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Week 17 ~ or is it 18?
~ A little Uneventful

Susan at 17 weeksHello again! Well, we have officially made it through 17 weeks of pregnancy, and not much happened this week. The more I think about it, I wonder if I am a week behind on this week stuff. When your week changes, that means you have completed that many weeks of pregnancy, so really I have completed 18 weeks, so I am going to write this as week 18 . . . I know that skips a week, but it is the only way I can stay not confused.

Ok, so lets see, my belly has been growing, and growing, and growing I feel more and more pregnant every day! A girl I work with is right with me on our pregnancies, we are both due the same day, and it is really neat to watch each other grow. She goes on Monday to find out what she is having, and I go the next Monday to have my ultrasound, and not find out what we are having! Still seems to be a sore spot among some folks, but this is our child, not theirs, and we aren't going to find out! It is humorous though, almost like the more people want me to find out, the more determined I am not to find out! Kind of fun to keep everyone in suspense! I told someone the other day, I waited nearly 4 years to marry my husband, and I can wait 9 months to find out what gender my child will be! I didn't think Ethan was ever going to propose either, so at least with this, I am SURE it will happen eventually!

I have been thinking a lot about the baby, and the birth and whatnot. I really want a natural birth, another point that folks think I am crazy . . . but that is another story. My mother, and my mother in law, had both my husband and I without any medication. Now, nearly 30 years ago, that wasn't uncommon, but nowadays when you tell folks you don't want medicine, the look at you as if you have lost your mind, or are trying to prove something. Neither is the case with me, I just don't want medicine. You see, I had my appendix out at 15, my wisdom teeth at 19, and jaw surgery at 25. All 3 times I became severely ill after waking up from being put under, and I don't want to go through that again. Plus, I am terrified of having a needle in my back, and not being able to feel my legs. Call me crazy, but I really think that I can handle this on my own, with the support of my husband. AND, he feels the same way. Of course, don't get me wrong, I am going to take the class so that if I change my mind, I can still have an epidural, but my plan is to go natural. And if I do change my mind, I will be ok with that. It is like I told my doctor, I would rather plan to go natural, and then change my mind, than to plan to have an epidural, and then end up laboring so fast that I didn't have a chance, and not being prepared. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Susan at 17 weeksI have been feeling the baby move more and more this week. It still isn't on a totally consistent basis, but at least a time or two each day. It is really a neat experience and I can't wait to be able to share that with Ethan.

Well, I guess that is about all there is for today. I hope everyone is doing really well in their pregnancies, and enjoying reading about mine. If anyone has any questions or wants to chat, please feel free to shoot me an email! I hope everyone has a great week, and maybe next week I'll have something more exciting to say! I am attaching a picture of my belly at 17 weeks, so y'all enjoy!

~ Susan

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