First Trimester Pregnancy Update with Baby #2 – Reader Questions Answered

Hello! I have a little update for you on how I will be sharing details on all things baby #2! I’m going to be doing monthly posts {with weekly photos} to share my pregnancy updates – last time sharing each week was a lot & I think it will be fun to share more as the months go by in one bigger post! Going forward I will be answering all the same line questions I did with my first bump posts, if you have any you want me to add, let me know!

Before I start the “official” bump-updates, be on the lookout for that on Thursday, today I wanted to answer the reader questions you had for me from our baby #2 update last week!

First Trimester Pregnancy Update

Side Note: I’ve also added a Bump #2 page where I will be adding all posts about baby #2! Check it out!

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Nikki – What week are you at? Will you be announcing the gender right away on the blog when you find out? Do you have any names picked out? Symptoms different this time around?

As of today I am 14 weeks pregnant. They have gone back & forth with my due date a few times – changing it from September 14th to September 20th back to September 14th – but we are going with my most recent ultrasound date as the correct one for now -> September 14th ! Yes we will be finding out the gender at the end of April & I will be sharing on the blog soon after we tell our families!

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Emily – Congrats! You had me fooled with the wine tasting pics in Chile. What will your living arrangements be like…do you have 3 bedrooms?

We live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in the city of Philadelphia. We will be moving Brooks into a “big boy room” which is currently now the guest room. The new babe will takeover the nursery current nursery, which we may spruce up a bit too. We are currently in the process of cleaning out & furniture shopping for Brooks’ new room. Since he will only be 20 months, we want to keep him in the crib as long as possible, if he will stay there – so if anyone has any convertible crib recommendations, please send them my way!

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Christina @ Embracing Simple – How it is taking care of a younger toddler while dealing with first trimester nausea (unless you are one of the fortunate ones ;) ) and exhaustion? Super curious how that compares to being pregnant with your first. Good future knowledge for me!

This pregnancy has been way different than my pregnancy with Brooks. I have been much sicker, which has made things much more difficult, since I have a one year old to care for! The first two months, I was exhausted – napping when Brooks napped {something I’ve NEVER been able to do!} and going to bed literally right after Brooks went to bed {before 8:00pm!} and sleeping for 10+ hours. I was more tired than I have ever been! Also, before our trip to Chile I started getting very sick – the week before we left I was literally unable to do anything – I was throwing up everything, unable to keep anything down, I didn’t know if I would be able to make the trip. My parents came up early to help me so I could pack & my doctor prescribed me something for the nausea/vomiting which seemed to help. I was still nauseous but not throwing up except for the day of Charles’ brothers wedding in Chile – I got sick through the entire reception. Charles gave a best man speech and I was literally in the bathroom puking during it – it was such a bummer. I have to make sure I eat dinner early enough at night or I get nauseous and sick. My morning sickness has been mainly a nighttime issue.

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Liz M – Are you finding out the gender? We didn’t find out with either of my kids. Same exact pregnancy and had a boy first and girl second, so you never know! I was convinced my daughter was another boy, super duper surprised!!!

Yes, we will be finding out the gender at the end of April! I am one of those people that just has to know! It will be a surprise for us when we get to meet him/her after the birth either way!

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Kathryn R – Congratulations!!! Do you plan on nursing for this baby as well? What are you going to do differently as far as exercise, eating healthy, etc?

I do plan on nursing baby #2 just like I did with Brooks. I had a pretty good experience the first time around so I’m crossing my fingers that it is a similar experience again {a little less pain would be awesome too!} In terms of eating healthy & exercising this pregnancy will be different because it will be during the spring & summer months – which, aside from the heat at the end of the pregnancy I am really looking forward to! Anything is better than being 9 months pregnant with a foot of snow on the ground and a winter jacket that won’t zip! I think having a little one to chase around after & the fact that we both love to be outside will be awesome for this pregnancy – not to mention summer produce! I’ve been craving salads {with creamy dressing!} and all the fruit so I think all those things combined will be great for me!

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Kay @ goaloflosing.com – Congrats again! Have you noticed any similarities in your first trimester now from your first trimester with Brooks?

I think when it’s your first pregnancy it’s hard to really realize how awesome it is that you can sit back and really relax a bit when you need to. When you are pregnant for the second time and have a little one to chase after, there is no time for you to relax – it’s hard to even be sick {mom’s don’t get sick days – love that commercial!} With Brooks I felt like I was constantly hungover & always nauseous, but I never got sick. With baby #2, I will smell something, my stomach will flip and it’s all over. I’ve also been craving opposite things – with Brooks I didn’t want vegetables, hardly any fruit, and NO orange juice – now those are things I want constantly, especially the OJ!

