Finally, I’m 17 weeks pregnant!
It’s been more than a month since my last post. The good news to share with you is: I’m finally 17 weeks pregnant with baby #2! He’s expected to arrive around 10 Nov 2011, which is very near my birthday. What a wonderful birthday present to expect. Oh, and did I mention “he”? Ha… he opened his legs really WIDE during the 12th week scan to show us clearly that he’s a boy.
The Journey to Pregnancy…
hasn’t been easy. I was actually pregnant last October with an EDD of June (that’s this month). However, even at the 6th week scan, my very sharp ob-gyn warned us of the large yolk sac, which was likely due to chromosomal defect. At the 8th week scan, it was confirmed that there was no fetal heartbeat, that is, a missed abortion or silent miscarriage occurred. I chose to induce the miscarriage at home through medicine. It was a challenging day. After that, I felt very relieved and regained my energy quickly.
After one menstrual cycle, we tried again for baby #2 and succeeded. Of course, we waited patiently until the 12th week scan showed a good chance that baby #2 would become a reality this year. Thank God for the blessing!
The First Trimester…
has been spent largely on the bed resting. As with the previous two pregnancies, I felt extremely sleepy and lethargic right from the start. This time round, at least I’d the energy to continue homeschooling and playing with Vee. That pretty much exhausted me out and I couldn’t stay awake long enough to write anything.
There were several nights when insomnia hit and I couldn’t fall asleep until 6 to 7a.m. This certainly made a me a grouchy mum. On most mornings (even now), Vee’s the one to drag me out of bed. Many times, I simply laid on the bed and let Vee play with a mountain of Lego blocks around me.
The good thing is there has been no nausea, unlike the first pregnancy when I vomited day and night for weeks. Being able to keep the food down means I started gaining weight early on.
I also begun delegating more tasks to hubby — bathing Vee and putting him to bed on most nights. This is an important period for him to bond with Daddy before baby brother arrives. Fortunately, Vee seems very attached to his new brother and talks to him a lot every day. It’s as if baby has already arrived — they’ve home lessons together, read books side by side, and Vee even tries to feed baby milk from my breasts! Yes, breastfeeding is very important to me, and I certainly need Vee’s support and co-operation in future.
The Second Trimester…
sees me gaining more energy again. We spent a short weekend at a nearby resort. Then I single-handedly brought Vee on a flight to Singapore for my first opportunity to vote in the May elections. Ha… everyone was concerned about a pregnant me handling Vee alone for the flights, yet I made it! He was very co-operative, and spending a week at my parents’ place allowed me to rest completely while the toddler was well-entertained.
Before backaches start to hit as my tummy grows bigger, we’re planning for more short getaways. Thinking back, I’m really glad to have travelled when being pregnant with Vee. While in my tummy, he visited Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Langkawi and Malacca. Then after he arrived, we only started travelling again when he was 9 months old because well… he was sooooo fussy about sleeping.
I’m clearing a lot of backlog of reviews and giveaways. While energy permits, I hope to share as much as I’ve learnt about parenting with you. Take care and you’d be hearing from me again soon.
P.S. If you just had a baby or are expecting a baby this year, do leave a comment and share your good news too.