Monday, August 9, 2010

Junk Food Junkie

It's official....Luke is a Junk Food Junkie. He is similar to his brother in many things (like having my chin, lots of activity, love of carbonated drinks), but in his diet and my subsequent 'cravings' (I don't really have them, really) he is very different. I couldn't even think about eating sugar or sugary stuff for the first 6 months or so of my pregnancy with Matthew. This was very strange for me because I LOVE sugar!! Matthew liked routine and very specific things--Fiber One and orange juice for breakfast, peanut butter & jelly, fresh fruit and more juice for lunch and whatever healthy and nutritious thing John made for dinner, with *maybe* some ice cream for desert. Around 7 months, I added a bowl of Lucky Charms before bed. He did enjoy chocolate cake and chocolate shakes, but again, even in his like of chocolate, he was very specific (something his OCD mommy easily relates to!).

Luke likes junk. Nothing (but Mexican, and more specifically, certain Mexican foods only) really ever sounds appealing in the name of food. I have to purposely force myself to eat foods with nutritional content because left to what I'd like to eat, well...I'd live on junk. Luke likes Oreo Blizzards and sour skittles and gummi worms, Ho-Hos and Nutty Bars. Lunch today was peach pie with tons of whipped cream and pour-over butter popcorn. I eat cereal for breakfast, but it's Captain Crunch or Lucky Charms (I throw in Basic Four once a week for good measure).

I supplement with lots of juices (again cannot say how much I love V8 Fusion) and vitamins; DHA and Omega-3 and Iron and Calcium. John always makes a nutritious dinner. Luke's growing well. I'm not worried about all this junk, but have to say that I'd rather be craving more fresh fruits and vegetables!

My waist is now 32 inches, and started at 30. Definitely feeling him--little scrapes and bumps under my skin. His heartbeat is easy to find with the doppler now, even though he moves a lot, and the other night when listening, John started to talk to my stomach and Luke's heart rate totally sped up and raced. Of course, it probably scared the bejeepers out of him, but I like to think it's that he knew his daddy's voice!

Regular OB visit this week, then Dr. Sweeney next Monday. My back is starting to hurt in the same places it hurt with Matthew, and I know that just means there's more (and worse) to come. It started with Matthew at 9 weeks, so I'll be grateful for not having too many problems start until now as they have. Of course, that colors my sleep (or lack thereof), but par for the course and I'm glad for the reasoning.

We went out on the boat this weekend and there were no issues. I was about this pregnant when we went out the first time with Matthew and he didn't like it at all...I was sore and crampy and thought I might be like that this weekend, but wasn't. Luke seemed to enjoy all the acrobatics!

Here are a few pics:

Luke LOVES Slurpees!! This was wild cherry. YUM!

It was really a great day--warm but not miserable!

17 Weeks Today!

I'm carrying a bit higher than I was with Matthew. I was low from the start with Matthew!

Self-portrait of Mommy and Daddy in "The Hammock of Heaven" (what my niece called it this weekend!)

Here's what's going on with Luke this week:

Week Seventeen: Fat accumulates

You are 17 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 15 weeks)
  • The umbilical cord is growing thicker and stronger.
  • Fetus weight is just over 5 ounces (150g).
  • Baby is about 5 inches (14cm) long crown to rump.
  • and would be about 9 inches (23cm) head to toe, if it could stretch out.
  • The retina has become sensitive to light.
  • The first stools (meconium) are now beginning to accumulate.
17 weeksThey recycle the amniotic fluid by swallowing up to a litre a day. Meconium (composed of products of cell loss, digestive secretion and swallowed amniotic fluid), is accumulating in the bowel. Fat stores begin to develop under your baby's skin this week. The fat will provide energy and help keep your baby warm after birth.

Baby's eyes are looking forward now, but they are still firmly closed. The skeleton is transforming from cartilage to bone. The bones remain flexible to make the journey through the birth canal easier. You can feel your uterus just below your bellybutton. If you put your fingers sideways and measure, it is about two finger-widths (1 inch) below your bellybutton. Your uterus is the size of a cantaloupe.

The crown to rump length of your growing baby is 5 to 5.6 inches (12.5 to 14cm) by this week. Weight of the fetus is about 5.25 ounces (150g).


  1. Boy these weeks seem to be flying by. Seventeen weeks already! I say Luke gets what he wants. As long as he doesnt get too much all the time. We want to keep a happy mommy as well. I am sure the air on the boat was a lot nicer than just standing on land this weekend it was hot. Great pictures. You and John look so happy together.

  2. I love when you post pictures :) You look wonderful and so happy Luke is doing well. He must love sweets! I know that I do.

  3. I am so happy to hear that ya'll are having time to make memories already!

    I hope that your back doesn't get worse!

