big sisterFinally, 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?

AB and baby dollI’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!!

6 Comments on Round Two! Let the pregnancy blogs begin!!

  1. Ahhhh! So exciting! Congratulations to you guys! You may or may not remember that I had an October baby – my first. He’s now almost 6 months. On your post about the perfect time for baby #2, I commented that October was the way to go, so yay for me haha! As I said, I loved that for the ‘biggest’ part of my pregnancy I was able to wear dresses and comfy sandals b/c I couldn’t imagine putting on jeans and dealing with snowy weather (I’m in NYC.) I had such a fun-filled exciting mostly because it was during the summer.
    One thing I did hate about giving birth in October though was dealing with cold depressing weather. I def had a case of the baby blues, mostly due to him not sleeping and therefore me not sleeping, and I know the weather helped to exacerbate the blues. I wanted so bad to see sunshine, and take walks with the baby during my maternity leave. Once my hubby went back to work, I felt so lonely and anxious as a first time mom, and it was cold and dreary out so the newborn stage was very difficult for me.
    I guess this leads to your decision about moving. If you stay in Cali, you don’t have to deal with the depressing winter with a newborn! Then again, having family near is a HUGE,HUGE help. If I didn’t have our family nearby I wouldn’t have made it through that stage! I’m sure you can drop dead from sleep deprivation! LOL. So I guess I would choose being closer to family over beautiful weather.
    Good luck in whatever you choose. Can’t wait to read about pregnancy #2, so I can again know what to expect in the future!

  2. *Meant to say “I had such a fun-filled, exciting pregnancy mostly because it was during the summer”

  3. Congrats! I know I don’t actually know you or anything but I started following your blog because you have an Annabelle about my Annabelle’s age and I also am expecting again (November, 25ish months apart)! Eerie.

    Anyway, big congrats! I look forward to hearing about your journey (and hopefully picking up a few tips along the way).

  4. Congratulations! Such exciting news. So many people with babies around my baby’s age (21 months) are on to Round 2! Guess that should be a sign to me that it’s time for us to start thinking about baby #2, but like you, I’m a little freaked out about the possibility of having two under 2.5 right now! You’re right though- lots of people do it and survive so I’m sure you will be just fine, especially if you move back home and have extra help. Hope you are feeling well!

  5. Congratulations! I just found your blog- love it! I have been blogging for 4 years, but am new to the mommy blog world 🙂 Had a baby girl 4 months ago…so I am still in that crazy “lose the baby weight mode” Thats how I stumbled upon your blog…can’t wait to hear more of your journey!

  6. Thanks, Cara! Don’t stress too much on the weight loss, you’re only 4 months postpartum. It took me 8 1/2 months to finally lose all the weight, so keep working at it and you’ll get there!

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