Thursday, April 8, 2010

That was then, this is now

I start week 29 of my pregnancy today, and we are officially in the third trimester!  I absolutely cannot believe that we only have about 10-11 more weeks to go before we meet our little one.  :)  I won't say that this pregnancy has flown by, but time has definitely gone by a lot faster this time with a toddler to take care of while working full-time. 

A few other ways this pregnancy is noticeably different than pregnancy #1:
  • Then, I played tennis until I could no longer reach around my belly to complete a full backhand swing.  Now... my racquet is collecting dust bunnies in the closet.
  • Then, I shopped for hours to find the perfect cute maternity tankini.  Now... I'm all about the all-black one piece I picked off the rack at Target.  It's comfortable, covers everything, and I love it.
  • Then, I kept a minimum of three pregnancy-related books on my nightstand and religiously read them all. And made Andrew read a "daddy" book.  Now... I get weekly updates on baby's growth delivered via my e-mail inbox. 
  • Then, I attended almost every single prenatal class that my hospital offered.  Now... I attend the weekly viewing of the final season of "Lost" in my living room.
  • Then, I took a nap after work almost every day in my first and third trimesters and on both days of the weekend.  Now... I can count the number of naps I've had in the last seven months on my two hands.
  • Then, I stocked up on every single baby thing that "they" said I needed and that I thought I couldn't live without was just too precious to pass up!  Now... I've bought some new pacifiers and diapers, and just a few things we actually needed last time and didn't have -- sleepers that zip instead of snap, socks that actually stay on, and newborn onesies (that 0-3 months size does not fit newborns).
  • Then, I placed iPod speakers on my belly for baby to listen to classical music and made Andrew talk to my belly.  Now... baby #2 gets to enjoy the sound of big sister learning to "sing" and to eavesdrop on our bedtime stories. 
  • Then, I wondered about how much a baby would really change our lives.  Now... I know that we are getting ready to plunge into complete and total chaos -- less money, more laundry, no sleep -- and I couldn't be happier.  :)  I could NEVER in my wildest dreams have imagined the amount of pure love and laughter that Lucy would bring into our lives, and I can already feel my heart expanding in preparation for the arrival of a new little person.
It's still a complete mystery about how Lucy will react to the baby, what she will look like and how her unique personality will fit into our family dynamic.  But, we already love her and cannot wait to know her soon. 

In the meantime, check out this video about how baby will grow between now and week 37:  (Note ~ might not be suitable for kids).  Amazing!


Candace said...

Love the new look of the blog, the list, and this entire post! Oh, how I can relate... ;)

And girl... zipping instead of snapping makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

Who knew.

Love you and can't wait to meet this newest little one!!!!!!!

Candace said...

And PS- do we have a name yet? Tell me I didn't just forget it. My pregnancy brain is empty.

Laura, Todd, Mary Todd and Miller said...

Love it. Yes, the second time around is much different. The bad news is that time goes by too fast. The good new is that you KNOW time goes by too fast, and you're prepared to savour the sweetness just a little more deliberately.

And- if you can find socks that stay on newborn feet, I'd say you've hit a homerun, momma!! Way to go!!