17 Weeks

My 16th week came and went in a flash.  Now starting my 5th month of pregnancy.  Five Months.  Only 4 short months to go.  Wow!

Back to work, which was CRAZY!  We should be hearing the big decisions of who keeps their job and who doesn’t in the next two weeks.  A very nervewracking and busy time, but I just keep praying that I am one of the lucky few.

Jack was thrilled to be back at school and spending time with his friends.  Chris was right back in the grind as well, so there wasn’t as much of a transition as I had originally thought.

I spent a good part of the afternoon with my mother on Saturday and we talked about everything under the sun.  It was so nice to have her to myself to talk about anything and everything without someone always coming in to visit.  We talked about the baby, about how she has been feeling, and possible baby names.  It was just nice to have that time without constant people coming in the door for one day.  However, I see how weak and frail she is.  She is not in pain thankfully, but needs help walking and has blood clots in her left leg, which makes things very difficult.  She still has so much to live for and hasn’t completely given up, but you can see that it is close.  She is sick and tired of being sick and tired.  We will all just continue to enjoy the time that we have with her.

She was shocked with the size of my belly this week vs. last week and my weight loss.

Speaking of weight loss, I had bloodwork for the Sequential Screen this week and a prenatal checkup.  Bloodwork was done as the second portion of the screen, and the results came back that it is highly unlikely that the baby has any developmental disorders, which we are thankful to hear.  My prenatal appointment however, did not go over so well.  I was sat down and told that I should have gained 5-10lbs already and have lost additional weight since my last appointment. I’m down 19lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  This wasn’t even the part of the appointment that upset me.  The OBGYN has a hunch that I may not be able to deliver naturally again and may need a C-section.  I am fighting this with him tooth and nail.  My OBGYN that delivered Jack never once said to me that I could never deliver vaginally ever again.  We will see that happens with this, but I am not complying quietly.  This makes me want to make the drive down to Philly and deliver there again instead.

I’m seeing a specialist for a second opinion, but I absolutely don’t want to succumb to major surgery because my OB has a hunch.  Maybe I am just being a little sensitive and hormonal, but I feel like I should have a say in my baby’s birth.

17 Week Questions:

How far along? 17 weeks
Estimated size of you: This week, you are the size of an onion
Maternity clothes? Absolutely
Stretch marks? Nada
Sleep: Could be better, but I can live with it.  😉
Best moment this week: You are starting to move more, but it can’t be felt yet from the outside.
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my belly.  Still my favorite position!
Movement: Yes, randomly.
Food cravings: Coca Cola, chocolate, peanut butter
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yes- it varies.
Have you started to show yet: Absolutely.
Gender: The appointment has been changed to January 27, so we will find out then!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On and loose.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Still moody, unfortunately.
Looking forward to: Finding out if we are having a boy or a girl in a few short weeks so I can start shopping!
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