17.5 Weeks - I'm bigger this time.

My age: 32

How far along: 17 weeks 6 days

How big is baby: 5-1/2 inches-ish, bell pepper size

What have you been up to:  Same old stuff, really.  I am growing much faster this time around and don't think I was this big until week 26 last time.  With baby #1 you want a bump so bad and it takes forever, with subsequent babies you want to stay small longer and you don't.  lol

Exercise/Activity Level:  I randomly went back to Zumba last week and found a new gym with a great instructor!!  It was so fun that I think I'm going to do that for the next little bit and just tone it down to low-impact as needed.

Maternity clothes:  Yes ma'am.  Just bought a belly band too.

Stretch marks:  Nope

Belly Button:  In

Sleep:  Unisom is my bff

Best Moment of the Week:  I'd say camping with the family and watching B3 experience it all!  He had so much fun playing in the dirt/rocks/with family, etc.  To be honest, I was not really looking forward to it because I still throw up everyday, etc., and it sounded like a lot of work, but it turned out to be fun and the fresh air helped!

Worst Moment of the Week:  The camping nighttime bathroom trips.  hahaha  I'd wake up and lay there for an hour trying to convince myself I really didn't need to go, it was just in my head.  The thing is we all woke up to a herd of coyotes howling in our campsite (they make crazy weird screaming noises) which was terribly freaky to go outside alone afterwards.  I got three hours of sleep.

Food cravings:  Grapefruit juice.  I could drink that by the gallon!  Also the new Garden Fresh mild mango salsa from Costco.  It's amazing.

Food aversions:  Just stinky food, although I told Ben I'm ready to try some cooking this week.

Symptoms:  Nausea, rib pain, oily skin, and I just felt my first round ligament pains which I never had with B3.  I have had Braxton Hicks already, which I read start earlier with each child, but kind of freaky.

Movement:  Yes!  I felt around 16 weeks.  Baby loves to dance after grapefruit juice.  Ben says, "I would too. ..GROSS!!"

Gender:  TBD this month

What I’m looking forward to:  Finding out the gender!

What I’m nervous about/praying for:  That we'll not be moved by the time baby comes and baby will have colic and cry so much we'll get kicked out of our little apartment.  The scenarios of a pregnant mind.

What I miss:  Running (I have picked my next full marathon, Mt. Charleston next spring!!), over caffeinating myself, not looking like a whale, smaller boobs...which goes along with the whale thing.

Next appointment:  Wednesday the 19th, 19 weeks, anatomy scan day!  And gender day, but I will be carrying an envelope with the gender in it around with me for a couple of weeks because we're finding out with the family.

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