Baby, Baby: Second Trimester
Ah second trimester how I loved you! Gone was the constant nausea and extreme exhaustion that had me sleeping all day. Hello energy and feeling like myself! The initial pregnancy stage had been so rough physically and mentally I felt like a rubbish mum, wife and friend because I couldn’t manage to do much at all. The simple act of being able to play with Penelope all day again has been amazing.
The other best part of second trimester is going public with the news! I hated keeping quiet with the news, it’s such a huge shift in your life to keep private. Being able to tell everyone we were expecting was such a joy on many levels! Letting Penelope know the big news was exciting and thankfully she took it really well. We had been telling her for weeks not to touch mummy tummy or jump on top of me and finally she could figure out why. She’s been excited and reminds me every day that i’ve got a baby in my tummy and soon my tummy will get ‘really big’ -thanks for that!! Long may her enthusiasm last although she’s currently adamant that its a little sister and she doesn’t want a baby brother. Hmmm.
Bump Watch I felt like it took forever for my bump to make a proper appearance. January I looked like I had just indulged way to much over the holidays and I just felt chubby. Finally mid February i started to look rounder and my bump suddenly popped overnight whilst we were on holiday. Looking pregnant has made me feel so much better, I think because this is my second pregnancy I’m used to having a bump and so it feels great to see it!
The only downside during second trimester was the four weeks Penelope and I played tag team being ill. I had really bad flu and was in bed for days- despite getting the flu vaccine like I was told. I did also take an epic fall down our very steep driveway whilst carrying Penelope (last time I do that) where I managed to save her and bump from taking any impact. In doing so I sacrificed my knees and back, which I’ve gone for physio to help get better.
One thing thats really different second time round is I forget I’m pregnant. Not 100% forget obviously but I find i’m so busy with Penelope or doing other things during the day that its only at night I’m more aware! sounds silly but thats how its been. Maybe its also because I know what its like to be pregnant so i’m more complacent?
Anyway, I’m now into the third trimester and I hope it passes by as quickly as the second did! But not too quickly because there’s plenty to be done before baby makes his/her debut in June.