Motherhood Maternity for $50. With those two pair of pants and my normal skirts, I lasted another 2 weeks.

The next time I went shopping for maternity clothes was at Old Navy. I had looked through their online maternity shop at home, but was surprised at the tiny selection they have in the store! I managed to find a pair of casual black pants and a sweater for $30.

Last week, Week 18, I knew I couldn't hold off any longer in buying maternity tops. Again, I did a thorough research online and it took me back to ON, where I found the cheapest prices. With a 25% off code, I ordered 3 cardigans, 3 tank tops for layering, and 3 casual tops. All for $117.
So in total, I have spent a little bit less than $200. Depends on who you ask, it may seem like a lot or not much at all. I think of it as a little upgrade to my fall/winter wardrobe and made peace with it.

I hope that the pieces I bought will last me through the pregnancy. Luckily, my workplace isn't super fancy so I shouldn't look like a total slob rotating the same clothes every week.

The only staple I am missing is jeans. I might get it the next time I see free shipping at ON.

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Making Baby A, Week 18: Weight Gain

This morning, at 18w6d, according to my bathroom scale, I have officially gained 10 pounds!

But, according to various research online, I seem to be on track.

My pre-pregnancy weight was in the healthy range for my height (with a BMI of 18.5), which means I should gain between 25 to 35 pounds during my pregnancy. In addition, the proper way to do it is gaining 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and about 1 pound per week for the remainder of the pregnancy.

I still have 21 weeks left before full term and that means I can expect to gain 21 more pounds. Of course, it will probably be more. Some women gain an average of 1.5 pounds a week during the second and third trimester. However, my goal is to not break 35 pounds total.

I feel I have been eating fairly healthy. I still avoid cookies, chips, and sodas like I used to. Pregnancy hasn't made me crave for junk food.

My daily meals look something like this (I also take prenatal vitamins and drink at least 50 fl oz of water):

Breakfast: Two cups of 2% milk and cereal.
Snack: Yogurt.
Lunch: Whatever I pack for lunch. Typically leftovers from night before - rice, veggies, and meat.
Snack: Two pieces/servings of fruit (banana/apple/orange/pineapple/cantaloupe).
Snack (when I get home from work): A small meat bun.
Dinner: Whatever I make for dinner. Typically rice, veggies, meat, and soup.
Snack: Some kind of Asian snack.
Snack: Fruit.

Will I stay within my goal? We shall see how I do at the end of 40 weeks!

In less than 6 days, we find out whether we will be shopping for pink or blue. Can't wait!

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Making Baby A, Week 17: Maternity Leave

Perhaps one of the things I look forward to the MOST about being pregnant is the time off I will get once I deliver in March!

This week, I have been thinking about maternity leave - finding more about the company policy and asking experienced co-workers and friends on how long they took off.

While my firm is consistently listed as one of the best companies for working mothers by several magazines, I am surprised they only give two weeks of maternity leave! Since there is no way I will be ready to go back to work after two short weeks, I will be supplementing it with short-term disability, my personal vacation days, and maybe leave-without-pay.

By my rough calculation, I should have 12 weeks of paid leave and, if I choose, another 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Not too shabby.

So what happens after 12 or 24 weeks?

I don't know yet. I haven't looked into daycare (so expensive!) or any other options. Right now, if we still live nearby, I am counting on my dad since he happens to be retiring next March! I think the stars are perfectly aligned on this one. :)

On another note, I am currently 17w6d and fully outfitted in maternity clothes. The pants are a bit loose, but it's much better than trying to squeeze into my regular ones. It's not quite showing underneath all these clothes, but I am sporting a little bump.

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Baby Shower @ The Ritz

I went to my friend Irena's baby shower yesterday. It was a lovely, elegant tea party at the Ritz Carlton. There were about 20 women, all oohing and aahing over baby goodies - from bunny suits to tiny pink dresses. It was all incredibly girly, very entertaining, and heaps of fun.

I sat next to the mother-to-be and we shared our pregnancy experiences thus far. Two of my close friends were also there and we caught up on work and life.

While the pianist played, we sipped on tea, snacked on dainty finger sandwiches, and indulged in sweets.

Overall, what a special treat.

I left the party in my pretty dress feeling classy that I just had afternoon tea at the Ritz.

But after I got home, still hungry and in my jammies, I inhaled two slices of pizza, drenched in oil and covered in sausages.

Ah, perfect balance.

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hip Hip Hooray

Unexpectedly, I received some fantastic news yesterday!

I got promoted at work! (yay me!)

Of course a greater salary comes with greater responsibilities.

But I will worry about that later.

For now, I am just thrilled about my extra 5 days of vacation!

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Spring Planting: We Got One!

After months of waiting, I finally have ONE cayenne pepper...although not quite ready for harvest.

But that's okay, I can wait a couple of more days (weeks?), it will give me enough time to plan an entire menu around it!

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Disney 2009: For the Last Time (at MK)

With Baby A on the way, hubs and I are fully aware that the end of our three-trips-a-year is also on its way.

The Disney trip last month is probably the last time we will go to Disney in a long, long time. I know what you may be thinking - "Wait a minute...isn't Disney World a great place to take the kiddies?" Maybe. But for us, it's a definite NO. Kids will just slow us down! We saw countless parents pushing their sleepy little ones around in strollers and we have no interests in doing that. So yeah, no more Disney for us for a while. *sob*

Anyway, while at Disney, the words "for the last time" came out often. We walked out of Disney Hollywood Studios at the end of the night with a little wave to the Sorcerer's Hat, we reluctantly said goodbye to the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom, and we stayed as long as we physically could at EPCOT.

At the Magic Kingdom, here are a few of my "for the last time" moments:

Putting on our "opera glasses" for the last time.

Smile in front of the Cinderalla Castle for the last time.

Getting disgustingly full from the brownie sundae from Mrs. Potts' Cupboard for the last time.

Being inappropriate...but probably NOT for the last time. :)

I am sure hubs and I will look back to our last Disney trip (as a unit of 2) with fond memories!

[+/-] Extra Sugar!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Making Baby A, Week 16: Baby Brain

I've been doing some really dumb things lately. I blame it on baby brain.

I've left my credit card with cashiers, bought wrong items at the grocery store, drove in the wrong direction, left opened cereal boxes on the table, added too much salt to scrambled eggs, and threw away a perfectly good CVS Extra Buck.

I used to be so organized and careful!

I've also noticed that I lost my ability to multi-task.

Usually I can multi-task like the best of them.

I can cook, and while the food cooks, I can clip and organize coupons. I can look through the ads and make mental note to myself on what I need to buy at which store. All in the same time, I can talk to Pargo and play with Pesto.

But with BABY BRAIN...I have to do ONE THING AT A TIME.

I can’t cope with anything more. One task. Then another.

It’s so inefficient.

I am not what I am used to.

[+/-] Extra Sugar!