Pregnancy is tough, and being pregnant with a brand new 1 year old is tough in its own ways.
While I was pregnant with Elizabeth I gained 43 lbs over all, and only lost 10 lbs upon leaving the hospital (7 lbs 11 oz baby). At 33 weeks pregnant I had gained 30 lbs and was spending 2 and a half hours in the car everyday in order to receive my pet grooming certification. Now, just 15 months later, I’m 33 weeks pregnant with baby #2 but have only gained 15 lbs, awesome! I’m not sitting in a car for 2.5 hours, nor am I wrestling and grooming dogs all day. However I am being challenged in another way. I’m bending over double in order to reach my 20 lbs of temper tantrums/sleepy cuddles/bonked and bruised from learning to walk bundle of joy. I don’t think I ever tried to bend over when I was this pregnant last year! haha
I’m carrying what I hope to be another great baby, but for all I know this one could be the most challenging thing ever. This baby pushes out so hard on the front of my stomach that I have to sometimes push back in with my hand a little because the stinging sharp pains are so severe. With my last pregnancy I never experienced painful baby-motions because I had an anterior placenta which “protected” me from those evil-baby movements.
I’m not nearly as prepared, or prepared at all, for this baby to arrive. I don’t have a hospital bag packed, I don’t even have a nursery set up, nor do I even own a crib for this baby yet. I’m aware that this baby will be sleeping in the same bassinet Elizabeth slept in, at least for a handful of months, I know that realistically all I need to bring to the hospital with me can be grabbed on the way out the door, be retrieved by a friend as needed, or simply be borrowed from the hospital, and I know that whether I’m prepared or not, all will go as it is meant to.
Mentally I’ve found it’s best not to prepare at all, to expect the worst and hope for the best. How did your second pregnancy, labor, and delivery differ from your first? How similar were your little ones when they were newborns and infants? ❤