16 (& 17) Week Updates!

Now, he’s about 4.6 inches long and weighs about 3.5 ounces, and she’s big enough that your doctor may be able to hear her heartbeat. he’s listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in her ears. She’s growing hair, lashes and eyebrows. And he’s forming taste buds.

Baby continues to beef up. Now she’s about 5.1 inches long and weighs about 5.9 ounces. His rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone. And she’s growing some meat on those bones — putting on some fat. He’s growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord, too.

How Far Along: 17 Weeks 2 Days

Due Date: March 13th, 2013

Boy or girl: You’ll know soon!

Currently craving: Salad, food in general. I’m constantly hungry this week.

Currently Avoiding: Nothing really right now.

Weight: I didn’t ask the doctor and they didn’t tell me 🙂

Belly button status: IN!

Sleep grade:  Can’t get enough.

Recent Crazy Dream:  I’ve been having a ton and they’re not awesome at all. I’d like to have some happy dreams please? Maybe some giving me reassurance that Elena is watching over her siblings?! 

Evidence of pregnancy brain: I was in Target to exchange some things I had bought for Mason and I stopped in the baby/toddler section looked around and walked right passed what I was doing and started looking around elsewhere. duh.

And then the other night I put Mason to bed in our room because that’s where he wanted to go instead of his room. He screamed for me a little later and decided that he actually wanted to be in his room. So I put him in and I went downstairs. I was downstairs for a couple of seconds and I started PANICKING. He stopped calling for me suddenly! Is he okay?! I ran upstairs to the room couldn’t find him and then frantically burst into his room thinking I’d see him playing or something I don’t even want to think about again and there he was sleeping in his crib. I completely forgot that I had moved him and my stupid parenting after losing a child brain made me absolutely frantic. Fun times.

Symptoms?: I feel more aches and pains than I did with Mason or Elena’s pregnancy. It’s probably because I’m older and fatter and more out of shape than I was for either of their pregnancies. Morning Sickness has pretty much gone away. It was still here at this point with Elena. But LONG gone with Mason. 

Health: I feel good, besides the aches. My cervix for my last two appointments has looked absolutely great and nothing has been coming up in my urine as far as infections so I’m feeling much more confidant as I head towards my 18 week pPROM milestone.

Emotions: They’re all over the place. Some days I’m feeling completely honest that I’m bringing this baby home to me in March. Other days I’m losing my mind with worry. As I write this I’m crying. I can’t help but wonder. Will I only be pregnant for a couple more days? Will I ever have another baby? I’d like to think the answer to the first question is no and the second is absolutely but nothing is set in stone and I have to be as prepared as I can be for both scenarios. I just really hope I have plenty of time to prepare for the scenario of bringing my baby home!

Movement: Yes! Not as frequent as I did with Elena at this point (thanks extra layers of fat) but I do feel the baby and can’t wait to feel them get stronger! 

Names: If I’m lucky this baby will have a name when it’s born in March. 

Any appointments?: I had one on the 26th and I had one on the 3rd. I also have one coming up on the 9th. Weekly cervical checks from here until 24 weeks means I get to see baby grow every week!

Any baby related purchases? NB Cloth diapers!

Best/Worst Thing to Happen this week: I don’t really have any “worst” thing to happen to me this week.  The best was seeing that my cervix is still behaving itself!

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  1. Sara says

    I can’t imagine how stressful this time is and I hope it goes quickly and you get to hold your baby in your arms about 23 weeks from now!

    • Christa says

      It’s so stressful and so hard to put into words sometimes. I pray every day that I’m holding this baby in my arms in 23 weeks and not a second sooner!

    • Christa says

      Thank you so much! It means a lot to me to know that I have people rooting for me 🙂

      I really hope that once I reach 24 weeks I can start to relax.

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