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This Second Time Around

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Pregnancy this second time around is incredibly different than the first. And in a beautiful way.

Sometimes I feel guilty because I am not writing down each and every experience like I did with Luke, nor am I reading 10 books and receiving 5 baby growth emails per day in an effort to understand every single change my body and baby endure. But, I think there is peace in that. Instead of letting pregnancy paranoia take over in every single thing that happens making me feel the need to read 20 articles about it, I am just letting my body grow and feel and experience.

The time seems to slip away faster and faster every day with this baby. Chasing Luke around and being a mama definitely helps that time fly by in a flurry. This bambino will be greeting us in just 2 short months! When did that happen? Matt and I were talking about it last night and he put it into perspective. In the time it has been from the 4th of July to now, we will have a baby. I feel like that holiday happened 2 weeks ago (I guess I better start packing my hospital bag!). Time is such a funny, fickle thing. And oh so precious.

Again, because of keeping busy with a toddler, I don't feel as tired or have time to whine and complain about every ache and pain that comes with a bulging center. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pity party (especially because they often lead to a glorious foot massage), but they are few and far between compared to the first pregnancy, much to Matt's pleasure I'm sure.

The round ligament pains, Braxton Hicks, and growing belly all have made their appearances earlier. I love that my body knows what to expect, and am banking on that for the labor and delivery to be smooth and seamless.

Most of all, I am anticipating baby boy's birth with joy and calmness. I know what to expect this second time around and feel amply prepared and empowered. The role of bringing a soul into this earth is sacred. This child in my womb is in a place between heaven and earth. I am grateful to be blessed with the title of mother. It's the most noble and magnificent thing I will ever do.

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At September 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM , Blogger Mrs. Dice said...

Pregnancy with a toddler is crazy, in a good way! The time definitely goes by faster having a little person to take care of already...I used to wonder how I would fit someone else in when my son was my entire world but its truly remarkable how much love expands...and seeing a new baby through the eyes of your other child is so sweet. I remember reading bedtime stories to my son in between intense contractions (it was a great distraction) and I would pause because of the pain and he wouldn't say anything but he would squeeze my hand until it was over. Children and so wise and so sweet. You have such a sweet family!

At September 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM , Blogger Ashley Smith said...

Yes, the second pregnancy is in most cases not as documented as the first but there is a lot less "unknowns" as you've been there and done that. Beautiful pictures!

At September 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM , Blogger pretty little things said...

you are looking beautiful momma! love the belly pics! xo


At September 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Ann B said...

Your perspective is beautiful!! I love those last few ending sentences in this post. Perfection.

At September 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM , Blogger the creation of beauty is art. said...

I think it's wonderful that you've learned so much from your first pregnancy that you feel more prepared - also it's great that you have a little one to keep you busy now!

At September 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Erin @ Love, the Campbells said...

You are gorgeous with your pregnant belly! I'm pregnant with our first right now (four months along) and I was feeling so guilty when you were saying that with Luke you read all the pregnancy books and got all the emails and documented everything. I am usually all about that but haven't really done anything yet and I'm afraid I'm going to start regretting it once the baby gets here! Life seems to just be happening so quick (and those two months are going to FLY by for you)!!

At September 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Courtney B said...

I actually really LOVED reading this! I've been so paranoid about getting pregnant again (obviously it isn't the right time just yet) because I worry what it will be like having to take care of a little one at the same time. But it sounds like I'll survive and even enjoy it :)
These pictures are beautiful!

Also, at the risk of sounding like a total creeper... I noticed on insta that you're friends with one of my friends from high school, Ali Lindgren. SO fun! I'd love to have play dates with you both :)

At September 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

wow, I really LOVE your blog. You make me really look forward to kids and pregnancy for SOMEDAY when that time comes :) Thanks for sharing. Your little family is the cutest.


At September 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM , Blogger Megan said...

This is such a beautiful post! I'm terrified of having another baby with a toddler though at the same time I long for it so badly. This post eases so many worries of mine and makes me look forward to the time (hopefully soon) that I'll be able to experience it all again as well. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out! These pictures are just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this post! :)

At September 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Jessie said...

That last paragraph is powerful! You echoed my feelings exactly. And as a young mom of two little boys, I can tell you it's a blast! So excited for you.


At September 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Dawnelle @ Just Dawnelle said...

Ooh that is soo what I loved about my second pregnancy... and my goodness way to be my friend! What a powerful message about motherhood... thank you thank you!!

At September 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM , Blogger Jessica Dimas said...

Love your perspective :) I think I complained more the second time around cause I couldn't rest since I was chasing a toddler. Baby will be here before you know it!

At September 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM , Blogger Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl said...

You look amazing! I love these photos so much!!!


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