The Difference Between A First Pregnancy And A Second
Sometimes I feel like I have been pregnant FOREVER, and at other times, I cannot believe I only have two weeks left until we meet this baby! I started to have labor and delivery dreams the other night - so I know that it's starting to set in as a reality that this is going to be happening very soon.
With my first pregnancy, it was week 38 when my water broke and my son made an 11 day earlier-than-expected debut. I was beyond thrilled with his early arrival since my first pregnancy was a brutal one for me and my body. For week 34-38, my legs looked like this:
I had edema, which quickly resolved itself nine days after the birth of my son. Thank goodness, because I could barely walk with the above leg condition. I was the person at Costco and Jewel who would use the motorized scooters and people would give me a second glance, most likely questioning if I was using pregnancy as an excuse to cruise. Honestly, it would have taken me 20 minutes to walk to the back of Costco in this state. It was taking me forever just to get anywhere. I no longer had knees. My legs didn't bend!
But my second pregnancy has been totally different from my first. I do not have the edema, which has been a blessing. It's so weird to be "comfortable" and 38 weeks pregnant. I use the word comfortable loosely since clearly, it will be easier to be not pregnant again one day compared to full-blown pregnant, but being able to walk fairly normal has made things easier.
I have scooped up a few cute new pieces to get me through the last few weeks of this pregnancy. Olian Maternity has been my go-to for maternity tops to wear around the office. Being able to still wear regular shoes and maternity pants have been a game changer in my motivation for putting effort into trying to look nice this late in the pregnancy game.
Weight Gain: At 30 weeks, I had gained 24 lbs. At 32 weeks, I was up 27 lbs. At 34 weeks, I was up 30 lbs. At 36 weeks, I was up 32 lbs. At 38 weeks, I am up 35 lbs. This time with my first born, I was up 47 lbs.
Cravings: Darn you, Ice Cream! I have no boundaries and I am consuming it by the pint. In one sitting. This has got to stop!
Baby's Movement: Still lots of kicks and movement. Making sure I know that he or she will be making their debut soon!
Workouts: Still going strong at Barre at 38 weeks. I have still been consistent with three workouts per week. I wish I were incorporating more cardio into my routine, but I'm not and that's that!
Stretch Marks: None yet! Still oiling away! Can't wait to not be a grease monster anymore.
Preparation: We have just a few new things for baby #2. I scooped up a 4Moms Bounceroo, along with a Lalabu Soothe Shirt, Finn And Emma Play Gym, and a new Spectra Breast Pump, to name a few! Working on setting up a small nursery for baby.
Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty well lately! I am constantly reminding myself that soon, no sleep will be had.
Work: I have been doing what I can to wrap up all that I have going on in the office. Leave will go by in a flash, but my need to nest is trickling into the office and is motivating me big time to get everything ready for a hand-off. As of now, I plan to work up until delivery-day, which will allow for the most amount of time home with our new baby once he/she is here.
We are in the process of setting up a micro-nursery for our new arrival. While the house is still under construction, we will need to get creative with our small space for the next several weeks. I definitely have concerns with how well Theo will be able to sleep with a newborn waking up in the same room. We are surely going to have to make adjustments as we go! If I make it another three days, then I will have gone longer with this pregnancy compared to my first. But as we all know, baby will come when he or she is ready!