I just don’t understand how I got here so quickly. Everyone says the second pregnancy flies by, and they were absolutely telling the truth. Last time I was pregnant, my free time was filled with Googling, research, asking questions on message boards, registering, and shopping for all the baby stuff I needed. This time around, my free time is spent chasing a very active 2-year old. Coming to work is actually nice because I get to sit still for awhile.
I am still feeling good, but it is still HOT. Hopefully the worst of this heat wave is behind us now. Other than occasional heartburn and hip pain, I’m doing okay. Baby Brother has kicked his activity level up a few notches the past few days. It seems like he never stops moving now. Even at night, if I wake up to use the bathroom, he is rocking and rolling. I enjoy the movement, but he’s getting bigger so it’s kind of starting to hurt.
The more I think about it, the more excited I get about having a newborn again. I loved the newborn stage. Sleep-deprived, nipple-pained, and irritable as I was, I adored my newborn baby boy. I loved holding him, feeling his small weight on my chest whilst getting him to sleep, his weird spastic movements, the hilarious faces, the heartbreakingly adorable sounds he made. I am so excited to have the chance to experience that again. Honestly, I have loved every moment of CJ’s life. I have adored him at every stage. The squirmy newborn, the chubby lump of infant, the jolly crawler, and the fearless toddler. I just love being a mom, and I think I do an okay job at it. He’s growing and healthy, never gets sick, is extremely verbal, and overall just brilliant. I could not ask for a better child. Let’s hope Baby Brother doesn’t turn out to be my hellion. 🙂
“Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after he’s born, he’ll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.
Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It’s normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you’ll be a good parent. But if you can’t shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you’re frequently nervous or anxious.”
Both my children will be lucky if their vision does not get worse than 20/400 over their lifetimes. I have horrible, terrible eyesight and am probably considered legally blind without glasses or contacts, and the Mister has to wear glasses or contacts daily. So they will be ahead of the game even at 20/400. CJ hasn’t shown any signs of vision problems yet, but I’m sure they will appear. I haven’t noticed myself being any clumsier, but it is harder to carry this belly up and down stairs lately. 15 pounds of extra weight hanging from my midsection doesn’t really help matters either. Mood swings are par for the course (just ask my husband, who last night heard me declare “I hate everything and everyone” when one of the dogs wouldn’t get out of my way). I was fortunate to not have any issues with depression with my last pregnancy or following it, but I am aware of the signs and symptoms and will absolutely be looking out for them. I have to take care of me if I’m going to do an adequate job of caring for two children, right?
How Far Along? 30 weeks. Whoa.
Total Weight Gained/Loss? Let’s say 15 pounds.
Maternity Clothes? Oh yes. This belly is large and in charge.
Sleep? Meh. Not great this week.
Best Moment of the Week? Hearing CJ say his new favorite word: unglebrella. You know, that thing you need when it rains outside.
Movement? All the time.
Food Craving? I needed some ice cream yesterday. Now I could take or leave it.
Food aversions? Whatever has previously made me vomit.
Morning sickness? Nope.
Symptoms? Growing belly, heartburn, fatigue.
Labor Signs? None, and hopefully none until September. Stay away!
Belly Button? Getting there.
What I miss? Walking up a flight of stairs without feeling like I’m going to die.
What I’m looking forward to? Finishing Big Brother’s new room.
Milestones? Getting to be pregnant another week.