(ignore the bad hair and no makeup...I had been napping on the couch all evening)
How far along: 17 weeks tomorrow.
Total weight gain: 5 lbs!! I have been trying to consume more calories, but this dang little munchkin in my belly just uses them up.
How big is baby: Well, according to the charts, about 5 inches long (head to rump) and about 5 ounces. Which doesn't sound very big until I put a ruler up to my tummy and I just don't understand where he/she fits! Right now I am really having a lot of stretching and ligament discomfort, so I know the little one is growing.
Maternity clothes: I have been using the Belly Bands that I bought at Target (awesome) and have a couple pairs of maternity shorts. Belly band is starting to be uncomfortable though, as it just shoves the buttons and fastners of my pants into my stomach. I went shopping yesterday afternoon to a few maternity stores around town. Everything is too big or so ridiculously baggy in the rear, I refuse to wear it. I didn’t think I would have a problem getting bigger - thought I would think it was funny, but as I wandered around the mall and saw cute fitted tops and regular jeans and skirts I let myself have an internal 5 minute pitty party for myself and my expanding midsection.
Food cravings: None really. I drink a lot of Boosts (like Ensure only they taste better). In an 8 oz bottle there is 360 calories and lots of other good nutrients and vitamins. I try to drink them in the middle of the night so I don't wake up on an empty stomach (which can cause me to feel sick). I have been cleaning my plate now, which is new for me.
Morning Sickness: Basically gone. As long as I don't let my stomach get empty, I am good. I have some mornings where breakfast just does not stay down, but all in all I am feeling okay.
Mood Swings: None really.
What I think is weird: Well, sometimes I think the whole idea of some little person inside me is strange, and I know soon I will be able to feel the little one and that will be seriously crazy.
What I miss: Well, I must admit I miss drinking a glass of wine or a beer with dinner, sometimes. Other than that and sometimes being annoyed that I have to eat so often, I am good.
What I'm looking forward to: August 14th we will find out pink or blue! We just want to know so we can start working on names and the nursery.