Hi Friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve been active on our blog; I’m sorry I’ve been MIA! As most of you may know by now, we have been blessed with Baby Number 2 on the way! We are so grateful to be given this beautiful gift again, as we know how great of a blessing this is. Thank you all for your kind words and congratulations; this baby is so loved already!
Adam and I had slowly decided over the summer that we wanted to add to our family. Even though we were certain we wanted to grow our family, we were unsure of the “when.” We finally decided to start trying for a second baby at the end of the summer/early Fall, but then changed our minds to the end of the year. After prayer and much indecisiveness, I had noticed that I was a couple days late (which is not the norm for me). I have taken so many pregnancy tests in my adult life that I really just wanted to see how things played out. The night before getting a pregnancy test, I poured myself a glass of wine before bed. As I took a few sips, something just didn’t feel right about finishing it so I poured it out. (I know, wasted wine!)
Adam went to work the next morning and I told him I would take a test within the next day or so. What I didn’t tell him was that I went out first thing that morning and bought one, along with some donuts for Riley and I. No shame. When I got home I did my thing and watched the test turn into an immediate, bold positive. I wasn’t surprised because I knew in my heart I had been pregnant, but was so thrilled! Riley and I went out and bought a big sister book and taped the positive test inside to surprise Adam with when he got home. My plan was to have Riley bring him the book, but she was crabby and cried instead. Toddlers, man. He read the title and it didn’t quite sink in until he saw the pregnancy test. He was so happy! I didn’t know that growing our family would be such an emotional occasion, but we are truly so excited! (and terrified)
Boy people are right when they say every pregnancy is different, because this one is giving me a run for my money. I have been exhausted and nauseated since week 5, and am still battling morning sickness now. Being pregnant with a toddler is no joke; I have to not only keep a tiny human alive, but keep up a decent amount of energy in order to do so. I was feeling so defeated from morning sickness that at around 8 weeks, I started taking Diclegis. (More about that here) It’s a Class A morning sickness medication that DRAMATICALLY helped with my nausea and vomiting. (Not sponsored- just a personal lifesaver!) I’ve basically been living off of samples that my midwife gave me because I’d have to pay $350 for a month supply. I’ll keep throwing up, thank you. With all of that being said, I am so grateful to be feeling these symptoms, as I know it’s a sign of our sweet baby thriving inside me. With every wave of nausea, I’m comforted in knowing that I’m still pregnant!
With this pregnancy I feel 1 million percent more low-key and relaxed than I did with my first. Although I feel like crap, I’m trying to just go with the flow and not read into every twinge of pain. I’m growing a human; it’s not always going to be comfortable.
I’m also having a hard time wrapping my mind around having another little one in our house. I know that my love will grow and my heart will explode with love for both of my children, it’s just difficult not to feel sad for my first babe. How will she react? Will she be jealous? I know Riley will only just be 2 when baby comes, but I ache at the thought of her not feeling all of my love. I am happy that she will be so young when getting a sibling, as that will just become the norm for her. So for now, I’ll just keep researching double strollers and trying not to freak out.
Seasoned Mama’s, what advice do you have to help adjust your child to a new baby? How do you stay energized & motivated during pregnancy?