I've been a bit absent this time around as pregnant life with a 1 year old and a part time job has kept me on my toes! But since I'm full swing in third trimester, I thought it was high time for an update. :)
So, the biggest question I've been asked (besides "how are you feeling?" to which then answer is always HOT. Just too hot. Summer heat waves while pregnant are miserable; there's no way around it.) is "Does this pregnancy feel any different from your last?"
That's a hard one to answer. Yes and no. Mostly no I think. I was so anxious with my last pregnancy. The unknown feelings and questions about what was to come and whether or not I could really do a natural labor and delivery mixed with a cocktail of hormones coursing through me was my constant anxiety companion. This time? I think I had one night that I felt a little anxious. I'm sure I'm still a cocktail of hormones and this baby's delivery could go quite differently from Judah's (which I certainly pray it will!) so there are still unknowns, but I've done this before and honestly, I'm too busy to sit and be anxious. Last time, I was working full-time teaching and stayed busy with that, but my evenings were fairly free, and that was always the time the anxiety was at its height. Now my life is full of Stroller Strides, my delightful 1-year-old, prepping freezer meals, planning a baby shower for my sister-in-law, and of course, the love of my life.
This pregnancy I've craved more sugar, and much to my chagrin was diagnosed with gestational diabetes last week. I was overwhelmed and shocked, because although I do enjoy a sweet treat here and there and didn't cut it out completely like I had with Judah's pregnancy, I eat well 70% of the time and exercise regularly. There is also no family history of GD on my side. I read later when trying to figure it all out that if you get pregnant again within a year of having a baby, there's a higher risk. Who knew? It hasn't turned out to be too terrible to manage. We've meant to eat clean meals full time anyway, and had already started trying to do better about that. I prepped a bunch of Whole 30 freezer meals this past week to use this month and to save for October when baby comes. I'll have one more batch to make next month and then we should be good till I'm back on my feet and ready to cook again. Logging my food intake and seeing my glucose levels four times a day has helped me be more conscious about what I'm eating and more diligent about portion control and saying no to things I shouldn't have. I'm still attempting to balance diabetes (high sugar levels) and my previous hypoglycemia (low sugar levels) as my body tends to bounce back and forth between the two. Timing of meals and snacks is really important, and it's forced me not to be too busy to stop and take care of myself, which is easy to do as a mom!
I'm definitely in the nesting stage of pregnancy! I made baby a mobile, which is probably the only new homemade thing he'll be getting from me aside from some new burp cloths to replace the stained ones. Everything else can be shared from Judah's stash. Let the hand-me-downs begin! lol. I think the freezer meal task was also a nesting thing--one that I meant to do with Judah and never got around to (and I can see why; it's exhausting!). I've done some deep cleaning and rearranging of Judah's room multiple times even though baby#2 won't be sharing a room with him right away. I also organized all the baby clothes better and got a more reasonable storage situation going--complete with labels so I know what age ranges are in the different bins.
We had our babymoon (in Santa Barbara, which was SO wonderful), I've printed my birth plan, started belly sifting, am enrolled in a birth refresher course this weekend, and have baby's first outfit ready to go (zip up pjs--none of this trying to get a newborn into a onesie and pants with a gazillion snaps this time, which will only get him all worked up before getting stuck in a car seat while waiting around for the checkout nurse to finally come half an hour later). I still would like to review my hypnobirthing notes from last time, need to pack my hospital bag, and need to finalize my birthing playlists--more songs this time to cover a longer period of time so we're not repeating the same songs over and over.
Dare I say it? I feel almost ready! I still have two months to go, and I'm praying this baby doesn't come the first week of October because that would complicate work meetings that I need to complete that week. But hopefully he'll be here soon and it'll be a smoother transition than it was last time--with labor, birth, breastfeeding, and sleeping. Can't wait to meet this sweet little one and begin bonding with him outside of the womb!