Here I am in week 17. Some of the questions have changed. Some have stayed the same.

Do you get morning sickness? I feel nauseous every now and then but it’s mostly been on the decline in the past few weeks. It’s usually more of a first trimester thing, though during my last appointment, I overheard one of the nurses on the phone telling a patient that it’s not abnormal to experience sickness throughout the entire pregnancy and that she herself had to pull over to throw up when she was on the way to the hospital to deliver.

Do you know the gender yet? No, but my ultrasound is in just a couple of weeks!

Do you have any names picked out? Yes.

Are you showing yet? (From friends and family who live out of town) Yes, I am. This is not the first time my belly has been this size but this is the first time my belly has been this size and I haven’t been able to suck it in. It’s liberating to no longer care whether or not something I put on makes my tummy look big, though.

Do you get any weird cravings? Not yet. I pretty much wanted Taco Bell all of the time during my first trimester but I’ve been eating like a normal person lately. (Ok, maybe french fries and Japanese food was weird, but not weird weird.)

How do you feel? I feel great! All of those happy hormones have kicked in and my energy has returned – just like all of the sources said it would around now. This is mostly true. I get dizzy spells every once in a while and am usually ridiculously sore and tired when I get home from work/other adventures and still have to take at least one nap a day. I also still cry at the drop of a hat.

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