Friday, June 19, 2009

18 Week Belly Pic

Here's my 18 week belly pic! We've been taking weekly pics since the day we found out we were pregnant, but nothing much seemed to be happening until week 17. And in the middle there while I was sick, Chris kept telling me it looked like my belly was shrinking...and it was.

But finally here at 18 weeks, you can see the belly even with clothes covering it, and I'm up about 3 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight. Hooray! I checked out a bunch of books from the library about eating healthy when you're expecting, and for a while there reading them made me feel so guilty. I could hardly keep anything down, the foods that sounded good weren't exactly healthy and fluids were a real struggle. I felt like I was permanently screwing up my baby because of how I was eating.

But now that I'm feeling better, I've been focusing on eating a variety of foods, and making sure I get my fruits, veggies, whole grains, and water every day (among other things...but those are the things I wasn't getting enough of before). Even with my raging appetite every hour and half all day long, I don't feel guilty filling up because I'm filling up on nutritious calories. I finally feel great physically and emotionally I'm at peace with my responsibility to feed this baby. Wahoo. Plus I think Chris has enjoyed having such a variety of healthy snacks around, too.

Big thanks to Jules Bunny for expanding my maternity wardrobe by this cute pink shirt and a giant rubbermaid tub of adorable maternity clothes. I think I'm set for a good long while!


Melissa Henning said...

I'm glad that you guys feel good :). You look great! Like a glowing mommy! (and such a pretty color on you too!). Just wait until you can feel movement...there is no other feeling like it! So exciting!

I was looking at pictures of when Logan was first born and my nails were like dragon lady nails (but they were mine)! Since I have stopped taking them my nails have gone back their thin brittle selves. Those prenatal vitamins really are something else! lol I miss being preggy. Such a blessed feeling! :)

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Joy said...

Don't feel guilty about eating bad. I think that I only ate chocolate when I was pregnant with Marci, and she turned out fine. You are so cute!

Jen and Jared said...

You look so cute! I didn't start showing until about 20 weeks or so either. Don't worry about the eating thing-my doctor has never worried about our baby's health despite the fact that I feel so sick, I often skip meals or eat hardly anything! Not good, but when you feel that way, it's hard to force yourself to eat. The healthy stuff though tastes the best! I eat fruit more than anything else :)

Val said...

That is awesome that you are borrowing Julie's maternity clothes! Maternity clothes are so expensive, plus if anyone has super cute clothing, it would be Julie!