Hey friends! It is officially September and this mama is fully in the third trimester of my second pregnancy. This pregnancy has just flown by and I thought I would take some time today to talk about it. The main reason I do these blogs is for myself to look back on in the years to come. So hopefully you all find this interesting.
Like I said I am currently in my third trimester of pregnancy at around the 32 week mark. I feel like this pregnancy has been so different in the sense that I just haven’t had time to focus on it a bunch. Sorry Thomas! With the craziness of being a full time employee, a mom to a toddler, a wife, and having responsibilities with our church, I just have been all over the place. This business has been both hard and a blessing. It’s hard for reasons we all can understand, but it’s been nice because I haven’t had time to freak out about every little thing like I did in my first pregnancy. For instance this pregnancy my placenta is in the front so it took so long for me to feel Thomas kick. During my first pregnancy I struggled so much during the in-between phase of no longer having the first trimester symptoms and not yet feeling the baby move. I spent a lot of nights crying and convincing myself that the baby wasn’t alive in me. It was very hard. Thankfully this time I haven’t had much time to focus on it.
This pregnancy started out in a totally different way than our first. We struggled with conceiving our first and we documented that here. So feel free to go back and read some of those blogs. This pregnancy we had decided that we wanted to start trying. I had my annual appointment on a Friday in March. I needed to be checked to make sure I had the all-clear with my pre-cancer cells that I get checked every year. We had decided that once that came back all clear that we would officially start trying again. Well unfortunately the weekend before we had a death in the family and attended a funeral. We got back home from that and the next day (I believe it was a Monday or Tuesday of the week I was suppose to have my annual) Phillip and I were joking about pregnancy. I don’t remember why, but he asked me to take a test. He would go on to mention later that he knew the weekend we were at the funeral that I was pregnant, but didn’t say anything. He didn’t know how he knew, but he just could feel it. So I go and take the test and it comes back positive. I was in shock. I proceeded to get another test and take it again and once again it was positive. Long story short we called the doctor and canceled my annual for that Friday and instead got blood work to confirm the pregnancy.
To say I was shocked would truly be an understatement. I was in disbelief. We would go on to find out that with this pregnancy we didn’t have the problems with my hormones that we had in the first. My progesterone levels in this pregnancy were perfect where as in the first I spent about 13 weeks having to take progesterone because it was too low. We would also find out that his umbilical cord inserted in the right place unlike Penelope’s so there was no concern there. I did early on have a hemorrhagic right corpus luteal cyst which is basically just some bleeding behind my right ovary, but that did heal itself by the middle of my pregnancy.
So in this pregnancy thus far we haven’t had any health concerns like with my first. I am eternally grateful for that and the amount of worry that has been taken off my shoulders this pregnancy. I feel like in that area I have been able to actually enjoy the pregnancy and know that he is healthy. I have struggled with other areas of the pregnancy this time that I didn’t really go through with my first. This time the main struggle for me has been physical changes. This pregnancy I have gained weight differently then I did with my first and it has honestly been hard for me. I know that probably seems very superficial, but it’s been hard. I now weigh more then I actually did when I gave birth to Penelope. I went through about a month or more of my second trimester where I would just cry day after day from some of the comments I received. Now in the third trimester I have come to terms with how my body is choosing to grow this baby and have realized that I am doing everything that I am supposed to do and that that is enough. I am growing a human being inside of me and I will not let others steal that joy from me! It doesn’t mean the comments don’t hurt, but I does mean that I am choosing to deal with those in a different matter. (Husband Note: She’s never looked more beautiful to me than she has in this pregnancy.)
Over all this pregnancy has been truly amazing and beautiful and I honestly cannot wait to meet this little guy. I’m so thankful to God for giving me this sweet baby and I will take as many of them as I can.
Baby Dust To All,