1.27.2014

The second time around

We found out I was pregnant super early one morning in November when I just couldn't wait any longer. The line was super faint, but it was there! Matt and I laid in bed and soaked in the excitement, having a better idea this time of things to come. I meant to announce this pregnancy weeks ago, but Nora is near impossible to photograph these days! If you missed it, Nora spilled the beans in this post, which only took a ton of photos and a little bribing with a cookie to get a few good shots...:). I have had several people ask if I'm going to blog through my pregnancy again. I enjoy looking back on details I'd otherwise forget, so I am planning to post frequently. My hope is also that others find these posts interesting/helpful, and I would love for YOU to tell me what you'd like to hear about this time. 

My official due date is July 23rd. Nora was 15 days late, though, so I'm anticipating an August baby. Nora and baby #2 will be 21 months apart. The plan is to introduce her to her "big girl" room before the baby is due so that the nursery will still be right next to our room. There's no question that things will be busy in the Aiken household this summer! We are looking forward to the many joys ahead and the growth that will come from the challenges.

Baby Bump: 14 Weeks





Cardigan \\ Jeans: Target (old) \\ V-neck \\ Necklace

The first trimester was a little different than with Nora. My pregnancy miraculously started out in the midst of some thyroid problems, which were thankfully resolved fairly quickly. I had more nausea this time, feeling icky often but never actually getting sick. However, I was much less fatigued this time around! With Nora, I would come home from work and fall asleep while Matt made dinner, wake up to eat, then fall asleep on the couch until bedtime. This time, I tried to sleep during Nora's afternoon nap so I would have more energy in the evenings. Food aversions were a major challenge this time, especially since I was doing an elimination-type diet during weeks 6-12 and couldn't eat the foods that sounded good (I did not plan this timing, nor would I recommend it outside of necessity). I'll be posting some follow-up info on the diet soon. My appetite is finally back, and I've gained about 2 pounds so far. As expected, I'm also showing sooner. I think my 14 week belly is about equivalent to 19 weeks

I'm so excited to fall in love with this new member of our family and to watch Nora become a big sister. Last pregnancy I was fearful of labor, but this time I'm really looking forward to it. Matt and I are praying for a natural VBAC, but we will see what the Lord has in store for this child. 

So tell me, what would you like to know the second time around? 
I would love your feedback :).

+, Lauren Aiken


13 comments:

  1. Cute bump! You look great. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read all your upcoming blog posts! We're thinking about starting a family soon, so I would like to know any tips you have for newbies!

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    1. How exciting! I would love to start a conversation with you, maybe via email?

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  2. you look so cute! praying for you all!

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    1. Thanks, Katy :). I will be praying for you guys too. I hope that you document your journey so I can follow along!

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  3. I loved the posts during your first pregnancy and look forward to reading all of these. Congratulations and wishing you less icky feeling days.

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    1. I am feeling much better this week! Thank you!!

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  4. I am envious of your pregnancy style, so I'm looking forward to updates so I get a peek at your closet. And it might sound weird but I just like to read other pregnant ladies plates so I don't feel as alone as our bodies are taken over!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! Pregnancy style is tricky, since our shapes are always changing. I had a hard time with figuring out how to dress without spending a lot of money on maternity clothes last time. I have some new ideas this time around that I'll definitely be sharing! I'm with you - I love reading about pregnancies too :).

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  5. You're adorable! So exciting!! :)

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    1. Thanks for following on Instagram! I've peeked at your blog and am looking forward to getting to know you!

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  6. Yay! I love when you blog :)
    I have no idea what I would like to know, though, so I'm zero help. But I promise I'll read it all!
    xo

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    1. I love blogging too, so maybe this will keep me more accountable to spending time doing something I enjoy :).

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  7. I can't wait!!! I'm so excited for that chalkboard to come back up (please tell me it's making an appearance again??). And your precious little Nora is going to be the best big sister! Oh man, I'm living vicariously through you on this one. Hope that's okay!

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