I am finding it hard to believe that I’m already 24 weeks pregnant with Baby #2! When did that happen? I feel like I am always saying this, but time sure is flying.
Over the past 24 weeks, I’ve noticed some real differences in how I feel about pregnancy, my worries this time versus last time, the physical side of things, etc. I wasn’t really prepared for how different this pregnancy would be! That’s not necessarily a bad thing either because there are definitely some great things about this change too. I know many of my readers have more than one child, so I’m interested to see if all of you felt the same way too!
Holy crap did I ever pop early this time! My belly wasted no time letting the world know that I am expecting again and even my belly button wanted attention and popped out within a few weeks. It was much harder for me to keep my pregnancy a secret in the early weeks this time because I am built quite small so the little bump was quite obvious very early on. Since my body had been to this rodeo before, it knew what to do, and got there in a hurry!
When I was pregnant for Ben, I was sick as a dog nearly every day for 20 weeks or so. Thankfully that wasn’t the case this time because I don’t know how I would have survived being violently ill while trying to tend to the needs of a busy toddler who doesn’t understand why Mommy is laying on the bathroom floor! This pregnancy, my worst symptom was fatigue and even that hasn’t been as awful as it could be. I’m actually feeling pretty damn good, maybe due to my Shaklee prenatal regime or just luck but I won’t argue either way!
The excitement and anticipation is definitely still around this time, but it’s taken on a different form. For Ben, everything was pretty scary! It was very exciting of course, but a nervous excitement! The fear of the unknown was a huge factor and everything was new. Every bodily change related to pregnancy was worrying, the daunting thought of labour and childbirth, the terrifying realization that we would be instantly responsible for the life of another human was a huge and ongoing topic of conversation in our house. I had all of the apps on my phone, all of the books were on my nightstand, and I checked every single day to see what changes were occurring in my uterus and how big the baby was at any point in the pregnancy.
This pregnancy there is still excited anticipation but it’s very different. There are still the maternal worries, because what mother doesn’t worry about the well-being of her unborn child? But instead of worrying about labour and childbirth, I know what those are like and know that this baby’s birth will probably be much calmer and quite possibly, scheduled. I feel more excited for the end result because I know how wonderful it is to hold that sweet little newborn bundle in my arms. I know how beautiful it is to bond with a new baby and drink in the delicious smell. I’m so excited to have that again and I’m excited to see Ben’s reaction to his new brother!
I don’t have those first time mom worries. I don’t check the apps and I haven’t read the books again because I just did not very long ago. I’m just excited! Of course my nerves creep in and I hope that this time, my newest son’s birth will be less dramatic than his brother’s but I know that whatever happens, it won’t be another 60+ hour labour ending in an emergency c-section, and for that I am grateful!
What differences did you feel between your first and subsequent pregnancies? I’d love to hear from other mamas!
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