So I have passed the first trimester, and moving into the 'honeymoon' stage of this pregnancy. I feel great, I'm starting to get a little baby bump so it won't be long now until I actually look pregnant and not just fat. Now I am telling everyone openly and it's so nice to just announce to people in conversations and talk about the pregnancy and how excited we are.
And now, I just can't wait to meet my baby! It's so hard to be patient. The other day I took went to a prenatal fitness class which was actually a postnatal class but the schedule was mixed up (I was able to stay and participate anyway), and there were two other moms there with their little babies. Seeing them made me want to see mine even more.
The baby stage with my second child was such a blur, and due to the circumstances was not particularly enjoyable. I found it hard to enjoy him as a baby, and of course I'm really sad for that now. I wish things had been a bit better and I could have enjoyed him more. I feel like those days flew past so quickly and I hardly remember him as a tiny baby. I am so looking forward to doing it all again, even the hard parts.
I'm still feeling great, and even better now that we have started back into our routine and I've been back to exercising again. I'm getting a bit of a belly, and while sometimes I think I am huge in reality I haven't really gained any weight, and I'm not that big at all considering this is my third baby. I can still fit into my regular jeans, though I prefer to wear my maternity ones simply because they are so comfortable! I need to start taking pictures of my belly as the weeks go by. With our first pregnancy we were pretty good at taking pictures every week or two from the second trimester onwards. We didn't take as many with the last pregnancy, and we'll probably forget most of the time with this one but I hope we manage to catch a couple!
A few weeks ago I finally stopped breastfeeding my younger son, just before he turned 20mos. I'm thrilled that I was able to breastfeed him as long as we did. I didn't have any specific time frame for how long I was going to breastfeed him, and wasn't sure if it was something I would let him decide or whether or not I would start the weaning process. With my first son I found that by the time I was 2mos pregnant I really didn't have much milk to offer, so we stopped and he was fine. It was similar this time around, where I didn't have much milk left, but this time my son was reluctant to stop as he did seem to enjoy it more than my first did. I had mixed feelings about it. While I still loved the cuddle time I had with him in the evenings before bed when I breastfed him, I was getting very tired and breastfeeding was getting more uncomfortable as there was nothing there. I also knew that I didn't want to continue for the whole pregnancy or do tandem nursing as I wanted a bit of a break between babies. So after the holidays I initiated the wean, and while initially he was taken a bit aback, it went very smoothly without issue. We still have our cuddle time with a story, and I think he enjoys that just as much. I look forward to another successful breastfeeding career with this next baby, but I'm also looking forward to giving myself a little break for a few months. Afterall, I have been either pregnant and/or breastfeeding for 4yrs now so I have to pace myself!
While I find I am feeling good overall, I have been having persistent headaches for about 2wks now which are driving me nuts. I've never had such a long run of headaches and I figure they are probably pregnancy related. I have been drinking lots of water and trying to take care of myself, and yet I am still getting them. I really hope they let up soon.
I'm also not sleeping all that well. It's not too bad, but I am waking several times a night which is getting annoying. Most of the time it is to go to the bathroom, but often there are other reasons (like a headache or sore back), or sometimes there is no reason at all and I just wake up. I'm also having very strange and vivid dreams which also disrupt my sleep. Luckily though I'm still getting enough sleep overall, as annoying as it is, so I am feeling energetic throughout the day.
Pregnancy hormones are rampant and I find myself likely to tear up at silly little things, especially if they are either sad or heartwarming. I tend to watch a lot of TLC baby shows like A Baby Story, and while a lot of the labour practices actually make me upset to watch, I also find the heartwarming aspects of the show make me all emotional. I almost just bawled my eyes out at an episode where a couple was having twins using the mother's sister as as surrogate, as she herself had battled breast cancer and was unable to carry children at that time. Because of how easily I get teary, I try to avoid reading or watching any sad stories, or else I would be crying my eyes out all the time.
So that is how things are going so far. I know I have promised a homebirth post, and I have not forgotten, I have just been avoiding having to sit and put more thought into it. It will be here soon I'm sure. Right now I'm just enjoying being pregnant and trying not to wish it away, as much as I want to meet my little baby now!