17 Weeks: Big changes
Things are changing and fast it seems. All of a sudden I have turned into a true pregnant woman.
Let me explain…
In the last week I have tripped about 1,000 times. My normal klutzy count is only about 500, so this is news. My balance is just so off. I didn’t know it would happen this soon.
I’ve been exercising consistently, but like I mentioned last week, I’m slow as molasses. Actually, slower. I walked for almost an hour this weekend while PB and my cousin did sprints, and I was as tired as they were at the end of it. I even got sore muscles. Carrying a bit of extra weight and having increased blood volume really does affect you.
Here’s what Babycenter says about Bambino’s growth this week:
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.
And our baby is the size of an onion!
I think I may have, um, popped. I feel like I look huge compared to other weeks. It’s so crazy to see my body look so different from what I am used to seeing. We’ll know for sure if I’ve popped when I take my 18 week photo this weekend.
And just for fun… 5 weeks, 11 weeks, 17 weeks (WOAH WHAT A DIFFERENCE!)
I forgot I used to look like that. Ha!
My hand is rubbing my belly like all the time. I never thought I’d be one of those people, but here I am rubbing my belly constantly. I don’t know how it started, but it feels so soothing and nice I can’t stop. I like to think of it as caressing my baby in utero. I know it looks weird, but I can’t stop.
I think I’m feeling kicks! I discuss it quite thoroughly in my latest Babycenter post… if you’ve had a baby let me know what you think! Are they kicks that I’m feeling?
I’m really starting to feel like there is a baby on the way. I know this feeling will be even greater when we find out the sex in 13 days… not that I’m counting or anything. Pregnancy is becoming so much more exciting!
My weight gain updates are going to be restricted to the doctor’s monthly weigh ins from now on since my daily weigh ins are all over the place. One day it looks like I’ve gained nothing this week, another day it looks like I’ve gained 2 lbs. I have no idea which is accurate. I’m doing my best to eat well but also indulge a bit, and I trust that my body will do what it needs to do. Whether it means I’m going to gain 25 or 45 lbs I don’t know, but as long as I grow a healthy baby that is what is important. I’m hungry every two hours and if I don’t eat I get a really bad headache and my nausea comes back. I’m taking that as my cue that I should eat every two hours. So I am.
Random facts of the week:
Items I’ve purchased for bambino this week: 1, but not what you’d expect! I bought us a handshower to replace our standard showerhead so that it will be easier to bathe him or her.
Items I’ve looked at online for bambino but have resisted buying: about 20. I’m holding out for some cute Gap baby onesies that I know have to show up soon. Last year there were so many cute ones but right now I feel like there are no super adorable ones. So I’m waiting. Impatiently.
Days until we find out the gender: 13
Days it feels like we have to wait to find out the gender: 100
Maternity clothes PB bought me this week: 3 items. One pair of long exercise/yoga/lounge pants, one pair of capri yoga pants, one funky black hooded short sleeve top. All from the outlets.
Maternity clothes I actually need: a lot more! I’m not comfortable in my clothes anymore and the feeling of the elastic on my waist is horrible. I need to keep hunting for cute things since it seems a lot of stuff is frumpy or super expensive.
Currently craving: watermelon and steamed veggies. And strawberry shortcake. And a hot dog, but since they gross me out I won’t be indulging in that craving. Oh and corn on the cob, which should be arriving any day now right?!
Time it took to write this post: 45 minutes because my pregnancy brain keeps getting distracted.
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