For a first-time mom I sure am failing at documenting this pregnancy. Last week T posted a picture of me and my very-obviously-pregnant belly on Facebook, and I think that was probably the first the Internet-at-large had seen of me in a while.
Hey, look! A pregnant Annabelle!
I think the reason I'm not documenting much of this pregnancy here is that there's really not that much to document. I never really got sick, I don't have much in the way of aches and pains, and I can still get up off the couch/floor/bed without much strain. In fact yesterday I commented to T that it's amazing I am 17 weeks along and still feel completely normal - possibly better than normal. I know that won't last, so I'm trying to enjoy it while I have it.
The only Big News I have, which you already know if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, is that as of February 12th (when I was 16w3d) I can feel the wee little rave that Littlebit is throwing in my abdomen. S/he is most active after Zumba/Groove (dance exercise classes at my gym) or when I'm really hungry. Mostly I feel the movement in the afternoons and evenings. Last week at my OB appointment the doctor was amazed I was feeling the baby with such regularity already - she said first-time moms usually don't feel this kind of regular movement until 19 weeks or so. Overachieving fetus!
The Big Reveal ultrasound, where we'll try to find out if Littlebit is a boy or a girl, is scheduled for March 9th, when I'll be 20w1d. Right now opinions are pretty split down the middle by family lines, with my family thinking it's a boy and T's family thinking it's a girl. I've thought it was a boy from day one (at the insemination appointment, in fact), though earlier in the pregnancy I had three separate dreams and in all of them the baby was a girl. More recently I've been thinking maybe my subconscious is right and it is a girl, which of course means that this weekend I had a dream that the baby is a boy. Of course. I'm currently thinking "boy" again, but who knows.
So in short, I'm doing well - I feel good. I make it to the gym three days a week, twice for relatively intense cardio and once to work with a prenatal certified personal trainer on weightlifting. Food remains relatively uninteresting to me, which explains my non-weight gain (net down three pounds since day of conception), but my doctor is happy, so I'm fine.
So that's where I'm at - 17w4d.