Monday, April 19, 2010

Welcome to the world, Sebastian!

Sebastian Alexander van der Meer has arrived! All are well and we are reveling in gratitude and thanks for such a beautiful, healthy addition to our family.

Sebastian Alexander van der Meer
April 16, 2010
7.7 lbs
7:58 am
20 inches long
Ah Ahli Hospital
Doha, Qatar

Monday, April 12, 2010

Never fear, Oma is near!

So I'm not going to dwell on the fact that, 3 days past his due date, the baby is showing no interest in leaving his current home. In fact, after today I've let go of any notion of due dates and have resumed life as it was pre-EDD, filled with playdates, grocery runs, going to the pool, etc. But I digress. Let me fill you in on what's going on...

Today Richard and I went to the doctor to see what happens from here. Basically, nothing happens from here except wait. Despite the fact that baby van der Meer is fully ready, the doctor confirmed that it could easily be a few more days before he makes his appearance and scheduled us to return on Thursday for another check up. (In case you're wondering, Thursday will be 6 days past my EDD!) And to be honest, I won't be surprised if I actually make that appointment on Thursday. I'm certainly hoping that the baby will decide it's a good time to make his world debut before then, but the truth is I still feel...well, pretty normal. What I mean is that I don't get the feeling that anything - like labor - is about to happen. Though I guess I wouldn't know if that's normal or not because I was induced with Isabelle (these babies of mine don't like to rush!).

However, what has changed recently is that my HUGENESS has been wearing on me the last few weeks, especially the last week. Chasing around a 20 month old is exhausting in general, but physically carrying and lifting a 28lb toddler on top of the 40lbs of pregnancy has taken it's toll lately, especially on my back. (I see fingers wagging and "tsking" happening, but if you have a kid under 2 - regardless of your pregnant state - the kid won't always walk, go up stairs, get into bed, or climb into their carseat.) So given the fact that I may be this pregnant for who knows how much longer, the following conversation popped up this morning:

Me: "Honey, I know your parents are planning to come out once the baby is born, but what do you think of Oma coming on over if she wants? She was such a godsend to us when Isabelle was born, maybe she'd like to help me with Isabelle now?"

Richard: "Yeah, that's a good idea. When were you thinking?" (Bearing in mind that his parents live Cyprus and we live in Qatar.)

Me: ", now."

Richard: "Sure, lets talk to them later."

Oma is on a morning flight from Cyprus TOMORROW. Impressive, even for the world travelers that Oma & Opa are!

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Oma!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Like father, like daughter

The third of all due dates given to us during this pregnancy (March 31 (clearly wrong), April 8, and now April 9) have all come and - almost - gone. I'm just sayin'.

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Alright buddy, your mom has resorted to comparing your dad's childhood photos with your sister to pass the time as we eagerly await your safe & healthy arrival into this world. We're ready when you are and are so excited to meet you! Next thing you know, we'll be comparing your baby pictures with your dads' photos too. We love you!

Is it just me, but can you tell these two are related?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Any minute now!

1st pregnancy at 40 weeks: On couch, watching all of the Harry Potter movies in chronological order (after watching all 6 seasons of Sex in the City), probably eating Hagen Daz.

2nd pregnancy at 40 weeks: Nursery runs, grocery runs, cooking, cooking, cooking, playdates, pooldates, and just about anything out of the house to burn one little girl's unending energy.

Here are a few pictures from my friend Wendi, who is due with her third later this month. She met us at the pool a couple of days ago and took these great shots of Isabelle. We may be about to give birth, but we're somehow keeping up with the little ones.

Baby Bump Pictures

40 weeks

34 weeks

34 weeks

30 weeks

22 weeks and at a holiday party, where I happened to have camera in hand. So I thought I'd take advantage of the moment and capture the bump, seeing as we haven't been so organized or consistent about our progression pictures this time around. :)

19 weeks

15 weeks pregnant on my 33rd birthday

A day before Isabelle's 1st birthday and utterly exhausted, not realizing yet that I was 2 weeks pregnant

Saturday, April 3, 2010

We didn't forget Easter!

As you may or may not recall, last year we were so busy getting settled in our new home that we completely missed Easter. Missed it - totally, passed by it without so much as nugget of recollection. Not this year!

Through a mouthful of M&Ms, trying to have a conversation with the Easter Bunny on her new, pink cell phone

This is a new thing she does when she likes what she's eating: rub her tummy and say "Mmmmmm"

Finding chocolate M&Ms in Easter eggs was, by far, the biggest hit of the morning

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Hi little man, we're ready to welcome you home!

Big sister in waiting

{There's nesting, and then...}

There is nesting, and then there are the bordering-unreasonable things that hormones make you do. For some reason I have been paranoid that Isabelle and Richard will go hungry the first week or so after the baby arrives, when I can't (won't) cook or grocery shop. While I know that would never be the case, it hasn't stopped me from filling a freezer with everything from lamb bolognese, veal casserole, chicken curry & homemade muffins - and that's not even half of it. (I'm not even sure if one can freeze muffins but no one was courageous enough to get in my way, though I probably needed intervention days ago).