"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully," Romans 12:6-8

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The second time around…

I have yet to post about my pregnancy on here… in fact, with the exception of our announcement I’ve yet to post about my pregnancy really anywhere. Its very different the second time around. I was so sure that I wouldn’t have “second child syndrome”. But here I am, 19 weeks (I think), and I have full blown “second child syndrome”. I didn’t take our first pregnancy photo til I was 17wks, when people ask how far along I am--- well it takes lots of thought, and I not confident when the number I give them. Don’t get me wrong, I am overjoyed about the blessing of another little. Its just different. Simply different.

With Hannah I had all the time in the world to think about being 14weeks and 3days, feeling every single kick, noticing every pregnancy symptom, planning, planning and planning. This time, I have Hannah. Hannah who does not stop, who is constantly making me laugh, constantly keeping me in awe, constantly keeping me on my toes. That leaves very little time to think about how far along I am, how I’m feeling, and planning, well, I think I learned with Hannah that the more you plan--- the less predictable life will be.

I am confident that it will continue to be completely different the second time around. Our second child will most likely cry more often than Hannah did, we will work through our sleep issues much, MUCH earlier, and will most likely not benefit from 2hr nap times snuggled up with mama. However, I am also confident that I will have just as much love for this child, as for Hannah. I will have overwhelming feelings of joy and astonishment by God’s blessings. I am even more confident that this child will experience even more love than Hannah did--- surely due to big sister Hannah.

Everyday she points to my bump, says “hollo babee” and give my belly a kiss. She practices rocking her babies, “shh-shh-shh-ing” her babies, and gives them lots of hugs & kisses. It touches my heart. I am so excited to see her as a big sister. I know that we will have our moments of adjustment as we welcome our newest family member--- that it wont be all kisses and hugs. However, we will take those moments as they come, and reflect on the difference “the second time around”.

All things “Baby B”:

We are going to be surprised with gender and are in suspense until May.

Our top names are Bryson for a boy and Brynlie for a girl.

Just started feeling regular movement, overall a calm little one in there.

I craving sweets, sweet, and more sweets--- do they make IV’s of apple juice?!?!?

My patience would extend past the end of a tac--- you can feel sorry for my poor husband and daughter.


Here are some “belly” pictures--- taken on Thanksgiving.

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As I realize more and more that “mommy-hannah” moments wont be in such abundance come May, I am trying to make the most of our time. Christmas seems like the perfect season for that. We are having a blast decorating, wrapping presents, listening to Christmas music and reading about baby Jesus. This little can seriously melt my heart!

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1 comment:

  1. Jenee- Enjoued reading your post. I have so many good memories of all three babies. Each bringing its own gift. What I would share (on a lighter note) in regards to seconds, thirds, fourths, etc is that parents are much more relaxed after their first. We are so excited about the first but way too over the top usually. Seen the commercial about that? Pretty funny and pretty true. That's why there is always the joke about "Oh, you must be a first born" First borns tend to be less flexible and while the seconds, thirds and fourths etc of the world are much more fun. I speak as a first born :) hahah We joke about it when us Mascari cousins are together. The first borns plan(or as others would call it -boss everyone around hahah) and the babys of the family have a blast and go with the flow. It is weird when pregnant with the second to think you could ever love another little being as much as the one you have and then they are born and you cant believe your heart can have that much love again -it might burst! Enjoy it all....such a miracle and we are so blessed to be called to be parents.