I miss writing blog posts here- they've become a welcomed outlet for me, much like journaling. I can share what interests me, organize my own thoughts on topics and events in my life, and brag about my gorgeous little girl without feeling guilty. Most of my posts in the past 19 months have been written while Tye was napping or after she'd fallen asleep for the night, especially more recently, since Tye turned into Tye-nado.
But for the past few months, I've been needing those quiet times for extra sleep myself. I'm now 10 1/2 weeks pregnant! I took a pregnancy test on Mother's Day that turned up positive- a little celebration I'll always remember on future Mother's Days.
Like my pregnancy with Tye, I've been battling morning sickness- more nausea and gagging than actual vomiting, but I think that's because I spend so much energy willing my food to stay down once it's in. I was starting to really worry about the weight I've been losing, but at my midwife appointment last week, I was reminded that this isn't quite the same as my pregnancy with Tye.
This time around, I have more weight to lose (since I never did return to my pre-baby weight completely). I'm better rested, thanks to my daily naps with Tye. I'm also under far less stress than the spring and summer I taught while expecting. As much as I love teaching, staying home with Tye carries fewer concerns and deadlines. I also discovered that a supplement of Vitamin B6 has helped ease my nausea and at least keep me mobile- and able to run around with Tye.
Friday of last week, Tye and I visited the midwife office. Amy, who attended Tye's birth, saw us and we listened to our new babe's heartbeat. I'll never cease to be amazed by the power of that sound- such reassurance, joy, and gratitude in response to a pattern of rapid thumps. Until I begin to feel this baby move, those thumps are all I have. Well, those thumps, the nausea (which I know is a good sign for the pregnancy), and my already-expanding belly. At 10 weeks now, I look more like I did at 15 weeks with Tye.
My official due date is January 15, giving us plenty of time to prepare ourselves for our next addition. I'm thrilled for Tye to be an older sister. I am blessed to have really wonderful, close relationships with my two younger brothers, and I feel strongly that a sibling is the best gift I could ever give Tye. Still, sometimes it's hard for me to believe that we're entering our next stage in life, becoming a family with more than one child. I look forward to the changes that are coming, and to chronicling them all here, just as I did with Tye's arrival. Just maybe not during nap time for a little while.