17 Weeks

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Hi, boobs!  Wowza. At this rate, I will most definitely suffocate the baby whilst breastfeeding.

How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +4 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight.
Maternity clothes? For the bottom half. I’m still holding on and making most of my non-maternity tops work.
Stretch marks? From the previous knuckleheads.
Sleep: Meh. I sleep but I never really feel rested. I literally feel like I could wake up after 8 hours of sleep and take a nap.
Best moment this week: Feeling more and more movement! Getting the results of our amniocentesis back and finding out that it was normal (I’m working on a separate post for that).
Worst moment this week: Really not too much. We have been very blessed.
Movement: I finally started feeling flutters last weekend!!! Very light and few and far between but there were there! Now I can’t wait for Greg and the kids to be able to feel them!
Food cravings/aversions: Chocolate milk is on the cravings list even though chocolate is starting to give me wicked bad heartburn. The only aversion that I’m having is meat while it’s being cooked. I don’t mind the taste so long as I don’t have to cook it!
Gender: Team ‘Gender Neutral Colors’!
Labor Signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? Most definitely in
What I miss: Energy. And wine.
What I am thankful for: That I made it another week successfully through this pregnancy! That my wonderful and gracious in-laws let us move into their basement while we get some things together so we can move again and eventually start saving to build a home.
What I am looking forward to: Watching the kids’ reaction to the baby’s kicks.  Our morphology ultrasound (the BIG one) in 2 weeks!
Milestones: Movement!
Symptoms: shedding hair, weird dreams, exhaustion, sore boobs, heartburn, burgeoning belly.
Technical baby news: The baby is about five inches long and more than three and a half ounces — the size of your open hand (or a small sweet potato!). Body fat is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy. By the time your baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight.Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby. Your baby’s eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed. And since practice makes perfect, your baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) suckle at your breast or bottle. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that your baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now.

And here’s some proof that your baby is truly one of a kind. Within the next week or so, the pads on your baby’s fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

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