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It’s funny how things change from your first child to the second, or last. After about five years of marriage, we decided we were ready to try to have a baby (that story in case you missed it). I hoped it would happen right away. It only took a couple of months (thankfully), but I wanted to take a pregnancy test every day.
(This was my stash about 5 years ago.)
In fact, I had stocked up during random pregnancy scares. I had never known what it felt like to be pregnant so every strange cramp, sore boob, or tickle in my belly sent me rushing to the bathroom to pee on a stick. I had a pregnancy test addiction even before we were trying to have a baby. Once we were, I took a test almost daily just to see how quickly I’d get two lines.
Negative after negative I got discouraged. I stopped testing until I knew I was late. The day I got a positive I was so excited I took two more tests, including one that said “Pregnant” clear as day. I used that one specifically so when I showed my husband he could read the results. (Funny enough, when I showed it it him he still said ‘what?’)
My first pregnancy (read about it here if you missed it) was so exciting, everything was new. I loved getting huge, every little kick and tickle. I was amused by my cankles (I’m never going to let those down). I was dying to know if we were having a boy or a girl. I even took an intelligender test to try to find out early. Listen to the subtle disappointment in my voice when I found out I was having a “boy” HA!
After I found out she was a girl at the ultrasound, I prepared every bit of the nursery, and counted down the days to my due date (and beyond because she was 10 days “late”).
The second time around (read about it here if you missed it) some symptoms were different, I felt more prepared, while also nervous to know how going from one child to two would be. I was equally excited to have a boy or girl, so we waited to find out. There were some things that were still the same.
1. I was just as excited as I was the first time.
2. I wanted to document my pregnancy every week.
3. I got HUGE cankles.
4. I puked once a 13 weeks, but was nauseous up until then.
5. I wanted to find out I was pregnant as soon as possible.
One month I had even considered going to the doctors office for a blood test to see if they could tell me if I was like three weeks pregnant. My friends talked me out of it.
The unknown can be so hard, and that’s how it was waiting for each of my babies.
Now it’s unknown whether or not we’ll have another but I still find myself occasionally wondering if my IUD has failed me and try to dig up an old pregnancy test.
If we do ever try for a third (and probably last), I think it would be so much different than my first pregnancy, similar to my second, cherished like it’s the last. I think I’d skip the big announcements and tell everyone when we’re about halfway through. I’m not alluding to anything (seriously), just saying.
Do you go crazy with pregnancy tests when you’re waiting to find out? Were your pregnancies different? I’m so excited for all of my friends having and trying to have babies! One commenter will win a Clearblue Easy Weeks Estimator which can detect hCG levels as early as 5 days before your missed period. You can see how it works here.
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