Announcing…Pregnancy No. 2!

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That second line speaks volumes. Credit: goldberg

If you didn’t deduce it from the headline (and if you didn’t, I certainly hope you’re not a detective), I’m pregnant with my second child. I’ll be 15 weeks tomorrow, with a due date of April 3. My daughter will be approximately 20 months old, and I will be approximately very, very busy.

I always wanted my kids to be closely spaced, so I certainly wasn’t preventing pregnancy. And I know how the whole thing works. But I was still quite surprised when I peed on a stick one day and a second line appeared. After six months of trying and one chemical pregnancy when trying to conceive my daughter, I expected it to take a little while. I was ready to go with the flow this time and relax about the whole thing, as opposed to the temping and charting of last time.

And then one day I got super tired when rocking Avery for her afternoon nap. So tired that I practically rocked myself to sleep and had to close my eyes for 10 minutes. When the same thing happened the next day, I was very suspicious. I’m always tired. I’m no stranger to tired. But having to actually lie down at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and drag myself out of bed again? Not the norm for me. Sure enough, the test confirmed it.

Funny enough, the sleepiness passed really quickly, whereas with my first pregnancy it was my overriding symptom for the entire first trimester. However morning sickness quickly set in around week 6 and the dry heaving and puking fun began—the complete opposite from pregnancy No. 1. Avery would be in her high chair clamoring for breakfast, and I’d be in the bathroom, heaving and assuring her I’d be right there. Fatigue also hit me really hard—I wasn’t tired, necessarily, I just had absolutely no energy—and it wasn’t until week 13 that I even began to have short glimpses of what it felt like to be a normal human again. Workouts? Not happening. It took all of my energy to chase my daughter around and manage to keep clothes on our backs.

So while this pregnancy has already been tougher both because I’m chasing a toddler and I’ve felt exponentially worse than I did during my first pregnancy, I’m super excited about the impending adventure and this new little person that’s on the way. That’s not to say that I haven’t had moments of “Oh my goodness, how will I manage this?” But now that the nausea has passed, I’m starting to believe I can tackle anything. Maybe even a prenatal workout or two.

Were your pregnancy experiences polar opposites? Do you have closely spaced kids? I want to hear all about it! —Erin

 


Comments

  1. julia says

    my kids are 20 months apart. both pg’s were similar , but the kids themselves are very different! ;) love having them close together. it was tough at first (2 in diapers) but love it now! (kids are 4 and almost 3)

  2. Mayumi says

    Congratulations!! Your second pregnancy sounds much like my first (current) one. I’m in 13 weeks and I’m feeling better each day. Hoping to hit the gym this week for the first time ever since my husband and I found out about my pregnancy! I would love to get back to yoga as well.

  3. Heather says

    I wish I could have had my future children close together. But I still just have my one little guy. There are some days where I wish I had two and then others he is enough for me. But I know he will be a great big brother when I do get pregnant again. I am curious to see if my symptoms are the same or are totally opposite…my first pregnancy my symptoms were exactly like my moms when she was pregnant with me…

  4. sherri says

    I have two boys, exactly 3 years apart. Both pregnancies were completely different with their own complications. At the end of my first pregnanacy for 3 weeks i broke out in the PUPpS rash (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy – PUPPP) it was awful.. but he was born on time and beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair. My second pregnancy we thought from all of the signs was going to be a girl, and he is a boy! The last month of my pregnancy my water kept leaking.. we were induce two weeks early due to dangerously low amniotic fluid. His kicking would hurt so badly. He was born with red hair and blue eyes and healthier than we could have hoped.. my boys are my world.. they are like night and day..

    When i was 16 i was diagnosed with endometriosis and ovarian cysts and told i would never have kids.. my hubby and i tried anyways and had two beautiful children. my endo got worse and i had to have a hysterectomy last year, at age 25. But i got my children, and would not trade it for the world!

    Congratulations!!!

  5. Katie P. says

    Congrats, Erin! Thank you again for your kind words a few weeks back — all the best to you, Alan, and Avery!

  6. Betsy says

    Congratulations! That is awesome news. Our two girls are three years and one day apart. We meant to have them closer, but that’s how it worked out. The two pregnancies and two kids are SO different in such fun ways. Luckily, #2 sleeps! Wooohooo!

  7. elz says

    Congrtas! Our girls are 22 months apart. Two COMPLETELY different pregnancies. We were convinced I was having a boy with #2 the pregnancies were that different. Nope, two beautiful girls. Have fun!

  8. Andrea says

    Congrats! I am due the day after you are! But my son is almost 5 so I obviously wasn’t concerned about having them close together. I was nauseous pretty much from week 5 to week 10 but I still tried to workout when I could. Now I’m feeling better. I hope you have a great pregnancy here on out!

  9. Sylvia says

    Congrats! What an awesome announcement! My girls are exactly 2 years apart. The first couple of months were kind of crazy. My youngest is 4 months old and my oldest is 28 months old and they have already been interacting with one another. It’s awesome! I wanted them close too. All of the work is worth it when you see them playing together. You’re gonna love it!

  10. Leah says

    Congratulations! Babies are such a blessing. I have 4 children and my last three are very close together..Like three babies in three and a half years! haha Tired is a state of being for me but now that my youngest is almost a year I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You’ll get into your own groove and figure out what works for your family. This part of life seems crazy and tough at times but I never forget how quickly they grow up and what a blessing it is to be a mom!

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