Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal Week 17

Week 17

     Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.") From BabyCenter

Random Thoughts: Well last weeks BabyCenter prediction was right.  It said get ready for a growth spurt and I am getting much bigger.  I'm getting excited to find out whats baking.  I want to go shopping.. lol!  Plus lots of pregnant women around me have been finding out.  Oh, I was at work the other day and went to sub in a classroom for a teacher that suddenly got sick.  One of the boys pointed at my belly and said loudly, "is there a baby in there?"  I said yes and about half the class got really excited and asked me about it.  A couple even reached over and touched my belly.  You just got to love the excitement and boldness of preschoolers.  Also, during lunch they all had to share who has baby's and who doesn't

Symptoms/Medical:  I have been tired on and off, but I think I am getting past that or at least I hope so.  I have had some on and off back pain too.  Last night was bad, mostly upper this time.  With Jayden I had lots of lower back pain.  Today I went to the doctor and Jayden went with me.  We were able to hear the baby's heart beat, it was 146.  Took a couple minutes to find again.  I also had to do a blood test to test for possible spine issues.  I hate to get blood drawn and I will tell you why.  Today was the worst.  I have very tiny hidden veins.  So the nurse tried to find the vein in the left arm, nothing.  Then tried the right, and again nothing.  Now she was having me pump my fist and everything.  So she had to go in on my hand.  She started on the right hand, it let a small amount and stopped.  So that meant she had to do it on the left hand.  It worked, but was painful.   So now both hands hurt. 

Weight Gain: 3lbs.. so overall I am at 15lbs gained.  :(

Cravings:  Nothing that has stuck out.  I do want some ice cream right now. 

Food Aversions: nothing

What made me cry this week: Nothing much this week. 

Thoughts from Jayden:  Jayden has been sweet to me and the baby.  A few days ago he came up to me and asked, "can I give the baby a hug?"  I said of course.  He hugged my tummy so gently he almost didn't touch me while doing it.  He wanted to be gentle for the baby.  Then he sang his favorite nursery rhyme 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' to the baby.  Then just yesterday he kissed my belly to give the baby a kiss.  Today at the doctor she asked him what he thinks about the baby.  He said he is happy and when she asked if its a boy or girl he said very sure its a girl.     

Something I am excited about: Baby is growing and moving more.  Of course still looking forward to the ultrasound coming in just over two weeks.  And not to do with pregnancy, but Jayden is going to start a part time preschool soon.  He will be with one of my best friends and her son at her school for a couple days a week. 
Happenings of the Harper Household

In case you missed it you can read My Pregnancy Journal Week 16


  1. How do you find the time to write all that down? Are you actually sleeping? I'm sure it will be great for you to look back and have this record of your pregnancy. Makes me wish I would have done something like that.

  2. I was scrolling down and noticed your picture from week 16 and the difference in your tummy is noticeable, it makes sense the kids asked you about it.

  3. Boo to having to be poked multiple times! Mine are not that bad but I still have to be poked a couple of times for an IV. Getting blood drawn isn't bad though, thank goodness. It seems that Jayden will be a very gentle big brother :)

  4. Boo to having to be poked multiple times :( Getting blood drawn isn't bad for me but the IV is. They have to do it twice at least.

    I think Jayden will be a very gentle big brother :)