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My Pregnancy Journal: Week 17

By Slowdownandsavor

How far along? 17 weeks began Saturday, October 18th, 2014

17 week baby bump

How big is baby?
My baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — Baby Jack’s lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. He weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and he’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. He can move his joints, and his sweat glands are starting to develop. (Thanks

Weight Gain: +0 this week, +9 total

Body & Changes: I had an interesting case of “disappearing bump” syndrome, as I’ve named it. I woke up one morning, I believe it was Sunday morning, and it was gone. No more bump. Where did he go?! Where’d my baby go!? It was SO weird! And it remained in MIA status until yesterday. So weird, right? But, when I woke up this morning, Baby Jack’s baby bump was back. Thank goodness. I feel better when I see the little bump there. It’s like a bit of reassurance, and I like reassurance. And I can’t wait for the bigger bump to make its debut. I’ve also been experiencing headaches as of late, but luckily, they’re not so bad. They’re more annoying than anything.

17 month baby bump

Exercise: None really. Eesh… MY BAD. I should really do better, but with this exhaustion, I’m lucky that the laundry gets done and the house stays clean. So… That’s my exercise right now.

Clothes: I’ve been back in all of my pre-preggo clothes this past week, due to my aforementioned bump disappearing act. However, last evening, I grew increasingly uncomfortable in my normal jean shorts, and wished that I had opted for something a little more comfy.

17 month baby bump

What I’ve been eating:

Cravings: Fruit roll-ups, very cold orange juice, cheese burgers and fries, Chef Boyardee Beefaroni WITH (and only with) Cholula hot sauce, sweet green grapes, sour candy and Spicy & Sweet Chili Doritos… In fact, I think I’ll have a fruit roll up right now. Yep. That sounds aaawwweeesooommmeee

Aversions: None really. Woo hoo!

I have been having weird back and forth sensations of absolute starvation where I need ALL THE FOOD, and then having ZERO feelings of hunger. It’s pretty weird. I’ve also continued eating healthy food intermixed in with my desire for Beefaroni and fruit snacks. I’ve been LOVING grapes and salads lately. I even had the chance to get out and enjoy a DELICIOUS Whole Foods salad bar experience this past week. Incredible. I always took their bar of yummies for granted… Never again. Man that was good. Did you know they have THREE kinds of macaroni and cheese on their salad bar?? My word.

Any Movement? Nope. None. Nada. I’m so excited for the day that I do feel something though! Soon? I hope… I can’t wait!

Sleep: I almost don’t even want to get into this. OH well. I am sitting here, with my eyes half shut, with my brain half working, with my mind half focused, half remembering stuff… I am beyond exhausted, and I can’t figure it out.


I honestly thought I was supposed to have energy. I thought I was supposed to be climbing the walls, painting furniture, detailing cars, sweeping the plants outside, because I have so much energy. But instead, once again, I’m here feeling half alive. It’s a bad feeling. My brain feels fuzzy, and all I want is just to lay back down in bed, and take a nap.

But here’s the thing: I start feeling really guilty about even start thinking about napping. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I have a dishwasher full of dishes that needs putting away, or I’ve got a husband working hard in the next room (he works from home), or this or that or… the list can grow and grow. And suddenly I’ve talked myself out of taking care of myself.

Emotions: LOTS. And it didn’t help that I had not one, but TWO suicidal squirrels that decided to step out in front of MY car. My word.

Purchases: I haven’t made any NEW purchases, but I got that new awesome diaper bag this week from StorkSak that I mentioned in my last update! Yay! It’s so pretty, and I am excited about it for sure.

What I miss: I really miss feeling like me. I miss having energy. I miss eating without getting heartburn. I miss having spunk. I just feel so dreary.

17 month baby bump

What I’m looking forward to: I’m STILL looking forward to feeling Baby Jack move around in my belly. I’m also looking forward to planning a nursery. OH how I love royal blue, grey and white together! How handsome for Jack. OH what about RED and grey and white?! SO many options, I tell you what! 

Milestones: None this week.

Previous Weeks Journals:
  • Week 12
  • Week 13
  • Week 14
  • Week 15
  • Week 16

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