Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bump Watch 2012: 17 weeks

17 weeks (and 1 day) 
About to head out the door to Zumba

The evening of my last bump post, I felt the familiar flutters of the baby from inside me. A few days later at my prenatal check-up, my midwife was excited when I shared that news with her as it's relatively early to feel movement, but totally normal for second-time moms, who tend to recognize the movement earlier. As she used her doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeat, we heard it kick. And then the baby kicked so hard that I could feel it from the inside and my midwife could feel it through the doppler wand. Like my midwife said, it was "REMARKABLE!"

Like its big sister, the baby seems to love grapes and fruit juice -- that's what tends to get it moving. It also loves hearing Em's voice chatting to it through my belly. She tells it that "I'm so excited to see you and change your diapers!"

Em goes back and forth on her wishes for a sister or a brother. She's come up with some random potential names, but her latest recommendations if it's a girl are Mittney or Rinny. She's also suggested Sissy, if it's a girl, and Sisso, if it's a boy.

In other random pregnancy updates, I've already developed a linea nigre, a line on my belly. I feel like it didn't appear until much later with Em's pregnancy.

Brent was pleased to point out that since I've been pregnant, I've stopped snoring completely. Thanks to year-round allergies, I tend to snore a lot. When I was pregnant with Em, my snoring got so bad that I had to start using Breathe Right strips so Brent could get some rest. My sinuses have cleared up this time around, though. An unexpected pregnancy perk!

The most exciting update, though, is that later this week we're going to find out if we're giving Em a "Sissy" or a "Sisso." My official anatomy scan isn't until late September, thanks to my midwife's office policy on timing, as well as a weeklong vacation we have planned. Brent finally gave into my nagging for an elective ultrasound -- I'm impatient, if you haven't guessed. We found out with Em when I was 18 weeks, so having to wait until 21+ weeks with this pregnancy seems like FOREVER. First world problems, I know.

Before we go to our appointment, I'll probably do a separate post where you can weigh in with your guesses, based on your own hunches and some more info from me about what old wives' tales might apply.

12 comments:

  1. Looking beautiful Nanette! So very happy for your whole family. :) - mary

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    1. That seems to be the overwhelming guess of friends and family!

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  3. OK, Mittney just sounds like a combo of Mitt and Romney. Maybe Em's been influenced by political ads!

    Sissy and Sisso remind me of Phoebe and Phoebo on Friends. :)

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    1. That was my thought, too. She hasn't been exposed to a lot of Romney, so it's just a funny coincidence....I hope. ;)

      And I hadn't thought about the Phoebe/Phoebo thing! HA!

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  4. Can't wait for you to find out - babies are so exciting. Also, FYI: I have lost a lot of allergies since I had kids and 3 yrs later they're still not back. I hope you have the same luck!!!

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    1. That would be LOVELY!

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  5. I was thinking the same thing as A, the above poster...Em is obviously grown out of the Yo Gabba Gabba Phase and transitioned into the Fox News Phase. What, no Princess Phase?!

    We found out the sex of the baby at 11 weeks. That's the (one) benefit of being Really Really Old and Pregnant, I guess.

    I think you think it is A Boy.

    xoxo,
    TDR

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  6. You look great and I was going to comment similarly to A. "Mittney" sounds as if Em has been watching the Republic National Convention. :)

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    1. Thank you! And yeah, she isn't hanging out with too many Republicans that I know of, so it's a funny coincidence unless she has a secret toddler life I'm unaware of. Heh.

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  7. I'm so glad you wore him down and you get to find out this week! Yay!! And I hope I get to find out soon too..

    That is so awesome about the allergies/snoring- all pregnant ladies deserve some bonuses like that!

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