-This week marks the 29th week of pregnancy. I’m starting to get aches and pains — familiar ones — and I am taken back to 2 years ago when I was pregnant with Logan. One thing this pregnancy though — varicose veins. I only have a couple but oh my goodness I’ve never had to deal with them before! They’re a little sore, and I just try to ignore them. Apparently, walking around to get circulation going is key. That and definitely sleeping on my left side. Otherwise, pregnancy has been uneventful. Passed my glucose test a couple of weeks ago and was told I’m borderline anemic (same as when I was pregnant with Logan). I’ve also been getting Braxton Hicks contractions, something that I don’t think I ever got last time. When my midwife was checking to see where the baby’s head was, my belly got really hard! I have them randomly but she assured me that it’s normal, as long as they don’t become frequent and painful, much like real contractions.
-Our Hawaii vacation was WONDERFUL. We loved every minute of it. Logan loved the water, and the sand, and just being with Mama and Daddy all day everyday. Unfortunately, the trip was overshadowed by chicken pox! The week after we got back, I noticed that Logan had some blistery bumps and I just knew. Got her checked by a pediatrician just to make sure and, yup, chicken pox. We spent the next week making sure she is comfy and keeping her home. She went back to daycare last week and has been doing wonderful. Her spots are mostly gone. It was so horrible to see her miserable though — uncomfortable, itchy, tired, etc etc. I am so happy to be over that.
-Currently trying to figure out her 2nd birthday party details. Wow. I don’t think it’ll be as big as last time but I definitely want a celebration. I’ll be about 38 weeks along for her party so I know I can’t do the same thing I did last year. But wow — 2 years! I love this age but I am constantly negotiating and preempting her thoughts and actions. It is exhausting! But she is wonderful and I’m trying to enjoy the last weeks of her being my only child.
-Preparing for baby girl #2 has been nonexistent. It’s funny how that works. But I have all the clothes, and all the things, and all the love, so what else could she really need? I have a quasi-registry started but that’s just for my reference (it’s actually just a wishlist on Amazon) so when I think of something we may need, I just add it real quick (like gas drops, newborn disposables, etc). I’m so excited but CANNOT even imagine life with 2 right now. I know things will work out though — they always do. And 2 should be easy — all of my neighbors have 3-4 kids and they are surviving! :)
So, yes, it’s been a busy few weeks but I’m glad that things are getting back to normal!
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Yesterday I met with the midwife who helped me deliver Logan. I didn’t really know what to expect since the first and only encounter we’ve ever had I was in the throes of labor and my memory of her was shaped by the circumstance that we were in. I knew I loved her though — I remember her positivity, her outstanding support in the most primal, most painful, most mind-blowing time of my life. Meeting her again yesterday, 19mos later, well, it was wonderful. I love her more! I’m hoping to get her again this July when this baby comes. Chances are high because she loves to be in the hospital and is only in clinic a few days a month. Crossing my fingers :)
I’m 16 weeks along (already?!). Things are going well — I think I may be starting to feel some movement although they are very sporadic. I’m starting to show and everybody pretty much knows that I am pregnant. I’ve had a sinus thing all week though and the headaches are killing me. Other than that, I can’t complain. Nausea is pretty much gone and I’m not as exhausted as I was a month or 2 ago. We find out what we’re having 18 days (!!) and I can start either going through our bins and bins of Logan’s clothing to pick the best of the best or I get to shop for a little boy. We’ll know soon enough!
Getting really excited about this baby. Spring is coming, and to me that means that we can start preparing. I can actually put a room together this time since we’re in our house, whereas with Logan I couldn’t do that because we knew we were moving soon after she came. It still hasn’t hit me that by this summer we’ll have 2 kids — it’s crazy to think about. But I’m sure we’ll be just fine. (right?)
Hope you ladies are doing wonderful!
When Logan was 5 months old or so, I returned to work part-time (3 days a week). It was the hardest, most painful decision I had made at that point of motherhood. Actually, now that I think about it, no other decision I’ve made thus far even compares. I was set to go back to work in November and didn’t even consider our childcare provider options until October. I guess I was in denial. Joe and I looked at our finances to see if we could make it work and realized that we could, but it would be tight. So I told myself that I would just try working again and see how it went, and if Logan and I were absolutely miserable, I would quit and stay home. I also made Joe promise me that I can stay home once we had another baby.
Logan’s first few weeks were rocky. She didn’t want to take the bottle so they were feeding her with a medicine dropper for a couple of days, she caught ALL THE GERMS and was sick, snotty, and miserable for weeks. But then after that, well, she did wonderful. I love the teachers, the rest of the staff, and all the activities that they have for the kids. As Logan became more aware of the people and became more familiar with them, she loved going. She can point to each and every child in her class when I ask them where they are. She looks forward to seeing her friends and playing with them and gives them hugs and kisses when we leave. I was worried that I wouldn’t be the first person to see her crawl, or walk, but the thing is, that hardly mattered because every single day when I pick her up, I still feel like I am the most special person in her life and she is so excited to see me. What was a painfully difficult decision a year or so ago has turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made in parenting thus far.
So, now with baby #2 coming, we had to revisit our original plan. Will I stay home? Should I go back to work? And, to my surprise, I leaned towards going back to work. I don’t want to take Logan out of daycare now that she is starting to build relationships and make friends. So we will try it again and see how it goes. Staying home is still an option but this time, it wasn’t as heart-wrenching of a decision as it was last time. But then again, this could still change. Who knows how I’ll feel when this baby is out and a few months old and I’m getting ready to go back to work again? :)