baby #5: 17 weeks

(written May 15th)

I’m going back and posting these now, although I wrote them before we publicly announced our pregnancy. I love looking back on them, and I still love making these chalkboards, so here we go!

Baby’s size: A chipmunk!

Maternity clothes?: I switched over to maternity jeans right at 16 weeks, which is the earliest I’ve ever taken them out! My regular jeans were still buttoning, but I honestly was so uncomfortable and crampy by the end of the day that they’d always end up unbuttoned (or I’d end up in my sweatpants as soon as dinner was over). I always waited too long to make the switch with my other pregnancies, so I’ve finally wised up this time. Why be uncomfortable? They are definitely still big with room to grow, though.

Gender: We know!!! We’ve known for 2 weeks already, and I can’t wait to share, but I’m just holding off until it’s confirmed at our anatomy scan.

Symptoms: I’ve already felt the ligaments in my lower stomach stretching, and I’ve just had general “growing” feelings.

Sleep: I’m sleeping possibly more than I ever have in my life (since having kids, anyway). Michael still likes to stay up late, so I will usually get 6-7 hours at night, and then I get a 2.5-3 hour nap every afternoon.

Movement: This baby is wild and moves SO MUCH! I honestly can’t believe how often I feel big kicks and jabs.

Cravings: Sour Lifesaver gummies and anything chocolate.

What I miss: Maybe I miss having a little more energy, but I wouldn’t trade this for anything.

Anything making you queasy or sick?: I still have my moments when I feel just awful, and my sensitivity to certain smells is just incredible. I can’t sit next to the girls at lunchtime because the yogurt smell mingling with salad dressing is awful! Overall, though, this is the week I’ve really started feeling a lot better.

Belly Button in or out?: In.

Exercising?: My GPS watch broke at the end of April, and I’m waiting for it to get repaired, so I don’t have my exact mileage. I have been running regularly, and I know my longest this week was a 10k.

Mood: I cry SO easily these days. I was choking back tears during the national anthem on Michael’s graduation broadcast today. To be honest, I’ve also been easily irritated lately. Oops. I need to do better with that.

Best moment this week: Getting to hear baby’s heartbeat and my OB saying it’s “perfect”. So grateful.

Looking forward to: More warm weather like we had this week, and finishing up the school year!

Big sisters: They are SO EXCITED to have a sweet new baby. They keep telling me that it’s such a long wait until October. Also, Nella saw my bare belly today and said, “It’s like HoHoHo (Santa), but it’s a baby!!!” Hahaha. Wearing non-maternity pants in this week’s picture definitely didn’t help with that.

Comparison: 17 weeks with Nella, and 17 weeks with Eve (apparently I didn’t really start bump posts with Kaya and Kaelyn until 18 weeks)!