Baby #2

And I'm back...and pregnant with baby #2. Yup it's been awhile, so let's catch up on what's been happening. I told Nick I was pregnant by having Reese give him this little package below. His expression was priceless and I'll never forget how confused and surprised he was.

this little joy - baby number 2

I found out I was pregnant shortly after Reese's 2nd birthday. So I am currently at 18 weeks along already this week. Which is crazy. At first, I felt nothing. I felt totally normal, it was great! I kept waiting for something to happen, to make me feel like it wasn't all just a dream, but I continued to feel fine week after week. And then week 8 happened. I suddenly had all day 24/7 nausea which hit me hard. They say every pregnancy is different, and that is certainly the truth for me. This first trimester was really tough, and I don't remember having most of the symptoms with Reese. Besides the nausea, I also had terrible insomnia for about 6 weeks. I would say the nausea finally ended (knock on wood) after 9 weeks. So yeah, last week.

Needless to say, life has totally changed in the last two months. I've basically been trying to survive each day and just get through to bed time. All my energy is spent on trying to get out the door to work and Reese to school, and constantly thinking about what to eat and the next time I can sleep again. Each day, I rack my brain trying to think of what to eat, only to make it or go get it, and have it suddenly seem so unappealing. Our food budget has totally gone out the window. Eating or not eating, it didn't matter, nothing helped the nausea go away during the worst of it. Bread and mac and cheese were good most days. Veggies are usually out. Fruit or a smoothie usually sound good to me. And sometimes red meat. And margarita pizza. But pretty basic stuff only. 

I'm starting to feel better and more normal in terms of eating real meals again in the last week or two. Which is a relief! And the baby is doing great, which is amazing. I really can't complain and we feel truly so blessed.

this little joy - baby number 2

We talk to Reese about becoming a big sister all the time. She is really funny about it and most times replies by telling me about "her baby" which is her favorite baby doll. She is very sweet to her and pushes her around in the doll wagon and puts her to sleep in her crib with all her blankets. It is very cute to watch and gives me hope she will be the same way when the baby arrives!

this little joy - baby number 2
this little joy - baby number 2

Ready to be a big sister!

this little joy - baby number 2

I hope to continue to feel better and get back into the kitchen and cooking again. But to be honest, it just hasn't been the priority lately. It has truly been all about survival the last few weeks, and making it through the day without letting things fall through the cracks. Sometimes I feel guilty that I am not eating better, exercising more, remember to take my prenatal vitamins everyday, etc. But I am doing the best I can for the moment! I do hope to get that second trimester energy that everyone talks about...so far I feel like I am permanently stuck in the first trimester blahs. But I know every week is different and it can all change tomorrow. So, just trying to take it day by day, and also treasure this time before our family grows. It is very exciting and already going by way too fast!