Saturday, October 24, 2015

This Time Around

Everyone has told me over and over again how each pregnancy is completely different and I can definitely tell you this is true. I am not sure if it is because they truly are different or if you just handle things differently the second time around because you have suffered through it all already and you now know what to expect. During my first pregnancy I remember every new experience being wonderful and magical. I read every book, knew what fruit baby was the size of, and wrote down every little detail. This time around this kid is lucky if I get to sit still long enough to remember  how far along I am. Thankfully there is an app for that. I have gone back and reread some of my blog posts I wrote during my first pregnancy and it has been interesting to compare how things are different this go-round.


First Pregnancy-During my first pregnancy In my first trimester of course I was exhausted. I would come home everyday after school and pass out  nap on the couch. I had no one to care for (I didn't forget about you Brent you just could care for yourself) and all the time in the world to sleep. I slept great through the first and second trimester and of course once my need to pee every  minutes and my belly got bigger sleep became virtually nonexistent.

Second Pregnancy- ha ha ha nap what's a nap?!?! This time I come home everyday and have another person to keep alive and happy so napping is completely out of the question.i am not going to lie, I have played many many board games in the bed and bribed the girl to snuggle with me in bed with me and watch Frozen and Cinderella. As far as sleep goes this time around I have basically slept like crap from the beginning. I am having crazy hormone dreams that are waking me up several times a night along with the need to pee. I have involuntarily passed twice now and slept for about 13 hours, but I am hopeful things are on the upswing.

Morning Sickness

First Pregnancy- Last time I remember feeling sick from the time I woke up to the time I fell asleep. I only got sick once but I just felt like I was dying all day long. I still have no clue how no one realized something was going on. I ate chip and drank ginger ale all day long.

Second pregnancy- This time I have actually felt relatively good every other day. Going to work actually helps and keeps my mind off of the I want to die feeling this time around. I have definitely eaten my fair share of potato chips this time around, but baked potatoes and french fries have been my mainstay on the days nothing else has sounded good. Sadly I mistook the stomach virus for the beginning of my morning sickness at around 6 weeks I had been feeling great and then all of a sudden I was getting sick all day. I toughed it out and worked a full day with a smile on my face and sadly it wasn't until the girl got sick later that day that I realized I was a pregnant fool.Thankfully my dr. gave me some amazing medicine that has gotten me through the worst of it, but I still have my days where all I want to eat is a biggie fry and only drink sprite 

First pregnancy- Last time my belly popped around 15 weeks. I ate eggo waffles and peanut butter all day long and was just down right unhealthy. I wasn't working out because I had ovarian cysts before getting pregnant that made me feel like I was going to pass out if I did any major movements so I was on a sad pregnant rollercoaster.

Second pregnancy- This time my weight gain is already much slower and I am all around much healthier. Before becoming pregnant I 80/20 paleo which meant I wasn't eating any processed foods and was much healthier to begin with. was The past few weeks I have eaten a lot more carb laden foods because it was the only thing my body could dtand to look at. I am slowly returning to my paleo ways and am now craving fruits, celery with ranch dressing, my mom's homemade soup, and spicy Indian and Thai food. I have only gained 2 lbs. at 13 weeks, but my belly has definitely popped and depending on the day the belly bloat can make me look way more than 3 months pregnant.

12 weeks with Mckinley and sweet pea

So far this pregnancy has felt like a lifetime, but I am hoping all of the holidays coming up and the fact that I have no time to even remember that I am pregnant will help these next few months fly by. Until then I will continue having my panicky moments that the baby actually has to come out and the rest of my time praying for a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery. Thankfully we have already gotten back our first tri screenings and everything is normal so that is a huge weight off of our shoulders.

No matter the difference between the two I can't wait to meet this sweet pea and fall in love with whoever he or she will be. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Here We Go Again

Yesterday we finally broke the big news that we would be welcoming a new member to Team D. My due date is April 30 so we could have an April or a May baby so we will just have to wait and see if this pregnancy is similar to Mckinley's and I go over or if things are different. Either way I pray I don't go into labor during school!! 

We are so excited to add this new member to our family. Life is definitely going to be more interesting and I can't wait to see how this tiny little person adds to the dynamic of our little family. 

No one is more excited than Mckinley. She is already telling everyon le that she is the big sister. The night we told her we were snuggling in bed and talking and she asked me if God had really put a baby in my belly. Then she later her head on my stomach and said she could hear the babies heart beeping (beating). I just love her so much and I can't wait to see how she handles this big change. 

We have already started talking about how things will be different but the big things we will try to keep the same. One thing I know we will work very hard to continue is our nighttime bedtime routine.  I used to put Mckinley to bed each night but I felt like Brent was missing out on this so we starte tag teaming it. Now Brent reads the books and I snuggle and say prayers with her before she lays down for the night. We are going to try our best to continue this because it is such an important part of our day so we will just trade off and maybe move bedtime around to make sure we can still get all of our snuggles in. 

It has been interesting to see how different this pregnancy is than when I was pregnant with Mckinley. I have definitely had many days where I have felt hungover, but for the most part it has been an easy pregnancy so far. It is definitely different being pregnant he second time around especially with your first born wanting to play my little ponies and Uno everyday. 

I haven't taken any belly pictures yet because nothing has really changed. Once I pop I will try to take weekly pictures again. I love looking back on my pictures and seeing how my belly grew and changed. 

I am not sure when we will find out what baby D is, but I go back in 2 weeks to take a peek and do some tests. I will only be 12 weeks which is usually too early to tell. Mckinley of course wants a girl baby and mommy would love a boy baby, but a sister would be fun and easy because we have soooooooo much girl stuff. 

Now all we can do it sit and wait to find out and pray I keep feeling good. Wish us luck and send any advice you have for raising 2 kids (gulp)!