I can’t believe it’s been three months since I’ve blogged here. I had every intention of writing/sharing regularly, and then the fatigue and exhaustion hit. Let’s just say there was lots of falling asleep on the couch at 8:30 pm over the last three months!

Also, lots to prep for baby’s arrival, lots to get ready in the new place, and lots to transition at work prior to my maternity leave (which starts Monday!).

At this point, I think we’re ready! But really, ready or not, right?! She’s coming in <4 days!

Anyways, I thought I’d share a bit about the past three months (well, what I can remember of it) since this blog has always been a space for me to document life as it happens. When pregnant with Kaiden, I shared a bit more regularly and wish I had done that this time around because it’s fun for me to go back and read about what life was like at X weeks pregnant. But such is life when you’re expecting the second time around, have a four year old that needs your energy, and a husband who just started a new big job. And oh yeah, you moved across the country in the middle of all of this!

KAIDEN – Mr. K has fully adjusted to his new school here in GA, which is a huge relief because that definitely wasn’t the case for about 1.5 months. If you follow me on IG, you know that summer soccer was a bust, but we start piano this Sunday and both Vishnu and I think this may be something right up his alley. He’s definitely showing us that he loves art/using his creative side. His piano teacher shared that for this age group she likes to incorporate movement and song so it’s more of a holistic learning experience. I think K will love that!

Other than that, he’s your typical four year old who sometimes thinks he’s 14! I love this age because language and logic are starting to come together, and while it all should make sense, there’s certain phrases he’ll use or things he’ll say that’ll make us laugh because he doesn’t quite understand the meaning behind something. For example, he was drawing a picture for my sister the other day and wanted to draw hearts. He looked over at me and said, “Mama, I’m making love. But it’s a different kind of love.” So sweet but also making love. HA! I love it!

In terms of baby sis, I honestly have no idea how K is going to handle this huge change. Part of me thinks he’ll adjust fine and part of me knows it’s going to be a while before he feels like his new normal is normal. Whatever it is, we’re going to take things one day at a time and make every effort to ensure Kaiden feels special and loved and needed. Wish us luck!

VISHNU AND PAR – Vishnu and I are doing well. The other day, we both confessed to each other that the thing we’re most nervous about with this new baby is the lack of sleep. It sounds so selfish, but we know how brutal (and short-lived in the grand scheme of things) it is. After a couple of years of normal sleep, we’re not looking forward to reverting back. HOWEVER, this is the last time we’ll be experiencing this with a cute little housemate, so there’s that! She’ll be 110% worth it!

I’m also nervous about the whole breastfeeding/pumping situation. With K I was an exclusive pumper. Not sure what direction little miss will take us down, but I’m promising to give myself grace when it comes to this part of the process. Exclusive pumping did a number on my mental state the last time around, so I’m letting go of any expectations and planning (at this point) to be happy with whatever happens. Woo sah!

Like I shared earlier, Vishnu started his new job at the beginning of August and loves it! Big relief! And I will say radiology attending life is SO MUCH better than residency/fellowship. No overnight call, some work from home shifts, decent hours…loving it! I’m hoping all of this translates to him being more present with the baby. With K, he was a new second year resident (the hardest year of residency) and worked a ton. He then had a 3 week stint in DC, boards, fellowship interviews, fellowship itself, job hunting, etc. I need to do a more comprehensive post about this time in our life, but it sure was hectic!

I’m on vacation this week and start maternity leave on Monday. I’ve transitioned all of my work stuff over to a few different people and feel good about that. Ready to take on my newest role as mama of 2! But in all seriousness, I definitely more prepared this time around (at least logistically). I also think I have much more realistic expectations of motherhood and what the first 6-12 months will be like. And most importantly, I have a true village that’s ready to step in at a moments notice, including a therapist (absolutely key for me!).

WE READY!

MISCELLANEOUS UPDATES

If you haven’t already jumped on the Ted Lasso bandwagon yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DO IT! Such an amazing, feel good show! Highly recommend it.

I also binged on Never Have I Ever and actually enjoyed it! Mindy Kaling’s shows always start of strong for me and then fizzle a little, but I’m really hoping season 3 just continues to build on 1/2 with this one.

And finally, in terms of TV news, Vishnu and I start Sex Education on Netflix the other day per my sister’s insistence. It’s really good! We’re only 3 or 4 episodes in and definitely hooked!

I’ve been reading a lot lately (trying to squeeze in as much as I can!). Signing up at our local library has truly brought me joy in a way I can’t explain. I loved libraries growing up and also the fact that I’m saving lots of $$$. I’ve been checking lots of books out for Kaiden too, which is fun for everyone because it ensures we have a steady rotation every night and aren’t stuck reading the same superhero book. HA!

If you follow me on IG, you know that I recently started using PanOxyl for my pregnancy acne. It’s a freaking miracle in a face wash, y’all! In a short 1.5 weeks, my acne has started to clear up in a way I’ve never seen before. INCREDIBLE STUFF! Wish I hadn’t waited so long to try this, especially given that Vishnu’s been using it since the start of the pandemic. LOL!

I also recently purchased Inde Wild’s Vitamin C and Bakuchiol because they’re safe for breastfeeding, etc. I’ll report back on how my skin responds in a few weeks.

There’s probably so much more that I’m not sharing, BUT (like I always say but fail to commit to!), I plan to share more here in the coming months. I love how there’s no caption limit, there’s no worry about numbers/algorithms, etc. and I can pretty much write free form (excuse any typos or grammar mistakes please!). MIS the OG blog is really jam!

Lots more to come soon!

By Parita

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