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Kat – My question is- did you get pregnant while you were still nursing, or did it take stopping completely for you to get pregnant? Did your period return once you stopped nursing? I know you said you only had one cycle since having Brooks- was that after you stopped nursing? I’m torn because I don’t want to abruptly stop breastfeeding my son but I would like my period to come back so I can start tracking my cycle in anticipation of trying in a few months! I used to be so regular so it’s odd and confusing for me to have no clue what my body is up to!

I was still nursing up until the day I left for Chile – once Brooks turned one, I dropped his nursing sessions down to twice a day, morning and night – and the week I was leaving we just nursed at night {working on a stopping nursing post – stay tuned!} I only had one real period before I got pregnant, which was in December but I was still nursing about 3 times a day at that point. My cycle has never been regular! Hope that helps!

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Sara – I was wondering how the little dog has adjusted to a little brother, and how you think he’ll do with another little baby? Have you talked about Jackson, could you link the entry if you have? :)

Brooks LOVES Jackson – he calls him {and all dogs} Jacks! It’s really sweet. Jackson tolerates Brooks but when Brooks comes crawling towards him, Jackson tends to head for higher ground. When I tell Brooks to give Jackson a kiss, he will crawl over to the dog and pucker up – it’s the cutest thing. Jackson won’t really have any of it. I think once Brooks is a little older & walking Jackson will see Brooks as more of a companion, less of a crawling threat on ground level. I also think the two will bond quickly once baby #2 comes along! Here’s a little update on Jackson + Brooks from a few months back!

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Thanks so much for all the great questions – I hope I answered everything but if you have any other questions for me, I will be sure to answer them in my next baby post!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Krista March 17, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Congrats on #2! It is fun to have kids close in age (mine are 16 months), but of course hard work, too. I was so exhausted when I got preggo with my second, also. I have since heard from quite a few people that it’s probably from being nursing AND pregnant. Once I weaned I felt better, so hopefully you will feel better now!

  • Reply Kiersten T March 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

    love the updates already! I was pregnant through the summer and I think the only thing that surprised me was how exhausting the beach was! Lugging stuff there, trekking through sand, etc. just make sure you have lots of help and someone to chase Brooks so you can lounge! But my summer survival essentials included: Rita’s water ice, maxi dresses and professional pedicures!! I hope your 2nd trimester is easier 🙂

  • Reply Kat March 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Thanks so much for answering my question- very helpful! Looking forward to your ‘stopping breastfeeding’ post. My supply has started to decline quite a bit in the last few weeks so I think we may be dropping to just the 2 feedings as well soon.
    I’m sorry to hear you have been so sick, hopefully you are starting to feel better.
    I TOTALLY agree about the summer being a better time to be pregnant! Being so large in the winter was awful. Having to bundle up in so many layers and a coat was the most uncomfortable thing. I told my husband that #2 must be planned around the seasons haha.

    Looking forward to more updates 🙂

  • Reply Sabrina March 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Best part about being pregnant during the summer was getting to eat ice cream every night. It was the only thing that would cool me down!

    I can’t believe you’re already in the second trimester. Love the idea of regular pedis this time around – book your sitter!

  • Reply Kay @ goaloflosing.com March 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Loved reading your answers. I’m only 8 weeks postpartum with my first daughter and already thinking about the future and what it will bring. My husband both thought we would be okay with just one, but she just brings so much joy to our lives! Ah! Babies!! How could I be having baby fever already? I think I’ll blame you a little 😉

    P.S. Hope your “morning” sickness eases off for you. That’s gotta be rough!

  • Reply Patty O March 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Enjoyed reading and Love your honesty and thoughtfulness in answering the questions!

  • Reply Christina @ Embracing Simple March 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for featuring my question! 🙂

    I’m so sorry to hear that nausea has been in full force for you – I can only imagine how difficult that would be with taking care of a baby at the same time. You’re a trooper!

  • Reply Cameron Swaggerty March 18, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    On your next post maybe you could address tips or tricks you’ve discovered for changing Brooks dirty diapers while havi bouts of morning sickness. This is the thing I fear about getting pregnant w/o my first potty trained! I know it would make me run for the toilet!

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