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Pregnancy the second time around

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So I bet you are wondering how my current pregnancy is going. Well, it’s going great! I mean, I don’t FEEL great, but the pregnancy itself is good; baby boy is healthy & very active! I’ve not had any medical problems thus far, thank God. My only woes are physical, the kind that come with a typical, healthy pregnancy. Like my poor back, especially my lower back. My tailbone aches something awful, but my midwife tells me it’s due to the hormone Relaxin produced by my body; it relaxes my joints and bones, and so my tailbone has started to shift. It’s incredibly painful to sit, and even more painful to go from a sitting position to a standing one. But I know it’s just part of being pregnant and it won’t last forever. I also sometimes have a hard time catching my breath, but that’s because my growing baby is pushing up on my lungs, compressing them. Plus I have 50% more blood volume in my body. I’ve noticed that working out helps with my shortness of breath tremendously though! Those are my main physical gripes.

I’m also incredibly tired this time around. I remember being tired and fatigued when I was pregnant with Nathan, but I didn’t have children already, so I could rest and nap when I needed. Not so much now! My eyes burn a lot from being so sleepy, and having bouts of insomnia at night only exacerbates the problem. Little baby boy has some strong kicks, which I love, but he keeps me awake at night! Plus it’s hard to get comfortable. So I end up tossing and turning, and I feel so exhausted by the time morning rolls around. Being pregnant with my second child is definitely different from the first! But, with all that being said, this pregnancy is all-in-all MUCH easier than Nathan’s. His was awful. I ached horribly, down to my very toes. I could baely walk, and couldn’t stand up without help. I attribute all that, however, to being physically inactive. I didn’t exercise one bit because I had no idea the toll pregnancy takes on a woman’s body, and I paid for my laziness with a lot of muscular and skeletal pain. I also gained over 60 lbs, which added even more pressure to my already stressed joints and bones. It was awful.

This time around, however, things are different. I’m extremely healthy and don’t gorge on foods just because I’m pregnant. I work out 3-4x a week, and I still weight train to keep my muscle tone. My midwife told me whatever I do, do NOT stop working out. Since I had been exercising strenuously for 1 1/2 years before I became pregnant, my body was used to it, therefore it was good for both me and the baby. Now I’m not some body builder or anything… I just do the weight training to stay tone. Now that I’m 25 weeks along, I’ve had to cut back some since I fatigue easily, and I don’t do any actual lifting or anything that could put strain on my uterus. And this time, I’m right on track with my weight gain! At the rate I’m going, I will have gained exactly the amount doctors and midwives recommend for a healthy pregnancy. Which feels really damn good. Especially when a number of people have insisted pregnancy will make me “pack on the pounds.” Nope, not here! I’m in better shape now than I was when I was in my early 20’s. I look fabulous, feel pretty good for being pregnant, and am so grateful that this pregnancy has been much easier than Nathan’s thus far.

This time around, I am seeing a midwife and giving birth at a freestanding birthing center as opposed to seeing an OB/GYN and giving birth in a hospital. I’m sure there are plenty of women who have had great experiences with a medically managed birth, but that’s what I had with Nathan and it was AWFUL. I’ll talk more about that in another post. Suffice it to say that I believe OB/GYNs are great for those times when a pregnancy developes medical issues. But in normal, healthy pregnancies, going the medical route is overkill. Using interventions, in my experience, is a slippery slope which has the potential for serious outcomes for both the mother and baby.

After such a horrible birth experience with Nathan, I am actually really looking forward to this one. They do things there the way I’ve instinctively felt birth should be for a long time… I think the difference is going to be night and day and this time, I won’t feel so helpless and unheard but instead strong and empowered.

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Christmas Pictures!

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Well. Time has passed me by. First things first: CHRISTMAS PICTURES!

Nathan had a wonderful, wonderful Christmas. We counted down the days and when the Big Day finally arrived, he was super excited. Unlike the previous years, we didn’t have to split Christmas up into two days due to him becoming overstimulated. He handled it quite well! He got everything from Legos to cars to green army men… and even some fruit. Because yes, my kid loves fruit. So, even though these pictures are a bit late, here’s Nathan enjoying Christmas.

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Yay for presents! Mommy and Daddy stayed up LATE the night before making sure everything was wrapped just so. (By the time this picture was taken, he had already unwrapped most of them that were under the tree.) What was really cute, and he did this on previous Christmases as well, was that when he opened one present, he wanted to go ahead and play with it rather than open more.

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Oh yeah. Some planes. This kid is already causing me anxiety about his teenage years. At the tender age of nearly four, he already loves fast cars, loud music, and fighter jets. He has a nice range of likes and interests from jigsaw puzzles to dinosaurs to trains to cars… My little guy!

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Legos! That’s another thing my son loves. Legos. In fact, when he opened this Lego box, he recited the entire Lego Duplo commercial. I can’t quote it because I can’t remember it verbatim like he can, but he has a steel trap memory. Once when I broke out the Lysol spray to freshen a room, he recited a Lysol commercial he heard. And let me tell you, I always hurry past the beer isle in the grocery store because he starts exclaiming how “refreshing” light beer is. Oy. (I also try to limit his commercial time and put his memory to other more constructive uses rather than memorizing useless information.)

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My sweet, happy little man.

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Enjoying a book after all the festivities.

And, a really sweet video of him opening one of the presents his Grandma and Grandpa got him… a tunnel for his train tracks! I love how Nathan was so excited that he immediately darted off to his room, where we have some train tracks set up, so he could immediately put his tunnel to use.

Gosh I love this kid. He’s my life, my heart, my everything. And it’s really hard to believe that this was his last Christmas as an only child… hard to believe he’s going to be a big brother in May! And, we found out just two or three weeks ago that IT’S A BOY!!!! Yes, we are having another little boy, and we couldn’t be more excited!!

I can’t believe I’m going to be a mommy to two boys!!!

 

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