You’re 17 Weeks and Gave Us a Big Surprise!

Dear Spawnie,

This week, without a doubt I know you are one strong little cookie. I wasn’t so sure about your kicks before and people joked it could have been gas but this week I know without a doubt that I feel you kicking… A lot! It’s really quite surprising to me actually. You’re kicking right now as I write this out. I say kicking but I guess technically it could be you flinching/ spazing out.

Last week I asked a few people how early they could feel you from the outside and most seemed to say sometime in the 20th weeks. One friend said her husband could listen and hear her baby move before then so I told your daddy to try to listen for you. He couldn’t hear anything but between you and me I don’t think he was trying very hard… And I don’t think he has such good hearing.
A few nights later though I felt you moving and I put my hand over you to see if I could feel you on the outside. To my surprise I could! So I went over to your daddy and had him keep his hand there cause I knew you’d move again and I wanted him to feel it. Once I felt you kick I looked over at your daddy and I saw his face light up. I knew he felt you, his face said it all. He said he did feel you and that it was crazy thinking that you’re actually in there moving around.

Since I’m only 17 weeks along it makes me wonder who big you are in there. I’ve told you before your dad was 10lbs 2 oz so it makes me think that maybe you’ll be bigger than normal. Or perhaps you’re just stronger which I think will help you win the Heisman… hehe. Kidding kidding!

I had a root beer the other night and you started moving around like crazy! I hadn’t had much carbonation since being pregnant so I think it was new for you. I am excited to feel you more and more as we get bigger and bigger!

This week your skeleton is changing soft cartilage to bone, and your umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker. You weigh about 5 ounces now… About as much as a turnip, and you’re around 5 inches long from head to bottom. You can move your joints, and your sweat glands are starting to develop.Mommy can’t sleep as comfortably anymore. If I try to sleep on my stomach I feel a little queezy, probably because I’m squishing you. If I lay on my sides my hips hurt, I think cause the weight of you pulls me more forward. I’m using a pillow between my knees for now to help but I’m getting a nicer one soon! Don’t worry though; my lack of sleep is totally worth it for you!

I can’t believe we’re almost half way there and get this… Just 12 days until I know if you’re a boy or a girl! I really hope you cooperate for the cameras cause I don’t want to leave until I see what you are!
I really don’t mind either way. If I were to guess based on mommy’s instincts I’d say you’re a girl, but based on all of the tests I’ve taken I’m thinking you’re a boy. Obviously it’s one or the other! I’m just so excited to know so I can start shopping for you. Call me picky but the unisex outfits just aren’t as fun or cute to me. I do have little outfits in mind for you already though on way or another don’t you worry! You’ll be a very stylish baby!

Keep cooking Spawnie, I can’t wait to meet you!



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Jess says:

I felt my kiddos very early esp Dot it was 13-14 weeks and hard kicks by 17 for sure. L felt her at 16 weeks 🙂 your belly is totally popping out and soon you won’t be able to see those feet

OHHH. That’s a cute letter to Spawnie! You’ll have to print out these posts and make them into a book. You know U can do that right?
Make a book out of your blog.

You are getting there. You almost can’t see your toes…
Can’t wait until you get to meet your NEW little one!

That’s very cool that you can feel the baby kick already. I have a friend due in March and I felt her son kick the other day – it’s such an awesome experience!

Valerie says:

lol looking so cute Jennifer!

hicksgirl93 says:

That was such a cute post! very heartwarming, made me reflect on my own pregnancies. I’m wishing you the best.

That is one cute belly pic!

Devri says:

You are such a cute little pregnant girly! my first was about 17 weeks too, hard. but after my first, I felt the popping(kicking) around 15. I can’t wait to see what your having, your right! either way he/she is going to be stylish, and spoiled! lol

Kathryn says:

Aww great post!! I started feeling the baby moving at weeks 16, but still have not felt anything from the outside yet, hopefully soon! 🙂 We find out next week if its a boy or girl!

Mallory says:

I must say, I really do love these “letter” posts. It’s a good idea to really start bonding with the baby in that way. Yay for feeling baby kicks! It’s so much fun, isn’t it! 😀

Emmy says:

I am almost 16 weeks and I know that I have already felt my baby move a few times. It is so fun.. just wait to the end when you can practically see little hands and feet pushing out, it is crazy.

