Thursday, September 13, 2007

Differences

I'm 34 weeks today - one more month! I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy has gone by. In some ways, this pregnancy has been very similar to Sara's - not much morning sickness - with Sara, I has started taking my prenatal vitamins in the morning, that made me sick, so I quickly changed to taking them before bed. With this pregnancy, Peanut doesn't like coffee, some mornings just the sight of coffee on a commercial made me gag. I was tired in the 1st & 3rd trimesters with both pregnancies - as to be expected.
But the differences! I've gained more weight with Peanut than with Sara. I hadn't lost all of the weight from my first pregnancy when I got pregnant again, so I'm at the heaviest I've ever been. I don't let that bother me - as long I can bring home a healthy baby, I don't care how big I get. But Peanut is big too! He approximately weighs 6 lb, 3 oz, Sara weighed 5 lb, 4.8 oz when she was delivered. Of course my mental state is different. I'm so excited to be pregnant again & so very close to having Peanut soon. But my innocence is gone. I know that all babies don't live and sometimes it's hard to imagine the future with a baby. But then I have moments of excitement, I'll buy clothes for Peanut, knowing that he'll get to wear them.
One of the biggest differences though is the placenta. With Sara, the placenta was in the front, it dulled her movements. I could feel her move & often DH could too. But comparing the two, OMG it's so different. I feel Peanut moving so much more, I can pick up on weaker movements from him, as he's warming up for his dance routines. He performs several times a day, in addition to general re-arranging. I put a small bowl on my belly while he's wiggling & it moves, my whole belly rolls. Sometimes it tickles. It gives me reassurance when I can feel him move so much. I wish Sara's placenta were in the back, then her kicks & wiggles could have been stronger too. Perhaps I would have noticed more of a change in her movements. I know the placenta didn't affect her, but I wonder if our story would be different if it were in the back.

6 comments:

Monica said...

I had a little more morning sickness with Jimmy, although it is hard to say. Perhaps I just got used to it with Critter. Critter and Jimmy seem to be about the same activity wise, although lately Critter has been very active. I think he is larger at this stage than Jimmy was. I imagine it is a lot different to carry Peanut since he is so much larger than Sara, then when you factor in the placenta it must seem like you have two babies inside you. It's good to hear you are buying clothes. I've bought a few more (ok, a lot more). But I'm still holding back. I'm still a little guarded. I understand what you mean about Sara's placenta, but I wish you would not dwell on it. Perhaps you might have noticed decreased fetal movement, but perhaps not. It didn't help me. By the time I noticed it, he had already passed. But then again, I didn't do kick counts back then and the day he passed I was busy taking care of last minute things so I wasn't really paying attention to things like that. Boy how this pregnancy has changed. So you are right, their are similarities, but a whole lot a differences in these two pregnancies too.

Monica H said...

Congrats on 34 weeks! I am excited for you and can't wait to see Peanut.

Monica H said...

I just opened a bottle of cranberry juice and on the lid was an expiration date of 10/11/07. That's Peanut's "expiration" date too!

Kristi said...

Monica C. - I try not to dwell on it, it's just something I'm aware of, esp. when Peanut is kicking so hard & I realize that Sara seldom kicked that hard. I agree - by the time I had realized that she wasn't moving, it would have been too late - regardless of the placenta placement. As we get closer to Sara's 1st birthdate & Peanut induction, I can't help but wonder "what if"...

Monica said...

Is your time stamp off? Tell me your weren't posting at 6:20 AM. Go to sleep!!! Yeah, I spend a good portion of the day on "what ifs". I find myself doing it a lot while I sit in traffic. Or at a meeting. But it happened and there is no way to change it. I just have to change my life to honor Jimmy and appreciate the gifts he has brought to me.. .like you and Monica.

Kristi said...

Yes, my time stamp is off. I guess I should fix that. I was sound asleep at 6:20 am : )