Thank you to everyone for all of the well wishes on my pregnancy!
We are so excited to add another addition to our growing family, and will actually find out in just a few weeks if it’s a boy or girl. I am a little more than 18 weeks along, so this pregnancy is moving along! I’ve found with baby #2 I’ve had less time to think about expecting, documenting the weeks, and posing for bump pictures, but I have pre-written a few posts on my experience so far. I will be sharing those in the next couple weeks!
I did this fun little survey with Jack when I first announced that I was pregnant with him, so I thought I would complete it again this time around. Here is a little Pregnancy 101 on our second baby:
Hair color? dirty blonde
Eye color? green
About the Father
Hair color? blonde
Eye color? blue
About My Pregnancy
When did you find out you were pregnant? Friday, December 23
Was it planned? It was planned, but it also happened faster than expected.Especially when compared to how long it took to be pregnant the first time! We were wanting that 2 to 2 1/2 year difference and the two should be roughly two years minus two week apart. 🙂
What was your first reaction? I was shocked, but I also felt really at ease. I think knowing what to expect and what steps come next makes the second pregnancy a little bit calmer. I knew that I wouldn’t be visiting my doctor until the 7-8 week mark, and I also knew it was important to try and not Google every symptom!
Who was with you when you found out? Jack was with me! We picked up the pregnancy test at Kroger the day before Christmas Eve (it was crazy crowded I might add!) so he was really the first to know! 😉
Who was the first person you told? If one year olds count, then Jack! Ha! Followed by Tim that night. I wanted to wait until Christmas to tell Tim, but I knew I couldn’t last that long.
How did your parents react? I told my parents and my brother at the end of Christmas Eve dinner. They were all confused when I first told them, followed immediately by joy! I premised this announcement with it being an ‘early Christmas gift’ and I think it caught them off guard!
How far along are you? Just over 18 weeks!
What was your first symptom? Same as with Jack – an overwhelming feeling of fatigue and exhaustion.
When is your due date? August 30, 2017
Do you know the sex of the baby? Not yet, but I have my appointment scheduled for just a few weeks from now.
Have you picked out names? We pretty much have our boy name picked out, but as far as girl names we are still deciding. We figure we will put more thought into it once we know if it’s a boy or girl.
How much weight have you gained? At my 17 week appointment I had gained the exact same at that point as I had with Jack, about 7 pounds. However, I am definitely showing much earlier this time and my bump is undeniably bigger at this point than it was with Jack. I am thinking I must be carrying more fluid since obviously the baby is not that big. I am not concerned about it though. I know if I eat healthy with a few treats thrown in for good measure, and try to exercise then it will all even out in the end.
Do you have stretch marks? No! I didn’t really get them with Jack so I’m hoping it stays that way with this babe too.
Have you felt the baby move? I think I have, but I’m not 100% sure if it’s a true baby flutter or just my imagination. I had an anterior placenta with Jack (meaning it’s facing the front of my stomach as opposed to the back) so I didn’t feel him kick or move at all until I was closer to 30 weeks!
Have you heard the heartbeat? Yes! We heard the heartbeat during our ultrasound at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 17 weeks. Most beautiful sound there is!
About the Baby
Home or hospital birth? Hospital
Natural or medicated birth? I’ll be having a scheduled c-section this time, so definitely medicated!
Who will be in the delivery room with you? Just Tim!
Will you breastfeed? I truly hope so! I am also praying with all my heart that breastfeeding is nowhere near as ‘eventful’ as last time! I have already began sharing these concerns with my OB and he is going to do some research and find out if there is a specialist who has dealt with my kind of situation. I can honestly say that I am more nervous / anxious about breastfeeding than I am about giving birth and recovering from a c-section!
Do you think you’ll need a c-section? Yes. I decided to move forward with a scheduled c-section for baby #2. I was given the option to also deliver vaginally, but my first delivery was a little traumatic so I would rather it just be scheduled.
Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time? Yes! Tears of joy!
What’s the first thing you might say to him or her? That I’m so happy that he/she is finally here and that we love he/she so much! I am also so excited to introduce Jack to the baby!
Would you let someone videotape the birth? I definitely don’t want a c-section videotaped, but I had a lot of wonderful pictures taken of my little family right after the delivery while we were still in the OR. I would love to have more of those this time too!
Are you excited or scared about the birth? I am both excited and nervous. It helps knowing what to expect this time, but I also realize that not everything with labor and delivery goes as planned. I will definitely just continue to pray and ask God to take control of mine and baby’s health and safety!