Now that the beginning of school, the consignment sale and Cooper's birthday is behind us, I can focus a little more on posting about how things are progressing with the new baby. I have gotten a lot of questions lately, so I figured I would just go ahead and address them in a question/answer format. I'm not really one to do weekly updates or anything like that, so I will just post randomly about anything important or significant that pops up from here on out.
How do I feel?
Not great. I was 13 weeks on Monday, so I am hoping all of this nausea junk will be gone soon. I have been feeling a little bit better since yesterday, but I felt so terrible at Cooper's party on Sunday (so I am sorry if I wasn't as social as normal for those of you who were there...I felt so nauseous and lightheaded, I ended up having to sit down most of the time). And good grief am I exhausted! Like hit-by-a-truck exhausted. I Hope I get some more energy soon, because let me tell you: Cooper starting school, work starting up again, Coop's birthday...all tiring things on their own, but a million times worse for me right now. I would like to exchange my general feeling of yuckiness for a major burst of energy, please!
Not really. But salty stuff makes me feel a whole lot better than sweet stuff. I want to eat sugary food, but it just makes me feel really terrible...totally not worth it. In the past week or so, I have just been craving food in general. Out of nowhere and with no warning, I will feel like I'm starving to death. Then I eat whatever I can get my hands on...and immediately feel sick. It's a vicious cycle. I do have a new appreciation for Sonic. Their tater tots are SO salty and delicious. Plus, they now have a million different milkshake flavors to choose from. My current favorite: Chocolate-covered strawberry. And, oh yeah: Every once in a while, for a treat, I really love the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks.
Is Cooper excited?
Very. He can't wait to be a big brother (coincidentally, he also can't wait for me to get this baby out so I can jump on the trampoline with him)! The night we told him about the baby, he decided to call him/her "Biscuit" until we find out the gender. So that is what we are calling the baby for now. When I was pregnant with Cooper, my brother (who was 13 at the time) called our unborn child "Gilby." Cooper enjoyed hearing that story and was happy to give the new baby a little nickname, as well.
Do I have a gut feeling about the gender?
Nope, not getting sucked into that this time around. My "gut" was the source of some misplaced disappointment when we found out Cooper was going to be a boy. I felt like such a bad mother for not knowing my unborn child better. Of course, I have loved having a little boy and I would be ecstatic to add another to our family. I don't have a gut feeling, but I do have a theory: I believe that babies are born in seasons of girls and boys (with the occasional exception here and there). For example, Cooper has already started getting invitations to his friends' fall birthday parties. And they're all boys (except one). Four of the five girls in my new class were born in March. Everyone I know who is pregnant now and due in the winter has thus far found out they are having a boy. So I am definitely leaning toward boy for us, too. I will actually be extremely surprised if Biscuit turns out to be a girl. All I really care about, though, is that he/she is healthy and developing normally.
Have any names picked out?
Yes for the girl (we have had that picked out for years and years...since well before Cooper was born). The boy name is still up in the air. We did pick out a name that I absolutely loved, but someone is still thinking about it. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
How have the doctor's visits gone so far?
Great! I had my first appointment at 8 weeks. The ultrasound looked perfect and he/she had a super strong heartbeat. My doctor and I talked about my not-so-great delivery with Cooper. She said that she will not let any of that happen again (and, furthermore, she never would have let me push for three hours the first time around). Actually, she told me that if I wanted to schedule a C-section, she would happily do that for me based on my past experience. As it stands now, though, I would still like that to be a last resort. I appreciate the option, though. And no matter what, my delivery will be different for Baby #2. My second appointment also went really well. It was supposed to be right at 12 weeks, but that happened to fall on Labor Day, so I actually went a few days early. Since I hadn't quite hit the 12 week mark, I was able to have a little spontaneous in-office ultrasound to check the heartbeat. He/she looked so cute and was even waving to me a little! I go back for week 16 at the end of this month.
Something I am curious about:
I can't wait to see if this baby has lots of crazy hair like Cooper had! Judging by my intense (and early) heartburn, it's certainly a possibility!
Other thoughts/feelings on this pregnancy:
Jay, Cooper and I are extremely excited about the new addition to our family. I do feel a little nervous about starting back over, but I know I have a great little live-in helper this time around. Even though I haven't been feeling well for the past several weeks, I have really been a lot more relaxed with this pregnancy. It definitely feels like it's flying by, too. I know I have a lot to do in just six months, but I start to get a little overwhelmed if I think about everything at once. It will get done eventually, I guess. I just can't wait to meet our sweet little Biscuit!
This writer would love to make her favorite hobby her full-time job...
...but I am a wife and mother, just trying to make it through parenthood (like so many others out there). And that is what this blog centers around: My family. I try to make my mundane, every day experiences as entertaining and well-written as possible. This mom job is tough...and I will never claim that I am doing it right. But I am trying my best, learning as I go and chronicling our adventures as a family in the process. It is the most important and rewarding job I will ever have. Being a parent might be the source of my writer's block...but there is honestly nothing else I would rather write about!