Thoughts on Pregnancy at 17 weeks

As I was taking a survey today for another mama blogger I commented that I liked to read about the little things in her day and life. I like the connection that comes from reading more personal posts rather than just “articles”. Then I realized I am an idiot. I hardly share anything personal on here. Maybe I don’t because I believe that sharing personal information is such a balancing act, possibly because I am lazy, could be because I think these sorts of posts are more suited for our family blog (since we hardly write on that it is a lame excuse)…who knows.

So here begins my attempt to intermix personal thoughts with the other stuff. Don’t get too excited. It’s really nothing juicy or earth shattering.

I will start with my thoughts on my 17th week of pregnancy. Wait a second, you didn’t know I was pregnant? My mistake. That might be my fault since I have not included anything of the personal nature (except the last time my mailbox freebies picture included a Kotex sample).
So YES, I am pregnant and most definitely thrilled.

The stats:
17 weeks pregnant
Due June 17th(ish)
“Only” one baby this time. We checked.

Back to the thoughts…

1) I first worried when I was not gaining weight. Then I gained weight. Then I was frustrated that I gained weight. Then I had a small bowl of cereal for lunch. Then I got a headache. Bad idea.

When I was pregnant with the twins I was fairly happy with every pound because they were practically eating me alive. I worked hard to find things to eat (I mean my husband), made smoothies to get enough of the good stuff in, drank Boosts for extra protein and calories and only gained about 25 pounds during my time incubating the babies until they were born 11 days before my due date. This time I don’t think I will be needing the Boosts, my nausea has largely passed, and I am now taking my cell phone out of my pocket for weigh-ins at the doctor.

2) I am missing some of the “perks” of my twin pregnancy and not overly thrilled about being “co-managed” with a nurse practitioner. Apparently this means I only get to see my doctor every other visit for most of my pregnancy. Unless they call you to notify you that your doctor won’t be in the office for your January appointment and that you are being rescheduled to see some other doctor. I am not a pushy person, but c’mon. Four months between seeing my doctor? That is nuts. So I rescheduled to see her a week later (at 5 weeks). The lady at the desk told me this was “not medically advisable,” but I figured it was not medically advisable to not see my doctor in four months and made my own executive decision (after calling my husband to confirm my thoughts and get up the nerve to call back…and praying that I got a different lady on the phone).

3) A little annoyed that my Old Navy maternity clothes from my last pregnancy looked so worn out when I took them out of the tote.

4) I am wondering why I decided to get the test that will change nothing except worry me if it comes back abnormal.

5) Making a mental note to never go to the lab at 10:50 ever again. 30 people in front of me and 2 behind me. For some reason I would feel better if a whole bunch of people kept coming in after me. Also thinking the male Phlebotomist named Shannon did not use the little alcohol wipe on my arm before drawing my blood. Hope there was not any scary germs in that tiny area of my arm.

6) Loving that the little flutters are turning into more noticeable kicks. My hubby might have even felt one of them last night.

7) Can’t believe how many CRAZY dreams and nightmares I have been having.

8)  Counting down the days till we find out what our baby is next week (also a tiny nervous to get such a clear peek at our little one…praying everything looks good).

9) Most grateful for a new baby to welcome into our crazy house, happy to be pregnant again, thankful it did not take years to get pregnant, thinking of others who have lost or are still waiting, trying to embrace the whole process and happy to be a mom.

6 Responses to Thoughts on Pregnancy at 17 weeks
  1. Brandy
    January 8, 2010 | 11:27 am

    Kari-you make me laugh! Also, you are not an idiot. Sheesh. I love this post and think having a personal one now and again will be fun for you to look back on later and have those memories of this pregnancy. Try to not dwell on the weight gain because-although it is frustrating-you know it is for a good cause and also that what you are gaining is due to GOOD nutrition-not junk. So you are fueling yourself and growing another living being. Muy importante! <3 <3

  2. Lyndsey
    January 8, 2010 | 11:28 am

    I’m so excited you’re pregnant! Can’t believe it’s already 17 weeks. I thought you were about 12! :) When you find out the gender will you keep it a secret or let people know?

  3. Becca
    January 8, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    This is a fun post!

    Yeah, the maternity clothes aren’t very appealing anymore. I want to banish them away and never see them again. Yet with every purchase of maternity wear, I was thinking “ugh… why buy clothes I’m only going to wear for a few months?”

    Hate the weight gain part. No fun at all. But on the other side of pregnancy, I wonder why I made such a big deal.

  4. Becca
    January 8, 2010 | 8:51 pm

    Thanks for your comment over on my dead blog.

  5. Audrey G
    January 9, 2010 | 7:21 am

    Love your post. Keep it up. Your sense of humor always makes me laugh – over and over again! For instance, taking the cell phone out of your pocket at weigh-ins! Hugs.

  6. Tammy Bowers
    January 11, 2010 | 10:18 am

    Great post, Kari. I too laughed. I love the personal posts best, so keep them coming!

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