  4. I love the updates! I think my baby shares Lukes affection for confections :) I find myself craving the sweets more often then I think I'd like. I sent you an email back, chingob just wanted to make sure it didn't get caught in your spam filter :) Take care.

  5. You are freaking adorable!!!

    Name the Mexican restaurant, and Gideon and I will so be there! Mmm... My favorite right now is Carlos O'Kelly.

    And I've totally started jonesing for junk food the last few weeks. I just had to toss out some oreos that I *just* bought because I discovered there was larvae squirming around in there. I'm grossed out and seriously bummed!!!

  6. You are so beautiful! Pregnancy looks so good on you my dear...and you are carrying high! I'm so jealous seeing you on the boat, oh how I miss water---any form of water---even a simple puddle:) (sigh)....

  7. Wow! Seventeen weeks! You look beautiful! And I'm glad that the back pain held off this long.

    With Tom I wanted red meat, red meat, and more red meat. With Nat, I wanted Wendy's chocolate Frosties and Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries. However, with her, I developed gestational diabetes; it's just not the same when you have to measure out 1 cup of yummies and eat them only at specific times...

    Thanks for the kind words on my last post.

  8. you are such a radiant preggo!!!! :D blow kisses to luke for me!!!!!!!

  9. Ok ... you are the cutest ever. Ever. I love the pictures and I like reading about all the differences between your boys. I remember loving burritos with Jonah (and coffee) and craved sweets and jalapenos with Jillian. I wonder if that's why she has such a spicy personality. : ) Love you!

  10. You wanna know what I love THAT BUMP!!! Honestly it is the most adorable bump EVER!! and your smile is radiant!! I am so glad to see you giving into your cravings...I am all for tricking yourself with those good things too =) (hugs) 17 was just yesterday we were looking for his bits lol

  11. Love the pics. You are glowing!

    It's so satisfying to give in to cravings. Too bad Luke is a junk food junkies, though. You're going to have a heck of a time getting him to eat his pureed squash and peas later on!

  12. Yay ! I loved reading this post :D
    You look so well Lori... I can totally relate on the junk food junkie syndrome... my cravings have been sour sweets, curry and spicy food !!! Not the best combination, I have been making sure I get something nutritious daily by a good homecooked meal and fruit. And I drink lots of water too. I love your updates Lori... keep them coming !!! Xxxxxx

  13. Happy 17 weeks!!!! And Kudo's to you for indulging Luke in all his favorite yummies :)

    Christian loved Sonic of all things and I detest fast food. But, you better know that I had it at least 3x a week :)

    As for the back ache, I can relate, it started very early with me, at about 7 weeks. It was not so fun, but we endure for for the precious ones.

    Sending you love and I'm so happy that you are enjoying this sweet growing boy :) Makes my heart smile.


  14. I bought a box of Captain Crunch last week, too :) You look beautiful!

  15. Awww I love the pictures!!! :) Your baby bump is adorable. I didn't eat *too* much sugar while pregnant, but I hate ALOT! I guess that's why I gained close to 50 pounds.

  16. Looking good, mommy! It looks like you're really starting to pop out too! Someone at work asked me if I ate a watermelon over the week-end, so I guess we're both about at that time.
    And yum to junk food! LOL

  17. You are gorgeous!!! You look amazing!!!!!

  18. oooh, I love V8 Fusion too!! Lily loved junk food. You are so beautifully radiant in your pictures! I'm in Charlottesville, Virginia this week. My birthday is Thursday. I really wish I could see you.

  19. Looking fabulous, especially considering what you've been consuming. Can't blame Luke for loving the Blizzards...I ate a shameful amount when pregnant and the DQ was three blocks away.

    Let's see: 1) even more of a wiggler than Matthew, 2) a sugar junkie, 3) spazzes out when Daddy pays attention to him, 4) loves an exhilarating boat ride. I think you're going to have quite the spirited little boy on your hands :)

  20. (((LORI and LUKE)))

    I love hearing your diet!! It's awesome!!
    I couldn't eat any fast food with Zac and Evan...they didn't like that at all! They like more healthy stuff, but while the 5 weeks live-in hospital stay I was so desparate to fatten them up that I had blizzars EVERY DAY!! I'm not a blizzard fan...but I really enjoyed those ones!!

    I love your pictures, love the Luke bump...and love seeing your smile!!! All of which warmed my heart greatly!!!

    Hugs to you dear friend!!!

    Heather (heathershope - HP)

  21. Grant's just like Luke--he LOVES junk food. And it's hard to figure out what to eat every day because nothing really ever sounds appealing.

    You look AWESOME! :)

  22. I love junk food :) that's good you are balancing it well. Your baby bump is adorable. Glad that Luke enjoyed his time out on the boat this weekend and so did you and your hubby. Love the pictures!

  23. Sounds like me! I love junk food!!!!!!!