Pregnancy & Produce: 17 Weeks

So my weekly update is a bit late this week, so apologies for that, but I am still excited to share all of my random thoughts and experiences from last week with you.

Week 17 means baby is the size of a pomegranate, weighing in at a whopping six ounces!

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Image courtesy of The Bump

Within the last week or so, my baby bump as definitely popped out to the point where strangers on public transit are giving up their seats for me, so that’s exciting for so many reasons. It also means absolutely nothing from pre-pregnancy life fits so I’ve placed an order for a slew of maternity jeans and tights to get me through the next five months.

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Look at that bump!

I also have noticed that between weeks 15 and 17 there must be a fetal growth spurt, because a) the baby bump (hello!) and b) I literally cannot eat enough. Pretty sure my husband is seriously questioning where all this food is going, because I can eat two times as much as him at dinner and then be craving something else an hour later.

With all this growth has comes some unpleasant skin stretching feelings. Like, I can literally feel the skin on my stomach stretching and it’s downright painful. I’ve heard from a few mom friends that moisturizing during these times is key to prevent stretch marks, so that is what I am doing. I am armed and ready with Kiehl’s Corps de Creme and Mother’s Special Blend. I am basically just a walking, lathered-up food monster these days.

Pregnancy is so beautiful.

What doesn’t go well with lubed-up skin? Heat. We have been going through a serious heat wave here in Northern California and the triple digits are making me feel like I am melting. So really, I am a melting, lathered-up food monster. Sweet.

In this crazy heat, Jeremy and I continue to push through our six-week tennis lesson commitment and I can tell you that doing any type of activity when it’s 110 out is hard. Playing tennis in 110 degree weather while pregnant is impossible. I find myself drinking more water than humanely possible, then having to pee 100 times, all while trying to learn a new sport. I’m hoping I am painting a clear picture of what this looks like, because truthfully, it’s a bit hilarious. We have just one more week to go and then I will be stopping lessons until sometime in the future after I come back to life after having a baby. The good thing is, my volley returns are surprisingly good. This is primarily because I am terrified of being hit in the stomach with a tennis ball. The maternal instinct is strong!

Let’s see, what else is going on?

 

I finally selected a glider for our nursery and it arrived this week. I think my Amazon delivery man is really unimpressed with the volume of purchases lately. But hey, you don’t want to deliver a 100lb chair? Don’t make it available on Amazon! But, I am absolutely in love with this glider and if I didn’t have any other responsibilities in life, I would never leave that chair. With this last piece of the puzzle, the nursery is finally complete so stay tuned because I will be photographing it and sharing all the details with you in the coming week or so. Also, Jeremy and I are convinced that our two cats think we designed this room for them. They live in it now and the glider is no exception. Exhibit A:

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Lastly, Jeremy and I are also gearing up to head back to Canada for a wedding in a few weeks. I will be staying there for 10 days to visit with our families and friends and I cannot wait. I was talking with a girlfriend the other day and she was so surprised to hear that my parents haven’t seen me in person since I became pregnant. Aside from FaceTime and photos, no one from home has seen me so I am super excited to go home and spend time with them. I think it will feel a lot more real to everyone once they see the bump in person.

Anyway, lot’s going on and it’s all good stuff. Just want to say a quick thank you again for all of your support and messages on my last post regarding the job update. There has actually been a lovely turn of events that I will share with you soon, but needless to say I fully support the idea that everything happens for a reason and we sometimes just need to sit back and let life happen. All of your encouragement means the world to me, so thank you!

-Caitlyn

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