1) We're Pregnant!
2) Almost Done Being Pregnant!
3) Not Pregnant Any More!
Versus the every-four-weeks updates I wrote when I was pregnant with Connor. #secondchild
|McBaby Number Two showing off his muscles|
For the most part, the main difference between this pregnancy and my first at this same point is that I'm bigger. That's normal for the belly with subsequent pregnancies, but I also started off heavier and have gained more weight. Ugh. Contrary to what Hollywood would have you believe, chasing a toddler isn't equal to six days of high intensity cardio at the gym every week, especially when there is a desk job involved for the majority of your waking hours.
I have my glucose test next week so hopefully I pass that with flying colors and don't have to worry about watching my carb intake with an eagle eye during the remaining three months. It's bad enough giving up wine, but to give up chips, chocolate, and crackers, too? Oh the sacrifice!
I'm still taking my boot camp and PHX (Power Hour Extreme) classes two to three times a week depending on the McHusband's schedule. I even ran on the indoor track a couple Saturdays ago. I'm modifying where I need to (no more crunches, less jumping) but trying to keep it up as long as I can. I also get in at least two to three walks a week with Monte, which he desperately needs every day and meets the minimum daily requirement for me in general. There are so many benefits of an active pregnancy for both me and the baby and I try to remind myself of that on nights when I really don't feel like doing anything more than plopping down on the couch. But if I can just make myself put my tennis shoes on and grab Monte's leash, we both feel much better 20 minutes later.
A related-to-the-baby aside: Connor transitioned to a twin bed back in December and he did so without any trouble at all. He was happy as a clam to give up his crib and let us move it across the hall to the baby's room.
An unrelated aside: Connor is potty-trained and has been for several months now. He only wears a diaper at night and has woken up once dry and several times not very wet. The McHusband and I are both fine with him staying in diapers overnight for a while, but I think we're both just hoping he'll start having more and more dry diapers and we can go cold turkey on the diapers even if it means doing a sheet change once in a while.
|You are lucky I cropped this photo...|
Okay, back to McBaby Number Two and his room. It has a crib in it so technically it's ready for him? I have plans for the walls - a combo of green paint and white shiplap (Thanks, Joanna!) - and I've bought the paint, I just haven't actually moved forward on any of those plans yet. Maybe this weekend... The day I had Connor, I was up and down the ladder putting some finishing touches on his room so if McBaby Number Two's room takes me until his due date or beyond, that's just par for the course.
McBaby Number Two is a wiggle worm and apparently I'm feeling him more than Connor because my placenta is behind him. With Connor, I felt his hiccups all the time but didn't feel such specific movement like I do with this little guy. It's cool but also kind of annoying especially when he's just starting to party at 9:30 and I'm trying my best to be fast asleep.
Oh, speaking of sleep! Luckily I don't wake up to pee all night long, but I do wake up often and almost always between 2 and 3. Most of the time, I can fall back to sleep fairly easily, but it's no wonder I'm so tired every night; I can't seem to get a long stretch of zzz's to save my life.
To answer some of the questions that were on my posts before:
1) My rings still fit.
2) My belly button is still an innie although it's definitely not as deep as before.
3) Connor and I bought some short-sleeved onesies this weekend since this baby will come in warm weather compared to Connor's February arrival. Otherwise, I hope to reuse most of Connor's wardrobe.
I know some of you are thinking, "All of this is very interesting and all, but what does Chinese astrology say about McBaby Number Two?!" You weren't? Oh. Well, I bet you're curious now, aren't you? :) Here's what I found on Mom.me:
"According to Chinese folklore, every animal and element combination has specific traits. Fire rooster babies, for example, will be hardworking and trustworthy, with a strong sense of responsibility. They usually find success in numerous career paths.
"You can expect your child to be better in the field of business, and that's how he will express his creativity," said astrologer Joey Yap. "And that's why people in the olden days predicted that those born in the year of the fire rooster would be wealthy, because they're hardworking and knowledgeable in business. In terms of weaknesses, however, they tend to be blunt and sharp when they speak."
So I guess you could say McBaby Number Two is my retirement plan.
All in all, I'm feeling pretty good and I am grateful for a healthy pregnancy (especially at my advanced maternal age of 37 and 3/4 years old) and a seemingly healthy baby who is a little wiggle worm. And now, if you'll excuse me, it's closing in on 9:00 and that's my bedtime most nights. #partyanimal
PS Don't mark your calendars or anything, but I hope to write an update on Connor around his birthday in a couple weeks. Two posts in one month, what has gotten into me?!