Musings of a Marfan Mom

A Different Ballgame Entirely

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Everyone says that each pregnancy is different, each child is different. I’ve been surprised, though, at how different my two pregnancies are from each other.

Let me put it this way: If Menininho was destined from the womb to be a chill surfer-dude, this time I’m gestating a future Hell’s Angel.

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I had some nausea with Menininho’s pregnancy, but nothing bad. I was tired but didn’t need naps. He rarely ever kicked. In fact, we ended up in Labor and Delivery once where even the nurse couldn’t get the kid to move. The nerve pain was bad through week 15, but that was it.

A relatively easy pregnancy translated into a relatively easy baby. He latched correctly immediately, more or less gained weight well, started sleeping 5 hour stretches at 3 1/2 weeks of age. He has an easy going personality still, just with the occasional toddler tantrum.

This time around? Not so much.

I have nausea from early afternoon till bedtime, most every day. I’ve had to miss or leave church early a couple of times for it. I nap just about every day for about 2 hours, while Menininho sleeps. By evening I’m in bed from the pain, which is the only thing that’s been consistent between pregnancies. On the upside, I’m much less moody with this pregnancy!

I don’t say all of that to complain, not at all, but just to marvel at how varied the two experiences have been so far. My prediction? This kid is going to be super active in the womb and come out with an attitude.

For those of you with multiple biological pregnancies, did you see a big difference between them?

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  1. I totally agree about the different pregnancies… the consistency for me has been the exhaustion, but this time the M/S was way worse, although, knock on wood, it has been better for a week.

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  2. oops, hit submit b4 I was done… hoping that the M/S goes away quickly and the pain is manageable!

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  3. My morning sickness was less with Joci than with Chaela… only 16 weeks instead of 22. My sciatic pain was MUCH worse (but I excpect that wasn’t unique to Joci and will probably continue to get worse the more kids I have). My bladder also seemed to be smaller with Joci than with Chaela. As far as moodiness, I think I was moderately moody with both kids.

    My pregnancies don’t seem to have much to do with the personality of my kids. Of course, Chaela was the most chill baby in the world and she’s an insane toddler. Joci is a little more fussy than Chaela (but not much, really), so I’m hoping she’ll be calmer… I just don’t think I can handle another kid with as much energy as Chaela.

    Maybe this one will be harder because it’s a girl!

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    marfmom Reply:

    This one is totally a girl. I’d almost put money on it, haha. And you know, the Menininho is turning out to be a pretty crazy toddler. Maybe a fussy baby does = a calmer toddler! Here’s hoping for both of us! :-)

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  4. Don’t fall for the “it’s a girl if the pregnancy’s different” line. All four of mine were different and all four were boys.

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  5. i had 2 completely different pregnancies.with my son i was sick from like 12 wks until about 32 wks….i was sooo tired and sick it was insane. with my daughter i was only sick a couple wks…if that and the only reason i was tired with her was bc i was chasing a 2 year old around. i predicted my childrens gender based on how i felt and where the baby sat most during the pregnancy and i was right. Sky was a fairly calm baby = but a super crazy toddler/preschooler….Isabella was a grouchy baby (didnt like ppl much)= she has her moments but shes calmer than Sky. its weird.

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  6. I never had morning sickness with either of my pregnancies, but I can attest to the two different babies… James slept thru the night at 8 weeks, it took Michael till almost 3. James was always smiling and laughing. Michael was quite cranky and loud. They are 20 and 17 now, but I still say that if James was like Michael there wouldn’t be a Michael!!

    One thing that was significantly different between the two pregnancies was my activity level – I was much more active and on my feet with #2, but of course had a 2 year old to chase after. I’ve known a few people who were extremely active during their pregnancies and had babies that were very difficult to calm down.

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  7. I defenatly saw a relation to how active my kiddos where in the whomb and their personalities. Wyatt was very active, came two weeks early and I has since birth done everything early. Walking, talking…everything!lol
    Charlotte was very mellow in the whomb, came two weeks late with lots of help and at 8 years old is still a very mellow child.
    I havn’t felt this one move yet, still only 8 weeks along, but am noticing that being pregnant is harder in your early 30’s than it was in myearly 20’s :)
    Blessings,
    Maya !

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  8. I have only one, but my friends have said that each was very different. Stopping from SITS!

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  9. We have 5 girls and each one of them was a very, very different experience. The last one was a very difficult pregnancy, and she was is difficult baby. She does, though, seem to be outgrowing it know that she is 4 months.

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  10. I have three children (a toddler and infant twins), so I’ve had two pregnancies. Both mine were also like night and day! My toddler is a handful, both the twins are super easy going. But the pregnancies were the opposite way!
    Stopping by from SITS to say hello :)

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  11. My 3 pregnancies were all different, and my laid back baby is turning into a terror while her fussy brothers are pretty calm and cool at 9 and 7! It really is amazing how different pregnancies can be. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day.

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