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Week 17
~ Feeling Kicks!

I had my 16 week appointment last Wednesday. My sister, Kelly, went with me which was really helpful with Atticus. Plus, she is so smart and is a registered dietition so she knows a lot about the body and anatomy. I love that, because she can answer almost more questions than my doctor! Anyway, the appointment went well. We heard a healthy heartbeat, and everything else checked out fine. My weight was up probably 5 lbs, which I think is good, but not really sure. We scheduled our sonogram for December 10, so we will hopefully be able to find out what sex the baby is and make sure it measures okay and looks healthy. I am sooo so so anxious about that. I can't wait! I still don't look pregnant, but I feel bloated, and my stomach looks so chunky! I don't get it! My mom says it is just that this baby is sitting differently than Atticus did in my stomach, so it is just a different look.

It seems like quite a few people are having babies around here, unfortunately none of these people are in my family! I have been nagging everyone for such a long time to have some kids so that my kid will have cousins his own age, but no one would get the ball rolling, so I just had to do it myself . . . like they say "If you want something done, you just have to do it yourself!"

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I was also mildly scolded for not going and getting my initial bloodwork done and given a new lab sheet to go get it done. I didn't think it made much sense because it seems like I just went through that a year and a half ago and it's not like I have developed a disease or anything since then. But . . . I understand that it is for the good of the baby, not to mention the doctor told me that if I didn't do it now then they would just do it at the hospital when I have the baby, and I figure I will have enough needles in me then and I won't want people trying to do all the tests then. You win some, you lose some!

One last note: We went Christmas shopping for Atticus and got him some fun things. I am so excited for Christmas this year. I think Atticus will get a lot more out of it this year than last year. We have the tree up and the popcorn/cranberry strings up and lights strubg up at our house. Christmas music is already on the radio here, so we are loving this festiveness! I hate it when people act all "scroogey" and whine about Christmas music playing too early and decorations being put up too early. I say we get to enjoy less then 2 months of serious holidays a year, make them last as long as you can! I think next year will be a rough year with the new president and all and the economy as bad as it is. Enjoy the holidays as much as possible and drag them out as long as you can! Ha!

I am sitting here at my desk at work and I just started feeling kicks! Probably 7 of them! They are light but definite kicks! I just started smiling and all of a sudden you realize "wow! there is something alive inside of me!" So begins the long road of constant kicking; kicking when you are trying to sleep, kicking in the ribs and kicking whenever mom drinks something sweet. It is so amazing that I don't mind! You forget so easily what you go through after you have a baby until you are in the situation again. It is so amazing, that is the only word I can come up with at this point. Amazing.

~ Melody

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