Second verse, totally not even kind of the same as the first

This pregnancy is NOT going to be the same as the first one. I don’t just mean because I can’t sleep all day and spend hours reading surprising facts about first-time motherhood since I’m too busy chasing down the fastest 13 month old on the planet. It’s going to be different because I learned my lesson the first time. I am both older and wiser now.

1) This time, I will NOT put on my maternity jeans until I absolutely cannot fit into my regular pants without cutting off circulation and/or creating a permanent dent in Sandy’s head. And absolutely no cheating and switching to full time yoga pants before the 2nd trimester!

2) I will NOT give up on any and all forms of exercise as soon as I get the least bit tired around week 8. I will keep going to Stroller Strides, participating in play groups, taking the baby for walks and going new places to ensure I don’t end up a flabby lump on the couch. My thighs still haven’t recovered from the last pregnancy and if they rub together any harder the National Park Service is going to raise the threat of wildfire to HIGH every time I walk outside. (Edit: I wrote this post at least 10 days ago. This morning I’ve been hit with full time morning sickness that had me breathing heavily through my mouth through all of SS. I may have to switch to my nice wussy gentle prenatal yoga DVD.)

3) I will NOT suffer through horribly ligament pain or sciatica or whatever the hell it was last time that had me moaning and sleepless. If the doctor tries to brush me off or tell me it’s just part of pregnancy I will kick her in the teeth until she writes a referral to someone who can help. Even if that someone is a voodoo witch doctor who sticks twigs up my nose.

4) I will NOT buy thousands of dollars worth of baby stuff I’m never going to use or need (granted, I didn’t know any better last time). New baby does not equal all new baby crap. My old baby stuff isn’t even old enough to be out of stores. Although if anyone has some baby stuff they’re trying to get rid of (say a double jogger or some newborn size cloth diapers, I am MORE than happy to take hand me downs).

5) I will NOT let the internet or my pediatrician make me feel bad for any of my choices regarding pregnancy, birth, infants, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc. Although I might not make the same choices I did the first time I am making them on my own. If you’d like to offer some advice on juggling second babies while wrangling a hyperactive toddler, feel free. If you want to tell me how drinking this Diet Coke is going to cause my fetus to grow gills and a tail then you can suck it.

What did/will you do differently the second time?

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10 Responses to “Second verse, totally not even kind of the same as the first”

  1. Amy says:

    I highly recommend acupuncture for various pregnancy pains. It fixed my 3rd trimester back spasms.

  2. Brandy says:

    ROFL … you had me laughing SO HARD with this post. I had to read it to my husband who thought it was hilarious too.

    I just recently discovered your blog and have been loving it.

    Remind me of this list whenever we get pregnant with #3. I made the same promises to myself during pregnancy #2. But … I didn’t keep up with exercising and I went into my maternity clothes almost before we knew I was pregnant LOL

  3. Audrey says:

    I’m going to be more active this time. And kick my OB in the teeth if she mentions one more time that she only wants me to gain 15 lbs when I gained 30 with my first pregnancy and lost it just fine. I mean, chances are..I’ll gain 30 this time too. And you know what? I’m fine with that. :)

  4. Emmie Bee says:

    I didn’t do anything different other then getting into maternity clothes even earlier- but- I think I had a proper excuse. And believe me, when the tireds kick in chasing after E is gonna be enough exercise! :)

  5. Virginia says:

    Hi Suzanne! Congratulations! If you are able and it doesn’t totally freak you out, I visited a Chiropractor every couple of weeks during my pregnancy. This helped keep my hips and lower back all in line and eliminated any pain I was having! A few visits to a massage therapist close to my due date were also a god send! I would highly recommend those two things to anyone who is pregnant and gets uncomfortable! I hope you have an easy pregnancy! Lots of best wishes! Virginia Maul (Ginny Peabody)

  6. Amanda says:

    #2 isn’t in the oven YET, but soon. I am thinking the wipe warmer, bassinet and everything other baby accessory in the store really isn’t necessary. And did you know about mini cribs?!?! I am thinking about going that route. We had Mad out of her crib by 1 1/2 and the convertible part was useless because it was huge! The minis convert into twin beds instead.

  7. Miranda says:

    Talks for #2 haven’t even commenced yet, but I will enjoy being pregnant and I will revel in the fact that I make an adorable pregnant woman from the very beginning. I will not spend so much time bemoaning my oversized ankles.

    Also, I will have more strawberry slushes if my phantom Human 2.0 desires them.

  8. Next time I will NOT gain 43 pounds. I will. not. do. it.

  9. You go, girl! Awesome list!!

    I had sciatica too (still do) and found that physical therapy and yoga during pregnancy really helped. If it flares up, ask your doc for a PT referral. Can work wonders!

  10. Fir hypothetical #2, I will not eat Indian food one a week. I will eat it TWICE if I damn well want to.

    I will also not find out the gender, I’d like to try being surprised.

    Finally, I will not be induced if I can help it. Thank god for NMH’s flat-screen TVs and movie channel otherwise that would have been the boringest and most uncomfortable 18 hours ever.

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