Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Coping with Winter Dry Skin

It's that time of year again. My chin and cheeks feel like sandpaper and it makes me not even want to wear any make up. So, yesterday, I was in the Apotheke and they had little sample packs from Nuxe, including their famous Huile Prodigieuse. This morning I slathered it all over my poor face and it smells incredible. All of the other samples were equally wonderful smelling. I fear that I have found my latest beauty weakness. Leave it to the French. They get me every time! 

What are your winter skin secrets? And, in case you missed it, oil cleanser (also French;)

photo via Feel Unique

Monday, January 27, 2014

Flags made from food.

I love these flags made out of country's traditional foods. The French flag is made out of blue cheese, brie and grapes. Turkey's out of Turkish Delight! And Brazil's out of banana leaf, pineapple, passion fruit and limes. Aren't they so clever? You can see the rest, made for the Sydney food festival, on Marvelous. Which is your favorite? (USA made me laugh;)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So this is where I've been...

Today we had our twelve week scan for our little baby bun! He or she is, in the words of our doctor, "perfect!" and expected on or around August 4th, 2014. It's so surreal to be pregnant again. Despite the three months of being more tired than I've ever been in my life, holding my breath while opening the refrigerator door so I wouldn't gag and eating bizarre things like Cocoa Krispies for dinner, it's still hard to believe that a little person is growing in there. That's probably the biggest surprise of the second pregnancy. It's just as unbelievable. 

At the same time, it's a bit anticlimactic. As we were leaving the doctor today, J said, "Man, it's not nearly as exciting as the first one!" And it's true. I think we go into each doctor's check expecting to see fireworks or hold a real baby. Then, all we get is the much-anticipated-and-hoped-for-thumbs-up, these grainy black and whites and asked to come back in four weeks. ;)

Here are a few more ultrasound photos, if you'd like to see. 
The baby now measures 6 centimeters long. Check out that brain. What a smarty!
He or she was really moving around a LOT. It took the doctor nearly 15 minutes to get the nuchal translucency measurement. During that time, we spent lots of time poking my abdomen to make the baby move and got lots of waves back, like this one. Do you see the little hand on the left? Hi, baby!
Serious crotch shot! (But way too early to tell;) We've decided that we are going to find out the gender this time. I want to be able to have all those sweet baby boy or girl clothes washed and ready to clothe those adorable little legs. 

I'm so happy to be able to share this news with you all, finally. :) Now that the extreme fatigue or the first three months is over, I hope to get back to blogging on a regular basis. Thanks for all the notes and messages during my absence. I've missed you, too! xo
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