Of course, I need to stop and consider that I am pregnant. There is a good chance that this baby will acquire many of the same genes that his or her brother has. While I don’t anticipate the new baby being allergic to the same foods or to the same degree as Jacob, I am fully expecting to begin fasting again after the birth. People are telling me that I’m crazy to do it all over again, but I can’t imagine not doing for this baby what I’ve done for Jacob so I’ll gladly do what’s necessary to nurse this baby when it arrives.
In the meantime, I’m going to try enjoying food for the next two and a half months, while not over doing any particular food for fear of sensitizing the baby before birth. One doctor told me that this couldn’t happen, while another said it could during the last trimester. I’m assuming that it’s really an unknown quantity, so I’m being as cautious as possible for someone who has just found so much freedom.
As for the baby, it’s up to old tricks. Somehow, the first three days of each week are considered sleeping time, while the latter four are time to kick, squirm, stretch and make it’s presence known. Every week I worry terribly for half the week, then await the outpouring of little pats and kicks that follow. I mentioned this to my midwife last week and was told to “just wait,” it’ll get stronger and more regular. I don’t think she believed me when I said that Jacob slept every Wednesday until the day he was born.
I can tell you that this baby and Jacob are very different creatures. It’s amazing to experience a developing personality even before you meet your baby for the first time. I have no doubt that this baby has a very distinct personality and like it’s brother it isn’t afraid to make it known.
I think I’m coping pretty well this week. We have one week to go before Jacob’s birthday and half a week before yet another of mine. We’re preparing to host another 30-person party next Friday in honor of Jacob’s second year. I think that one will go better than the housewarming, as I’m making a lasagna in advance and only saving bread and salad for things to do that day. Jacob will enjoy a cake of his choosing with egg in it this year, unlike the dry, frosting-less carrot cake he was served last year. I’ve decided that whatever gets done around the house gets done and what does not will remain undone for the day after the party. This time, it’s family and three close friends coming and I know that they’ll all understand the fact that I simply can’t run crazy like I did two weeks ago and still be able to enjoy Jacob’s party with him.