I am finally kicking off my weekly pregnancy posts, hopefully I will become a bit better in this area as my pregnancy progresses. I am now starting to feel movement which has really given me the confidence to stop worrying and finally enjoy this pregnancy!!! In comparison to my pregnancy with Jillian, there have been two differences that seem to be standing out. The first one is that I am extremely thirsty!!! I have been searching high and low for a sparkling beverage that will quench my thirst like only Diet Pop can with me, however, haven't been able to find a healthy alternative. I did just pick up a 4-pack of Izze today at the grocery store which seems to be pretty tasty so far. Hopefully I have found my pregnancy drink!!! The second one is that I am feeling this baby a lot sooner than I did with Jillian. I have been feeling pops and flutters starting at 16 weeks, even an occasional tap or two in my lower abdomen. Now every few days when the baby is on my left side, I can really feel he or she move around which has been very reassuring!!!
I did the same pregnancy summary below that I did with Jillian, it will be fun to compare the two pregnancies!!!
How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 10 lbs. As I learned from my pregnancy with Jillian, I gain a lot of weight in the beginning of my pregnancies. I know some women gain a lot of weight at the end, mine seems to be in the beginning. To be honest, it's the girls!!!! I pretty much go from a B to a D over night. It's a bit comical but it's the truth!!! I have learned that is just how I am. It's so fun to now have another pregnancy to compare everything too now.
On a side note, since I was initially pregnant with twins through almost 11 weeks, I grew very big very quickly, my belly and weight gain have seemed to have plateaued a bit so I am sure that made a significant impact in my progress in the beginning.
Maternity clothes: Most of the clothes I wear are pregnancy clothes with the exception of a few pairs of pants that I can still get away with when wearing them with a Bella band. I have a pretty decent collection of maternity clothes from my pregnancy with Jillian which has made the transition to maternity clothes so much easier this time around. My sister has also graciously lent me hers as well so I am pretty set. I am lacking in long sleeve maternity tops which I will need to pick up a few more. I also need a few cute pair of maternity jeans and longer tops to wear with leggings. I love the leggings look when pregnant, and they are super comfortable.
Stretch Marks: None right now and I never developed any with Jillian. Thank you Mom for these great genes!!
Sleep: I can't complain too much about sleep right now. Jillian has had an amazing week as far as sleep goes, this has probably been her best week of sleep since birth. She has really gotten into a groove and barely fusses when we put her down for a nap or at night. She is also sleeping a consistent 11 hours and her normal sleep schedule is around 9:30pm to 8:30am. It's wonderful! So because she is sleeping, I am sleeping. I do get up at least 1-2 times a night to pee. My biggest issue lately is getting to bed at a decent hour. I have always been a night owl and normally get a second wind after Jillian goes to bed. I need to learn to fight the urge to stay up and need to be more diligent on getting to bed by 10pm. I have been going to bed after 11pm lately and I am always cursing myself in the morning for it. Hence, it's 10:50pm right now and I am staying up to blog since it's pretty much the only time I get to blog these days.
Best moment this week: Feeling the baby move more and more. The movements are becoming stronger and giving me more confidence that my baby is growing and thriving.
Movement: Yes, every few days I am starting to feel those familiar taps again. I now know how they feel and it's so great to finally be able to get some constant reassurance that everything is going well in there!
Food cravings: Sweetarts and Combos. My neighbor who is also expecting was telling me about her cravings and Combos were one of the items she listed. Ever since then, I have been wanting them myself!!! I have also found too that not a lot of grocery stores carry Combos anymore. Why is that??? Must find some!
Gender: We will find out a week from today!!!
Labor Signs: Thankfully none so far.
Belly Button in or out? Partially out.
What I miss: My Diet Dr. Pepper habit. I have had a few here and there but trying to save it for the moments when I really need one.
What I am looking forward to: finding out the sex next week! I am growing more and more anxious the closer we get to that moment!!! We have barely even discussed names, nursery ideas, things to buy, etc, until we know for sure if it's a he or a she!!! Once we do, then it's game on!
Milestones: Finally feeling consistent movement!! Have I mentioned that yet? Ha! It's just so nice to know everything is OK in there!!! It really makes everything feel more real.
Fun Things that Happened this Week: My cousin, who is due a day before me, found out she is having a BOY!!!! So thrilled for her and her family!!!
So what are you thinking it will be for us? Boy or Girl? I would love to hear your thoughts!!!