17 Weeks

How far along? 17 Weeks 2 days

Total weight gain: 16lbs.  (Pre-pregnancy weight: 110lbs-112lbs.)  It doesn’t matter if I am watching my intake- sticking to lean protein and veggies, or chowing down on Cheetos and chicken tenders.. the weight is coming on. 
Maternity clothes? Just about in full maternity.  I attempted to ‘slip’ into a pair of my favorite cream slacks this morning when I was trying to figure out what I was going to wear- thinking I would just wear the belly band with them (basically, I’m screwed at this point if I don’t have any clue what I think I want to wear.  I have to do it the night before.)  After wiggling into them, I quickly pulled them off for fear that if I made any sudden movements I would tear the seam down the rear.  I may have shed a few tears after that episode.  I don’t understand how some women wear their pre-preggo clothes through their entire pregnancy.  Yes, I am aware that I am carrying twins- but just saying..   Wearing my go-to Gap Pure Body Side Ruched Tanks here in this picture- love them.  Simply L.O.V.E. them to the moon and back.
Stretch marks? No- although Jordan continues to remind me of the lotion that I need to get to help with them.  I think he overheard me and the girls talking about it a couple weeks back and so now he has got it on the brain.  Anyone have any tips on the type of lotion to get? 
Sleep: In bed by 8:30pm-9pm every night.  Sleeping well for the most part.  I get up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, but don’t have trouble falling back to sleep really. 
Best moment this week: When I was drawing on the chalkboard, Jordan  asked me what size the girls were at 17 weeks. 
Me: They are the size of an onion now- getting so big!
Jordan: Well, that’s not what you are writing.. wait, they can hear now?  Why didn’t you tell me this? 
Me: We talked about it last week while you were talking to my belly- and I told you at 17 weeks they should be able to hear you..
Jordan:  But, you didn’t tell me they can hear now!  I would have talked to them already… 
Me: You mean, since today- the start of 17 weeks, they can hear and your upset because I haven’t told you yet?
Silly boy.  Makes me laugh:)
Miss Anything? The versatility of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  Dangit.
Movement: No!  I find myself laying really still trying to see if I feel the flutters, and then I realize I’ve stopped breathing, which can’t be good for any of us residing in this body.  It takes me a few seconds to recover from not breathing and try it again- with the same ‘not breathing’ stunt I pulled before.  I’m over it at that point. How do I lay really still AND keep on breathing? 
Food cravings: Dry cereal, Fruit, Plain Greek Yogurt, and anything salty- think, pickled okra and saurekraut.  The thought of one of those Reuben sandwiches makes my mouth water- never even thought twice about something like that pre-preggo.  Oh, and how could I forget, fried food. I suppose the pregnancy gods are getting the best of my appetite now because I typically wouldn’t touch that kind of stuff 5 months ago. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No queasiness or nausea at all this week.  We enjoyed not one, not two, but three meat protein dinner meals.  A major change from before. 
Gender:  Still have them girls in there. 
Labor Signs: Nah.
Symptoms: When I am out and about running errands or whatever, I’ve become very aware of every bathroom in the vicinity of the area.  I have to go all the time.  Often times I find myself flushing the toilet, getting my clothes situated and comfortable, washing my hands, and realizing I have to pee.  Again.  True story.  Happened about 3 minutes before sitting down to finish this post.  I’m ravenous for the most part- but when I do eat I attempt to get in smaller portions.  Depending on what I’m eating, I get full really quickly.  Yesterday I was miserable after eating just one (6-oz) carton of Greek yogurt and a handful of grapes.  I’m also pretty sure I’m the only one blowing her nose every 5 minutes when it is 100+ degrees outside.  We were laying by the pool yesterday and I couldn’t breathe out of either nostril at all whatsoever.
Belly Button in or out? Innie.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, Happy, and a little grouchy some mornings.  I’m still SO tired all the time- I used to be a morning person, but not so much these days.
Looking forward to: Beginning my 5th month of pregnancy- and hopefully to be feeling those baby girls soon!  I’ve been feeling good and enjoying every minute of my pregnancy- such a blessing.  I can’t belive how fast this is all flying by! 

July 19, 2012

  1. Hey Amber! I love reading all your preggo posts! I remember the very first time I felt Sarah move inside my belly was around Christmas. I was sitting on the couch with the laptop on my lap, surfing the web and listening to music. Well, as you know, Mr. Bublé came out with his Christmas album and that's what I happened to be listening to! Sarah started dancing all over my belly! She has good taste, just like her mama! 😉 So, since they can hear music now, why don't you play some music for those sweet little girls and see if you can get them to dance for you?! A lot of people told me it feels like gas bubbles or butterflies. I didn't think so. I thought it felt more like a soft muscle twitch or popcorn popping. I hope you get to feel them soon! It's an incredible feeling!

    –Emily Grindley

  2. Mandy says:

    You can try the creams, and they will help a lot with the crazy itching that will start once the skin really starts to stretch, but my doctor told me with Crew (bc I got huge…he was 9 lb 6 oz) that it really wouldn't prevent them…nothing would. She was right. It's just part of the never gonna-be-the-same body that pregnancy gifts us with! ha But when your tummy snaps back and finds it's shape again post babies…their visibility will diminish tremendously and you will be the only one would knows they're there! There are much bigger fish to fry anyway, so do the lotions, but don't put a lot of stock in them 🙂 Just sayin… Glad you are feeling so well!

  3. Mindy Rives says:

    Coconut oil…lots and lots of coconut oil! It's magical…and smells great too! You look amazing…you're pregnant (with TWINS) so don't worry about putting on the lbs…you're suppose too! It's the only time you can eat cheetos and mac-n-cheese without feeling too guilty! ENJOY!

  4. Maureen W. (Maryland) says:

    Looking great, little mama! Now that they can hear you, it's a great time to start reading to them, especially since it's a way for dads to feel closer to them when they still can't feel them on the outside. We picked a book and read it every night so they would get used to the sounds and patterns. We read that same book to them in the NICU, hoping it would be comforting to them. Some of our favorites are: "Pajama Time" by Sandra Boynton (actually anything by Sandra Boynton!), "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney, "Go Dog Go" by PD Eastman, "Are You My Mother?" by PD Eastman, and "Guess How Much I Love You?"