This is long (& picture-less), but I feel like I need to document this pregnancy a little bit. I feel like our poor baby girl is already suffering from 2nd child syndrome. There isn’t a single “belly picture” this time around. We think about her and talk about her constantly (Parker loves to talk to her & feel her move!), but as far as actually doing anything to document or prepare for her, we haven’t done much. The nice thing about the 2nd baby is there doesn’t seem to be as much preparation to be done. We’ve got all the gear and the furniture, so really its just putting the room together and getting everything organized. We’re pretty much planning to switch into baby prep mode once Christmas is over and we can focus whole heartedly on that.
Pregnancy wise, I don’t feel like this one has been much different from Parker’s. Like I’ve mentioned, we found out I was pregnant the day after we got home from our beach vacation. I had a suspicion that I might be pregnant, but didn’t want to get my hopes up, so I grabbed a test at the grocery store that afternoon, and sure enough – 2 pink lines! Oh boy (or girl!), it was a ROUGH first trimester. For starters, I found out that my ob-gyn was no longer accepting pregnancy appointments due to her impending retirement and that sent this newly pregnant and hormonal mama into tears and borderline sheer panic. Thankfully, I found a new doctor who, after a couple of appointments, we both really liked and all is well on that front now :). I was incredibly sick during the first 16 weeks or so. Thankfully, the first 12 weeks were during summer and I didn’t have to do much during the day. Sorry friends, I was definitely MIA all summer! Parker definitely watched way more TV than a 2.5 year old should have, but we were in sheer survival mode. Matt coming home in the evening was my saving grace.
Starting school was hard. The exhaustion associated with this pregnancy has been out of control. By the time the end of the school day comes, I’m completely exhausted and ready to take a nap, but alas, Parker has already napped at school and ready to play when we get home. Poor Matt, I fall asleep by about 9 pm every night and our normally neat and orderly house is almost always in a state of disarray & cluttered. Eventually the sickness passed and other than the exhaustion, I feel good these days. My blood pressure is on the low side and I have alot of dizziness and faintness, but nothing that sitting or laying down for a few minutes can’t cure. Cooking isn’t my enemy anymore, I don’t fall asleep as soon as I sit down in the afternoons, but sleeping at night is not great as of late. Pregnancy insomnia is not my friend. I typically sleep on my stomach or my back, neither of which is possible, so getting comfortable is difficult. I’m hot at night, but with our air already set on 68, I can’t turn it down any further without fear of freezing the other 2 members of my family.
I don’t seem to have super strong cravings when I’m pregnant, which I’m thankful for. The only things I have seem to have a strong desire for are tomatoes, pizza, breakfast foods (mainly eggs & sausage), and coffee. I quit drinking coffee when I found out I was pregnant and have a serious craving for it every single morning. I’ve already told Matt that my first request following delivery is a latte from Starbucks!
We got her room painted over Thanksgiving break (thanks, Mom!) and we LOVE it. We also have a chest of drawers that my mom found at an antique store in Abilene and most of the rest of the furniture is being reused from Parker. Since all of the Christmas boxes were pulled out of the attic this weekend, I took the time (& extra space in the attic) to pull out all of the newborn boxes that I had packed away. Some of it is boy stuff that will be put back in the attic, but alot of it was very neutral and will definitely come in handy. I’ve created registries at a couple of stores, mainly just to keep track of stuff we need. I dream of dresses, bows, shoes, and all things girl, but (SHOCKINGLY!), I haven’t bought a single thing for her yet!
Baby girl, we love you so very much. We have dreamed of you and prayed for you for many, many months and are so excited for you to join our family. We pray that you continue growing bigger and stronger as you and I enter our last few months of having you inside of me. We are impatiently awaiting your arrival in just a few short months!