Monday, September 14, 2009

17 weeks!

"Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — his lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now and he's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. He can move his joints, and his sweat glands are starting to develop.

Wow, am I really here already? Craziness! I finally have my appetite back, which has been pretty nice. I've also had my first real craving this week (to the point that I HAD to run to the grocery store at 9:30 one evening.) The not so good part has been my sciatic nerve. I'd had problems with it for several weeks - nothing unbearable though, and pretty common. It got really bad about a week ago and was progressively getting worse. By the end of the day I could hardly move and Jason had to help me get out of bed. So at my 16 week appt last week I was given a fun "maternity support belt" to wear. I'm not sure if it's really helping, but at least it's not worse. I also start going to physical therapy this week to learn some stretches, etc to help with it.

We've been looking at several bedding options and I think have it narrowed down to two - a jungle one and a car one. We really like both so I'm not 100% sure how we'll decide.

How far along:
17 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +.2 (I gained weight!!)
Maternity clothes: Yep. There are actually a few shirts that I think look a little tight now.
Stretch marks: Not much - just the few that I noticed on my hip last week.
Sleep: Yes please!
Best moment this week: We ordered our glider!
Movement: Still not much of anything. I talk to him most every night asking him to move just a little for me.
Food cravings: LEMON COOKIES! I blame Anne for this. I was on the phone with her one evening and she mentioned lemon cookies. I'd actually never had them, but suddenly they were a must. I was already in my pjs, but got dressed to go to Marsh to pick some up. Unfortunately none of them looked good. Fortunately I got to eat one that Anne made the next day. I now have the recipe and just made a batch of them tonight. :) (And as a side note - Jason says that I have not hit rock bottom yet because I at least got dressed before running to the grocery that night.)
Gender: Boy!!!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out: In
What I miss: Being able to walk/bend over without wanting to cry
What I am looking forward to: Starting physical therapy on Friday for the sciatic nerve problem.
Weekly Wisdom: If your body tells you to lay down and put your feet up - do it. You'll feel much better afterwards. :)
Milestones: Nothing big this week that I know of.

In non-pregnancy news - I've been taking a cake decorating class! I'm taking it with my sister Karen, and my friend Melanie. It's been a lot of fun! Here is a picture of the first one:

We also finally had our garage sale this past weekend - it was a lot of work, but was fun! We had it at my mom's house and had a pretty good turnout. I'm just glad that it's over and we have space in our garage back!


Kathy said...

great job on the cake!!

Anna said...

Wow! An onion seems really big! Hooray for Onion Boy!
Boo for stupid nerve thing!

Lisa said...

I had to purchase an onion last night at the grocery and all I could think of was your post and that your baby was the size of what I was holding in my hand...very strange!