Round 2, Here We Go

This is exactly what happened last time. I get pregnant, and my life falls apart. I stop being a normal, functioning human and I become an incubator that is trying desperately not to throw up in public or pass out and just wants to sleep. This makes writing impossible. Especially about topics that are not the giant elephant in the room.


Last time I waited until the first tri was almost over. This time, surprise! I’m 8 weeks pregnant and I am telling the world! Because I hate secrets and if I lose it, then well, you’ll be hearing about that too. So might as well start the overshare now, shall we?

So what is a second pregnancy like? It is hard. It is different. I like that it is different. It is the same. The same parts are not the parts I like.

The way Gabe started was this: I was supposed to start my period on a Monday. The Friday before I felt like I was coming down with the flu at work. I tested positive for pregnancy on that Saturday. Boom, sick for 3 months.

The way THIS pregnancy started was this: I missed the first day of my period, but I generally felt fine. Maybe I peed at night like twice which was weird, but maybe I’m just getting old and who really notices that stuff? I was mad because I had had a massive massive yeast infection (TMI, sorry) during ovulation so I knew that October was a bust and I just wanted to get this period over with already. COME ON BODY, STOP MESSING WITH ME. When skipped period day #2 came along with no spotting or hints of period, I got skeptical and decided to take a test. It was wham bam positive within 2 seconds. It took me another week and a half before feeling like complete and utter shit.

Yesterday we went to our first ultrasound and watched a heartbeat flutter inside a little bunnyfrog blob. I hope it’s a girl and I hope it stays put for a good long while.

46 thoughts on “Round 2, Here We Go”

  1. Congratulations Lauren and Co. !! So exciting. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it. What do/did you use to track your ovulation?

  2. I am so, so so happy for you 🙂 Bunnyfrog is a great nickname. I am sorry pregnancy treats you like this. But hopefully this time it will not be as bad?

  3. Yea Yea Yea!!!!!!!! This is awesome. I will live my baby making years vicariously through you. I haven’t made my mind up one way or the other, but it helps to be able to see what other women go through.

  4. Yay! Congratulations Lauren and Kamel! Sorry that you haven’t been feeling well, though 🙁 I’m 8 weeks 5 days with my first and I’ve started telling family and friends. I got a lot of criticism from my very old fashioned grandmother who says you shouldn’t tell until at least 4 months. She’s refusing to acknowledge it until I reach that point. But otherwise everyone’s been thrilled. I felt the same way that if I did end up miscarrying, I’d want to be able to talk about it. And the miserable parts of the first trimester have been a bit more bearable being able to talk about them with the other women in my life who have been there. Hoping both our babies stay put for a good long while!

  5. Exciting news! Congratulations!
    Seems strange to not be a short time behind you on the pregnancy stakes this time though (and not intending to be either). Will definitely be looking forward to reading how you adjust to two 🙂

  6. Congratulations to your little but expanding family. Exciting days ahead! I do so hope if it’s a girl, that the different hormones mean you get a much briefer period of feeling like shit. Because feeling shit while toddler wrangling? Not fun.

  7. Congrats! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that it’s a girl 🙂 I remember you posting a bit about how you guys decided to have kids after you announced your pregnancy with Gabe. Are you going to talk a bit about how you decided to have two and the timing decisions? I don’t know if I want kids, but your blog posts on how you’ve made some of these decisions have been really intriguing, so thank you for them!

    1. This one I feel is a little less exciting. I’ve always wanted up to 4 kids. I was an only and always wanted lots of babies. We decided to take it 1 pregnancy at a time. I knew throughout the first pregnancy I would be doing it again, and had originally thought I would start trying after Gabe turned 2. But then after he was born I really wanted to start trying right away (against even MY better judgement). Instead we waited, and then we moved to seattle, and once things got a little settled here we decided to try. 🙂 Gabe will be 2 years and 4 months when #2 hopefully arrives.

      1. Congrats! Mine our exactly that age difference. I’m 10 weeks postpartum, and so far so good. Although now I’m bummed I have to lose baby weight again. 🙂

  8. Congratulations on #2!!! I wanted to ask, how long did it take you, since you started trying? My husband has this misconception that we will only have to try once, and its done!

    1. Ha!!! I wish. On average I think it takes 6 months if there are no fertility hiccups, but it can take up to a year as well. We started trying when we were in Maine in August and got pregnant in October. So, 3 months of tries. With Gabe it took us 2 months of tries.

      1. Well, I just got a positive yesterday, 3 days before my period. We are excited but also waiting to see if it comes or not, its our first time! and it’s our second month trying 😀

    2. Funny (?) story, I was telling a friend of mine one night that we were trying and she got so excited and was like “OMG!! We have started wanting to try for a second, maybe we will start trying toooooo!!!”

      She got pregnant that night. So for some people it does only have to be once I guess lol!!

  9. Hooray! That is great news. I’ve been reading your blog since APW and was excited for you with Gabe because we had our son, Grey a month before Gabe was born. I would read your blog while I was up at 4:00am nursing and know that you and I were going through the same craziness. And NOW, we’re in exactly the same position again! I feel like total crap and no knows. There will be a lot of gift cards given this year because I can barely function after work and then all the toddler shenanigans. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  10. I see this post is a little old. But congrats Lauren, Kamel and Gabriel!
    I am pregnant for the first time and am having a difficult time with feeling sick, tired all the time.
    Also since this is my first time, i have been freaking out about how i am going to deal with all the changes….. I came across your blog as i was looking for someone’s honest experience so i could convince myself it will be difficult and new but everything will work out in the end. 🙂 i started obsessively (in the little time i am not working or asleep or throwing up/thimnking i am going to throw up) reading your blog a week ago.
    I just want to say thank you for writing so honestly and openly about your life. It is so difficult to not be stressed out by the alamist attitudes, absolutes that pregnant women are exposed to.

    1. Congratulations!! I am so happy to be able to help you through your pregnancy woes. It can be very overwhelming with all of the mixed messages out there and all of our ideas of what things should be based on how everyone talks about pregnancy and what is shown on TV/Movies. I had no idea what I was doing. You gotta feel out what’s important for you and just go with it. <3 Fuck everyone else.

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