Hey friends! How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was really great – so great, in fact.. that I didn’t take a single picture, haha. I didn’t even think to! We stayed pretty busy traveling between towns and houses, seeing movies and shopping. It was really great to see family we hadn’t seen in a long time too. But I will say, traveling has always taken a toll on my body and I always seem to feel more like myself once I’m home and back into a good routine. So let’s get to an update!
I guess I’m sort of skipping week 16 as we were out of town the whole week visiting family. But honestly since we were traveling I was pretty distracted and didn’t even notice until we got home how much my bump had grown! So I’ll mostly be focusing on my 17 week update, but I can assure you you’re not missing much.
How I’m Feeling
Much better these days, as I’ve said before. Acne is still an issue, and it got even worse while we were traveling. I was using an all natural face wash, which I’m sure is usually fine but my acne was just getting out of control.. So after some research I did switch to a different face wash and bought a spot treatment and while it hasn’t improved vastly (at least yet) it’s definitely made a difference!
Still trying to get in some exercise as frequently as I can, mostly rotating between yoga and long beach walks. Actually on Tuesday(?) I was taking a walk when a friend of mine called and we got carried away chatting. I meant to only walk for half an hour in one direction before turning around – making it an hour walk. Well.. I got a little distracted and accidently walked for an hour in one direction before turning around, making it a TWO HOUR walk. I feel normally this would be no big deal. I mean anyone can walk for a couple hours right?! Apparently I’ve lost more muscle definition and endurance than I thought because I was about to DIE when I finally got back to my car. My knee was swollen and even though I stopped a few times to stretch my leg muscles were super tight. too I learned my lesson!
That reminds me – for all you pregnany mommies out there, have you heard of Pregtastic yet?? It’s a podcast you can download for free via iTunes that essentially covers everything you could possibly want to know about pregnancy, birth, newborns, etc. Every episode features a round table of pregnant ladies who will talk for a little while about their “ups and downs” for the week and what’s going on in their pregnancies, and then most episodes will feature some type of professional who will cover a topic for that episode (ex: breastfeeding. epidurals, hospital procedures, spouse relationships, nutrition, etc!) I have been listening to these since BEFORE we were even pregnant and I’m almost out of episodes (they stopped recording in 2012) and I adore this program (I listen to these every time I walk)! It’s really great because you learn about every topic from a professional standpoint, but you also get to hear lots of individual birth stories and experiences from each woman; and because they all have different pregnancies I’ve learned lots of random things that I never would have learned otherwise. If you are pregnant I HIGHLY recommend it!
What the Baby is Doing
From What to Expect:
“My how your baby has grown! She’s about the size of your palm, weighs about five ounces, and is developing some body fat (join the club, baby!). Her heart is now regulated by her brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! What else is up? She’s practicing the survival skills she’ll need at birth — like sucking and swallowing.”
Other pregnancy sources also have said that the baby’s ears are developing so at this point the baby can probably hear my voice! As well as any gurgles my organs are making. That just blows my mind! Most sources also keep reminding me I could be feeling the baby move any day now! While I haven’t felt anything that I was 100% sure was the baby, I’ve definitely felt some sort of fluttering and whatnot down in the baby region that I *think* could be the baby! But it’s so hard to tell!! Ahh it kills me
Also, here’s the update on the pampers app, where you can see the actual estimated size of the baby! It’s hard to see here so I took another picture without holding it where you can see the baby more accurately. Look how HUGE that is! Holy moly.
How far along? 17 weeks
Baby’s size? Onion – or just about 5 inches from rump to crown
Total weight gain/loss: No idea – I have a Dr.’s appointment next week so I’ll know soon!
Maternity clothes? Still my one pair of jeans and a pair of leggings that I swap back and forth, but I can tell I’ll need another pair soon. Shirts and sweaters still pretty much fit.
Stretch marks? UGH! I’m not sure – I was actually checking out all my bright blue veins on my stomach this morning (another pregnancy symptom) when I noticed a couple teeeeeny tiny stretch marks on my right side, right about my hip! I feel like it’s too early for stretch marks! Although I’m thinking they *could* be old ones from when I lost a bit of weight awhile back and I just never noticed them?? I’m really not sure. At least they’re on my side and not really noticeable!
Sleep: Still good!
Best moment this week: Getting back on track with eating and exercise this week. I feel a lot better!
Miss Anything? Clear skin
Movement: Not really sure!! Possibly? I suppose if it IS movement it will only get stronger and I should be able to tell soon.
Food cravings: Nothing intense, but I have noticed I’ve been craving salty and crunch foods (salt and vinegar kettle chips, for example! To my husbands demise..)
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope
Gender: Still guessing girl, but we’ll know for sure in a couple weeks! Cannot WAIT.
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Acne, constipation (sorry), blue veins, hormonal tears.. haha, all the good stuff right?!
Belly Button in or out? Mmm.. still in but it’s coming out! I used to have a belly button ring for a couple years in high school (don’t judge) and so afterwards I’ve always had a little hole above my button. While we were at the mall on Black Friday, my belly button started hurting right where that little hole is! Really bad too! I’m guessing it was the skin stretching out but it was so weird because it was only in that one little spot. I was telling that to friend of mine who’s also pregnant and before I said anything about a belly button ring, she goes, “did you used to have your belly button pierced?” Apparently she did too, so I guess maybe that skin has a harder time flattening the scar tissue back out. #mostrandomstoryever
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time? I’d say both. On my own I’m perfectly happy but I notice I get aggravated by other people more easily and I can also cry at the drop of a hat. It’s a talent.
Looking forward to: Our gender reveal party! We’re sending out invites soon and I cannot wait to find out what this baby is!!
That’s all I have for now friends. I promise as I have time I will try to get back to the blog more often. Hope everyone is having a good week!