Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks

Well, we are smack dab in the middle of week 17 and the bump is continuing to grow! It won't be long now before we find out if our little one is a baby boy or girl!

I can't decide which gender I "think" it is...someday I think girl and some I think boy. The heart rate has ALWAYS been in the "girl" range but all of the "old wives tales" point to boy. I don't mind either way to be honest - I'm just praying for a healthy baby, whatever the gender! Guess we'll find out soon enough!

How many weeks are you now?
17 weeks + 5 days
Baby's size? 
Turnip - 5 inches, 5 ounces (estimate from the What to Expect app)

Lots of stretching with baby growth, a little acne here and there, and clumsiness TO THE MAX - who knew that was a pregnancy thing? I certainly did not...

Hormones...oh my gosh the hormones. The kind that made me sob like a baby while watching a video about Christian the Lion video on YouTube (which, I might add, I'VE SEEN BEFORE). Sobbing, y'all. For real.

I resumed run/walking this week and all is well!
I'm almost finished collecting clothing items for our upcoming Disney Cruise/Baby Moon! Can't wait to begin the packing process!

 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches...yum! Also tootsie rolls!

Fish. We had an oncology nursing dinner last night and one of the menu items was fish. Thankfully, I was sitting at a table where no one ordered it! :)

Any Movement?
I think so...every once in a while (and it's not every day), I feel this slight movement like someone is fist bumping me lightly from the inside. It's the strangest thing! 
I keep hearing the word "fluttering" but that's not quite what this feels like. Who might just be gastric contents moving around! Haha!

No problems here! Still loving my naps, too!

A dress for our cruise from Pink Blush Maternity. I also ordered our gender reveal party invitations from Kendyll Raes etsy shop!

What I miss: 
Still deli meat. I haven't convinced myself that it's ok to eat. I'm sure I'll get there, but it hasn't happened yet. 

What I’m looking forward to:
Our Baby Moon...followed shortly thereafter by the big reveal! YAY!

Best Moment of the Week: 
Finalizing gender reveal party was stressful there for a while but is officially scheduled for 11/21/15!

This week, I did have one scare - it happened on Saturday night. I moved around a lot that day and don't think I rested enough (although I didn't run on Saturday and hadn't run all week, actually). I also ate this nasty processed crap I shouldn't have eaten for lunch and never will again. To top it off, I didn't drink near enough water throughout the day. That night, I was standing at an event with a friend when I had this really tight pain in my lower pelvis. It wasn't like a cramp, I just knew something wasn't's kind of hard to describe but the pain didn't come and go like a cramp, it lasted a solid five minutes at least. We walked back to my car where I was able to sit down and drink some water and the pain stopped - it was also accompanied by a little brown spotting (sorry if that's TMI). Thankfully, I have access to a doppler and a blood pressure machine and all was well on both ends so I didn't freak out too much (although I was still a little worried). I called my OB on Monday who told me that if it hadn't happened again, I should be fine. I also know what they say about spotting and watching for bright red (this never was), but I was still a little nervous about the whole situation and am glad I made the phone call. She also instructed me to make sure I keep myself hydrated daily. I was doing a good job of it but totally slipped on Friday and Saturday. My goal ever since getting pregnant has been about 90-100 ounces per day but I totally messed up this weekend. Ah well, it won't happen again! :) I'm just thankful all is well! Baby's heart rate remains in the high 150's to low 160's!

That's all for today! I hope you're having a great week! Thanks for following along in our journey! :)


  1. Can't believe you are already 17 weeks!

  2. You are just too cute with that sweet baby bump!!! Glad your scare was nothing serious! As far as feeling the baby move...fluttering is the correct word. It almost feels like a butterfly is lightly moving in your tummy. I felt it way down low that early. Such a cool feeling!!!

    1. Thanks, Mindy! What I'm's as if someone is lightly fist bumping or poking me from the inside and it's always in the same exact spot....guess we'll see soon! :)

  3. Wow, you're almost halfway there! Can't wait to find out if its a boy or a girl!

  4. Glad to hear you're doing well! I never felt the flutters, to me it just felt like a light tapping or poking from the inside. Kinda weird, but cool, right? As for old wives tales, all mine pointed to girl, but turns out it's a boy. You never know! ;)

    1. YES that's it!! Too funny...guess we'll find out soon enough! :)

  5. 17 WEEKS....Gee Baby Seal will be here before we know it. Please take care of yourself. Melissa and I are praying everyday that you have a healthy baby. Can't wait to meet that long waited baby. I bet your Mom and Dad are over the moon with happiness.

    1. Thank you for the prayers! Definitely appreciate it!! Yes, my mom and dad are so excited!

  6. Sorry you had that little scare Karen. I remember lifting a lawnmower when I was pregnant (how dumb could I be) but rested the remainder of the day after realizing how stupid I was. I think you are having a girl with that rapid heart rate. :)

    1. Oh no! I definitely try not to do stuff like that but it's SO easy to forget. That's what my mom says, too (with the heart rate), but I guess we will find out soon!! :)

  7. Ahh so close to gender! Glad everything checked out ok for you and little Bebe! Ps. I never really got over lunch meat. I would cook it to almost bacon heat levels lol.. I, just craving a cold meat sandwich still!

    1. LOL I hear you, girl! I hope you're able to enjoy a nice cold meat sandwich as soon as your baby arrives!


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