First trimester has come and gone, and I'm sitting comfortably in the second (im)patiently waiting for that burst of energy I vaguely remember with my first. I wouldn't say my pregnancy is flying by, it definitely feels faster with a toddler to keep me distracted and busy. However, like any pregnancy there were some highs and lows over the last fourteen weeks. Luckily, this isn't my first rodeo and I was more prepared for what my body could want or need this time around.
I was not surprised by a positive pregnancy test on Mother's Day. My period was over a week late and my temperatures were running a tenths of a degree higher than normal. If that sounds foreign or insignificant to you, I would totally recommend popping over and reading my posts about NFP (Natural Family Planning), which is the method my husband and I use to help avoid or achieve pregnancy depending on our season of life. Josh and I were both thrilled with the news! We knew we wanted a second practically seconds after having our first; our little family was growing!
I had pretty standard first trimester symptoms a few weeks after finding out, including exhaustion, a sensitive stomach, and tender breasts. I'm not normally a nap-taker, but I've been napping alongside the toddler since the end of May and am not looking forward to giving up that rest time come August. With my first, I felt almost guilty wanting to nap. This time around, I have a deeper appreciation for how hard my body is working and am doing my best to listen to my body and give it the rest it is begging for. I think that's my biggest piece of advice for any pregnant folks out there--don't be afraid to nap if you need it! You're literally growing another human being. Rest if you need it!
I wouldn't describe my upset stomach as morning sickness, but I definitely needed to keep something in my stomach for a few weeks to prevent that sour feeling. Coffee did not agree with me at all, so it was much easier to cut out than it had been last time as well. Crackers, fruits, hummus, and a few less healthy options seemed to do the trick getting me through the icky feelings though and by mid-June, it had subsided completely.
I now know better how important exercise is when pregnant to help avoid things like stiff, sore backs and aching calves come third trimester. I've really tried to commit myself to a brisk walk or yoga at least 3-4 times a week. I won't lie... I'm not doing as well as I should. I really enjoy the Yoga with Adrienne channel on YouTube or the DownDog app but other than that, I'm struggling to take care of my exercise needs. I don't mind investing a bit in this, but I don't want to pay for something and then not commit to it. Any tips for someone with a toddler who returns to work in a two short weeks? Drop them in the comments. I need all the help I can get with this!
Although I've already addressed this some, a serious symptom this time around has been anxiety about the baby. God's abundance has really carried me through despite last September's miscarriage and the deep-set fear that accompanied this one because of it. Thankfully, I have a compassionate midwife who understood and helped me get an early ultrasound that me see our little munchkin bopping around.
The last thing I want to mention is that we've already started talking to to our little guy about the baby. The ultrasound is hung up on our fridge and he knows that its the picture our our baby. I encourage him to gentle with my non-existent bump and we snuggle with stuffed animals (called babies or buddies at home). I praise good, gentle behavior with the "babies" and will point out storybook characters who are being good big brothers. Now, this may be a little premature but I firmly believe that toddlers are smart little cookies. I also know that my particular guy is extremely routine-oriented and this baby is going to turn his little world on its head. This is the best way I know of to help prep him for such a big change come "snow-time" when the baby comes.
I think that's all for now, friends. I'm looking forward to that first pop I'll get to feel of Baby moving and finally showing (which took forever last time and I have feeling it will again). Until next time!
Well, if last Sunday was cold and miserable, this Sunday is simply gorgeous. We spent time at the park and are now just relaxing with Curious George and some mint iced green tea that's really satisfying my summer Sonic cravings. I cannot believe that my little guy is counting down to his second birthday in less than a month! The past almost six months, from 18 months on, has been filled with some major ups and a few downs from our little guy.
The talking! Oh my goodness, this kiddo can talk. Yes, no, please, thank you, names of friends and some family members, what different animals say, and our latest, play-dough. Although our conversations are still pretty one-sided, he definitely has thoughts and opinions he does his best to share with us.
We're starting to do activities together more. The aforementioned play-dough is very popular, as is coloring together, and using stickers on our art projects as well. He has lots of fun playing pretend with fake food and feeding it to me or other soft toys in his room. However, books are our definite favorite. Each night, we spend a good 20-30 minutes looking at and reading books together before bed. I often catch him flipping through books on his own too!
Holidays have been a blast as well! Opening Valentines and hunting Easter eggs have been such a treat. So was playing in the snow earlier this winter! I'm looking forward to all the shared summer activities this summer too. Spring experiences like mud puddles, planting our own seeds for a salsa garden, and time at the park have all been time well spent.
We've also had some learning to do... there was a biting phase that still pops up when he is feeling particularly frustrated or overly tired. This was definitely the hardest thing to discipline and manage because it was happening in many different places and for several different reasons. With the help of his wonderful teachers at the ECC, we were able to help him learn that biting was not an acceptable way to show his frustration and as his vocabulary (and use of it) improved, so did the biting! I'm very proud of how well he's done lately using his words when frustrated or upset.
Mass is still a struggle. Honestly, I expect it to be for the next year or so. In my inexperienced opinion, Mass behavior improves as their understanding of the Mass grows. It's hard to expect a toddler to be quiet and calm during the consecration of the Eucharist when he has no idea how beautiful and sacred the moment is. For the time being, we'll keep reading our favorite Easter book, looking through our children's Bibles, and saying "Amen" after prayers to help his young faith grow.
Regardless, being this little man's mom is daily adventure that isn't without its struggles. Its pushed me to do research and really consider what kind of parent I want to be, as well as be very mindful and reflective about what works well for our son. Its really all trial and error at this point, but I can say with confidence our son is funny, friendly little boy who is growing up well!
On a side note, what do you think, should I celebrate my little turkey with a big bash for two years? Or should we keep it simple until he can actually remember the party? I'm torn... let me know in the comments!