And sometimes, two and half years later, comes another baby in a baby carriage!
That’s right, I’m pregnant — again! Levi is going to be a big brother, and JB and I can’t wait to fall in love with another baby when we meet him or her in late Feburary.
But we’re also terribly nervous about having to care for a newborn again. Middle of the night feedings seem so far behind us that I don’t even remember now how we survived on such little sleep! (That’s the point, isn’t it? We’re designed to forgot how sick and tired and scared we were so that we’re willing to do it all again: pregnancy, child birth, and the newborn months.)
My intense first trimester hormones were part of the reason why I had such a miserable July and why I’ve been blogging so sporadically this summer. Feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally drained made it so much harder for me to deal with every day work and life stresses. Some days I just shut down completely! Luckily, my family was able to fly to Omaha to help out with Levi and the day-to-day running of things when I was at my worst.
For some women, pregnancy is their happy place. Oh, how I wish that were true for me!
Tomorrow I’ll be 16 weeks pregnant. I don’t have a roundish basketball bump yet, but I’m definitely thicker around the middle. And a bit mushy. I knew I’d look pregnant sooner the second time around, but not being able to fit into my pants as early as 10-12 weeks was slightly devastating nonetheless. I’m pretty sure I could still button my jeans that stage when I was pregnant with Levi!
I’ve already broken into my stash of larger-sized bottoms from my previous postpartum days. Although the scale has barely budged, I’m literally in pants two to three sizes larger than I normally wear. The doctor said this is to be expected, of course; my muscles are stretched out from my first pregnancy. Plus, I’m extremely bloated. I suppose I could start wearing maternity pants now (ooh, comfy elastic waistbands!), but that would feel like giving in too quickly.
While I have no plans to turn Bunny & Dolly into a full-fledged baby blog, I’ll continue to keep you updated throughout my pregnancy. You can expect posts about maternity style, things for baby, and my quickly-growing bump in the months ahead. Also, you should probably follow me on Pinterest, as I’m sure I’ll be pinning lots of mama- and baby-related images there, too!
Thank you all for your love and support!
P.S. – JB chastised me for not including the dog when counting the members of our family, which would make his version of the post title, “And baby makes 5!” Sorry, Briscoe.
(Top photo taken at 15 weeks, ultrasound taken at 12 weeks)