Pregnancy 2 - Week 18

Tuesday, May 24, 2016



Hiiiii ~ I just realized I started my previous pregnancy diary around this time too ha. So anyway, I'm almost halfway there yayy! I'm someone who really really does not enjoy pregnancy in any way lol, so I'm very glad it's just a few more months to go heh. This time I ended up losing 500g from my original weight at this point because my morning sickness was so bad; maybe it's a blessing in disguise? I was kinda worried about whether baby is getting enough nutrition initially, but my doctor told me if the mommy is suffering it usually means the baby is doing really well loll - cos taking up all the nutrients heh.

So one thing that's noticeably different this time round is how fast my tummy is growing! I'm already unable to fit into all my bottoms and have to wear larger sizes. Also, I'm starting to pee really frequently (sorry if this is TMI), the last time I only experienced this when I was in my third trimester. The body aches I experienced at the last leg of pregnancy the previous time has also begun.. hopefully it will not get much worse than now! 


Good thing about second time round is that I have a baby to keep me distracted from all the discomfort! Kayla is at this superrr sweet and fun age now, and having her around really helps me to find strength to go through this again ♥︎ 




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22 comments

  1. Congratulation of having your Number 2 very soon.....

    The happiness and love that your first baby brought into your life is beyond measure, and now you're thrilled to learn you are expecting another child. Although you've been through pregnancy and childbirth before, you now have added responsibilities and considerations in order to prepare for your second child.

    Preparing for a second child can be as rewarding and special as the first time. Helping your older child understand what to expect can lessen anxiety for both of you, and being aware of the changes to come is the best way to prepare for this joyous event.

    What Will Change?
    Having a second child and handling two kids can be a bit overwhelming at first. Getting organized before the baby is born is your best bet, even though that might be a bit more challenging than it was the first time around.

    Because your time will be restricted, you'll be busier — your once organized schedule may be stretched to the limit. Sleeping and meal schedules will fluctuate and will depend on the age of your older child.

    You also might tire more easily, even before the baby is born, since caring for your older child while pregnant takes a lot of energy. After the birth, the first 6 to 8 weeks can be particularly demanding, because your main job will be trying to get your infant on a feeding and sleeping schedule, while anticipating your older child's needs and changing emotions.

    One positive change that a second child brings is an increased confidence in your own abilities, knowledge, and experience. The things that seemed so difficult with your first child — breastfeeding, changing diapers, handling illness — will seem like second nature to you instead of a full-blown crisis.

    Expecting to share more of your joy in welcoming the additional new member into your family!

    Sandra

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  2. The best part of having a second child is that no one will try to give you parenting advice because they know you have already done this before. Congratulations.

    Ann

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  3. Cupid smiled upon you when you became a couple. The heavens smiled upon you when you got married. Angels blessed you when you became parents for the first time. The gods themselves have showered you with blessings, as you have become parents yet again. Congratulations.

    Faye

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  4. A second baby means double the cuteness, double the sweetness and double the happiness in your family. Congratulations.

    Elaine

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  5. The love of a newborn baby is pure, innocent and blissful. Congratulations for being able to experience it for the second time.

    Congratulation to you and your family.

    Andrea

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  6. The beauty of giving birth is much realized in hindsight. Ask any old woman how she felt when she gave birth to her child and a beautiful smile will light up her face. Now you have two reasons to keep you smiling for a lifetime. Congratulations.

    Marta

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  7. As human beings, you both have so many qualities that it would have been impossible to for one child to inherit all of them. Now you can pass on some of those qualities to your second bundle of joy. Congratulations.

    Nora

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  8. The experience of raising your first child will help you giving your second child an even better childhood. Congratulations.

    Anita

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  9. Remember how your firstborn took up all your time and became the priority of your life? So don’t worry, it is not possible for the second child to take up any more time. Congratulations.

    Ana

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  10. You already had the cutest child and now you have given birth to yet another cute toddler. How will you be able to handle this overdose of cuteness?

    Paola

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  11. Congratulation for getting a second baby!

    Bringing home a new baby will affect you in many ways — some physically and others emotionally. Increased exhaustion and mild anxiety is a normal occurrence after having a child.

    The "baby blues" can be frightening, but you don't have to endure feelings of depression alone. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. It's important to differentiate between a simple case of the "baby blues," which usually passes within a few weeks, and postpartum depression, a serious disorder that can lead to mood and sleep problems if untreated. If you begin to feel very depressed or anxious, or have thoughts about harming yourself or your baby, seek the help of your doctor immediately.

    Physically, you are likely to be sore and very tired, particularly if you had a difficult birth or cesarean delivery. This makes late-night feeding sessions tough, especially if you have decided to breastfeed.

