The Differences in Your Third Pregnancy Compared to Your First
With your first suspected pregnancy you take a test before you actually miss your period and take a billion just to confirm that it's positive.
With your third you remember a week after that you're late and that you better take a test (maybe that will be a good excuse for how cranky and tired you are lately).
With your first . . . you plan each and every meal with organic and safe ingredients to make sure your new unborn little one is getting proper nutrition.
With your third . . . you're just glad if you manage to get food on the table for your family and scarf down whatever leftover PB & J's or mac n' cheese your kids left for you.
With your first . . . you read every pregnancy book you can get your hands on, spending every waking moment thinking about being pregnant and having a new baby.
With your third . . . you forget you're pregnant amidst the wiping runny noses and dirty bottoms, cleaning, laundry, playing, schooling, cuddling just until you have time to run to the toilet and puke up that last food you managed to scarf down and then get right back to the hard business of being a wife and Mommy.
TheFirst . . . you call the Dr. and schedule an appointment the day you find out you're pregnant and wait in anxiety until that day because it seems so far away.
Third . . . you forget to schedule an appointment, and when you finally call they want to see you that week, "Can you come tomorrow?"
First . . . you take your time getting properly groomed and arrive at your appointment early in time to sit down and relax before you go into the examination room.
Third . . . shower? I had one of those last week when I decided not to nap during my kids' naptime. I'm clean enough. Relax? I'm just trying to keep my kids from jumping off the walls in the waiting room.
First . . . you try not to get uncomfortable and nauseated and pass out during your exam and lab work.
Third . . . you're just trying to keep your kids at the head of the exam bed and tell them you'll explain later why Mommy has to wear a sheet only. In the lab you're just trying to keep them away from playing with the needles while keeping one arm totally still - that takes major skills!
Though the differences are vast. I still treasure each one of my little ones just the same. It's just nice to know I can relax a little more with my third. I feel I've stepped into the veteran mom status just a bit more. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.
What else can you think of that changes with each consecutive pregnancy or childbirth?
(who is expecting Baby Simms #3 around Nov. 6, 2009)