Tuesday, January 22, 2013

17 weeks

How Far Along: 17 weeks today. E2 is the size of an onion (and the weight of a turnip, not that I've ever held one in my hand).

Total Weight Gain/Loss: As of yesterday (16w6d), I was up 6 lbs total.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. I could really use some (warm!) maternity pjs next.

Movement: Daily. Baby was a little quiet all (3-day) weekend, but moved here and there (and we saw movement during yesterday's ultrasound). Today I've felt movement periodically throughout the day.

Sleep: Not so good lately. I'm restless, I think.

Gender: Three weeks 2 days and counting...

Symptoms: Hungry; stuffy nose; that "fading" nausea caused me to hurl six times before bed last Wednesday, and has been relatively quiet since (still on Zofran). More frequent ligament pains this week (especially when sneezing or, yesterday, trying to get off the danged ultrasound table...owie!). Very spotty short term memory. A little clumsy. Sore nipples. Rosacea from Hell. Lower back/backside of ribs pain. Fatigue (which sucks, because I felt like a new woman last week).

Cravings: None this week. Feed me. I can't even think long/hard enough to choose what to eat!

Belly Button In or Out: In, shallow, and starting to ache a little bit.

Freak-out of the Week: None. Can you believe it?

Looking Forward To: Our anatomy scan on Valentine's Day. And only 11 weeks until we hit the 28 week mark.

Next Appointment: Monday, February 4th for another transvaginal cervical length ultrasound and (probably) another quick, gratuitous look at baby because, as Dr. M. said, "The wand is right here!"

Miscellaneous: This week's appointment went well. My cervix is still long and closed (4.6 cm average this week, down from 4.8, but as Paul said, "They're only supposed to start counting this week." Dr. M. did a quick transabdominal peek at baby, and exclaimed, "Wow, this baby has a big head!" I laughed and said it's genetic (which it very much is!). I got 5 vials of blood drawn, no PAP or breast exam since Dr. M. did those in July before my operative hysteroscopy. My BP was - get this - 110/72. Ha! Well, I can ride that wave for the rest of this trimester (probably)...Dr. C. at UW expects it to become an issue in the 3rd trimester, given my prehypertension during IVF. Dr. M. physically measured my pelvic bones, which was the least comfortable of the entire exam. He held his hands up in a shallow oval (wider than tall) and said that's what my pelvis is shaped like, but that I should be ok to birth an 8 lb baby. (Good thing, as both Paul and I were 8+ lbs.) I, of course, Googled "pelvis shape and delivery", and from what I can tell, I may have a platypelloid pelvis, which isn't terribly favorable for vaginal delivery. I'll ask Dr. M. more about that at my next appointment (if I can remember, which is iffy).

E2 at 16w6d. Head's on the right (great profile, and I think you
can see baby's ear!), bent leg and foot are just to the left of center.

The belly, 17 weeks.


  1. I love the profile u/s shot- so cute. :)

    That's interesting about the pelvis shape- Makes me wonder what mine looks like, though I'd like to say I hope to never find out what it feels like to push a baby outta there- I'm good with the sections! ;)

  2. You look lovely and I'm so happy things are going well.

  3. I'm so happy things are moving along well and that cervix is closed tight! Only 7 weeks until 24 weeks and that is a great milestone to hit. Then you can think about 28 weeks! I am so hopeful for you. I am proof that even if you can't or don't carry twins full term, you can carry one baby.

  4. I am showing my support by nominating you for the Leibster Award.

  5. Glad things are going well with you and e2. I hope it continues.


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