It’s so funny being pregnant with number 2, when number 1 is not even 14 months old. With Jackson I was taking pictures every few weeks, writing updates on baby, and anxiously preparing and waiting for him! This time around, I am completely preoccupied with little Jack that I often forget I am pregnant. Except for when I am wrestling Jack to calm down during a tantrum or cleaning poop out of the tub at the end of the day… then I definitely remember I’m pregnant…and tired.
But this pregnancy has flown by. Weeks fade into weeks and it feels like we have had a big event, milestone, or holiday every month! So I will try to write an update on how baby Will and mama are doing, because before I know it, he will be here!
Will is a very active baby; always kicking or stretching his body. I can clearly feel where he is positioned because he is bulging out this way or that. At my last ultrasound (30 weeks), he showed to be very low (like Jack was), and positioned head down for birth. He is also measuring 2 weeks big, which is awesome because it means NOTHING except that I might have a big baby. That’s what every mama wants to hear right?! Other than being BIG, everything looks and sounds great. We were worried about some marginal placenta previa for a while, but the latest u/s showed that the placenta was up out of the way now!
I am feeling ok. Very tired from Jackson. He is in a super fun toddler stage, but it has also been a trying time. He is exerting his will early on and having frequent melt downs. I try to do something active with him everyday to focus his energy, but the outings and the tantrums are wearing on my body. I do have a lot of time to rest at nights so I am thankful for that! I am also thankful that Jackson has been walking for the past 2 months. He has been doing a fantastic job following me to and from the car, which is helpful when I am carrying in groceries.
We have been working on the letter “B.” We identify it with our bath letters or magnet letters, and say words that start with B. He repeats “baby” and I am trying to help him make the connection between “baby” and my pregnant belly. We also read a book called “Biscuit and the Baby,” and I point to the baby in the pictures and then to my stomach. Who knows if he is figuring it out…but in 2 months there will be a crying newborn entering his world and he will figure it out soon enough!
I have slowly started nesting. We got a double stroller (which I love!!) and I am asking for a new sling carrier for Christmas. I also pulled out some of my newborn clothes and have started doing some organizing. I don’t plan on focusing on it too much until after Christmas though!
I am, however, very excited for the birth. Over the past 2 years I have gotten really interested in childbirth, and I am even going to be a doula for my friend’s birth any day now! I am bummed that I won’t have Lauren and Darlene to help this time, but I hired an AWESOME doula (she was the instructor of my birth class with Jack and is giving me a super good deal since we have become friends) and my friend Jenny will be there as well to help Kevin.
Keep praying for energy to love Jackson well during this time, but also pray for rest so that I can take care of myself and baby Will.
We can’t wait to hold you and snuggle with you, baby Will! You are already such a gift to our family!