1st Trimester 2.0

Wow... I thought being pregnant the first time was hard. Boy oh boy was I wrong. 

This time is way worse. Instead of being hormonal, tired, and hungry all the time ..... add in chasing a toddler around. Instead of napping when tired, I'm running around with a toddler who knows no boundaries. Instead of eating when hungry, I'm making 5 meals for a picky small person who will only eat 3 bites and then say "all done." All of this together typically results in crying. Either from a small person or myself... usually both, if I'm being honest. 

EXHAUSTION is a whole new level this time around. Considering I typically run off of coffee tapped in by I.V. It bothered my stomach when I was pregnant with Ellie so lately I've been staying away from it for the most part in fear of being sick. Let's just say tea just isn't quite cutting it. So basically I've bought any product that also includes caffeine for my extra boost. 

I wish I would have been prepared for how I would have felt when we found out we were pregnant. I'd be lying if I said I didn't struggle with being excited this time around.  I constantly felt like something was wrong with me. If someone else had told me how not excited they felt when they were pregnant with their second, I would think something was up too. How could you not be excited for a baby? This was something we planned for and something we so very very very much wanted.  Was something wrong with me? The answer is no, nothing is wrong with you. I've recently talked to my mom and a few friends who remember feeling the exact same way. 

They really helped me feel like I'm not alone. I guess just not having the 24/7 time to spend thinking about how my life will change, what my baby will be like, and if I'll be a good mother. I'm just busy running around with a toddler until I crash for nap time and then do it all over again until bedtime. Since we've already been through this, we sorta know what to expect. 

The only thing different, is not knowing how this is going to affect Ellie. How is she going to handle the transition? Is she going to be ok? Is she going to think we don't have time for her? I know she's going to be a great big sister, but I just worry sometimes. 

I did manage to find a few things to help with some of the least favorite parts of being pregnant. It seems as though every time I've been pregnant, my face has been so oily and causing countless breakouts. This was something new for me, I haven't had these issues since I was like in high school so I really struggled to find some things that would help. One of my new favorite things is this Pure Clay Facial Cleanser with Charcoal by L'Oreal. It's been helping tremendously with the oiliness and breakouts. 

My favorite prenatal vitamins are by Nature's Bounty. I tend to do better with prenatal gummies than with regular prenatals. I find the regular ones smelling and tasting fishy and no wonder people are nauseous. I could never keep those ones down. So I've just always taken gummy vitamins and call it a day.

I will say I have been extremely fortunate to not have too much nausea with this pregnancy. But when the occasional wave of nausea rolls in, I carry the Preggie Pop Drops with me. I keep them in the car, diaper bag, and purse at all times. There's nothing worse than being out and about and not feeling well. I've heard mixed reviews on these working for people but they've worked for me.

I will say I feel like it's on the up and up but that's probably because I'm approaching the end. The end of the 1st Trimester that is. I wish it was the end end but I'm trying to embrace this time and find ways to enjoy it. I'm absolutely thrilled to have another baby. My life changed for the better when we had Ellie and I wouldn't trade it for the world. But you just don't have all the time in the world to sit and think about being pregnant like you do the first time and that's ok. 


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