I've been in the third trimester for a few weeks now, but I haven't gotten around to writing a blog post about my second trimester. First of all, I was having some issues with my blog's layout, and second, I didn't have time to correct it. But here I am!
The second trimester was a hella lot better than the first trimester - let me tell you. Minimal fatigue, and I pretty much felt like myself aside from having issues working out and staying active. I have been experiencing sacroiliac pain, which means working out is really painful. Huxley and work kept me so busy that pregnancy didn't really seem top of mind for me. It's not that I forgot I was pregnant, because really, who can forget they're pregnant when they can't enjoy a glass of wine and do a full-throttle workout hahaha. I guess, I just wasn't celebrating the same milestones that I did when I was pregnant with Huxley. It's not that I'm not excited, it's just that the novelty of the little things has worn off a bit. With Huxley I was CONSTANTLY checking my Ovia app to see what developments he had that week, or I was reading my Mayo-Clinic book on pregnancy. There was a lot more research involved. Because Huxley was our first there was more preparing to do as well. This time, we just about have everything we need. There were a few new things we needed to add in and of course, an updated girly wardrobe. This time, we know a little more about what to expect and what is needed.
I did look forward to ultrasounds and doctor's appointments to see how she was doing, and she's SO active that feeling her move (and by move I mean beat me up lol) has been really cool. Huxley developed a nice little routine in my tummy. I knew when he would be awake and sleeping, whereas this wild child rarely sleeps haha.
Around 20 weeks I started feeling her movements. It was a bit nerve wracking because I was told I would feel movements earlier with my second, but that was absolutely not the case for her. But when she did make her presence known it was a furry of punches, kicks stretches, rolling etc. haha
The nausea wore off quickly after my first trimester and I found myself going about my day-to-day no problem. I really haven't had much to complain about aside from issues sleeping, some back pain, and once and a while feeling uncomfortable. My skin would sometimes feel really tight on my stomach which was annoying or I would feel a bit defeated at the end of the day. But otherwise it's been normal!
One thing that was really different for me in the second trimester compared to my last pregnancy was food cravings. Craving were not nearly as prevalent as last time. With Huxley I ate enough grapefruits and drank enough chocolate milk to nourish a large village. This time, food cravings were on and off. Sometimes a glass of white milk, sometimes (a lot of time hahaha) chocolate, and the most intense craving I had was for veggie subs. But it wasn't consistant. These cravings would come and go. They still pop up - mostly chocolate and veggie subs. Last time, I ate a grapefruit almost every day and I would go through almost a litre of chocolate milk in a day and a half! So I thought that was pretty interesting.
We have been trying to introduce the topic of 'baby' to Huxley. It's hard because he is still so young that he really has no idea what's about to go down. My mom bought him a baby doll, which he loves. He will kiss his "bebe" and hug him, and get concerned when his little hat falls off. We have also been trying to tell him there's a baby in my tummy, and he sometimes points to my tummy and says 'bebe'. He also likes looking at the ultrasound photos. I also bought him a big brother book (he LOVES books) and he really enjoys reading it - a lot better than the potty book, of course lol. He will bring the book over to me and say "bebe" because he will want to read it with us. I'm hopeful that he is processing the drawings in the book and seeing the relation between himself as the big brother and the baby. But who knows. We won't know until he meets his sister! I don't have any concerns about introducing Huxley to his little sister. I have a sibling - he threw a toy truck at me when I was brought home from the hospital hahaha. Kids will react in their own way, and you just have to adapt. There is no sense worrying about these things, OR comparing reactions other children have to their new siblings.
With Covid, we haven't really been able to take a proper baby moon, but we did go away for a weekend for a fancy little getaway (blog post coming soon!), and otherwise, the second trimester has just flown by! It feels like it was just yesterday that I was pulling Huxley in the wagon and started gagging before I decided to take a pregnancy test. The next 8 weeks I'll be soaking in our routine as a family of 3. I don't feel any feelings of sadness that my time with Huxley will be divided. He will still continue with his normal routine of going to daycare - thanks to my parents.
I'm also not concerned about delivering during covid. Our OB clinic has made us feel confident in their protocols. Not to mention, Bryon and I have already discussed how we are going to keep our girl safe for the first couple months while she builds up her immune system. We won't be inviting family members (with the exception of our mom's and my dad) or friends to visit for a while. And Our parents will need to self-isolate properly prior to visiting. With covid, we are taking every precaution to keep our family healthy, and that means making a few unfortunate sacrifices. This may not be the plan for you - but it is the plan for us.
My next bumpdate will hopefully be a delivery update instead!!!