Okay, full disclosure, this 17 week picture was taken at the BEGINNING of the week, it’s a slightly different story now! The belly has officially popped, and 18 weeks will be much more prominent!
This week has been a fairly uneventful one for us, no appointments or changes to report, no major developments in terms of symptoms or anything like that. All of this NON-activity has paved the way for me to invent some stuff to stress out about. Sigh.
Top of my anxiety list this week has been a rotisserie chicken club wrap that I ate from Swiss Chalet….cold chicken….what was I thinking??? I haven’t been able to stop Googling the symptoms (or even more terrifying – the lack thereof) of listeria poisoning, and have been super stressed out and full of anxiety that I’ve done some harm with that damn cold chicken. Ugh. Everything I’ve eaten since that day I’ve scalded my mouth on because I won’t eat anything unless it’s piping hot now. Sigh again.
I’ve also been a bit stressed about sleeping positions these days, I’ve been struggling to stay on my side overnight, and quite often find myself waking up on my back (which isn’t supposed to be the ideal position for baby – or for me right now really). I’ve had a bit of pain in my lower belly / pelvis when I wake up like this, so I’ve also been a bit paranoid that this sleeping position is causing babe some kind of distress too.
Sigh for the third time.
My mom has been totally shocked with the amount of information that is available to pregnant women these days, particularly on the topic of what foods to eat / not eat. She had never heard anything about cold chicken (or deli meats / cold meats in general) during her pregnancy, never worried about sleeping position, soft cheeses, exercising, or really anything at all that’s been totally plaguing my mind since well before I even found out I was pregnant. Drinking and smoking were the two big no-no’s, and that was pretty much it at that time.
And look how great we all turned out 😉
Long story short – I’ve been dealing with a huge amount of anxiety this week, and I really wish that I could find a way to let go of it all. Or at least some of it.
On a much brighter note, 5 MORE DAYS UNTIL WE FIND OUT THE GENDER!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!! We’ve been counting down the days for what feels like FOREVER – and we’re finally down to the final 5…AHH!!! I’m still firmly on Team Boy, but I’m dramatically outnumbered by people that are feeling like it’s a girl! We’ll see if mother’s intuition is really a trump card or not 😉 We honestly don’t care what gender it is, both have so much fun stuff about them, but really happy and healthy is all we want.
On another bright (or at least – interesting!) note, I wandered over to Thyme Maternity this past weekend to look at maternity clothes for the first time! Most of my pants have been fitting pretty uncomfortably so I decided it was time to bite the bullet and check out these maternity pants that I’ve heard so much about.
It was an interesting experience that’s for sure! The store had a “fake” bump that you could velcro around your belly so that you can try on the different pants / outfits with a bigger bump (want a sneak peek of babe and I at 30+ weeks? Check it out below – LOL).
I didn’t find the pants overly comfortable, but I think I’m still kind of in the awkward stage where I don’t have a big enough bump to actually hold the pants up properly yet, but my own pants don’t really fit properly either.
Dresses and Lulu leggings for the win! 🙂
ANYWAYS – we are planning a really small gender reveal get together with our local family for Saturday May 13th, so the big secret will be ours to keep for 5 days after we find out….eeks! I’m not great with secrets, so we’ll see! 😉
For now, we’ve officially gone public with the news, and it’s been so wonderful to be out in the open with everyone and not hide our wonderful news anymore!
Hope you’ve all had a great week, and here’s hoping for a more peaceful mind for this mama in week 18!
-Sara & Babe xo