First of allâ€¦
Thank you all so much for the well-wishes. It is so appreciated. In particular, I really loved the comments from people who have been reading since before K and I got married â€“ itâ€™s so lovely that youâ€™ve followed my blog and my family for so long.
Obligatory mirror selfies shall now commence!
They say that every pregnancy is different, and so far â€“ thatâ€™s true for me. Round 2 is way different. Little One knocked me on my butt for a few weeks (this was a big reason why I fell off the proverbial health wagon a few months back â€“ I just couldnâ€™t explain it fully then). I know that, relatively speaking, my morning sickness wasnâ€™t too bad; itâ€™s more the exhaustion that did me in. I took some notes on my phone so I would remember what was happening and when â€“ hereâ€™s a few highlights (and lowlights):
Tested positive five days before missed period â€“ just like I did with Henry!
5 Weeks 1 Day â€“ Really, really bad puking and digestive symptoms. Horrible. Glued to the couch. All I want is French fries and fountain drinks.
5 Weeks 5 Days â€“ I wrote down this: â€œI have serious, soul-crushing exhaustion.â€
7 Weeks â€“ Nausea and gagging. Smells are terrible. The full trash can is my nemesis. Dirty diapers are my other nemesis. Exhaustion is getting worse. I want to nap all the time.
8 Weeks 6 Days â€“ I luckily feel awesome on my 30th Birthday! I cannot get over how pregnant I already lookâ€¦
9 Weeks 4 Days â€“ I give up. I am getting the maternity clothes out of storage. None of my clothes fit me anymore (already?!).
10 Weeks â€“ Insomnia is starting. Itâ€™s strikes around 2 AM and I end up starting at the dark ceiling for 2 hours.
11 Weeks â€“ We hear the heartbeat for the first time! Itâ€™s amazing. Heart is 170 BPM.
12 Weeks 4 Days â€“ Ughhh, please go away, morning sickness.
14 Weeks â€“ I feel SO MUCH BETTER overall. I only gag when I brush my teeth or eat something weird (like a mealy apple â€“ gross). And Iâ€™ve noticed that I donâ€™t usually get insomnia on the days that I work out. Soâ€¦ thatâ€™s a good reason to exercise!
Hereâ€™s one thing that is the same about this pregnancy: I stopped running with Henry at 16 weeks, and Iâ€™m thinking the end is near for this baby, too. Running is getting more and more challenging. I donâ€™t mind going slowly (and taking a lot of walking breaks); the real trouble begins after Iâ€™m done. Running knocks me on my ass. I did 4.5 miles on Friday, and I was so exhausted by that evening that I went to bed at 8:45 PM.
I was SUPER proud of myself for Saturdayâ€™s 1 mile open water swim, and swimming is a lot more fun overall because I donâ€™t â€˜payâ€™ for it later. Iâ€™m going to switch to mostly swimming for my cardio workouts after this weekendâ€¦ I swam until two days before I delivered Henry, so I know that itâ€™s a workout that can last me through the duration of pregnancy, assuming everything else stays normal.
I thought Iâ€™d answer some of the questions that I got in the announcement post / things that I bet people are wondering!
How did you tell Kristien / Does Henry know?
I told Kristien by making Henry this shirt!
He came over from work and played with Henry for a few minutes before noticing. He was super shocked and excited. I recorded it just like I did when I told him about Henry. I love those videos! He gives me the best â€œOMGâ€ face both times.
And yes, Henry knows! Iâ€™ve been telling him since Day 1. I have no idea if he really knows what going on, but heâ€™s much more into little babies now when we see them at the store, etc. Occasionally, when I say, â€œMommy is going to have a baby!â€ he pouts and says, â€œHenry da baby!â€ Awwwwâ€¦
Are you going to find out the sex of this baby?
Yes, we are definitely waiting. I wrote out the reasons why we wait (and the drawbacks) in this post. We really loved not knowing Henryâ€™s sex until birth and cannot wait to experience that again. I have no real premonitions of whether this baby is a boy or a girl, and I have zero preferences. I think it would be pretty amazing either way â€“ I think Henry would enjoy a brother, and I like being a mom to a son, so another boy would be great. And a girl would be fun, too, just in other ways. I donâ€™t take healthy babies for granted, so thatâ€™s all that Iâ€™m focusing on.
Are you going to do the Bradley Method again?
(Just an FYI: Bradley Method is a technique for a drug-free childbirth â€“ hereâ€™s my Pre-Birth Review and my Post-Birth Review. Bradley totally â€œworkedâ€ for me as I had the drug-free delivery that I wanted.) Yes, I am going to do Bradley again. We are not going to do the classes again because we simply donâ€™t have the time, but Iâ€™m going to read all my books and â€˜studyâ€™ the method again. I enjoyed my birth experience overall and would love it if this baby was basically a repeat (although the pushing stage could go a little faster, please and thank you).
What does this mean for the blog?
With Henry, I did weekly updates. I mostly used the updates as a way to address a variety of parenting topics that were on my mind as a first-timer, so I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m going to rehash the weekly updates â€“ Iâ€™m not sure that Iâ€™ll have anything new to say about pregnancy/parenting every week! Maybe Iâ€™ll do an update every two or three weeks? We shall see! I guess it also depends on what you guys want â€“ I know some of you would like the more frequent updates and others would rather skip it. Personally, I enjoy reading other bloggersâ€™ weekly updates even if itâ€™s just â€œthis is how big I am!â€ pictures, but Iâ€™m in a mommy stage of life soâ€¦
How do you feel about going from 1 child to 2?
We are really happy. Obviously, this pregnancy was very much wanted. I do feel strange about going from 1 kid to 2 because I am an only child. I have no frame of reference in my own childhood about what it will be like. I mostly worry about stupid stuff, like how we will do bedtime. But I try to balance that out by thinking about the kids growing up together â€“ taking family vacations and playing in the backyard during the summer and rowdy dinners at home. In general, I think that 2 kids will be CRAZY FUN.
Hey, can I have that cake recipe? / Oh man, I thought the double layer meant twins!
Itâ€™s Betty Crockerâ€™s gluten free yellow cake mix â€“ two boxes, the top dyed pink and the bottom dyed blue. And sorry that I psyched some people out regarding twins with the double layer â€“ haha! I didnâ€™t even think of that. And actually, we havenâ€™t had an ultrasound yet, so I guess anything is possibleâ€¦ Twins would be ironic considering that I April Fools the Husband into thinking that was the case!
Just for fun:
For the other moms - Did you run through your pregnancy? Were your more tired with subsequent pregnancies? How did you feel about going from 0 to 1 and from 1 to 2?