Waiting for Baby #2

I figured I would do a quick post on pregnancy number 2. I’m not one for taking monthly “bump” pictures or recording all the details of my pregnancy, but I figured I’d post a few things. We are less than three weeks from baby girl’s due date. My mom gets here a week from today and will stay with us for a month.

This pregnancy has been very different than my first. Thankfully both have been low-risk with no complications. The side effects of pregnancy are what have been different. The first time around, I got severe headaches during the first trimester. This time, I rarely got a headache, although I felt more nauseous during the first trimester. During my third trimester with David, I would wake up with painful leg cramps in the middle of the night. This time, that has only happened once. I did increase my potassium intake this time around to help combat that side effect, which wasn’t a problem since I love bananas! During the third trimester of this pregnancy, the funny side effect I’m experiencing is a near constant tingling of the fingertips of my right hand. Thankfully, it’s not painful and very manageable.

We’re excited for baby girl to arrive. We’ve switched David to his new bedroom, and added some pink touches to the nursery. I’m waiting for a new floor lamp to arrive, and once that does, I’ll take some pictures and post them up. The preparation this time around has been loads easier since we just had a baby 16 months ago. We even have leftover newborn diapers from last time haha.

Truthfully, I think I’m more excited than I was last time. I didn’t really know what to expect when David was born, and I think I felt more anxious. I didn’t know what it would be like to be a mom. Now that I am a mom and get to have a front-row seat watching David grow and develop, I’m excited to experience this again and watch the two of them grow together. David brings so much joy to our lives, and I look forward to that joy increasing.

I did take one bump picture when I was nearly 7 months, just so I’d have it.


A Post on Pregnancy

I haven’t posted much about my pregnancy because I don’t want to be an “over-sharer.” I decided to write one post on what I’ve experienced thus far for my own personal remembrance.

I found this picture on my phone on Sunday, and I said to John, “This picture pretty much sums up my first trimester.” I felt overly tired, got headaches nearly everyday, and had an underlying sense of nauseousness in the evenings. Consequently, things like folding laundry, that I normally stay on top of, fell to the wayside. I remember this evening well. John was out of town and I ended up talking to my mom on the phone so I could focus on something more enjoyable as I folded a couple weeks worth of laundry.


The second trimester was great. I didn’t feel nauseous or sick except for maybe just one or two days. I’ve now officially entered the third trimester. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve started feeling more tired but otherwise I’ve been feeling good.

People often ask me if I have any cravings. And truthfully, I think the answer is no. Practically every day I think to myself, “I would love a donut or cupcake.” But I pretty much felt that way every day before becoming pregnant haha. There was one week that I really, really wanted root beer. So I ended up picking up a pack of diet IBC and drank three in three days. I don’t drink soda very often, so that was a unique week. That was the closet feeling I’ve had to a craving.

So far (aside from a couple night’s ago) I haven’t had too much trouble sleeping, but I recognize that could change in the third trimester. I’ve often heard that people have trouble sleeping because their baby moves so much during the night and keeps them awake and/or because they feel uncomfortable. If my baby is moving at night, he doesn’t wake me. I can feel him move during the day, especially right after I eat.

I’ve made a concerted effort to walk for at least 30 minutes every day. I enjoy my walks and hope to be able to keep actively walking throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I can definitely tell my lungs have less room because I become more winded a lot more easily. The evening sky was especially beautiful last week one evening, so I snapped a picture of our house before heading inside.


I have also really enjoyed getting the nursery ready. We haven’t put together the crib yet, but I have purchased curtains and hung decorations on the walls. I am grateful we moved into our new home last December and that we’re not in the process of moving now. I did my first load of baby laundry a couple of weeks ago. That made me feel excited for all that lies ahead.

I took my first, and most likely only, “bump” picture for a friend who requested it. As you can tell by my face, taking this type of selfie makes me feel a bit awkward haha. But I figured I’d post it on my blog so that I can have a record of it. I can’t believe it’s now August. I’m sure October (and the baby!) will be here before I know it.