A few people have asked me how the second pregnancy compared to the first. And, likewise, how the second baby has compared to the first. Tim and I are amazed every day at how different each child is.
Pregnancy. It was much harder on me physically the second time around. And I don't know if that's because of my age or just a precursor to Lucy's acid reflux issues. I had the same bouts of all-day sickness and aversion to water. But the nausea was much more...productive this time around. I didn't ever have to pull over the car during any of my hour long commutes, but there was at least one morning when I had to run to the side of the house and revisit the blueberry Special K I'd had that morning. Hello, Neighbors!
So, yes, I had issues with water until well into my second trimester. And I tried everything this time. Those little Crystal Lite packets were too sweet. The addition of lime only helped occasionally. The best I could do was straight up Koolaid mix. Not the tubs because that already had sugar, but a little of the packet added to each glass. It needed to be more sour than sweet. My doctor was baffled by it as well. Weird pregnancy issues: One; Me: zero.
There was also the aversion to corn and corn products, again. Just the thought of having Fritos made me green. And add to that the aversion to potatoes. I mean, what sane person doesn't want to eat mashed potatoes?
The only cravings I really remember were McDonald's french fries and a strawberry shake (thanks, Mom) and a chopped beef barbeque sandwich - and I mean a gas station barbeque sandwich. Oh, and beer. Beer. Beer. Beer. So I'd sneak a swig of Tim's occasionally. Yep, I'll own it.
I had the same general hip and pelvic pain that required me to sleep with a pillow between my knees. And walking 30 minutes a few times a week would improve the pain - although it was generally worse while I was walking.
The belly showed up earlier this time around. Probably by about 2 months. And I remember thinking that you are supposed to "show" earlier in subsequent pregnancies. But then there was the realization at about a month later when I really started to show that the "bump" that had been there for a while was really just belly fat. Woohoo!
I felt movements earlier this time around. Mostly because I knew what to feel for. There was one night pretty early on that I was sitting on the floor and bent forward at the waist. The baby kind of jerked to let me know I was squishing her. That really surprised me because it was way before I should have been able to feel anything. But what other explanation is there? Okay, maybe gas, but my version is much more endearing so I'm sticking to it.
I was also much more relaxed about the whole thing. Toward the end I got a little freaked out because I was afraid I hadn't prepared enough. I still feel that way to some extent. Starting solids is freaking me out because it's about two months earlier than we started them with Ainsley and I think I did a lot more research then to figure out what, when and how much. I feel like I'm winging it this time. Poor Lucy.
I think that's all. A little bit about second babies - or, at least, our second baby - coming up. And a six month recap...in pictures!