Week 17 already!

Before I talk all about Maute Moo, I want to say thank you to everyone for your support and kind words yesterday! It was a hard day for me. Fortunately I have a good relationship with Cole’s step-mom.  She reached out to me after Brian’s email.  She and I were able to email back and forth last night about the situation, and I’m comfortable with the outcome.  Cole is the only one who can and should decide how he addresses his parents. They will not be discussing it with him.  In return, I am going to try to be more sensitive to Brian’s feelings about parenting from another state.  I will gladly carry the burden so Cole doesn’t have to.

Parenting with an ex is hard.  There is a reason you aren’t together anymore. You don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things in life. I am so thankful that I am able to maintain an open relationship with Cole’s dad and step-mom.  I don’t often say all the things I want to say. I leave emotion out of the equation as much as possible.  This allows us to talk (even if it just through email) as adults about the thing that matters most – Cole.  We don’t always get it right. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but I’m trying!

Cole comes home tomorrow!!! (I took this picture last time he came home!)

Today is OH SO MUCH BETTER than yesterday! Thank goodness for a fresh start.  Maute Moo is 17 weeks today (I’ve decided to use on the week count on my iPhone app. Some books say 16 weeks. I like 17 weeks better).  Can you believe it? I feel like time is flying by.

Energy – I’m still feeling good. My energy levels are still up.  I have been hitting a wall lately around 2pm. It takes everything I’ve got not to fall asleep at my desk at work.  I normally nap when I get home or at least rest for about an hour.

Cravings – Goodbye french fry cravings. They haven’t surfaced in a while. I’m addicted to fruit and tacos lately – not at the same time unless it’s a fish taco!  I’ve been making smoothies daily. I’m addicted to kiwi.  Apples are a must-have.  Our fridge is full of fresh pineapple and berries. Lucky for me it’s all in season right now.  With my fruit craving, I’m also loving tacos lately (more than usual).  Tijuana Flats has become our second kitchen.  We have gone from eating there every Tuesday for taco tuesdays to 2-3 a week.  Fortunately all of the products are fresh (never frozen), and it’s relatively good for me. I’m aiming for less than an 8lb weight gain this month! Fingers crossed! (if not, there is always next month!)

Running- What running? I haven’t run since last Monday.  It’s too dang hot outside! I woke up at 5:30 this morning to run. It was already in the 80s with 90% humidity. No thank you. Fortunately the temperatures are supposed to get to the lower 80s for a high this weekend. I’m just going to pick up where I left off on my training plan. A 9 mile hike up a mountain can certainly takes the place of a 6 mile jog in my training plan!

The big baby topic this week is to find out the sex of the baby or not.  Both Christian and I just assumed that we would from the start. We never really discussed it.  This weekend we are visiting his brother’s family in Northern Virginia.  Jessi (sister-in-law) is an OB/GYN and has offered to do an ultrasound.  That means I could know on Saturday if we are having a Miss Maute Moo or a Mr. Maute Moo.

I thought for sure I would want to know. Now I’m not so sure. It seems too soon.  I’m not even half way through the pregnancy. I’m kind of enjoying the suspense. We have decided not to do an ultrasound this weekend (I think!). We will revisit the discussion before my 20 week ultrasound with our OB/GYN.  That is the plan anyways.  Like all good plans, it could always change.  We will see how the weekend goes!

Girl or Boy? Guesses? If you believe in all the wives tales, here are Maute Moo’s clues to his/her gender:

  • I’m gaining weight all over.
  • My skin is horrible.
  • Heartrate – 140 bpm
  • Based on Maute Moo’s due date and my period cycle, we had sex a day or two before ovulation possibly occurred (this is just a guess. We weren’t tracking it since it was my first month off of birth control).
  • Chinese Calender says Boy
  • Mommy Moo intuition says Girl
I can't resist the cute cow pictures!

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6 thoughts on “Week 17 already!

  1. My heart feels your having a little girl and I’m hoping you wait for his or her birthday to find out!! What an amazing gift…don’t peek in the closet and spoil the surprise!! xoxo

  2. Rory and I decided to wait and it’s been the most fun guessing! Now that we are so close, the thought of having the doctor announce “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy” when we actually get to lay eyes on our little one just feels so right and makes us even more excited! We couldn’t imagine knowing at this point…BUT it is a decision between a mom and a dad and no one else. This worked for us, but surely doesn’t work for everyone! Whatever you decide, I’m just so excited for the four of you!

    1. I can’t wait for your due date!!!! My sister-in-law (an OB/GYN) only lets the dad announce “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl’. She says it makes it that much more special for the parents….something to think about 🙂

  3. I seriously didn’t realize you DIDN’T know the sex yet! I just automatically assumed you were having a girl – so I say girl! Plus, mommy intuition is hardly ever wrong – I though girl from the day before I even found out I was pregnant, even though the Chinese calendar said boy, and sure enough, we’re having a girl!

    You could always get the ultrasound just to see Maute Moo and not find out the sex. When we did our 20 week ultrasound, we had the tech put it in an envelope so we could decide if we wanted to know. Of course, we opened it later that night! We always talked about not finding out, but I am SOOOO happy that we did!

    1. I think we are going to have the tech write it in an envelope too! I’ve heard so many cute ideas of how families and couples opened the envelope. You guys had ice cream, right? I’ve gone back and read a few of your baby posts 🙂 I’m not exactly patient, so I really don’t think I can wait until the day of the birth.

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