26 weeks pregnant
How is it possible that I am already about to start my third trimester with my second child? It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my first blog post gushing about Trig and confused about what to do since he lived so far from Rhode Island. I never pictured my life this way; 25 , married with 1 child and 1 on the way, living in Philadelphia 5 hours from RI, and not only married to a lovely blue-eyed Armenian but an active part of the Armenian church.
Yet here I am.
This pregnancy has been the opposite of the last one. I could share some complaints, but it has thankfully been really easy. At this time last pregnancy I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to attend my best friend’s wedding in Indiana due to some complications. I was miserable every day and every night. If I’m being honest I still hate pregnancy this time around, but it is far more tolerable. Other differences… I’ve only gained 10 lbs this time at 26 weeks compared to 22 lbs last pregnancy. I started at the same weight for both pregnancies (about 12-14 lbs above my wedding weight). My face still looks normal. I am still sleeping ok. I have taken about 7 belly pics despite good intentions to take more. And my belly is the same size as it was last time despite gaining much less so far.
I didn’t think we’d be going on a babymoon this time around, but Santa surprised me with one. We will be leaving Raffi with my father in law for an overnight for the first time and we will go away just the two of us for the first time since having Raffi. We’ll only be gone about 24 hours but I am really excited! I think Raffi will have fun too. It’s in a few weeks and I think about it every day.
My worries and fears are different this time around. I’m nervous for childbirth. I was excited last time. I am hopeful and ready to try again not to have too many interventions (namely Pitocin and an epidural), but my ultimate goal is to avoid a C-section for various reasons. I’m nervous to know when to go to the hospital because we definitely went too early last time.
I’m worried about having an 18 month old and a newborn and the logistics of it all. Raffi nursed almost every hour for months. How will that work for this little girl with a toddler running around? I also wonder about going to the pool this summer. How will I go alone and take care of Raffi in the water while also taking care of our baby? I know I want to spend the summer at the pool so I’ll have to figure it out. How will it all work? What are we going to do about childcare? I’m in two very important weddings at the beginning of the summer in RI and will have to manage childcare/pumping/etc while being a good bridesmaid. I have no idea how to do it all. I have avoided thinking about all of this until now because it’s just too much. I hope that it will all work itself out like it has with Raffi.
It seems like 2013 is the year of the second round of babies. A lot of my friends are having their second children, and it is so fun. We are going to have a big group of kids to all grow up together. Raffi will not only gain a little sister this year but about 5 more little friends. It’s going to be a good year.
Last pregnancy’s belly pics and updates can be found here.