Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Changes and similarities

This week has definitely had a bit of deja vu. During the first trimester, I marveled at the differences between the two pregnancies.

Now that the queasiness is gone, I'm recognizing many similarities.

The restless legs have started to make a slow comeback. It's not every night, but maybe twice a week. I have a feeling that it will be more of an issue as the pregnancy progresses.

I'm also starting to experience the heartburn. It's not quite as bad as it was with Little Elvis, but I'm sure that will change as well. With him, I got heartburn after eating a soda cracker. With Baby Plum, I mainly get heartburn after eating something super tart (I like malt vinegar on my fries.)

The ice-crunching is also making a comeback. Ice was the only "food" I craved with Little Elvis. I would happily munch on ice night and day. With Baby Plum, I first only wanted super-icy water. But now, once the cold water is downed, I munch on the ice.

One of the best side-effects of my Little Elvis pregnancy was that my eyebrows rarely needed plucking. During the first trimester with Baby Plum, I would have several new hairs each morning! But now that I'm happily in the second trimester, I haven't had to pick up the tweezers once! Oh, happy day. Because with this pregnancy, I feel the pain of shots and eyebrow tweezes much more acutely.

And an odd side-effect with both pregnancies has been my increased animal magnetism with the cats. With Little Elvis, Wally would not leave me alone. Slappy has taken over those duties this pregnancy. I cannot sit down without her joining me. Must be some sort of hormones.

My belly looks a whole lot more like a pregnant belly this time as well. With Little Elvis, it didn't poke out until month 5. It's definitely poking out, and I'm just now entering the 4th month. I'm wearing nothing but maternity clothes at this point, and they are so much more comfortable!

One other "difference," although it could be wishful thinking, is that I've already felt Baby Plum moving! The stars have to be aligned just right. The first time I felt what I'm calling a kick, happened while I was rocking Little Elvis before bedtime. He likes to "lay" on me, hugging my neck, with his head resting on my shoulder. We are tummy to tummy. While rocking him, I sneezed. The pressure of the sneeze against the pressure of his little body, made me feel a kick!

I didn't feel Little Elvis rocking and rolling until about week 22, so this very well could all be in my head. The baby kicks are one of my favorite parts of being pregnant.


Blogger mpotter said...

i loved feeling the baby move as well! and it's amazing how little she did move... then to see her as a newborn- big difference.

now on the 2nd time around, i hope things will be better for you-esp in the hearburn regard.

now you know what to look for, and hopefully what to do if something's bothersome.


3:17 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Ah the restless legs, I had that during my first and now only once and a while with my second. Funny little things about pregnancy.

12:29 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

Be careful with the ice eating. I have always heard that it can damage your teeth.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Love hearing all about your pregnancy!
and i am sure it is baby you are feeling. with babes 2-6, I felt movement at around 16 weeks and over. Yay!

6:45 PM  

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