    Seeking the help of a postpartum doula during the day can allow you to catch up on sorely needed rest and sleep. A postpartum doula is a specially trained woman who cares for mother and baby during the first couple of weeks after delivery.

    If you work outside the home, you might be unsure about the future of your career. Making a decision about whether to return to your job is an important one; enlist the support of your family and friends when weighing all of your options.

    Don't be surprised if you feel concerned about bonding with your new child. You might worry about whether you'll have just as much love for your new arrival as you do for your older child. You will — as moms and dads often report, a parent's love somehow doubles when another child is born.

    You can expect to have little or no time for yourself during the first few months following delivery. Sleepless nights and everyday tensions can be overwhelming, so be sure to make "alone time" a priority for you.

    Likewise, you and your partner will notice that you're rarely spending time together, so be sure to have an occasional date once things settle down.

    Enjoy your family life with 2 children.

    Viviana

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  12. The feeling of having your newborn place its head on your chest for the first time as you cuddle its tiny fingers is one of the miracles of life. You are lucky to have experienced it twice. Congratulations.

    Amo

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  13. Hi Kayla mama,

    Your first child may experience a range of emotions, from excitement to jealousy or even resentment. Younger toddlers are unable to verbalize their feelings, and their behaviors may regress after the new child is born. They might suck their thumb, drink from a bottle, forget their recent potty training skills, and communicate using baby talk in an effort to get your attention.

    Older toddlers and kids might express their feelings by testing your patience, misbehaving, throwing tantrums, or refusing to eat. These problems are usually short-lived, and a little preparation can help an older child adjust to the idea of welcoming a new sibling.

    Emphasize the important role an older sibling plays. Some tips to try:

    Let your older child help pick out items for the new baby's room. If your kids will be sharing a bedroom, this is particularly important.
    Find a special gift that your older child might like to share with the baby, such as a favorite book or toy, or a photo of the sibling for the baby's room. You might also want to pick out something for your older child too, such as a special chair for him or her sit in while you're feeding the baby. You can even have a small gift ready for the baby to give to your older child.
    Arrange special time just for you and your older child. This might involve a trip to the library, grocery store, or simply reading a few extra stories at bedtime. Your partner can help you by caring for the baby during these times.
    Role-play or read stories that will help your child understand what's happening in the family. Books about this written especially for toddlers are available. Check a local bookstore or ask your librarian for specific titles.
    Talk about what to expect when the baby comes home. Explain that a new baby cries, sleeps, and needs diaper changes frequently. Assure your older child that although the new baby needs lots of attention, there will still be plenty of time and love for him or her.
    Reinforce your older child's role in the family, saying that he or she will be the "big brother/sister" to the new baby, and let your child revel in this new role.
    Think of ways that your child can help you once the baby is born, so he or she is a part of the baby's care. Your oldest might get a diaper or a burp cloth when you need it, help pick out the baby's clothes for the day, or even dance around in front of the baby when he or she is cranky.
    Maybe your child could come to one of your prenatal visits or watch an ultrasound. If you're giving birth in a hospital setting, ask about sibling visitation after the baby is born.
    The arrival of a new baby brings big changes to older kids, so you might want to hold off on introducing other major changes. This is probably not the best time to start toilet teaching, to begin the transition from bottle to cup, or to enroll your child in a program that means separation from you for the first time. Consistency will help make your child's adjustment easier.

    Siblings play a very special role in a new baby's life, so don't leave your older child out of the decision-making. So much attention (new furniture, clothes, toys) is lavished on a new baby, making it easy for older kids to feel overlooked. Reassure yours by encouraging participation in the preparations.

    Be prepared.

    Stefany

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  14. Your family is growing, and with it love continues to blossom. May your blessings increase tenfold as we welcome your second child.

    Elda

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  15. A mother’s love is like no other. The smile on your first child’s face shows that your love is abundant. May you continue to delight in your children as your family grows.

    Lenia

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  16. It is so much easier the second time around. Welcome to double parenthood!

    Eliza

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  17. Your first child has brought joy to all who have the pleasure of knowing your family. And suly they can’t wait to experience the wonder that will come with your precious new gift.

    Ruth

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  18. Sibling hugs, kisses and rivalries are in your future. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
    Kathy

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  19. You know the joys that come from little toes and baby bows. Now it is time to do it all again. Dive in to the snuggles and kisses for the second time around. We are so happy for you!

    Brenda

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  20. When you met, the seeds of love were planted. As you grew to love each other the plant began to grow. With your first child a beautiful flower started to bloom. Now, a second bud is forming. May the flowers of your garden be ever fresh and ever sweet as you welcome your new baby.

    Berenice

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  21. Two kids means twice the love and twice the fun. Congratulations!

    Jefferson

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