That's right people, WE'RE PREGNANT! We could not be more excited to welcome baby Graves #2 in March 2014. As before, this came as a little bit of a surprise. Kind of. Remember in sex ed class how they would stress that "withdrawal" is not an effective form of contraception? Apparently that is not just to scare you. We were going to start trying/stop preventing this fall, so our plans were just bumped up a few months. We could not be more excited to be blessed with another baby. I will be 15 weeks on Tuesday, and its true when they say the second pregnancy flies by! It is also true that every pregnancy is different. It is definitely hard to be pregnant, and take care of a toddler at the same time. There are no days of just coming home, and laying around on the couch all afternoon. I have this little human that has needs, and I cannot deprive him because I am tired. We flew right through the first trimester, so I'll give you a few details:
Sick, sick, sick. As I was with Hudson I have been really sick with this baby. I will say, I don't think I have been as sick. I did opt to take Zofran this time around, and when it works it is like a miracle drug. Sometimes it just doesn't kick it. and I have spent a lot of time with my head in the toilet. I don't just get nauseous when I am pregnant, I puke. Once I get started it is non-stop. I have had more afternoon/evening sickness with this baby. It lasted about 15 weeks with Hudson, so I am hoping we are about to turn a corner.
Weight: The sickness is probably the reason I have lost 1 lb so far. Things definitely change quicker the second pregnancy, my pants are already getting tight, and I live in dresses. Unfortunately I am off seasons with this one, so I am going to have to stock up on new maternity wear.
Exhaustion: Surprisingly I have not had the exhaustion I experienced with Hudson. When I was pregnant with Hudson I remember thinking "I don't know how people do this and take care of another child." I think there are two things that play into this: 1. it's mental. As I said before, I don't have the option of laying around all afternoon. I know I have to come home and take care of Hudson. 2. I have been very diligent about working out this time around. I have maintained getting up at 4:30, and going to boot camp 3-4 days a week. It sucks so bad, but it makes me feel SO much better when I work out. There have been some weeks I have slacked off from being sick, but in general I have been very good about working out. I have also been running/walking a lot. Now don't get me wrong. I have spent most of my weekends being lazy/taking naps, and I go to bed at 8 on some nights. Just in general I have not felt as tired this time around.
Food Aversions/Cravings: It is so funny to me that I crave things I don't even like when I'm pregnant. Like pancakes, sausage, and soda. I love water, and typically drink a ton of it,but I am struggling to choke it down. I hardly even drink soda, and I cannot get enough of it. I was actually really good about not drinking caffeine the first 12 weeks, but I started having my 1 cup of coffee in the morning, as soon as that was over. I admire people who go the whole pregnancy without caffeine. I could never do it, and Luke would probably divorce me. As with Hudson I have craved cereal, fruit, and peanut butter.. I cannot get enough apples, and anything that involves them. Thankfully I am pregnant in prime season. The only consistent aversion I have had is meat. Sometimes I will smell something that turns me off, but its comes and goes. I was eating a salad the other day, and I took, a bite of something that turned me off. I only had a few bites, and had to throw it out.
I have had the worst acne with this baby, and I never experienced that with Hudson. I feel like a kid going through puberty.
Sleep: I have had a really hard time falling back asleep after going to the bathroom. With Hudson I could sleep standing up, but I'm having a much harder time with this one.
I think that is about it. I am going to try to be good about doing weekly updates, but I am not making any promises. A lot of people have asked about Hudson, and he has no clue what is going on. I hope he is more aware when it gets closer to time for my due date. Either way, he is going to find out when March rolls around.