We’re expecting! That’s right, baby number 2 is brewing away and we couldn’t be more excited. Baby is expected to arrive October 28th, but my prediction is November 1st, we shall see. Last time I was right on to the day!
Let me start off the first trimester by explaining how I knew/found out I was pregnant.
Seeing how this pregnancy was a complete surprise, I didn’t know or suspect I was pregnant but there were so many signs I should have recognized from experiencing them the first time!
- Exhaustion – At 6 weeks I started getting extremely tired. I’d wake up with Hazel, take her downstairs and just lay on the floor next to her for 40 minutes feeling like a corpse. All day I was just deathly tired wishing for naps.
- Cramping – Just like last time, I assumed my period was coming for weeks because of this persistent mild cramping I was experiencing. It probably started the second implantation happened and it continued through 8 weeks.
- Nausea – My nausea like last time started at 6 weeks. I was working out a lot so I blamed it on that at first. I basically feel extremely carsick (like I’ve been driving through winding mountain roads in the backseat of a van) or like I have motion sickness, combined with starving to death hanger feelings. That’s how I feel always 24 hours a day. If it continues like my last pregnancy, I won’t start throwing up till around 10 or 11 weeks. I just get persistent nausea for the most part and eating doesn’t curb the feeling. *Update, still no vomiting at 12 weeks! Huge change from last time.
- Food aversions – I hate food. All food sounds and is disgusting to me. I can keep food down for now, but I hate everything, even what I crave by the time it enters my mouth. Onions in particular right now are a monstrosity.
- Insane sense of smell – I was napping on the couch around 6 weeks and could smell something sickeningly sweet. It was a cup of juice sitting way across the room. I can smell breath from 20 miles away I swear, not even bad breath just all breath. Food smells are particularly pungent and unpleasant. If I walk past any red meat smells I almost vomit every time.
- Emotional – I didn’t really experience this the first time but I have had a few really emotional days this time. Thankfully I don’t constantly feel moody. Part of being moody this time may be that I don’t sleep as much, watching my current infant.
- Headaches – I didn’t experience this last time, and maybe it’s partly because I’m still breastfeeding Hazel, but I get mild headaches daily.
- Burst capillaries – I get these small bright red spots on my chest near where the collar of my shirts hit. I only get them while pregnant. I also get a few on my cheeks and arms. They freaked me out so much last time, but they’re just due to increased blood volume. They do fade or go away completely after giving birth (or can be lasered away, but mine were almost gone). They reappeared about a week before I tested. It really should have convinced me right away I was pregnant.
I had a bonus reason why I thought I for sure wasn’t pregnant. I on and off spotted “old blood” from probably 2 or 3 weeks pregnant through 7 weeks. I usually do that for a few days before my period so I assumed I was just having a wonky breastfeeding cycle each time my period wouldn’t arrive. When I got my first ultrasound they let me know I had a subchorionic hemorrhage. It was small and they seemed to not be terribly concerned because I wasn’t actively bleeding, but that was the reason for my spotting. I still have the hemorrhage but it was much smaller at my 11 week ultrasound.
I didn’t find out I was pregnant till I was over 6 weeks along, I only took a test because Brian kept asking me if I was sure I wasn’t pregnant. Every time he asked I would say there’s no way and dismiss him because I thought he was crazy. Not so crazy! I tested the afternoon of March 5th and the pregnant line showed up way before the test was finished. I was shocked, but incredibly happy! I love me some babies.
Brian and I were not trying, we were just practicing, but nature took it’s course and here we are! We were planning on trying when Hazel turned 1 so, we’re just a few months early, and what a happy surprise this has been! We’ll have ourselves a couple of Irish twins, Hazel and the baby being just 16 months apart.
We’re pretty nervous about the madness that will take place with two little babies, but still we are so happy, our little family will be complete! We only want two children so this will be our last.