I make no secret of the fact that I don’t enjoy pregnancy. It seems that no sooner have I finished spending every waking moment hovering around the toilet bowl, the aches and cramps set in. However, I am well aware that there are many people unable to have children, and every day, I am so grateful to have been through this twice.
This week, I’m officially in the third trimester, and the countdown is on! There’s a part of me hoping that Pickle will come early like his big brother (because, yes, I am already over it), but a part of me is also hoping that he doesn’t, just so we have more time to prepare.
I am under no illusion that being parents to two children will be easy, but I have less of the apprehensions and feelings of uncertainty that I felt with Tiny. It helps that Tiny was a Reflux Baby; he would only fall asleep at the boob, and each feed took over an hour-and-a-half until he was almost six months old. If Pickle is also a Reflux Baby (more likely, apparently, but not a given), I feel as though we’re better equipped to deal with it, because we know what might work, and that we will get through it. He can’t be a worse sleeper than Tiny was, and if we need help, we won’t be fobbed off as anxious first-time parents this time round.
Pickle is still very busy, and I’ve noticed that he reacts to Tiny’s voice which makes my heart almost explode with joy. Like Tiny did, he will stop kicking/punching/practising his ninja moves the moment Tall places his large, always-warm hand on my belly, as though he can sense the increased pressure as different from my child-like, chilly paws.
Putting on my socks is already starting to be a struggle, and lacing up shoes is quickly becoming an aerobic activity. I’m very short in the torso, which means the only way to go is out…which means I look like I’ve shoved a basketball up my top. I carried Tiny in exactly the same way, and even though I feel huge now, I am well aware that I will stick out further and further over the next 13 weeks. Bye bye, feet!
Linking up with Simone over at greatfun4kids