Most Definitely Rounder - 18 Week Belly Shots


I feel like it wasn't that long ago that I did my last pregnancy update, but I guess it's time for another one already!

The most exciting development is the movement that I've been feeling. I've been feeling baby movements like this sporadically since Week 16, but it was a little hard to tell if they were actually the baby or indigestion, so I wasn't always sure.

However, since last Wednesday (September 29th, 2010), the feelings have gotten stronger and more distinct. Derek and I were sitting on the couch together, and I felt a little tickling on the inside of my stomach, like several little bubbles popping, and I just knew it was the baby. And every day since then I've been feeling the same movements multiple times during the day.

It's so exciting and reassuring to feel those movements! Earlier in the second trimester it's easy to worry too much (though I think I did a pretty good job of not getting anxious), because you aren't having the same pregnancy symptoms anymore, and you aren't feeling anything yet. It hardly even feels like you're pregnant. But now that I'm feeling the baby move, it's so settling - I know he/she is okay, because I can feel him/her kicking around in there!

I think it was so thoughtful of the Lord to think to give us the ability to feel our little ones before they are born. He knew we could use that reassurance, I think. I think He also did it to show us what a miracle it is to carry a baby, to remind us that there is a little human being inside of us, and to help us bond with our children even before birth. Our God is so amazing - He thinks of everything!

Babykins is about 7 ounces now (whew, almost half a pound!), and head to rump length is about 6 inches! Add in the legs and it would be even longer, and Babykins tends to measure big, so I wouldn't be surprised if he/she is bigger than that. Fingerprints are developing this week, which I thought was pretty fascinating.

I've been feeling great! Occasional heartburn, but that's subsiding a bit, and generally not as tired as I was before (of course my schedule isn't nearly as packed as last month, which is helping). I wouldn't even feel like I was pregnant except for the growing belly and the baby kicking!

I had a doctor's appointment last week, and my doctor checked the size of my uterus. As she pressed on the outside of my belly, she said "No wonder you're in these maternity jeans now!" Then she told me that my uterus is clear up to my belly button already! Whoa! That was nice to hear, because I couldn't tell where it was anymore, and I was afraid it might not be growing like it should be. That would also explain why I feel so much fatter in the last couple weeks.

Someone most definitely recognized me as pregnant this week. I was standing in Hobby Lobby, looking at invitations for an upcoming event we're hosting, and a lady came up and asked me if I knew where to find "It's A Boy!" stickers, because "I figured you might be looking for something like that too."

It made me feel good that I looked pregnant enough for someone to really mention something, but I still think it's rather iffy. It definitely depends on what I'm wearing, the way I'm standing, and the angle that you're looking at me. But I'll let you see for yourself.

I must say, I'm puzzled though. My belly can look quite preggo all week, but without fail the day that I decide to take belly pictures, I look the skinniest I have in days. Don't ask me why. Even though it's a skinny day though, I still think I look rather round!







Here's a full-length one:



I think if you know me, I definitely look pregnant. If you don't know me, I may just look like I have a few extra pounds on me, or I may look pregnant. It just depends on the day, angle, and clothes.

It's amazing how much I've grown in just a month though! Here's my 14 Week Belly shot for comparison:





See? I've definitely gotten rounder. Don't worry though, I've only gained about 5 pounds, which isn't too shabby considering I'm almost halfway there, and my total will be around 25 pounds.

In less than three weeks, we get to find out Babykin's gender! More on that to come . . .




Image from WhatToExpect.com.
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Rachel and John said...

You look 100% pregnant! It must be great to have people notice!

Brittney Galloway said...

You look great! I'm loving the outdoor pictures! Glad you are feeling alright and that you are having those blessing filled baby movements now!

MrsErvin said...

You look adorable! And definitly pregnant...baby bellies have their own unique litte shape :)

Megan said...

It's so fun when people start noticing you are pregnant! What a sweet journey. You look beautiful!

Hannah said...

you're definitely starting to show:) don't worry before long you'll be looking like me. And people will be saying WHOA when are you due? lol

Glad you're feeling good and those movements are such a blessing (and they only get stronger:) )

Amber Hansen said...

Too cute! And I say you definitely look pregnant. People would have to ignore the fact that you don't have any extra poundage on you anywhere else to think you just have a flabby tummy.

Um...and I love your maternity jeans! So stinking cute!! You said you got those at Kohls...right?

It really is crazy how much your body changes in a month!

Mrs. A said...

how cute are you!! I'm a week behind you and I don't feel like I am showing at all :( I know in a few months I'll be wondering why I was in such a hurry to show.

Rachel and John said...

And I tagged you in an 8 question game over on my blog.

Kara @ KSS said...

You look so wonderful Callie. :) I'm so happy for you! When is your due date again??

AmyK said...

You are definitely too stinking cute. You're definitely not as big as I expected, but that's probably because my sister got HUGE really fast! And I'll probably be the same way :/

katie said...

You are GLOWING in those photos! You certainly look like a momma to be to me.

Anonymous said...

You look great!

ashley said...

Aww that's great! Yeah, you look cute and pregnant - I think people are able to notice now.:) That's so cool you can feel him/her now, so exciting!! On another note, did you end up getting any more maternity jeans?

Ashley said...

Oh yay you look so cute! I love your updates :) Oh and I totally had a dream last night that we met in person.

Stephen and Larissa said...

I am so excited for you guys (a little jealous too I can't lie) and all your pictures are so cute. You look adorable!

Melanie said...

You look so great Callie! How exciting..finding out the baby's gender is getting so soon! Are you hoping guys for a boy/girl/or no preference? I totally agree with you..I think God allows women to feel their babies move in their tummies for that reassurance too. It amazes me to think of all the things He thought of when He created us!

Rebecca Louise. said...

You really do look pregnant and you have that glowing look. It must feel incredible to feel your baby! :)

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

soooo so cute! You look fantastic! And definitely look pregnant! How exciting that you are starting to feel the baby move! Any weird cravings yet? ;)

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