Jennifer's Online Pregnancy Diary
Now this pregnancy is becoming fun. I'm beyond the first trimester and its worries, I'm feeling much better, I'm not *as* tired, and I can safely start telling people. I love it when my response to the question "How far along are you?" is met with a "Wow, that's great! You're already in your second trimester!" Having said that, I feel a twinge of regret that the first trimester is over (hard to believe, I know, given all the whining that I did during that time about how yucky and tired I felt). This is my last pregnancy, and it's already one-third gone! The down side of telling people that you're pregnant is that inevitably a couple of them respond with "You know, I was *wondering* if you were ... " (i.e., you're sure getting fat!).
This week I dug out my maternity clothes, washed them, and hung them in my closet, and also hung up all of the items that I have so kindly been loaned by friends and family. I didn't time my two pregnancies so well from the maternity clothes point of view. Spencer was a late winter baby, so my maternity clothes for him comprised wool sweaters and pants, while Number Two will be a mid-fall baby, meaning that I'm going to need summer things.
Initially I was excited at the prospect of doing a bit of maternity clothes shopping until I got on to a few maternity clothing websites and was quickly reminded how frigging expensive this stuff is, particularly in light of the brief and shining period that you wear it. So I did the next best thing -- I called my sister-in-law, who is almost as tall as I am and whose children were born in July and September, and asked her if I could borrow some stuff. And bless her heart, she provided me with a detailed list of all of her maternity clothes, a friend from the U.S. brought some of them over this week, and then my sister-in-law will give me a few more things when I see her in the States in July.
I also had clothes loaned to me by a friend at work and another friend in the States, with both of these care packages arriving this week as well. So I am feeling quite pleased with myself on the maternity clothes front. The only thing that I have had to purchase thus far is a maternity bathing suit.
I now look at all of the flared long tops and kangaroo pouch pants and skirts in my closet and still find it hard to believe that I will quite easily be filling out these items in just a couple of months, even though this is not my first pregnancy and I therefore know that, yes, I will get huge sooner or later. With Spencer, when I first bought maternity clothes, I let out all of the adjustable pants as far as they would go and looked at them aghast thinking "I'm NEVER going to be THIS big!" And no, I didn't get THAT big, but I got pretty darn close.
On a different note, my mom was visiting this week, and it was such fun seeing her with Spencer and knowing that she'll have another grandchild by the end of the year. I am my mom's only child, so Spencer is her only grandchild, and she of course just adores him. And she is of course thrilled at the idea of another and is planning her next trip to Zurich in November after the baby is born, perhaps over Thanksgiving (although that's not celebrated over here of course). Even though I'll have a month-old baby at that point and will be sleep-deprived in addition to having a toddler, I still think we'll need to do some sort of Thanksgiving dinner, as we're going to have quite a bit to be thankful for this year...