17 weeks

What’s new with the baby?
Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.
Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?
Good!  I finally am back to having some energy and not just feeling sluggish all the time.  There was a while there I was feeling so worn down and blah just constantly, I actually thought it was my new normal mental state and I was really bummed about it.  I’m glad to report that I was in fact just really tired and in the early stages of pregnancy and I am now pretty much back to normal.  Which is good, because being all lame and depressed just doesn’t work with my life.
Weight gain?
10 pounds. At 17 weeks, I think I’m ok with that.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?
I miss being able to hold pee.  I know that’s probably too much information for this here public blog, but seriously, I really, really hope I gain back some bladder strength after this baby is born.  Either that, or that I never have to sneeze again.
Nope.  I remember this being kind of an uninteresting topic from last time, too, so maybe I’ll find another heading to replace it for next week.
Well, since we found out this week what we’re having I was able to go through all Urijah’s clothes that I had stored away and sort through what we can use and what we can’t.  Since we found out it’s a BOY! (pretty much everyone who is reading already knows that since we called and told you all, so it’s not exactly a big surprise now) I didn’t have to worry about getting rid of a ton of boy stuff – we can use that all again!  But these two kids will be born into different seasons, so there was a handful of things that this baby won’t be able to use…like a super cute red cable knit sweater in size 3 months.  I don’t think he’ll need that here in May.  But, most stuff I was able to keep, so that will be really nice!  Everything is at hand, and probably just needs to get washed after being packed away for a while, and we’re good to go.  Also, this weekend I was at Target and I cruised through the kids bedding section, in case there was something for U’s new room that caught my eye.  Lo and behold, a picture that I have been eyeballing for over a year, at least, was finally on clearance and it was the last one!  I really love it so I snatched it up!
Oopsy Daisy too America the Beautiful Map Wall Art - 21x21"

All the pictures it has for each state are really cute and I know this is something I would have loved to stare at when I was a kid, (or even now) so hopefully he will too.

Highlights of the week?

We found out it’s a boy!  At first the ultrasound tech had some trouble because the umbilical cord was between his legs, but after eating a Starburst and standing up and bending over and mashing on my belly, he had shifted around and we got a good view. I was really surprised. I don’t know why!  50/50 chance and all.  But I was genuinely shocked.  I think I would have felt the same way about a girl, though.  Maybe because I didn’t have a clear gut instinct this time, so anything would have been a surprise.  And I could really easily see our lives in the future with either a girl or a boy, so to find out that one of those paths was going to come true was just sort of wild to think about.  The only part I was dreading about having a boy was picking out a name.  We had so easily settled on Urijah’s name before I was even pregnant with him, and we already had a girl name that we loved, as well.  But to think of another boy’s name that we liked as much as Urijah?  Oh boy.  But, you know what?  I think we’ve already done it.  Way, way easier than I was expecting.  And I’m sorry, but we’re not telling until the baby is born.  If you have any complaints you may send them…somewhere else.  😉  Patience.  It is a virtue.

Belly Pic: (this was sort of a last minute shot, so the shirt I’m wearing doesn’t exactly show off the belly too well.)

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