Monday, May 21, 2012

I'm lazier this time

When I was pregnant with Faith, people always told me that "every pregnancy is different!" and I thought that meant you had different symptoms with each one. The most notable difference for me is how I am treating my current pregnancy compared to my last. Here are some notable differences:

Currently, I have no idea what size fruit my fetus should be. With Faith, I read the weekly updates and I could tell you at any given point that my fetus was the size of a jicama or something ridiculous like that. In fact, reading those weekly updates now make me feel like this (I think I overdid it the first time with cross referencing on different websites)





I don't care at all if other people think I look pregnant versus fat. With Faith, I was always concerned that people should note that I am pregnant, not just letting myself go. It also took me a long time to really show when I was pregnant with Faith and this time it happened a lot sooner, so that's a factor. One or twice I've wondered if people are looking at my stomach area and wondering if I still have baby weight from Faith or if they can tell I'm pregnant, but for the most part it never crosses my mind. I even had someone ask me over the weekend if I was pregnant or just fat (it was a dude and I'm pretty sure it was harmless), and I just laughed about it.

Atta girl Barbie, take away the doubt

I am so much more relaxed this time. With Faith's pregnancy, I was really cautious about everything, especially since I had first trimester bleeding, and I followed every single rule I could find regarding pregnancy. I wouldn't even eat vegetable sushi because I was worried about cross contamination with the raw fish. I still haven't broken any rules this time (even though I really want non-microwaved deli meat), but I sure feel more relaxed. In a way it would be better if I was less relaxed about my nutrition because I'm not pushing myself to eat a balanced diet because I'm still dealing with morning sickness. There isn't much I can do about it, so I figure why worry?

Just be as relaxed as this pig, that's my motto

I'm much more comfortable with procrastination. With Faith, I had her nursery pretty much done with the crib assembled and everything by 27 weeks. I still don't know why it was important to me to have that done, I think it was mostly because I was afraid that once I was "Oh my damn!" level of pregnant that I wouldn't want to mess with it. This time all that I've done so far is pick out bedding a room decorations for the new baby (baby farm animals will be the theme if you're interested), but the new baby's room is still currently my husband's office. Other than setting up the room, we have almost everything else we need (well, we have more of what we need if this next one is a girl too unless my husband agrees to let me dress a boy in pink ruffles), so I'm really ok with sitting on my ass and doing nothing for now.

This dog is so much cooler than Peanut

I'm eating a lot more this time. This is a direct effect of running 35-40 miles a week versus just walking last time, but it's a noteworthy difference. With my first pregnancy, I thought it was crazy that I had TWO English muffins for breakfast and this morning it seemed fairly reasonable to have four muffins for breakfast. I seem to be gaining weight the same way as last time, so I assume my muffin eating ways aren't going to give me a bubble butt this time (but we can all hope). At least if it does happen, then I can sing "Baby Got Back" more often.

Like Emma, Faith also laughs at that song

I feel confident about my ability to get back to working out post baby. I was concerned when I had Faith because it seemed like I met so many people who said that they couldn't work out when they had small kids and had to wait until they were older. It turns out that I probably prioritize exercise differently then those people (I don't wait for free time to appear, I schedule my workouts) and since I still run with one kid, why should two kids stop me?




I remember my first pregnancy as a cake walk compared to this one. It's probably selective memory, but I don't recall being so exhausted all the time and I definitely don't remember still feeling queasy at this point last time. Also, my last pregnancy was easier because I had a flexible schedule with two part time jobs (doing consulting work and teaching at the community college) and no toddler to constantly lift up and down. Looking back, I don't think I lived it up enough with naps for my last pregnancy. I was a fool.

Another dog that is cooler than Peanut

The key difference is that I'm so much lazier this time. Sure, I'm still running but that's because I really like to run. Stuff I don't like to do? Not getting done. I'm probably only cooking 3 or 4 nights a week and we're talking boiling water for pasta level of cooking, nothing fancy. I'm trying to be better about cleaning before it gets gross enough to motivate me (am I the only one who does that?) because it drives my husband crazy. I do plenty of other stuff that drives him crazy, so I try to streamline it a little.

Lazy cow feels my pain.

Do you ever look back at a point in your life and think "Man, Past Me had it SO easy!"?

33 comments:

  1. "I'm trying to be better about cleaning before it gets gross enough to motivate me"

    This is pretty much my approach to cleaning all the time. I have no excuse.

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    1. That is what I say to people all the time. I clean when it gets to the point of grossing me out. This is why I pay my cousin to clean my house.

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  2. no, because the last three years of my life consisted of law school. I spend a lot of time thinking that future me is going to have it really easy. I better be right.

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  3. OMG, I had to send that pig gif to my husband. CANNOT stop looking at it.
    When I think of past me, I wonder how they hell I went to school AND worked full time because I feel like I have no spare time now with JUST a full time job.
    But I agree with you. I prioritize my workouts too. They are all on the schedule and they get done before other stuff...like hygiene.