Have fun finding out. I had to have an extra ultrasound the other day and was already able to find out 🙂

Christina says:

You may want to check out the pregnancy pillow by Leacho, it saved my life! It takes up a great deal of the bed thought, lol.

Also, your bump is absolutely adorable!

awww how exciting! It must be such an amazing feeling! I can’t wait till I get to experience it. Too cute! (ps you look great!)

Jess~ca says:

That was so cute and sweet! Love this post!

Aw, how sweet. I couldn’t feel Elise kick from the outside until well after 22 weeks. You’re lucky!

Amaprincess says:

How cute are you with your little belly!!! LOVE IT!

DesignerSam says:

I found out the sex at 15 weeks by going to a 3D ultrasound tech like this one: in Columbus Georgia (where I am). I was too impatient to wait any longer. Can’t wait to find out what yours is since you are just barely ahead of me!

Angie says:

Nice post! I am 18 weeks, but I’m not sure I have felt my baby kicking yet. Maybe I am not as in tuned to my body as others are. My hips hurt when I lay on my side too (something that just started a week or two ago). I really love laying on my back, but they say that is bad because it can cut off your blood circulation or something.
Has everyone at work said “Look at your cute baby bump!”? I have been hearing that a lot.
I can’t wait to find out the gender of my baby either. 2 WEEKS!!!

You look way to good for being 17 weeks 🙂 I looked like that when I was 8 weeks pregnant. Could have been that my baby was 9 lbs 4 oz. 🙂 Such a cute little belly you have!

Alexia says:

I was going to recommend the Snoogle too…

It does take up a lot of room (my husband called it the stranger in the bed), but I slept much more comfortable after I started using it.

Manic-Momma says:

You look so cute! I miss being pregnant-I never felt so good in my life! Enjoy this time of excitement and peace and quiet-once that baby is out, you’ll want him/her back in!!
J/k, J/k!:) So exciting!

Your belly is too cute! I just found your blog when I was browsing and we are both coincidentally LDS! Yay!

Pamela says:

You are a gorgeous pregnant woman! Enjoy it… the strong nails, lavish hair, bingeing… all of it!

Divine Mrs D says:

I absolutely love the picture of your feet!!

Stopping by from SITS

Wow! What an adorable little belly! Though I still wouldn’t think you were pregnant yet if I ran into you on the street you’re so tiny! Congrats, keep on coookin’ little one!

Awwwwwww so cute!! Thats just the stage where you really start feelin’ this is real!! I am pregnant!! There’s a baby living in me!! And how cute do you look????!!!! I am so hatin’ I was a big ole’ preggers Mamma!!

Jamie says:

Aww! How sweet! That is great that you can see and feel your baby move already! I miss being pregnant!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Krissi says:

Aren’t the kicks amazing to feel? So glad your hubby felt Spawnie too! Glad you’re feeling well. BTW, I think belly sleeping is pretty much out from here on out! 😉 ~mymiracles77

You look fantastic. When I was 17 weeks I felt and looked HUGE.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

The first time that George felt our little girl move the entire room lit up from his smile. It was late at night and we were in bed, just turned off the tv and Demi went nuts on me. I asked George to put his hand on my tummy and he felt her move and I could feel HIM smiling.

So awesome!

I love your blog – you’re inspiring! 🙂

Momza says:

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KarmaPearl says:

Cannot believe that you are 17 weeks already. Where is the time going? Enjoy those baby kicks. My little girl is 5 days old and I miss feeling her in my belly so much. It’s great holding her, but those little kicks are so, so special. Lookin’ good, mama!!

Amber says:

I know that I am late on commenting..Oh well..

Anyway, I felt my last baby kicking at 10 weeks. Seriously. He was a beast! (For me, anyway!) He started at 10 weeks and didn’t stop until he came out!

As for my first, I didn’t feel her until around 22 weeks. Not because she wasn’t moving but because the placenta was between her and my tummy. Ah, the cushioning effect. It was lovely. When I felt her it was crazy! It wasn’t little kicks it was like “I’m gonna let you know I’m in here!” (Which explains her personality.)

Congratulations! That is so fun!

Christina says:

You may want to check out the pregnancy pillow by Leacho, it saved my life! It takes up a great deal of the bed thought, lol.

Also, your bump is absolutely adorable!

awww how exciting! It must be such an amazing feeling! I can’t wait till I get to experience it. Too cute! (ps you look great!)

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