Thursday, May 11, 2006

Experience Does Not Make All-Knowing

I am now 18 weeks along in my pregnancy and FINALLY over the daily nausea and yelling at the porcelain bowl.

I guess I thought being pregnant the second time would be a piece of cake. Everyone said I wouldn't be sick. Okay. I was just sick-er.

Everyone said I'd have bundles of energy during the second trimester, commonly known as the "honeymoon phase." I still require the same two hour nap with Isabella every day and 8:30pm can't get here quick enough.

There are, however, a few things different.

I am already feeling the Braxton Hicks. To most seasoned breeders, this would not come as a shock. It sure as heck did to me! I frantically emailed my sister about it (knowing she was already perched in front of the screen for the evening) and at the same time Googled all I could about this surprising turn of events. Seems that around 17 weeks, it is normal to feel the false contractions, as long as I get no more than 4 in an hour. So I lay in bed till about midnight, waiting as each hour passed to see if I felt any more than the two I'd felt three hours prior.

My back and hips ache sooner than with Bella. I've only gained 2 lbs, having puked off 7 lbs in the previous trimester, but I'm sporting a nice little soccer ball. It has always weirded me out, however, that when I lay flat, the soccer ball disappears and I'm not so sure it doesn't all slide to the back.

In all, I feel great, but it has been interesting to compare this pregnancy with my first one. I definitely don't have time to obsess about it every moment this time around. I even forget how many weeks along I am! For now, we're focused on May 24, when our little peapod will hopefully be in the mood to show his/her wares so the name game can narrow down a bit.


Amanda said...

i wonder if the woman who has had 17 kids is still amazed at her body during pregnancy. mabye it is just a way of life for her. can you imagine her supply of maternity clothes?!

Jennboree said...

I imagine if a woman has had 17 kids, she could practically shake the baby out on the due date.

Ha! Warped, disgusting visual. But funny!

Anonymous said...

okay, i'm not a parent, so i don't know these things, so don't laugh so hard that dr. pepper starts spewing out your nose. HOWEVER: is that a picture of your baby?

Jennboree said...

No, that's just a pic from best site for baby stuff.

Odd Mix said...

When pregnant with our fourth (and final) child, my wife could never remember how far along she was. When asked, "How far along are you?" She'd always reply something like, "Ummm. I don't know, but the others are all fed and clothed!"

koyama said...

You are about 9 weeks ahead of me and I love that you said you haven't gained much weight. I am completely paranoid because I have only gained about 3 points...oops that is pregnancy brain talking, I mean pounds. Lbs. You get what I am trying to say. I am sure I will be complaining in a few months though!

Jennboree said...

Congratulations to you!

Gaining between 25-30 lbs is ideal. Had I not puked off 7lbs or so, I'm sure I would've gained more. I gained 28 lbs with Bella and imagine I'll gain a lil' more with this one.

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