Today I am officially 19 weeks pregnant. Which, essentially means I’m almost halfway done! I honestly can’t believe it; this pregnancy has FLOWN by!
My pregnancy with Huff the Tot was so exciting! Everyday I couldn’t wait to see what new stage I’d hit or what fruit my pregnancy app would compare Hermione to. This go around, though, its such a different story.
Here are a few ways your second pregnancy differs from your first:
First Pregnancy: You document EVERYTHING.
Dear Journal: Today I did six loads of laundry, mopped the floors, cleaned the bathroom, and had time to make dinner. This pregnancy thing is a breeze! I just know I’ll be able to keep this momentum after the baby is born. After all, everyone says the baby sleeps ALL the time!
Second Pregnancy: “Has anyone seen my pen?”
When you’re simultaneously chasing a two-year old and trying not to drop grocery bags, your mind has little space for focusing on what’s going on inside your body. Except when you’re hungry.
First Pregnancy: You Workout.
During my first pregnancy, I worked out about 3-5 times a week throughout my entire pregnancy. Because, you know, I actually had the time. Plus, I was terrified of it taking me forever to heal and I knew I had signed up for a marathon just 7 months after Hermione was born.
Second Pregnancy: “Workout? What’s that?”
I still try to workout as much as I can. But I’m not attacking it with the same ferocity as I did during my first pregnancy. Plus, I count lifting my kid and chasing her around Target as “working out”.
First Pregnancy: “I need to make sure I get the recommended amount of fiber, folate, calcium, and biotin at every meal and snack.”
I logged every piece of food that passed my lips during my pregnancy with HtT. I made sure that every meal had a lean protein, a complex carb, and some fiber.
Second Pregnancy: “Yeah, I’d like a number five with waffle fries, please.”
If I get the chance to eat anything hot, I’ll eat it. Even if its covered in cheese and bacon. Mmm…bacon…
First Pregnancy: “Do you have any decaffeinated beverages? Oh, never mind, I’ll just have water.”
Those nine months Hermione was camped out in utero, I had water, decaf coffee, or…well, water. (I won’t lie; that last trimester I had to fight to stay awake at work. So I’d drink a can of Diet Dr. Pepper…and then feel SUPER guilty about it.)
Second Pregnancy: “Where’s the nearest Starbucks?”
I’m telling ya, when you’ve got a toddler to care for, a house to keep standing, and other responsibilities, sleep is pretty much non-existent. You’ve got to re-charge as best you can.
Each pregnancy is different and comes with its own unique joys and challenges. But, the one thing I can say that has stayed consistent is that I still have no idea what I’m doing.
You just have to get up everyday and tell yourself, “Alright, let’s do this thang!” and try to be the best you can be!
Have you noticed any differences in your pregnancies? Any similarities? Share in the comments below!