So now that I have officially hit 9 months I figured I’d share all my ups and downs on being pregnant with a toddler. When Lilah was just 10 months old we found out that she was going to be a big sister. It may come as a shock, but this was actually a planned pregnancy. I loved the thought of having my kids close in age. The thought of taking an infant to Lilah’s sports activities did not excite me, and I really was ready to just get that second pregnancy over with! So here I am, I survived 9 months of pregnancy with a toddler.
First Trimester: This trimester really is a doozy. I thought for sure this pregnancy would be different, but I was just as sick as the first. At six weeks pregnant I started having morning sickness on a daily basis. I think you forget how bad this sucks because after awhile you just get used to the vomiting. Not only did I have morning sickness, but I had the hardest time staying awake. Luckily I stay home, so every time Lilah took a nap I was able to rest. The problem with this though is nothing gets done! My house was a disaster and Lilah wasn’t even walking yet to destroy it. I think if I would have just got pregnant with Lilah being the age she is now, this trimester would have been even harder. She is down to only one nap and she also successfully makes the house a mess by herself! I can’t imagine chasing her around, dealing with teaching her no she can’t climb that or touch that, on top of being extremely nauseated and tired.
Second Trimester: I honestly can say I don’t remember much about this trimester. I guess the good thing about already having a little one is that this trimester will seriously fly by! I was still sick until about 25 weeks, but I feel like it wasn’t as horrible this trimester. I think the one thing that was constantly on my mind was, “is Lilah going to have a little brother or sister?” I was so curious if my life was going to be forever filled with all pink or if we would end up having the best of both worlds.
Third Trimester: THIS IS THE HARDEST ONE. Even though I’m over the morning sickness, I still have to say this has been the toughest trimester! Lilah is so busy and one nap a day doesn’t give me much down time, especially when I have so much to prepare and get ready for the new baby. My belly is at the point where it’s heavy and not to mention Lilah has gained a few pounds as well! By the end of the day I feel like my body just aches from picking her up and down. Simple things like changing her diaper is really exhausting and don’t even get me started on how hard it is going to the grocery store by myself with her. When you have to pee every 5 minutes going anywhere is a task, but try having to hold your toddler on your lap every time you have to make that trip to the bathroom is serious work. All she wants to do is squirm out of your arms and touch everything in that nasty bathroom and you are over here trying figure out how to pull your pants up with one hand. The good news is I have gained significantly less weight this pregnancy. I don’t have the luxury of going to get Chili’s every time I crave it like last time because who wants to pack up a toddler every time a craving strikes? I haven’t exercised much, but chasing Lilah around and picking her up several times a day has been enough to help keep the extra weight off. It really is a relief now that I’m almost done, but man I’m so emotional at this point! If I see anything that says little or big sister just don’t mind me because I will be most likely over here sobbing. Life is going to be so different having two and it’s hard not to get emotional about trying to give Andy, Lilah, and Cali one hundred percent of myself. If I have learned one thing though during this pregnancy it’s this, “You somehow just do it, even when it’s hard.”