— My belly is making digestive enzymes to break down food. Thank you belly!
— I am starting to make blood cells inside my bones—just like big kids!
— My head is bigger than a golf ball—and much better looking too!
— My foot is about one inch long (about 2½ cm). I probably have the best feet in the family!
— My new body fat will keep me warm and store energy.
— Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom.
How far along: 17 weeks
Total weight gain: +7 total. This is –3 from last week. I’m going to assume the day I weighed myself last week was a bad water retention day. This +7 total weight gain was confirmed at my OB appointment yesterday, so I think I’m right on track.
Sleep habits: Anna has been sleeping with me the past few nights, so I haven’t been sleeping very well. It’s hard when you have 3 year old legs and arms jabbing into your sides all night. Other than that, I’ve been sleeping fairly well. In fact, this past weekend I managed to sleep in ‘til 9 a.m. on Saturday AND Sunday. I can’t remember the last time I slept that late. It was glorious!
Maternity clothes: I can fit in two pairs of pre-maternity jeans/pants, but I’m primarily wearing maternity jeans and regular shirts/sweaters now. Now that my bump has arrived, I find that people are staring at me and wanting to comment but not quite comfortable in doing so yet. I’m tempted to get shirts that say, “Yes, I’m pregnant” printed on them just to satisfy their curiosity.
Best moment of the week: Feeling lots of movement and getting to take both kids Trick-or-Treating.
Food cravings: Baked potatoes have been on the top of my list this week. I must be in my carb phase right now.
Symptoms: Not many symptoms this week.
Movement: I can definitely feel movement super low in my abdomen. Some kicks are so obvious that I look at my belly to see if I can see them from the outside. As I’m typing this, the baby is kicking right below my belly button. I just love this!
What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the gender, of course. I found out at my last appointment yesterday, October 31, that I have to wait ‘til November 21 for the big reveal. Are they insane?! The ultra-sound tech comes to my OB’s office once/week, so she has no openings until then. This is going to be so tough! Joe wants to not find out at all until the day I deliver. He’s so hoping that this baby will be a boy that he wants to go the rest of my pregnancy thinking he’s going to have a son.
What I miss: There’s nothing I miss at the moment.
Next appointment: My last appointment was Monday, October 31st. It was just a regular, run-of-the-mill appointment. I gave some blood to do the quad screening for spina bifida and other genetic abnormalities even though I was on the fence about any testing like that. The baby’s heartbeat was 143 average. My next official appointment is on November 28, but my official big ultra-sound/gender reveal appointment is on November 21st - my mom’s birthday. I hope I can hold out that long! 3 more weeks! Eeek!
Halloween came and went rather quickly, and my major mom FAIL of the week was not getting pictures of Anna in her costume. Then again, she went as the Super Hero Girl (her birthday costume), so it’s not like I don’t have any pictures of her in this garb. I just feel so bad! I had my camera with me and everything, but the card was not in it. DOH!
Joe had to work (and didn’t feel well anyway), so it was just Anna and me last night. We went to a really nice neighborhood and hit up about 20 houses or so. Anna had such a blast! She kept saying, “Mommy, we go to more doors now?” She definitely had the “Trick or Treat” saying down, but I had to prompt her to say it each and every time. She waxed shy every time we’d approach new people. I think she loved being outside so late at night and actually getting candy from people. I think she thinks this is normal – you knock on someone’s door and get candy. Let’s hope she doesn’t try to do this throughout the year.