This week marks 30 weeks of my second pregnancy. It has gone so incredibly fast, and it has made me think about how times change when you experience round 2. In two weeks, I will also finish work and begin maternity leave, as the school term comes to an end. I know that I will again find this incredibly challenging, as leaving my job, even for a short while is something that I am not really looking forward to. It might sound really weird, but being away from my job is hard for me, given that I love it. I remember driving home from my last day of work last time, and I rang Dan, balling my eyes out. He laughed in a bewildered, yet sympathetic way. I know, most people don’t love their job as much as I do.
That said, I am so looking forward to enjoying things differently this time around. Ella will still go to day care two days a week, and so I will have two days to rest and perhaps even do something for myself! Ella is going to day care firstly, because she loves it and I want her to continue to have fun experiences and do things that I won’t be able to do with her when her baby brother or sister arrives. Secondly, because friends tell me that it will help me with the transition to having two children. I know that I won’t be able to ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’, as timing Ella’s nap to coincide with the baby’s will be a challenge in itself. Finally, I hope to return to work in 2015, and so will simply need the place. Baby no. 2 is already down on the waiting list, so fingers crossed he or she gets in!
I’m also looking forward to enjoying the first few months a little more. With your first baby, you are so overwhelmed by the breast feeding, sleeping, non sleeping, burping, leaking and all the rest. It’s so much to deal with and time just flies. I’m hoping that with a little experience under my belt, this time will be a little easier. I just can’t wait to hold this little bubba…
People are consistently asking me if this pregnancy feels the same, or different to last time. I have to say, that up until this point, I’ve been too busy to notice, but luckily it has been problem free, and I’ve been feeling good. That is, except for the indigestion. Man….it’s a killer. I’m hoping that my obstetrician’s prescription kicks in soon. I’ve put on nearly as much weight as I did with Ella, and am starting to feel much bigger than my first pregnancy. The tumble turns have well and truly ‘kicked’ in, and I think that this baby is turning south!
So far, I’ve been making use of my triangle pillow to help support my growing bump at night, but I fear that it may soon need to progress to a full blown pregnancy pillow. Dan has memories of me taking over the bed with pillows stacked high, and I’m glad to report that I’m not there yet…but I’ll keep you posted!
So with ten weeks to go, I’m still yet to unpack the size 000 clothes from storage, or put together a single piece of baby furniture. We are on track for our house to be finished, but until then, I’ll rest easy knowing that I’ve got enough baby stuff to cope. As long as I can find it amongst the boxes of our belongings….