On Thursday, 16 January, I took Eleanor to a kids’ camp. Well I attempted to anyway. She wasn’t keen to go without me at all, but I still tried to enjoy the coffee and morning tea with some good friends. She fell asleep on the car ride home, so I parked in the warehouse car park and sat, reading, until she woke up. When she woke up, we went inside for lunch, and Robbie joined us not long after that. I remember thinking all day, “I wonder if I am pregnant?” and “Is it too soon to take a test?” Followed by, “It’s too soon. Just wait and relax. You’ll know soon enough.”
I eventually said this to Robbie, and he was pretty relaxed and said, “Doesn’t that test say it’s pretty accurate at this point? Just take a test!” Thanks husband. We both were ready for baby number two, but neither of us thought that I would be pregnant this month. I hadn’t fallen pregnant in December, which was our first “official” month of trying for another baby, AND our lovely window of time for this month was mostly filled with an awful, awful stomach virus that not only Robbie and I got but others around base. You can’t know your perfect window unless you take a test, though. Is this TMI? Haha who knows. I figure if I can share all the details of my labour and you’re still reading, then this is probably safe territory right?
All that to say, I took a test over lunch, and as we all know, those lovely two pink lines showed up loud and clear announcing another little one on the way. It didn’t really seem real, and honestly, it hadn’t for a lot of the first trimester until I first saw this little one in an ultrasound. I think when you already have a little one, you aren’t as consumed by what is happening and what’s to come.
That’s the story of finding out, and below are some answers to other commonly asked questions like I did the first time around. I don’t plan to update weekly like I did the first time because I think that may be a bit much. However, at this point, I am aiming for monthly. It’ll be interesting to see the differences along the way. I already feel like I am carrying this baby so differently, but I think that may be in part to having exercised for a year or more prior to getting pregnant, which I did NOT do before getting pregnant with Eleanor (or while pregnant with her).
Were you trying to have a baby?
We had talked a lot about when we felt the right time to try for another baby would be. When I first had Eleanor, I was slightly concerned that I would never be ready, but that first year passed by and my heart slowly started shifting. We felt that trying around the 18-month mark would allow for a good age difference, so that’s pretty much what we did. We are so grateful that we were able to conceive relatively quickly.
How did you find out you were pregnant?
See above :)
So how far along are you, and when are you actually due?
I am 17 weeks, and I am due towards the end of September. (27th)
What season will it be then in Newcastle?
It will be Spring!
Do you have a preference if it’s a boy or girl? Are you finding out the baby’s gender?
I don’t have a preference to be honest. I am not someone who is desperate to have one of each, but I would totally be thrilled to have a boy. That being said, I can’t imagine it being a boy, but I think it’s because I am so used to having a girl. It would be nice to recycle all of Eleanor’s cute clothes, but it would also be fun to dress up a little man. So who knows? If I were to make a guess right now, I would say it’s another girl, but we will find out soon enough. And YES, we will find out this time. We want to try it both ways and see what we like. We will find out in about about two weeks.
How will you set up a nursery or buy anything for the baby? It’ll all be yellow!
This question was one from last time and mostly regarding us not finding out what we were having. This time around, though, baby will fit right into what we have setup for Eleanor, which I realise now I never posted anything about her room after we finished it. I only posted about her corner of our room, which she was in for the first 13 months. We’ll have the baby in our room to start with, though, and once he/she learns to sleep a little better, we will put them together.
How are you feeling? Did you have bad morning sickness?
I think in general, the first trimester exhaustion was the hardest thing for me. I can’t remember ever being so tired, and with an energetic toddler running around, I wasn’t finding a lot of time to rest. I have such great friends around me, though, and I am so grateful for all the help. Robbie started getting up with Eleanor each morning, too, which made a massive difference in my energy levels through the day. I did have nausea like last time, and sometimes it was bad enough to need to lay down. I didn’t throw up, though, which is the same as last time. In a lot of ways, it felt similar to last time, but our circumstances were so different through the first trimester so it felt harder this time. (The first trimester with Eleanor we were on holidays for a good chunk of it with family, I didn’t have a toddler, and I rested quite a lot). I finished feeling nauseous on a daily basis around week 12-13, just in time to get a 3 week sinus infection, which I wrote about last week. That was rough and probably the worst I’ve felt in a long time. Last week, I started to feel a bit more normal again, though. I am still having headaches each day, but they are nothing compared to the 10 days of daily migraines. They are super manageable. I am also starting to smell things again, which I take as a good sign of my sinuses finally recovering. I am definitely fighting the exhaustion, but I am not holding my breath for that one to subside this time. I am so keen to get back into my regular workouts, which have been pretty inconsistent since finding out, and I am hopeful that doing so will give me a bit more energy.