This pregnancy has just been completely different than my first one. For one, it's FLYING by, and I think it's because I'm living a busier day-to-day life instead of sitting behind a computer at work and having nothing to really think about besides the baby. It's like I just woke up one day and I was 33 weeks pregnant. Insanity.
Secondly, I feel like this has been a much easier pregnancy. At this point with Levi, I was just huge, swollen, and my body was just in shock, I think. This time, I feel like my body has a better grasp on things and it's just been easier. I'm not as uncomfortable (yet), very minimal swelling (I was a BALLOON at this point with Levi), not as much weight gain, lower blood pressure, and no pain unless I overdo it. Overall, I just feel a lot better. The biggest difference doctor's appointment wise is that I had to take the 3 hour glucose test a couple weeks ago. It was brutal (I was starving and sick of needles), but I passed it with flying colors and all was well. (Thank you, God!) I joke with Husby that with Levi I had a harder pregnancy but an easy baby, and that this time I'll probably have an easier pregnancy and a difficult baby. Ha! ;)
Thirdly, this isn't the complete life change that our first one was, so it just seems more natural. With your first baby, you've never done it before, you don't have any baby things, you are used to grown-up life and your world is just literally turned upside down in every way, shape and form when you read that positive pregnancy test. Life changes COMPLETELY. But with your second, you know what to expect, know how to do everything, and you have a little bit of a grasp on the whole parenting thing, so it's like you are just adding to the mix. That is how I feel about it. I have so much excitement about adding him to our little family, and it's such a peaceful excitement. A natural, wonderful feeling of complete peace and gratefulness.
In a few short weeks, we will be a family of FOUR!
The nursery is coming along! My in-laws came and painted it for us a few weeks ago, and I have several photos getting framed at Hobby Lobby. Still waiting on the bedding and curtains to come in and our new glider. This nursery will be the total opposite of Levi's, but I am really really excited about it. I can't wait to see how it all comes together! Again, it probably won't be done until the baby is here, but that is okay ... we have time! Levi didn't sleep in his room until he was 4 months old, anyway. Hehe!
Sweet baby Ezra Ray looks great every time we have a doctor's visit, and he has been head down the past several weeks. I'm always expecting him to be head up when I go in, simply because he moves around and flips and flops ALL of the time. Sweet boy never stops. He is just the littlest sugar bear!!
Big brother Levi is still super excited. He kisses him good morning and goodnight and talks about him like he's already here. Sweet boy. I'm praying that he keeps his sweet excitement and love when he comes. I just know he is going to be the best helper (he already is), and best big brother in the world. I bought them the cutest little matching shirts the other day to wear together and Levi talked about those shirts all day long. I can't wait to see my two boys in them together. Precious.
It's crazy to think that if our baby boy comes when his big brother did, he will be here in less than 5 weeks. I mean, seriously. I feel like we don't even realize how soon he will be here. Nine months seems like such a long time when you are starting out, but good golly miss molly, it goes by so fast! I keep wondering if we will have a baby by Easter. I think that we will. I hope I go to April, but I guess we shall wait and see! :)
With every kick, jab, hiccup and leap, I can't help but stop and thank my God. The miracle of life is ... indescribable.