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December 07, 2007



Subsequent pregnancies are very different from the first one, I think. With the first, you have more time to luxuriate in just being pregnant. More time to dream and ponder and be. With a second one, you've got an actual child to tend to, therefore less time. And the wonder and newness is gone. It's different.


Yay! You're back! I was just this morning contemplating sending you an email to see how you're doing.

I'm 13 weeks tomorrow and still think it's very neat that we're due so close together.

I cannot entirely agree with ratphooey: yes, you have more time to luxuriate in just being pregnant the first time and you're busy already being a mom during subsequent pregnancies. And yes, some of the newness may be gone. But the wonder? I don't think so. And the loss of newness is, to me, made up for by the lower level of "what the heck is happening to me?" And I take comfort in the downs being recognizable, and the ups being greeted with the warm pleasure of recognition, the sensation of "hey, I remember this... and this is so cool."


I hope you have lots of joy in the months to come.


This, like everything you write, is beautiful. I'm glad you're back. I'm glad that your pregnancy seems to be going well.

Also, I think it's great that you are taking your bonus days. That's what they're there for, and the work will get done eventually.


Thanks, everyone.

I am sure that later pregnancies are different from first pregnancies. But I also think that a lot of the reason why I feel about this pregnancy the way I do is because of the miscarriage in between. I know I felt a lot more joy in the brief pregnancy I had this spring than I've felt so far in this one. I am just assuming and hoping that as time goes on, I will have more of that.

Anne L.

Too strong for comfort!!! That will have me laughing for the rest of the night. Happy to hear about your joy!


I had a baby who was one year old when I had my second pregnancy end in a miscarriage. Now I am at the end (well, 35 weeks, *close* to the end) of my third pregnancy. All this is to say I think I know what you mean and although I was *very* scared and nervous about the beginning of this pregnancy, it became more and more joyful and less and less worrisome. It's not easy to suffer a miscarriage and I feel it as a loss, just like any other. Anyway, I hope that it's true for you as it was for me that as time goes on you can focus more on the joy of the situation and less on the worry.


You have such a gift for looking at and appreciating all of the beautiful things in your life. It's such a wonderful reminder for me to do the same.

Katie is a gorgeous girl, inside and out. I love, love the braids. That's the stuff I'll miss about having a daughter.

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