Tuesday, December 14, 2010

pregnancy diaries - 17 weeks

a little update:

how preggo am I?
17 weeks 
(actually I am 18 weeks today, but I like to recap the week before)

If you didn't get a chance to read the last preggo update, then you missed the big reveal - 
We're having a little baby 
E and I couldn't be more excited. I had a strong gut feeling that it was going to be a boy - I guess mom's know best. Baby boy still doesn't have a name, but we're working on it. It's so hard to commit to one name for the rest of someone's life! 

weight gain:
I'm not 100% sure. We don't own a scale, so I only go on what I weigh every 4 weeks at my dr's appointments. I am not sure what I started out at, but I do know that when I went to the dr. today they said I gained 5 lbs since my last appointment 4 weeks ago. If I had to guess, I would say I've gained 15 lbs. Today, my dr. said that I was right on track ... that made me feel really relieved bc I was worried that I was gaining too much.

maternity clothes:
Thanks to my amazing friend Angie, I discovered the wonderful world of the belly band. Yep, that's what I'm wearing in the pictures above. She let me borrow hers, so now I'm back to wearing a lot of my normal pants. This really helps with the work attire. I also still wear my one pair of Gap maternity jeans all the time. 
I'm currently on the hunt for a good pair of jeggings. Just what every pregnant lady needs - spandex that looks like denim. 
I still love wearing my normal leggings, but it's been a little chilly for those.
I am wearing all normal shirts. Sometimes I put a maternity tank under them to make them a little longer, but for the most part my regular shirts still fit great. And yes, I am wearing the same shirt in this post as I was in the post from a couple days ago. Hey, when you're pregnant I've found that you get a couple of go to outfits and stick with those. 

Every now and then I feel him moving around in there and I LOVE IT. Feeling him move is one of my favorite parts of being pregnant. I can't wait until E can feel him too. It still feels like someone has a spoon and is stirring the inside of my stomach. I don't feel him move everyday, but probably around every other. I notice that I feel him most at night when I am sitting on the couch and in my car when I can commuting to work. 

I've been sleeping great. I'm on the same, up once a night to pee schedule, but that's not too bad. I can't sleep in as long as I used to, but I guess that's my bodies way of preparing me for having a baby. On the weekends I used to sleep until 10 or 11, and now I feel very awake at 8.

what I miss:
diet coke, hot baths (today my dr. told me that I couldn't take baths at all anymore) ... I think that's about it.

I still crave Chipotle about every single day. I will eat it everyday if someone will take me. 
I am also craving cinnamon ice cream. I had some when I was visiting E's parents over Thanksgiving, and now I can't find it anywhere. I've looked at more than one Krogers, Wal-Mart, and Good Foods Co - op. I usually don't stop at Whole Foods (too pricey), but I'm about to stop in and check. If you are at the store, could you please keep an eye out for some cinnamon ice cream ??? 
Another weird one, but bacon. I haven't craved it a lot, but today I came home from work and instead of starting dinner I fried up some bacon. Healthy right? E looked at my like I was absolutely crazy when he came home.

I've had a few symptoms here and there, but overall I feel like I have been SOOOO lucky. I'm scared that my 3rd trimester or labor is going to be a nightmare, because things I have just been too easy so far.
A few things that I have experienced in the past week:
Heartburn. I had not experienced heartburn until recently. It doesn't last long, and it's not every day, but it is uncomfortable. 

I have also had some pain in my abdominal / pelvic area. I believe the technical name for this is round ligament pain. Sometimes when I sneeze I get a real sharp pain. 

A couple times I've also had a throbbing like pain in my legs. Not a sharp pain, just an achy feeling. I really don't know what that is from. If you know, then please let me know.

You can't really tell from the picture, but I have the dark line down my belly. 
I am also feeling a little veiny. I guess it's all that extra blood. 

I'll be honest and say that I've been a little moody lately too. I'm sure E would agree with this. I've been crying more, not in an I'm depressed way. I just seem to freak out a little easier these days. Sorry!

best moment of the week:
It's been a pretty low key week with the frigid temps out there, but I do have a couple highlights -

The baby books say that our baby boy can now hear things. I have loved having E and other friends talk to him. 

One night this week I went out to dinner with two other preggo ladies. It was so much fun. We laughed about our weight, the changes in our bodies, our fears, and shared in the joy that comes with carrying a little life inside of you.

Since we know that I is a boy, I have also began the process of planning his nursery. I haven't really bought anything yet, but I am collecting lots of ideas. I'll try to be a little crafty and create one of the mood boards once I have all the details nailed down. It's fun having an excuse to decorate a room :)

Also this week, E and I had to take a little trip to Babies R Us / Toys R Us to buy a gift. We roamed around the aisles and became excited about little things like buying our little man leggos someday. 

Here's another little artsy like photo:

If you're observant, then maybe you noticed the new bling on my wrist. I posted about this watch a couple weeks ago, and said that it was #1 on my Christmas list. Well .. E surprised me with it a little! He is truly the best husband in the world. I know with all the crazy pregnancy hormones that I definitely do not tell him that enough.


stephanie said...

hey rachel, i used to get weird leg pains...then i started waking up with killer charlie horses (the only time in my life that I have had a charlie horse!) the doctor said i needed potassium and to eat more bananas! hope that helps. pregnancy does weird things to our bodies...men have no idea!

Abby Farnham said...

i LOVE your watch! and you look super cute!