Assya is 1 month old

I will give you a quick update with lovely pictures. That is my deal. Deal?!

Assya weighs 5 kg-s.

She is a great partner in breastfeeding though we have our challenges. You would like to know what?! I am leaking, squirting… making her choke on my milk. I read about this so now I am surrounded with paper towels that Zoard helps me fold. I stop the feeding when the squirting starts… Nevertheless, Assya has to be changed many times because I make her clothes wet with my milk and she swallows a lot of air and started to recently spit up. The upward positions do help.

We go to sleep around 11. She wakes up twice during the night. This is a bliss. I am never tired.

She can also take long naps while we are outside. We put her in her cot and if we happen to be outside for hours, I nurse her in a fitting room. I could breastfeed her anywhere but nowadays, we have been looking for clothes on sale. You cannot blame us, we live in Barcelona after all!

Assya gets fussy before bedtime. We carry her a lot.

She also calms down when laying on her changing pad (from IKEA).

So far, her baby mobile is not a hit with Assya but Zoard is a fan…

Assya has gorgeous clothes. Let me show you some examples…

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Onesie from KateQuinnOrganics.

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Fox onesie from Igloindi.

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Footsie from LovedBaby.

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Matching outfit from Belabumbum.

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Matching beanies from: Ryderl.
Matching jackets from: LittleIndians.

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Outfit from Agiftedbaby.
Sunglasses from FjsPopShop.

Thank you for reading! See you on Instagram @zoardminiboy, I hope we can become friends! xoxo

 

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40 weeks pregnant with Assya

I just announced to Zoard that I am starting my alone time. He was not happy about this but now he is reading Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson so we are on good terms again.

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This is me and Assya. Today is my due date so I was at the hospital this morning for a routine appointment. My next one is a week from now. I am allowed to wait for Assya without being induced for 41 weeks and 5 days. Which means, I have 12 more days… I was also advised to eat sweets to encourage Assya to move more. That is a good one! HAHA

Since I have plenty of time, I will ask my “cameraman” to take more pictures of me over the weekend. I will be advertising nursing clothes so it will be our practice. I hope I will have enough eyebrow gel until my mother visits us because a couple of days ago, a hair dresser left the bleach on too long, when I asked her to make my eyebrows the same shade as my hair…

Let me brag for a second and AFTERWARDS I will give you some hardcore facts about this pregnancy. Deal?!

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This picture I took for Instagram was among the winners of the theme “yellow” on a page called @JJcommunity. This Instagram page has 636k followers and it is the largest photography community which I have been trying, for over a year, to be featured on. I have been nominated several times but yesterday, I was featured.

This is a big achievement for me and I am really happy about it. My Instagram account is called @zoardminiboy. It would be great to see more people show interest towards it. This account is really a nice way for me to use up my creative energies. I also enjoy the interactions with others but I have been banned from commenting for a week now so I guess, I will have to start reading more blogs instead. Instagram never explains why they restrict a user’s interactions so it can easily be a mistake made by them, nevertheless, I doubt they will make a correction on their part.

PREGNANCY FACTS

Zoard was born at week 41.
I just reached week 40 with Assya.

Total weight gain with both children: 12 kg-s. 26.45 pounds.

Conceived…
Zoard is the fruit of the 10th IUI in Bangkok.
Assya conceived naturally after trying for the first time to have a second child (in Barcelona).

First Trimester…
Both times, we were on Koh Samui. I slept a lot, I was nauseous but never vomited.
Both times, the doctor guessed our baby to be a boy.

Food cravings…
Craving something is part of who I am so it is nothing extra but if I had to name something that was seen more on my plate:

POTATOES (potato and carrot soup with sour cream or plain yogurt)

Second Trimester…
I was in Spain with Zoard and in Hungary with Assya. I regularly swam for 40 minutes. With Zoard I even visited the gym time to time for some light workout.

Third Trimester…
With Zoard, I had to put my feet up for a rest, many times.
With Assya, I had issues with my veins (found close to my bikini lines) but not wearing underwear helped this problem.

Sleeping…
I mostly sleep on my left side. I put a pillow between my knees and I am propped up with lots of pillows. (At the time I was pregnant with Zoard, I had a maternity pillow which is great if you do not move homes a lot.)

Clothes…
With Zoard I bought pretty expensive maternity clothes and this time around, I planned on buying absolutely nothing. What does this mean in practice?!
I borrowed maternity clothes.
I wear some of my husband’s cardigans and sweaters.
I wear my looser non-maternity clothes.
But overall, my body appreciates maternity clothes for tops and as far as pants go, I really dislike the ones that have a special belly part to put on your tummy. I wear low cuts.

Hair and nails…
I had my hair and nails done a couple of times. I really think this is a matter of what you feel comfortable about. The last time, I had my roots colored was less than a week ago and the only reason, why my nails are left naturally at the moment is the price I would need to pay for them, here in Barcelona.

Eating…
I read the latest views on what you cannot eat while being pregnant and I follow the recommendations. I stopped eating liver for example, I do not eat a lot of canned tunas, I say no to tiramisu. I try to eat more fruits even if they mean frozen ones.

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Drinking…
I drink decaf coffee, occasionally but nowadays with Assya, it is slightly different because I became good friends with a warm drink called chicory.

Do I miss anything…
I was skinny and athletic looking before I became pregnant (I was still breastfeeding Zoard) and I think that look suited me. And I miss it at times.
It was nice to be able to walk up on steps or hills without running out of breath.
I miss picking up Zoard or being more free with him without worrying about Assya.
I would love to spend non-pregnant quality time with my husband but I truly feel that is more of a question of spending childless time together and it is not strongly in connection with having a pregnant belly or not.

Looking forward to…
Breastfeeding. Getting to know Assya. Eating a lot of comfort food. Enjoying the interactions of my husband and Assya, Zoard and Assya. Taking pictures for my Instagram account @zoardminiboy.

Thanks for reading!