Wait until you see these pictures below, oh hello there belly! Where did you come from!? Now I understand when people say one day you just pop. It really happened for me over the last few days before I took the 18 week pictures (taken Sunday 12/11). I can't wait to see the difference between 18 & 19 weeks now.
I bought a "bella band" (or a BeBand) last night at Target for around $17 dollars and am wearing it for the first time today. I think I'm going to love it! I was debating whether to buy one or not, but after talking with a few people and finding out they can be used all the way through pregnancy and even after (until you fit back into your pants again), I decided to go for it! Its basically a band that goes around your waist and is tall enough to go from right under your bust to all the way cover your zipper on your pants. It looks just like you're wearing a longer tank underneath your shirt and is really comfortable. I really needed it because I am still wearing all my regular pants, but some I need to keep unbuttoned. However, I don't have enough long shirts to cover my un-done zipper! Hopefully I'll get some extended life out of my regular pants for a while longer now. You can also fold it over if you don't want it all the way up your stomach.
This week baby is a sweet potato or a bell pepper! I can't wait to find out how much I've gained at my next appointment. And I really can't wait to see baby again and find out what he/she is! I am mostly praying everything looks healthy with baby!!!
I've gone through a little bit of brief up and down emotions this week thinking about baby. I had a split second of "what have we gotten ourselves into" panic when I started thinking holy cow we are going to have a baby - I can't believe this pregnancy is close to half way over already! I was thinking about all the fun we have had as a young married couple, just the two of us, and I am really going to miss it being just the two of us! Although I know it will be so much better! It makes me very thankful for the man I married. One of my favorite things about him is he is so good at getting us to go on dates and vacations and just do things together. I have no doubt in my mind that we won't stop doing those things once baby comes. I know it will be different, not as easy, and not as often I'm sure, but we will make it work. Another thing I'm very grateful for is the fact that we live in the same city as both sets of parents. And we got pretty darn lucky when it comes to them. They'll make the world's greatest grandparents!
Then the very next day after my mini freak out moment, I had the complete opposite feeling. I walked into baby's future room to look at the little outfits we've received as gifts and started picturing the nursery and I was completely overcome with joy! That room that's been pretty much vacant for the 2 1/2 years we've lived in our house, will soon be full of baby stuff, and soon after our actual baby!!! I just can't wait to find out so we can get planning! Also another weird thing that happened this week...I've gone from thinking this baby is a girl throughout the whole pregnancy to now thinking its a boy! I can't believe that actually finding out is just right around the corner.