|Tender moments between mama and toddler|
N&N: Congratulations on your pregnancy! How many weeks along are you?
Sandra: Thank-you! I’m just over 22 weeks now (I flip on Saturdays), due October 13, 2012.
N&N: Have you experienced any morning sickness with this pregnancy?
Sandra: Oh, yes. It started at 5.5 weeks this pregnancy and finally dissipated a little after 19 weeks. I still feel somewhat nauseous in the mornings, but I am no longer throwing up or a slave to Zofran just to function. Thank goodness! My toddler would follow me into the bathroom and lovingly pat me on the back as I threw up, making for an uncomfortable and yet very-loved experience.
N&N: What are your cravings or aversions (if any)?
Sandra: At the beginning, I wanted fruit –especially pineapple– as well as veggies with ranch dip. It has been different from my first pregnancy when all I wanted was sweets, cookies, and carbs. Now I’m just hungry all the time and enjoying eating a lot! The only real aversion I can put my finger on is cooking raw chicken. Oh, and I crave half-sour pickles, which are impossible to find where I live outside of Raleigh in North Carolina. On our recent trip to New York to visit family, I ate many, many pickles, in true pregnant woman fashion.
N&N: Have you found your current pregnancy different from your first? Are you feeling better or worse?
Sandra: Everything has been much worse this pregnancy. From the morning sickness to the random cramps to the crunching pelvic pain, I find myself amazed that anyone finds being pregnant to be enjoyable. That said, I feel more comfortable this pregnancy simply because I’ve had an easy labour and delivery and a healthy baby before, and that makes me hopeful and optimistic that all will continue to go well.
N&N: What are the challenges of being a Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) to an exuberant toddler while pregnant?
Sandra: At 12 weeks, we asked if there was a chance to know, and the sono tech scanned down and found a penis! We were so surprised! It was confirmed at our 20-week ultrasound. We are having a boy, a baby brother for our little girl!
N&N: What, in your opinion, are staples for any woman building her maternity wardrobe?
N&N: What kind of clothing, gear or accessories are absolute necessities for baby?
N&N: What have been your favourite moments about being pregnant? Not-so-favourite?
Sandra: Feeling the baby move is always wonderful. We have also enjoyed the sonogram appointments and catching glimpses of the little man growing inside (last appointment, he stuck his tongue out at us)! The exhaustion and sickness have been difficult, but I keep my eye on the prize!
N&N: How have you prepared for baby’s arrival? (Setting up nursery, buying baby gear, etc.)
Sandra: I’ve slowly been purchasing clothing for our little man (as well as recently sent a huge box of my daughter’s clothes to a friend who just gave birth). We haven’t bought much else, but I started a registry online to keep my ideas in order of what we will need for the new baby. For now it’s all about giving my daughter all the attention I can while she’s an only child, as well as helping her to learn to play independently while I’m in the room doing something else so she learns to enjoy entertaining herself. It’s a very exciting time for all of us!