Friends! It has been so long. If you haven’t already heard, we have some pretty exciting news…we’re having another baby in December!!!
…ecstatic! We are so, so, so unbelievably excited to have another baby! The past few months have been a whirlwind, and people were so right when they said your second pregnancy goes so much faster! I kind of felt like death for the first 13 weeks, but thankfully after that I experienced a truly miraculous resurgence of energy + health, for which I was SO GRATEFUL. Being sick + taking care of a toddler is tough! Luckily Sophie is just such a good little girl, I’m so grateful for her and her sweet spirit. Some days all we did was lay on the couch and read books together and watch Moana, and she was perfectly content 🙂
Evenings are still the hardest part of the day where I feel the most nauseated, so I usually try to just get to bed early…although lately we’ve been binge-watching Queer Eye & Chopped, soooo sometimes getting to bed early doesn’t actually happen – haha!
We had our first appointment with a midwife when I was 9 weeks. Because I was sure of the date of my last cycle, we didn’t get an ultrasound, but they didn’t even look for a heartbeat, either – which kind of freaked me out. I got the routine pelvic exam where the midwife said everything “felt right,” but it wasn’t very reassuring. It was just hard for me to feel like it was real, especially since in my first appointment with Sophie we had a dating ultrasound + heartbeat. Brig was anxious to tell friends and family, and I felt more reserved – what if this wasn’t even real? The pregnancy test was positive and my midwife said I “felt pregnant…” and that was it? I wanted to be excited but felt hesitant. Then, when I hit 14 weeks, we had our next appointment and that’s when we heard a heartbeat for the first time – I love love love that moment! Hearing your little baby’s heartbeat never gets old. We also found out that I have an anterior placenta again, which really doesn’t harm anything, but it does make it more difficult to feel those sweet first baby kicks, which gave me so much anxiety when I was in the first half of my pregnancy with Sophie.
I had an OB that I really, really loved when I was in Texas, though I’m excited to be having the midwife experience this time around. Both are wonderful and great, but I do love the more holistic philosophy that midwives hold. We are optimistic and hoping for a successful VBAC come this December, and so far I’m a good candidate!
…anything salty and savory, just like when I was pregnant with Sophie! Also – strangely – I’ve been craving milk, like straight up dairy milk, which is funny because I have never been a milk drinker – at least not since I was little.
I’ve felt strangely averse to avocados, which makes me SO SAD because I love avocados normally. They just don’t sound good at all right now! I’m also super sensitive to sweet things and don’t crave them hardly at all – even just a couple bites of ice cream feel like too much for me, which is so hilarious and crazy because when I’m not pregnant I have a total sweet tooth! If I do want something sweet, it’s some suuuper dark chocolate – Eating Evolved has been my go-to, which is thankfully now available in ALL Whole Foods across the US – hooray!! Also, peanut butter is a major turn-off right now. So weird!
I’m forcing myself to drink TONS of water, which I hate, because I don’t love drinking water – is that crazy? But I got really dehydrated when I was pregnant with Sophie and had to get IV fluids at the hospital towards the end of my pregnancy and I’m trying to be better this time around!
…for another girl 😁🎀💖 buuuut obviously what we want most is a healthy baby!! I really don’t trust my intuition at all when it comes to the gender of the baby because I was so convinced that Sophie was a boy, so we’ll have to wait and see 😉 Can’t wait to find out at our anatomy scan!
Thank you so much for your love, support, and patience over these past few months – I’ve been prioritizing my health and my little family, and will be more present soon. I am forever grateful for the friendships I have made because of The Foodwright!