So we've reached 17 weeks! At 4 months and 1 week I am feeling great pregnancy-wise. I'm not sick at all, pretty much fully recovered from an inflamed disc in my back (poor posture while doing homework + loosened joints due to relaxin being released = pain). My only aversion so far is gum (weird, I know; I used to chew CONSTANTLY - on a bad day, I'd chew a pack a day). I'm not sad about this aversion, especially because I can force myself to chew if my mouth tastes like butt or something. Anyway, I'm still impatient, but psycho-chick hasn't emerged for quite sometime. When I don't get enough sleep I'm crabby, but that's normal. I don't need naps or anything still. I pee a lot, but that's normal. Still working out 5 days a week with running, walking, etc. Haven't had any murder dreams in a while (thank goodness). So overall, baby-growing life is sweeeet.
At this 17th week, our tiny Thurner is the size of an onion! Baby's little skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it (we know it's been accumulating around mommy for quite some time, thankyouverymuch). The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.
As far as school - HA. Well, let's just say I'll graduate with my Masters in Occupational Therapy in 1 month and 29 days. It'll will be a terrible 2 months, but I'll survive. I just had 2 days of fieldwork - one at Children's hospital in Minneapolis and one in a Rochester school district. I absolutely LOVED Children's and came to realize that my niche is really inpatient, acute care. Working with the kids and babies (and their families for that matter) was phenomenal - I felt like I learned so much, and it's an area where you'd continue to grow and learn no matter how long you're there. Also, you're doing things that only an OT can do - a big plus after working so hard to become one!
P.S. Sadly, I did not win the scarecrow contest. It must have been rigged.
After being crazy in love for a decade, we officially became a family on May 23, 2009. We are thrilled to be married and enjoying this exciting time in our lives! Ceej worked as a Journeyman plumber and is now bidding jobs for a local plumbing company, and Em graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2008 and is in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Minnesota to be completed in the Fall of 2011. Our sweet baby Hazel Leann arrived April 1, 2011 (no foolin'!) and is the biggest joy and blessing we didn't know we needed. Life isn't perfect, but it sure is wonderful - We're truly enjoying every new second of God's awesome plan for our lives!
Pictures credit to Forever Photography (family/baby) and McManigal Photography (wedding).