This is officially only my 2nd pregnancy post on the blog. I am not really one to do weekly updates, (or even monthly updates for that matter) because honestly not that much has changed with me from week-to-week. I know that every week is important for baby, every week something else is growing, developing, etc. (thank you Greg for my weekly BabyCenter update texts), but as far as what is going on with me, it feels the same week after week (minus the nausea, that ended around week 15!) I am a tired, but grateful momma with a growing belly!
The fact that this pregnancy started out very high risk and shocking doctors that it would continue to be a viable pregnancy, set the tone for the entire 9 months. I have learned through our past experience that just because you are pregnant, does not mean that you will automatically have a baby after 9 months. Yes, most women that go through pregnancy end up with a healthy bouncing baby in the end, but my experience (along with reading some really heavy blog posts about woman I’ve never met, losing their babies)helps me to put things into perspective, and I am more thankful than ever,that with each passing week, I am still carrying a healthy baby in my belly.
I could use this space to share every pregnancy symptom I am experiencing, or give you updates about how much weight I have gained (something years from now I never want to remember) or if I have stretch marks or not (which I don’t yet!!), and to be honest, if I didn’t experience what I did, I probably would be giving those kinds of updates. There is nothing wrong with them. But I continue to have a more guarded approach to this pregnancy. I am not constantly worrying that something is/will go wrong (I thought that phase would never end), but the worry is still there. I still have some pretty big hurdles to climb as I progress through my pregnancy. I have about a 25% chance of having preeclampsia again, which scares the crap outta me, but I will start to be monitored more closely as I approach 28 weeks. Fingers crossed.
While this pregnancy has been scary, I want to remember the good moments. I don’t want my child to read the blog someday and think I was more scared than happy. Greg and I could not be happier that we were given the chance to be parents again and have not taken any part of this pregnancy for granted. There are some positive highlights that have happened in the first half of this pregnancy that I do not want to forget.
~ Announcing to family & friends that we were expecting! The cards, texts & emails were exactly what we needed to reassure us that this baby was Our Little Miracle
~One awesome doctor who never stopped praying for us. She was with us when the journey started last fall and ended in February. And she was the first doctor I saw after I was listed as having a viable, “normal” pregnancy. Her words of comfort, compassion and encouragement will never be forgotten. She is bound & determined to be the one on call (out of 6 doctors) in the practice to deliver this baby. I hope so!
~I was shocked at how early I could feel baby moving this time around (12 weeks!)
~Being sick most of the summer, but it having off from school allowed me to nap when Victoria was napping for the 1st time ever. (life-saving!)
~ Dressing Victoria in Big Sister shirts! We had her pictures professionally taken in her Big Sister outfit as a way to announce our pregnancy.
~ Listening to Victoria say, “I’m gonna be a Big Seester!” And when you ask her if it is going to be a boy or a girl? She almost always says GIRL!
~ Shopping for a double stroller! Surprisingly this was fun and we found what we think is the perfect one for us, Check it out!
~Finding out a work friend is due a week after me & we joke about how we could be roommates at the hospital!
~ Working on a nursery AND a Big Girl room at the same time
~Thankful for the creation of Cereal, I have had cereal multiple times a day since the start of this pregnancy.
~ Our 20 week ultrasound, where were fought the urge to find out what we are having, some serious will power was involved!
~My mom being 100% adamant that this baby is a BOY! Already calling him our boy name! (she was right with V so we shall see…)
~ Watching (and recording) Victoria singing “You Are My Sunshine” and her “ABCS” to the baby.
~Watching the various reactions of my students as I returned to work with a baby belly
~ Greg feeling the baby kick for the 1st time this week!
This picture was taken the day we found out we were going to be parents again!
Pregnant at 20 Weeks!