Tuesday, January 31, 2012

week 26 day 5

I don't know if having Braxton-Hicks contractions causes me to subconsciously hold my breath or if I'm holding my breath and then consequently having BH contractions but either way, it's annoying.  I've never heard that the two are connected in any way but I feel like they are, seeing as I find myself holding my breath and having BH contractions at the same time.  I really wish I would stop holding my breath though.  It's actually really annoying.

I cleaned the infant car seat and put it all together tonight, with the thought that baby L will be next to ride in it.  It's an exciting and scary thought at the same time. 

Top questions I've been asked recently:
You're pregnant?  Yes, due May 4.
Have you been sick?  Not really; I feel sick and I'm always tired, but I think when you already have a child, you can't be lazy.  You have to keep going, even if you're body doesn't want to.
Is K excited to be a big sister?  Well, the fact that she points to her belly or Mike's chest when you ask her where the baby is, tells me that she doesn't have a clue as to what's about to happen in 3 months.

I think not telling most people until week 20 has really sped pregnancy right along.  Because for the first 20 weeks I wasn't constantly asked how I'm feeling, when I'm due, etc.  But staying busy with work and making sure K and I get good quality time together each day really makes time go by fast too.

Monday, January 30, 2012

week 26 day 4

K's toddler bed thing is going much better today than it has the last week.  She always goes to bed just fine at night but naps are a struggle.  She will read for 3 hours straight in her room until she cries herself to sleep or doesn't nap at all.

Yesterday she just didn't nap at all.  She sat in her room for close to 4 hours - we kept thinking she was going to go to sleep and she never did.  So she didn't get a nap.  And she didn't sleep too well last night.

But today, Mike took all of her books out of her room and she fell asleep within minutes for her nap.  She could have just been very tired or maybe taking the books out of the room helped.  It's hard to say.

Baby L seems to react quite a bit to K's crying.  He'll kick and push and try to hit her if she invades his space.  Mike and K seem to do a good job of waking him up as well.  They crawl around and bark and maybe he just wants to be a part of it but he sure does move a lot when they make a lot of noise.

It's hard to believe that we are less than 14 weeks away from having a new kid.  Fourteen weeks seems like a lot but I know it won't be. 

K got a new car seat last week.  She seems to like it a lot but unfortunately, it might not fit well when Mike drives the car.  The infant car seat has to go behind the passenger because it's so long but as long as K has to sit rear facing in her toddler seat, it won't fit behind the driver's seat when Mike drives.  So we may be looking into a bigger car before baby L comes which is sort of stressful.  But I'm sure we'll figure it out.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

week 25 day 7

I remember watching "Friends" when Rachel was "pregnant" and I remember she wore a lot of shirts that showed the underside of her belly.  I remember very distinctly watching the shows and talking with my friends about how gross it looked and when I would be pregnant, I would never show my belly.  Because it doesn't look good.  Because I wouldn't want to show off my belly at all.  Because I didn't want to be like Rachel.

Yet here I am.  Almost 26 weeks pregnant and you know what I show every single day?  My belly.  I can't seem to help it.  Maternity shirts don't fit me well.  And besides, I refuse to spend much money on shirts that probably would (which is my main problem) so I have the over-sized maternity shirts from the first pregnancy and my regular shirts I wear when I'm not pregnant.  So of course I go for my regular clothes.  I already feel gross ... why make it worse by wearing over-sized shirts?  And so my belly shows.  I try to make sure it's always covered, but if you catch me walking around my apartment, I can guarantee you my belly's hanging out.

This little boy seems a lot bigger or likes to lay a lot differently than K.  When he's awake, I can usually feel one limb in my ribs and one limb sitting very low.  He loves to push on my bladder at the most inconvenient times, and he loves to give K some nice, hard kicks when she wants to cuddle with me.

Last night as I was lying in bed, I was rubbing my belly and to my surprise, I felt some big round thing - a head or a bum.  I had Mike feel it because I couldn't believe it.  I don't remember feeling things like that until much later with K so I was amazed.  So we'd push gently on it and he'd move away, then a few seconds, it'd be right back to where it was.

K has become more clingy than ever.  I hope it's a short phase because I'd really like her to not be right next to me all the time.  We went to story time at the library this morning and she refused to do anything but sit right next to me or sit on my lap except for once.  She sat a few feet in front of me and was listening intently to the story but all of a sudden realized I wasn't next to her, so she looked for me and ran back to me.  I'm glad that she likes to be with me, but with a baby coming, it's really bad timing.