I feel very blessed that with modern technology, I can carry to term. But really? Pregnancy is very hard on me. Much harder than most women & I am just through with it.
I know Evelyn is my last baby. After I had Collin, I knew I would want one more baby & that would be it. The emotional aspect of pregnancy alone is hard on me & I feel like I cannot attach to my babies until they are in the, "safe zone." Losing another baby...I don't think I could survive Liam all over again. And I also don't think my cervix could handle another cerclage. So, Evie is it for me. And I am completely at peace with that.
That said, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the differences between my pregnancies with Collin & Evelyn.
I was super swollen when I was pregnant with Collin. Just swollen. Everywhere. Michelin Man status. No pre-e, either, even though they made me pee in a jug for 24 hours to make sure. That was fun times for my fridge.
My not-so-little man was also taking up maximum capacity up in my uterus. I was stretched to my limit. My belly was like sandpaper & I winced at the slightest touch. My stretch marks started to take on a blood-like appearance, even. It was gnarly. People were constantly asking if I was carrying twins or commenting how I, "must be ready for it to be over." Thank you. Yes. I was.
For the record, Collin was born at 36 weeks at nine pounds even. Spent about an hour in the NICU & then was released to Mama.
With Evelyn, there is still lots of room for her to kick & swim around. Which is obvious because she keeps me up at night with her bouts of DDR play. I don't get the bug eyed looks, which is nice. But this little sister kicks my butt energy wise. Just washing the dishes is a massive undertaking & I'm out of breath after making the boys' beds. She sits very low, so bending down of any sort is a feat of Olympic proportions, which would explain why my legs haven't been shaved in three weeks.
I find it super fascinating how different these two pregnancies have been. I wonder if it's because one was a boy & the other a girl? Were your pregnancies super different?