17 Week Update



How far along? 17 Weeks exactly
Total weight gain/loss: +15
Maternity clothes? Mom came into town and made me the stretchy black pants you can see in the week 17 picture. She also made me a stretchy grey floor-length skirt. I would rather wear them than anything else I own. They are fantastic.
Best moment this week: Getting to talk to a bunch of friends we hadn't seen in over a year at the Halloween party last night! Cam and I went as an army man and a bomb. (a.k.a. a hormonal expectant wife and her husband). The back of my shirt said "Caution: Short Fuse". Cam's said "Beware of Wife." We had a total blast at the party.
Movement: Every now and again. Cam went to Dallas this weekend with my dad and brothers and when he gave me a hug goodbye at the airport the babes were kicking against his stomach harder than I've ever felt! I asked him if he could feel them. Still no, but it's so cool to me! I give it a couple more weeks until he can feel them. They're getting so strong!
Waist Diameter:  36.5"
Food cravings: Just food. In general. I still just really like salty things. Sweets, I can stomach, but they just aren't that enjoyable to me. Also cheese. I really love cheese. Is 9:30 too early for mac n cheese?
Labor Signs: None, thank heavens. :)
Belly Button in or out? Totally still in, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time!
What I miss: Sleeping. I found a GREAT position to sleep in 2 nights ago and woke up feeling better than I have in weeks, but last night...no dice. My hips are sore, sore, sore. I last about 30 minutes on each side before I wake up and roll over.
What I am looking forward to: Eating. lol. I dove into our meal plan for 2012 complete with date nights and shopping lists. November is taken care of and we're testing it out this month. I'm working from home now, so I have a bit more freedom of what I can make. There are quite a few recipes I've wanted to try but lacked the energy to do so. In all honesty, I haven't planned meals, gone shopping, etc. since we started IVF back in June. We've kind of been in survival mode and it's time to snap out of it.
Milestones: I'm currently measuring 22 weeks (for a singleton pregnancy). The doctor was thrilled and said that our babes are probably already taller than average (go figure). The appointment went really well AND I got to schedule our 20 week appointment and ultrasound! 3 short weeks until we find out the genders!!
Realization of the week: There are 2 babies growing inside of me. And they will be fine. I also came to the beautiful realization that I can do this. I can be a stay-at-home wife and mother. (I got laid off at work last Tuesday...hence the lack of update, but it turns out the person who fired me didn't have the authority to fire me and so in order to clean up their mess I get to work from home). I've gained a lot of confidence in my ability to clean the house, plan meals, take care of Cam, and take care of myself and these babes. It feels so good.

Also, this pregnancy is flying by. I keep looking forward waiting for the next thing, but I really do like being pregnant right now. It blows my mind that there are babies inside of me. That my body knows what to do with them to help them grow and develop. It's miraculous.

And because of the lack of update for 16 weeks, here's a picture. You'll have to excuse the puffy eyes. There were a lot of tears that day. (stupid work drama).

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