Finally, I can share the exciting news that Annabelle is going to be a big sister this October! Check out the pic to the left, big sister is clearly over the moon about it. Cute, right?
Gah, I feel like I’ve known forever and it’s been SO hard not to write about it because it sort of consumes my thoughts these days. Now that I’m nearly 12 weeks along, I’m happy to share the news and start round two of my preggo diaries for the next 7 months! I did a blog post in early February contemplating when the perfect time to get pregnant is, and one of the times I was considering was having an October baby. Little did I know I was very newly pregnant at that point! I had no idea things would happen so quickly this time around in the gettin’ preggo department because I stopped taking the pill in mid-December. With Annabelle, it took about 7 months from the time I got off the pill to the time I got pregnant, so I wasn’t expecting this and we were a bit surprised. But now that we’ve had our 10 week ultrasound and could see the little peanut waving at us, it finally feels real!
I’ll be honest; pregnancy round two is a slightly different feeling than the first one. Once I got over the shock of finding out I was pregs with Annabelle, the whole thing just became this magical and mysterious process that I was constantly in awe of. But now I’ve been through it all, I know what to expect. I also know what I’m dreading. When I went to the grocery store back in early February I picked up a bunch of things, including a pregnancy test and beer. I took the test and then went to grab a beer and was like, AHH, CRAP! No drinking for the next 9 months! Dang! And then I was making a sandwich for myself the next day and remembered that I’m not supposed to eat lunch meat while pregnant — double crap! And worst of all, harder than giving up alcohol, I have to limit my Diet Pepsi intake! OMG, this Pespi-holic is in withdrawals! But I also know that I can probably relax on some of the stuff I may have been uptight about in the first pregnancy because I was scared. So there’s def a wisdom that comes with your second pregnancy.
What I’ll do differently this time
With that wisdom in mind, I know what I’d like to do differently this time around. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs, I gained a TON of weight with Annabelle…57 pounds to be exact! (Did I mention that Beyonce also gained 57 lbs. in pregnancy? Coz she did.) I gained like 10 lbs in my first trimester and although I tried to eat healthy and work out throughout my 2nd trimester, I just let it all go in my third by not working out, eating crap, and slamming Wendy’s Frostys on the regular. I think the extra weight contributed to my bad sciatic nerve pain in my back, and it’s no fun trying to lose all that extra baby weight postpartum, that’s FO SHO. But this time around I’m trying to have a more fit pregnancy. Since I stopped working, the highlight of my days have been going to the gym and getting a good workout in. I’ve been hitting up the gym 4 days a week and then I have my bike training rides every Saturday. Yep, I’m still training for the Cinderella 65 mile bike marathon on April 6th! I figured that as long as I’m still physically able and comfortable with the bike riding I can keep on doing it.
Two kids under 2 1/2, am I cray?
I’m a little nervous how it will be having a toddler and a newborn, but we aren’t the first parents in history to tackle such a feat, so we’ll get through it. I always wanted to have kids close in age so they could relate and hopefully be friends. Annabelle will be 26 months when her little brother or sister comes along, so they’ll be in school together and I’m happy about that. Thankfully, Annabelle LOVES baby dolls, so I’m hoping she’ll be in love with a little baby sibling when they arrive.
This of course is a big reason why we’re considering moving back to Indiana. Having two little ones will be a handful and having family nearby will be a God send.
So the cat’s outta the bag! I’m doing it all over again and I’m excited for what’s to come. It’s fun thinking about whether it could be a boy or girl, deciding on names, and picturing nursery room décor. Next week I’ll be starting my weekly bump watch pics like I did last time. I hear you start to show earlier in your second pregnancy because your body just remembers being pregs. We’ll see!
Stay tuned as this baby mama navigates pregnancy with a toddler on my hip! This should be interesting!!