17 Weeks Pregnant!

Today I am officially 17 weeks pregnant!  I’d say time is going by quickly but this past week has really dragged for me and I think it probably had a lot to do with my last week of work before vacation.  I cant’ believe that in another 3 weeks we’ll be half way done being pregnant and halfway to meeting our newest family member.

This week the baby is rougly the size of a large onion…

I’m feeling ok in regards to pregnancy symptoms I guess.  The morning sickness that I was experiencing early in pregnancy is still lingering but not to the same extent as it was.  I am not throwing up any more so it seems (knock on wood) but the waves of nausea still comes and goes at various times.  It’s funny how one day I can feel totally fantastic and then the next day I feel all blah blah.  I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep because I feel so uncomfortable in the bed most nights and I’m not sure how I’m going to fix that.  I spend most of the night tossing and turning and when I wake up in the morning I have really bad mid to upper back pain.  It’s quite frustrating because the pain lasts most of the morning and then is gone by noon.  I don’t expect to feel fabulous but a good night of sleep here or there would be really wonderful now and then.

After we hit the 20 week mark I am guessing we will have to start sorting through Jacob’s old clothes to see what is suitable for a newborn in January/February (I’m convinced it will be January) and then make a list of what we need going forward.  We still have to make our final decision about whether or not we want to know the sex of this baby but for all of you friends and family members out there waiting and wondering you can rest assured we won’t make this decision until we are 24-28 weeks along.

We’ve been so busy with our topsy turvy toddler life that we really haven’t sat down and thought of names that we like so when people ask us what names we are thinking of we truthfully respond that we have no idea and they never believe us!  Grr.  I swear that we are not lying!  We really have no idea about names except that if it’s a boy it will probably have “Michael” as a middle name….if not Michael then the second option is Christopher after Mike’s dad but most likely it will be Michael if it does turn out to be a boy.  You see?  That is all we’ve thought about and we have had that decision made since months after Jacob was born.  I just cant’ get into the name decision making so early on because I just need to have some things to look forward to when I am big and uncomfortable at the end of my pregnancy.

So, if you haven’t seen me recently you really should.  You will be very very surprised to see just how pregnant I look….even Mike and I are shocked.  Mike says my belly is forming much differently this time then it did with Jacob and I truthfully have to agree.  Every time I look in the mirror I am shocked!  This coming weekend I am going to go shopping for a new hoodie (which all my friends know….a hoodie is soo me) that is big enough to make me until February…at some point I’ll have to pull out my box of maternity clothes from Jacob and see what fits…I’m certain I have a pair of khaki cords in there that should fit ok this pregnancy.

In other sort of pregnancy related news we have not had very much luck finding a house in the area to move into….we see lots outside of the area but we’re not ready to move away since we love being near both of our parents and they both do so much to help us out that we’d really feel lost without them….say a prayer or cross your fingers that we find something soon!  I really don’t want to move with a newborn!!!

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