I’m 17 weeks today! Every single week, I can’t believe I’m already _____ weeks, and now we’re 17! This week, baby is about 5 inches and 4 ounces or so and approximately the size of an onion.
I’ve felt pretty good the last couple of days. My main symptoms at this point are back aches on and off, as well as migraines, but I’ve had a good week so far.
I haven’t had any intense or weird pregnancy cravings, but lately I’ve been very fond of Gatorade, chocolate milk (Ovaltine), and sausage breakfast sandwiches. While I often see a picture of something and have a strong desire to eat that item right then and there, I haven’t had any unusual cravings like a lot of women have.
I’m pretty much wearing all maternity pants now (when working) or sweatpants (when home). I can still wear regular shirts but I feel fat in them, so I am wearing a lot of maternity shirts too. When my grandparents were in town last week, I went thrift shopping with my grandma and picked up a few more pairs of maternity pants for about $2.00 a pop – can’t complain about that! We had a lot of fun with my grandparents and even hosted dinner at our house for the family. Jerry made his famous Mexican food – yum. I also sent my grandma home with some knitting patterns for some things I want her to make for the baby.
I’m still waiting to feel the baby move, but I’ve been reading that with first time moms, it can take awhile longer to start feeling them move, anywhere from 18-22 weeks for the first movement. I’m really excited for that though when it finally happens! Other mamas, when did you start to feel the baby move with your first pregnancy?
Still anxiously awaiting to find out the gender (only three weeks to go!). Mom got the baby another gender neutral outfit (white pajamas with animals), and I found a cute gender neutral Halloween outfit when I was out thrifting with my grandma for a buck! I LOVE fall and Halloween. I can’t wait for fall to get here soon. Heck, we even got married in the fall because we love it so much.
Something else I’ve been thinking about a lot is being a working mom. Jerry and I have always known we would both have to continue working when we started a family. We can’t live off of one income. I am okay with this. I have my master’s degree and I certainly don’t want to waste it, but I do feel a little sad and stressed about it, as I think all working moms do. We’re happy that we own our home, but with owning a home comes a mortgage and a lot more expenses which means we need two incomes. However, that is something we chose to provide for our child and something that is very important to us – home ownership. I still feel guilt over not being able to be a stay at home mom though. I feel like every mother I see lately is able to stay at home and I can’t help but feel a bit jealous and wonder how they heck they can afford it! Any other working mamas out there? If so, how do you handle the guilt of not being able to stay home with your baby all the time?
Next week is our next appointment which is exciting, but we mostly can’t wait until the gender/anatomical scan at 20 weeks!
That’s it for today. I’d love to hear your insight, especially about working motherhood and baby movements!