{Pregnancy Update} 17 Weeks

Week 17: Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop. (source)

17 weeks 2 days

How I’m Changing

I can finally feel the baby move! I feel little flutters and kicks most days and now I am looking forward to the day where I feel more movement and when Neil will be able to feel them too.
How I’m Feeling
I am still  feeling exhausted and hungry.  I still am having trouble sleeping lately and toss and turn all night and usually am up by 5am.

What I’m EatingI am still on a sriracha kick but I also have been loving salads this week.  I have had big salads with kale chip crumbles and avocado a few times this week and they are so tasty.  I also have been enjoying lots of beans.

 Pregnancy Chat:

Neil and I have been trying to (slowly) get our home ready for baby and part of that is the nursery.  I know that we will be getting this crib thanks to my parents and we have a small Ikea Expedit that we will also be using, however we now have to figure out the other details furnishings and storage.  I was looking into tips and tricks for the nursery and I came across this:

Toss the junk –Having a baby often means you’re showered with gifts. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep and love everything Cousin Gertrude gave you! Take a picture of your kiddo wearing the item or playing with it, write her a thank-you note and put it in the outbound pile [<–love this idea]. As a parent you need to constantly manage both the inflow and outflow of stuff in your space, so dedicate a bag or two for things that are no longer in active use, and once they are full, get them out. Store the items that you love that make the cut for a future child, but pass others along to a mommy friend with different taste or donate them. Swimming in excess samples from the hospital? Stash a few in your diaper bag, use up the ones you love and toss the rest! You don’t need random stuff you’ll rarely use. (source)

I think that this excerpt makes a really good point – if it is just taking up space or it’s just not for you don’t keep it.  I know that many people mean well and want to give you hand-me-downs and things that they really like and while that would never go unappreciated you may just not want/like/need the item. So as I see it don’t feel bad if you decide to donate the item(s), I mean really if you kept everything you were ever given you might see yourself on the next episode of Hoarders and nobody wants that.

 For those of you who are parents or parents-to-be how do you handle unwanted/needed gifts? 
Random Facts of The Week:
  • Total Weight Gain: 7 pounds (I think).
  • Workouts:  prenatal yoga and Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout – I have also started a new workout plan that is posted on my fridge with my goals to do 2 workouts and prenatal yoga each week and a bonus day when I can. Every 4 weeks I will evaluate my progress and if I complete my 2 workouts and yoga each week I get to go to the spa for a pre-natal massage.
  • Baby Items Purchased: Lots of nursery items including a dresser off craigslist (only $50), an ottoman with storage, a lamp and a few decorations.
  • Gender Suspicions:  boy.
  • Cravings: sriracha.

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