Archive for December, 2005

17 Weeks Pregnant

Today marks a full 17 weeks of pregnancy. I can finally feel the baby wiggling around inside. We seemed to have skipped the butterflies stage and went straight to real kicking and rolling over. Maybe what I attributed to gas really was the baby moving around. Or more likely, it was happening simultaneously so I was unable to distinguish the sensations.

I feel it best when I have a full bladder and I’m being very still. If my mind is elsewhere, I usually don’t feel much. This morning before I got up I felt the baby completely roll over. It felt so strange and I ended up with a large firm bulge on my abdomen which looked like I swallowed a large rock. I was able to coax it back down with some gentle nudges. This, I’m sure, is just a preview of what’s to come. At least right now, I am thoroughly enjoying every little movement, or hint of one. I’ve been told I’ll eat my words when its little foot gets wedged up under my ribs–that I should enjoy my relative peace while I can.

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15 Weeks Pregnant

We got to hear the heartbeat last week at our appointment with Margo–one of our midwives. She said it was nice and strong and beating at just the right speed (160 beats/minute).

I am anxious to feel the baby moving. Every morning after going to the bathroom, I lay on my back and feel the top of my uterus (only about two inches below my belly button!) to see how it’s grown, and to see if a little pressure on Jr. will allow me to feel its movements. So far – nothing. It’s super active, though. At our last ultrasound (at 11 weeks) the baby was wiggling all around.

My belly is growing and my hips are widening. Pants are starting to enter the “No Way” category. Up to now, I’ve been able to get away with fastening them with a rubber band around the button and through the hole. But now it’s getting tough just to pull them up! I’ve only gained 7 lbs. so far, but I guess that’s enough to warrant a run to the store. I thought I’d be able to wait until January to buy some new clothes, but it’s looking like it’d be best for me to pick up a few things now.

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