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My little boy is very much a boyish boy, which means our house is overrun with trucks, cars and dinosaurs, so I'm looking forward to having some pink around the house too. How funny would it be if she's a tomboy and prefers dinosaurs to dolls? Oh well, at least we won't have to spend more money on toys.
Apart from the constant exhaustion everything else is going relatively smoothly, touch wood! During my first pregnancy the baby had kicked my ribs out of alignment, and this time around I've started feeling the same rib pain fairly early on. Also other aches and pains that I'd experienced much later during the first pregnancy have started earlier this time around, but on the whole things are still bearable.
I've also gained more weight this 2nd time around, and started showing a lot earlier too. I've gained a total of 9kgs so far, aaaghhh. During my first pregnancy I'd gained around 7kgs by 24weeks. I have heard that you retain more fluid when carrying a girl (something about the double dose of the female hormones), but it could also be all the extra sweets and cakes I've been consuming lately. Oops.
We've slowly started introducing Luca to the idea of being a big brother, but I don't think he's caught on yet. We've bought a few books for him on the subject, and he loves when we read it to him but I don't think he gets it that in a few months there'll be a baby sister in the house, and she ain't going anywhere. Luca will be almost 3 by the time the baby arrives, and hopefully he'll adjust to having a sibling quickly. If you have any tips on how to get a toddler used to a new baby, let me know!