Wednesday, August 17, 2011

17 weeks and I have an Onion Baby!





Whats up this week?
  • see previous post re: midwife appt
  • voiding like crazy all the time!
  • nails are growing fast
  • officially stepped into maternity clothing- not because I can't fit in my regular clothing, but because i'm tired of that "spilling" look when I wear clothes.  But that I mean with mat clothes, one looks very streamlined thanks to the abdominal banding in the pants...it really tucks everything in and showcases the belly.  Looks good! (and comfortable)
  • Crazy dreams again this week...one of me cheating on Gene and the other me confronting the girl who's been 'hanging around Gene'!
First dream, I was with some random guy in a creepy dirty college dorm like living room. After doing the deed I look outside and was like 'I need to get home,' but did not recognize the neighborhood at all and had no idea how to get out of there. I then called my dad, gave specific landmarks, and he was able to and had to pick me up from the house. While I was in the guys place waiting, I go into his room and it was immaculately clean and totally modern like some ikea show room.  I asked, "why is your room so clean and the living room so nasty and dirty?" He replied, "my room is my sanctuary." and I seemed to understand hahaha!  Then in the car, my dad was scolding me about my behavior, and he said he was going to stay in the room until I told Gene the truth! So I told Gene who was totally innocent and dumb, and Gene was obviously hurt and pissed along with my dad as he liked Gene...then I woke up!

Second dream last night, I dreamt I was about to go for a bike ride when I was in someone's house (pressumably mine in the dream) and before I can open the door, I see a short asian girl through the sheer curtains with a pink bikini top ringing the doorbell. 
"who's there?" I asked 
"i'm here to see Gene." she responds in a cheery tone.
I open the door and I look her up and down and I was like "who the fck are you?" (and give a really evil sneer).
"i'm here to talk to Gene," she repeats.
So, from what I remember, I think I said, "he's not here, get the fck out here and out of my way."
The girl was kind of shocked at my response and from the look on her face was wondering who the heck I was (LOL!) but she walks off to the edge of the backyard to the alley door and I push my way out of my house to the backyard about to set off on my bike ride and thinking, "after this ride i'm going to cream Gene."
Then the stupid girl comes back and says to me, "who are YOU?"
"I'm his wife you idiot." I barked.
"How long have you been married for?"
"I've been his wife for 10 years you ass."
Then I see her look at the corner of her eyes towards our house and looking confused and stupid.
While I, was in a moment of anger, jealousy, and pity for the fool in front of me and for Gene who was gonna get it when I get home. (I guess I had something really important to do that I couldn't carry on the confrontation at that moment and needed to go on the bike ride! hahaa)
***then I woke up!****

Boooo! I was ready for more of that dream.  I'm not sure why i'm having these strange infidelity dreams as trust between Gene and I is very very solid.  Not something I and especially he would do.  Maybe this means something when you're pregnant! I tell Gene these dreams the next day and conclude it with a light punch. LOL!  I also am not feeling insecure about our relationship or how my body is changing in relation to our relationship.  Weird!

Funny enough, BabyCenter just mentioned dreams in their 17week update!

Dreams During Pregnancy

Many women report that their dream life shifts into high gear during pregnancy. Interestingly, during the second and third trimesters, you spend less sleep time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the cycle in which most dreams occur. Why, then, all those frequent and vivid dream memories?
It's probably at least in part because you may be interrupting a dream-filled cycle when you wake up to pee, cope with heartburn, leg cramps, restless legs, or a backache, or to shift to a more comfortable position. Waking up during REM sleep makes you more likely to remember your dreams.
It may also be in part that dreams seem so vivid during pregnancy because for most women pregnancy is a time of such heightened emotions — from joy to apprehension and everything in between — but no one really knows for sure.
Here's a look at some common themes and what they may mean, according to Patricia Garfield, a clinical psychologist and author of Women's Bodies, Women's Dreams.
You're caring for baby animals. During the second trimester, many pregnant women dream about cuddly, baby-like animals, such as puppies, chicks, and kittens. Friendly creatures in your dreams are generally thought to signify that you're tuned in to your instincts. Menacing animals, on the other hand, may represent ambivalence about the strange new creature entering your life.
You have a sexy encounter with an old flame. Many mothers-to-be are concerned about their changing figure and its effect on their sex life — while many others feel more sexually charged than ever. Both feelings are often reflected in your dreams. Not only do erotic dreams offer comforting reassurance, but they may mirror the sexiness you feel during your waking hours, too.
Your mate is straying. If you dream that your partner hooks up with an ex-girlfriend or a total stranger, it can signal insecurity about holding his love and attention through a time of great change. Right now, you're dependent on the goodwill and support of those around you, especially your partner. Fearing his loss is a common emotional reaction to being pregnant

  • constipated BM's
  • my belly is bloated but in that firm feeling bloated look. My belly is definitely bigger after eating and subsequently bigger by the end of the day. Someone at work found out I was pregnant today and said, "you just looked like you were gaining weight! BUT I noticed a glow about you." (um, thanks! haha)
That's it for the week!

What does I-am-pregnant say?
Your baby's weight has doubled in two weeks and now weighs about 3.5 ounces! The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is 4.4 to 4.8 inches. If you spread your hand out opened wide, you can see about how big your baby is.

Your uterus is moving up and is now approximately 1.5 to 2 inches below your navel. You are showing more now and there is a noticeable swelling in your abdomen. At this point in your pregnancy, a 5 to 10 pound weight gain is normal. Other people can probably feel the difference in your lower abdomen if they were to rub your tummy. To be the most comfortable, you should be wearing maternity clothes or clothing that is too large for you. You may have felt your baby move already. However, you might not feel it move every day at this point. As your pregnancy progresses, movements become stronger and more frequent. Feeling your baby move can help reassure you that your baby is doing well. You might also notice that your gums or nose bleed occasionally. This is from the increased blood volume that puts pressure on small blood vessels and capillaries.

Huge changes continue to take place within your developing baby. This week fat begins to form and will continue to do so until he is born. Fat is important to the body's heat production and metabolism. Right now, at 17 weeks, water makes up about 3 ounces and fat 0.018 ounces of your baby's body. In a baby at term, fat makes up about 5.25 pounds of the total average weight of 7.7 pounds. The placenta is continuing to grow at an amazing rate. The placenta will continue to develop in tandem with the fetus and it will weigh more than a pound at birth! By this week, the placenta is large and well established with a network of blood vessels that exchange nutrients and waste. 
The eyes are facing more forward. The ears are now close to their final position.

Your baby is more flexible with ability to move head, mouth, lips, arms, wrists, hands, legs, feet, and toes.

Fingerprints are forming now.

How is my life changing according to BabyCenter?

How your life's changing:


Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.
You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.



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