My name is Kara, I'm 36 and SO thrilled to be pregnant :)
I was married to my first husband and had 2 boys with him who are now 13 & 9. We separated when I was pregnant with the youngest and later divorced. 5 years ago I met my current husband and we married April 7, 2012 on our 5 year dating anniversary. I tell him that I'm making his anniversary gift (the baby) so I hope he's working on mine too. ha! Baby just may be born on our anniversary too! DH also has a girl who is 9 making our 9 year olds 7 months apart, mine being the older. He'll turn 10 in May.
10 YEARS since I've had a baby! I've told people that when I was pregnant before that life was normal and I was just pregnant. Now I'm pregnant and trying to live life. Pregnancy is so different this time, I can't ignore any of the symptoms and it leading/shaping my life right now. I'm sure not taking any of it for granted.
When DH & I found out it was a boy within minutes he said we could have another one. I was shocked because I never thought we'd "get" to have a baby. With the other kids being "older" we just talked and talked about how a baby would change our lives and "reset" our worlds back to baby land and give us 18+ more years of kids in the home. Just after we got married our hearts changed and we started trying for a baby.
My 13 year is very excited for the baby. He kisses the belly and talks to it more than the other 2 do. He talks about coming home from college and playing football with him! My 9 year old one night while I was at a meeting took it upon himself and set up the pack 'n play in his room to "help get ready for the baby". I thought it was so sweet. My 9 year old step-daughter bought the baby a stuffed animal and a fleece blanket for Christmas. So everyone is looking forward to this and I'm so glad, I was concerned how they would react.
I plan on EBF and I'm hoping all goes well. Again, I think just from the time lapse I'm nervous. I had zero problems really and pumped for over a year and we weaned just after his 3rd birthday. I hope I'm just as successful this time. I've read so much more this time and one thing that has me worried is it says to buy several types of bottles because you don't know what baby will take/like. Well, before I bought Advent and that was it. Period. I sent him to daycare at 6 weeks and he took the bottle. *shrug* So I really don't like the idea of buying several brands to "try" but I know "they say" every baby is different. Right now the only bottle I have planned on is the Medela so I can pump directly into the bottles. I was a prolific pumper before, pumping 24oz+ a day so I ended up an exorbitant amount of frozen milk that I ended up throwing away. Something else I will watch so it doesn't happen again.
I'm also doing cloth diapers again and hope I *enjoy* it was much as I did last time. I honestly think I looked forward to nearly every diaper change because I loved CD so much. Laundry wasn't an issue for me 10 years ago and now with my health I dread stairs and of course the washer & dryer are down 2 sets of stairs. Diapers have changed *so* much and I hope I am successful again.
I've read that now people wash different types of diapers on different wash settings. Ugh!
I will still have to work full-time afterwards and will go back with baby is 6 weeks. I'm sad about that and hope I cope better than before. It was miserable both times before and I cried for weeks at work. So far in 13 years of parenting, daycare has been the hardest for me to deal with. I've always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and it just hasn't panned out. It does look like that in a couple years I'll be able to go part-time and I'm focused on that.
Pregnancy is going fantastic. First trimester about did me in from the fatigue - it was debilitating. Second tri has been so much better and I hope the third is just as good although I'm expecting to be physically uncomfortable due to size. (Oh, I'm a fluffy gal already (6' and started at 245# but I've only gained 9-10# so far! I'm shocked.)
I have an auto-immune disorder so I'm was getting echocardiograms for the baby with sonograms every other week from week 16-26. Now I'll just do monthly growth check - he's clear of any heart issues! It's been fun getting to watch baby grow and change over the weeks. Of course I wouldn't have opted for that many sonograms but since we were watching baby's heart it was necessary.
Another plus for this pregnancy has been my symptoms from the AI has disappeared 100%! It's been fantastic as far as that is concerned however it is common for a flare to come after I give birth. Ugh. Not looking forward to that. I wanted a "fun, 6 week vacation".
Lastly, I'm an only child and my mom has small-cell lung cancer. She's done 3 rounds of chemo and has recently decided not to do anymore. Her quality of life is so poor while on chemo she wants to enjoy the time she has left. She was diagnosed Nov 2011 and we're all dealing with it fairly well. She was given 6-18 months and she is "running out of time". Her goal is to life to summer so she can enjoy baby for a while before she gets sick.
blah, blah, blah. I think I typed enough LOL