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    1. That pig gif may be the best thing I've ever seen.

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  4. I love that I had a totally different interpretation of what that pig video was there for - and yes, it may have involved bacon.

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  5. I think maybe the past me that had it the best was when I was 2 years old. Everyone catering to my wants and needs and my little sister wasn't born yet so I had all the attention.

    But I really think I am at the easiest point in my life right now. No kids, good job, lots of lesiure time. Past me who worked and went to school and had no money would want to kick my ass right now. :)

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  6. Ugh, is this going to become a pregnancy and baby blog? If it is, then I'm out!

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    1. Seriously. At least show us pictures of your pregnancy boobs.

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    2. We can't all have exciting content like "I have new neighbors! Here's a picture of their house!"

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  7. Past me had it way easy. No question about that.

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  8. College was so ridiculously easy. I was always busy with stuff but I genuinely liked everything I was doing. Honestly though - my life is not that hard. Sometimes I want to play the "I'm so busy! I work so much! I slept 4 hours and ran 29 miles anyway!" game but really I can't even pretend. I work 10 hours a day on my own schedule and have no commute. No kids. Sometimes my internet goes out in a storm? That's my hardship right now.

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  9. You're not very good at napping. Every time I saw you on Saturday you were awake, and I saw you every half hour. Ok, maybe every 45 minutes.

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    1. How much would the runners have loved to see me snoozing in my chair as they ran by?

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  10. Wait, I'm all lost on deli meat....you aren't allowed to eat that??

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    1. you could get Listeria and spontaneously abort your child. You don't want that.

      You could also step on a nail, get bitten by a radioactive spider, get hit by a meteorite, or mauled by a Yeti.

      You should probably stay in bed. But not too much, because you could get bedbugs, bedsores, and you might get hit on by Grandpa Joe.

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    2. I hate Grandpa Joe so much. Such a lazy faker.

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  11. It's more typical for me to look back and think, "wow I was a huge idiot" than to think I had it easy. I don't think I had it all that much easier at any point. Of course I'm not a mother either,

    I think I could teach Pippi to do that second trick.

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  12. Wait till you get to the third child. Poor kid didn't really have a room and his baby book never got filled out. No clue when he rolled over or lost his first tooth. #badmom

    I ate tuna fish, Brie cheese, bologna, and drank mt dew. He's fine and probably the most fit and muscle-y (is that a word??) of all my kids. I just hope he never asks to look at his baby book.....

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    1. Oh man, now I want bologna so badly...

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  13. I always think about how past me had it so easy. I miss being able to sleep as much as I want at night with no interruptions or insanely early wake ups (aside from when I was working of course and had to get up early). I can totally understand how your second pregnancy is so different. I'm certain I won't know the fruit sizes next time around and I always was up on those with Zain!

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  14. I want that dog. And those weekly updates are pretty stupid. No one knows what a kumquat looks like!

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  15. I always thought it was funny when the fruit for the week seemed smaller than the fruit from the week before.

    My reason for not working out isn't necessary that he's "too little" but he still eat 8-12 times a day. He still wants to eat every 2-3 hours. Sometimes less... very rarely more. He also seems to be going through this "I refuse to nap more than once a day" phase. Lately if he's awake he doesn't want to be put down very often either. When he does nap I am too exhausted to do anything but sit on my ass reading blogs or books, nap myself or watching tv. Right now he IS to little for the jogging stroller I have but I do try to get a few long walks in a few times a week. I think it will help once I have a treadmill, which should be in a few weeks.

    What jogging stroller do you have that will allow you to run with a baby? I was told they had to be around 6 months old before you could use it. Or do you plan to mainly do treadmill runs?

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    1. I have a double BOB revolution stroller. With Faith, I got clearance to start running with her when she turned 3 months old as long as she could recline. So for the first 3 months (minus the 6 week recovery time) will be stroller runs with just Faith after my husband gets home or treadmill runs!

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    2. Oooo I am so going to ask Isaac's doctor today when I see him. Isaac is 2.5 months old. Now you got me real excited! He's a preemie though... so I wouldn't be surprised if he tells me to wait a bit longer.

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  16. 1. that pig is hilarious. 2. I showed my husband that dog and he was mesmerized for at least 5 minutes.

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  17. I was the opposite, didn't even buy any item of baby stuff until after 26 week mark (had paranoia about dead babies, so no items were to enter our house until the odds of living were in their favour). I know, I was freak.

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  18. I thought "that pig video is the funniest thing ever."

    Then I kept reading and thought that Confidence picture was the funniest thing ever.

    Then I kept reading and thought that cow picture was the funniest thing ever.

    This is basically an awesome blog post with lots of the funniest things ever.

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  19. So many awesome pictures. Mostly the dogs. No, really they were all good pictures. Well done. I'm with you on the cleaning. And I remember when a friend of mine GOT that barbie for her birthday. Barbie had it so easy because after the baby came out you could just flip her stomach over and it would be flat again.

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