Thursday, February 17, 2011

Take Two - 12 weeks

Here I am, back to the blog, and pregnant AGAIN :)! It certainly doesn't feel like all that long ago when I was here blogging about my experiences with pregnancy the first time around. Do not get me wrong, I am VERY excited, but being pregnant for the second time is a whole lot less exciting. For one, I am too busy to give it much thought. I have a 14-month old at home and am working 30+ hours a week. I don't have the same kind of time to devote to thinking about "pregnancy". The other thing is I kind of already know what to expect. No coffee, no alcohol, no sushi, etc all seems a little bit more harsh this time. The first time around I didn't mind any of that much, but it definitely seems like more of an inconvenience now. And wow, did I forgot about how draining and unmotivating pregnancy can be? My energy levels after Mateo was born (well, once he started sleeping through the night at 4-months) were incredible. I felt almost like super woman, so I'm keenly aware of how drained and unenergized this pregnancy is making me. I also forgot about the uncontrollable appetite thing ... Of course, I do my best to keep it under control, but being pregnant definitely sparks a mean appetite!

Now for the cool stuff: I'm so excited Mateo will have a sibling only 1 year and 9 months younger than him :)! I'm sure they will be the best of playmates at times and the worst of enemies at others, but they will always have each other in a way that only siblings can understand. I feel that aside from our unconditional love, there is no greater gift we could give Mateo. Mateo will be 21 months old when he becomes a big brother so I'm guessing he will never even remember a time of being an only child. I think he will be an amazing brother because he is so mellow and easy going. Also, it's just exciting to think about having another child. The birth of Mateo goes down, without a doubt as the best day of my life so having an opportunity to have that experience again is going to be fabulous! I can only hope the birth of baby #2 is as magical as the first!

We had an ultrasound at 10 weeks and I was amazed at the size and mobility of the baby even at this early time. It was amazing! The first scan we had with Mateo was at 8 weeks I believe, and the 10-week scan was so different! The 10-week scan looked like a baby and did not warrant a nickname such as "Patito". Once again, we've decided to forgo all genetic testing, etc. with the hopes that everything will be perfect. Last time this decision was a no-brainer, but now that we already have one child at home we thought about this decision a little more ... maybe about 5 minutes longer.