Once my daughter turned two years old I'd always get asked when I would have another baby. My answer remained the same for the following five years. As a teen mom, I had to grow up within a matter of months and although years had passed since my daughter's birth I was still trying to catch up with life so having another baby wasn't in my plans. Life has a way of surprising us though.
I began to feel sick out of nowhere and it lasted for about two weeks so I decided to purchase a home pregnancy test. Minutes passed and there it was...the pregnancy test I thought I'd never have to take again blinking PREGNANT. I remember feeling nervous but deep down I was at peace because I knew that it'd be different the second time around. I was older and so much had fallen into place for my family and I. I made an appointment with my OB-GYN to confirm the pregnancy to share the news with my daughter and the rest of our family. While everyone was shocked, probably because we had finally convinced them that we weren't going to have another baby, they were so happy. My daughter jumped up and down yelling, "I'm going to be a big sister!"
My second pregnancy was pretty smooth...as far as feeling well. I experienced the typical heartburn and discomfort while trying to sleep but other than that I was in super mom mode most of the time. A lot of it had to do with my lifestyle. I had stopped eating meat and I was staying active with an at home fitness routine. It's also when I started to replace many of my beauty and wellness products and remedies with natural ones. The day we found out the baby's gender was so special because my daughter was with us. It was yet another beautiful milestone in my pregnancy that we were excited to share with our family and friends.
Towards the end of my pregnancy the doctor informed us that she found an echogenic intracardiac focus (EIF) also known as a bright spot in the baby's heart. While I was informed that bright spots are actually common I was instructed to get more sonograms than usual and see a specialist. At my last sonogram it was confirmed that the bright spot was no longer visible but there was another red flag...oligohydramnios. It occurs when the baby is surrounded with too little amniotic fluid. The fluid was rapidly reducing so the doctor induced my labor at 38 weeks. 13 hours later, after what felt like the most painful labor and delivery, my son was born!
As I promised my daughter during my pregnancy, she was the first to meet her baby brother...before any other family member or friend did. The moment she walked in and stood in front of him is when he opened his eyes for the first time. To start over, so to speak, after seven years took a lot of adjusting. I still struggle from time to time but I wouldn't change my life much less the gift of being a mother of two for anything in the world!
Happy 2nd Birthday, Jasaan!
May you continue to bright up our lives
& the world around you with your light!!
Mami loves you!!!