Friday, January 7, 2011

the pregnancy post.

during my pregnancy with mack, I made it a point to hide (or hide from) every picture taken.  as a result, I have a total of about five pictures from the entire pregnancy.  now (just like everyone told me), I am sad.  I wish I had a better record of that time.  so, I'm keeping track this time.

here are a few thoughts on this pregnancy so far:
1. it couldn't be more different than the last one--in so many ways.  while I was pregnant with mack, I was so nervous that it overrode a lot of my other emotions.  all I could think about was whether or not we'd made the right decision and whether I was ready to take this step, even though we put a lot of thought into the decision, and felt a confirmation that it was right.  to put it simply, I was incredibly excited to get pregnant, and the second I found out I was, I completely freaked out.  I tried to hide it, but it was the prevailing emotion my entire pregnancy.  in contrast, I was fighting the thought of  getting pregnant this time, but we want our kids to be close in age, and DJ had been talking about it for months, so after some prayer, I begrudgingly accepted that it was time.  however, when the test came back positive, I had an overwhelming feeling of peace, and most of all excitement.  neither of those feelings have gone away.  we're so excited for another baby to join our family.  I can't wait to hold this little one in my arms. 
2. the physical symptoms.  don't worry, I'm not going to delve too deeply.  :)  here's the short story.  mack: sick the entire pregnancy, but not down-on-my-back sick.  not a desirable condition, but it was doable.  baby #2: horrible sickness the first 16 weeks.  zophran was my favorite friend, and I was still out for the count by about 1:00 each day.  that time progressively got later and later, until the sickness disappeared completely.  thank heavens.  right now, I feel lucky.  with the exception of a late night here or there where I don't feel great, I feel like myself.  I never felt this well with mack.  my energy is returning, and (*gasp!*) I'm actually kind of enjoying pregnancy... as much as I can.  if you know me, you know that's saying a lot. 
3.  mack is so cute about everything.  so far, he hasn't shown any jealously when I hold/pay attention to other babies.  he just wants to hold their hand, and "say hi to baby."  I'm crossing my fingers that continues.  :)
4.  the bottom line: we feel incredibly blessed to have another baby on the way.  happiness and excitement are the prevailing feeling around our home right now. 

a few pictures of the pregnancy so far:
8 weeks: the first picture of the pregnancy.  this was the day DJ kept telling me my shirt was bunching up under my shirt.  I finally told him that was not my shirt--it was my baby bump.  yes, 8 weeks people.  I didn't even kind of start showing until at least 15 weeks last time.  depressing.

10 weeks.  can you believe it?  full on baby bump already (excuse the poor quality cell phone pictures). 

big jump.  this is 16 weeks.  not a huge change, right?  all I'm saying is I got really big, really fast, then I stayed about the same.  weird, eh?

18 weeks

20 weeks (current).
*photo set up by yours truly, taken by little sis, and retouched by me*

baby says hi!

oh yes, would you like to know the gender?
say hello to baby boy #2.  :)

we're counting down the days to may 22nd. 


Jaclyn said...

oh my goodness! Another little baby boy!! So fun! Congrats! We sure wish we were closer!

Hina Schneider said...

Congrats to you guys. We are sooooo happy for you. You look super cute pregnant as always.

Brooklet said...

Oh, a little brother! I love it! So much fun. Congratulations! And I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better. Enjoy this time. You and you look really good, so cute with a little baby bump.

Kimi said...

Congrats Libby! A little brother for Mack will be so fun! I'm glad you are feeling better this time around... no one should have to endure pregnancy sickness the WHOLE 9 months. That is WAY TOO LONG!!!

Katie said...

A little brother! How exciting. I swear you must have known in your heart because every time I said I hope it's a girl you just half smiled like "we'll see." Leah couldn't be more thrilled to have another little Jones buddy. It was so wonderful to see you. Wish we were neighbors.

Jill T said...

Oh, yay for another boy. Those brothers will have so much fun together!

NJ said...

Wohoo! Congratulations! I wonder if he'll be born with tons of dark hair like Mack was - he was/is so beautiful, even those first few days. Or maybe he'll be a blondy from the start. It's so exciting to think about really. We're so happy for you!

Thompson Family said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting, Mack will love having a little brother! And you look so cute pregnant! I remember feeling like I popped really quick and stayed the same too. Everyone told me it was because your stomach muscles were already stretched out so they just let loose the second time around:) Anyways, I'm very excited for you, hope everything else is going well too!

kami said...

yay!!!! two boys will be so fun! i'm glad you feel more at ease this time and are enjoying the pregnancy more. i hope you continue to feel good and energetic! xoxo

Amy said...

I felt the same way about Freddy. I kind of just accepted that we were going to have kids sooner than I had planned (after prayer) but when we hadn't been trying (because of lack of insurance and loss of a job) and I got pregnant anyway I was SO SCARED. I was totally freaked out.

After I had Freddy I really felt like I never wanted to have another baby ever again. I prayed to have the desire when it was time for the next baby. Well, one day I woke up and the desire was SO strong (although it's been almost a year since then and still no baby for me - I'm learning good stuff - so it's all good).

Anyway, I'm so happy for you. I hope you stay feeling good.

Kaylene said...

Two things: Thing 1 - you look too good. Thing 2 - having two boys is the best thing that ever happened to me. I seriously love it and you will too. Congratulations from all of us!

Amy F said...

Hello Baby Jones!! His profile is already shaping up to be CUTE!!

I love that the first "pregnancy picture" is from the Sunday of our Girls Trip Weekend to your place... when we kept asking if you were pregnant and you kept denying it. Hahaha... love that! Hee hee.

Seidi said...

Oh, so fun! I can't believe you're having a boy. I was kind of hoping that it was going to be a girl just so we could be the same, but a boy's good too. :) Super excited for you. Do you want to know what I love the most about your's the serious "I'm taking a picture on my cell phone" face your making in each one. Priceless. :) Love you Libs! You look great!

Brett and Rachel said...

Congrats on another baby boy!! Glad to hear you are feeling better!!

Stephanie said...

I'm so glad you're taking pictures. I really think that every women is at their most beautiful self when carrying a child.

MJF said...

SOOO glad you're sharing pictures this time. You are so beautiful on every side, in every size. Love that I'm in the reflection in my third trimester pregnancy glory, when you were prego too!! I love this post. Can't wait for more!

Nielsen Network said...

Ah! We are so excited for you!!! Yay for two boys! We love you guys!