Saturday, September 8, 2012

All of a sudden, I'm 24 weeks pregnant

24 weeks pregnant, or V-day as some people call it.

V standing for viability.  At 24 weeks pregnant, the baby becomes at least 50% likely to survive if delivered at that time, with the odds increasing in baby's favor as more time passes.

24 weeks... meaning... in less than one month- more like 3 weeks- I will be in my third trimester with baby girl.

Where did the time go?!?

I know with little man's pregnancy, I analyzed every single little thing that happened.  Dh & I read books, we followed time lines, I looked at an iPhone pregnancy progress application probably 1-2 times per week.  We really enjoyed the seemingly slow progression of 9 months of pregnancy.

This time is completely different.  I think this is because of a combination of how much of a whirlwind the first trimester was- as we weren't even sure there would be a baby for portions of that time- as well as the fact that we have a toddler at home has made this process seem much, MUCH quicker.

At this point in little man's pregnancy, we were putting together furniture, setting up our nursery, enjoying baby showers with loving friends and family, and just beginning to feel outside kicks to where Dh could understand what I had been feeling on the inside.  I remember- I was also scared.  At this point in my pregnancy with little man, I remember thinking about just how little clue I had about what life held for us with a baby.  I mean, I understood the basics of having a child, but the unknowns were very confusing and scary for me.  Just how much would our lives change?  Would I love this baby like he deserved?  Would I be a good enough parent?  Would we ever sleep again?  

25 weeks pregnant with little man
Even if you're used to being around children, it is really, really difficult to understand the depth of the changes that are about to happen in your lives.  

This pregnancy is different, however.  I could not be more excited.  

Now I know what having a child does to change your life.  Regardless of all the ways it isn't as great (lack of sleep, less time to yourself, less money to yourself, etc.), it changes your life so incredibly much for the better.  Looking back now, it is hard to even imagine life without little man- and I really don't even want to have to ever think about that.  He has given us so much joy, love, and happiness, that I can only be so thankful for the coming of our second child.

In saying that, I really want this baby to stay in her happy little home in my belly as long as she needs, as long as it takes to grow and become healthy and ready for this big world. 
 
But, man, I am just so excited to meet her.

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7 comments:

  1. I just realized I'm only a few days ahead of you...Thanks for the info about "V-day". I had never heard of it, but it's definitely interesting to know. I love reading your comparisons with little man and this pregnancy...I think it helps put some of my fears to rest! Thank you! :)

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  2. You look great! I know I celebrated "V" day with my twins. With twins you never know how long they are gonna stay in there!

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  3. I know exactly what you mean about pregnancy flying by after the first one....when I was pregnant with our first, Gus, I documented everything, made all these little albums with belly pics and ultrasounds, and I read every book I could get my hands on. With my daughter, I didn't purchase anything for her until my 3rd trimester. Part of that was fear because we lost twins between my son and daughter's pregnancies, and the heartbreak and devastation made me very superstitious and anxious during her pregnancy. Now that I'm pregnant with our 3rd, I'm almost 17 weeks (I had to look that up on my pregnancy app because I honestly had no idea...) and I forget I'm pregnant most of the time. Most of the anxiety is gone; now it's just that I'm in survival mode with a 3 year old and a 6 month old most days, haha. I'm so glad you are excited and looking forward to your 2nd. I think in most cases, there's so much less stress the 2nd time around since you sort of know what you're doing at that point. Good luck! I can't wait to see pictures of her! :-)

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  4. Thank you so much ladies!!! (& Congrats again Lindsay!)

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  5. Yay for V-day! It passed for me and I didn't even realize it. It's good to hear that the second time around isn't quite as stressful!

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  6. I just read an old post about when we announced baby number two to the family and I can't believe how quickly it was over. Pilot is almost 2 months old now and I can't believe it! It stays just as quick after they arrive! I enjoyed the twitter blog party and glad I found your blog ;)

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