So in case you haven’t heard the news, we’re having another baby! I wanted to share a bit about this pregnancy so far because I am already 20 weeks and it has been a very different pregnancy from my first. This pregnancy is flying by and I still have so much to do before this second bebe joins us, including transforming our cluttered office into a bedroom. But for now, I just want to share the differences I’ve experienced with baby #2 so far.
The first major difference is how fast we got pregnant this time. It took us months to get pregnant with Oliver, so I was prepared for that again. When we decided to start trying in the summer, I figured we would maybe get pregnant by Christmastime and have a fall baby. This baby had other plans and was ready to be with us much sooner. I got pregnant instantly, like the very first month we were trying. I was honestly shocked when I got a positive test this time around, I even waited a week longer than necessary because I thought there was no way it happened so fast. This means that I’m pregnant at basically the exact time of year I was pregnant with Oliver. For perspective, Oliver’s birthday is April 3rd and I am due April 26th this time around. Our babes will be almost exactly 3 years apart. The best part about it is that all of my maternity clothes are the right season and the new baby might even fit in some of Olivers old clothes and be in the right season as well. The worst part about it is April is already a really heavy birthday month in my family, and most likely we are just adding to the list next year. As I said, Oliver is in April, I’m also in April then I have like 10 other family members who are April babies. Apparently it’s THE month to be born in this family. It’s not necessarily bad to have birthdays close together, I just kind of feel like it can take the specialness of a birthday away if someone else’s birthday immediately follows it. But anyways, it is what it is and April is just destined to be a birthday party month I guess.
Now for the good stuff. The pregnancy symptoms. I almost knew I was pregnant this time really early because I was SO hungry all the time. I typically eat one big meal a day and snack or have small meals. But really early on this time I was ready for a full meal every couple of hours. And then after I ate a full meal, I would still be hungry. This was all happening before I had even taken a pregnancy test so I felt like something was a little off, but I thought maybe I was just hungrier for some reason. But don’t you worry, that constant hunger hasn’t gone away and I’m still eating all day every day. Then there was the nausea. Pregnancy round one was full of nausea but pregnancy round two has been full of it in a different way. The first time around I remember being nauseous after eating, then throwing up and moving on with my day for the most part. This time around I spent a full month feeling like I was going to throw up constantly and never throwing up. It was real fun. On top of feeling sick constantly, I was dead tired for that same month. This was probably month two or so. I could be sitting on the couch playing with Oliver and then I would just fall asleep. I took more naps in that month than I think I have in the past 3 years of my life. Then like the flip of a switch, I entered the second trimester and the nausea went away and my energy came back. I still have moments of nausea and days where I’m more tired than others, but nothing like it was there for a while. Now that I’m in the second trimester and baby is getting bigger I’m experiencing more things like acid reflux and trouble sleeping which is also super fun. Every now and then I have a night where I wake up at 2 am and can’t sleep for like 2 hours, I’m just there, wide awake for no reason. I know some people struggle with sleep and let me tell you, I am not one of those people. I get a solid 10 hours most nights and I love it, so having a two hour interruption for no reason is not my cup of tea.
Easily the most exciting thing about this pregnancy has been how much baby moves! I was about 14 weeks when I felt movement for the first time and I was sure I was wrong because I didn’t feel Oliver move until maybe 23 weeks or so. But after some googling, I found that it’s not uncommon to feel a baby move earlier if it’s a second pregnancy. I asked my doctor and while he said it might seem early, he saw no reason why I couldn’t be feeling baby move. Especially after we watched baby on the sonogram. My doctor has a little ultrasound thing, sorry I don’t know what it’s actually called, and at every appointment we get to see baby which is super fun! After I was sure I felt baby move and we watched the sonogram and baby kicking like crazy I knew that I was really feeling movement that early. Since then, baby has just kept kicking away. Usually when I sit down and relax after moving around for a while, baby will move around for a few minutes, getting comfy I guess. It’s been really fun to feel that already because it’s easily my favorite part of being pregnant.
I’ll do another pregnancy update at some point, as well as a post about how Oliver is getting ready to be a big brother, but I just wanted to give you all a little insight into how things have been going for me so far. I can’t complain much, I really have pretty easy pregnancies and I do my best to remind myself of that because some women have a lot more struggles than I do. Also if you’re curious why I’m halfway along and just called baby “baby” for the whole post, it’s because we are doing our ultrasound next week and should get to find out for sure what we’ve got cooking, so stay tuned for that!