Mommyhood Times Two

For me, being pregnant is one of the best feelings in the world. I loved every minute of my pregnancy with Meyer and so far am loving every minute of my second pregnancy as well. And this time around, I know what to expect at the end (pain wise) so I am not as anxious as I was the first time. But there are still all kinds of emotions circling through my head. I’m in my second trimester. I’m on baby number two. I have a soon to be two-year old. There are so many twos happening right now! Am I going to remember everything about having a newborn? How am I going to balance my life with two little ones? And most importantly how am I going to love the new baby as much as I love Meyer? My friend defined that question for me…It’s not like you have to sacrifice other things in your life to make room for that love, or diminish any love you have for your first-born, your ‘jar’ of love just gets bigger and you have more love to give. Bingo! That was the answer that I needed to calm any nerves I had about baby number two…

And now to the physical attributes of pregnancy. I am now starting to show my baby bump after the many weeks of waking up and saying, ‘”wow, my stomach is still flat!” But I am in that awkward stage where people look at me thinking “is she expecting or did she just splurge on too many donuts?” I have to constantly rub my tummy or walk with one hand on top of it so that people know that I am carrying a baby, not a few extra Double Doubles in my gut. I am almost to the point of the maternity pants stage but as of now, I can get away with just wearing the waist extender in my own pants or leaving the top button undone. Hail to stretch pants!  But the one thing that I am struggling with (I did with Meyer too) are the constant nose bleeds…I mean, come on!

When I was pregnant with Meyer, I took a weekly photo of my bump chronicling the week by week progress. Do you think I did so with the second one? Nope! Have you seen those commercials when the mom cleans everything the first-born touches and then just wipes off the second child’s pacifier on her shirt after it falls on the ground? Yup, those stereotypes are already ringing true. So I figured I would try to take a few nice pictures of Meyer and I, featuring the baby bump. But most of them turned into awkward shots of her trying to kiss my belly while laughing or me telling her over and over again to just come here for a minute or to JUST STOP MOVING!….Oh the bribes you use while doing a photo shoot! At least I got a few that showcased our mother daughter bond and the love that she has for her new brother or sister (so far).

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