Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bumpin' the Second Time Around

I know I've already said it quite a few times before, but this pregnancy has gone by so much faster than my first.  While it is a little strange to think that I've actually been pregnant since way back in September (this whole growing a human thing takes a really long time, huh??), time has been flying and I have a feeling the rest of this pregnancy will too!

My first trimester was so similar this time around compared to when I was pregnant with Ellie.  I was exhausted, in bed as early as possible, ate lots of bland foods + had quite a few food aversions.  But other than one episode of actually getting sick (too many baby carrots, who would have guessed?), I just kind of had a constant carsickness feeling for about two months.  It wasn't the most pleasant time, but I really can't complain too much.

I'd say shortly following the halfway mark through this pregnancy is when I noticed things being a little bit different than the first time around.  I'm still always pretty tired, partially due to a toddler who has hit or miss sleeping habits (though they have definitely improved since moving her into her big girl bed), and partially due to the fact that I frequently lay in bed thinking about all the things I could be doing if I wasn't laying in bed.  I really didn't have trouble sleeping when I was pregnant with Ellie, but I remember feeling so uncomfortable all the time.  I'm not saying that I always feel fantastic or anything like that; but generally speaking, I feel a lot better than I did back then.  I think being able to be up and on my feet as opposed to sitting at a desk all day long has a lot to do with that.  It's also helped me gain less weight this time around, which of course is an added bonus.  Seeing the numbers creep up on the scale is arguably my least favorite part about being pregnant, and while I try not to go too crazy in the food department, I definitely have my little toddler tornado to thank for helping me keep the weight gain somewhat under control.. ;)

I'm not one of those ladies who loves being pregnant or feels all kinds of gorgeous carrying around this growing bump, but I've felt a lot more appreciative of it during this pregnancy and am trying to enjoy these last weeks.  I'm so, so curious to see what my labor will be like this time around as my labor with Ellie was not at all what I was expecting it to be.  Mostly, I'm curious to see if Willow will stay put long enough to let me get an epidural (fingers crossed!), but I'm also not going to complain about a quick labor because obviously no one wants that to drag on forever.

As cheesy as it sounds, I cannot wait for the moment I get to meet our baby girl face to face for the first time.   Going into it knowing what that is like makes me approximately ten million times more excited for that experience than I was when I was pregnant with Ellie.  Of course I was excited then, but I had no idea what it would be like when I actually got to hold her, see her, kiss her, smell her sweet little head... 


Seven weeks to go and the countdown is really on.  We cannot wait to meet you, Willow Grey!

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