I’ve been tummy-smuggling my second baby for 35 weeks now. Would you like to know how it is going? I know I’m kind of jumping into it, as I haven’t done any previous pregnancy-goings-on posts yet. Have I even mentioned I’m pregnant? I think it might have come up once or twice, but only in passing.
In order for any of it to mean much I’ll first do a very quick rundown of my first pregnancy.
- I didn’t particularly want children
- If I had a choice (haha!) I would want a boy
- I did NOT want a girl
- We decided to find out the gender
- I had gestational diabetes (but didn’t need insulin or anything, just controlled my diet)
- I gained 49lbs
- I had the worst back pain through most of it
- I had an unmedicated vaginal delivery
All right, we’re all up-to-date. So let’s start with how this second pregnancy is different (so far):
- I want more children!
- I’m nervous about how difficult a boy will be to handle
- I would be perfectly happy with a second daughter
- We did not find out the gender (although the sealed envelope containing that information is apparently floating around my house, unchaperoned)
- I have Velamentous Cord Insertion
- I’ve gained 30lbs so far
- I have not suffered extra back pain
- I hope to have another unmedicated vaginal delivery
When I was pregnant with Doll I was on the internet every night researching all kinds of pregnancy/birth/parenting things (that was when I first discovered Pinterest!). This time, just about the only thing I have Googled is the Velamentous Cord Insertion.
I have only the usual amount of back pain that I always have (thanks to a car accident in 2007) and have not had need of my special slippers that my Dad bought for me the first time (because I could not bear to be on my feet AT ALL without something on). My back only hurts when I go to bed and when I’m (attepting to) relax on the couch. Go figure. My two rest times of the day.
If I had to guess, I might say that my back just kind of got used to carrying weight around. You know, because Doll’s favourite place is my arms. Especially when I’m going up and down the stairs 4-6 times per day (no word of a lie) just to do laundry. Thanks, cloth diapers.
I was (pleasantly) surprised that I did not have gestational diabetes this time. I assumed it was something that if you had it once, you’ll have it every time. Don’t get me wrong, I liked eating so healthy the first time. But not being allowed any sugar makes it painfully obvious just how addictive sugar is.
Not to mention that I would almost not be able to eat at all if I couldn’t have sugar again because I spend so much time with Doll. I just don’t have time to dedicate to preparing healthy sugar-free snacks and meals.
I’m really glad we didn’t find out the gender. My doctor gave it to me in an envelope, in case we changed our minds. But we haven’t and I really don’t know where that envelope has gotten to. Of course, picking a name is more diffictul now. Not to mention middle names. But it’s worth it 🙂
Due to the Velamentous thing, my doctor plans to induce me a week early. Or so. We haven’t set a date yet. So besides the fact it will actually be a scheduled induction, it’ll be about the same as with Doll (with her my water broke but labour didn’t start so I was induced).
I was soooooo looking forward to nesting (I didn’t nest at all with Doll) but now I have to find ways to redirect my nesting because as it turns out, we will have to move one month after the birth. So instead of getting things ready for baby, I’m getting ready to move. With a newborn. Should be fun!
Overall, this pregnancy has been incredibly easy so far. No morning-sickness (didn’t have it the first time, either), no cankles (yet – fingers crossed!), no diabetes, no extra back pain, not even any weird food cravings (which is actually a little disappointing).
Literally my only complaints are a stuffy nose (which does suck, don’t get me wrong, but there are far worse things), momming a 20month old while carrying 30 extra pounds, and … um… I’m sure there’s something else … hmm, perhaps I’ll have to get back to you.
Don’t hate me!
How were you doing at 35 weeks? How is your pregnancy progressing? I want to hear all about it!