Pregnancy: Week 17

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Our Tater Tot.

The last month has been a whirlwind, friends. I've felt this little tater tot move, I've constantly tracked a fetal heartbeat for peace of mind, and after my early anatomy scan -- we are so thankful and blessed to share that this little one has a healthy heart, brain, spine, and 10 perfect fingers and toes. After all we've been through, I'm still amazed that this little one has managed to grow so wonderfully (measuring a day ahead) and come out of this so healthy. My heart is so grateful. I think that has easily become my phrase for the year. There are a lot of big unknowns happening in our lives right now.. a bulk of which we have chosen not to share publicly but it sure has caused extra stress that I am trying to manage as well as I possibly can. I've been holding tight to my faith this entire pregnancy and will continue to do so -- this has been a saving grace for me, completely. 

How far Along
: 17 weeks

Nicknames for baby: Our little melon, miracle babe, tater tot, survivor babe

Size of baby: Baby is as big as a pomegranate

Gender Prediction: Gender was confirmed at my early anatomy scan (Justin says he knew all along)

Symptoms: Acid reflux, bits of morning sickness, daily nausea, headaches, and heartburn 

Best moment this week: Not waking up and immediately vomiting <--- STILL TRUE

Movement: I felt the baby kick the fetal doppler when we were tracking a heartbeat! But big movements will likely be awhile (anterior placenta). 

Food Cravings: Coca-Cola (it helps with the reflux, surprisingly) which is odd because I hate Coke

Food Aversions: No food sounds tasty. I try and eat because I have to but other than that... bleh

What I Miss: A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP. I cannot sleep to save my life

Sleep: What is that? I toss and turn throughout the night, even with a maternity pillow! 

Justin: He's encouraged me to let go of fear and talk about this baby and their future in our family. I think this has helped a lot with some of the woe feelings I've felt. I get excited talking about our little babe and we often discuss this with the kids, too. He's reminded me that I can't survive in the bad stuff -- I needed this swift kick to remind me that I am going to keep moving forward. I can't determine what will happen but I can determine how I feel about it. So thankful for this man. He's never really pushed me into feeling a specific way but he's always there guiding me the best he can. 

What I am looking forward to this week: I am looking forward to brainstorming ideas to photograph our gender reveal. I'm unsure whether or not we will share it publicly but we always have.. either way, it'll be fun to document baby #4 this way. 

Happy or moody most of the time: I'm still not where I'd hoped to be emotionally. There have been a lot of curveballs thrown at us, yes even more than just the scares and worries of this pregnancy and my health -- 2020 has thrown us for such a loop! Each day I find something to be grateful for and I know that helps. 

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