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Week 17
~ Still hanging in here!

I'm 17 weeks now, and all of a sudden, I look like I'm 40 weeks! Not really, but I am a lot bigger now in the stomach than I was with Gabe. Do you think it has something to do with this being my second child? I've only gained 1 1/2 pounds this whole time. Or if you want to get technical, I've gained - 8 1/2 pounds since I lost 10 pounds in the first month of pregnancy due to morning sickness. Anyway, I seem to have lost my battle with my stomach way earlier with this one.

I haven't really been feeling the baby move all that much. I could when I was about 14 weeks along and it would kick me in the bladder, but I can't really say that I've been feeling it that much here lately. I did go to the doctor, and the heartbeat was fine, so I know that nothing is wrong. It's probably just that I've been so much more occupied this pregnancy that I don't have time to stop and think about it. I also got the results back on my AFP test that I had (I elected not to have it with Gabe) and the test came back negative, so that is always a load off my mind. I remember when I was pregnant with Gabe that I thought about being pregnant all of the time. This one, I'm lucky if I get to read what's supposed to be going on in the "What to Expect" pregnancy book. It seems as if my days aren't long enough. With raising a child and still having all of the responsibilities of work and home, I just don't seem to have that much time to dwell on this pregnancy at all.

I do have to say that I'm proud of myself for the weight issue, but I can't really take the credit. I have to chalk it up to morning sickness and my lack of appetite for anything sweet these days. I'm serious; with Gabe, I ate chocolate and nuts all the time. I couldn't get enough of comfort foods like bread, potatoes and chocolate. Ha Ha. Maybe that's why I gained 62 pounds. You think? Anyway with this one, I do good if I eat half of what I used to. I seem to really be craving sour foods, like pickles, oranges, grapefruit, anything with a tang. I especially like Salt and Vinegar chips, but I don't buy them, I only get them when I go to my in-laws. Oh, and I can't seem to get enough of orange juice. I drink loads of it everyday. It's the one thing I don't think I can live without. Noticing a pattern here?

We have our ultrasound on the 13th. Please everyone be praying that we can find out what it is. Be praying for a girl! I really, really want this baby to be a girl. Edwin does too, but I know we'll be extremely relieved and excited just to see our little one and know that it is okay. I don't know how I'm gonna make it through nearly a whole day of work that day.

Well, I must go for now. Hope everyone out there in babyland is feeling good and excited about what lies ahead. Talk to you soon.

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