Friday, January 7, 2011

again

So when I was pregnant with Belle, I got huge. I mean, really. I looked like there might be two Annabelles hiding in my stomach. Here are a few of the never before shared photos of those last days. In fact, this was the day I went to the hospital to be induced.


WHOASERS, right? It's okay. You can say it. I know. I WAS THERE. And now that the quart of water has drained out of my face (seriously?), I can actually laugh a little.

A little.

Pregnancy as a whole wasn't too much fun for me. Among a myriad of random pregnancy symptoms, I was sick as a dog the first trimester, sort of sick the other two, my pelvis fell out of place in the third (limiting my ability to walk, quite literally), my gums completely receded from my teeth (causing continual tooth pain), and I ended up with a serious root canal after the baby came out, and I got fat. Not just pregnant. F-A-T. 

After I had Annabelle, so many people told me I'd forget about the pain of pregnancy and be excited to do it all over again. But let me tell you something: I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN. NOT A SINGLE SWOLLEN APPENDAGE HAS BEEN DISMISSED FROM MY MEMORY. Yet, I will do it again. And there is only one reason I will. Every single second of pregnancy, as miserable as it might be, is worth it. Because you get a little bundle of newness, perfection swaddled up and tucked into your heart, as though there was a spot just waiting for that tiny baby.


The feeling is unlike any other. And I can't wait.


  To feel it. Again.

 
Some time in July. (Again.)

YES. I'M PREGNANT.

P.S. Yes, that's why this blog has become relatively silent. I have very few clever things to say when I'm bent over a toilet "shick," as Belle says. However, I believe that first trimester good times are winding down. (Oh please.)

14 comments:

Rachel said...

Congrats! I'm glad you were brave enough to do it all over again. Seeing sweet siblings interact definitely makes it all worth it!

Lindsay RC Wilson said...

Congratulations! By the way, you really don't look terrible, just not yourself. I have some unshared pictures as well, and on top of a gallon of water in my face, I had MAJOR cankles (which I took pictures of too). I love how everyone tried to tell me how great I looked, but looking back, I looked terrible.

Oh, and glad someone else had the pelvis problem like I did. not that I want someone else to have that unpleasantness, but no one understands how real and uncomfortable it was because I don't know many people (now two) who have had that.

P.S. I haven't forgotten either, but I'm doing it again, too. beginning of May.

jaesi said...

Oh Congrats! Those newborns are something else arent they? I cant wait for you either!

eclaires said...

Congratulations, Shauntel! Hopefully, this time will be a little better. :)

Diana said...

Congratulations, Beautiful! I hope the rest of this pregnancy bodes better for you than last pregnancy. Are you going to be surprised by the gender again? Oh, congratulations a million times over!

Levi & Katie said...

Yea! That is so exciting! So when is the due date? I am guessing July since you mentioned July in your post! I bet it will be another red head too! Red heads are so fun! I am sure your mom is super excited!!! Congrats!

The Meacham's said...

Congrats! I'm excited for you. You're right, it's so worth it especially if the next one turns out as cute as Annabelle! I hope this time around is better for you. Yay again! :)

Kathy said...

Congrats! I hope you are feeling better soon. I know all too well how tough those nine months can be. But nothing compares to that perfect sound of a newborn cry! Congrats to you!

Natalie said...

congrats!!!!!!

Kirsti said...

Congratulations! I didn't hate pregnancy so much either time -- although my second pregnancy was pretty awful -- it was the actual giving birth part that I hated. You're right: you don't forget anything. You're also right that it's worth it, though I'm definitely glad we're stopping with just two! ;) I wish you best of luck!

Rachel said...

Congrats!!! I'm so excited for you all.

The Harrises said...

This will be exciting. I love the polish!

Becky Adams said...

Awesome! So excited for you...congratulations!!

Jeanette said...

Congrats! I am so excited for you, Jess, and Belle.

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