Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lucky 17

In second grade I decided I needed a lucky number. When we all got a number based on our alphabetical order in the class, I was given 17. From that day on I decided that 17 was going to be my lucky number.  I'm not sure what this means for my 17th week of pregnancy (or is it actually my 18th week?), but I'm happy to report I hit 17 weeks yesterday. 

The weather has been so unbelievably nice. It feels like we skipped spring and jumped right into summer. Unfortunately, the nice weather is going to be leaving soon, but that's not to say I didn't get my first sunburn of the season this past weekend. 

Babies- The babies are about 5 inches each this week. They have mastered simple reflexes such as swallowing, sucking, and blinking. W and I were debating this week and whether they actually open their eyes or not, but I guess the fact that they are blinking means they do. They are also starting to form a little fat. Their skeletons are changing from soft cartilage to bone and their umbilical cords are getting stronger and thicker. 

Weight Gain- When I went to the perinatologist last Wednesday I had lost 2.5 of the 4 pounds I had gained. I also think their scale may have been friendlier as it was digital instead of a regular scale. I feel like I've probably gained more since my belly is getting bigger but I won't know until my next appointment. I'm trying not to stress it too much. 

Belly/Maternity Clothes- I don't think this is changing much these days. I'm in all maternity clothes and my belly is getting bigger and bigger. Big surprise, huh? I think I'm looking more pregnant than chubby now, but strangers certainly haven't asked yet. 

Cravings- Since I'm no longer having nausea and aversions I'll leave that out. I still crave seafood more than I am eating it. I've been eating much healthier the past few weeks and feel like I don't crave junk as much when I don't have it. That's not to say that the slurpee I had from 7-11 last week wasn't absolutely delicious. I also found some pasteurized feta cheese and we've had 2 meals with feta since Saturday. 

Symptoms- The heartburn still comes and goes but is mostly pretty good. The round ligament pain is so much better since seeing the chiropractor. I starting getting pain in my upper abdominal muscles the past few days near the muscle attachment sites to my ribs. I think I need to stop getting up from lying flat on my back. It's time to roll onto my side before trying to get up out of bed. The chiropractor told me to lightly massage the attachment sites to help with the pain. I'm finally feeling better from my first cold. I ended up not working Friday morning since I felt so crappy. Unfortunately, I shared my sickness with W. 

Sleep- I'm still sleeping great at night. My energy really isn't that great overall though. I've been napping most afternoons after work. I had some terrible dreams last night, but overall there have been fewer of those. 

Mood- Still emotional but not as bad. I haven't cried much this week but I'm sure I'm perfectly capable given the right opportunity. I'm feeling a little stressed with work lately since I have a billion reports to write in a short time frame. All I can handle is one per night (since they are about 5 pages each). I can't wait to be done with them!

Meds- The only thing that has changed is I got a new prenatal vitamin today. The perinatologist gave the ok for me to continue with all of my same meds. He said I was wearing my "belt and suspenders" when he referred to taking baby aspirin and Lovenox. I think this is part of why my ob referred me to him. She wanted to be sure I was on the right medications. 

Memorable moments- Feeling movement!!

Spending the afternoon at the dog park and seeing my clingy dog be Mr. Independent while our other dog "protected" me from all the other dogs. She would get between me and them every time. 

Going to the perinatologist and meeting with the genetic counselor. In all honesty, it was super boring and repetitive, but nice to get validation that we are doing everything right. Sadly, there was no ultrasound. We were both so disappointed. 

My first and second visits to the chiropractor. I feel a huge difference already. 

Upcoming- Anatomy scan on the 16th.

Possibly visiting my sister and nephew this weekend.

Celebrating mother's day for the first time. 


  1. Can't believe your scan is coming up so soon! Glad you are feeling better

  2. So jealous you are sleeping well. I am not in the least bit uncomfortable while sleeping but I just keep waking up all night. It's driving me crazy. So glad to hear everything is going so well.

  3. Woo hoo! So glad to see things are going well!

  4. Congratulations on 17! So glad to hear you are sleeping well and that the little ones are continuing to thrive.

  5. Lucky 17. Love your updates. So glad you are able to sleep well and that the babes are doing well. So sweet that your dog was protecting you from all the other ferocious dogs :)