I am so excited to announce that our family of three is growing to FOUR! Yes, that’s right! My husband and I are expecting, and our little bundle of joy should be making his/her arrival in May 2015. We are both thrilled and excited- if not a little apprehensive about the changes to come.
We have told Ian, of course, that a new baby is coming and that he is going to be a big brother. I don’t think he gets it. But that’s ok- he’s only two. I’m hoping that as I get further along and he gets a little older he’ll start to grasp the concept. And I hope he gets excited about it. I loved growing up with siblings, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship will develop and turn out.
So far, this pregnancy has been pretty easy, and in some ways it’s been similar to my first. But in others it’s been VERY different.
1) Morning Sickness
I had this with both pregancies for basically the entire first trimester (starting even before I had a positive pregnancy test). With Ian, I just had a constant feeling of nausea- that unsettled stomach feeling that’s similar to motion sickness. With this baby, I would go a few hours feeling fine and then BAM! Out of nowhere, I would suddenly feel ill. Fortunately, I never vomited with either pregnancy… but that doesn’t make the feeling any easier to handle.
I didn’t show with Ian until I was 20 or so weeks along. I mean, if you KNEW I was pregnant, you could probably tell earlier. And if I wore a skin tight shirt or something you could tell something was amiss (but it mostly just looked like I needed to do some sit-ups). But I was wearing regular clothes through my 20th week, including regular jeans. Not true with this pregnancy. I started showing by 8 weeks. Not horribly obvious- probably about the same amount of obvious that I showed from weeks 14-20 in my first pregnancy. And now, at 18 weeks, it’s pretty obvious that I’m pregnant. I’ve been in pregnancy pants since about week 12, and pregnancy tops for about 2 or 3 weeks. It’s insane how much different this is!
I really didn’t have any cravings with Ian. The only thing I could potentially put into this category is that there were times when all I really wanted to eat were hamburgers. Jon would ask me what I wanted to eat for dinner, and I’d inevitably say that I could really use a burger. I haven’t really had any cravings this pregnancy, either. But I also haven’t been wanting hamburgers… this time around, it’s nachos. If we are going out to eat someplace that has nachos, I’ll more than likely order them. I don’t really count these as cravings because they aren’t things I MUST have- just things that sound good and I’d prefer to eat.
4) Overall feeling
With Ian, I never felt overly sick or tired or swollen or anything. So far, that’s held true for this pregnancy, too (with the exception of some mild heartburn that recently made its appearance). But I’m still less than half-way through, so we’ll see if this continues!
For those of you with mutliple pregnancies- did you find they were very different, or pretty similar?