Baby Stuff

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1.) I saw these 2 little onesies at the store the other day, on sale, so I grabbed them up. I realize that I could have just waited another month when I’ll know the sex for sure, but I decided to go for it now. I realized that I tend to think about the baby as it relates to us or Jayce, such as “our second child” or how the baby will make Jayce a big brother, but not really as it’s own entity as much. Does that sound crazy? But when I saw these I thought to myself, “How fun! We’ll have a little sister or brother in the house!” and I wanted to celebrate that a little bit. Thus far I have restrained myself from buying anything brand new for the baby, so this was just a little bit of fun nesting. πŸ™‚

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2.) While Mom and Chelsea were in town we got to work on a few preliminary baby projects. They will probably only come to town 1 more time before the baby arrives (maybe), and depending on when that is I’ll need help with some of the “right before the baby arrives” stuff. Like washing clothes and bedding, painting and decorating the nursery, bringing up and washing various newborn baby gear from the basement (bath tub, swing, bouncer, excersaucer, etc). So this time we did some preliminary stuff, mostly just to get it out of the way. I bought this dresser at a yard sale last summer, so we painted it white and got it all ready for the nursery. We also sorted all of Jayce’s old clothes into the correct bins and labelled them, pulled out all of the neutral baby clothes and set those aside to be washed, and started gutting the contents of my craft room to get it ready for it’s new role, the nursery.

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3.) Our next doctor’s visit will be the fun one, the sonogram to check out the organs, see a sweet little profile and find out the sex! I’m really excited about this! Unfortunately I won’t have it quite as early as I’d like, the day of the visit I’ll be 20 weeks and 6 days, I wish it was a little bit sooner! But it’s still 3 months sooner than we found out with Jayce, so comparatively it does seem pretty early to me. We’ve been waiting to start the name discussions until we know the sex, so getting my lists ready will be just around the corner.

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4.) According to Baby Center.com, our little baby is as big as a bell pepper this week and weighs almost 7 ounces. (Length: 5 1/2 inches, head to bottom.) Our little pepper has been nudging me for a few weeks now. I wish I had noted exactly when it was, but it was during the Christmas travel season craziness, so there are a few things that I let go during that time period. Actually, the first few times that the baby nudged me, I realized that all of those flutters that I had been feeling up until now probably were the baby and not digestion. Whoops. πŸ™‚ But it feels like I am being gently poked, usually around my waistband, which also encouraged me to switch to some looser sweatpants and maternity jeans. I feel like the baby is saying, “Hey, it’s too tight here! Give me some room!” So I might as well oblige this request while I still can.

5.) Regarding the pregnancy, I am now 18 weeks along, almost halfway and I couldn’t be happier about that! To be honest, it’s been rough. I had a rough 1st trimester: I was really sick and always tired, but I knew that was typical and tried to patiently wait for the relief of the 2nd trimester. But it has never arrived. I have had some relief from the nausea but the fatigue is still here, demanding my attention in that “you can’t just ignore me and push through” way that is so different than simply being tired. Despite the fact that I’m eating every 1-1 1/2 hours, I get dizzy and lightheaded pretty easily and even had to have Chris come pick me up from the grocery store once after I started to black out, yikes! I also have had some stuff from late in my pregnancy with Jayce return a bit too early for my preference – sore hips at night and in the morning and uncomfortable pressure on my sciatic nerve. Ugh.

We had a chat with the doctor about these things last week at my check up and got a lot of reassurance. I don’t know why I didn’t know this, but she told me that for most women, every additional pregnancy is harder on your body. I knew that things would be different since I’m home with a toddler all day, but I was just thinking about the fatigue and just didn’t realize that it would take such a toll on me physically and make me so uncomfortable so early, especially since I am still relatively young. (Relatively.) πŸ™‚ But it was really nice to get some reassurance from her, and to discover that even though I’m not as comfortable as I would like to be, this all still falls into the “normal and healthy” category!

So you moms of more than 1 kid, please spill. Was the 2nd (or 3rd) pregnancy better or worse? I’d love some more reassurance to draw from. πŸ™‚

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5 thoughts on “Baby Stuff

  1. Yes, they do get harder each time! I'm 30 weeks with my third right now and maybe it's because I'm older and more out of shape, but this one is the worst!
    I love buying anything that says Little Brother!

  2. Oh, pregnancy. I absolutely love it but in my case it definitely got harder with each one. I didn't really get sick much with Mia or at all with Tyson but I got bigger each time which meant those uncomfortable 3rd trimester things started WAY earlier. I was exhausted the entire pregnancy with Mia. It was pretty crazy. And the more you add the more you have to take care of during the pregnancy and they aren't at all worried about how tired you are! : ) But it is the most amazing thing ever to add a baby to your family and watch them with their older siblings. Oh, gives me chills to think about. I am so excited for you, Chris, & Jayce. Can't wait to hear about what it is! : )

  3. My second pregnancy was better in that I wasn't as sick and I didn't gain as much weight, but I was for sure more tired and got, like you said, all the other negative stuff earlier. Sore hips were the worst!

    But, there were nice things about it too. Knowing what was going on and what was going to happen and what having a newborn was like. I don't know if you were anxious when Jayce was newborn, but I was with Owen. And with Eli, I was much more at ease, having done it before.

    Love those onesies! So cute!

  4. 1. Can't wait to see your crafty and awesome nursery when it is gender completed!
    2. How did you paint your dresser?-I'm going to paint our kitchen rolling cabinet and transform it into more of a buffet looking item and want to make sure I do it right.
    3. Ask your doctor about taking Magnesium supplements before bed. I took them with Lauren and they helped a ton with the sore hips, legs issue in the night.

  5. i'm sorry to hear you didn't get relief from the tiredness in your second trimester! my heartburn is worse/started earlier this time around, but so far i'm lucking out with the rest. we really need a phone date soon to compare notes. i know exactly what you mean about thinking about the baby as it's own entity! when i found out we're having another boy i saw a frame that said "brothers" and almost started to cry in the store and bought it immediatley! πŸ™‚

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