Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Back in the saddle... sort of

Some of you may have noticed that my running counter hasn't been ticking upwards for, oh, about 6 weeks.  Frankly, I've been too sick and exhausted to run, but it's for a happy reason.  Husband and I will be expecting our second little Bean in January 2010!

It's been a pretty rough first trimester (and I'm not out of the woods yet).  I don't remember being THIS exhausted or so darn sick with Bean.  But maybe that's just the hazy mommy memory (what?  labor was painful?  I don't remember that.).  It's also possible that experiencing first trimester woes was significantly different when I could baby myself all I wanted instead of chasing a toddler around.  

Either way, it's been tough.  But I seem to be through the worst of the nausea now.  And though I'm still ready to keel over and die of exhaustion at the end of each day, I've started some light running again this week.  Getting back to a more regular exercise routine is bound to make me feel better both mentally and physically and I hope I can keep it up.

The bonus is that 6 weeks of semi-forced rest seems to have allowed my shin splints to finally heal.  *knock on wood*

Anyway, we're pleased as punch.  It's a little strange being pregnant the second time and feeling like it's already so different from the first pregnancy.  All of my symptoms started earlier, including some very undesirable symptoms that didn't kick in until late in my first pregnancy.  I also don't feel as focused on or connected to the new baby yet, most likely because I'm so focused on and connected to the Bean.  That will probably change once I start feeling the baby move.

I also feel much more paranoid this time around.  I feel like the Bean came out so perfectly and there are so many things that can go wrong... how can we get that lucky twice?  We're doing prenatal tests this time that we didn't do with the Bean, to hopefully settle my nerves a bit.

But we're excited as heck.  I know the first couple of years managing two kids will be tough, but I know too what a gift our second little one will be.  

37 comments:

The bean-mom said...

Oh my god! CONGRATULATIONS ScienceMama and family!!!

And yeah, about being more tired and more paranoid, and less connected the second time around? I felt EXACTLY the same way.

(Hug)

ScienceWoman said...

Congratulations! I'm very happy for you and your family.

canuck_grad said...

Congratulations!

Have you told Bean yet? Please blog about her reaction if you have/when you do... that's one of the things I'm most looking forward to about being pregnant next time - I'm hoping Little Man will be excited, read to my belly with me, etc. (I'm not planning to start trying until he's around 3).

Ambivalent Academic said...

Congratulations!!

Amanda@Lady Scientist said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your family!

hypoglycemiagirl said...

oy, exciting!

Aunt Becky said...

So excited for you! Many congrats!

Dr. A said...

Congrats!!!!

Liberal Arts Lady said...

Congrats!!

Patchi said...

Congratulations! I know exactly how you feel... the second one is a whole different story and not as many naps during the day!

You might want to get Bean ready with Annie Kubler's books: Waiting for baby and My new baby. They are picture-only and you get to make up the story. It worked well for my 2 year old... most of the other books were too complicated.

Good luck!!!

ScientistMother said...

OH I am so so happy for you! congratulations! many many virtual hugs!

post-doc said...

Congratulations!

Jane said...

Oh, wow!! Congratulations---that is such wonderful news!

mama of the valley said...

CONGRATS!

i'm glad to hear your nausea has abated. and you're a total rock star for picking running back up.

i had the same extra paranoia...for the same reason! the whole "could we be so lucky twice?" thing.

we got those kubler books that were recommended to you. they were good, but our Little Guy preferred other books even if they had words. he just connected to the illustrations more. just pick out what looks good to you!

yogachick said...

congrats!!!

Janus Professor said...

Yay!!!

PhizzleDizzle said...

congratulations sciencemama!! that's wonderful news.

Candid Engineer said...

Many congrats to you and your husband! That's terrific news. I hope the morning sickness subsides soon.

EcoGeoFemme said...

Congratulations!

ScienceGirl said...

Congratulations!

Astronomum said...

Congratulations. Although I have to say I'm a little jealous. I guess that means we're ready for number 2 too....

Jenn, PhD said...

Congratulations ScienceMama :)

And kudos for going back to running... I was wiped flat out by the exhaustion until at least 14 weeks.... and it's only in the last 2-3 weeks that I started feeling like myself again, getting out on my bike and finally getting out for a longish hike this weekend. I guess with your husband's delayed job search you'll plan to stay in Dissertation City until after the birth? Do you have to modify any of your lab work now or can you continue on business as usual at the bench? So excited for you :)

therapydoc said...

I couldn't help but comment on this blog when I saw that you're a molecular biologist AND you called your first kid Bean.

30 years ago I had two beans, we called them that, two, in fact one of them was called Bean. And he became, not so strangely enough, a molecular biologist.

Feel good.

flickamawa said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations ScienceMama!

Have you talked to the ACS about your leave? I'm asking because I find myself in a similar boat (ie pregnant on an ACS postdoctoral fellowship). They don't have a clear policy about maternity leave, and I was amazed that your blog is one of the 1st Google picks on ACS maternity leave. Now I see why. Best wishes, and please let me know!

Amelie said...

I'm late, but congratulations all the same!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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