The last time I was pregnant was August 2008 to May 2009.
What’s different this time?
I’m 39 years old. “Pushing 40” as my husband likes to say.
Unlike the first time when I was teaching full time and the second time when I had a three-year-old and worked part time, now I’m entirely in charge of my schedule and I work from home.
Both of my kids are in school all day and are incredibly independent (meaning they can make their own dinner if I can’t…and I can nap during the day if I need to!).
My mom lives half a mile away and is retired. In the past when I was pregnant and dealing with a new baby, she was 45 miles away and working full time. We’re going to have so much fun.
I have a much larger circle of friends, many of whom are “done” having kids and very excited that we still are! I also have so many wonderful women in my life so I know I’ll be supported and cared for.
We live in the Chandler-Gilbert area of the Phoenix valley instead of the west valley. We have everything we need within ten miles, with most of our day to day activities within three miles. Life is goooood.
My hubby is self employed this time. He recently became a full time real estate agent so let me know if you’re buying or selling a home in the Phoenix area! Our schedules are flexible and we’ll be able to enjoy this experience together more.
We’re uninsured. We hardly used the insurance we’ve had for the last eight years other than for Ethan’s birth so we’re actually saving money. But it will be interesting to navigate.
I’m considered to be of “advanced maternal age” (35+) although I’m hoping my ob/gyn doesn’t use that term. I’ll find out if that makes me also considered “high risk.”
I’m healthier than ever as far as my gut health, nutritional habits, immune system and overall sense of well being. I’ve completely changed how I eat in the last three years and I’m already feeling the difference. I’ve had hardly any morning sickness or fatigue, just a little indigestion here and there. I know how to eat to fuel my body and I know what to avoid. I think that will make an enormous difference in how I feel with this pregnancy.
I have no maternity clothes or baby gear. Seriously. I kept some sentimental maternity shirts and we have a slew of baby blankets (mostly boyish), a Jeep stroller, a co-sleeper and one Britax car seat but beyond that, we’re starting over.
I’ll be pregnant is almost entirely warm weather. We live in Phoenix, so we can wear shorts and tee shirts from about April to October at least. I’m hoping all I’ll need are some shorts and a few tops. Most of my clothes are pretty baggy so I should be able to make most of them work until I get REALLY big.
Beyond that, I’m just more calm, confident and well this time.
How about you? Were your pregnancies mostly the same or different?